Things that are All THINGS Pineapple

Tuesday, January 31


Here's what I know about it...

There's a protein called Bromelain, commonly found in pineapple. Specifically, the majority is found in the pineapples core. It has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory, a blood thinner and an anti-coagulant. It's not recommended that you take it if you are taking medication for blood thinners, like baby aspirin commonly used in IVF. Talk to your doctor before you start eating the pineapples core if you are going to be on blood thinners. Most TTCers use pineapple for at least 5 days after ovulation. It is bad if taken too much because it can cause more acidity in your digestive system.

I have found in my journey a lot of infertile friends use pineapple, as a symbol of infertility, being a infertility warrior and being part of a community. I myself have pineapple socks, a necklace and matching earrings. I got my first pair of socks with Chelsea's sock exchange. I got earrings from my sister before starting our 2nd IVF cycle that I wore to every RE's appointment, and got the necklace in October as an early Christmas gift from a dear friend.

If you like using pineapple as a symbol of infertility, then here are some great finds that I really like:







and of course I'm a bit partial to my own design:

Have you used pineapple during your cycles before? If so, did it make a difference?

*Sources: http://natural-fertility-info.com/bromelain-pineapple-for-implantation.html
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Things that are Our Pregnancy

Tuesday, January 24

A few of you have asked to know the story on how we found out we got pregnant and the 2 months leading up to when we revealed to our parents. If this is in any way a trigger for you, I would advise to skip this post. I will not hold any hard feelings.
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The first weekend in October Chase and I were going to walk the 50/20 (50 miles in 20 hours). I had some spotting and thought my period would come while we were walking the 50/20. So I took the essentials. I noticed that Sunday that I still hadn't gotten my period. I didn't think anything of it, until the following week. I finally got up the courage and tested on Wednesday and it barely showed positive. I thought it was a false positive and threw it in the trash - thinking my acts would cause Aunt Flo (AF) to come. I tested the following day and when I had a faint line show up I pulled the one out of the trash and compared. The second day was lighter than the first so I thought my hCG numbers were declining and that I may miscarry or it was another false positive. Tested again on Friday and another line showed up, but this time a little darker. I do want to note that I was using cheap Amazon tests that were at least 5 years old.

I tested Saturday with a more recent pregnancy test and it turned positive within a minute (test results said within 3 minutes). I couldn't believe it, and Chase didn't believe it. How could Chase and I get pregnant on our own?! In the 7 years we've been trying I've never once gotten a positive pregnancy test. It is truly a miracle and one we are still trying to process and understand ourselves.

In answer to questions we've already been asked, no we weren't "just relaxing". We were still trying to grieve the loss of me being told I would never be a biological mother. We also had other goals we are working towards. And the other question - no, we weren't getting papers ready for adoption.

Chase and I didn't know what to do at this point. So I called the fertility clinic and was able to get in to do some early monitoring. We had 2 beta tests done within a week of each other. Our first one was over 2,000 and the following week it was over 12,000. About a week after that we got in to hear the heartbeat and see the little embryo. That was the craziest and coolest thing and Chase and I teared up (I think even our ultrasound tech teared up too, she's been helping us for the past year). 2 weeks later we got another ultrasound and this time got to see the heart flutter on the monitor. Unfortunately we had to go to a different location for our final ultrasound and weren't ever able to talk with our RE. I'm kind of bummed about that.

During this month we were VERY hesitant with telling anyone, afraid that this miracle would be taken away from us at any moment. After so much struggle, I think anyone would have the same mindset. We told our closest friends including our closest infertile friends. We felt that we needed to treat them how we would want to be treated and that was with love and kindness. We also told them that we would not make the pregnancy a topic of what we would talk about with them or around them. If they asked how things were going then we would tell them. To me that is how I would want to be treated if I was in their situation.

We were somehow able to keep this all hidden from our family and the majority of our friends for 2 months. It was really hard to keep it from them, but we wanted to make sure we were out of the first trimester and that things were still progressing. So we told them on Christmas. I'm sure that was the best Christmas present they could've asked for.


I promise I won't share too much on here - that's not why I started this blog. If I do post pregnancy related posts it's to help those struggling with the feelings that come after infertility, once pregnant.

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Things that are Costumes for the Dopey Challenge 2016

Tuesday, January 10


Since Dopey 2017 just happened I thought it would be fun to #takemeback to when I ran the Dopey Challenge last year (2016) with Celise, Shelly, and Celise's uncle, Dan. I wanted to post what cute costumes we wore and what fun ones we found too.

Here are some of the costumes we found. Some were homemade, some were a mix between homemade and bought, and some were bought.


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I started searching for the Dopey Challenge early in 2015, we had signed up for the race in March or April of 2015 (and in the past the race usually sold out fast). I searched blogs and the web and the best one that I found was We Run Disney Blog. The blog is hosted by a mother and daughter. They have cute outfits, had a post specifically for questions (which was VERY helpful), race recaps, and the most recent was their experience running the Castle to Ch√Ęteau Challenge at Disneyland Paris. 

So after all our searching we decided on what to wear. Here's a recap of what we wore for the Dopey Challenge:


Day 1 - Super Heroes Tedi - Iron Man, Celise - Captain America, Shelly - Superman, Dan - Flash. Both Dan and Shelly wore DC costumes while Celise and I kept with Marvel. If you didn't know, Disney owns Marvel, but not DC.

Day 2 - Princesses Tedi - Rapunzel, Celise - Snow White, Shelly - Aurora, Dan - Prince Charming Shirt
Day 3 - "Forget the Glass Slippers" shirt with Turquoise skirt while Dan - "Why are all these princesses chasing me" shirt

Day 4 - Girls - Minnie Mouse with black shirt/tank and Minnie skirt, Dan - Mickey Mouse

Have you dressed up for a race? If yes, was it a Disney Race?
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Things that are 2017 Goals!

Friday, December 30

Oh my! I seriously haven't even thought about my upcoming goals for the year.  But felt I still needed to create a list and share it. I did put some thought into my goals, so they aren't just written up on a whim. 

I'll be honest, I didn't have goals for 2016. The only ones that I had were run Dopey and go through IVF, which I did in the first month. I hadn't made goals beyond that, because I didn't know what the outcome of our IVF cycle would be.

I'm reminded of the goals that I made in 2015, and the results are listed in bold:

"-Having a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase - this is an ongoing thing that I'm always striving to do.
-Being OKAY with me asking Chase for help around the house - I did get better at this, and it's taken a lot of humility on my part to as for help.
-Running my first Marathon (still need to find a good one for this year! - any ideas?) - Ran my first one in September of 2015 and #2 in January of 2016.
-Strength training on my own and in a class at the rec center - After my knee injury back at the end of May I started going a lot, and I started noticing more definition in my arms and legs. I loved it, and will continue to do it as long as I can.
-Eat better - eat more clean stuff - more fruits and veggies - Earlier this year Chase and I decided that we really really needed to get our of debt, and with that we reduced our budget down to $100 a month. Because our budget is so low for food (and we aren't eating out) we have been eating a lot more crabby food (top raman, mac and cheese, tuna fish sandwich, hot dogs, etc). I've been trying when I can to incorporate more veggies, so that it's not as bad.
-Be in the here and now - not on my phone so often - I'm still working on this more, I had a few weeks where I was not on Facebook, and Instagram much/at all.
-Strive to be more spiritual - work on reading my scriptures and reading more General Conference talks - I started with 5 minutes of scripture reading each morning, and that has helped, but its still a work in progress."



Here are my goals this year:

Spiritual
-Read my Scriptures/Conference talks for at least 5 minutes a day.
-Attend the temple (with or without Chase) at least 10 times.
-Fulfill my Visiting Teaching each month (something I constantly struggle with).

Physical
-Sign up for 1-marathon, 1-half marathon, 1-10k and 1-5k to complete by the end of 2017.
-Stick with strength training/Barre at least 3 times a week.
-Do some sort of cardio activity at least 3 times a week.

Relationship
-Do an activity/Date night we both enjoy once a month.
-Being okay with asking for help from Chase (this is an ongoing one that I need to continue to do).
-Have a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase (this is ongoing).

Emotional/Mental
-Read/Listen to 5 books.
-Be in the present and stop focusing on the "what if's" and the future.
-Write in my journal at least once per month.

I need to constantly remind myself that I'm not going to beat myself up if I fail to achieve my goals for the year. If I'm at least somewhat consistent then that was a better effort than failing in the first month like so many of us do.



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P.S. Shirt sale ends December 31!!
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Things that are The Unexpected

Monday, December 26

After 2,737 days of waiting, praying, crying and anticipating...




Expected arrival is: June 20, 2017