Sunday, October 30, 2011

This publication from The Endocrine Society is intended for a medical audience. It contains three different opinions (not 100% in agreement with each other) about the use of metformin in the treatment of PCOS. If you are looking for reading material to provide to your doctor about the use of metformin in the treatment of PCOS, or the use of metformin during pregnancy, this might help him or her to understand both PCOS itself, and the reason that metformin might be worth trying. More important than the opinions themselves are the many, many references cited in the margins that your doctor can go to to learn even more. You may be able to help your doctor/health partner learn something new!

I saw the above info on a facebook I subscribe to regarding PCOS. While metformin and metformin XR did nothing for me - there was change and positive results with glumetza (which IS metformin but absorbed differently. Read with an open mind!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Love is a virtue

"That is why love is a virtue. It is a language to be learned, a musical instrument to be practiced, a mountain to be climbed via some steep and tricky cliff paths but with the most amazing view from the top. It is one of the things that will last; one of the traits of character which provides a genuine anticipation of that complete humanness we are promised at the end. And it is one of the things, therefore, which can be anticipated in the present on the basis of the future goal...which is already given in Jesus Christ. It is part of the future which can be drawn down into the present." ~ N. T. Wright, After You Believe, p. 183





Ten of my cysters are pregnant! PREGNANT! BFP's - pregnant!

I can't even begin to explain how excited and happy I am for these women. I just feel so over-the-moon elated! God is good! God is great!

I am so thankful to hear this news and to hopefully be a part of their new journey.

I don't want to name their names, but I do want them to know that I love them and as always... I'm here!

TEN! TEN CYSTERS! Take that, PCOS! =^_^=

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Unexpected news

About two months ago, I went to the OB for an ultrasound because I was having some pain in the girly bits. I kept telling my husband that it felt like our son was kicking me in the crotch and in the butt. We didn't even know if this was truly possible, but at that time, sure enough, there was our son inside of me... standing on my pelvic region facing my back. It made sense.

About a month after that we went for our 3d/4d ultrasound attempt numero uno and our son was still breeched but had plenty of time to turn.

A few weeks after that we finally had our 3d/4d and he was transverse! It meant he had one more turn and then we'd be ready for a vaginal delivery as long as he didn't do a switch-a-roo. Well... about 4 or 5 days ago that pain and pressure came back and I really thought nothing of it considering um - duh - I'm 9+ months pregnant! So last week at my OB appointment we saw that it looked like I was going to dilate soon but wasn't. The OB wanted to schedule me for an ultrasound to see how much our boy weighs considering my weight has been a "0_o" issue this entire pregnancy. Yep... I'm big as a house and technically haven't gained a pound.

So today was said ultrasound and appointment.

I went in for the ultrasound and sure enough... there was my son... in a frank breech position.

I looked at the ultrasound tech and said, "How likely is it he will turn." And then... we all just sat there. And watched Elliot play with his cord, bounce around, kick, and I think he may have sucked his own toe. She told me there are some exercises I could do but considering I already do exercise - she doubts at this point that he will turn. I knew what the doctor was thinking.

We cleaned up my belly from all the belly jelly and I went in for my exam. My cervex is swollen and I'm not dilated. In addition to this, I've managed to lose 5lbs in one week and I've been eating like it's my job.

Luckily, I had my FAVORITE OB and she said, "Well... do you want to wait until week 42 or should we schedule a week 39 c-section?" I didn't know at that point so she had me get dressed and I went into her office. She told me that she could potentially try to turn him for me but she was really worried about that considering we watched him play with his cord. She was worried that if we were to turn him that we'd end up hurting him or he'd end up strangling to death. Clearly, not an option. She also told me she wouldn't want to do the turning, it made her uncomfortable.

After a few twizzlers with her, we decided to give hubby a call and pick a birthday for our son. Elliot will be born via c-section on 11-7-11. He is weighing an estimated 6 pounds and 2 ounces. He is completely healthy. I have ultimate faith in my OB and she informed me that this would be the best decision for me, my anxiety, and ultimately Elliot. Now, obviously, if Elliot decided to turn or if I go into labor before the 7th we'll have a whole other option/story.

She did tell me that she will scan me on the day of the c-section to see if he magically turned but it looks like my child is long and lean and that it won't happen. I cried a bit and felt like a darn fool because well... here I am and I'm finally pregnant.... I've made it to full term+.... my son is completely healthy.... and I'm upset about not being able to push??? LAME.

My doctor is hilarious and she said to me, "Think of it this way, I won't be ripping your vagina to shreds and neither will he!" So there's a plus...

We had a few laughs and some serious moments and by the time I digested everything 4 hours later, I feel much better.

Here are some of the perks I'm finding...

  • My last day of work is 11/4 - this means I'll go right into mommy-ville which will maximize my time off with my boy.

  • I won't have to worry about "when is it going to happen" because I already know

  • I won't be worried about my mom getting lost or in an accident when she rushes up to be with me ((but it does suck that she won't be in the room with me))

  • My husband will have the honor of holding him first. At first I was bummed about this but I think he deserves this honor considering he stood by me through thick and thin all through our infertility.

  • I won't have to worry about stitches and tears in my girly bits

  • I'll have a nice three day stay in the hospital so I will have plenty of time for Q&A

  • I got to choose his birthday

  • I know what doctor I'll have and I love her!

  • A friend of mine said I won't have to worry about a funny shaped head, LOL

  • My family is in Philadelphia so they will have a much better chance of being able to find time to come and visit

  • I know I'm making the best decision for my health and for Elliot's health

I'm pleased and calmed down now - still nervous - but just so glad to know that soon...SOON this little miracle of ours will be here.

I've waited so long for this moment. I'm so in love with this little boy. I went through hell to get him in my womb so I don't really care what I have to do to get him out. God has blessed us tremendously.

And in other news...

NINE of my cysters are pregnant! NINE! NINE! I'm so excited for them! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A care package from Germany!

My pen-pal/journal buddy, Alice, sent Elliot an awesome package today all the way from GERMANY!

Buck buttons!

My co-workers threw me a surprise baby shower and wow... it was just awesome!

Above is a photo of one of hubby's favorite gifts. It's a matching hat, bootie, and sweater set with buck buttons! Super cute!

I can't believe how close we are to meeting this little fella!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

“Art-Full Worship” (Exodus 31:1-11 and John 6:47-58)

“In the beginning, God created...” “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). And what a wonderful, resplendent, beautiful world God created.
From fish to flowers ...
From atoms to Alps ...
From galaxies to germs ...

Our God has created an infinitely complex world. From its smallest to largest dimensions, the beauty and complexity of our world staggers our minds and enraptures our hearts. Our God creates. Our God creates flowers that no one will ever see and stars that no one will ever reach. Our God creates bacteria and electrons and magnetic waves and thermonuclear reactions and sea currents and black holes and nebula and more species of animals than we have even discovered. Our God creates. Beauty and complexity, simplicity and profundity, majesty and glory ooze from God’s very Being. God is Creator, and creation bears God’s glory.

From the beginning of time, people have worshiped God through creation. Adam and Eve joined the creative process by naming the animals, caring for the garden, and creating more human beings. Noah joined the Creator’s mission by creating an ark as an instrument of salvation and then building an altar as a sign of worship. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all worshiped God by building altars to hold their sacrifices.
Creation and beauty have always been part of worship of the Creator. Worship has always been art-full (full of art). As people made like the Creator, we cannot help but to create when we express our worship of the Creator.

Amazing hubby!

My hubby is amazing.

It's after 10pm.

I'm WIDE awake. And shouldn't be....

And I really would like some apple cider.

So what does he do? He goes out to get me some!

He's the love of my life for a million other reasons but sometimes it's the little things.

I love you, Mark!

Our first trip to build-a-bear!

Our oldest niece, S, taught us how to make a build-a-bear last night!

It was SO much fun! We made Elliot his very first stuffy from Mommy and Daddy. :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Elliot's room is complete!

Take home outfit! This is the 0-3 month option. Still contemplating the nb size outfit.

Cradle beside our bed. Just need to pick up the mattress for it. :)

View from the third bedroom

Another shot

Just need to hem the curtains!

Changing table/dresser! He also has a second dresser in the back room. Drawer number one holds nb-3 months clothes, Drawer number two has pajamas, drawer three has towels and washcloths, drawer four has receiving blankets and burp cloths galore!

The quilt was hubby's when he was a baby!!

I made this today. On the left is my Nana (Eleanor) whom Elliot is named after. She's holding me as a baby. On the right is my Mommom holding my dad (Walter) whom Elliot is also named after.

Thank you, Fitbit!

My Fitbit Charge HR broke.   I took it off and it just ... broke.    I got in contact with FitBit customer service and even though my...