Thursday, May 31, 2012

I'm Getting Healthy!

Hi Everyone!!

Today is day 4 of a seriously restrictive diet and cleanse.  It hasn't been too bad, but for some reason when someone tells you that you are not allowed to eat everything you usually eat, it really makes you want to eat those foods even more.  Let me backtrack a little to explain how I ended up in this situation.

After the donor backed out and then we decided to put the donor IVF on hold for a while, I started feeling like I wanted to see someone else.  I wouldn't say I necessarily wanted a second opinion, more that I wanted a doctor who would look at my whole body, not just one little part of it.  So, I found a naturopathic doctor who specializes in fertility issues.  She also does acupuncture and practices Chinese medicine.  My first appointment with her was in April and it was the best doctor's appointment I have ever had.  She sat in her office talking to me for almost 2 hours!  She took notes, asked questions, and went over all of my medical history with me.  She made me feel like my case isn't as bad as I think it is.  My reasons for going to her were not to fix my infertility issues, but more to get myself healthy.  I started to realize that I was headed in the opposite direction of where I need to be if I want to be pregnant someday.  I was drinking too much, eating more and more unhealthy, gaining weight and just generally didn't feel good.

She had me do a food diary for a week.  The next couple of weeks that I saw her, we didn't really talk about it.  She did acupuncture, put me on some Chinese herbs, and prescribed massage.  It was wonderful, but I knew that the day would come that we would have to address the eating.  Well that day came last week when I met with the nutritionist in their office.  I pretty much wanted to cry when she was giving me the list of food I was not allowed to eat, because it pretty much included everything that I ate! For 14 days I am on a gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, corn free, coffee free, alcohol free, sugar free, basically everything free diet.  I can eat all the veggies I want, all the fruit I want (minus oranges for some strange reason), chicken, fish or turkey, brown rice products and potatoes.  Thankfully I am on no portion restrictions.  With all the healthy eating, I also have to take this absolutely disgusting protein powder stuff twice a day.  The powder is the actual cleanse and it kind of reminds me of baby formula powder.  It's gross.

BTW, after 3 days of not eating any of the above mentioned foods, I've actually gained a pound! Ugh! I was really hoping that a huge benefit of this would be to lose weight. Maybe I need to give it a little more time...

Only 10 more days to go! I think I can, I think I can!

Stay tuned.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Writing a blog is hard!

Hi Everyone!

I've been thinking a lot lately about why I started this blog. It's been a year of writing and I'm doing a bit of reflection.

I've already said that I deal with things by talking about them.  It's why I joined a support group and why I now lead it.  It's why I tell people about what we are going through.  It's why I raise money and give speeches.  The more I learn about infertility, the more fired up I become.  There are millions of people who go through similar situations and it breaks my heart that so many of them stay silent.  But, I can also understand why they do.  Talking about your struggles is a very hard thing to do.

I had a few goals for this blog when I started writing it.  The first was to educate and bring awareness to infertility.  I wanted to give people, who don't deal with infertility, a little insight into what it's like to live each day with infertility.  The second goal was to let the people, who are struggling with this disease, know that they are not alone.  I wanted to be the voice that tell them it's OK to feel sad or depressed or completely indifferent or even happy at times.  It's all part of the process.  Lastly, the goal was to help myself deal with all of it.  Writing this blog has been extremely therapeutic for me.  Once I write it and get it out, I'm pretty much over it.  I move on.  I'm not the type to wallow in self pity.  The thing that I'm not sure people understand though, is that every single month is a roller coaster.  Every month there is that little sliver of hope that maybe a miracle happened, maybe I'm pregnant.  And then every month when that period starts it's a painful (literally) reminder that it didn't happen.  I want you all to really think about living like that.  Suddenly a period goes from annoying to a crushing realization that your body failed yet again.  Any woman who has tried to get pregnant and it's taken longer than a couple of months can sort of understand what I'm saying.  It's been 3 years of that for me and it's not always easy, which is why I write about it.

But the more I write, the more I realize how hard it is to write a blog about something so personal.  I'd be lying if I said that writing this blog has always been wonderful, because it has also added some stress to my life.  Almost every post I write, I worry about offending people.  I care about how my words affect others.  I don't want to upset them or hurt anyone's feelings.  I feel like there is this line that I'm constantly worried about crossing.  And frankly, I know I've crossed it a few times and I've hurt people's feelings or upset them.  I don't like this, but I am starting to realize that it's absolutely impossible to write something that everyone agrees with.  That's the beauty of the country we live in.  We have the freedom to think and feel differently.  We have the freedom to voice those opinions.  It's doesn't mean that I've stop caring about what people think, because I'm not sure that will ever happen, but I'm more aware that it's not possible to please everyone.  I can't control how people react when they read my blog.

There's so much more I could write about in this blog, but I'm very unsure of how to do it.  Obviously, our diagnosis has affected pretty much everyone we know in some way or another.  So how much do I actually write about?  How much can I share without hurting people's feelings?  I don't really know.  And that, my friends, is the line I'm talking about.  Most of the time I don't want to cross it because I want to play it safe, but then other times I really really do.  It's an interesting predicament to be in, but I kind of like it.

The positives of this blog far outweigh any negatives, so I will continue to write!

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Good Eggs

Hi Everyone!

I went a little crazy taking pictures of the bird family that made it's home on top of our heater in the backyard. They are soooo cute and they grow so fast. Enjoy the pictures. At least someone around here has some good eggs! Ha.
The nest on top of the heater 

One egg in there so far

Thought I was going to be getting a picture of more eggs, instead I got a picture of newly hatched baby birds.

A few days later. Already getting so big!

Look at all those cute little heads!

That fat one over there must have got kicked out of the nest. Ha

 Momma bird feeding her babies. So cool to watch!

 Just hanging out. 

 Getting ready to leave the nest. Those are the last two babies. The rest of them already flew away. 

Taking off!

Is it weird that I got so attached to these birds? I'm kind of sad that they are gone. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Left Behind

I'm in a rut.  I've said it before and I'm saying it again.  I am totally in a rut.  I don't know what to do to get out of it, but something needs to change.  I feel stuck.  I feel like I'm standing still and everyone and everything around me is moving at full speed ahead.  They are leaving me behind.  I beg them to wait for me, but they don't, they keep going.  I just can't catch up, no matter how hard I try.  So I give up.  What's the point? 

It's so weird, I really thought at 30 my life would look very different than it does now.  There are so many days that are just a blur of the same thing over and over again and then it hits me like a ton of bricks.  This is not how my life was supposed to be.  I am extremely blessed.  I love my husband, I love my family and friends, I love my dogs, but something is missing.  I know what's missing, we all do.  But I feel like something else is missing too. What do you do if you don't have kids?  What do you do to fill the time?  I need a hobby.  I need something to do that isn't just sitting on the couch watching TV.  But I don't have the energy or desire to do anything.  It's a vicious cycle that I can't seem to get out of.  It's the day to day life that's hard.  Time moves so quickly.  I never understood that when I was little, but I get it now. 

I'm in a rut and something needs to change.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Different Kind of Mother's Day

Hey everyone!

Mother's Day.  A holiday that many infertile women dread for very obvious reasons.  It's interesting to me how some holidays send me into tears( Hello Easter!) and others don't bother me as much.  As of right now I'm feeling kind of indifferent to Mother's Day.

I've tried to analyze why Mother's Day has really never bothered me and I honestly don't know, so I'm not going to try to make something out of nothing.  I'm just going to enjoy the fact that I'm not an emotional wreck. 

It just so happens that my mom will be out of town this year and Ryan's mom lives in a different state, so we'll probably just stay at home and hang out with our boys.  I guess part of me considers myself a sort of mom.  I am a doggy mommy and I choose to celebrate that this year!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, no matter what form it takes!

Here are some pictures of my 'babies' for you all to enjoy! I love them more than I can put into words!

 "I can't believe mom put us in these ridiculous Christmas outfits!"

 Relaxing with Mommy on the couch.

Kash pouting on a pile of toys (he's an expert at pouting)

Michael. He's such a laid back dog. 

Thanksgiving 2010 Family picture(so hard to get everyone to look at the camera). 

Hanging out in bed 

Kash after his haircut. So cute!! 

"What? It's easier to look out the window from here."

Pooped out from an exhausting day.