* A few days before Christmas, my husband and I attended Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Christmas party at the Executive Mansion for the Capital Press Corp. My husband goes each year, but since I had to miss last year's party since Luke had just been born, this was my first year attending with a Republican in office (which made it all the more enjoyable). Since it's a very intimate party, we had a chance to talk with him for a little while and when he asked how our kids were doing, we ended up telling him the story of adopting Clara, including how we tried to have a baby for more than five years. Ryan even told the governor (who is Catholic) that we were faithful to Church teaching! For some reason, that made me laugh inside, that we were having this discussion with the governor, a man who could possibly be the next vice president. I'm surprised I didn't go on all about NaPro. Anyway, he was so thrilled for us and even grabbed my hands at one point and said something about being faithful to God. He thanked us profusely for telling him our story and seemed very moved by it, even mentioning it again when we said good-bye.
And, on a side-note, the governor's daughter was there as well and we somehow got into a discussion about infertility with her too! I swear I don't go around talking about this all the time, although it probably seems that way ;) Her best friend struggles with it and I suggested she tell her to check out the blogs, if she hasn't already.
* While we're on the topic of infertility, my progesterone was pretty low this cycle - 8.5. But I'm staying on 100 mg of Prometrium, since the higher dose made me feel pretty crappy (truth be told, so does the 100, but I'm sticking with it for now). Dr. B said he wasn't too concerned with the low number because my estrodial-progesterone ratio was great and that matters more. I had never heard that before. Have any of you?
* Well, the inevitable has happened. My breast-feeding weight loss/maintenance has come to an end, and I'm so very, very sad to see it go. Luke is still breast-feeding, but it must be at the point where it's not often enough to sustain the large quantities of food I've been taking in. Yes, the days of eating whatever I wanted and staying at a weight I was happy with are over. I noticed a couple weeks ago that I felt very different, size-wise, and so I got on the scale and was up a couple pounds. Then it happened - I got a muffin top. Oh man, so that's what that is. That was one thing I never had to deal with in the past. And I can say with confidence that it's not due to the holidays. I know exactly what it's due to, and it's called cheese quesadillas, grilled breakfast burritos, ice cream, pasta and more pasta. Mmmm... I love breast-feeding.
* Today is a big day. For the first time in a year, I went to the hair dresser. And, you're not going to believe this, but I got a whole INCH cut off! I'm not even going to tell you how much my little trim cost, but let's just say it'll be another year before I go again. I will say, though, that one of the benefits to not having time to blow dry or straighten or curl your hair every day is that it's incredibly healthy and you can go a whole year in between cuts. I had no split ends, despite having crazy-lady long hair. Thanks, babies!
* I finally found a way to have Clara pose for pictures - self-timer! She loves it. She calls it "beep-beep" and loves to set it and then move back and sit still while it beeps. It's nuts! I have no idea how long this will last, but I'm taking advantage of it for now (see below).
* The Big East starts tonight for #1 Syracuse, and the Nobles' are ready!!!
|Notice my professionally-straightened hair ;)|