Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Let's Try This Again

Well, it's a new year so I thought why not have a go at this blog thing again? With the ease of uploading things on Facebook, my blog has become somewhat irrelevant, but I figure with a lot of my mind this would be the best outlet. So where do I begin?

2013 was a year of good and a little bad, but oh how the bad makes you grateful for the good! I started the year knowing something wasn't right with me. I had been trying hard to lose weight and get in shape before Josh got back from deployment with no success. After going to the doctor I found out that my thyroid wasn't functioning properly. So after many blood tests and doctor visits I finally got referred to an endocrinologist for further testing. He told me I had hypothyroidism along with Hashimoto's Disease. Of course I had no clue what he was talking about. Apparently my thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones and my body is attacking my thyroid for some reason.

More blood tests later I find out I also have polycystic ovary syndrome. This causes my ovulation to be off thus making it very hard to get pregnant. Now it's no secret that I want many more kids so this news was hard to hear especially since we've been "trying" for months now.

He was also concerned about certain levels of something (doctors speak a foreign language to me) and fatty tissue build-up in my liver so he ordered an ultrasound for my liver as well as my ovaries.

I had my ultrasounds yesterday and let me tell you, they aren't as exciting when you're not seeing a little baby growing inside you.

So here I am confused, concerned, and scared. I consider myself to be young. So why do I have to have all this going on? Why can't I just go ahead and be pregnant now when I want that more than anything?

I know it's never a good idea to "google" medical things because it always leads to "you're dying" on some page that pops up, but I did find something that connected it all. All these ailments were possible symptoms/side effects of a gluten intolerance. My doctor did suggest trying to eat healthier and be more active and said to ease into reducing my gluten intake. It's a shocking thing to think I have done this to myself in way, but also a relief to know that I could possibly turn some of this around by doing what I should be doing anyways, being healthier.

So just like the other fifty million bajillion people out there, my new year's resolution is to lose weight. But now it's not just to look good in a bathing suit (although I would love that!), but to be healthy and beat all these so called syndromes and diseases I've been labeled with.

It's not going to be easy, but I am fully committing. So we will see how it goes. Maybe I'll get to be one of those lucky bloggers who gets to post before and after pics of themselves. But more than anything I want to stop taking these pills and be able to say that I am pregnant!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Daddy's Home!

After 8 LONG months, he's home! My husband, best friend, love of my life! Ahh I can finally breathe again!

Mason is adjusting so well to having him home. Of course we were worried Mason wouldn't know who his Daddy was, but he seemed to know him the moment we ran up to him. Homecoming wasn't quite what I expected. We were at another squadron's hangar with a few other wives and families. It was very hot and very windy. When we saw the plane coming, everyone ran out to see it. As they began to walk off the plane we moved in closer. I darted my eyes back and forth looking for him. Finally I found him and Mason and I walked fast towards him. Josh squatted down and met Mason with a big hug. My heart filled with joy and relief. He's home! Our family is complete!







Thursday, March 21, 2013

I'm back!! I think....

I had so many good intentions for the blog and honestly I'm not sure why I haven't kept up with it. I've been living in Charlotte, NC since my husband left for deployment and now it is time to go back to Cali. I officially only have days left in Charlotte. It is a very bittersweet feeling. Being with my family has helped me through all this more than I ever thought. The bond that has grown between Mason and his grandparents and uncles makes me smile everyday. I have always known the power and love of having a great family around and I am so grateful Mason has gotten to experience it even if it is for just a little while.

Soon begins the journey back to California. In a car, with a baby, and two dogs. Luckily my mother-in-law and brother-in-law are riding along to help me.

We're back!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fo FREEEEEEE!

I found this website that will send you free products to try out. It's called influenster.com. All you have to do is fill out some surveys (obviously I have too much time on my hands lol). If you fit a certain products demographic, they will send it to you for free to try out. The first thing I ever got was back in June (I think!) and I got a box full of beauty goodies. Then last week I got a box of 3 full size dish soaps to try out. Very cool! So check 'em out y'all!!!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Breastfeeding 101

I thought I'd write about something that I am really passionate about and has really changed my life and that is breastfeeding. I wanted to share some of my tips and feelings on the subject, but by no means am I an expert.

First of all breastfeeding is a choice and a choice I believe should be made by the mother. If you don't want to breastfeed, that's your choice and don't let anyone make you feel like less of a mother because of your decisions. I think that goes with any parenting choices we make along the way.

Benefits of Breastfeeding (There's some good ones!):
-You save money! You won't be buying formula which is VERY expensive. I did however, have to give Mason some formula from time to time, but wasn't spending nearly as much as an only formula-fed baby would have.
-Of course it's the best choice for your child. Your milk is specially designed for your baby and can help reduce illness and allergies.
-Helps the Mommy lose weight. This is a definite benefit in my eyes! The average mom nursing a newborn baby burns 200-500 calories a day just from nursing! I was lucky and lost most of my baby weight in about 3 months (sadly didn't stay that way though lol).
-Bonding time with baby. It's a great time to just relax and be close to your baby. It's such a wonderful experience!

The list could probably go on and on.

Now, my Top 5 Tips for Breastfeeding

1. Stay hydrated. Breastfeeding can take a lot out of you. I mean, the baby is sucking liquid out of you so it seems right that you should be drinking a lot more water. I try to keep a bottle of water with me everywhere I go. Also, it's a great idea to continue your prenatal vitamins or an everyday vitamin.

2. Don't get discouraged. Breastfeeding can be hard. Not every mom is lucky enough to have a baby that right away latches on and can nurse with ease. There can be issues with your milk supply and with the baby wanting to nurse. Whether you nurse for a week, month, or a year be proud of the fast that you tried and DON'T FEEL LIKE A FAILURE! I know I had many issues at first and I felt like a horrible mom because I thought I would have to stop nursing. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't stressed so much.

3. Do your research. When I was pregnant I really didn't think much about breastfeeding. I figured if the baby wanted to we would. What would be so hard about breastfeeding? Looking back, I wish I had learned more about the whole process. I know my hospital offered courses about breastfeeding, but I just wasn't that interested. Now I would recommend them to any mom wanting to learn more. Once I had Mason I got a lot of help from thebump.com. They have community boards where all types of moms can answer your questions and help you out of almost anything. I found out a lot of their Breastfeeding Board.

4. Find support. When I started nursing I felt all alone in the process. My mom didn't nurse and none of my friends really did (Most of my friends are still babyless). I had not idea what I was doing! I did find support on thebump.com like I mentioned before and I began to just do a lot of research online. I found out about La Leche League. It's a great group for nursing mothers. They have lots of information and groups you can join that meet locally. Their website is lllusa.org. Also, if YOU need support I would be so honored and glad to help anyone out!

5. Do what you want to do. Like I said before it's YOUR choice! You do what fits you and your family's lifestyle. Yes, it is the most natural thing to do, but it doesn't always feel so natural to all moms.

Hope this was some help to anyone who needs it. Mason is 15 months and I am still nursing. I never imagined nursing this long! I only nurse him to sleep at night and sometimes before a nap. Weaning isn't as easy as I thought. Breastfeeding is definitely an on-going learning process. I learn something all the time!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Long Time No See

Ok so I know I haven't written on here in forever! My life has been crazy this summer! We got all settled in California then BAM! He gets deployed. Now to make a very long story short I am back in Charlotte staying with my family till he gets back. It's great to be home, but it still hasn't hit me that I am not just visiting. I am so excited to get to spend time with family and friends. But of course, I miss him like crazy! Luckily he gets to email me often. He's gotten to call me a few times, but not much. When he has called it has made my day the best ever. You don't realize how great it is to just hear their voice. I try to send him lots of videos of Mason and pictures as well.

Well that's it for now I suppose. I'm going to try to write more on here, but honestly, my life isn't that exciting right now (but I kinda like it that way).

-C

Mason pointing

Mason and his cousin Kaysen

My big boy!

Oh yeah my new car!

Looking cool!

Smiles for Daddy!