Keli’i has created a new site that is our baby blog. The link is under Friends, Island Cub. We will try to update regarding baby details there.
Many people know that Keli’i and I have been trying to get pregnant for a long time. As soon as we’d heard that both my sister, Janice, and my sister-in-law, Lisa, were pregnant back in late 2006 I was die hard ready to start trying. Keli’i was probably mostly just humoring me at that point. But as time went on it wasn’t happening.
We tried on our own for while. When I went in for my yearly visit in August of 2007, I explained to the midwife I see how we’d been trying for a while with no success and that I was concerned about time because of my age. She recommended that we do some tests to see if we could determine the problem. It came back that I had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Carmel (the midwife) suggested that I see one of the OBs at the practice. I went to see Dr. Cortez only twice. He put me on medication and then I had a follow-up with him. As the time went by, I went from twice daily on the medication to three times daily. Still no results.
In September of 2008, with no positive results, it was recommended that we see a fertility specialist. Our first appointment was in November. We drove all the way to Lake Mary (their closest office) to have a consultation. At this consultation we met Dr. Brown. The first thing he said was we needed to have tests and an internal ultrasound to confirm the other diagnosis of PCOS, although he was fairly certain that was the problem.
He recommended a diet change for me also. I pretty much had to go on the South Beach diet, no sugar, no starch (potatoes, rice, pasta), no bread. I cut out as much sugar as I could. I am a choco-holic and sugar fiend. I started eating whole grains whenever possible (pasta and breads) and found sugar free alternatives for many things.
We had several tests under Dr. Brown’s care. It was determined that my systems was in working order, just not ovulating properly. Keli’i’s test determined that he was fine as well. Dr. Brown thought that we would have to use insemination to actually get pregnant though.
I went to go see Dr. Brown just before Christmas where he went through to explain the process of insemination and the cost of the process (Mind you, this was all out of pocket. Infertility is not covered under my insurance). Upset by the thought of $600 a month and no guarantee, it was decided we couldn’t really worry about it until after we had gotten our tax refund, so we would just wait.
Tax season came, we got our refund. We weren’t procrastinating so much, but we were planning on March for our first month to try. February came and went. March came, but I never started.
I’ve taken so many pregnancy tests in the last two years that I was afraid to see a negative result, so I waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, Keli’i asked if we were still planning to try the insemination this month. I told him we might not have to. But to give it a few more days just to make sure. I’d been having tender breast for longer than with my normal cycle and my daily temperature was still elevated.
That Friday, March 27th, we went to the store and bought a pregnancy test. I ran in on my own and that was the only item I needed to get. I’m pretty sure the couple in line behind me were making comments to each other about my item as we waited. If they’d only known my story, they might have been happy instead of laughing about it.
I waited a while, still fearing a negative result. Finally I couldn’t wait any longer. I took the test. A PLUS sign appeared right away. I sat and looked at it for a few minutes, hoping it wouldn’t magically change. I even cried a little.
We’d been having a disagreement with Brittany about her being out on her bike after dark when I went in to take the test. Keli’i and Britt were still talking about it when I came out.
The only thing I could say was “we have a plus sign.” I think I worded it that way so Britt wouldn’t understand so Keli’i and I could talk about it before telling her. Decide when the right time to tell her would be. It turned out I was too excited and wanted to talk to her about, so we told her the next day that we might be pregnant.
Thankfully, she was thrilled. I love the fact that she said Keli’i would have to start watching his language and that she wanted to get him a doll to practice bathing and diapering with. She also can’t wait to get paid to babysit. Emphasis on get paid.
We went to see Carmel to get confirmation on Tuesday. After the appointment we started notifying family about our good news.
Our prospective due date is November 11th. We are planning to find out what we are having when the time comes.
Most people are familiar with the annual ritual of school picture day. This years turned into an interesting experience.
This is Brittany’s first year in middle school. I expected some adjustment. We got the picture information in early September. Picture day came. I sat down, decided what to order, wrote out a check, she got all pretty for her picture, and I sent her off with her order envelope.
By mid-October I was questioning where her pictures were, to which, she would reply, “I don’t know.” She had gotten her school Id, which had the picture on it. I asked if other kids had gotten there pictures, again, “I don’t know.”
Finally in November, I asked some of the other mothers at Girl Scouts if they’d gotten their pictures. I had assumed they had and that Britt’s order must have gotten lost.
When I was still waiting in December for them to cash the check, I knew something was up. I called the place and they’d never gotten an order for any pictures. I told the guy I wasn’t sure what package I had picked, but I knew I had ordered an extra 8×10. Based on the price I gave him and the amount we were able to come up with what the original order must have been. He told me it should be 3 weeks for the pictures to get here. That would be right around Christmas. Perfect, since I give them out for Christmas.
Two weeks go by, and I get an envelope in the mail. Yay, pictures are early! Or so I thought. It was just one 8×10. I called up to ask why. I guess they shipped the one extra ordered separate from the rest of the order. Ok, so I have to keep waiting for the rest.
Christmas and New Years came and went. I had no pictures of Brittany to give this year. Not yet at least, I was still hopeful they’d be in the mail when we got home from Mom and Dad’s.
Several more weeks go by, I was busy with the start of the new semester and didn’t really think about it. Finally I called them back again. They say it shipped, I never got it. The lady says she will ship the order again and it should take 2-4 weeks to get it.
Two plus weeks later, I am starting to get antsy again for these pictures. Whoa, there is an envelope in the mail! I’m shocked! I got them, 7 weeks after I ordered them! I opened it up to find it missing an 8×10, a 5×7, 2 – 3×5, and I have an extra 8 wallets. Oh, and I paid to have Britt’s name on the wallets.
I WAS PISSED OFF! All that time and they got the order wrong! I found the paper from when I originally ordered the pictures, confirmed it was wrong, and called them up. I told them I just wanted to be credited for the things I didn’t get. I was not going to wait to get the missing items. The lady on the phone was very nice, she said it’d be easier to just refund the full amount versus trying to figure out how much I was due back. Sweet, money back! So she said a check should arrive in a week or two (I’ll believe that when I see it).
As I am cutting the pictures and writing out cards to send to family, Britt tells me she didn’t know who to turn the order form into at school. All this time I was getting, “I don’t know” out of her, and she had never turned it in.
The very next day, the correct order came in. So now I have 2 – 8×10, 3 – 5×7, 6 – 3×5, and TONS wallets (some with Britt’s name on them).
Needless to say, that was my picture debacle.
I took Brittany to get a state Id yesterday. I figure with as often as she gets on a plane, she should have something to prove who she is. We waited in line for an hour for that yesterday before heading to the airport.
Britt is off to Michigan for Christmas. Her plane was delayed an hour because of the snow (in Michigan, it was sunny and hot here yesterday). In all, it took 6+ hours to go from the house, to the airport, and then get back home again.
Britt comes home on the 27th, and we all head up to Mom and Dad’s the 28th. Britt’s very excited. Jordan, Lisa, and Julia are going to be there. Britt hasn’t seen Jordan and Lisa since before Julia was born so she is meeting her cousin for the first time. I am excited too. I miss seeing my family.
That’s all for now.
I hosted Thanksgiving again this year. Although, it was for less people this year. It was just us 3 and Anne. Jake and Danielle were at their Dad’s for the event. Apparently, Anne and Dana have ended, so he did not attend.
The turkey took forever to cook this year. Last year the turkey was bigger but seemed done way early, this year it took like an extra hour. Of course, it was in the oven later this year. Non-the-less. A wonderful mean was had.
It was kinda rough this year. I have been placed on a diet that doesn’t include such wonderful items as potatoes and bread. I did indulge in one roll, one small scoop of stuffing and a slightly larger scoop of mashed potatoes… it’s Thanksgiving, how could I not! I only made pumpkin pie, so that left less temptation for the other wonderful item I can’t have… sugar I made a loaf of banana bread with wheat flour and splenda, not the same as the regular stuff. It was ok.
The house managed to stay cool til just about time to eat, now I am thinking about turning on the a/c just to cool it off in here! Maybe I’ll just open the back door instead.
Anyway… time to be off to pass out to some television programing. Happy Turkey Day to all! And to all a good night
Wow, this has been a fun one….
Monday, Brittany started the great adventure known as middle school. She had a great day and was excited to head back on Tuesday. Well, Monday night we get a recorded message call from the superintendent of the Volusia County telling us that due to Tropical Storm Fay, school was canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Britt was a little unhappy about this (probably less than she showed, she is a good actress when she wants to be).
Keli’i was off Tuesday to go to the dentist, so Britt didn’t have to be home all alone all day. I had to go to work. I get there and around 11 am the rumors start to fly that we’re going to be let go early and we aren’t going to have to come in on Weds. Of course, it was my birthday, so at the end of the day, before we were sent home, they presented me with a cake that we were going to have at 4 in the afternoon. There was no time to divvy it up before vacating, so I got to take the whole cake home with me
Wednesday, Britt and I stayed home. Keli’i reluctantly went to work. I was working, just did it from my home computer, took a nice long break for lunch and a nap, I like that! I get so much more done at home, that is when the website I need isn’t down! Britt was more excited today by the news of school being canceled for Thursday (this reaction was more like I had expected Monday night). Of course, the storm slowly moved around the area. I think when I went to bed we were in the eye of the storm, and it was pretty much in the same place when I got up Thursday morning.
Thursday it was back to work. I had hoped they would have come to their senses and tell us to stay home. But we are getting ready for orientation (which was supposed to be Weds/Thurs and was moved to Fri/Sat). The rains started pretty early as we moved out of the eye of the storm. It was bad at work, the building they have us housed in (still displaced by the tornado from Christmas 06) is not equipped for that many people and wet floors. I almost biffed like 3 times, twice on the stairs, because the floors were so wet. By 1:30 the rumors started up again, and at 2 we got the email sending us home again. Sucks to be all the freshman kids trying to get in to take care of business early.
So tomorrow Britt is off school again, and the earliest they’ll have us coming in is 10am. And that is weather permitting. For a fairly weak storm, we sure are getting lots of time off of work. It’s a soaker though, that is the reason they let us leave early today. They didn’t want us flooded out of our homes and camping out on campus :p
We all knew when they rescheduled orientation we’d be working Sat, but now it’s not going to be OT oh well, I’ll just have to work more from home to get the OT
And there is my update. Until next time I decide to update (possibly check back in October :p) .
I guess that is because there isn’t much to update about!
I finished Summer A. I took Organizational Behavior. I got a B. I tried real hard at the end of the semester, but not hard enough for an A. It was a fun class though. I start Summer B tomorrow, Human Resource Management… WOOO! I know you’re all jealous of the good times I am going to have in that class!
Britt’s been in Michigan for about 2 weeks now. And since I haven’t updated lately, she got a cell phone. I have been able to talk to her more often because she can call me whenever and I can call her and not her father. I hope it makes her trip up there a little more pleasant. Oh, and her two BFFs thankfully have the same carrier as us so I don’t have to worry about her using all our minutes up.
Work is CRAZY! I always thought summer would be slow in financial aid, but it’s really crazy busy and I barely have free time. A HUGE change from the Eagle Card office. All I had there was free time. I still like the new job. It’s entertaining even if I can’t get work done cause everything changes every other hour! like I said, it’s crazy.
We have no vacation plans for the summer, we did go to Mom and Dad’s for Memorial Day weekend. Blaze is getting on in years, and it’s hard to ask someone to watch her for more than a few days. And she had another bloat, which left us a little tight in the wallet. Thankfully, she ’s better.
That’s all for now.
Brittany is off enjoying the weekend at Camporee with the Girl Scouts (I ducked out of the trip due to my Acct final on Monday). Keli’i and I took this opportunity to go see a movie. We saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
First off, we went to a 7:10 showing. I’ve been up since 5:30, no way I can make it through a later showing. We got there kind of early, got our concessions and head into the theater. We turn the corner and what do we see, about 4 old couples. NO ONE UNDER 50 but us. We go get our seats. As we are waiting, MORE OLD PEOPLE START SHOWING UP! WTF! We are starting to wonder if we are in the wrong theater. So I got up and checked, nope, right theater. Just before the show started a bunch of younger people showed up, but the theater is about a 50/50 split with old and young people. I just don’t think they realized what they were in for when they came to this movie (or the dirty old women found out there was full frontal male nudity and dragged their unsuspecting men there).
About the movie itself. I loved it. It was written by and starred Jason Segel (from How I Met Your Mother… funny show. He was in Knocked up as well). The basic plot summary is this. Peter (Segel) and Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell from Heros) have been together for like 5+ years, then out of the blue she dumps him. He can’t seem to get over her at home so he takes a vacation to a place Sarah had told him about, Turtle Bay Resort in Hawai’i (Keli’i and I decided we have to go back after seeing the beauty of Hawai’i). Well, when he gets there he is surprised to find that Sarah is there with her “new” boyfriend. Peter has to learn to cope with her being there while he heals over their breakup. He meets Rachel (Mila Kunis from That 70s Show) and a bunch of other characters that work at the hotel with her.
As for the rest, you will have to go see it. I recommend it. It has vulgar language and like mentioned before, full frontal male nudity (don’t worry boys, there are some boobs in it too). It’s funny as hell though.
I’ve been planning on having a garage sale since moving into this house. I finally did it this morning. I can’t believe how much I sold. It was mostly kids clothes, but still. I was selling things at $.50 a piece. I sold a bunch of books too. I think I got one girl into Anne Rice, she bought by Vampire collection (Interview through Memnock and Pandora).
We had a microwave that made the move with us, Britt’s bed, the old couch, and that ugly blue chair that Keli’i’s had forever out there. Of all that, we sold the microwave and Britt’s bed frame.
I may try again next week to see if I can get rid of the rest of the stuff. Hell, even getting the little that I get is better than the nothing if I donate it. Of course, after next week, whatever doesn’t sell will be donated because I want the full garage back. I am sick of the couch and chair in there.
Then after the garage sale I came inside and the Red Wings game was on… so exciting that there is a game that is actually being shown here! I know, it’s the playoffs. Now I have to check their schedule and see if I can keep up with the playoffs
We were expecting severe storms this afternoon. Britt walked as far as her friend’s house and got stuck by the thunder and lightening. Keli’i I left work early (it was Friday, why bother going back). We get to Britt’s friend’s house, I get her in the car and we’re heading home when all the sudden we heard something hitting the roof of the car.. then all the sudden the sky opened up and hail everywhere. Luckily we have a garage so we didn’t have to get out of the car in it. Keli’i and I have seen hail before, but Britt hadn’t. She was amazed by the way it looked when we got out of the car (it was coming down with such force it was bouncing into the garage).
One fell into my hand when I opened the car door, it almost looked like it had been made in an ice machine. Hmmm… maybe it’s the aliens’ cleaning out the ice trays :p