Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A long awaited thank you

We visited my NaPro doctor on Friday (left) and our Creighton instructor (right).  The visit seemed surreal.  I went to many previous appointments feeling frustrated with the IF journey but knowing my health was in good hands.  This time, we sat in the doctor's office with our baby girl.  With a girl who played with his stethoscope.  With a much different perspective than before.  With a familiarity with HCG shots, which have been added to my medications again (separate post forthcoming).

Our doctor and Creighton instructor walked with us the entire 3.5 years of IF.  They played a vital role in our baby coming into this world, for which we are forever grateful.  I feel more in tune with my health thanks to them.  As we left his office, my doctor said, "You are no longer patients, but fellow soldiers in this fight."

So true.  And now this photo, which I never fathomed would happen, will now appear in KB's baby book.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Quick Takes Friday

1.  Mother Nature corrected the unseasonably warm weather earlier this week: as I type this post, flakes are falling.  At least we have a Ma.tt Mahe.r concert tomorrow night to keep the cold away.  His music is absolutely amazing. :)

2.  Some KB (who will turn 15 months tomorrow) milestones: imitating!  She can drink out of an empty coffee cup (gee, where did she learn that?), rub her hands (as if with sanitizer), brush/comb hair, and mimic words.

3.  The HHS mandate for Catholic institutions has been in the news this week.  I think cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan succinctly explains in a WSJ editorial why this is such a big deal to Catholics.

4. In reference to #4, I am a non-partisan voter.  Always have been.  Several of my friends and family who work for the church could lose their health insurance if the mandate goes into law. The mere idea of the government imposing its will on a religious group and its tenants scares me.  So the issue is not about partisan politics or whether or not people agree with the Church's teachings; it's about religious freedom.

5.  Soapbox over. Now that KB is one, a new chapter will begin in the coming year.  I think More Like Mary, More Like Me really hit the nail on the head about wanting more children but also afraid of what that can hold, and knowing things will get wishy washy!  Truly, I hope to post more about the matter when not confined to the boundaries of KB's nap time.

6.  I have an appointment with our NaPro doctor next Friday to discuss our quest to TTC for #2.  Two very strange cycles have emerged the past couple months that are disconcerting, so some questions need to be answered.  Oh Lord, here we go again.  Help us to keep walking though fears assail us!

To end this post on a funny note, here is one of my favorite You.Tube videos of all time.  Relax and enjoy a hilarious take on the classical symphony!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3 Things I am Grateful for Today

Today, I am so grateful for:

1.  A 48-degree day in February, with sunshine to boot!

2.  The lovely ladies, especially my mom, who posted on my blog giveaway. :)

3.   Hebrews' insightful post hits the nail on the head: more people seem to come out in support of pregnancy rather than infertility.  In my particular case, once I talked about IF more frequently, more support came my way.  However, that is rather atypical.

4.  MIRACLES.  Congrats to All Things and my BLOOD TEST BUDDY.  Some of you readers from  my early adventures may recall Blood Test Buddy, who has been TTC for almost 6 years.  She is 10 weeks pg!  She's the one that accompanied me during my harrowing blood test panel. Praise God for giving the gift of Life to these women!