Thursday, September 11, 2014

Home Sweet Home: Make Your Bed Day (and some bedding reviews)

Today was "Make Your Bed Day"... so I actually did.  :-)  

I wanted to share another peek at our bedroom in honor of this most special holiday... we are really pleased with how cozy it is turning out to be, and we only have a few more tiny projects we want to do and purchases we want to make to have it exactly the way we want it :-)  (Check out our secondhand and repurposed nightstands, if you missed it!)  Hopefully we'll get those knocked out soon, and I can show the whole room, but for now, let's talk bedding!

We decided to go all white for our linens, because bleach is amazing.  We're thinking of kids and small dogs who throw up, tinkle, who-knows-what-else in inopportune places... and the idea of throwing everything in a super-hot washer with bunches of bleach, without worrying about fading or spots... priceless!  

We have two sets of sheets - one is microfiber, and we like it in the winter time, because these sheets don't get cool spots in them.  They're warm and cozy as soon as you slip into them, and stay that way no matter where your little toesies wander overnight :-)  I got the microfiber set from NoMoreRack for Ethan for our 4th anniversary (even before we had the bed... or the house... or the job... it was a gift of hope and confidence!).  It even came with 4 pillowcases instead of 2 - YAY!  

The other set is this set from JCPenney - 500tc, and delightfully crisp and cool.  They've been washed and bleached a lot, and have held up beautifully :-)  Clean sheet night (and even better - clean sheet MORNING) in these babies is bliss! 

Then, we have a fluffy microplush blanket that I LOVE!  I had a blanket out of this material on my college bed, and may have a mild addiction to all things microplush and snuggly. :-)  And that blanket from college is still in circulation... currently across my lap :-)  This is ever-so-slightly off-white, but it's pretty close.  And like everything else, it's been washed and bleached a few times, so it'll be white before we know it ;-)  

This is our comforter, which we've covered with this duvet cover.  Both are from Target, like the blanket.  We've been really pleased with all of our Target bedding!!  The comforter is warm without being too heavy... I like to be warm, but too much weight from covers makes me feel a little like I'm smothering.  The duvet cover came with 2 matching shams... I want our bed someday to be almost covered in snuggly blue and white pillows of different shapes and patterns, and these give us a great backdrop for that look.  The blue and white shams came from eBay - pulling the blue and white toile theme onto the bed.  :-)  The bedskirt is from JCP recently... I can't speak much to its quality, since it's so new and hasn't been washed or messed with much yet, but so far... it covers our box spring, so I'm satsified :-)

How about you?  Did you make your bed today?  Or are you like me - actually making the bed calls for pictures and a blog post ;-)
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEEN Gathering September Post

I have a new blogging adventure of sorts!  I am proud and excited to be a contributing blogger (and the Pinterest guru - yes, that's the official title... and yes, I chose it!) over at SEEN Gathering.  This is a ministry dreamt up and created by my dear friend Rebecca of Caravan Sonnet for young people with chronic illnesses (we call them "Chronicittles"). I'd love for you to go explore the space - lots of cool stuff already, and even more in the plans - and check out the blog (the blog is hosted at .com, the rest of the awesomeness is at .org!).  Today is my first monthly blog contribution there, and I'm hoping that this outreach helps comfort and encourage the Chronicittles out there! 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

BarBABYdos, Take 2: FET So Far (Lupron and BCPs)

While there isn't a whole lot of exciting stuff to report on the FET front right now, I wanted to pop in and just give y'all an idea of what I've been doing to prepare for the end of the month.  

I'd been back on birth control, since right after my IVF cycle  (until this past Wednesday).  It's not always used with an FET, but it helps prevent cysts, and also lets us plan my dates... which is pretty useful when your embryo transfer will take place a few plane rides away :-)  This round of pills went better than some rounds in the past.  I didn't gain any additional weight on it, but it made me a little crankier than usual and I needed to increase my insulin.  

On August 29, I started taking Lupron.  I'd heard about the infamous Lupron headache, but wasn't all that worried about it.  So I gave myself my shot in the morning, subcutaneously in my thigh, like I was instructed to do.  I've never had great luck giving myself shots in the leg, because my legs are fairly muscular and I can't "pinch an inch" of skin/fat on them (not a problem on any other part of my body, haha).  Almost instantly, I had a big knot in my leg, it was hot and red and burned and throbbed, and I was scared!  I fired off an email to Anna and asked if I could try taking them in my hip or the back of my arms (both places I am quite used to putting sub-q needles), in case that might help with the pain.  Her colleague who was answering her emails suggested my lower abdomen (below my belly button), so I decided I'd try that the next morning. 

Within 20 minutes, the knot had peaked, and it was gone in an hour and a half.  But I got nauseated and woozy and wobbly and felt just generally crummy.  I knew I needed to eat something for blood sugar purposes, so I nibbled on some Ritz crackers.  Almost instantly felt better!!  

So the next morning, I ate a little bit of breakfast before I gave myself the Lupron in my belly.  Problems solved!  Just the tiniest little itchy reaction for about 10 minutes, no nausea.  I did end up with a migraine that night, but just the one.  I've taken the rest of my shots just like that, and I've only had low-grade headaches and some drowsiness.  It's definitely messing with my sleep - I wake up several times a night and don't feel rested in the mornings... I tell myself it's good practice for having a newborn ;-)  It's not pleasant, but it's definitely manageable.  

Tomorrow morning, I decrease my Lupron dose, and go for my baseline ultrasound. I also start Estrace and my low-dose aspirin :-) 
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Read A Book Day (What I've Read Lately)

In honor of this most important holiday, I thought I'd share some of the books I've read in the last month or so :-)  Since finishing my degree, I've really enjoyed reading for pleasure again!  

Michal and Abigail - these are two of the three books in Jill Eileen Smith's series about the wives of King David.  This genre - Biblical historical romance? - has been a favorite of mine lately.  I'm totally aware that there is a LOT of creative license taken, but I like being able to relate to some of the women in the Bible, especially some that we don't know much about.  The author takes the details we do know, and combines them with research about life in that area and period, and the results are pretty fun to read.  

Wives of the Patriarchs Series (Sarai , Rebekah , Rachel ) - also by Jill Eileen Smith.  These were also a lot of fun to read, even though these are stories we know better, and that have been covered by other fiction authors.  It's interesting how often infertility is a part of these stories - sometimes because it's biblical, other times (like in the King David series) I'm pretty sure it's part of that creative license.  :-)  

Birth Partner Handbook: Everything You Need to Know for a Healthy, Positive Birth Experience - Yes, this is very premature!  But it feels like we're "doing something" when we're reading and preparing.  I thought the description of the labor process was really informative, and a lot of the suggestions seemed pretty good, if a bit "hippy-dippy."  But even those, I think can be adapted to suit us better... like using less cheesy trigger phrases.  So many of the qualities the author says make a great birth partner, Ethan already has.  I think arming ourselves with the information, and with his naturally nurturing and supportive character, we're going to do great :-)  

I'm in the middle of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income right now, but I'm finding it a little dense, and I'm not sure how applicable it is to me.  Do I really WANT to be a pro blogger as the authors describe them?  Some of the later chapters look more applicable, so I'm hoping to love this book by the end ;-)  
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PS: All of the links above are my Amazon Affiliate links... if you click any of them, and buy anything during that session, I get a tiny bit of the total from Amazon, without costing you anything extra :-)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fifteen Years

Fifteen years ago, when I was twelve years old, my family was given some seriously life-altering news.  I've written about it here, in a guest post for a friend's blog.  :-)

Carb counting, insulin, finger sticks, ketones, fear of complications, sick days, and strategizing with specialists have all been part of my life for fifteen years now.

I'm thankful for the technology that makes life with diabetes a little bit easier, and hopefully longer.  I am lucky enough to have a top-of-the-line insulin pump and CGM combo, and am glad that I can anticipate a relatively safe diabetic pregnancy (relative to past generations).  I'm also thankful for the support of my husband (we refer to support people as "type 3" or "type awesome" because they live with it almost as much as we do), and of a few wonderful diabetic friends.   I'm also thankful that the diabetes online community (DOC) is active and awesome, and that they are making real strides in increasing awareness and fighting the stigma of both types of diabetes.  All in all, despite not yet having the cure we've been expecting for YEARS, it's a pretty good time to be a type 1 diabetic. 

I usually acknowledge my dia-versary with an "oh, yeah" moment or a facebook comment, but fifteen feels like a big deal. 

I think I'll make some cupcakes.  With sprinkles.  :-)
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