Shop swap!

Two posts in one day! I signed up for this swap, the Shop Swap and it sounds so fun! Basically, everyone exchanges stores with someone else and then review an item that is sent to them by their partner. Its a great way to get exposure to your shop and find a new shop as well!

Speaking of Swaps, only 6 days left to get your entries in for the Christmas Gift Tutorial Swap! We’ve got LOTS of participants, so don’t miss out on the fun! Deadline to sign up is September 27.

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What is PCOS, part 2

So that was March 30, the day I found out I had PCOS and started reading the book. I changed my diet, ate more protein and less carbs, and started taking Metformin, which will help regulate insulin. The hardest thing for me was sweet tea. I’m from the South, ya’ll, and Sweet Tea is constant at every meal. I was drinking a TON of tea, and thats a lot of sugar! I went 2 weeks of nothing but water and then when I started drinking other drinks I didn’t want tea because it was too sweet. If I allow myself to drink anything, I drink a 32 ounce water and then I’ll drink something else, and then another 32 ounce water.

I was free to start trying again in April and I found out I was pregnant again on April 17. I was sooo excited. I knew that God was working it all out and this baby was going to be fine. I told my parents, my in-laws, my siblings, and 4 of my best friends (we all grew up together) but didn’t tell anyone else. I decided I would tell my boss the day after my doctor’s appointment, which was April 29. The doctor performed an exam and said I was about 5-6 weeks along and everything looked fine. At my request she ordered a full hormone reading on my blood to make sure my hormones were where they should be and she gave me a progesterone cream prescription, just in case my progesterone was falling. She said that the first miscarriage was a fluke and was not going to happen again so don’t worry.

The next morning I spotted a little bit but I figured it was normal because of the exam the day before. Then after lunch I started bleeding hard- harder than I did the first time. I called my mom sobbing and she told me to go to the doctor and sit in the waiting room until they would see me. Within 5 minutes of arriving, they had me back with the doctor. They did a sonogram but couldn’t find anything at all and took blood. The urine test was negative for a pregnancy. I went home and was on bedrest that night.

They called the next morning and said my blood levels indicated that I had miscarried and they were so sorry. I remember laying in bed, crying. I was so sure that this baby was going to be fine and I didn’t know what to do next. I trust in God completely and I wanted my next step to be in faith and I was just lost. I still start to cry when I think about how lost I felt in that moment. Matt was at work and so I was home alone. I had filled my prescription for progesterone cream and used it for a week before I finally realized that it was not going to help and stopped. The good news was that the miscarriage was complete and I did not have to have a D&C.

I went back to see Dr. Armas the next week and he upped my metformin. He said that we won’t know what caused the miscarriage but he was sure we could keep going. He said when we were ready to try again, in at least 3 months, he would put me on Clomid, to regulate the hormones around ovulation. That makes me nervous because Kate Gosselin apparently used Clomid and I do not want sextuplets!

Right now we are taking a break from trying again. As you can see in an earlier post, we just celebrated our two year anniversary. My husband is studying to take the PCAT and start Pharmacy school, which he will finish in 2014. So for now, we are at peace to wait, the timing is right. But I still believe that God has the perfect child(ren) for us and they will come when He is ready for them to be here- hopefully one at a time, but we will take what God gives. I do not waiver in my faith or my hope in Christ Jesus.

If you thought you knew where God was taking you and you thought you knew His plan and it didn’t happen that way, don’t give up on God. Don’t give up on his mercies, his grace, his plan. Keep going and it will work together in a way you could never imagine. I believe that when I look at that baby one day, I will say that it was worth it to have that perfect baby in my arms.

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Happy Customer- Abella

My husband Matt’s cousin Ryan and his wife April have two adorable little kids, Ridge and Abella. Abella just turned one and for her photos, April wanted some new headbands befitting a princess.

I threw a little clippie bow in there for her birthday party, because I figured a princess couldn’t wear a headband all day long. 100_1537100_1532abella party

Here is the red headband we made to go with an outfit her aunt made her. Abella red

This is the over the top pink headband for her photos. Imagine this with a shirt that says “Miss September” and a tutu made with hot pink, light pink, and teal. So cute!

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Happy Birthday Abella!!

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Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday September 1 was Matt and my two year anniversary. One of Matt’s track athletes gave him a $150 gift card to Bern’s Steakhouse, a place we would never go, if not for the gift card because it is SO expensive. We spent the gift card and $7 for our evening there. Our steaks were insanely amazing and for the first time in my life, I actually liked French Onion Soup! Happy anniversary my husband!

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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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SWAP- Christmas Gift Tutorial Swap!

Bethany from A Wednesday Afternoon and I are hosting a Christmas Gift Tutorial SWAP! With Christmas just 115 days away, we are all trying to figure out which tutorials and projects we’ve found online to use for Christmas gifts. How about a Take Along Race Track and Toy Car Holder or a Cottage Chic Apron Tutorial? The options are endless and at times, overwhelming.

In this SWAP, you can make a Christmas gift using any fabric or any project using Christmas fabric for your partner using one of your tutorials in your To-Do list. Include the finished product with a print out of the tutorial (with the link of where you found it) with materials to make another object from the tutorial. Easy and you can check that pattern of your To Do list and hopefully you will find a new tutorial from your partner!

We will subclassify everyone who signs up in hopes of getting you with a partner who will make something you love. This is open to all crafts- sewing, crochet, knit, etc. So send an email to craftyswap@aol.com with this information:

– Name, email address, shipping address
– Brief description of who you are, where you live, etc.
– What types of tutorial would you like to TRY from these categories? Baby, Home, Women’s accessories, Kid Boy, Kid Girl
– What types of tutorial would you like to RECEIVE from the above categories?
*You can pick as many categories as you want
– whether or not you will ship internationally

Isn’t this fun??  Here are the dates to remember:

– September 27- LAST day to sign up
– September 30- date you will receive your partner by at the latest
– October 21- deadline to have the project in the mail to your partner

Let’s Swap some Christmas gifts!

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Sling for Baby Bennett


My sister Michele had a baby in July and she really wanted a sling to carry him in without paying $50 and up for one. So I found instructions online at http://mykarmababy.com/pages/BabySlingPattern.php and bought fabric in the home decor section at Joanns and tried it out.

The instructions are SO easy and I finished it in about 30 minutes. I sewed the seam on the bottom of the sling really really tight, just to make sure it didnt fall apart. My sister came over to try it out and she loved it!

As you can see, Libby is almost 4 and she didn’t want to get out of the sling. She loved to have time to love on Mommy.

Bennett was like a kangeroo pup (what are they called?) in his little pouch.

And random photo for the day- when our family went to Hollywood, Fl for vacation, we hit up the outlet mall, which had a Barney’s outlet. My sister-in-law Mandi and I decided to try on shoes that we would never buy and tried to find the craziest shoes they had. These are Prada stilleto heels. I could barely walk in them but they were absolutely power shoes! The platform on the toe was about 3 inches at least and the heel was so high my foot was almost straight up and down. Do people really wear these?

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