Plain Jane has a what?!?!?

After 3 years of infertility, now learning how to be a mom.

Monday, October 24, 2005

The other sides of me.

Here is the first blog entry where I attempt to introduce you to different sides of my life.

Husband and I just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. We were married October 20, 2001. I loved my wedding, absolutely nothing went wrong. I can’t believe it’s been four years, yet it seems like so long ago. He sent 2 dozen, long-stemmed roses to work last Thursday and we went out for a nice steak dinner on Saturday. I tell him all the time that he’s the best husband in the world. I really don’t know what I did to get him, but I know how truly lucky I am.

I don’t know how many of you read my 7 things post, but if you’ll recall from the 7 things I can do, number one on that list was procrastinate. I only procrastinate with school and home projects. I’m generally ahead of schedule at work and with medical things and such.

Let me tell you more about my tale of procrastination. We’ve lived in our home since May ’03, just about 2 ½ years. Do you know how much home improvement we’ve done...come on you only get one guess. We’ve done absolutely nothing. This is our first home and we’re not the handiest of people. In our defense, I will say that everything was recently rehabbed. We had all new appliances, new a/c, new furnace, new carpeting (even though it’s a hideous color), etc. We obviously had blinders on when we were looking though because rather than there being proper trim around the windows and select doorways there are 1x4s. These 1x4s weren’t even mitered. I have no idea how we missed this, but we did. This project has been on our to-do list since we’ve moved in.

Another thing that’s been on our to-do list since moving in is painting. Every single wall in our house is white. It’s not even painted all that well and the paint quality is the poorest it can be. Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us.
I am motivated by deadlines, but not just any deadlines, real deadlines. We’ve made up our own deadlines for our home improvement projects a bazillion times before, but because they were just our deadlines they came and went without a moment’s pause.

We have a real deadline, and no it has nothing to do with the baby. We’ve purchased new living room and bedroom furniture. I’m so excited. We spent way too much money in the hopes that this stuff will last longer than our other stuff.

For now, I will leave you with store website pictures of our new furniture. The new furniture arrives December 3rd. This does not give us much time, but as discussed earlier in the post, I work best under pressure and deadlines.

I hope to post a chronicle of our journey from painting to having everything in place, but since I am a procrastinator at heart, I will make no promises.

Welcome to my world.

For the living room, we're getting what's pictured plus a chair. We're not getting the lamps in the picture, they're not too attractive in person. I love the square coffee table. The furniture is green with tan piping on the edges.

For the bedroom, we're getting everything pictured. We currently have a queen size bed and we're upgrading to a king. I can't wait to see what that's like.Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Had the 20 week u/s yesterday and everything was perfect. There's actually a baby in there despite all evidence to the contrary.

I think I may be feeling some movement finally. You know when you buy fish from a pet store and they put them in the plastic bag and the fish start poking at the bag, that's what it feels like. I haven't experienced the butterfly flutters that everyone talks about, I have the bag of fish pokes. I'll take what I can get.

The one remarkable thing from the u/s was that the baby's head is measuring nearly a week ahead of everything else. I told the tech yesterday while pointing to husband that the baby's head is so big because he is its father. My husband has a pretty large melon. It should make labor quite interesting.

I will have a repeat u/s at the next visit because the tech couldn't fully visualize the spine. I'm not upset about that though. So I'm officially half way through and am starting to believe that this thing might happen.

I think I've reached the point where I'm starting to feel like I can breath again. Thanks for everyone who's still here and reading. I know I am an awful blogger and don't post nearly as often as I should. It's that survivor's guilt thing. I wish you could all be here with me so we could commiserate together. I don't want anyone to be left behind.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

7 things and 23/5

I know I was tagged about a million months ago to do these things and I apologize for it taking so long to fill them out. I'm glad to be done with them, so without further ado, I present to you 7 things and 23/5. Marvel at all the wonderful things you'll learn about me. I'm so happy I never did the 100 things entry because that would probably take me a year to finish.

7 things I plan to do before I die...
1.) Have a family.
2.) Travel to Europe.
3.) Move to another place and start from scratch. My whole family is from the Chicago area. My great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland and Italy, mom's side and dad's side, respectively and they haven't left the area since. So that's 3 generations that have never had a zipcode outside of Chicago. I love Chicago, it's a lovely city, but I'd like to give another city a try. Even if it's only for a short while. I just want to prove to myself that I can do it.
4.) Go back to school. I haven't quite decided what I want to be when I grow up. I've been thinking either medical school or getting a masters in education.

5.) Have a job that I actually love to do (see number 4).
6.) Skydive, at least once.
7.) Celebrate our 67th wedding anniversary. This is based on the fact I think 90 is a good estimate to when I'll live until. If I live until 90 (2068) and we were married in 2001, that makes 67 years married.

7 things I can do...

1.) Procrastinate. I do that really well.
2.) Tie a cherry stem in a knot with just my tongue.
3.) Talk a lot of BS that would make someone believe that I am an expert on the subject. This particular trait drives my husband batty. I get it from my mom, thanks mom.
4.) Forgive. My mom will carry a grudge for you or herself forever. I learned from her that it doesn't pay to walk around angry with people all the time.
5.) Start conversations with strangers.

6.) Memorize songs after hearing them a few times.
7.) Teach teenagers to drive. I taught my sister, both my brothers-in-law, and my husband.

7 things I cannot do...
1.) Be artistic or creative.
2.) Drive slow.

3.) Drive over an already dead animal or hit a live one. I will do everything in my power to avoid it. To date, I've never hit or re-hit anything.
4.) Live without my Husband, cats, or TiVo.
5.) Go back to pre-infertility me. I think that me is forever lost. I'll never say never, but I'm pretty sure that gal is never coming back.
6.) Type using instant messaging short hand. You'll never catch me typing U R L8 or the like...ever!! I am not an English major or anything like that, it just drives me crazy. Even in my text messages to people there are commas and apostrophes. I know, I'm anal.
7.) Finish this list, I'm all tapped out here. It took me 4 weeks to finish it as it was. This is the last thing I have to fill in. I'm quite glad to have it done. The attractions, sayings, and crushes were the first things I filled in because those were the easiest. Whew, can I say how happy I am to be done with this.

7 things that attract me to the opposite sex...
1.) Intelligence
2.) Ability to hold a conversation
3.) Someone who makes eye-contact
4.) Someone who has feelings and can express them most of the time
5.) Pretty eyes, also relates to number 3
6.) Big guys (meat-heads need not apply)
7.) Good kisser

7 things that I say most often...
1.) What's up
2.) Hello boys (said in this really annoying voice, I only use this voice to talk to my four cats, they are all boys)
3.) What do you want for dinner
4.) I love you
5.) What're we doing this weekend
6.) Can you believe we're having a baby
7.) I need to find a job (recall from a couple of posts ago, I'm a contractor and looking for a permanent gig)

7 male celebrity crushes...
1.) Andy Garcia
2.) Chris Noth
3.) Younger Robert De Niro
4.) Young Marlon Brando
5.) Younger Al Pacino
6.) Matthew McConaughey
7.) Johnny Depp

7 female celebrity crushes (thanks to Pru, I can come out of the closet on this one)...
1.) Kate Hudson
2.) Kate Winslet
3.) Drew Barrymore
4.) Reese Witherspoon
5.) Catherine Zeta-Jones
6.) Charlize Theron
7.) Halle Berry


On my 23rd post there weren't even 5 lines so I went to my 24th post and the 5th sentence was:

"This really sucks"

This was in reference to my second IUI cycle that was looking eerily like my first and I thought that it too would be cancelled. Well, we all know what happened with my second cycle so I guess I should be eating those words right now, pass the salt please.