Friday, October 30, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

I decided it was time to get back into the "MHR Fridays." So, here goes.

Brandon can be a very lazy person. (Good way to start out a positive blog, right? I promise I'm getting to it). And by lazy, I mean if you looked up lazy in the dictionary, you'd see his picture. (Ok, so that phrase is way overused, but it's true! And apparently my sidenotes in paretheses are overused as well.) Anyway, when Brandon wants to lay on the couch, there is pretty much nothing you can do to change his mind. On Wednesday, we had our church's annual Fall Fest (Halloween alternative). I had signed up to go, but Brandon did not. He had worked the previous 10 days in a row without a break, and decided he wanted to rest. As it turns out, I used a sick day that day since I wasn't feeling that well, so we were both home all day. I was feeling better by that afternoon, so I decided to go on and stick to my commitment. I asked Brandon if he wanted to go, and gave him the puppy eyes told him that he didn't have to if he didn't want to. Even though he didn't want to, he went with me. While we were setting up, he sat in a classroom playing Solitaire. I was pretty annoyed that he wasn't helping. I understood. But, much to my surprise, once the festivities started, not only did he come down and stand with me for 2 whole hours while I worked the Puzzle Walk, he even jumped in and had some fun and stole a bunch of the candy helped. Thanks for your help, hun. I know you didn't want to, but I appreciate it :)

One step at a time

I just wanted to share that I am down EIGHT POUNDS in the last 3 weeks! This sounds like a small loss, but if you only knew how virtually impossible it has been for me to lose weight, you would share my excitement! :-)

Now, on to the plan for the weekend:

Today, I desperately have to study for my history test, which I have neglected to study for. 4 chapters of info in 1 day...good one, Kell. Say a prayer for me!

Then tomorrow, I am heading to the Elkins house bright and early to babysit their 5 hyper happy and energetic children. And, call me crazy, but I can't wait! I love this family more than words can express, and their children always have some way of making me smile. I have planned some "non-Halloween" Fall activities to do with them. Carving pumkins, painting little pumpkins, decorating cupcakes, etc. I am so excited! :-) I'm like a kid myself, so I fit right in!

Tomorrow night we'll be passing out candy to all the neighborhood ghouls and goblins, of course.

Sunday I get to go teach my Sunday School class, which I absolutely love. We're talking about Prayer during the month of November, so it should be really fun to see them learning to pray.

That pretty much sums up my weekend. Now, off to study...yay.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Thanks to Sarah at Sarah Ruth Today for my blog award! I am so excited! (Random side note: we share the same middle name!)

Here are the rules:

Accept the award. Post it on your blog along with a link to the person who sent it to you. Then, send an award to 15 of your favorite blogs. Make sure to contact those bloggers to let them know they have received an award!

My chosen blogs are:

1. Katie at My Life as A Wallace

2. Heather at Mehaffey Moments

3. Julie at Peanut Butter and Julie (for some reason this link isn't working right. Google her!)

4. Sugarbloom Cupcakes & Macarons

5. Shelley at The Vits Family Blog

Congrats, guys! And thanks again, Sarah!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Punkin time!

A few weeks ago, Brandon and I made the trek out to Honeysuckle Hill Farms. We got 2 tickets to the farm PLUS admission to their haunted woods, Scream Creek, for $19...half price! I would never have paid $19/person for it, but we had a lot of fun. Brandon tried to wimp out on me, but I made him go through it :) Sissy.

Shame on me

I have totally fallen off the blogging wagon. So sorry! I promise to work on that. Sadly, I can't put many pictures on here since my camera decided to die. The only one I have is the video camera, which takes really dumpy still shots. Blah. Maybe the hubby will get me a new one for Christmas. *wink wink*

Under Construction

I felt it was time for a "Blogger Makeover," if you will. So, my blog has now become.......(drumroll please)....

While I'm Waiting!

Where did I get that title? Well, for those of you who have been reading my blog for a while (let's face it, there are only 3 or 4 people who actually read it), it's obvious. I'm waiting on God's little blessing wrapped in a onesie and a poopie diaper. Strange way of putting it, I know.

I didn't like my last title at ALL. This one just seemed to fit better with where I am, since my blog is a combination of my life, cooking, crafts, and everything in between. I don't have a "designated topic" for my blog. It is just a blog about what I'm doing, thinking, and feeling "While I'm Waiting." So, I hope you enjoy. I hope to have a whole new look coming soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Good News!

Brandon and I saw the fertility specialist on Friday. I went completely prepared to hear one of two things : 1)I couldn't have children, or 2) that we would have to resort to fertility procedures that I am not interested in, like In Vitro, which is what Jon and Kate Gosselin, thank you.

We got much better news than I thought! Don't get too excited...I'm not pregnant. However, she did a vaginal ultrasound (no fun) and officially diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is basically where because I am insulin resistant (I have low blood sugar, not diabetes), my testosterone level is too high. I make eggs just fine, but the testosterone level prohibits them from ever releasing from the ovaries (therefore, I don't ovulate). This makes little sacs of eggs on my ovaries. This is why I've never had a period without the help of the pill. It also explains a lot more than that.

  • 86% of women with PCOS are obese because of the hormone imbalance. It is virtually impossible to lose weight on your own when you have this condition. This is what has caused my weight to skyrocket, and why it has been so hard to lose it. NOTHING has worked, even when I am as disciplined as one can be. That makes me feel better...I have something else to blame :)
  • It is more than likely what my mom had (she had the same problems as me).
  • It explains why I ALWAYS feel hungry, even an hour after a big meal. It's always been kind of a joke with me and Brandon because we'll eat, and an hour or so later I'll say "you're not going to believe this." He follows with, "you're hungry?" The insulin basically makes my brain think it's hungry.
  • Obviously, it explains my inability to get pregnant.
Now, the good news:

While PCOS is not curable, it is very common AND TREATABLE! This doesn't necessarily mean I WILL get pregnant, but my chances are much better than I thought! She has started me on Metformin, which is a diabetic med to level out my insulin levels and testosterone. So far, I have had some nasty side effects, but nothing unbearable, and they should subside. However, I am already noticing a huge change in my appetite. I'm hardly ever hungry. I ate two eggs yesterday morning, and didn't have another meal until last night, and I had to make myself eat that so I could take my meds. This morning, I have spent the last 10 minutes trying to get down a yogurt. I'm just not hungry. This is appealing to me, but at the same time, I have got to make myself eat. She also said that Weight Watchers probably isn't the best diet for me because we tend to focus on how many points a food is, not how much protein is in it vs. carbs. She said that the key for me right now is to exercise for 30 mins a day, and to eat a LOT of protein, and cut back on my carbs/sugars. I am also supposed to eat 6 times a day. Doesn't have to be 6 meals, but 3 meals and 3 protein-based snacks will do. So, I'm quitting WW for a while to see what happens with the meds, some walking, and a high protein, low carb diet. That sounds so much more manageable, anyway.

So, I'll take the metformin for a month, and then I'll start the fertitlity drugs again. I am hoping and praying they work this time! My goal is to try and lose 15lbs by the time I start the fertility meds. That's 5% of my weight, which they say can drastically increase my chances. (do not do the don't want to know)I feel like there is hope! :) God is good. Maybe in a few months I'll be writing the "I'M PREGNANT" blog!