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The biggest thing going on for me is…

I cannot believe I haven’t posted since November. That’s insane. So much has happened since then!

The biggest thing that has happened since then, perhaps, is that I’m pregnant! I found out in February and my due date is 10/10/10- how cool is that???

Today was my 16 week 4D ultrasound and its a…..

BOY!!!! As much as I Love to make hairbows and frilly stuff, I wanted a boy first so all my kids have a protective big brother. Of course my husband wanted a boy so he is over the moon!!!!

Now we have to decide on a name. If it was up to me, it would be Roman but I can’t talk the baby daddy into it. So we’re off to buy a baby name book to see what we can find!

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What is PCOS?

Today is September 4. Though I don’t know the exact due date, I know that I would’ve been expecting a child this week, if not for PCOS.

On Christmas Eve 2008, on a whim I took a pregnancy test. I was always irregular, so I wasn’t too worried about a slightly late menstrual cycle, but I took it anyway. I was shocked when the test was positive! Matt and I had been married for 15 months and we weren’t planning a pregnancy, but we weren’t preventing either. So I, in my romantic holiday-loving personality, decided Christmas gifts to announce the pregnancy were in order. My parents had 6 grandchildren at the time, so I got an ornament with 7 kids and put “Baby Hurley coming soon” on the seventh baby. For Matt’s parents, this would’ve been their first, so I got his Mom a Brighton charm bracelet with a Baby charm. They were so thrilled. We shared the news with the grandparents, siblings, everyone in the family, but did not want to share outside of the family and close friends. However someone posted it on Facebook and so it was out. People I work with found out and at the time, I was okay with that.

Two days after I found out, I started bleeding a little bit. I was in Tallahassee with Matt’s family and so I called my mom. She said most of the time its ok, but rest a lot and if its still happening on Monday, go to the doctor. I was scared and I read that sometimes its ok and sometimes its not. Most books say “a lot of bleeding” is bad, but no one defines “a lot.” I couldn’t decide if it was too much or if it was ok and I was so scared.

Monday morning, I called my doctor and told them what happened and asked to come in for an emergency appointment. The nurse actually told me that I had to go to the ER, they couldnt determine anything in the office. My sister-in-law had gone in when she bled in her pregnancy to the same doctor’s office and they ran tests and everything in the office, so I know that was not true. When she refused to see me, I found another ob/gyn who had high ratings in my mom’s book and went there. I am so glad I did. Dr. Barron saw me immediately and ran a pregnancy test- it came back negative. He wanted to do a blood test to confirm the miscarriage and then he wanted to see me again in a few days. That was on December 28.

I went back on Friday and met with Dr. Armas, the leading practitioner in the group. He specializes in hormone issues. He said I needed a D&C to complete the miscarriage and sent me to the hospital to Dr. Watkins right away, to beat the Friday night rush at the hospital- I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Dr. Armas looked at my hormone levels and said my progesterone was low and that could’ve caused the miscarriage, or it could be a result of the miscarriage, we don’t really know he said.

I didn’t even fully realize that I was pregnant before I started bleeding so it never really set in that there was a baby inside my belly. It didn’t really set in that I was miscarrying until after the D&C and I was back at work. The people I work with that saw on Facebook that I was pregnant- they were congratulating me and asking when I was due and all that. It was so hard to tell them “It didnt take” and try not to cry. Dr. Armas told me to wait 2 cycles and then I could try again and I planned on trying again as soon as I could.

Dr. Armas wanted to test my hormones during my cycle to see if that could tell what went wrong. I got my blood taken on Day 3 and 23 of the cycle and then met with him to find out the results. When I met with him on March 30, he said I had PCOS- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Despite the name, its a hormonal imbalance stemming from insulin imbalance. They’ve only recently been able to do research and really figure out the causes and effects of PCOS, but one of the effects was miscarriage. Basically, the body doesn’t absorb carbs properly, which causes the body to release extra insulin (which is a hormone) and the extra insulin causes the other hormones to get out of whack. The imbalance in the hormones causes:

– irregular ovary release cycles which lowers your chances of pregnancy

– miscarriages and repeat miscarriages

– extra weight gain especially in the midsection- I’d gained about 30 pounds in 4 years, after I LOST 15 pounds in my freshman year of college

– hair loss- my husband constantly complains that my hair in the drain is so nasty

The doctor gave me a book, What to do When the Doctor Says its PCOS, and I started reading that every day. It talked about how to limit my carb intake, what type of diets to eat, and other life changing things.
More of the story to come on another post…

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New Items!

On Saturday June 28, we were at the Plant City YMCA for a craft show/yard sale. We got there at 8 am and stayed until 11 am, when it started raining on us. We are so happy to have some custom orders and lots of compliments from that show.

If you came to the YMCA craft show, please email me and fancypeacock at rocketmail dot com and let’s work together on a custom order for you!

We have all kinds of new products in the works! I am working my machine hard! Mandi has been working on some bow holders and paci clips while I’ve been sewing burpies, hair bows and other goodies for adults and kids alike.

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Camera Straps

For our one year anniversary, Matt got me a Canon Rebel- LOVE IT! I love the straps at this blog http://shealynnbenner.blogspot.com/2009/04/finally-giveaway.html and I am definitely entering the giveaway. You should look at it too!

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Next Craft Show!

We are working like busy elves to get ready for our next craft show at Hawthorne Village 6150 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland. It will be Friday, March 13 from 9 am to noon. We are loaded up with great goods for all the babies being born in 2009 and the cuties who are already here!

Check us out!!

 

Deanna, Renee, and Mandi

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Giveaway!

I found this giveaway and the stuff is so cute! Check out her stuff- you won’t be sorry!

http://simplychicbabyboutique.blogspot.com/2009/01/valentine-giveaway.html

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Christmas goods & bows!

We had a great show this past Saturday at Holy Innocents’ church in Valrico, but we have tons of inventory left! In the next few days I will be posting lots of new items on the etsy store available in time for Christmas. We have a great selection of Christmas bows in red and green, burgundy, black velvet, and gold, as well as adorable bows, clippies, paci clips and headbands to use in everyday life. Keep checking the etsy store this week for photos!

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