Today for National Infertility Awareness Week, I’m participating in a collaboration hosted by Caroline over at In Due Time. If you are going through infertility and need encouragement, this post is for you:
Today in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), please welcome Shawna from Lunchbox Babies! Shawna is no stranger to infertility and has a beautiful story. Today, she’s sharing some life lessons that she’s learned on her journey. I hope that today’s post encourages and inspires you.-Jessi
Life Lessons From My Journey With Infertility & Miscarriage
Since launching my blog, I have chatted with several women about infertility and loss. The one theme that runs through these conversations is how hard being in the middle of it all feels. How isolating. How alone.
I am so thankful that my crazy road of infertility and loss is over. However, the lovely “what if” can still rear its ugly head, and I must make a conscious effort to move on from those thoughts.
I have learned so many things about life and myself throughout this crazy journey of mine. As I walk forward, looking back has been a strangely rewarding experience. I have gotten to see the lessons that I have learned, and I want to pass them onto you.[Read more…]
Today, you’re officially nine years old. As I’m sitting here reflecting on the last year, I’m completely blown away. It’s such an honor and privilege to be your mother, and I don’t even know if I have the correct words to express how much you mean to me. Motherhood isn’t easy, but it’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was your age. It’s something I always knew I wanted and prayed for. But you? I couldn’t have dreamed up you… you’re above and beyond. You’re incredible. You’re smart. Talented. Giving. Loving. You’re everything.
Your eighth year with us came with so many fun experiences:[Read more…]
Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve always been honest when it comes to my medical journey so that women know they aren’t alone. I realize this much transparency isn’t for everyone, and it can make some people feel uncomfortable. In fact, it makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes. But the truth is when we’re experiencing symptoms or newly diagnosed with something, what’s the first thing we do? We Google it. We seek out others who have come before us. Some people are just very quiet about it, while others are more public. I’ve decided to be more public. So today, I’m going to recap my journey that brings me to today. I’m not sharing all of this for sympathy. I’m sharing it to help others, perhaps you.
In 2008, my diagnosis of PCOS began. I was anovulatory, rapidly gaining weight in my midsection, experiencing extremely painful cystic acne, feeling lethargic and low on energy quite often, and wound up having polycystic ovaries on ultrasounds. I learned to navigate it over the years, managed to conceive my daughter while on treatment, and each year since she was born I’ve continued to learn how to manage symptoms and live my life to the fullest.[Read more…]
Disclaimer: I received the Modern Fertility kits free to try out in exchange for a review. However, like all of my reviews, all comments and opinions are my own, are honest, and not swayed in any way, shape, or form. Read my full disclosure policy.
When Modern Fertility reached out to me in October 2018, I didn’t have any plans to check my hormone levels or pursue additional fertility treatment of any kind. However, when I saw all of the levels they could check with a finger prick in my own home, I decided to just go for it. At this point, I had nothing to lose, but only hope to gain.
The Modern Fertility test checks these hormones, as long as you’re not on any kind of hormonal birth control:
- AMH (anti-mullerian hormone [egg reserve])
- FSH (follicle stimulating hormone)
- E2 (estradiol)
- TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
- FT4 (thyroxine [thyroid])
- LH (luteinizing hormone)
- PRL (prolactin)
- T (testosterone)
Here’s how the process went:[Read more…]
I promised this was coming! Earlier this month, I shared how I try to meal plan for an entire pay period as frequently as possible. It commits us to the food we have at home, makes us eat out less, and saves us money. We’re less likely to waste ingredients because we roll them over into subsequent recipes as frequently as possible. Today, I’m going to share my current meal plan that will last from January 16-30 (15 days!). It is also PCOS-friendly and Keto approved.[Read more…]
With the new year, I decided to pick back up with a stricter Keto diet for January and February to sort of
I get paid twice a month at my job, so when possible, I like to meal plan and grocery shop for enough food to cover that entire paycheck, with some grace for eating out once or twice. I
I thought it would be helpful to share my meal plan for January 6-15. This includes ten days of PCOS-friendly Keto eating, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I’m not going to list which days we’re eating which meals, because it can change depending on what we’re all craving at the time. Also, January 1-5 were included in my combined Christmas/NYE meal plan so that is why they weren’t included here. We’ll start with a 10-day plan, and next time I’ll share a complete paycheck meal plan![Read more…]
The infertility community is full of incredible and supportive women with so many different stories. Whether trying for a first, second, third, etc. child, there is someone who everyone can relate to. However, it gets tricky when you’re in a position like me…
Throughout the last decade of my journey with PCOS and infertility, I’ve had more dreams than I can count that are related to pregnancy and childbirth. While going through fertility treatments, I can remember dreaming about getting two pink lines on a pregnancy test. I remember dreaming about those sweet little kicks and what they would feel like. Each pregnancy dream gave me so much hope and I felt like each one was a sign… a gift… a glimpse of what was to come. I would wake up from those dreams feeling so happy.
Read more: Pregnancy Dreams Are My Worst Nightmare
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Recently, I picked up some kind of cooties for the first time in a very long time. It came with major body aches (my rib cage felt like I had been beaten up), a sore throat, and I was freezing. I never had a fever. I never had enough drainage to warrant taking medication. It wasn’t the flu. It felt like an early onset of strep, and yet it went away without antibiotics. I understand that strep comes in viral form and bacterial form, and sometimes (heck, most of the time) it needs antibiotics. I’m not tossing out the idea that it was strep and I am not claiming that I cured strep naturally, but whatever it was, it went away as quickly as it came. I wanted to share what helped me survive the sickness and manage symptoms without pharmaceutics. I keep these items on hand at all times just in case we get sick, that way we’re never without! I will also add that if I didn’t start to feel better so quickly, I would have gone to a doctor. Thankfully, I never needed to. 🙂
My Top 8 Natural Remedies for Sickness
In the past, we took the over-the-counter brand Sambucus Immune, but my whole family noticed we would get stomach cramps and nausea from it. This year, I started making my own with Frontier elderberries. I follow this recipe from Wellness Mama. It tastes better and doesn’t lead to feeling gross. We normally take it every day for prevention, but for whatever reason, we got lazy and stopped recently and, well, guess who got sick? We’re back on it and intend to stay on it through the cootie season! If you don’t want to make your own and want to try the over-the-counter version, I do recommend it. Not many people report the same negative experience as us.