Day 9 of the Bloggers Fertility Conference

Today’s post is by Logan from With Great Expectation.

Finding the silver lining in our struggles can give us strength and perseverance. When Logan was first diagnosed with PCOS, she didn’t think she would find any good in it. Now, Logan shares 5 Reasons I am Thankful for PCOS.

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Psssttt… if you haven’t caught on, I’m featured tomorrow! Stay tuned! 

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Two big milestones in one day

Today, I’ve officially reached the 3rd trimester AND it’s my 30th birthday.

I laid in bed this morning contemplating where I thought my life would be at 30. It didn’t seem odd to be pregnant, but if you had asked me years ago, I would have assumed we would be pregnant with Baby #2. The funny thing is that this is true. Baby #1 just took longer than expected and didn’t get to come home with us.

The past few weeks have been a period of reflection. At the beginning of 2015, I set a goal for peace. I’ve recently realized that any time I don’t feel peaceful, I need to turn to acceptance and gratitude.

For example: Some days, the aches, pains and nasty pregnancy symptoms start to add up and can turn your mood fowl. Instead of dwelling on the “why me’s”, I turn my focus to gratitude. I am so grateful to be pregnant. Each side effect or symptom is proof that my body is working hard to provide nourishment and a safe home for my baby.

Sometimes it’s easier to let our chaotic minds take over, rather than recognizing the advantages to our situation. It’s all a matter of perspective. And that slight change in perspective can ease many worries and anxieties; and bring you peace.

Reaching the 3rd trimester definitely seems surreal. I wasn’t sure how I would feel today, but I am happy to have (potentially) 12 weeks left to prepare for my little boy. I’m looking forward to becoming a mother. I can’t wait to see my husband hold our son for the first time. I’m actually interested in experiencing labour (says the crazy woman- ha!) and all of our baby’s “first time” experiences as well.

I’m not upset about turning 30. I’m actually kinda happy to leave my 20’s behind. They were a period of many challenges, but each experience turned me into the person I am today – a strong 30-year old woman. I have a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a successful career. I am a mother to two children and my fur-babies. I can honestly say that I love myself much more now than I did when I was 20. I am confident in who I am. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and exactly where I am today.

I’m ready to enter my 30’s and hope that they bring many, many blessings. ❤

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^ Since I can’t have the wine today, would you be willing to do that part for me? 😛

Day 8 of the Bloggers Fertility Conference

Today’s post is Caroline from In Due Time.

Blogging isn’t always easy to do. You put your heart and soul into words and post them for others to read which can leave you open to criticism and judgement. The struggle of infertility is one that comes with lots of pain – something that not everyone can handle. Caroline shares her thoughts on being vulnerable and why sharing her story is worth it.

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Last chance to support a film about pregnancy loss and infertility!

The Kickstarter campaign for “Don’t talk about the baby” is in it’s final hours! They will receive a $5000 donation to achieve their campaign goal IF they can reach 25k in in the next 4 hours. They have LESS THAN 2K to go! 

If you haven’t yet donated and feel drawn to support this project, DONATE NOW

I am so passionate about this because it puts a name and a face to each story told. It encourages people to SHARE their stories and eliminate the stigma associated with pregnancy loss and infertility.

AND I’m kinda pissed that Ricki Lake’s Sweetening the Pill documentary raised over 100K. I fully support both causes – in fact, I donated to both. But, I’m a bit shocked that more people aren’t willing to bringing awareness to THIS cause. It may be a marketing issue – I mean Ricki Lake is Ricki Lake – but 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage or loss… and that shouldn’t be a secret.

Even if you can’t donate right now, please share their social pages to bring more awareness to this project.

Reminder: The project gets ZERO funds if they don’t reach their target. Every $1 counts. 🙂 

UPDATE: WHOHOO! THEY MADE IT! A big thanks to anyone who donated! Remember you can also participate by sharing your story! 

Day 7 of the Bloggers Fertility Conference

Today’s post is by Jessi from Life Abundant.

Sometimes you receive a diagnosis for your infertility; sometimes it’s unexplained. Either way, not everyone realizes that certain conditions can cause symptoms that affect you beyond just trying to conceive.

Jessi shares what it’s like to live with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

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27 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 27 weeks and 5 days

Meds: All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250g at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation), Gaviscon for heartburn as required (which is OFTEN!).

Baby is the size of: a bunch of bananas or a papaya

Best Moments This Week: 

Worst Moment This Week: I felt like I had a major growth spurt – sore tummy, bloated, bad acid reflux. By Friday, my body was so sore all I wanted to do was have a bath. I attempted some yoga and stretching, but my acid reflux prevented me from doing too much. I also visited by Physiotherapist who told me I had a rib out on the right side (BUT, my pelvic floor is doing awesome now!). Fortunately, my Chiropractor fixed it this morning. She was shocked I didn’t have a sore neck as it was really out of line. I guess when the rest of your body is more uncomfortable, you don’t notice the little things. Overall, I’m feeling much better at the start of this week. I think not sitting at my desk all weekend may have helped. I’ve started sitting on my exercise ball for a few hours each day just to be more comfortable.

Total Weight Gain: up 1.2lbs this week for a total of 10.2 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: The comfier the better. I haven’t worn much besides loose or stretchy cotton in weeks. In fact, it’s been 3 weeks since I wore jean shorts. Not sure I could get them on right now.

Symptoms:

  • Heartburn and acid reflux – still there, ugh!
  • Tired
  • Hungry for small snacks.

Sleep: Haven’t been sleeping great this week. Lots of crazy prego dreams and having a hard time getting comfortable. I get up to pee multiple times, then toss and turn all night.

Food Cravings: Black cherry ice cream, plain ruffled potato chips

Anything making you queasy or sick: No change here – just eating too much or my acid reflux. The good news is I only puked 2x this week! WHOHOO! Best week yet!

Movement: Lots of movement. My husband got to feel him having a dance party on Sunday morning. I love sharing those special moments with him. ❤ Our baby also moved quite a bit when I was driving this week and the song “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker came on the radio. I laughed as my little man moved to the music, “Rock me Momma like a wagon wheel…“.

Stretch Marks: Still mainly below the belly button, but I’ve got a few white ones above.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing… still rocking a slight B which stands for Baby Boy Bump. 😛

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Too early. I can’t quite figure out if I know what Braxton Hicks feel like yet.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie but I noticed lots of stretching and pulling around my belly button this week.

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off due to the heat.

Happy or Moody?: Same thing – lots of ups and downs. Some days, I’m super happy, content, and loving life. Other days, I’m an emotional mess – contemplating life, relationships, and all the why’s. Overall, I’m fairly stable, but I did just have two emotional days in a row. Major lesson: don’t fight the naps or let myself get overtired.

Purchases for baby: Crib bedding, a few onesies

Purchases for Momma: Nadda this week

Miss Anything?: My husband has made it quite clear he misses sex this week! I had some major heartburn and felt massively bloated (i.e. growth spurt), so he’s been out of luck. Sorry dude. 

Looking forward to: Reaching the 3rd trimester… which I’ve decided I’ll start counting at week 28. 🙂 

Day 6 of the Bloggers Fertility Conference

Today’s post is by Chrissy from 31 Chances.

When dealing with infertility and pregnant loss, you face many big decisions on your journey to parenthood. Chrissy contemplates the question, “Does DNA really matter?” and shares how she made the choice to use egg donation.

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