Saturday, December 31, 2011

The IUI and a Happy New Year


It was a Thursday morning in October. I woke up and ran the fertility monitor (pee on a stick). It said I was medium for ovulation peak. Later that day I called the doctor to ask him if I should do an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) the next day, because we were using a different method than what he tells his other IUI patients.

Rewind to a few months ago after texting a friend, I was kind of convinced that Chase and I should at least go talk to the IUI doctor at our doctors clinic to see what he had to offer. It was great, he answered all of our questions, and knew exactly what he was doing. Later in the month I had my visiting teachers over and one of them used to work in that clinic. She said Dr. C is a great doctor and that he knows what he's doing. That was the assurance I needed to go through with this.

So we were planning on doing it the following month. Then we ended up taking Hurley into the Vet several times which cost us the money we were going to use for the IUI to pay for him to get better. So we skipped that month and decided to do it in October.

Fast Forward to that Thursday... Dr. C said we should come in with a sperm sample the next morning at 8.

So Friday we drop off the dog, Chase called his boss and his boss said to take the day off! YES! The nurse took the sperm to be cleaned and gets it ready for the IUI.

Almost an hour later they call us back. In my head I was thinking if I really wanted to do this or not. Was it going to work? Would we have just paid $300 for nothing? Would I get pregnant so easily? Is my uterus a hostile environment? A lot of questions to be thinking about for one simple procedure.

So I get undressed from the waste down, you know like a normal pap exam. I'm all ready to go. Then Dr. C comes in and they forget to put in the stirrups. These aren't the normal birthing stirrups. They don't have any place to rest your feet so it just hooks under your knees, and your feet dangle. Dr. C didn't use the normal speculum either, it was bigger. So once Dr. C is all situated he couldn't get the syringe with the rubber thing on the top (not sure what it's called) so he THEN had to use a tenaculum (yes one of those pincher tools) for my cervix (I even told Chase the day before that Dr. C would have to use a tenaculum). After everything was set (and he injected the spermies) he left everything be, and let me lay there for the longest 10 minutes of my life! I cried for the first few minutes because I was SO uncomfortable, and in a lot of pain. Yes, I know I have never given birth, so I don't know what that is like, but it was really painful. Thankfully I had an amazing husband who could see the amount of pain I was in, and hold my hand and stretch out my legs so that they wouldn't fall asleep (even though they did anyways).

After 10 minutes he came back in, slowly took everything out and said "Okay, we'll know in two weeks". I asked him if there were things that I should or shouldn't do, and he said nope. We left and I cramped the rest of the day. Like period cramps.

The waiting period was horrible! Two weeks really?! I have had weird cravings, loss of appetite, feeling exhausted the first week. I told a few of my friends, but no family. We were determined to keep this a secret so that we could surprise them. Each of them said they would keep us in our prayers and we prayed ourselves that the IUI would work and we could become parents. We were also hoping that if we prayed enough we wouldn't have to go through with another IUI.

The Monday of the second week I started spotting. At first it was really light, no clots so I thought it was implantation, seeing as I had heard that some women spot during that time. Then by Wednesday or Thursday the amount of spotting was increasing and clots were coming. I didn't even try a pregnancy test, because I knew that this was the beginning of my period.

I cried for several days after because I knew I wasn't pregnant and it was heartbreaking.

Fast forward to the beginning of December (yes we waited because of $$ issues, I mean who wouldn't have $300 every month to spend, right? Or am I the only one). We decided we were going to do another IUI. Same thing as before saw medium on fertility monitor call the Dr for an appointment the next day. This time was a little different. I started freaking out the day before we were supposed to go in. Bad anxiety, stressing because I didn't want to go through the same pain that I went through for the first IUI. I asked Chase for a blessing. I knew and had faith that I could be calmed down by that, and that things would work out. It is amazing to have a husband be able to give me that.

The next day, Chase could tell that I was a lot calmer. I felt better. We get to the Doctors office and things ended up going better. My cervix was straight and he was able to easily put the syringe in. This time there wasn't NEARLY as much pain as the first time, I was SO grateful!

The Dr. said the same thing as before, 2 weeks waiting. This time we told a few more friends and asked them to pray for us. This time we fasted (because it happened to fall over the first Sunday) and prayed harder. We still didn't want to tell our family or many friends hoping that it would work. I also tried several times to forget, so I could focus on other things and not stress on something I had no control over. I had a friend (this was the first time I told her about the IUI) who asked me several times the first week if I could feel anything different, which defeated the purpose of not stressing over something I couldn't control.

The second week came and I started cramping Monday and then Tuesday morning before I flushed the toilet I noticed there was a little teeny thing that wasn't blood but transparent in color. I cried all morning, because I knew that I had either miscarried or the IUI didn't work again. I cramped bad the rest of Tuesday and then Wednesday and Thursday I started cramping with light spotting, until it was my period once again.

About a week or two ago we felt like it was time to tell our family. Or at least our parents, actually my dad doesn't really know yet, maybe I should tell him. haha We sat down and told Chase's parents that we had done two IUI's. Chase's parents were actually starting to wonder what was going on, apparently one of our friends had sort of spilled the beans at a baby shower that Chase's mom went to. Both sets of parents are more than supportive and will do anything to try and help. Which has made it more bearable.

This past week we tried another IUI. It was kind of last minute. The day before the IUI the fertility monitor said that I was at a low. Then the day of the IUI it jumped to a high. That day we called the doctor and they wanted us to come in as soon as we could. Not like it has to be done in the morning, our Dr. just sees other patients so it's best if we come first thing in the morning. This time it went a lot better. I took it easy the whole day, tried keeping my feet up or at least sitting. Chase and I were able to take the day off and we spent it relaxing. :)

I know this is a long post! I have been wanting to tell all of my friends, but I wanted to wait till I was either pregnant or we told our parents what we were doing.

I kinda have been making a joke about the IUI, that "you know what we were doing..." :) it's really lame I know, but it makes me laugh. I sometimes feel that asking for prayers is being prideful or vain, because I know there are lots of people who could use prayers more than us. If you are able to pray, please do. I know we would never make it without your prayers. :)

I hope and pray the new year brings us pregnancy! I know it's in the Lord's timing, but it can be hard at times to know that we are doing everything we can, and we are still not seeing this blessing that we have been praying for.

Happy New Year

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Heart Burn

Cleaver name. You'll see why.

I made this cute frame for Valentines Day. Yes I know it's not Valentines Day, but I never get around to crafting when the right month is around. :) Just how I am... Plus I forget and then say to myself I need to get to crafting...

I decided to craft this:



I have looked to see where I have copied it from and I can't find it anywhere. I thought it was super cute.

I started gluing all the pieces on then I was on my last one (the bottom right) and I was trying to turn it so I could stick it to the paper... it totally fell out of my hand and I burnt myself really really bad! Like 2nd degree burns. It was all on my little pinky finger. It has been hurting really bad tonight and I went to go get some burn cream, and that didn't even help! So I now have a fear of my glue gun and we decided that we shouldn't be friends. So that is why I have all this "Heart Burn."


Look at that big bump! Kinda blurry sorry... Can you tell I had been crying? Puffy eyes.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Husband is Amazing

Yup, it's true. He was so bold to tell me that I should do a post just on how great he is.

He took time out of his busy schedule to help me switch up our blog design. It took a while, and after so many tutorials he just started playing around with it and then... WHAM! It was fixed. :)

So that's why he's such a great husband. Plus many many many more things.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Costume Contest

Hey everyone! I have entered the Iron Man costume into a Costume Contest!

I need everyone to take a minute to vote for my costume.

Voting is easy:

1. First, you just need to click on this link: Hand made Iron Man costume.
2. Click on 5 stars.
3. Leave a comment. 4. If you have a Facebook Account, click "Like".
5. If you have a Twitter Account, click "Twitter" to get the word out.

Thank you for all of your help! Halloween Costume Contest - Vote for Iron Man Costume!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Election

This November, 3 city council seats were up for election as well as a bond to fund more schools in Alpine School District. Yup you guessed it! I totally voted! It seriously is so important for us younger folk to get out and vote. It is usually all those older people that go and vote. Nope not me. Ever since I was able to register to vote I have voted (except 1 election). I have realized how important it is to state how I feel. Voting for the right people in office (whether it is a democrat or republican- though some will argue with me on this) is what our country needs. Too bad nobody listened to me for the presidential election ;).

Here's proof today that I voted (yeah I guess the hubs did too, but he didn't want a sticker). So here's to me!

Hope you all voted! If you didn't make sure to get out and register for next year. Ya know it's gonna be a big one! :)



Monday, November 07, 2011

The BYU Doggie

Remember how I went to Swiss Day's (back in September) and found Hurley something pretty sweet but I needed to save it for it's own post? Well this is why...



We got it from woofware.com. They were so nice when I bought it at their little shop.

P.S. Does anyone know how to get rid of animals green eyes in photoshop? I have tried several tutorials and it looks super funny every time I finish. Please let me know if you do! :)

Friday, November 04, 2011

The Iron Man and Pepper Potts Photo Shoot

Yup.... That's who I got to be... Pepper Potts. 'cept I didn't have any red hair. But I tried to be as much like her as I could be. Our good friend Steph (Alexa) was kind enough to do a photo shoot of my "man" and me. Plus some other couples too, but I'd like to think that it was all for us. :)

The 4 questions people have been asking about his costume are:
1. Can you see out of it? Yes, he can see out of it, there are little slits.
2. What is it made of? High Density Foam (EVC Foam, PVC Foam, are some other names)
3. How long did it take? He says 6 months with the foam. I say since last November starting with paper, since he's pretty much been absent since then. ;P
4. Did you make it yourself? Yes he did. He is VERY proud of what he did and is going to be doing War Machine (Iron Man's buddy) next year. He won't start that till January... Hopefully it won't take him as long.

I'll add more photos when I get them, so please check back!

Oh and don't forget to vote for Chase's costume for a costume contest he entered: Hand made Iron Man costume




With the lights. Yes they all lit up, except the inside of the hands.

Chase giving me a weird look

...and then we got to hang out with the Minions. :) Silly minions! :)


You better comment on this one Mom Palmer! :) :) Since you're the one who wanted me to post this... :) :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Super Goggie

Here's a picture of Hurley's costume. We saw it at Petsmart (it was also 75% off with your petperks card). Next year we have some better ideas for him. We'll be making it next year. No he's not going to be optimus... :)


Super Goggie to the rescue! :)

P.S. Post sometime next week with mine and Chase's costumes from a party tonight!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Test Kit

A while ago I signed up for a site called Expo TV. Where you can upload videos of you reviewing products. I did a video of Hurley doing his speak trick.

They also have what they call Tryology. Where they will send you a product, you try it out and then upload a video to their site. Well I got it in the mail a little over a month ago.



It is the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor. It came with the digital monitor and a pack of 30 test strips as well as 1 pregnancy test.
I'm still debating on whether I actually like the product or not. It was frustrating for me at first because it has you put in the start of when your period is (only goes up to day 5), instead of the day that you are on right now. So if you miss the beginning of your period (to day 5) then you have to wait till the next month. The other downside is, if you are interested in this product then you have to have buy the monitor ($140-$160) and then the test sticks which are like $30-$40.

I hope all women know that the start of their cycle is the first day of their period.

I have used ovulation kits in the past, and they work, just don't buy the cheap ones! It does work the same as an ovulation predictor kit. It also gives you low medium and peak times of your LH hormone. Which is cool, because it seems like you have more chances of pregnancy then just waiting for the line on the regular ovulation kits. That line only tells when you have ovulated.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Iron Man Costume and Chase

This is what Chase has been up to... He wants to win the costume contest at SecurityMetrics in October, so he has been working hard to get this done.

He first started doing pepakura using paper and glue. That took forever. He was able to make an Iron Man helmet, but in the process of hardening and sanding it broke into 3 pieces. Sad day for him. Then he was going to do the whole set out of paper and then harden and sand. Well that is just too much work. Chase made a friend in our ward who does pep stuff too. They have been working together to make a Iron Man suit, and he (the friend) took the suit to Dragon Con.

Here are some pictures from the process. I won't show the actual suit until its finished because I don't want to give him away if there are people he works with who read this.

This was taken December/January of '10/'11. The hardening stuff stunk so bad, and we wanted to protect Hurley from smelling it too so we put a mask on. The house stunk for several hours.
That is different than what his costume is. He was making this for my brother for Christmas 2010. Any guesses on what it's from?
Chase outside sanding and hardening.
He must love doing this right? :) Show of thumbs please.


Iron Man helmet after hardening. The outside is a glaze thing that is supposed to help with the hardening process so there are no leaks.

This is what he was doing. Taking card stock and creating a shape with it. It's pretty cool but was taking a lot more time than he had anticipated. So he started doing it a different way.

This time out of foam, like the foam mats that can come together.


This was taken with my phone so its not the best. This is how Chase stores everything. He stores all the arms and legs and stuff in the chest piece.

He was kind enough to dress up for me on what he has done.

He just casted the helmet on Saturday. Its hard as a rock.

Here's a video from when they were casting the helmet on Saturday.

I'll do a post on the full piece when he's got it spray painted and finished.

Here's his friends video link from Dragon Con. Pretty sweet if you ask me. That is what it will look like when Chase is done. It lights up which is pretty cool.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rocking Chair

So last year I bought a ton of old stuff thinking that I would have time that summer to revamp them and make them look better. Well me having tons to do... haha I didn't get to all of them. I did however finally finish this awesome chair! I repainted it and made it so it can be used outside or inside. Sadly, I don't have anywhere to put it and am trying to sell it. I'm asking $50 for it. If you want it shoot me an email or if you have a better offer, that's even better! :)






Tip Junkie handmade projects

Home Stories A2Z

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Year Older...

This year, Chase will be 26. Closer to 30 rather than 20. I can't believe we're getting so old! 5 months till I'm 26!

I've been trying to make different cakes for Chase. Chase really liked the one I made last year. I wanted to do something different... So I found a pretty awesome recipe and helpful tips on how to make your own ice cream cake. If you want to learn how to make one like Baskin Robbins here's the site. Ice cream cake is my favorite and I remember getting them for my blizzard birthday's when we lived in Maryland.



We went out to dinner with his family for his birthday dinner, and knowing me I forgot to take pictures. It was really yummy, Chase's favorite, Red Robin. Plus he got a free burger! :)

I knew that the cake I made would last us a long time and we wouldn't even be able to eat the whole thing by ourselves. So I invited the family over on Saturday afternoon for a ice cream cake/birthday celebration. It was fun. Everyone enjoyed the cake. Chase even asked me if I would make it again next year. :)


Happy Birthday to the love of my life! Hope this year is better than last!

Monday, August 15, 2011

4 things you didn't know about me...

I saw this on my friend Paige's blog and decided to copy her. She even said I could.

4 current shows I watch:
1. Hoarders - I know what you're thinking.... eww gross... It really makes you want to get rid of your own stuff and see that you may have hoarding tendencies. Oh wait was that just me? :)
2. Numb3rs - starting from the first season
3. Ghost Whisperer - starting from second season, trying to get caught up
4. Bones - if we had fox I would watch it every week. dang antenna!

4 things I'm passionate about:
1. Sleep! If I don't get it then I'm a grump!
2. Spending time with my man! :)
3. Saving Money
4. My Dr Pepper fix.

4 phrases I use a lot:
1. Are you sure?
2. I love you
3.Are you okay?
4. Yeah

4 things I love to eat:
1. French Fries - cooked in the oven. Learned too many horrible things in my Pathophysiology class...
2. Pizza
3. Strawberries
4. Naked Breakfast Burritos! they're just naked cause they have no tortilla. Nothing gross I promise.

4 movies I could watch over and over and over:
1. Phantom of the Opera
2. Star Trek - the new one, love the music
3. How to Train your Dragon - love that movie!

4 books I love:
1. The Twilight series
2. The Harry Potter series
3. The Hunger Games series
4. The Book of Mormon - Just cause

4 bands I never get sick of:
1. Relient K
2. Paramore
3. Switchfoot
4. The Fray

4 places I'd love to visit:
1. Brazil
2. Italy
3. New Zealand
4. Hawaii

4 things I'm looking forward to:
1. 5k in August
2. Thanksgiving
3.Getting the TEAS test over and done with! and applying for the nursing program.
4. Possible getaway for an upcoming weekend. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011


A while ago Chase went in for his yearly physical (yes, guys are supposed to get yearly's too). He had this "mole" on his back. It didn't stick out or anything, and kinda looked like a weird freckle. Well after talking about moles and skin cancer in my pathophysiology class, I was kinda worried about it and thought that he should get it checked out. Turns out wasn't anything bad, but it was close to being all of the ABCD's of moles. Asymmetrical, Borders, Color, and Diameter. Here's a picture of the scar. Sorry I totally didn't take any of the before or even after the stitches were taken out.


Pretty big right? It looks like a kiss. The doctor took a little more than an inch off, and did what is called a running stitch to get it sealed up. It looks a lot better now, but still pink.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lions, and Tigers and Bears... Oh no Just an Anniversary...

So you saw my post last week of us being married for 4 years. Well Chase happened to be in charge of our fun plans this year. The last time it was his turn we went to San Francisco. You can read all about it here.

This year he had a hard time coming up with stuff. We didn't want to spend a whole lot of money, and we couldn't go away for the weekend or anything because Chase had his work party the Friday before and he was moving into his new building the day after our anniversary.We decided to use our awesome groupons for fandango.com and went to see Harry Potter. I thought for sure there was going to be a line and that we'd be waiting for at least an hour. HA! No line.


Then after we went over to 5 guys in American Fork which just recently opened. Yum!

After eating we headed up to Salt Lake to go to the Hogel Zoo! I haven't been since I was 6 or 7. I remember going with my class when we lived up in Salt Lake. It was a lot of fun! We had train tickets, and were going to do that before we left. Well we get out from seeing the monkeys and it just starts pouring rain! We waited over an hour after that to be able to ride the train.


Chase riding the train and recording it too

Us by the elephants


Chase with the Giraffe

Feeding time

This bird (fake, really it was fake, can't you tell) Was just sitting there, maybe it was to scare the giraffes so they wouldn't leave, I don't know.

The girls

Look how tall they are?!

Can you see that massively long tongue?

There it is again, long tongue.

Bald Eagles- ever seen these in the wild?

They were also doing a thing called zoorassic park. Where they had a ton of animated dinosaurs. Some of them squirted water too

Posing with the jaguar

alligators I think... Or are they crocodiles? I can't remember

King Julian from Madagascar - they also sat like Hurley. Or Hurley sits like them... Hard to tell...


Cute little elephant named Zuri

All the kids loved this. It would start singing/blowing a tune then it would sneeze and then blow air out of it's trunk.


Watching the elephants

Waiting for the rain to stop. the dinosaur in the background of this picture was the one that squirted water

Waiting for the rain to stop. Nice and humid!


Waiting for the train after it rained

Once finished the train ride we left the zoo and drove to Buca di Beppo by the Rose Wagner Theatre. It was yummy! They serve dinner family style, like PF Changs. Our server was great! She was really funny. We will definitely be going back! Yum!