Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Survived...

my first week of being gluten free. I feel like its going pretty good. I'm eating better quality food (except for Chex cereal, Fritos and Diet Coke, which are all gluten free!!). I eat more REAL food and that is fantastic. Lots of fruits and veggies and meat.

I do however, eat A LOT of dairy. I ate a whole block of cheese by myself this week. YUM!! Although I am wondering if I shouldn't give that up too. I eat dairy and my belly starts blubbering. Oh well, one step at a time.

I can't say that I feel better, although, I do seem to be able to get more done at work. That's always nice! I still HATE getting up in the morning...does anyone know if there is a cure for that?!??!! That I would pay good money for!! (not to mention my poor husband that hates me until about 10:00am!)

Not much else to report here right now. We are starting to buy things for the grandbaby on the way. Planning our trip to Salt Lake City. You know...the usual.. BLECH!

For anyone intersted, here's my chart for your viewing pleasure. I love hearing what people thing about it and any ideas they have.

Yes, yes you will notice a severe lacking of (I)s. We were both sick during the fertile time last month. And what's the use of doing the deed if its not to make a baby?! HAHAHA! My poor poor poor DH!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

Although this holiday is not nearly as bad for me as Mother's Day, it's still pretty rough. I don't think it's as bad because my husband is already a father and he LOVES being a dad. Although, he wants more children badly. And I want to give him more children.

So instead of dwelling on the fact that I probably won't be making him a father again anytime soon, I'm going to blab about my own dad. I love my dad. He can make me laugh unlike anyone else on the planet.

My superman dad, stopping a train...

We play off each other and sock the crap out of each other. I was his "boy". Weighing in at over 10lbs at birth and being (how do you say...) stocky, he treated me like a boy most of the time. I would go hunting and mud boggin'. I would work on cars with him and get dirty. At the age of 12, I probably could've built a car motor all by myself. Now I can barely remember to check the oil. HA!

My dad and me (4th birthday)...

My dad worked his butt off to support us. He raised 4 daughters for the most part, never making more than $12.00 an hour at his day job (although he had a garage in our backyard which also helped). I made more money at the age of 20, than my dad did at 40. To this day, I wonder HOW he did it. We never had the best of things, but we ALWAYS had what we NEEDED, went to the doctor and dentist, etc. I didn't want for anything (except maybe for a pair of Guess Jeans).

Family vacation to Minnesota...

My dad taught me that family comes first. There is NOTHING more important. He taught me to be generous. He would give anyone that needed it, the shirt of his back. I think most importantly, he taught me by example.

Love you Daddy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IF Support Group & Gluten Free

Today was an IF support group meeting. Its a great group, that seems to be growing weekly. We cry, laugh and learn from each other. As much as I hate that we all suffer from IF, its so nice to get together with women who understand.

They had a Creighton instructor come in and give an overview for the people not already charting Creighton. But it was also good for the Creighton charters too. I think she may have convinced me to go gluten free...AHHH!! She was talking about Cortisol levels triggering high testosterone levels, insulin problems, feeling yucky, etc. I thought all those things equaled PCOS. She said yes in a way. So I asked her how/why. She explained to me (and I'm never going to be able to say this as nicely) but basically after years of abusing my body and my adrenal glands, they are saying I QUIT! It has something to do with immune issues and she said she encourages her clients to go gluten free. Removing a outside source of inflammation can help calm the adrenal glands. WHY didn't my RE tell me any of this?

Lord give me the strength to do this!!

Quick Prayer Request

My friends 5 day old baby was just rushed to the ER. Can I ask for prayers for this baby? His name is Preston.

Thank you! You all are wonderful!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Our Lady of La Leche Shrine & Meeting a Blogger!

My DH and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. TCIE yesterday in St. Augustine. The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche was amazing and peaceful. Everyone who has met Mrs. TCIE has said she is wonderful and beautiful! She is! It was so nice to meet her and her husband.

Our Lady of La Leche is a Shrine in St. Augustine, and also the place where the first Mass was celebrated in the US.

This "Rustic Alter" was built to commerate the first Mass. Mass is still celebrated there for parish pilgrimages and also weddings.

My devotion to Mary is ever growing. This place was perfect for that. She is EVERYWHERE...

This is me and my DH in front of the Chapel. (this bought to my attention how very bad my posture is! and that's not good for fertility)

This is an outside shot of Our Lady of La Leche chapel.

Prayer to Our Lady

Lovey Lady of La Leche, most loving mother of the Child Jesus, and my Mother, listen to my humble prayer. Your motherly heart knows my every wish, my every need. To you only, His spotless Virgin Mother, has your Divine Son given to understand the sentiments which fill my soul. Yours was the sacred priviledge of being the Mother of the Saviour. Intercede with Him now, my loving Mother, that, in accordance with His will, I may become the mother of other children of our heavenly Father. This I ask, O Lady of La Leche, in the Name of your Divine Son, My Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

It is hard not to feel close to God in that place. I pray He answers our prayers.

On the grounds, right outside the Chapel, there is this...

My heart sank at the thought of abortion. I saw the headstone and the benches while we were there. It wasn't until I got home and looked at the pictures that I saw that precious angel standing behind, I have NO idea how I missed it.

One of the most amazing things on the grounds is the humongous cross. Its HUGE.

The statue in front of the cross is Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales. Father Lopez was founding pastor of the Saint Augustine parish and celebrated the first Mass in the new colony on September 8,1565.

The Great Cross makes you feel so small. Like looking at the stars small. Insignificant but very loved.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How do you spread the NaPro word?

I had my yearly exam with my ob/gyn. I told him I wasn't seeing the RE he recommended me to anymore after our birthcontrol spat. He was completely supportive and asked who was monitoring me for my Synthroid and Metformin perscription. At this time...nobody. He referred me to another RE in the area (one he says is not so pushy). I told him that I was going to go to a NaPro doctor and he looked at me like I had three heads. He said "What?" I wasn't really sure how to answer him. We talked about it for a few minutes, but he was really stuck on an RE because they are ob/gyns and endocrinologist (or something to that effect). I told him about Dr. Hilgers and the training the doctors go through and he still wasn't sure about it. He said "I wasn't taught that in medical school."

At the end though, he said you have to do what you are comfortable with and he will help in anyway he can. WHAT DOCTOR SAYS THIS?!?!? I was soo surprised!! And so excited! He's willing to do anything he can to help my NaPro doctor! I'm wondering what, if any information I can give him to help him understand about NaPro. He may not be too interested, but I would like to give him something. Do you guys have any ideas?

I'm counting down the days to my NaPro appointment...only 1 month! Whoo hoo!

Totally different subject - I had a little IF breakdown last week. The first time (maybe second time) I actually CRIED about IF jealousy. My 19 year old step-son's girlfriend is pregnant. We had a scare with the 17 year old last year, but this time (with the older son) it is for real. She is really pregnant...about 20 weeks and having a boy (YES we JUST found out). I'm going to be a grandma! BOOO!