Daily Blessings

Throughout this fertility journey, no matter how much life has thrown at me, I will remember my blessings & affirmations each day.

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Sunshine Award

What a nice gift on a Tuesday.  My blog has been nominated for a Sunshine Award! Very exciting indeed.  I want to thank Jesselyn over at http://everylittlethingsgonnabealright.wordpress.com/ for my nomination. This is an award that is given to writers who brighten other people’s days. I feel like my blogs are 90% madness / 10% humorous. If they brighten your day, then you too must be a little mad.  As my buddy the Mad Hatter says, “We’re all mad here.”

sunshine award


So, here are the rules:

  • Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post
  • Include a link to the blogger who nominated you (above)
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
  • Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them


Here are the 10 questions that were asked of me:

  1. What is your deepest fear? Failure. Failure at _________.  Insert about any word.
  2. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? freaking sock a lot away for fertility treatments, probably buy a ton of baby swag, get new cars, invest & donate.
  3. Why do you blog? Anonymous blogging is one of the only non-judgmental outlets I have when it comes to my fertility journey. I’m still “in the closet” to 90% of my real life friends. Blogging also lets me interact and relate to others who go through similar circumstances.
  4. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? I’d have to say my husband, because I miss him so much.
  5. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? architect, horticulturalist and/or a Broadway star.
  6. What is a meal from childhood that you crave? I don’t particularly remember eating anything too appetizing as a youngster. I crave macaroni & cheese and my mom’s Thanksgiving stuffing.
  7. Name 3 of your weirdest quirks. Only 3??? 1) I sing to my cat.  I make up lyrics to existing songs, but also have some originals.  2) I use hand sanitizer like a mofo, total germaphobe. But this is for many reasons. I have a bad immune system & I am a med tech (lab worker) by trade. 3) I have to have all my pillows (5) perfectly aligned before I go to sleep. I also can’t have to pillowcases bunching up, they have to be smooth. 
  8. What quality of your hero do you wish you had? Complete faith in God & also myself.
  9. What is the one thing that can always make you smile when you feel really sad? The Golden Girls & pictures of cats lol
  10. What kind of candy describes you and why? A chocolate truffle.  Looks plain on the outside, but on the inside it’s gooey and delicious.

And the nominees are:


Here are your 10 questions to answer:

1) When you got nominated, did you sing “You are my sunshine” in your head?
2) Why & when did you start your blog?
3) Name 3 ways your fertility journey has impacted your life today.
4) If you could go back, what would you do differently?
5) … what would you keep the same?
6) Name an embarrassing story so we can all laugh at you… errrr with you!
7) Do you have a favorite vacation that you’ve took?
8) Name one thing you have to get accomplished this week, no matter how big or small.
9) State one tidbit of advice for those still strolling on the journey towards reaching their goal of a baby.
10) Favorite dessert?



Let’s Support One Another

As Infertility Awareness Week continues, I wanted to share a bit more helpful information I’ve been seeing with the community here. Resolve has posted links to the first batch of Bloggers Unite entries… And I am happy to see some familiar faces on the list. I think it’s very important that we not only support each other as a community, but learn from each other. Infertility is such a deep, twisted maze and finding answers can seem impossible at times. I know I can attest to the vast amount of knowledge I’ve gained from the blogs of others. I always say, you have to be your own health advocate. No one knows your body better than you.

http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/2013-join-the-movement-blog-posts-page-1.html <— Here’s that link.

I challenge you to subscribe / follow just 1 new blogger today. Heck, or go crazy & follow ALL of them!

Resolve: Bloggers Unite – Do Your Part

Resolve: Bloggers Unite - Do Your Part

National Infertility Awareness week is coming up soon. If you aren’t familiar with “Resolve.org” I suggest you familiarize yourself because they are pretty awesome.

http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/home-page.html <— My laptop is being ridic and won't let me add a hyperlink!

One Year Anny

Knock on wood, but it’s a relief to be feeling normal again physically. Back to my old self.

I have been puttering around the house, finally cleaning, organizing, & running a couple errands when I decided to finally have a seat and relax. Of course there’s never really time for relaxation, as there’s always weird TTC research to be done. 

But then I remembered, I needed to write in my blog what I was thankful for today. So I came here and logged onto WordPress. I had a little trophy picture at the top of my blog: “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.”  So it’s been a year. I could take it someplace dark and say, it’s been a year and I am still childless and no better off than I was when I started this damn thing.

OR I could suck up the pain, try to stay positive, and say that despite still being childless, I’ve grown & learned so much this past year. Sometimes I feel like the’ Little Engine Who Could’; I somehow keep chugging along even when I feel like giving up. But there’s hope. Somewhere there’s hope. There’s got to be a light at the end of this tunnel. Hasn’t there?

So, today I am thankful to have some strength back, ‘The Bible’ on the History Channel, good friends, & learning how to practice patience.


Leibster Blog Award

I’ll borrow the words from my fellow TTCer & nominator IVF male @ http://ivfmale.wordpress.com/. Thank you for nominating me for a Leibster Blog Award! This award is granted to up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging. Like my nominator, this is my first blog nomination. I hope everyone gets to know me a little better from this.

The instructions are:

1) to answers the 11 questions written by your nominator.
2) to nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
3) to write 11 of your own questions for each nominee to answer.

Let the games begin.

Here are my questions I will be answering. I’m a BIT long winded by nature… Be prepared:

1.What inspired you to start your blog? I needed a different outlet to talk about my fertility journey. I belong to a fertility support group that I’ve been a part of for 3+ years now, but needed more. I was one of the very very few who were still TTC baby #1 after that long of a time & I felt very alone some days. I also wanted to reach out to others who were going through the same type of journey. I came upon a blog once, and the girl had the exact same 2 clotting mutations that I had and she had lost her first baby. She then went on to have her first born with the help of her new diagnosis. It touched me so much & inspired me. It gave me hope. I want to give others hope.

2.Describe one feature you wish WordPress had that it doesn’t. I WISH that the link button & bold buttons would work when using my laptop!! For some reason, it only works properly on my tablet, which is uber annoying. I also wish you could see your photos your post while drafting a blog, instead of the “picture link” mumbo jumbo.

3.What quality about yourself are you most proud of? My strength as a woman. In every aspect.

4.Describe your fondest childhood memory. Swinging on my swingset & riding my bike in the neighborhood during summertime.

5.Tell me about your first car. Oh Lord. It was a 1991 silver Grand AM, piece of shit (pardon my cursing). The day I traded it in for my next car, it was beyond on its last leg! It used to stall out randomly on the side of the road. If you let it sit there for awhile, it would always start back up. I left the windows down a few times & it rained… so the car reaked of smelly feet! But it was the nicest car of any of my friends. Things were simpler then. No one had money & nice things, but we were happy.

6.Who inspires you and why? Strong women. I was never exactly “proud” of my womanhood until I began on this baby journey. It wasn’t until I saw others overcome these insane obstacles, sorrows, devistations that I realized how freaking awesome it is to be a woman. {no offense, men}. I now have close friends who have had their husbands murdered, had stillborn babies, had 12 miscarriages, had relatives dropping like flies, had surgeries, infections, etc and are STILL going strong. That’s some powerful stuff.

7.Tell me the most recent joke you’ve heard that was really funny. Yeah, I honestly can’t think of one.

8.What do you want others to remember you by? That I was a good friend, daughter, relative. I was loyal & strong & worked hard.

9.Which question above do you wish I hadn’t asked? The one about the joke.

10.What question didn’t I ask you wish I had? Do you have regrets? or If you had it all to do over, what would you change? That’s a good question.

11.Do you think I made up the last two questions because I ran out of questions? HA! Taking the easy way out… Men… 😉

Now, I am to nominate 11 of my fellow bloggers for this award. This is the part I’ll enjoy.

1) Jessica from http://frommybathtub.wordpress.com/
2) Sam from http://bendsinajourney.wordpress.com/
3) Juno from http://wantababybelly.wordpress.com
4) http://myinnervoiceislaughingatme.wordpress.com
5) Angie from http://livinglavidamommy.wordpress.com/
6) Mrs W from http://alliwanttodooo.com/
7) http://thestorkdiaries.wordpress.com/
8) 2berrys from http://35life.wordpress.com/
9) Kat from http://girlykat.wordpress.com/
10) Sunnyside & Scrambled from http://twogoodeggsblog.wordpress.com/
11) http://laughingpromises.wordpress.com/

Hmm, not to come up with 11 questions for my bloggers to answer.

1) When did you start your blog & why?
2) When was your “a-ha” moment on your fertility journey where you decided to get serious?
3) If you could start from the beginning, would you change anything during your TTC journey? If so, what?
4) Favorite coffee drink?
5) Pets? Tell me about them.
6) What’s one thing that not a lot of people, if any, in the real world know about you? (Don’t worry, cyberspace is safe)
7) What is one piece of wisdom you can give to someone who is in your current situation? Whether that is as a mom, a wife, a TTCer, etc?
8) Celebrity Crush??
9) One thing you love & hate about winter?
10) Favorite holiday/s & why?
11) Will you follow and support these other fine bloggers listed?

Again, SORRY for the lack of links… Take it up with Dell.
Til next time…

Future Blog Post Ideas

** I figured I needed to write these ideas down so I could be held somewhat accountable for them **

1) castor oil pack how-to
2) my homemade dryer sheets
3) Going Green one bar of soap at a time
4) Recipes, recipes, recipes
5) Pictures of the cat (always a crowd pleaser)
6) my fertility yoga routine
7) a day in the life of a housewife
8) cleaning secrets (money savers)
9) TTC after a loss
10) Lab tests review from the expert (moi)
11) craft projects
12) product reviews
13) my growing baby product stash

I’m open to suggestions, so leave a comment below on what you’d like to see.

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