Monday, July 28, 2008

Fun and Crazy Weekend!

Watching the Amish build our neighbors home on Friday afternoon was only the start to my great weekend! On Saturday, we had my sister's surprise 30th birthday party!!!! Happy Birthday Debbie!!!! (although it's not officially until the middle of August) Her husband though this would be a good way to surprise her. Boy was she surprised!!! I was glad a lot of her friends came from all over to celebrate with her.

On Sunday, we went boating with our friends Brett and Andrea. It was quite the eventful boat ride to say the least. Although it was a picture perfect day, Lake Erie was so horribly choppy. The wind must have been blowing in just the right direction because I have never seen such high waves on their boat. Luckily for us, we were headed to Fairport Harbor beach to swim which is in a channel protected by the waves. The boat ride to and from the beach was extremely choppy and I surprised I didn't lose my lunch in the process!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Day in the Life of our Neighborhood

I wanted to dedicate this post to the hard working Amish men that travel here every day from their farms to build our new homes. This is the one thing that I witness every day in my life since moving here and I felt the need to mention them. Mostly because as I write this post on my day off, they are pounding away outside my front door building my neighbors home.
We are up by 7am every morning whether we want to be or not. The morning is kicked off by the constant pounding of hammers, the shrill sound of a saw cutting into wood, and the loud motors of large trucks delivering their supplies. One would think that the housing market slump was not even an issue around here. We moved in as the only residents on this cul-de-sac and that changed very quickly. I really enjoy seeing all the new homes go up. I also love to see what each family selects as "their colors", seeing what floor plan they have chosen and seeing who the new neighbors are. There are times when I will wish this whole new construction phase away as I look forward to having a yard to enjoy and for the pool and clubhouse to finally be built, but for now I am really enjoying the constant change and excitement around here. Here are a few pictures of the Amish men building the new house next door to us and the new homes under construction on the other side of the cul-de-sac from us. It amazes me how things change every day around here in which I am very grateful just to be here to witness all of it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fun new purchases at Target this weekend.

I finally bought a few items I have been lusting after at Target this weekend. I love the brown and blue quilt.

I plan on keeping this as our Summer bedding and as a throw when winter rolls around. As you know I have also been lusting after the silve ball lamp with the white drum shade. I broke down and bought it this weekend. I am "trying it out" right now on our end table just to see how it looks so please excuse the plastic wrap around the shade. So far, I like it more than I thought.

I am also in love with a few other lamps as well so the plastic is not coming off just yet. I love the new canopy line at Wal-Mart.
Who would have thought? So I am also considering this lamp as well. Then there is the Crate and Barrel lamp that are total budget busters but just as adorable. Decisions, decisions.....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Updated Exterior House pics!

I have not had a chance yet to post recent pictures of our new home. The last picture I shared we didn't even have a driveway yet. Our builder also provides each of us with a mailbox that has a planter attached. Look at how beautiful my petunia's are after all the rain we have been having this summer!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Acupuncturist was a @#$#%!

Jeff and I went to my first acupuncture appointment today. I was not impressed. We were both very aprehensive about the procedure in general and she did not help her cause at all. First, we walk into the procedure room and she had an acupuncture needle from someone else sticking out the chair cushion. That completely freaked me out and it just went down hill from there. She starts analyzing my charts (the last ones I did were from the Fall 2007) and said my hormones were all irratic and my progesterone is low and causing major fluctuations in my cycle. I also told her about my miscarriage in which she starts blaming on old blood and comparing my lining to painting over already pealing paint. Not once did she say she was sorry for our loss and blamed it all on my body. I understand that this could be very true and all, but she was just so heartless and insensitive about the whole thing. I left the place feeling horrible about myself and broke down in tears in the car. We did end up buying the Infertility Cure book from her which I plan on reading. If I enjoy the book, I think I am just going to seek out another acupuncturist.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Next Steps:Acupuncture

I called a highly recommended acupuncturist (thanks Susie!) for the first time today to discuss her treatments and my IF situation. She asked me a few questions about my cycles and unexplained diagnosis. She immediately said my short cycles are probably causing our IF. My cycles are shorter than 28 days, they are usually around 24-26 days although my LP phase is right on target. According to her, my eggs do not develop enough to fertilize well since I ovulate around day 10-12. She said it can also cause undeveloped embryos which can lead to miscarriage which I have also had. I asked her why my short cycles were not a concern to my RE. She said that in the western medicine world, since I am ovulating every month, getting regular periods, and have a strong lp phase, this isn't a concern for them. According to her study, my cycles are a problem. I want to believe her and would love to think it's just a tweaking of my cycles that would bring us success. She recommended the book "The Infertility Cure", and to make an initial consultation appointment. At this point, I am willing to try anything. Let's hope I only do need a few tweaks here and there to bring us a family.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my 34th birthday, yikes! I don't feel 34, I still feel like a twenty something year old, but I guess the numbers don't lie! I decided for the heck of it to test this morning. It's 11 days past our IUI and there is a small chance that the pg test could be accurate by now. I have had a lot of great birthdays recently that I thought I would try my luck at another great one. We got engaged on my 30th birthday, we signed our contract to build on my 33rd birthday, so why not try for somethig big on this one? Unfortunately it was negative. I told myself not to test if a negative result was going to bring me down on my birthday and I promised myself that it wouldn't. I was dissappointed of course but know it's early. We'll just pray that's the case!!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


I was thinking the other day that my blog just wasn't complete without a picture of Hyphen. I still think of him often and pray that one day he will ask God to bring him a sibling. Why did we name our unborn child Hyphen do you ask? Jeff decided to name him Hyphen one day since the baby book I was reading at the time said that my baby was the size of a hyphen. Jeff just started calling him that and it stuck! Looking at the picture, it appears that I was having more of a salamander than a baby but you can still see his little head and torso. When I find myself feeling down about our IF issues, I will get the picture of Hyphen out to remind myself that it did happen once and it will again, it's just a matter of time. I needed some positive thoughts today so what better than to scan his little picture in?