Five Things on a Friday

by Lindsey on April 4, 2014

in J&L Do Random Stuff

Alternate Title: 5 things I’ll be posting more about in the future, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on in our lives.

1. We are officially in the planning stages of throwing me the most spectacular Harry Potter 30th Birthday Party in the history of 30th Birthday Parties. It’s going to be incredible, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Too bad it’s not until the end of May!!

2. I recently had a super eye-opening, coffee-talk session with SecretAgentL about her love of being Catholic, and have been doing a lot of research and soul-searching ever since. I’m seriously considering converting, so for Lent this year, we decided to Church Hop. Each week we’ve found a local Catholic Mass to attend, and I can honestly say I’m loving it. I have a lot more to learn, and a lot more questions, but it’s definitely been an interesting and surprisingly fun adventure so far.

3. Last weekend I took a social media break because we had some big decisions to make and I needed time to focus on my thoughts.  One of those decisions was regarding our fertility treatments. The gist of it is Clomid isn’t working and we spent a few days researching other options. We have a new plan, and we’re anxious to see how things progress in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I have fallen in love with acupuncture, and our no sugar/no processed food life is going great! We have both lost some weight, and are feeling significantly better in general.

4. Another one of those big decisions was around my job. I can’t say much about it yet, but basically I told my boss I want to consider a new direction for my career, and fortunately for me, she’s amazing and very open to the idea. She posed a few options for me, and now we have a lot to think about because the decision could make a pretty large impact on our future.

5. I keep seeing photos on Instagram and statuses on Facebook with the #100happydays hashtag. It makes me want to try it, but I’m afraid to since I epically failed at Project365 on four separate occasions. I think it would be really good for me to remember something happy in everyday though, since I’ve been so crazy stressed lately. It’s also been suggested that I start meditating regularly, and keeping a daily gratitude journal. Obviously I gotta come up with something, and maybe this could be a good start.

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Infertility, Phase 2

by Lindsey on February 23, 2014

in J&L Start a Family

Last time I blogged about our fertility problems I had just started my first round of Provera and Clomid, and now I’m back to let you know how things have progressed. (Spoiler alert: they haven’t.)

The Provera did what it was supposed to do, so that was the first step in the right direction. After that, I did my first round of Clomid, and when I got my bloodwork done, it showed that the Clomid worked too! We had a mini dance party, and held our breaths.

The big day came and things hadn’t started as they should, so I took a pregnancy test. Unsurprisingly, it was negative. A few days later, I started my second round of Clomid and went through what I can honestly say was one of the worst weekends of my life. Even as someone who grew up dealing with pretty severe menstrual cramps on the regular, I was not at all prepared for the pain of that weekend. It was awful for all parties involved. My husband truly is a saint.

This month when I got my bloodwork done, it came back negative, meaning the Clomid didn’t work. We think everything was lagging about a week behind, so we thought it may have just been a timing issue, and I had the option of getting bloodwork done again, but decided to just wait and see what happened.

Well, here we are a few days past the expected day, with no sign of a cycle and yet another negative pregnancy test. Obviously things aren’t working as they should, so our next step is another round of Provera, and a higher dosage of Clomid. If that doesn’t work, than we’re going to get some other tests done to see what’s going on, and have Justin checked out as well.

In the meantime, we’ve been talking to our chiropractor, and he suggested that I change up my diet, and work on my stress levels. At this point I’m willing to try anything, so I started going to yoga again, and we’re both making some major changes to our eating habits starting this week. Our goal is to eliminate sugar and eat mostly organic. It is not going to be easy, but I’m really hoping it’ll be worth it. And at least we’re pretty certain we’ll both feel better in general, when we aren’t drinking pop and eating crap all the time.

Tonight we went on our first grocery shopping trip to Whole Foods and to say it was overwhelming would be the understatement of the century. We are brand new to this, obviously, and had a hard time figuring out what we can actually eat. It also didn’t help that the one closest to us is tiny, and overflowing with massive amounts of people. I’m hoping we’ll be more prepared next time, but we might have to choose a different time of day/day of the week to go, if we can find when it’s less crazy!

So that’s where we’re at.

I’ve had people react to my telling all of this two ways. A few people think I’m crazy for putting it all out on the table, but most people have told me they think it’s awesome that I’m able to be so open about it. I’ve had a bunch of people contact me behind the scenes with stories. Some to say “We’re going through it too, and we get it”, others saying “We went through the same thing, and now we’re pregnant!”, and yet others saying “We tried for a long time, and now we’re going through the adoption process”. Hearing these stories honestly helps so much. It gives us so much hope and comfort to know that we’re not alone in this, we’re not “broken” because of this, and that we have a long way to go, filled with options. So, if you’re someone who can’t fathom how I can be so public about something so personal, I hope you can understand that this is just what works for me. By letting people in, I’m giving them a chance to relate to me, and to support me, and it really is making all the difference.

xoxo

**Fun fact, I’ll be going to a baby shower next weekend, for a friend who has been trying for 7 years. SEVEN! If that doesn’t give us hope that it will eventually happen, I don’t know what will!

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2013 House Project Recaps: Chair Rail and Crown Molding

February 11, 2014

I meant to take the month of January to catch you up on all the house projects we completed in 2013. Obviously I didn’t get it done last month, but hopefully I can get them all posted in the next couple weeks! The next big project I’ll tell you about is in our dining room! […]

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2013 House Project Recaps: The Kitchen

January 6, 2014

I meant to take the month of January to catch you up on all the house projects we completed in 2013. Obviously I didn’t get it done last month, but hopefully I can get them all posted in the next couple weeks! The next project I’ll tell you about is the kitchen! This is one […]

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2013 House Project Recaps: The Deck

January 2, 2014

I’m taking the month of January to catch you up on all the house projects we completed in 2013! Hopefully I can get them all in this month, so that I can start telling you about current projects by February! The first project I’ll tell you about is the deck! You may remember that our […]

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Happy New Year!!

January 1, 2014

Happy 2014! We hope your year is filled with faith, hope, and love.   *We made our card on cardstore.com, the same site we used last year!

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2014 Hopes and Dreams

December 31, 2013

Earlier today I told you how I did in 2013, and now I’m back to tell you what we’re both hoping for in 2014! Lindsey’s List: Get pregnant Read 20 books Have an unforgettable 30th birthday party Blog regularly (I’m not stating a specific timeline this year, because I always aim too high) Go fully […]

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2013 Resolutions Recap

December 31, 2013

Last year I wrote two separate posts about what I hoped for the New Year. One was full of wishes for the new year, not things I needed, but things I hoped would happen. The other was the things I was ready to change/work for! Here’s how I did: 20 Wishes: Take our big Europe […]

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On Our Eleventh and Twelfth Dates of Christmas

December 30, 2013

On our Eleventh Date of Christmas, we had a very special date night in the City! Right after work, we parked our car in the North Shore, and took a walk over the bridge to Point State Park. I was hoping to get some good photos of the Christmas Tree, but it was way too […]

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A snippit on forgiveness…and a strange spam comment

December 30, 2013

I got this really weird comment on the blog the other day. It’s crazy that I even saw it, because I almost marked it as spam without even reading it. It came to my email, and the very first line caught my eye enough to read the rest. I don’t know if someone purposely put […]

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