Thursday, August 26, 2010

Frumpy

So I recently started working out again. I had taken a break, which was partly by choice and partly because I have been so busy and/or lazy lately. It's hard for me to get motivated about it, even though I REALLY want to be and I know that I more importantly NEED to be.

Being pregnant for the short time I was I put on a few pounds. Some people wouldn't think anything of it, because that is "normal", but I had also put on a few pounds even before that as well. I haven't been feeling the greatest about my appearance lately and to put it simply I've been feeling "frumpy."

I know that with my surgery about a month ago I couldn't really get back into anything for a couple weeks, even though I was dying to get back in the gym again. Now I have no more excuses and need to get my butt going.

I know it's also not just a physical thing, I know I need to eat a lot better. I am also working on that. I had started months ago in preparation for pregnancy, but then once again used the excuse of the miscarriage and the surgery and just said to myself, "well we can't try for awhile anyways, I'll start up again in a month or so."

Well, that is exactly what is wrong with my mindset. I need to stop thinking of the just right now and think of the future of my health, body and mind. To me, it's all related. When they say that physical activity can help relieve stress, etc. they are right.

I've been struggling the past 3 weeks or so with headaches. I asked my Dr about it yesterday at my post-op appointment to see if they may be related in some way to hormone levels, etc. she said they may be tension headaches and stress related. I've never experienced headaches like these in my life. She also told me that if they continue to see my regular dr.
 
In conclusion, you will most likely be seeing more posts like this from me that involves working out, exercising, eating better, etc. as I continue on this never-ending journey of well-being.

Leah

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lemonhead Shower & Bachelorette Party

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Two words...busy day. One of my best friends who I have mentioned on here several times...Jenny Lemons a/k/a Lemonhead is getting married on Saturday, September 4th. Her bridal shower was in the afternoon. Here a few fun pictures:

[All of Jenny's faves: turkey roll-ups, shrimp/cocktail sauce, guac/chips, queso/chips, etc.]

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The turkey roll-ups had a cranberry cream cheese in them. So yummy! They were from Costco.

Can you tell what her wedding color is?

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[Bride with her BM's]

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[From left to right: Ann (MOH/SOB), Me, Jenny, and Ashley]

From there we transitioned into her bachelorette party. We started off with dinner at Chammps in Eden Prairie, headed over to Prairie Pub and had some cocktails, then went cosmic bowling at EP Bowl.

[Do you see anything funny with this glass?]

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This was the nummy dessert that Chammps gave the bachelorette. Lucky for us, Jenny shared it. ;)

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All of us girls at EP Bowl for bowling fun!

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After bowling until midnight some people wanted to take Jenny to Deja Vu (a strip-club). The rest of us went along for shits and giggles.

We ended the night at Jenny's house at about 3am. We were greeted by these two adorable faces.

[Emma]

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[Smush]

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Overall it was a great night of celebration and bonding!

Thanks Jenny and everyone that made it such a great night.

Leah

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SYTYCD {Seasons 5 & 7}

So I have been meaning to blog about this show while it was actually on tv, but now that Season 6 has wrapped I guess I will blog about it now. I love So You Think You Can Dance or for us veterans... SYTYCD. If you know of the show, great! If you don't, it's on FOX and it's like American Idol, but instead of a singing competition, it's a dancing competition.

Last week was the season 6 finale. Yes, 6 fabulous seasons of this great show. The top 10 dancers usually go on tour, just like Idol does. They came to MN in October 2009 and it was the first year I had gone to the tour show. It was season 5 that Jeanine Mason won.

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I loved her from the beginning and had to see her. Me and Lemonhead went and were super excited!

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This season (#7) they changed things up a bit. As far as judges go, Mary Murphy was not on this season (other than the finale) and instead they made Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman a permanent part of the show. I love them both and Mary can be so annoying at times, so I was all for it.

Also, instead of 20 new contestants, they only picked 10. The kicker was that 10 "All-Star" dancers from previous seasons were coming back. They were switching it up. Which is always nice. Basically, each week the contestants are paired with another contestant and/or an all-star and then each pair is given a different type of dance to master. It shows previews of them working with the choreographer and each other before they dance live. Love it, Love it, Love it.

My favorite guy all-star that they brought back this year was Season 4's Twitch. He is a Hip-Hopper and so fun. He also stars in Step Up 3D, which I have yet to see, but really, really want to.

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My favorite girl all-star was Season 3's Lauren.
(She reminds me of Megan Fox).

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This year, for Season 7, my favorite girl contestant right from the beginning was Lauren.

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and my favorite guy was Kent.

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If you do watch the show you know the background of this dance and what happened the week after Twitch and Alex n/k/a Twilex performed it.
  
Please click on the link and watch the video now before continuing to read this post.

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Now if you don't watch the show you would not even be able to tell that Alex Wong is a ballet dancer and was with the Miami City Ballet before being on SYTYCD. Crazy huh? That is the beauty of this show. 

One of the sad aspects of this show is that sometimes in rehearsal a dancer will get hurt. That's what happened to Alex the week after this amazing routine. He ended up pulling his Achilles tendon and having to leave the competition early. I have no doubt that he would have went far on the show and possibly even won it. So for the finale, SYTYCD got creative and brought in a "professional" dancer to re-create that dance. Below is what occurred.

Don't you love it?! I am a big Ellen fan, but this behind the scenes footage is hilarious. It always goes to show you that it's not as easy as you think. Hopefully this has sparked your interest enough to watch next season. I personally can't wait!
Leah

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kate's 11th Birthday {2010}

Friday, July 30, 2010

The family and I met at the mall to do some shopping and have dinner for Kate's birthday. I took her shopping at Aeropostale and bought her some clothes.

We enjoyed DQ (instead of a cake). We decided to do it this way so we don't have any leftovers that will get wasted and thrown away and also then we can all get what we want. :)

[Kate eating her cookie-dough blizzard]

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[The family (minus Mom who was actually taking the picture, with addition Hannah (Ross' girlfriend) enjoying our desert/birthday treat]

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Thanks Kate for having a birthday. I love you!

Leah

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Roller Coaster of Emotion {Part 2}

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (6 wks)

This was the first week that I had received one of these "you're 6 weeks pregnant" emails from The Bump and wasn’t expecting it and then to read that it is starting to sprout eyes, ears, etc. I immediately got teary eyed and had to call Wayne. I forwarded him the email to look at and I told him I got tears in my eyes. I said it was starting to hit me that I am growing this little person inside me. So then I went back to read all the details about the previous weeks.

It was a very pivotal and emotional moment for me and I am so happy and extremely lucky to be experiencing all this, especially with my best friend and Husband, Wayne.

Friday, July 9, 2010 (7 wks, 2 days)

Wayne's Mom had bought us a gift in celebration for our first "real" Dr's visit.  Real meaning an ultrasound hearing the heartbeat for the first time.

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We are huge Twins fans, so it was so cute and thoughtful. (These will now be kept for a later date.)

There are a few other entries as from this point on. We told a few other family members such as Gramma Kleene (who was super excited to be a Great Grandma) and a few other close friends such as Wendy and Jenny Lemons aka Lemonhead (because I am a bridesmaid in her wedding on 9/4/2010 and thought she should know). We were basically counting down the days until our first OB visit.

Monday, July 19, 2010 (8 wks, 5 days)

After the excitement of telling our families and some of our close friends, we ended up finding out through an ultrasound at what was supposed to be our first OB appointment that we had a blighted ovum. Finding out this is actually quite common, eased the pain some, but it was still quite emotional because I didn't have any bleeding or cramping whatsoever. To me (and my body) I was till pregnant. My Husband was stunned and saddened and to my Dr this had been her 3rd one that week. She reassured us that there was nothing we could have done to prevent this and she truly was heartbroken about it as she knew how excited we were. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Instead of being 9 weeks pregnant, I was giving blood to determine if my hCG (hormone) level was going down.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

That morning we met with our Dr.  again for the second time that week and she confirmed that indeed my hormone level was going down. Not good. At that point my body still wouldn't let go, so we had to talk about options. I decided on a D&C for the following Wednesday morning. That meant more waiting.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On what was supposed to be my 10 week mark, Wayne instead took the day off (bless his heart) and we arrived at the outpatient/surgery department of the hospital at 9:30 a.m. for my surgery that was scheduled to happen at 11:00 a.m. I was scared and nervous, but once again after talking with Dr. Emery, she assured me that everything would be fine. She also wanted to make sure that even though it was a physical process, I was doing OK emotionally. She had told me before, this is an emotional procedure, just as much as a physical procedure. I can't thank her enough for how supportive she was throughout the whole process and I can only look forward to her being my Dr in our future endeavors.

After getting pricked 4 different places by 3 different nurses for the IV and being told I had "old granny" veins it was time to go. I was wheeled in a recliner into the operating room and got onto the table. I didn't have a general anesthetic but I had a MAC anesthesia. Which meant that I wasn't completely put under, but I would still be out, and not remember anything. Which was totally true.  Once I was laying down, the nurse told me she was going to give me something that made me sleepy. From there I don't remember anything until I was back in the same chair being wheeled down the hall to recovery.

The process was no more than 30 minutes and even though I was awake afterwards I was still out of it. They went to get Wayne from the waiting room and when I saw him standing in the doorway I immediately started crying. The nurse gave us a few minutes and I finally calmed down as the two of us talked about what had just happened.

Both Wayne and I realize that things could have been a lot worse and there are so many other scenarios that would have been less desirable, but for us this has been the biggest thing to happen to us to date.

We also know that there are couples out there (some of them friends of ours) that can't even get pregnant or it took them months and months to get pregnant only to have a miscarriage and then for it to happen again a second time.

As this is our first miscarriage (and hopefully last) we are trying to look at the positive aspects in this whole thing: A) I can get pregnant. We know this much is true. There are a lot of women that don't even get this far; and B) It only took us a couple months to get there, which is another plus as hopefully that is a good sign for the future.

Another positive thing to come out of this situation that we realized is that it made our marriage even stronger than it already was. I believe that Wayne and I had a great relationship and could talk about anything and everything. We know each other inside out and he truly is my best friend. He said from the time we found out that he would support me in any decision I made as it was my body. I know I am truly blessed everyday to have such a special man in my life that is my rock and loves me unconditionally and it really put the words through thick and thin, for better or worse into new perspective.

For me now that the process is done, the thing that makes me the most sad is that we will never get those first times back. We will never have that first positive pregnancy test again. Wayne and I will never have that "Oh shit, what did we just do" moment again. We will never have the first time of telling our parents that they are going to be grandparents and the look on my sisters' faces will be different than the first time. There are so many things that will never be the same again.

But as the saying goes, "you gotta roll with the punches." That could never be more true.

Now that my surgery and 2 week recovery period is over and we are getting back to our normal routine, we still cannot start "trying" for a couple more months. More waiting.

Wayne's Aunt Dianne and I had a great conversation last week. I talked about this experience and she talked about adopting her daughters from Russia and how long it took for them. We agreed that more often than not the best things in life are truly worth waiting for. I know that this experience will contribute to us being the best parents we can be and we will be that much more grateful when it does happen to us.

Thank you to everyone for all the loving support. 

Leah

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Roller Coaster of Emotion {Part 1}

The past month couple of months have been a true roller coaster of emotion. As some of you might know and some of you probably don't know... I was pregnant. "Was" being the key word in that sentence. We did not tell everyone and we didn't post anything on facebook. We wanted to wait until I was further along to share the great news with the public. We never got that opportunity this time around, so now I am sharing as a closure of one chapter and onto the next.

Preface: After going off the pill April 1st, we were elated to find out on Father's Day that I was pregnant. We had left everything up to God because we didn't know how long it would take us to actually get pregnant. Would it be just a few months or would it be a year or more? To our surprise it happened a lot faster than we thought. Some would say too good to be true. Which in our case that's exactly what it was.

The week we found out I started keeping a journal, because I wanted to keep every moment documented. That was about a month and a half ago. It had become a journal of some sort as I would have normally blogged about it, but we wanted to wait for the right moment to share the great news with everyone. Now I am transferring some of my journal entries of the past couple months to my blog.

It was a great release for me and my emotions while writing it and as said previously, I am hoping that it will be a release for me now as this chapter comes to an end and Wayne and I move forward. I have cut a few entries out as it is quite lengthy, but I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 20, 2010 (4 wks, 4 days)

I was 4 days late (due for my monthly friend on June 16th) and so I had told myself that if I made it through the wedding that my Husband, Wayne, was in that weekend without getting “it”, I would take a test on Sunday, not really realizing it was actually Father’s Day. Well, Sunday rolled around with still no sign of “it,” so I caved and we took a pregnancy test late that evening. It was positive.

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We were stunned, excited, nervous, etc. Wayne didn’t believe me at first until he read the directions himself and realized it really was a plus sign that we were seeing. I said “I told you so.” This was us right after we found out.

Wayne’s “Oh shit, what did we just do” face
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My “OMG, we’re going to be parents” face
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Needless to say, it is a Father’s Day that Wayne will always remember and we are looking forward to many more special Father’s Days to come.

“Here we go, Mama”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 (5 wks)

We kept our little secret to ourselves for a few days and I started researching online all about pregnancy. The word OVERWHELMING comes to mind when I think about it.

On Wednesday, June 23rd, I decided to call Buffalo Clinic to see what the first step was. After confirming my name and birth date, she asked me “Reason for visit?” At first I didn’t know what to say, but then it clicked, “I think I’m pregnant.” “Congratulations,” she said, very cheery. After confirming my first day of my last period (Wednesday, May 19th) and that I had indeed taken a home test and it was positive she said they had an opening the next day at 3:00 p.m. for a confirm test with Dr. Nancy Decker. I wasn’t expecting to get in that quickly, and I didn’t know who Dr. Decker was as my OBGYN was Dr. Jen Emery, but since it is usually a simple visit, including a pee test and some general question answering, she assured me it would be fine and so we were set.

After I told Wayne that our appointment was set for the next day all he said was, “Here we go, Mama.” And although he has called me that a thousand times, the word “Mama” suddenly took on a whole new meaning.

That night as we lay in bed, he started to get nervous that we would go to the Dr and for some reason they would tell us that we were not pregnant. I told him not to worry, but he asked me to take the other test in the box as it had come with two. I said I didn’t want to that night, but I would in the morning.

"First Dr’s Visit/Sharing the News: Wayne’s Family"

Thursday, June 24, 2010 (5 wks, 1 day)

Well, I did end up taking the 2nd one to appease Wayne’s nerves, and that one was positive, too!

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On my way to work, Buffalo Clinic called which I thought was just to confirm my appointment for that afternoon, but actually they were calling to let me know that Dr. Decker had to leave for the afternoon, but Dr. Emery was available if that was ok. Uh yes that was PERFECT! Now I was more excited since Wayne was coming with me and they would be able to finally meet each other.

Upon arrival I was sent to the “Lab” to pee in cup. We were then taken back to a room and the nurse asked me some general questions. She left and about 5 minutes later Dr. Emery walked in and sat down.

“Well, it’s positive. Congratulations,” she said, looking at the both of us. Dr. Jen Emery is my OBGYN. She is a red-headed, ball of spitfire that can go toe to toe with Wayne’s sarcasm and if you are lucky enough to know Wayne, you know that is quite a fete.

So while talk continued on how I needed to stop hooking and smoking crack (just kidding for those that are reading this and don’t know me), we also went over some general nutrition facts as well as she told us how far along we were (5 weeks, 1 day) and told us our approximate due date (February 26, 2011). After all our questions were answered we were on our way.

We stopped at home to change and headed to Wayne’s softball games and then we decided to stop at his Mom’s house to share our news with her. She has wanted to be a Grandma for so long, so when Wayne told her I was pregnant, she didn’t believe him (always joking around) and she looked at me. I nodded my head at her and she immediately started crying. And actually when I say crying, I mean balling. She would stop and then we would talk about something and then she would start again. She was VERY happy for us if you couldn’t tell and VERY happy to finally have the title as GRANDMA!

The three of us called Andy on his cell phone and asked him if he was ready to be an Uncle. He replied with an enthusiastic “yes and it can call me Drunkel Andy.” Ha.

We went home that night and told Green Grandma, who is now GREAT Green Grandma. She was also VERY happy and started crying. She started talking to my belly saying: “Hi Appleseed, it’s your Green Grandma.” I told her that is what the size of it was and so now we joke that we should be like Gwyneth Paltrow and name it Apple. Haha. Not going to happen.

Sharing the News: Leah’s Family

Saturday, June 26, 2010 (5 wks, 3 days)

This afternoon we went to my parents house to tell them about the news. I was nervous, I’m not gonna lie. My Mom knew something was up. She said it was her “mother’s intuition.” One reason she knew something was up was the fact that both Wayne and I showed up “just to say hi,” which doesn’t really happen. Ever. We usually are there (especially together) for a purpose.

Right before we got there, my Dad had left to make a quick trip to the gas station and would be back any minute, but my Mom kept asking us, “what’s going on…what’s going on?” After our horrible stalling tactics, my Dad finally walked in the door and I sighed with relief. After a couple of seconds, my Mom asked again, “What’s up? I know something’s up.”

I can’t remember exactly what Wayne said, but it was to the effect of “Your daughter’s pregnant.”

Everyone looked at me for reassurance, as they always do, because no one believes him when he says something serious. My Dad gave me a hug right away and said Congratulations. He then hugged Wayne and said Congratulations. My sister, Amie, came over right away also and gave each of us a hug and said Congratulations.

My Mom on the other hand was teary eyed and just sitting there saying, “I knew it” over and over. Although she was in shock she was very happy and finally I went over to her to give her a big hug. She then got up and gave Wayne a hug and then we started chatting about how I found out and how far along I was and other details.

After about 20 minutes of that I went with her to drop my brother’s car off at church. (He was on his way home from a mission trip and at that point we were playing phone tag with each other.) I followed her to the church and when I got into her car to go back home, she grabbed my hand and looked me in the eyes and said, ”You’re gonna be a Mom.” I squeezed her hand and said “I know, you’re gonna be a Grandma.” She just looked at me with tears in her eyes and went on to give me a mother/daughter speech which included A) How excited she is for me to experience all of this pregnancy stuff and B) As a mother of 5, there is no words that can describe the feelings you have when you see that baby for the first time.

We also talked about a touchy subject, miscarriage. But I assured her I knew it was a possibility (God forbid) and if it did happen we have always had the saying “Whatever happens, it happens for a reason.” I know those words ring true and even though it might be something tough, I am also a believer of “If God brought you to it, God will get you through it.”

One of my main reasons of sharing this information with my Mom and being able to talk about all this stuff, is that she has had 2 miscarriages in her life and I know she would be my BEST support system if anything like that happened to me. I love her so much and she truly is my BEST FRIEND.

After the 10 minute talk and some tears later we arrived back at the house. Wayne and I stayed for a little longer and then headed onto the next stop. THE HORTON’S!

Mark &Dianne Horton are Wayne’s Aunt and Uncle. They have Veronika and Aly that they adopted from Russia a few years ago and then Mark has Evan, Travis and Jared from his first marriage.

Anyways, they were outside doing yard work when we got to their house and so we headed inside to chat for a minute. Wayne started if off as he’s always done with saying something creative “so February 26th of next year we wanna get everyone together, cause she’s going to have a baby” as he points to me. He’s so funny, right?

So after they figured out that we weren’t kidding they were all SUPER excited. Hugs and congratulations went all around. We talked some more about different things and then Wayne and I were on our way. On our way home we called his Aunt Dana and left her a message asking her to call us when she could.

She ended up calling us back that night and although it’s weird to tell someone over the phone, we could tell she was very happy for us.

Later in the evening my brother, Ross, finally called and we put him on speaker phone. He later said he knew something was up and was going to ask me if I was pregnant when we put him on speaker phone, but we didn’t give him the chance and told him right away that he was going to be an Uncle. He was SO EXCITED and just couldn’t believe it.

Overall, that Saturday was a very busy and emotional, but HAPPY day.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Roller coaster of Emotion.

Leah

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kristen & Art {Engagement}

Date taken: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wedding Date: August 21, 2010

We met in Eden Prairie and this was their choice for their first outfit:

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He is a Lakers fan, while she is a Celtics fan. He thought that this idea might be cheesy, but I assured him it was fun and a true way to show who they were as a couple; fun, flirty, can be very competitive, but in the end love conquers all.

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They then changed into more formal outfits. But I love that they still had fun with it.

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This is one of my favorites.

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I also really like these:
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Stay tuned for wedding pictures.

Leah