Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Halloween Prank

Happy Halloween!



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Music

Which legendary rock-and-roll group's first album shows the explosion of the Hindenburg on its cover?

Led Zeppelin

Congratulations to Jeremy for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Music

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly blog post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which legendary rock-and-roll group's first album shows the explosion of the Hindenburg on its cover?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nine

We're having a baby! Our journey to get pregnant was not always an easy one. I wrote along the way. This post is from month nine. Catch up with One Through Five, Six, Seven and Eight

When my period was nearly a week late, I was breathless with anticipation and heavy with hope. But every pregnancy test was negative. And then my period did come.

Only this month I was not nearly as heartbroken as I had been in recent months. Mostly because I had my doctor appointment which kept my anxiety focused on that instead of whether or not I was pregnant.

Last month when my doctor told me she wanted to come in, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't sure if she was going to tell me to keep trying or if we were going to start the testing. So after we talked and I told her our trying to conceive story, she started to explain the three tests we would do. I was incredibly relieved to hear that she wasn't going to tell me to wait.

Having the potential of the tests to focus on took so much weight off my shoulders. Because now I felt I had something to do. Something more tangible to focus on instead of just trying and waiting another month only to have that bitter disappointment fill my stomach once again without any understanding of why.

The first test was a blood draw to see if I am ovulatory. The blood must be drawn between Day 21 and Day 23 of a woman's cycle. By some stroke of luck, my appointment that day was on Day 22 of my cycle. So before I left, the nurse drew my blood and a couple days later, she called and told me that I was ovulating.

Honestly, I expected that we would get positive results on that test since I have always gotten a positive result with the ovulation predictor tests I had been doing since December. But it was still fantastic to hear that I have been indeed ovulating.

The second test is the semen analysis, which we don't have results back on yet. And the last test is the HSG when dye is injected into my uterus to see if my fallopian tubes are open. But that test won't be for another week as we have to wait until after I've stopped bleeding from the vagina but before I've ovulated.

So now we just wait.

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

FACEPALM

Guess what?

What?

Three weeks from today we'll know if we're having a boy or a girl.

Oh yeah. We can start buying things then.

What kind of things are you thinking?

Like a boy crib or a girl crib.

What makes a crib a boy crib or girl crib?

Well, one has video games.

FACEPALM
 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Growing Pains

 
(And now I'm not the only one with that song stuck in my head. You're welcome.)
 
I knew as we started trying to get pregnant that when we were successful, I would start to put on weight. This I knew. What I did not know, or expect, is how much I would struggle with it.

It's because of the determination and hard work I put into my weight loss during the Year I Got My Groove Back. It took me many months to reach my goal weight. It was hard but I did really well and only had a couple weeks during that time that I would consider setbacks. Now I'm scared that losing any residual weight from this pregnancy won't be as easy or smooth as it was back then because I'm now older and no longer single. 

(Let's face it, being single was definitely a perk for me when I was losing weight because I could focus completely on what I needed to eat or not eat and didn't have to worry about if John would like it or if a kid would eat it, and I could avoid keeping trigger foods in the house.)

I don't want to say that the pregnancy weight is going to waste all my hard work from five years ago. Because it's not. The truth is I will have a healthier pregnancy due in part to that weight I lost. I'm just doing what I always do. Which is stress about something before I need to.

I keep trying to remind myself that with determination and focus, I can lose any weight I need to.

But my growing pain is not entirely mental. I'm experiencing some actual physical growing pain. Something no one ever told me about: round ligament pain.

The round ligament is what supports the uterus. But the uterus grows at a faster rate than the ligaments. So when I stand up too quickly or roll over in bed, I feel a sharp pain. Luckily, it never lasts longer than the movement that causes it. But there are days when it can be extremely painful to stand up.

You might think that working out would make it feel worse. Interestingly, Bar Method, I feel like, is actually helping stretch those ligaments. It's the running I've cut back on. Not because I think the running makes the pain worse, but because there are days when I wake up feeling really tight in my hips, and I make the decision to not push my body because quite frankly it's being pushed a lot by Nugget right now.

I am bummed about not running as much, but I keep trying. And because I'm only running once or twice a week at most, Cooper is getting to go on more walks now. You know he's happy about that.
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Cannonball Fail



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Space

Who was the first American woman to go for a ride in space?

Sally Ride

Congratulations to Omy (my mom) for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Space

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly blog post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Who was the first American woman to go for a ride in space?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Eight

We're having a baby! Our journey to get pregnant was not always an easy one. I wrote along the way. This post is from month eight. Catch up with One Through Five, Six and Seven.

Over the last few months, I've cut back on certain things as we try to get pregnant: caffeine, deli meat, unpasteurized cheese (that one hurt). I even cut back some of my time spent working out.

And yet once again my period came. I've never really liked my period. (What woman does?) But by this point, I've really begun to hate it. What it represents. Or rather what it doesn't represent.

By now I don't even need my period to actually start to know I'm not pregnant. I know when my face breaks out that my period will be starting within the week.

It was difficult in the beginning and has become even more so not to be hyper vigilant of my body and not take every anxious stomach or sore boobs as a potential sign of pregnancy.

This month the thought would come in my head, I would breathe and then let it go. And yet I still hoped. And when my face started to break out, I was at a loss for what to do. I had been taking my basal body temperature, doing ovulation tests and having as much sex as we could without wearing each other out.

So I did the only thing I could think of... called my doctor for advice. When the nurse called me back, I fully expected to hear "Try for a few more months, and if you're still not pregnant, call us back." So I was shocked to hear that the doctor wanted me to come in. I made the first available appointment, which, unfortunately for my overly imaginative mind, is three weeks away.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thank sweet grilled cheebus for my returned energy level

You guys. I feel like we're making so much progress. 

We're going to start cleaning out the room that is to be Nugget's nursery this weekend. I don't plan to have it all ready to start the transition to baby room this weekend. But I wasn't thinking we'd be starting on that room so soon. 

I'm excited to decorate the nursery as I have a lot of ideas in my head. Though I'm trying not to get too ahead of myself because there's still a lot of work to be done before we get to that point.

We're also upgrading to a king bed from our queen! Instead of just buying a bed, we're going to make a headboard. I'm thinking of doing an upholstered one. If, and that's a big if, I can find the right fabric.

I probably should have included more goals for this month.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sharing the News

A few weeks ago, I was in California on a business trip. As is natural when you meet new people, you ask questions to learn more about the other person. Given why I was there, the questions started out professional and turned personal the longer I talked with someone.

Do you have any kids?

An innocent enough question. But how do you answer that when you're in the process of cooking your bun?

To say "No, I don't have any kids." wouldn't be entirely true. And neither is it entirely true to say "Yes, I do." (Though now that I think about it the answer to the follow up question "How old?" would have made it so much fun to see if they could figure it out when I answered "-6 months.")

So I answered with "In about 6 months."

The standard reaction was a gasp followed by a quick glance at my belly to see if they had missed the tell-tale sign that I'm knocked up.

So far that has got to be one of my favorite things... telling people that I'm pregnant and seeing their reactions. I mean I had planned the blog post reveal a year in advance. Granted I didn't go so far as to actually write it out (I am a little superstitious), but I did have it mentally written.

To tell our families we didn't really say anything. We just showed them a picture I had on my phone of five positive pregnancy tests. (Yes, I took a lot of pregnancy tests. Ten in all actually. I had a hard time believing I was actually pregnant and would look at that picture every day for the first four weeks until we actually got to see Nugget on our first sonogram.)

The look on their faces was priceless as they figured out that picture. My sister squealed and jumped up and down. But my mom has to be my favorite. She didn't understand the picture when I handed it to her and asked me what it meant. 

To her credit she was exhausted and lying down for a nap when we interrupted her rest because I just couldn't hold it in any longer. There were tears and hugs, and none of us could stop grinning. Those are moments I hope to hold onto for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hump Day Humor: The Truth

First check out this Facebook post:



Now watch Bodyform's response. Pure greatness.



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Actors

Brothers Robert, David, and Keith Carradine are all actors. Which one starred tin TV's Kung Fu?

David

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Actors

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly blog post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Brothers Robert, David, and Keith Carradine are all actors. Which one starred in TV's Kung Fu?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Seven

We're having a baby! Our journey to get pregnant was not always an easy one. I wrote along the way. This post is from month seven. Catch up with One Through Five and Six.

This month was easier than last month. When it was clear that I definitely was not pregnant, I didn't break down for three days.

It was a conscious effort to not obsess over first the potential of getting pregnant, second the possibility of being pregnant, and finally the reality that I was not pregnant. Which was my routine for the first six months.

One thing that helped is that I stopped taking my basal body temperature - your lowest body temperature for any of yous who hasn't had the pleasure of measuring your BBT every morning when you first wake up. I didn't plan to stop, but when the battery of my thermometer died, I thought it was a good idea to not replace it in my attempts to let go and let things happen as they will.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed when my period came this month. But I definitely handled it better than last month.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Quiet Ryan

Really this is just an excuse to stare at Ryan Gosling for two minutes. Though they could have left it frozen on that last scene for a little longer.


Quiet Ryan - watch more funny videos     


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Money

Branches that symbolize peace appear in an eagle's talons on the back of a U.S. $1 bill. What tree are these branches from?

Olive tree

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Money

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Branches that symbolize peace appear in an eagle's talons on the back of a U.S. $1 bill. What tree are these branches from?

Monday, October 8, 2012

October

True to form, the fall has already begun to fly by. I can hardly believe we're already a week into October, and I'm pulling out Halloween decorations.

September was a busy month. Football games, hanging out with friends, a business trip and our big Nugget announcement.

Because I knew it was going to be such a crazy month, I purposefully kept my goals short and simple.

We did get started on cleaning out the library (check). I mentioned in my post last month that it was because stuff had piled up in there. And it has. But the real reason for cleaning out the library is so we can turn it into the guest bedroom, so we can turn what is currently the guest bedroom into Nugget's nursery.

Some weeks Cooper got two walks and some only one. And he enjoyed every single one. (Not quite a check)

I did look at some options to make a new headboard as well as what was available on Craig's List (check). We want to upgrade our queen bed to a king. I just can't decide if I want an upholstered, wood or metal headboard. I'm planning on post on the ideas I've had so far.

Two out of 3 for the crazy month that was September I am calling a win.

For October:

1. Finish cleaning out the library.

2. Attend Bar Method classes at least four times a week. We're doing a fitness challenge, and I'm trying to step up my attendance as part of the challenge.

3. Brainstorm and make a plan for our Christmas cards this year.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: Caleb's Crossing

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

A loosely based fiction novel on a Native American called Caleb, an actual historical figure who was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. The book is told from the perspective of Caleb's friend Bethia Mayfield, a Puritan settler on Martha's Vineyard. She befriends Caleb knowing her father and the community would greatly disapprove of her friendship with a "salvage." Through Bethia we watch as Caleb learns more about the English culture and Puritan religion eventually converting to Christianity and moving into the settlement to be educated and prepped for Harvard by Bethia's father.
 
I enjoy historical fiction. It's a chance to relearn history in a way other than a dry, boring textbook. I found this particular one interesting for two reasons: 1. how the English and Native Americans coexisted (or not) during colonial times and 2. how women were treated and viewed in the 17th century (making me extremely glad once again that I was born when I was).
 
The story is essentially about Caleb and his journey from his world into the English world. But as it's told from Bethia's perspective at times it feels like it is more her story. Still I found her life to be interesting as well as her friendship with Caleb.
 
This book started out slow, but once I got into it I enjoyed it. It's not an earth shattering book. A couple years from now I probably won't be able to remember much about it other than I read it and enjoyed it.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Next month: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Meteorology

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which clouds are typically large, fluffy and white?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Six

This is another post in the story of our journey to get pregnant. I look back on this now and feel incredibly silly, but this is how I felt. This is what I was going through at the time. So I'm sharing it.

Six. That's how many months we've been trying to get pregnant.

Six. That's how many periods I've had since we started trying.

In the grand scheme of things, I know that six months means nothing. I know this. I know it in my head.

But my head and my heart don't always speak the same language.

For some reason I had it in the back of my head that by six months I should be pregnant. No idea why. It's silly and unrealistic to expect that. But I did.

And when my sixth period came, down I fell into the rabbit hole of pity and despair. My internal dialogue swung between convincing myself that six months is nothing to swearing that I'd never get pregnant.

I'd burst into tears at sad songs or when I dwelt too long in the dark depths. Swollen pregnant bellies made me wistful. Tiny clothes and tiny shoes fed the longing. I'd stroke the soft fabric of baby blankets. Wishing with all that I am that we would be blessed enough to be given the greatest gift.

After a few days of wishing and crying, I was exhausted. I knew if I continued living in those dark depths with their waves of tears and the tide of pity, I would sink even further. And then it would be even harder to get pregnant.

So I'm doing what I can to stop the worrying. To stop the obsessing. And instead focus on what I have now. Focus on living my life the way I can now. Because once we have a child, life will change.

As the days roll forward, I remember we have each other. Come what may.