Weekend Update 9/25-9/27

It was a fun but exhausting weekend!

Friday night, we went out to eat and to a comedy with SIL and her husband for her birthday.  First, we went to Outback.  It was delicious as always.  You can’t beat a bloomin’ onion and steak and lobster…so good.  Here’s a pic of us celebrating:IMG_4550

Saturday, J went out hunting at like 5 am (yes, he’s crazy).  I got up and headed to Starbucks to meet a friend of mine who’s also dealing with infertility.  We chatted for about an hour and then I headed home to get packed up for Milwaukee and get the pups ready for Grandma’s house.  We headed about 1:30pm.  Here’s our silly pups on the way to Grandma’s:

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They are both total Daddy’s boys and would rather be with him than anybody.  We got the pups dropped off and then we were on our way!


We got to our hotel room which was really nice.  They even gave us warm chocolate chip cookies when we arrived.  You can’t beat that!  We took about an hour nap before getting up to get ready and head out to meet up with my friend Mike to watch the Badger game at a pub before the concert.

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We found the pub and there was a group of about 8-10 of us watching the game and then heading to the concert.  The concert was supposed to start at 10:30pm, but it took so long to get the people out from the earlier concert that we didn’t get in until about 11:30.  Pretty much as soon as we were seated, the concert started.  Our seats were amazing, about 20 rows back and we had the BEST time.  Even waiting in line for an hour was fun because my friend Mike and some others with us are just that funny and had us in stitches pretty much the whole time.

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Garth sang til about 2:15am and by the time we got back to the hotel, it was 3:30am, we fell into bed exhausted and got about 9:30am to head home.  We picked the pups up and then J’s little cousin and when we got home, they headed off to mow lawns.  I was exhausted and fight cramps and a headache so I crawled into bed and stayed there until my alarm went off this morning.  Thank you, Felicity, lol.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Lots of Love~Dawn


I really hope these cramps hurt like a mother f****r because it’s the first month and I’m still healing and not because the surgery isn’t going to help the cramping at all!

They hurt so bad I actually took ibuprofen (which I never ever do).  I always stick to strictly peppermint oil for cramps. 

Why oh why did they have to show up on Garth Brooks day?!!!!!

I’m Caught Up!!!!

Of course, I’ll probably get behind again this weekend, but hopefully not.

I have less than 3 hours of work left and I’m off to Old Navy to find some pants to wear this weekend and to pick out a birthday gift for my SIL.  Tonight we are going out with her and her husband to Outback for dinner and then to a comedy show for her birthday.

Tomorrow morning, I’m meeting up with a friend that I met while trying to find an infertility support group around here.  We’ll be meeting at Starbucks now that I’ve fallen in love with their peppermint Mochas.  In the early afternoon, we’ll drop the pups off at Mom’s house and head to Milwaukee for Garth Brooks.  So FREAKIN’ excited about this, especially after seeing him this past November and knowing how amazing his shows are.

Sunday will be spent driving home and probably getting ready for the week ahead.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Lots of Love~Dawn

Way Behind on my Blog Reading….

And it’s totally Felicity’s fault.  I got sucked it.  Like, I just started it on Friday or Saturday, I think and I’m already to the 3rd season.  It’s been an obsession.  On top of that, I have actual kids at my daycare now so I don’t have a ton of reading time during the day anymore.  Today’s a slow day so hopefully, I’ll get caught up or close to it at least!

Weekend Update 9/18-9/20

Friday night we were supposed to have a date night, but then J wanted to go watch HS football in the town his Sister lives in because his cousin plays on one of the teams.  It started raining at the end of the first half so we left at half time and went to my SIL’s for dinner.  Needless to say, I told J that it did not count as a date night, lol.

Saturday morning, J went out hunting and I completely relaxed and chilled out on couch pretty much all day watching “Felicity” (I found it on hulu…Yay!!!!).  Saturday night, we were supposed to have a date night, but J went back out hunting for the afternoon with his little cousin and he shot an 8 pointer….Yay for venison in the freezer.  Unfortunately, by the time they tracked the deer and dragged it out of the woods and drove home, it was at least 9 o’clock before he got here and it was so warm out that he had to process the deer that night.  So, no date night again.  It’s a good thing we have a weekend away next week.

Sunday, I left the house about 11:30am to meet a good friend for lunch.  Whenever we meet for dinner or lunch we go to this hibachi restaurant and it is always amazing and delicious!  I got home about 1pm and the cleaning fairy had been here in the form of my hubby.  It was a fantastic surprise and totally let me chill out watching more “Felicity” and reading until J got home from hunting again that evening.  The Packers were on at 7:30pm playing the Seahawks who have had a curse on us ever since the replacement refs called the Packers intercepting the ball, a touchdown for the Seahawks.  It was awful, the actual refs quickly came back after that and we have been cursed against Seattle ever since.  That is until, Sunday night.  Unfortunately, our antenna wouldn’t get the channel and when we were finally able to get into the game on apple tv, it kept turning off and saying error and we’d have to go out of it and go back in and a few minutes of the game and we’d have to do it all over again.  We weren’t playing well and I was so frustrated that I finally went to bed.  Turns out, we turned it around in the 4th quarter, winning the game and breaking the curse!  Go PACK!!!!



Have a great week!

Lots of Love~Dawn

It Is Finished….

Gilmore Girls, that is.  And I am so very sad about it.  It’s a little ridiculous how sad I am about it, but that show just does such a good job of taking my mind completely off of life.

Onto a new topic…what do you do when your safe place is no longer a safe place?  So, we had our first small group of the school year on Tuesday night.  Last year, it consisted of 5 couples and 2 single ladies.  Our small group leaders are the ones I told you about in the last post.  They’ve adopted 3 children through LSS and are now pregnant for the first time from their 2nd round of IVF this summer.  One couple has 2 girls and I’m pretty sure they’re done having children. Then there was a couple that had just gotten married last summer and then another couple was waiting to be placed and their son was born at the end of April.  Then there was us going through the adoption process.

It truly was a safe place because there was so many that resources for us for the adoption process.  Well, Tuesday night it was just our leaders, us, and the couple that have been married just over a year.  J and L announced that they were pregnant which I knew because she had told me already.  But then half way through the night, M announces that he and G are too (I had a feeling she was because I could see a tiny bump and well, us infertiles just have a sixth sense about these things).  The couple that adopted in April aren’t going to be back for now because they can’t find a sitter and the other couple didn’t deal with infertility and have 2 kids but their schedules don’t always let them be there.  So here’s me and J with 2 pregnant couples.  Needless to say, as soon as we got out to the car, I started bawling.  I was/am just so sad.  I am so happy for J and L, and M and G will be fantastic parents (although, I’m sorry, I’m just not quite as happy for them).  My safe place is now a place where I’ll be watching 2 beautiful baby bumps grow and I want that so badly.  I want to do IVF so badly.

J and L did their IVF down in Peoria, IL instead of the clinic near us because of her autoimmune disease.  I googled clinics in Peoria yesterday because they didn’t actually say the name and there’s one called SHER Fertility.  Anybody every heard of it?  Anyways, they do discounts for military, full time teachers, EMT, firefighters, police, and anyone with a combined income of $55,000 or less.  They also do the compassion care meds discount for those that qualify and medical financing.  None of which are available to us at our clinic nearby.  We would definitely have to sell the boat and motorcycle and this isn’t the best season to do it, but I think we’re going to research it a little more.  The only problem is that if we do get pregnant, then our agency makes us put our adoption on hold which I hate.  Wanting to be pregnant and go through that doesn’t change our minds at all about wanting to adopt.  We want to do both.

Oh well, this is really just the beginning stages of thinking and researching and we’ll need to pray about it too.  God will work the finances out if he wants us to pursue.

Oh, recovery is still going pretty well.  I over did it yesterday having 4 kiddos and had quite a bit of pain at the incision sites last night, but I’m feeling quite a bit better today and only have 1 kiddo for most of the day.  I hope all is well with everyone.  You’re all on my mind as you go through your pregnancies, treatments, adoptions and life in general!

Lots of Love~Dawn

Huge Announcement

Drumroll please……………………………………………………..I have slept through the last 2 nights without having to get up and pee!!!!

This is huge for me.  I have been getting up at least 2 times a night in the last I don’t know how many months to go to the bathroom.  I really hope this lasts.

In other news, recovery is going much better this time around.  I only had a few minutes Sunday night of what felt like that pain from the gas they put in you which is fantastic because last time it was all day and night on Saturday and into Sunday.  My incisions are sore, but by yesterday, it was easier to get up and down which was good because I had daycare.  I was a little sore by the end of the day, but nothing horrible and I just chilled on the couch last night.

We also got 2 amazing pieces of news yesterday.  Remember how I told you a friend of mine was doing that Packer board and donating the money to our adoption fund?  Well, it turns out that one of the prizes were tickets to the Garth Brooks concert on Sept. 26th in Milwaukee.  One of the couples that one them decided that they wanted to donate their tickets to J and I.  They said that the husband doesn’t like country music and the wife had plans already that weekend with her friends for Cranfest (huge, huge festival just outside of my hometown).  They said that once we bring our baby home we won’t get to do things like this very much so they wanted us to go and have a date night.  On top of that, my friend that put the board together is getting a hotel room for us to stay the night in Milwaukee.  Peeps….I am not ashamed to say that there were tears.  The generosity is just amazing.  The couple that gave us the tickets don’t even know us.  It’s just, well, really, there are just no words.

Then 2nd piece of news is that one of my daycare parents is our small group leaders.  You’ve heard me mention them before because they are the ones that God sent to us to learn about adoption and how we ended up using the agency that we went through.  They’ve adopted all 3 of their children through LSS.  Well, yesterday when she picked up, she told me that they’re pregnant.  They had gone through IVF this past spring and it resulted in a BFN, but what I didn’t know is that they did a second round in July.  She will be 12 weeks on Friday.  We have small group for the first time tonight and her husband wanted to announce it to everyone tonight but she wanted us to know before it got announced there.  This is a lady that knows exactly how it feels to be blindsided by announcements.  But really, I am just so darn happy for her and I told her that.  She of course came back with I know it’s hard though, and in some ways it is but only because I wish that we could also try IVF.  Only because I’m only a year and a half away from 40 and Dr. R said if we were going to do, we should really do it this year and we just don’t have the money for it.  That’s the only thing that’s hard about it.  Otherwise I am just over the moon for them.

We have had one sucky thing happen.  I started the dishwasher this morning and then went outside with the kids.  When I came back in to grab coffee, there was water everywhere in the kitchen.  I tried stopping the cycle and opening the dishwasher door, but it would not stop running out.   I finally had to call J’s school to have him come home.  Thank God it’s only 2 houses down and across the street.  He came home and got the main water line shut off but apparently it was leaking in the basement before it even started up here because there was water everywhere down there.  Luckily, it seems to have stayed on the concrete side and didn’t go into the finished part of the basement.    J had to go back to school but he’ll come home for lunch and figure something out so that I can have water back.  I’ll keep you updated on that fiasco.

I still have a lot of comments to answer back on, but I just wanted to say “Thank You” for all the love and support you all have given me via comments, texts, and emails.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

Lots of Love~Dawn


Sorry for the late update!  Everything went well.  There was a significant amount of endometriosis on my bladder, which totally explains the midnight and 3am bathroom runs.  There was some on my appendix and 2 small cysts on my right ovary.  Dr. R told J that it wasn’t nearly as bad as last time.  On one hand, that makes sense because the last time I’d had it done, it’d been growing for 22 years.  However, I was still a little surprised because of how bad the cramping had gotten lately.

We left the hospital about 3:30pm (had to be there at 8:30am).  We barely made it a few blocks and had to stop at the gas station because my mouth was so dry.  It was crazy busy so it took J a bit in there and I totally should have gone in and used the bathroom, but didn’t.  Well, I couldn’t make it home so then we had to stop  at Hardee’s to use the bathroom and since I hadn’t eaten all day, we also grabbed hot ham and cheese’s.  It has been that way the rest of the time.  I have to pee constantly.  I do have it drawn out to about every 45 minutes instead of 15 so I guess there’s some improvement.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a long night.  Luckily, I have Lorelei and Rory to keep me company.  Unfortunately, I’m already 6 episodes into season 6 so they won’t be keeping me company too much longer.  They totally need to do a Gilmore Girls reunion!

Painwise, it hasn’t been too bad yet.  My throat is pretty sore from the tube so I’m sipping water often.  If you want to stop eating bread, my suggestion is get a tube put down your throat because once it comes out; any bread, bun, or muffin kind of sticks in there and you need a drink to wash it down.  The incisions hurt the most when I go to the bathroom, but I did just take a pain pill to be one the safe side.  I plan to try and stay away from them as much as I can though so I don’t have to deal with constipation side effect.

Thank you again for all the love, support and prayers!  I don’t know what I would do without you all.  I know I still need to answer some comments on my password protected post.  I haven’t forgotten, just haven’t had the brain to form the comments yet, lol.

Lots of Love~Dawn