Thursday, December 13, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
On a happier note, Audrey, your notes this week were a happy spot in my week. I'm so excited for you and your pregnancy! I can't wait to catch-up on your blog!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Last weekend was an amazing weekend!...well, mostly. J
|Oh, the mosquitos!|
|The silly bride|
Happy Friday everyone!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Todd’s childhood best friend, Michael, and his wife, Samantha, are pregnant! They are the first text I blogged about weeks ago, and I said I had to wait at least another 6 weeks to tell their names. They went through IVF, too. Another success story!!! We are so excited for them! The best part is that they are getting a little girl. Todd said Michael has always been great with the ladies, so I know he’ll be a great father to one. J
For those that don’t know the back story, Sam and Mike have been back in our lives for about 5 years, I think. Todd and Mike had lost touch because they didn’t have their awesome wives to keep them in contact with each other. J When I started dating Todd, I kept hearing about this Mike guy. He told so many stories about them growing up together. Anyway, I decided to look on MySpace (yes, we were still using MySpace, so maybe it’s been longer) to see if I could find him. I did. He only lived about 20 minutes away from us at the time, so I sent him a message. Sam happened to be the one that checked their account and called him to tell him some girl was messaging him about a guy named Todd Provence. He asked if Todd looked like Ben Affleck (I still don’t see the resemblance, but it’s a funny part of the story), and Sam agreed that maybe he did. Anyway, we made a dinner date for them, and they were reunited at Uncle Julio’s in Addison, Texas. They are seriously adorable together. I love watching their relationship and how Todd lights up when he gets to talk to Mike. It’s like talking to a brother for him. Mike was in our wedding, and that really meant a lot to Todd and me.
Samantha and I have a special bond because she’s been through IVF, and I’m going through it…plus, our husbands are secretly in love. She’s one of those people that are beautiful inside and out, and I know that sounds cliché. It’s so true, though. She’s like a real-life Barbie doll. J We’ve always gotten along so well, and I’m blessed to have her to answer all of my questions about IVF, too! Between her and Rachel, I tend to blow-up their phones anytime I need to know something. Thanks for being so great, Sam!!
Todd and I feel blessed to have them as friends and are elated that they are going to be parents soon! Congratulations, Sam and Mike! We are so thrilled for you!!
(By the way, I asked Todd the other day if he was sure he was still up for the challenge of having more kids at his age. Not that he’s old, but I wanted to make sure he still wanted to do this, again. His response was, “If Mike can do it, so can I.” They are so cute together!)
|The Happy Parents|
Rachel is another patient of Dr. Bundren’s. She’s also in my Bunco group. She and Dustin both grew-up in Sand Springs where I’m from. She’s the main reason we decided to check-out Dr. B, and she’s been wonderful during my process. She’s always very patient with my numerous questions.
The real exciting news is that Rachel and Dustin aren’t just going to have one baby…they’re going to have twins! Yay, yay, yay!!! Look at the cute way she announced their pregnancy…
They're going to be such wonderful parents!
|Dustin and Rachel|
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Today, I put a simple post on Facebook that said, “Blogging is therapeutic.” I have had the most awesome response from it. Several people have messaged or commented to encourage me on my journey. Some of them have actually gone through IVF while the others are just amazingly sympathetic. It’s crazy how many people have gone through fertility issues and you never knew about it. What I have learned is that my blog is helpful to at least one other woman. I said from the beginning that I was writing this blog 1) to help me remember what all I went through (since my pregnancy brain has kicked in with Lupron) and 2) to hopefully help someone else going through the same thing. Mission accomplished!!!
The other day, I was asking my mom if this many of her friends had trouble getting pregnant. Back when she was having my sisters, IVF was unheard of. With me, it was still so new that I doubt she had ever heard of it personally. I asked her what they used to do when they couldn’t get pregnant, and she said they adopted. However, it makes me wonder why it seems that so many more people are turning to infertility treatments nowadays then adopted back in the day. (Does that make sense, or am I rambling, again?) It just dawned on me. Women didn’t used to wait as long to have children as we do now. That’s probably it. I bet the average age of mothers is higher than it used to be. Nothing wrong with that, though. I’ll be 32 before I get pregnant and close to 33 when I have the baby. That’s just the first one! (Todd, don’t even start on the “we’ll have one and see how you do before we have the second”. J He loves that line as much as I love the “You have kids?!” line that I use when he tells someone about our first three. Such comedians. ) Anyway, so I just went through an entire train of thought while typing. Must be fun for any readers I have. In this paragraph, I basically stated and solved a problem. Yay, me!
So on another note, Todd is learning to handle my mood swings very well. This morning, I told him I was having an emotional day…again. He said, “Did something happen or just Lupron?” J He’s learning so well! For the most part, my mood swings haven’t been anything different than what they were before. I think after we’re through with all of this, he’ll still be saying, “Did something happen or just because you’re a woman?” J
Floating house update: Our wood floors are still there and stained. Nothing else has happened. Basically, there is no update to give. I just wanted everyone to rest assured that our wood floors haven’t gone anywhere. J We should be getting baseboards tomorrow. My husband is diligently working to get our home put back together, which means he still isn’t traveling. Yay for no traveling!! Tonight will be our first night back in the house, so pray that I don’t step on any tack strips in the dark. Yikes!
Oh, and I'm still taking yoga on Saturdays. I convinced Todd to go with me once, he loved it! He actually uses the breathing techniques when work gets stressful. He even went back with me a second time and insisted we find time in our day to make it to class. I love that he loves yoga! I love my yoga man!!
Friday, October 26, 2012
|This is what my kitchen has looked like since the flood happened, and Farmers' think it's "livable"|
|Here's Mimi taking her dinner break|
|Mom is funny!|
|Our cute blue shoes|
Hours later, the disaster restoration company came and started tearing out everything, and I mean everything. They took all of the carpet, hardwood, and baseboards from the living room, office, master bedroom, master closet, entryway, and the girls’ bedroom/closet.
|Our bedroom without carpet|
|Our living room with the fans|
|Our bathroom with the fans|
|Alvin tearing up our hardwoods. I hated watching this!|
|Kaleb's room...the only place the didn't flood downstairs, so it gets to be storage.|
|The girls' room|
|Our new dishwasher...the hose outside and the sun|
|Our new hardwoods before stain|
|Our new hardwoods after stain|
Monday, October 8, 2012
Eight years ago yesterday, I met the man of my dreams.
This morning, I found him ironing. Man, we make a good team!
He was ironing napkins for my Bunco party tomorrow night. This was at 6:30 in the morning!! He spent the weekend helping me prepare for this party. He's absolutely amazing! I do realize how lucky I am to have him. I love you, Todd!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
What it made me realize is that there is kind of a community for those going through infertility treatment. As soon as you learn someone else is doing/had to do IVF/IUI, you immediately connect! They’re immediately empathetic for what you’re putting up with.