January 23, 2008

Try #4 right around the corner

Sorry I haven't been posting much. As much as I'm excited to get back to TTC I'm also really dreading it. It's been so nice not to have your every thought wrapped around getting pregnant and all the hard things about it are starting to re-enter my mind the closer we get to starting again.

So a second friend has gotten pregnant after having tried for 1 month. I'm so very happy for these friends but it's hard to handle at the same time. We have doctor's appointments, needles, pills, thermometers, stirrups, OPKs, monitors, scheduling, timing and lets not forget about the money. I guess I'm just jealous that this is such an ordeal for us and it's so easy for my friends. I think the fact that they are pregnant isn't helping me start this time around either because it just adds to that failure feeling if it doesn't work. It's hard not to compare yourself.

January 12, 2008

Fall Back Recipies

Do any of you have any recipes that you are constantly using? For me it's lasagna and for Amy it's tacos. I'm trying to add to my little recipe box so I would love to hear the one recipe you always tend to reach for. The reason I bring this up is because we're having a few friends over tomorrow night for dinner and to watch The L Word and I'm pulling out my old faithful lasagna recipe because it's fast, easy and above all VERY TASTY.

No Boil Lasagna (serves 8)
1T vegetable oil
1 medium onion
1 clove minced garlic
1lb ground beef
2-14oz cans tomato sauce
1-10oz can sliced mushrooms
1/2c water
1t oregano
1c cottage cheese
1/3c grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg slightly beaten
2t vegetable oil
1t salt
1-6oz package sliced mozzarella cheese
15 pieces uncooked lasagna

Instructions: (Preheat oven 375F)
Cook garlic, onion and meat over medium heat until brown. Remove excess fat. Stir in tomato sauce, mushrooms with their liquid, water and oregano; bring to boil and remove from heat. Combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, oil and salt. Spoon 1/3 of sauce into 9'x13' baking dish. Cover with 1/3 lasagna. Spread another 1/3 of sauce and cover with another 1/3 of lasagna. Spread cheese mixture and cover with remaining lasagna and sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese slices. Cover with foil and bake at 375F for 45min. Uncover and bake until cheese starts to brown about 15 min.

January 10, 2008

Plugging Our Blog Back In

Sorry all for the radio silence as of late. We've been around and looking at others blogs but we were taking full advantage of our break cycle and just hiding out for awhile. Along with the holidays and stuff going on with Amy's family we just needed to focus our energy elsewhere for a bit. But we're back now and excited to hop on the TTC train again.

So officially we're on CD29 of our break cycle and no surprise to me it seems as though this is another annovulatory cycle. So I guess it's good that I've been bumped up to 100mg of clomid. I'm very much looking forward to going into try #4 being more closely monitored as I think it will take a lot more stress off of me.

At book club the other night a friend who was there (and 8 months pregnant) was telling me how her and her husband had tried everything to get pregnant (short of IVF). They had finally given up hope that they would ever have a baby, fast forward a couple years later and they decided to try again. The first thing she did was to go on a gluten free diet and the following month she was pregnant. Has anyone heard anything about the effects of gluten on fertility?

So I busted my but these past few weeks and am officially done the top of Amy's quilt and can hopefully finish it off in the next couple weeks so that I can start on my next quilt project. Amy wanted LOTS OF COLOR in her quilt. Do you think there's enough??