Monthly Archives: February 2011

Gluten free

I’ve been doing a lot of research this past month on gluten free diets. Some women who suffer from PCOS have benefited from going entirely gluten free. According to many articles I’ve read, gluten intolerance can be a cause of infertility, as well as miscarriages. Since I’m cooking for myself for the next year, I figured that this is the perfect time to try this out. I’m more than willing to try anything that might help with these fertility issues.
I’ve almost cleared the house of all non gluten free foods, so it looks like I’ll get to start the diet sometime later this week. I think my biggest challenge will come at lunch time. I love, love, love my turkey sandwiches and it’s going to be hard to give them up. I’ve heard that gluten free breads aren’t the best-tasting food – not too mention they’re crazy expensive! I think I’m going to try to eat more salads and soups during lunch. I’ve already picked up a gluten free pancake and waffle mix to help add a little variety to my breakfasts. I also found a great slow cooker website that has all gluten free recipes. Tonight, I made my first gluten free dinner. I made a turkey meatloaf (quick cooking oats replaced the breadcrumbs), a baked sweet potato, and corn. The meatloaf tasted good! On the menu for tomorrow night is risotto with chicken and corn. I’m so glad I can still eat potatoes and rice. I don’t know what I would do without some carbs.
Has anyone else tried this diet? If so, has it helped?

Let the 2 week wait begin

I finally had my IUI completed this morning, so it looks like it’s time to begin the dreaded 2 week wait again. I’m happy that I get a break from constant injections! I was kind of intimidated by the procedure because they have to insert a catheter into your cervix in order to transfer the sperm (this may be TMI but it’s the truth) . It kind of felt like a routine pap, so I was relieved when I felt only a little pain. I am feeling cramps now but it’s nothing that I can’t handle. I talked to Nurse D. about my progesterone concerns, so she gave me progesterone supplements that I will be on until I either get a positive pregnancy test or AF shows. If I get a BFP, then she’ll order more supplements for the first trimester.
I’d have to say that the only disappointing part of the day was the semen analysis report that I received from the IVF clinic. It said that they were only able to collect and store 3 vials. We use 1 vial each time I have to do an IUI which means that we only have 2 more tries if this doesn’t work. If it doesn’t then I’ll have to talk to Dr. P to see how we’ll proceed. Nurse D. also mentioned that if I’m not pregnant this time, I will have to get a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test done. Basically, it’s an x-ray that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes. Let’s just hope that I get pregnant so I don’t have to worry about all this other stuff.
I was also told that I can’t do anything that “makes my ponytail bounce” for the next 2 weeks. This is going to be hard for me because I love to workout. I was supposed to run a 5K tomorrow morning but obviously running is out of the question. I’m still going to participate but I’ll be walking it instead. I asked if I could go to spin class and she said yes but to make sure the workout isn’t too intense. I’ll have to modify some of the exercises like cutting out the sprints and extended hill climbs. I’ll be thankful when this 2 week wait is over with!

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #12

It’s Friday so that means it’s time for a new set of questions for the Milspouse Friday Fill-in. Make sure to head over to Wife of a Sailor’s blog to link up your blog!
1. Aside from no deployments, what is one thing you would want to make the Milspouse life “perfect”? submitted by Oh How Delightful

Life would be perfect if we could finally start our family. 3 years of constant disappointment is taking it’s toll on me. No deployments, TDYs, or weeks of training would probably help us a little bit.

2. Just how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? submitted by Married Into Army
I’m not really sure. Probably not that many.
3. If you could have any career in the world with nothing holding you back, what would you want to do? submitted by It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To
There are a few things I’d love to do. I’m on my way to becoming a teacher which is my number one career choice. Ultimately, I want to work with children who need extra reading instruction. I’d also love to be a photographer on the side. I love taking pictures but don’t get to do it enough.
4. Do you have a service oriented tattoo and if so, what is it? If you don’t, what would you get? submitted by The Squid’s Accomplice

No tattoos currently and I’ll probably never get one. No needles!

5. Imagine a block of time has opened in your busy day for you to take a class in anything you like. What subject would you choose? submitted by To The Nth
Another hard choice. I’d love to take a digital photography class so I can learn about all the different functions on my Nikon. I’d also be interested in taking a photoshop class. I have the software and I can do a few things on it already, but I’m sure a class would really teach me how to use it all. Finally, I’d also want to take a cake decorating class. I enjoy baking but decorating is something I’m not really good at. I’m amazed by people who can produce great tasting and great looking cakes and cupcakes.

The countdown begins

My best friend has left and gone off to join in the fight for our country’s freedom again. The next year will be a year of challenges and sadness, but will hopefully also be a year of achievements and friendships.

I told myself I would be stronger this time and not cry. Who was I kidding though? I sat at the table and cried over my breakfast. I cried when he said goodbye to the dogs. I cried when we were packing up the car. I cried when we drove over to meet the bus. I cried when he hugged and kissed me and told me that he loved me. I’m crying as I’m writing this post.
We haven’t been separated for more than a few weeks at a time for the past (almost) 3 years. We’ve been lucky that he got a job with a non-deployable unit and then went onto a year of training. Many wives and families don’t have that much time with their husbands, so I am thankful for the time we have been able to spend together.
I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. I will have to learn how to be more independent and learn how to do things that he normally does. I already am counting down the days until he gets to come home even though this journey has just started. I miss my husband, my best friend, and my heart. I’ll miss sharing the everyday things that we have come to take for granted, like sitting around throwing toys for the pups or watching our shows on Thursday nights. I can’t wait until he comes back.

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #11

Where has the week gone? I can’t believe it’s Friday already!

Since it’s Friday, that means that it’s also time for another Milspouse Friday Fill – in. Head over to Wife of a Sailor’s blog to link up and learn more about the fill-in. Here are this week’s questions.
1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)?

I really enjoy Belinda’s blog over at Lovin Ma Solider. Her deployment tips are great and she’s just a great girl!
2. What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)?

Less laundry! I think laundry is my most despised chore so when Evan is gone, I only have to do one load a week instead of three. Why do those uniforms have to take up so much room?

3. How long did you date your significant other before getting engaged? Married?

Let’s see… we met in April 2001, started dating in January 2002, got engaged in July 2006, and finally got married in December 2006. I can’t believe we’ve known each other for almost 10 years now. Where has the time gone?

4. What do you think your significant other would do if s/he wasn’t in the military?

I know he would love to work for the FBI or the CIA. I could also see him as a history professor once he retires from the Army in about 10 or so years.

5. If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?

MyCAA and CAA funds should available to all dependents no matter what rank they are. Just because my husband is a captain doesn’t mean that we couldn’t use tuition assistance.