Friday Favorites #8

Friday Favorites #8

Happy Friday!

Woo hoo!  This week dragged on for some reason but I’m super glad to see Friday.  I’m going to get right into what’s on the agenda for today’s post as it’s all fun stuff.  Friday Favorites!  Just a few things I’ve enjoyed this week and from around the web lately.  Enjoy then go check out some other favorites over on Heather’s Friday Favorites link up post :-)

Favorite Date Night – Of course it had to be my special date with my little guy :-)

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Why I Stopped Drinking Caffeine and the Delicious Drink I found to Replace it!

Why I Stopped Drinking Caffeine and the Delicious Drink I found to Replace it!

There’s nothing better than a warm cup of coffee in the morning to start the day.  I just love it!  The smell, the warmth, the comfort, the taste.  I’ve just always enjoyed it.  While I’ve never been addicted to caffeine or anything I definitely would look forward to at least one cup of coffee each day.   Not only for the boost of energy, but just the sheer comfort of sipping a  warm, soothing beverage in the early hours of the day.

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Date Night with my Little Man :-)

Date Night with my Little Man :-)

Hi there!

How’s your week going?  Half-way to Friday!  Which I’m looking forward to as we have a day trip planned into San Francisco to watch a Giants game.  Go Giants!

Until the weekend we are going through our normal weekly routine.  With the exception of a special evening for myself and my little man last night.

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If You’re Eating Tuna, You Should be Eating Safe Catch!

If You’re Eating Tuna, You Should be Eating Safe Catch!

I used to dislike tuna.  Not fresh tuna but canned tuna.  Mainly because I had heard such horrible things about the fish they use and the way they catch the fish.  Many big brands use longline fishery which is the use of a long fishing line with multiple hooks that can stretch for many miles. Thousands of tons of seabirds, sea turtles, sharks and other marine life are hooked and then left to die on the lines.

So I just avoided it.  Then I discovered that there were companies that were committed to sustainable fishing practices and distributing a product that is safe to eat.  Even still I worried about mercury.  What most people these days worry about when they think about tuna.  Especially those of us with kiddos.  Mercury is highly toxic and kids are most susceptible to the harmful effects.

Luckily there is a brand that is creating a product that is not only sustainable but is produced with tuna that has been individually tested for mercury.  Yes you read that right, EACH fish is tested for their mercury level.

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Weekend Review

Weekend Review

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It sure does go by fast doesn’t it?

This weekend was another one at home but those never seem to be very uneventful.  We kicked off the weekend Friday with our second theme dinner at our friend’s house.

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Friday Favorites #7

Friday Favorites #7

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone had a wonderful week.  We definitely did but are ready for the weekend for sure!  We don’t have anything major planned but that’s actually exactly the type of weekend I’m looking for.  We have a fun friend theme dinner tonight, are having a garage sale tomorrow and working around the house.  Possible date night tomorrow night then a relaxing day Sunday.  Probably yoga, grocery shopping and meal prep :-)

Today I’m linking up with Heather for a fun Friday Favorites round up.  This week I’m sharing a few favorites from my week as well as some from around the web.  Enjoy!

Favorite first – First day of Pre-K for this guy!

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5 Ways to Support a Friend Who’s Suffered a Pregnancy Loss

5 Ways to Support a Friend Who’s Suffered a Pregnancy Loss

For some reason, miscarriages are often a topic that isn’t discussed.  Women who suffer them tend to keep it and the pain that ensues to themselves.  Some may do this because they truly don’t want to discuss it and I can completely understand.  However some, I’ve discovered through readings and discussions with others, keep it to themselves because they feel shameful, embarrassed or that it was something they did.  I can definitely relate to those feelings as I experienced them with each one of my miscarriages.  Part of the reason I feel that we as women experience those feelings is because miscarriage has always been such a hush, hush topic.  Like many others, up until I had one, I thought miscarriages very rarely happened.  The truth is, it happens more frequently that we think.  In fact, it’s estimated that 10% – 20% of women who know they are pregnant will miscarry before 20 weeks.  Since many miscarriage occur without some women even knowing, that number is most likely even higher.  Unfortunately most of those that do know will experience a roller coaster of emotions associated with that loss.

I like to think of myself as a fairly strong individual.  Especially when faced with tough situations.  However, I definitely experienced some unpleasant emotions during each of my pregnancy losses.    Sometimes I felt immense sadness.  Sometimes I felt anger, guilt, isolation and often times frustration.  Most of us experience those feelings from time to time but I’ll admit that experiencing them over and over again month after month for the past year and a half has been very trying.   Luckily I’ve had a pretty great support system to help me get through those trying times.  In case you ever have a friend who experiences one, I thought I’d share a few ways others supported me through mine.

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10 Quick and Healthy Back to School Breakfasts for Kids and Adults!

10 Quick and Healthy Back to School Breakfasts for Kids and Adults!

Yay for back to school!  Okay so I have to admit it’s a little bitter-sweet for me as this time of year always brings back so many happy memories from teaching.  The anticipation of the first day and meeting all those adorable faces was one of my most favorite times of year.  Now I just get to experience it through all my teacher friends as they anxiously await (and majorly prep) for the first day.  Well okay I don’t only get to experience it through them.  The Love Nugget goes to school too!

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Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Blue Diamond

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Blue Diamond

“This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds”

Who’s still melting in hot weather?!?  I am!  This week we’re back up in the 100’s.  Which I know is mild compared to those in places like Death Valley where it reached 120!  Do people actually live there?  Crazy!

The Love Nugget still insists on playing outside.  While I try to keep him indoors when it’s over 100 degrees it’s hard to argue when he’s happily playing in his sandbox while I try to get something done.  He’s in the shade so i usually allow him to play for a little while but then bring him inside to cool him down.  Which we do by enjoying lots of popsicles, frozen grapes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

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Two Week Wait is Over and…

I’m not pregnant :-(

If  you have no idea what I’m talking about you can read about it here, and here.  Basically we went through infertility treatments and a week ago I was patiently waiting out my two week wait.

I’ll be honest, I thought I was 100% pregnant.  My breasts were sore (sorry TMI), I was nauseous, I was fatigued and I was starving.  All signs I had experienced in my prior pregnancies (1 viable 4 miscarried).  Then one day I woke up and I felt normal.  Just like with my past miscarriages, all my symptoms were gone and almost immediately I started spotting.  Lightly at first so when I spoke with the nurse she said to wait to take my at home test for another day (all this started happening the day before my two week wait was over).   While she sounded hopeful, deep down I knew what was happening.

That night I lost it.  I honestly thought I was miscarrying again and felt so mad at myself that I lost another one.  I spent the evening in my bed, crying and feeling sorry for myself.

Then I thought about the positive.  Yes there is a positive.

When we went in for our final appointment before we would do timed conception they were concerned because I had several large follicles.  The more follicles you have enlarged the higher your chance of multiples.  Since I was going out of town for Blogfest, we had to prolong the Trigger shot and timed conception a few days which increased my risk even more.

While we desperately want a baby, that’s all we want.  ONE baby.  Of course I know my chances of having multiples is higher by going that route.  However, when you hear the nurse say, “Let’s hope there’s no more than three in there.”  You get a little panicky.  Which is how I was feeling.

So when I began my period a few days after the spotting started I knew I hadn’t been pregnant and I honestly felt a bit relieved.

For one, I hadn’t experienced another miscarrige.  That’s HUGE for me!

For two, we weren’t pregnant with multiples!  Maybe a bit selfish on my part but even the doctor admitted that the way we had to go about doing things wasn’t routine.  Since I was going out of town they had less time to monitor me and my follicles.  So if and when I decided to go for round two I know they will have more control over my risks of multiples

Finally, I was a little excited because I started my cycle!  This was the first time I’ve had an actual period (on my own) in well over a year.  So to know that I could possibly track my own ovulation was pretty exciting.

So, where do we go from here?

It’s no secret I wasn’t thrilled about going the infertility treatment route.  I HATED putting the hormones/drugs into my body and really struggled with doing so.  I definitely experienced negative side effects and for over a month felt depressed, sad, and unhappy.  Yes, if we were to have gotten pregnant it all would have been worth it.  However, is this the route I want to go to get pregnant?  No.  Do I think I could possibly get pregnant on my own?  Yes, I do think so but I might need a little assistance to carry to term.   Part of what they did to assist me in getting pregnant was to thicken my uterine lining and get helped to get my hormones a little more balanced with estrogen and progesterone.  So part of my thought process right now is to try to go about doing things the old fashioned way, then supplement with progesterone and blood thinners (due to my MTHFR) once we do get pregnant.  I say “my thought process” because I haven’t yet met with my doctor to see what he thinks.

I am taking a month off though and just letting things be for a little bit.  First off  the nurse told me that I had so many enlarged follicles that there could still be a chance of having multiples if I were to get pregnant right now.  She even mentioned that they might skip a cycle or two due to that if we did decide to do another round.  Second I just want some time to breathe and work on me a little bit.  For the past two + years nearly everything has been about getting and staying pregnant.  I’m constantly worried about my cycle, what I’m eating, what exercises I’m doing, am I stressed, am I sleeping enough, am I taking enough supplements on and on and on…

Yes, I desperately want a baby and preferably before The Love Nugget starts college 😉  However, I know that taking care of me is equally – if not more important – than just working on a baby.  If I’m not 100% healthy in mind and body, will my baby be?  Or will I be during my pregnancy?   So for now I’m just chillin’.  Literally.  I’m enjoying exercising again.  (Don’t worry, keeping it mellow).  I’m planning a few fun things with friends, camping, and other adventures in the next month or so to just relax and enjoy life as it is now.  While we are definitely not giving up, I just need a little time to get back to being me.

So there you have it.  My two week update.  I had really hoped to be sharing much more positive news with you all but just know that we are happy and moving forward :-)

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