Friday, July 30, 2010
Posted by Caitrin at 4:05 PM
Thursday, July 29, 2010
First of all, she is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! Her and her hubs are both the kind of people that are just "good people". They are always the first ones to lend a hand anytime Husband and I need help with ANYTHING! Of course, it helps that we only live 1 street away from each other, but I think even if we lived 1 state away from each other that wouldnt stop either of them from offering to be there when we need them. And I love that we spend our times together just hanging out at home. Husband and I always go over to their house to have game night or watch the newest reality tv obsession and it gives us a chance to just enjoy each other's company :)
Second, she has been a big help with everything we have been going through lately. HUGE! I can always let off some steam with her and I dont hide how much I am struggling with the whole "baby issue" from her. She has had some struggles of her own too (which I will not go into here), so it's nice to know that she is able to understand where my frustrations are coming from- although it would be even more nice if her and I both could have lots of babies without any issues stopping us!
Third, she has THE CUTEST DAUGHTER EVER. PERIOD! Seriously, Husband and I both cannot get over how adorable she is- and she has the best personality!
Now if this does not have you running to her blog already, guess what!?! She gives away tons of free stuff on her blog too! Honestly, I know most of you probably already follow her blog, but if you don't you should definitely stop by!
**On a completely seperate note: I am very excited for this upcoming weekend! Husband and I are spending the day together tomorrow (and seeing his parents for lunch too!). Husband has indicated that I can shop some also, which I am thrilled about! And Sunday, my family is having a get together! You know what this means- pictures are coming your way!
Happy Friday to everyone!
Posted by Caitrin at 8:22 PM
Monday, July 26, 2010
1) This one is by far my favorite for him!
2) Another great one that I love for Husband to wear!
Bunco night was a blast! Maybe it was just the company I was with, but I really enjoyed myself Friday night! Add in some margaritas and mojitos and you have the making of a perfect evening :)
Here are just a couple of pics from that night........
Posted by Caitrin at 8:25 PM
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Posted by Caitrin at 11:58 AM
Friday, July 23, 2010
And for tonight's festivities: BUNCO NIGHT! I have no earthly idea how to play (I actually thought it was a card game, but was later told that I was way off and it is in fact a dice game), but regardless it is going to be loads of fun! Great girls, great drinks, great food and great fun! I am sure I will have plenty of pics to share later :)
Posted by Caitrin at 11:40 AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Posted by Caitrin at 6:24 PM
Monday, July 19, 2010
As I mentioned before, today was the day of our ultrasound to see if all those injections I did last week paid off. Husband picked me up from work this morning so that we could rush over to our appointment- only to find out they were running very behind at my fertility office. Here is the before picture (while we were waiting for the assistant to come in 40 minutes past our appointment time!)This is my nervous look......
Now for the news: we did not have any change with the Clomid and Injections :( My follicles (on my ovaries) were not measuring anywhere near large enough to indicate that any eggs were ready. Which means this month was a big, fat bust! So what happens next? We move forward with DAILY injectionables now- not something I am looking forward to! Husband and I are going in for a consultation once again on Friday to get a new game plan together to increase my dosage and start "dailies"- and this time we are going to completely rule out Clomid- since apparently Clomid is like candy to me and does absolutely nothing!
This news was hard for me- I mean really hard. With each month that passes and we receive the bad news, I worry more and more that maybe this will not happen for us. Luckily, I work with the most amazing people ever! I had to return to work after the appointment- which turned out to actually be a good thing because it distracted me- and I was given nothing but unconditional support from all of my co workers. I also know that I have the most wonderful family and friends (blogger friends, too!) and cannot express to everyone how much your support really does help! Of course, I will continue to update you all as I learn more about what our next step will be- but in the meantime I will be starting a birth control pack (weird, I know) to try to "restart" my hormones.
**Brutally Honest Moment Here- The song "Fix You" by Coldplay has been my go-to song today and it definitely helped to come home, turn it up and cry a little by myself before Husband came home. It was so nice to get some of the emotions out that had been bottled up inside all day.
Ok, enough sad stuff.........on to the fun part of my post- TOP 2 TUESDAY!
Todays topic over at The Undomestic Momma is Top 2 things you would like to purchase- what the perfect topic to put me in a better mood!
1) This purse by my new love- Henri Bendel
I am actually very excited because I think this dream purchase will become a reality sometime this week! With everything that has been going on (especially after today) Husband has given in to me splurging for a new purse! Last year I bought a beautiful Kate Spade bag- now, this year I am obsessed with this one! Hopefully I will have real-life pictures of it to share soon!
2) This beautiful car........
Husband and I have been debating back and forth on one for a couple months now. Due to his new job (we still dont know exactly what he will be making) and the constant $ required for treatments we have had to hold off for a little, but hopefully this one will become a reality before the end of the year too!
Posted by Caitrin at 9:31 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
So by now you all know that I am taking injectionables as part of my fertility treatment, right? What you may not know is that they have to be taken at a very precise time each evening (giving us only a small window of opportunity to drop what we are doing). This became a bit of a problem for Husband and I Friday evening as we were trying to enjoy a "date night". We were attempting to have a nice romantic dinner and be back home in time to do my injection, but due to a long wait at the restaurant, I quickly realized we would not be home in time. Luckily, I had brought everything for my injection in case we had to do it before we returned to the house.
In a very awkward conversation, I explained to the hostess that Husband and I were going to run out to the car and asked for her to hold our table. Of course she looked at me as if I was crazy! So to avoid any further weird looks I explained the situation to her (I have to take shots at a certain time each night) and she very kindly agreed to hold our table. Husband and I rushed out to our car, I had to lay in the backseat and Husband quickly gave me my "shot".
From there I can only imagine what went through people's heads as in the middle of a VERY BUSY parking lot, Husband and I left the backseat of a car, with me pulling my top into place! I was very embarassed, but what else was I going to do? I was definitely not going to waste this whole month's worth of treatment just because of a long wait at a restaurant!
I guess this will just be another interesting story to look back on once this is all over!
Posted by Caitrin at 6:35 PM
Friday, July 16, 2010
On the other hand, I am sorry this is such a short uneventful Friday post, BUT I will be spending my day here.........
So hopefully you all understand!
Posted by Caitrin at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Today was also Day 3 of my treatment! Notice one of my puppies is in the background watching his "momma"
Very nervous about doing this......
My Enemy! Although I must say this is a very small needle! I normally have no problems with shots, but for some reason I could feel this one. I think my mind was just playing tricks on me because of how nervous I was!
Husband at work! I am going to throw this out there....I ate dinner right before to have some extra "cushion" on my stomach for the injection! :)
Posted by Caitrin at 8:39 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
First things first, lets start with Top 2 Tuesday over at The Undomestic Momma ! This weeks topic is Top 2 Summer Recipes!
While I thought this was a great topic, I totally cheated- because lets face it: I am not a great cook. I am not creative in the kitchen and I have the world's pickiest eater for a husband so those two things combined do NOT equal fun meals in the Hill household!! And while I am sure many of you are thinking "Really? You have the world's pickiest eater? Not likely!", let me leave you with this: Husband does NOT like the following:
any vegetables- with the exception of corn and ICEBERG salad
any fruits- there is not an exception on this one!
anything potato related unless it is french fries- no baked or mashed
and he is very weird about the "texture" of his food
Yes, this is how much I love Husband! And I love trying new foods so there are quite a bit of arguments over this topic! BUT, I will say Husband has been trying VERY hard lately to step outside of his box and branch out a little!
So with all that said- my two picks are things that I make year round (not just during the summer)- please forgive me!
1) Ginger Dressing
This one is actually Husband approved!! Even though there are probably 10 different items in the recipe that Husband would never eat outside of this dressing!
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
1 TBSP water
1 TBSP chopped ginger
1 TBSP chopped celery
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processer. Process until smooth then serve cold over salad.
2) Spinach Artichoke Dip
This one is NOT Husband approved- but, again, I am pretty limited. This recipe is by far my favorite of all the ones I have tried in the past for this dish!
1 cup thawed chopped frozen spinach
1 1/2 cups thawed chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Boil spinach and artichoke in 1 cup of water until tender; drain. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute. Stir in all ingredients and pour into baking dish. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
Yum!! I found this recipe on Food Network :)
Now onto my next topic- I started some of my treatment today! I have officially started Clomid (again) so today is Day 1!
I thought it might be fun to take pictures each day through this process so below you will find my "Day 1 picture"- please ignore that I look silly in this pic- Husband was the photographer and thought it would be hilarious to yell out random things such as "Work It Baby!"- needless to say, I was laughing quite a bit! (Also, you cannot really tell, but the necklace I am wearing in the picture is my "believe" necklace that I had made- I have had some requests to post a picture of it, but cannot get a good one! They always turn out blurry! But it looks exactly like the one in the picture I posted before)
Stay tuned for more!
Finally, I thought I would leave you with a good laugh........
As I pulled out things to prepare dinner tonight, 1 of the items I removed from the fridge was eggs. (Side note: Husband has always been obsessed with the Hibachi cooks anytime we go and eat at one of those types of restaurants! He is dying to be able to do all of the cool tricks they do with knives, food, etc!) So as Husband is standing in the kitchen watching me put things together, he decides that it is time for him to try his hand at becomming a Hibachi chef! He wants to start by learnig the trick where they roll the egg on the table then flip it in the air with a spatula and have the egg land down on the spatula in the exact perfect position to where it neatly cracks open the egg on the tabletop below. You can already see where this is going, cant you?
Here is his prep- the spinning of the egg:
Now time to flip the egg in the air with a spatula:
At this point the egg is nearly hitting our ceiling (notice how he threw it so high it is nowhere in the shot!)
Posted by Caitrin at 8:46 PM
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Lauren over at The Little Things We Do hosts this every Friday!
1. My favorite thing about this week has been: going to have another sonogram this morning and learning that I have been given the all clear to start my treatment on Monday!
2. The weather this week has been: DISGUSTING!!! Every day it has either been raining or very, very humid! All you have to do is walk outside and you instantly feel sticky- yuck!
3. The last (interesting) item I received in the mail was: my necklace that I ordered! (you know, the one I blogged about on my top 2 favorite purchases?) It just arrived in the mail today and I already have it on :)
4. The last movie I saw was: Eclipse!! I went to go see it last weekend with some friends and let me tell you it was AMAZING!!
5. If I could be doing anything I felt like today I would: do anything that does not require laying on my couch any longer. Maybe some shopping, perhaps?? :)
6. As a teenager I was: very confused! I had no idea who the true "me" was and spent many years wandering aimlessly from different groups of friends to figure out where I fit best. Luckily, I meet Husband when I was 17 and he helped me find "me"
7. I wish I could trade lives for the day with: anyone who is not sick! just kidding........probably any celebrity that has an amazing wardrobe (there are so many!)
There are my Fill in the Blank Friday results! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend- and I hope I am back to my normal self soon! Thank you for all the get well wishes!
Posted by Caitrin at 2:54 PM
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Posted by Caitrin at 8:42 PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Husband has done a somewhat decent job of trying to take care of me today (but I think he is still secretly pouting that I ruined our day together)
Posted by Caitrin at 4:16 PM
Monday, July 5, 2010
Top 2 Favorite Purchases Made This Year!
I wish I could take credit for this wonderful idea, but I actually stole it from a fellow blogger, Ashley at For The Love of Shoes and a Baby Too. She had posted pictures of her wearing a similar necklace to all doctors appointments and I fell in love with the idea! I had been wanting to find something as a token of our journey and when I found this necklace I knew it was perfect! I am hoping it arrives soon since I have quite a few doctors appointments lined up over the next several weeks and I would love to have it as we begin treatment with injectionables.
On a seperate note, I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of my followers for all of your support so far! I cannot believe that only a month ago I started this blog with hopes of venting some of our frustrations and other emotions while enduring this long journey towards Baby Hill. All of your positive feedback and kind words continue to astound me every day and I am so grateful for all of you! It has been so encouraging to read stories of other people who have experienced very similar journeys and have come out on the other side! While Husband and I may still not have the news we are wanting, we know it will happen for us soon and we have all of you to thank for reminding us of that.
I look forward to what the next however many months will bring- and am very anxious to get to the big 5-0 for followers (hint, hint!) :)
Posted by Caitrin at 5:48 PM
Sunday, July 4, 2010
To celebrate our last weekend together (for a while at least), Husband and I planned a "fun date day" yesterday. We started off our morning with a wonderful brunch at a restaurant we had been dying to try for a while now (and by "we" I really mean "I"). Husband is usually NOT a fan of brunch, but it was so nice to enjoy some coffee, pastries, and other delicious foods together on a Saturday morning- instead of what we normally do: sleep in until the dogs wake us up.
Brunch was followed by some shopping (of course) and then we were headed off to the zoo!! Before we left the house, though, I had Husband take a picture of me in my "safari shorts" as I kept calling them:
The Dallas Zoo!
Posted by Caitrin at 5:57 PM