Saturday, December 28, 2013

Winter Break: Week 1 in Pics

12/21 - We went to the Cockrell Family (my dad's side) Christmas Party.
12/23 - I made chocolate covered pretzels for the family.
12/23 - I made peanut butter cups for me and Mike. Yum.
12/24 - I made chocolate chip cookies for the Neubauer Christmas Party.
12/24 - I curled my hair for Christmas Eve parties.
12/24 - Saw a buck in my MIL's yard (peaking around the hot tub room) during the Bliss Family Christmas Party. :)
12/24 - Sitting in the balcony seats at the Neubauer Family Christmas Party waiting for gifts to be opened.
12/25 - Holding my nephew, Nate, at my parents house on Christmas day.
12/25 - Little man's first Christmas! P.S. GO BEARS!
12/25 - Cousins! :)
12/26 - Cute pictures consume the outside of my refrigerator!
12/27 - Some Christmas Present: scarf, Coach key chain, Coach purse, and starfish necklace
12/27 - More Christmas Presents: gold bowl, Nook case, tropical shower gel and lotion, and a Shutter Hugger
12/28 Lunch @ Goodfellas in Cedar Lake, IN for MIL's birthday
12/28 - Went to see my MIL & her fiances new rental lake house in Indiana.
It's been a great week so far, but I haven't accomplished much on my "to do" list! MAYBE next week! I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas...and has a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

General Update

I just wanted to do a somewhat quick update, so here goes...

First of all I want to announce that I am FINALLY on winter break! 16 TOTAL days off! 1 down and 15 to go! I love working at a school! ;) These two weeks will be full of baking, running errands, paperwork, cleaning, and hopefully "to do" lists! 

Baking: Today and tomorrow I will be making yummy treats for Christmas gatherings coming up on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I need to make some chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate chip cookies. My chocolate chip cookies are "to die for." My nephew, Lukas, had his first cookie baked by me last night. Alright...I can't take all of the credit. It is my sister's recipe, I just make them a little bigger and they turn out a little softer than hers.

I think Lukas approves. :)

Errands: I have a eye exam on the 30th so I can get more contacts. I also have to take my Scion tC into the dealer on the 27th to fix a manufacture defect and since it is close enough to the clinic, I have to go there to drop off some paperwork. It feels like forever since I've had to run up to the clinic!

Paperwork: I have to submit paid bills to get reimbursed through Mike's MSA (Medical Savings Account) through the union. Thank God for that account. :)

Cleaning/"To do" Lists: I plan on cleaning the entire house (maybe after the Christmas stuff is down and put away) and hopefully finishing cleaning out the spare bedrooms and painting them. One room used to be our exercise room, but since we are hoping to need a nursery this year, now it is our exercise room/computer room/craft room. The walls look bad and are just an off-white color. I am hoping to paint that room a grey color. The other room will be the baby's nursery. I want to prime the walls and paint one wall with chalkboard paint. I plan on using it as the backdrop for weekly bump pictures instead of using the chalkboard on the wall or handheld chalkboard. Painting might not happen if funds are too low since Mike has been out of work for two weeks. We'll see.

As for that diet I started earlier this month, that was a bust. I lost 7 pounds in 5 days without even exercising. Then my husband wanted some pizza that night of his surgery, so that's what we ate. Then there were leftovers the next day. It was too hard to go back on the diet because nothing that we could eat sounded good to me. I wanted everything that I wasn't supposed to eat. Ugh. Needless to say, I gained back those 7 pounds, I'm sure. I won't even step on the scale. I need to just count calories and exercise. Enough of these fad diets. :/

As for our upcoming FET...I am SO very excited about it! I will be PUPO again in about a month. It's not coming fast enough. I am still waiting on my timeline from my nurse, which I hope to have soon. She was waiting on me to get her my new insurance information. I am getting my own insurance through my job now, which according to a teacher in our district who just had a baby through IVF, it covers 100%. I'm not sure if that is an exaggeration or not. I won't know until my nurse, Sandy, looks into it and gets back to me. Anyways, I don't have the card in hand, but I went online and saved and emailed the copy of the card to her. Other than waiting for the FET timeline and waiting to be told when to stop taking BCP, I have to run up to the clinic and turn in the FET consent form that I forgot to turn in. Oops.

I hope everyone enjoys / is enjoying their Christmas festivities!

Fur Babies are Our Children Too

I posted this on The Missing Stork blog yesterday, but I wanted to post it here for those of you that don't follow that blog. :)
The holiday season seems to be quite a big deal for parents. They dress their children up in adorable yet GOOFY costumes and take lots of pictures which will one day embarrass their children….but they are just too cute of course. Some of us infertiles “Ooo” and “Ahhh” at the photos, but deep down inside we are sad. We are hurting. We are jealous. We long to make our babies look like fools.
Who says we can’t do that now? Many of us have fur babies. We can do a lot of the same things with our dogs or cats this Christmas that other people can with their human babies. See…
We can get them personalized ornaments to enjoy on our tree for years to come.
We can dress them up in their Christmas best and take them to see Santa Claus.
We can set the Elf on the Shelf up for them to find being mischievous every morning.
We can dress them up in goofy costumes and post pictures for everyone to see.
Yes! They are now officially embarrassed! ;)
We can play in the snow with them.
We can give them presents....
...and watch them tear them apart.
 Shower your fur babies with gifts and lots of love. Enjoy them and enjoy Christmas.

Merry Christmas from The Neubauers!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Family Christmas Photos

I just had to show off my adorable family.
I cant wait to get family Christmas pictures done. 
Hopefully next year. :)
Eric (brother), Mindy, and Lukas

Kristy (sister), Jason, and Nate

Aren't they the cutest?!?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Scarf Swap Partners

 Below is the list of partners for the scarf swap:

Make sure to contact your partners through email by Friday, December 20th and exchange mailing addresses. Don't forget to specify whether or not you prefer a winter outdoorsy scarf or a fashion scarf and any color preferences that you may have.

I just bought a new fashion scarf and got it in the mail the other day! Isn't it cute?! :)

Maurices has really nice scarves for between $14 and $20.

Mine was $14.00. Not bad.

This is it: Colorblock Shine Scarf

Enough about my scarf. Here are the instructions for the swap...

You will purchase or make a handmade scarf for under $20 (including tax) and get it in the mail to your partner by friday, January 3rd.

When you receive your scarf:
  1. Make sure to thank your partner.
  2. Create a blog post with a picture of you in your scarf. If you need help tying your scarf in a neat way, here is a website with a lot of tutorials: The Knot Library.
  3. Make sure to link to your partners blog in your blog post.
Email me a picture of you in your new scarf so I can post a collage of the pictures. Happy shopping, ladies! :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Just a Reminder...

The Scarf Swap sign up closes on Thursday night! Comment below with you email address and blog address if you are a blogger or just your email address if you are not a blogger.
If you have already signed up, I put your name on the the list found here. I will pair up partners on Friday! Please don't forget to sign up in time! :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

❄Pay it Forward for the Holidays❄

Cheers to Paying it Forward!
Today I had a taste for a white chocolate mocha. While running a couple errands after work, Mike and I stopped at Starbucks. Because money is a little tight, I asked my husband if we could pay for the order for the car behind us as long as it wasn't a lot. I could tell that the vehicle only had a woman in it. Sure enough her order was $4 and some change, so we paid for it. My parents do this most of the time when they go to Starbucks and I think that it is so cool. I have wanted to do this for awhile now and I felt like the holiday season is the perfect time to do so. It felt good to pay it forward! :)

Part of the reason that I decided to do this is because of a blog post that a friend posted the other day. Teresa at Where the Bleep is Our Stork? inspired me to do something nice for someone else. A couple days ago she pulled some names off of a giving tree and is buying gifts for two kids for Christmas since she and her husband don't have any children of their own. How cool is that?! Read the article here. Teresa also recently applied to be a RAKtivist through The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Good luck, Teresa! I know you will be an awesome RAKtivist! ;)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Surgeries Went Well

To start off, I want to update with how my hysteroscopy went on Wednesday. It was easy peasy. The wait is the worst part. After they took me down to get changed, I waited for at least an hour to go back for surgery. It wasn't too bad of a wait because I ended up chit chatting with the woman sitting next to me. You can read about that on my post on The Missing Stork. After surgery, I woke up and was moved to a chair and given crackers and water. I ate my crackers and drank my water while listening to the woman next to me moan and groan. She must've had the same thing done because I heard them talking about giving her a pad to put in between her legs. While they were giving her more pain meds I asked my nurse when I could go home. She said "Right now if you want" and I replied "Yes, I want!"

Mike's varicocelectomy was on Friday. We got there at 7:50am and they brought Mike back at 8:10am. While they were getting Mike changed and the IV in his arm, I was in a waiting room. Good Morning America was on and they had a story on about fertility doctors wanting to lower the amount of twins being born in the United States. Of course I waited 25 minutes to actually hear the story. Right before it came on an old man and two other adults came over and sat by me. OF COURSE they were talking non stop and incredibly loud throughout the entire story. Ugh.

According to the video, twins are 37% more likely to be born premature. Because of the risks, fertility doctors want to start only transferring 1 embryo. You can see the video here: Fertiltiy Help Boom Creates 'Twin Epidemic'. I'm not sure how I feel about this. If 2 embryos are transferred and 1 takes, then what are the chances that 1 would take if transferred? I feel that we are wasting money by having 1 transferred if it doesn't take. Well, my doctor already told me that we are transferring 2 next month, so she can't take that back! ;)

Back to Mike's surgery. So, I  got to go back to see him at about 9am. Then they took him back to the surgery area at 9:20am and I had to head to another waiting room. They have a big TV screen that shows a bunch of patient numbers. Mike went from having a name to being patient #SSH-2013-7536. At about 9:40am Mike's dad showed up in the waiting room and kept me company while we waited about 4 more hours. It was nice to have someone there to talk to. :) At 10:30am the screen finally showed that he was in surgery. Then the doctor came to talk to us after the surgery. It was 12:10pm. We were told that everything went well and that he would be in recovery for about an hour and a half. At about 1:25pm we were told to head to the original waiting room. At about 1:35pm we finally were able to go back to see Mike. He looked good. He was wide awake and smiling at me when he first saw me. Mike's dad stuck around for about 15 minutes and then took off. Of course we had some more waiting to do. We finally were able to leave after Mike was able to pee. We were in the car and headed home at about 3:15pm.

The incision is not where it usually is for a varicocelectomy because of how many veins were involved. The incision is about 1.5-2 inches and above his pubic area, not below the scrotum. They were able to pull all the veins up by pulling a certain cord connected to the veins. The doctor then tied off the veins so they would essentially die off and pushed the veins back down. Mike has some swelling down there, but he is doing well. He has been taking his meds, laying horizontal, and occasionally icing the area. I am taking good care of him. :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Missing Stork Blog

I have been working on something all day. I promise to update about mine and Mike's surgeries tomorrow.

As for what I have been working on, I think you will enjoy it. I have been a part of a Facebook support group for months now.  These women are awesome and some of them don't even have blogs. I had a thought last night to create a blog for our support group called The Missing Stork. I discussed this with the creator of the group, Teresa at Where the *Bleep* is Our Stork? to see what she thought. I thought that we could have multiple authors from the group and we could share our stories and advice. Since there is such a wide variety of infertility issues in our group, I feel that we all have so much to give. So, here is new our blog:

It will be an informational one stop shop for infertiles. Please follow our new blog! We have 6 different ways: on Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Email, or Instagram! :)

A Beautfil Gift From a Beautiful Friend

I received an incredibly beautiful and thoughtful gift from my friend Teresa at Where the *Bleep* is Our Stork? in the mail yesterday. Like Teresa said, the hummingbird will forever tie us together.  It will hang on my Christmas tree for years to come and I will always remember her and our friendship. I love it! :) Thanks again, Teresa! :)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I'm Hosting a Scarf Swap!

I LOVE scarves! Don't you?
I am happy to get a shot at hosting my first swap!
I hope you will join me!!!

Here's the rules:
1) Comment below with your email address and blog address by Thursday, December 12th (a week from today). If you don't have a blog then just put your email address. I will pair bloggers together and non bloggers together.

2) On Friday, December 13th I will pair people up and post the swap partners on my blog in the afternoon.

3) Contact your partner by Friday, December 20th and provide her with a valid mailing address. Also let her know if you would like a fashion scarf or a winter outdoors scarf and give her ideas of colors that you like.

4) You will purchase or make a handmade scarf for under $20 (including tax) and get it in the mail to you partner by Friday, January 3rd.

5) When you receive your scarf:
  1. Make sure to thank your partner.
  2. Create a blog post with pictures of you in your scarf. SELFIES! (I HATE that word!) lol
  3. Make sure to link to your partners blog in your blog post.
I don't know about you, but my work is getting chilly! I can't wait to have another scarf to wear at work! :)

Please spread the word about the swap!!!

Ready? Set? GO! Sign up now!

Monday, December 2, 2013

17DD: And It Begins...

Today I started Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. It wasn't too bad. I only found that I got really hungry after work, so I had some carrots that somewhat held me over.

Here is what I was able to eat today. Most of my meals will be like this one for the next 16 days.

Before Breakfast:
1 cup of hot water
1/2 lemon squeezed into cup

2 scrambled eggs
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
green tea

Morning Snack:
Italian dressing
green tea

Afternoon Snack:
Greek yogurt
After Work Snack:
green beans
green tea
I promise not to post my meals every day. I just wanted to give you guys an idea of how this diet starts out (foodwise). I can't wait to be able to add more of a variety of food in Cycle 2.