Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Months Home

It’s been 3 months since I left work!! It is amazing how quickly I have adjusted!

I keep myself busy cleaning this house—which I have been doing since the first day off! It’s crazy how it’s still not clean! I am doing more detail work along with the usual cleaning. Pinterest has become my inspiration. It has helped me come up with a cleaning schedule I somewhat stick to, lots of DIY tips and tricks and yummy healthy new meals!

I found using borax, dawn, vinegar and hot water strips all the grease from the cabinets. Then mixing olive oil and apple cider vinegar puts the shine back on and diminishes the water rings, and other unsightly things, on table tops!

I also found some amazing face mask and hair tricks!

I have done, and loved, the honey/baking soda mask followed by the apple cider toner with amazing immediate results! I also tried the complete face peel using gelatin—that was a little eye watering to remove!

Since my hairstylist is rebelling on curling my hair I have found no heat/overnight curls tricks. I have tried the several braids—this gave me 90’s crimp. I have tried the tiny buns – this wasn't bad but still not the best. Then I tried the twist and tuck around a head band. This came out the best but my short layer was way too poofy. So I combined the buns for my top layer and the rest went around the headband.

I also did the week of love on the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. My wife got lunch box love notes every day, homemade treats 3 days and small gifts with cute sayings the other two days. On Valentine’s Day we had massages, lunch at an Italian restaurant and dinner at the Castle of White! My greatest success that week was making a heart shaped cake!!

Another Pinterest tip I found—putting a wad of aluminum foil in the drier to rid clothes of static, who knew!

My wife loves that I use the things I find on Pinterest!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Failed IUI #2

Aunt Flow came again. It was maddening! I felt discouraged, upset and pissed off. We spend a lot of money, time and energy towards this goal and it keeps not working! I know it’s only been two tries but that is over $2,000 wasted. Not only is it the money, it is the emotional exhaustion that comes along with it. All we think about is the maybe baby, our lives go on hold.

I was a mess with my emotions this time. One minute I wanted to throw in the towel and never try again and the next I was ready to jump back on the horse. This trying for a baby makes one crazy!

But the decision was made for me by my doctors, we will be taking a few months off. 

In March I have my appointment with the thyroid specialist and in April my MRI. All my blood work finally came back—I am low on Vitamin D, Iron levels are low and one of my thyroid test came back high. Normal range is under 9 and I was at 80. From what I can find online that number is pointing towards Hashimoto's Disease. Most people with thyroid problems have this disease so I am confident this doctor can have been feeling wonderful soon!

 My symptoms as of right now are minimal. I feel good most days—minor joint pain, some insomnia and hair loss. Some days I am full of motivation, other days it’s a struggle to get off the couch. I feel best when I work out.

Since we are taking a few months off I have decided to go back on my 1,200 calorie diet. I am sick of being upset about my body, it’s time to do something!

We filed our taxes, first time ever filing married!! We ended up owing—because of a mistake Duste made on her W4 and because of the Affordable Healthcare credits I received. Hopefully next year will be better!