You Want Me To Do WHAT In That Cup?!

Hai y’all!  Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Warning, this post is going to be dealing with vagina’s and periods and if you don’t wanna know about that you should probably turn around and go the other way about now!  Got a morbid curiosity?  Great!  Stick around!

Today was a big day in the fertility journey.  We started out with our appointments with the fertility doc.  Hubby was up first (hahahaha no pun intended, seriously!) with his ‘deposit’ for the semen analysis.  Obviously he went back on his own and did his thing while I waited for my appointment for my ultrasound.  They called me back only a few minutes after he went back.  I have had a vaginal ultrasound before so I knew what to expect, but honestly this time it was a little uncomfortable when he was moving it around up in there and I don’t know exactly why.  He did show me my ovaries and all the cysts on them, so it was clear to him that I do in fact have PCOS.  He also showed me the huge lining that has built up in my uterus since I haven’t had a period in 3 months.  This is totally normal for patients with PCOS to go months at a time without periods.

After the ultrasound was over, the doctor told me that he would be doing a biopsy next to determine if there are any cancerous cells in the uterine lining.  Patients with PCOS have a higher rate of uterine cancer because the lining doesn’t get shed monthly like in patients who have normal cycles.  So before we can go any further in this process of trying to get pregnant he has to make sure I’m healthy and don’t have any cancer or pre-cancerous cells up in my biznass!

So once I was allowed to get dressed again, I met back up with Hubby and the doctors nurse to go over the next step.  First up was a blood pregnancy test to make sure I’m not pregnant now before the biopsy.  Obviously, they won’t do a biopsy if I am pregnant already, but hello, if I am already pregnant why in the hell would I be needing to go to an RE to begin with?!  So right after the ultrasound they took some blood for the pg test.  Then we scheduled my biopsy for next week.  Then we talked about how we are not allowed to have S.E.X. until 48 hours AFTER the biopsy.  Fun times.

After that was over we made our way over to the lab so I could get 6 more vials of blood taken for all the other blood work the Doc had ordered.  Lord.  I was like really?  Do I get to keep any of my blood, at all?  I walked out of there with bandages on both arms looking like a drug addict with tons of track marks.  Ok, not really but I did have both arms bandaged from them sticking me in each arm to get all the blood they needed.  I was worn out, and I hadn’t eaten since dinner last night because I needed to be fasting for the labs today.  So I made hubby take me out to Carolina’s (mexican) for lunch.  It is like the best mexican food in Phoenix! haha

It was an emotional day with these appointments, but we are moving in the right direction.  I gotta say I will be super happy when I am done with the testing and get some answers.  I obviously am hopeful that the only problem they will find is the PCOS/weight issue.  But if they do find something else wrong with either one of us we will deal with it and even if we don’t ever have another baby, we are doing things that will ultimately be good for us health wise and that is the most important thing.

So that’s it for this week’s tests!  Amen and hallelujaz!

Kindly Remove Your ‘wand’ from my Girly Bits, Thanks!

It’s time for the next step in our new journey to have baby #2.  If you haven’t read the first couple of novels about this you can see here and here …go ahead, I’ll wait………..ok so you read them and you’re back now right?!  Good.

So, last week at my first appointment the RE pretty much guaranteed that I have PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome) so to confirm that diagnosis I have to undergo a bit of testing.  First step being a crap ton of blood work. Yeah, I love being a human pin-cushion!  Yay!  I have a history of being hard to get a good vein for blood draws so hopefully they know what they are doing and don’t have to poke me too many times.  The second and uber fun test is a vaginal ultrasound.  Yeah, that’s fun.  Basically they need to view my ovaries to see size, shape and if there are cysts on them and the best way to do that is through the vaginal ultrasound.

While I am getting poked and prodded by something akin to one of E.T.’s fingers, my wonderful hubby will be doing his part by making a ‘deposit’ for a semen analysis.  bahahahahahah yes I am an immature woman who wants to die laughing every time I think about what hubby has to do in this whole process.  It’s the least he can do, after all I have to do every other damn thing.

Once the ultrasound, blood work and semen analysis are done, we can move on to the medications.  For me that will mean Metformin to treat the PCOS.  The hope is that the PCOS will be easy to treat with diet, exercise and medication and that will cause my body to start regulating itself which will also help me to lose the 30-40 lbs the doctor has said I need to drop before the fertility meds in a couple of months.

I’m hoping that by documenting my journey through all of this that I will be able to process my feelings easier so I’m not keeping things bottled up and not dealing with them.  I hope you will humor me as I go through this journey and please, if anyone has been through this and has some words of advice please share if you can!

Weight Loss Progress

Hello lovelies! Can you believe we are at week 7 already in my weight loss progress updates? Yeah, me neither.

Can I just say that I am still adjusting to this new platform we know as WordPress. I have used Blogger since I started blogging so I have been used to that. So please bare with me as I figure things out around here!

This past week was a really rough one emotionally for me. We had our first appointment with the RE (fertility specialist) and while he didn’t say anything I wasn’t already expecting him to say, I still had a hard time actually hearing him say the words. So this week instead of getting really serious and cracking down on my calories and exercise – you know, since I am supposed to lose 30-40 pounds in 3 months I haven’t exercised hardly at all and my eating has been awful. Ugh.

I gained a pound this week and have no inches lost, but it’s my own fault and I take full responsibility for making poor choices when it comes to being active and eating. I am making a decision to do better this week. So hopefully the scale will reflect that next weekend!


Weight loss – 0
Inches loss – 0

Tomorrow, the family is off to the Train park in Scottsdale to have a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous day we are supposed to have.  I’m sure we will walk around the park and play in addition to riding the train and the carousel.  What are you planning for tomorrow?  Don’t forget to take time to do something healthy for yourself!

Guest Post – Laura

Hi, my name is Laura Hernandez from Our Reflection! I’m a blogger, a full-time working mom, photographer, and wife to an amazing husband and two beautiful daughters. I’m really excited about swapping blogs with Chrissy today! Thank you for blessing me with the opportunity to guest post here today.

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share a little about our “loves”. Being a photographer I love to share everything in pictures.

1. My first love is God. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8

2. My Family. My Life. My Everything. 

3. Photography. Here are a few of my personally taken favorites. You can view my entire collection on my blog Laura Hernandez Photography

3. Music. Especially the piano. I want to lean to play someday. “Music says the words we’re to afraid to speak out-loud.”  

4. Bikes. If you know our family, you know we take our bikes with us everywhere. 

5. Starbucks. I have a weakness. Non-Fat Peppermint Mocha weakness.
These are my little “loves”. Thank you Chrissy for letting me share today!
You can come visit my blog here! You can also “Like” me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin. I love meeting new people and making new friends. 


30 Days of Thanks – Day 1 and 2


I always see these great posts about things people are thankful for and think to myself, ‘I should totally do that. I have so much to be thankful for!’ and then I get caught up in other things and just life in general and end up not doing it. Well, I am making it a priority to do this month! I am going to participate in 30 Days of Thanks with Our Life on A Marquee and you should too!

So since I’m a little bit late coming to this party, I will do day one and two today and then starting tomorrow do one post for that day for the rest of the month. =)

Day One

My family. I am so thankful for them every single day. Hubby is the most amazing man, husband and father. I couldn’t have asked for someone more perfect for my life partner. He is funny, smart, hot, strong, caring, loving, generous, and has an amazing work ethic. He makes me laugh on a daily basis…which lets face it, probably saves him from being killed some days ;). I don’t know how he puts up with me but he does and he says that he loves every second of it…he may have been dropped on his head as an infant, but I’ll take it! Hubby makes me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world especially on the days I am at my worst. He is a great cook, doesn’t mind pitching in to help around the house, doesn’t complain when I forget to do the laundry so he has clean clothes for work…and doesn’t even grumble too loudly when he is the one to throw a load in before bed so he doesn’t have to go to work nekkid. Hubby loves his girls (me, Princess and Summer THEE dawg) fiercely and makes sure we know it.

My daughter is my Princess. She is beautiful, smart, funny and has such a loving heart. She is kind, generous, loyal, honest and fiercely passionate. I am so grateful that if I am only blessed with one child that she is the one I was given. She tries my patience daily, but that is mostly because we are so much alike and know how to push each others buttons better than anyone else. But it also makes me intensely proud that she knows her own mind, she knows what she wants and is not afraid to speak up for herself. She will protect those she cares about and stand up for them if they need help. She owns up and takes responsibility when she has done something wrong even if she knows she will get in trouble and that makes me so proud of the person she has become. She hates to see anyone hurt or left out and will do anything in her power to make them feel better. So, while she may be a challenge for me to raise, I know that all these things will serve her well as she gets older and I wouldn’t change a thing about her.

Oh Summer, my Summer girl. I am not an animal person. Not by any stretch of the imagination. However, both my Hubby and Princess are…a compromise had to be made. We tried 2 other dogs before finding Summer and what a perfect fit for our family she has been. She is a funny, loving and intelligent Boxer who has stolen all of our hearts since day one. I can’t imagine our family without her and even though she frustrates me at times I love her as my second child.

Day Two

My parents, me and Hubby and His parents

me and step MIL

Our parents. I think this one goes without saying, without them we wouldn’t be here! I am so thankful for both of our parents. They raised smart, funny, intelligent children who care about others and making a difference in the world. They would give the clothes off their backs to make sure that we are taken care of. They have handled the transition from parent to friend with grace and patience. Both sets of parents have been wonderful examples of loving and long lasting relationships for us.

There you have it, Days one and two of 30 Days of Thanks! Make sure to check back for the rest of the days this never know, you might find yourself on my list of things I’m thankful for =)


Happiness is a Choice

I’m sure that we’ve all heard it said that Happiness is a choice but I don’t think everyone chooses to believe this to be true. However, I do. I absolutely believe that while we may not be able to immediately change our situation in life (job, financial status, relationships) we CAN immediately change our outlook.

I don’t always have the best attitude, I know, shocking. I worry about everything…a lot. I don’t always see the things I do have because I am so focused on the things I don’t have. This causes me to be crabby and nobody likes a crabby mama. Believe it. So I am making a conscious choice to be happy. To find happiness in things around me…like these things

It doesn’t cost me a cent to sit and look at the clouds..and how cool is it that this one is shaped like a heart?! It doesn’t cost me a cent to go out back and play with my dog and to watch her run at me full speed with a ball in her mouth and her ears flopping in the wind. To see her eyes light up when I grab that ball and her whole body starts to shimmy cuz her little nub is wagging so fast she can’t control herself…all because Mama is gonna play ball with her! It doesn’t cost me a cent to sit and snuggle with my precious baby girl who is getting so big and soon won’t want to snuggle with her Mama. It doesn’t cost me a cent to sit on the couch with my Hubby after our girls are in bed asleep and just be near each other and talk or snuggle while we watch tv. These are the things that I love the most, the things that don’t cost anything and are the most precious and valuable things on earth.