3.9.18

Hi. Here I am for my monthly update. I can’t believe how bad I’ve gotten at this. 😭

So I literally had to go back and read my last post because it’s been so long and I couldn’t remember what I posted. Basically a surrogacy update(I have more!) and saying that February sucked ass and it continued to suck ass throughout the end of the month.

There were 2 weeks where our family was just cooped up in the house because we were passing a cold around to each other, on top of that Mando caught a stomach bug and pretty much as soon as he recovered I got food poisoning. Good times. On top of that our family was hit with heartbreaking news. Our niece, (Mando’s sister’s daughter) was diagnosed with leukemia. It’s heartbreaking to hear this about anyone, especially a child, but it’s just so much more devastating when it’s someone you know and love. She’s a little fighter though so even though it’s gonna be a tough road we know she’ll be ok.

Surrogacy updates! My couple/parents agreed to work with me! I underwent a psychological screening(and passed, so no I’m not crazy) and on Wednesday I have a medical screening where they’ll make sure I’m healthy, have no cysts or polyps, and do blood work to make sure I’m not a druggie. I’ll also get my medication to start my cycle to prepare me for the embryo transfer. I’m so excited that this is finally moving along.

Last month I started selling my decorations. It’s been a slow start, but something is better than nothing. I currently have 2 orders I need to get started on and Nathan’s birthday party decorations.

Look out for next months update! Lol

2.4.17

January was a booty ass month. No particular reason…it just took forever it feels like and was just..blah.

I have a lot of surrogacy updates that I’m super excited about, I’ll start at my last update on here since the next time I got news from my agency was literally 2 days after I posted on here. So, they posted my profile for IP’s to see and my profile was put on hold really quickly because there was a couple interested in me. On top of that, a “VIP/high profile customer” was interested in me as well. I was told my medical information was shared with the first couple so their dr could review it, but it literally sat on his desk for 3 looooong weeks. I went to my first surrogacy support meeting and felt really discouraged because there were so many pregnant surrogates, girls in the middle of medication cycles and even a girl who was days away from an embryo transfer, and here I was stuck not knowing wether or not I would even be selected by these IP’s. Finally I asked if it was ok if we got in contact with the other person/couple interested in me(the high profile/VIP) and it was just days before I was told my medical records were approved. Not even 2 or 3 days later I had a Skype meeting with my case manager and 2 representatives for this person/couple and it went amazingly. I was so excited I agreed then and there to work with them. I haven’t heard back because one rep went on vacation, the other had a conference all weekend, so hopefully mid week next week we’ll see if it was agreed on their side as well. There’s another support meeting on Sunday(next weekend) and I’m hoping by then I can say I’m starting my medication cycle.

Besides that, I don’t really feel like much happened in January so I’ll post some pictures to recap.

12.24.17

I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already.

We’re just gonna relax today before the madness. Usually we do Christmas Eve with my grandpa and my dad’s siblings but they moved it to the 23rd(yesterday.) We wanted to get together with Mando’s family today but they went to his grandmas house, (I couldn’t talk him into going) they wanted to get together yesterday but we our other family get together. So we’ll probably exchange gifts with them sometime next week. Tomorrow we’re going to my parents house and having a big family dinner.

Today, I just want to clean. I know we’ll be gone alllll day tomorrow and I really don’t want to come home after a day of madness to a messy house. So I’m really trying to knock everything out today. Besides that, I’m gonna make some veggie posole, make a ginger bread lookout (Paw patrol!) with Nathan, and maybe a few other arts and crafts with him. So far he’s made Christmas trees and candy canes, (I’ll update with pictures later). We’re also gonna take the boys to look at Christmas lights tonight…if we’re feeling up to it. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ We’ll seewhat happens!

11.27.17

So. I suck.

I’ve come on and to start posts and gotten too lazy lol

My free time lately has consisted of A LOT of crafting. I’m getting a lot of new stuff made, got a lot of stuff to sell and I’m really excited.

The boys are growing so much, probably too much 😫 Jake is being so stubborn and still not completely walking. He takes a few steps here and there and stands on his own a lot, but…he’s just choosing not to walk. He CAN walk. I know he can. He just…doesn’t. πŸ™„ Nathan is STILL not in preschool and I’m starting to get very impatient with our district. I’m actually going to try registering him with other districts around us in hopes of him getting in faster.

Tomorrow I have a meeting to start a new journey, I’m so nervous and excited but I don’t want to get too far into it too ahead of time.

Here’s some pictures from the month I’ve been lagging on updating:

10.24.17

Hi. Hello. I’m back lol

We’ve had a fun couple weekends since the birthday madness has been over. The weekend after the party was over my aunt and uncle went camping at Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach, and they invited us out to the beach for the day. As soon as we found out Mando didn’t work that Saturday we said we were in. We didn’t go to the beach all summer cause of his schedule so I’m glad we got this trip in, it’s such a pretty beach. 


This past weekend we took the boys to the pumpkin patch. Jake couldn’t do much because he’s STILL being stubborn and not walking πŸ™„ plus all the jumpers and rides were for the bigger kids. But he still enjoys being out and about so it was fun for everyone. 


I’m a little frustrated right now because Nathan is on a waiting list for preschool through our city’s school district and it’s just taking forever. I’m starting to get nervous that he’s not gonna get any time to get used to being in a classroom setting before he has to start kindergarten. And I’m also starting to get really scared that he’s going to fall behind educationally. Before having Jake I was able to work with him on things a little more but now, not so much. And I feel super guilty about it. I’m really going to start trying to set aside more time to do it and look into what preschool curriculums include, get some worksheets printed and really start on this with him. These past few weeks we’ve done a few Halloween arts and crafts that he did really really well with. I cut out all the pieces for him while he’s napping, that way when he wakes up we have something fun to work on.


10.9.17

The party madness is over.

Our big boy is 1, and we threw him the cutest little party. I’m so so happy with the way everything turned out. The decorations I made, my sister in law got so many cute things for the party, the piΓ±ata, the cutest, tastiest caramel apples, my aunt made the cutest cake and cupcakes, and just all the help we had from family setting it all up. I got more pictures than usual, so here they come. πŸ˜‰


I didn’t get any pictures of the banners hung, the center pieces on the table, or the food table but I’m just so happy that I even got any. Now that the party and Jake’s birthday is all said and done hopefully I’ll be posting more. ✌🏼

9.17.17

I’ve come on a few times and started up a post and didn’t get to finishing it, so let’s see what I get done tonight lol Clearly, I’ve been lagging, so let’s see what I can catch up on.

The first thing that comes to mind is Jakes birthday party. I’m not nearly as far along with decorations as I’d like to be, but I’m almost done. Everything was on hold for the past week and a half when the boys got sick, and I do mean EVERYTHING. I missed out on my “me” time at the gym for 10 days straight, not much house work got done, no laundry, no decorations, nothing. Nathan had an upper respiratory infection and Jake had a pretty serious case of croup, serious enough for a dose of steroids and a breathing treatment in the ER. It was scary, but we got through it and they’re both doing so much better. 

Mando’s work schedule has been crazy, but work is work and we definitely need it. 

Friday was our 11 year anniversary. We didn’t get to have a date night like we had wanted to due to the boys still recovering and his work schedule but he did have the weekend off so it was nice to have him home. 

We had another little scare this past week, and as much as Mando would say differently, I know for a fact we were both freaking out. I was 2 days late on my period, and I’ve always been super regular, so when I realized I hadn’t started I went into panic mode. I actually took a pregnancy test, I don’t know what went wrong, I don’t know if I peed on it too much, or not enough, but I got a “test error” message so, no answers there. My period eventually came, with a fury. And I do have to say as much as I was freakin terrified, I was also a little sad. I know we need to wait, Jake’s still a baby, diapers and formula for 2 would cost way too much , and I feel like Jake just needs his time to be a baby and not be rushed to be big brother. But I REALLY like being pregnant. Summer 2018 is sounding like a good time to start trying for number 3. 

That’s all I can really think of to update on, I’ll probably remember more later on so I’ll save that for another post, but here’s some pictures from the last month to catch up on.




 

8.7.17

Look at me being on top of updating! I’m on a rollllllll πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Another weekend has flown bye, and it was a pretty fun one. Friday night Mando’s sisters came over, the boys got in some play time with their cousin Nova, which left the house nice and messy lol but they had a good time though so πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Saturday morning we also spent some time with them, we met up at Home Depot so Nathan and Nova could do the kids workshop, they made a Penske truck.


Sunday I attempted to have a yard sale, but we got a super late start and ended up only getting 1 customer and made $7. But hey, it’s $7 more than we had before lol goodwill is gonna get a good drop off soon! 

I made a little progress with birthday decorations, I painted clothes pins for the monthly pictures and finished cutting out the last of the Mickey heads. I went to target twice (2 different stores) and neither of them had the favors bags or Mickey straws I’m looking for so I’m annoyed. (Yes, I’m very easily annoyed.) I found them online on targets website but after tax and shipping it’s just not worth it. I’ll wait til I find them in store.

I’m super happy because the picture ledges that I ordered from ikea came in! Mando actually hung them when I asked and I’m in love! 


Please excuse Nathan in his undies, he wouldn’t move. πŸ™„

8.4.17

I’m super excited cause I’ve gotten a lot done for the party in the last day and a half.


 

Top right: the bigger Mickey head with the red “1” will be the center with the smaller red, yellow and black heads around it.

Bottom right: I’ve been taking pictures of Jake every month and these will be hung with the numbers.

Top left: happy birthday banner

Bottom left: this “one” banner will either go on his high chair when he eats his cake, or at the actual cake table, I haven’t made up my mind yet. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ 

I still have a lot to make but I feel good about what I’ve gotten done so far. It doesn’t seem like a ton, but that was a buttload of cutting and my fingers felt like they were gonna fall off. 

Yesterday was also a really good day because the boys finally got to meet their grandma.(Mando’s mom.)  The boys didn’t seem shy at all when they met her, so I’m happy that that side of the family is starting to feel a little more complete. 

I really want to go to Michael’s and buy everything else I need for the party, but I’m gonna practice some self control lol hopefully I can go sometime this weekend though so I can start making the center pieces and goodie bags. Look out for a post on Sunday or Monday! 

7.19.17

I gotta get better at posting. This twice a month stuff just isn’t cutting it.

It’s been a fun month so far. I guess I can catch up by posting all the pictures I’ve taken 😝 

We had a super fun 4th with family.


Jake turned 9 months old.


Free slurpees. 


Karate classes.


Park trips.


That, + the usual cooking, cleaning, and organizing. Ive been Pinteresting A LOT. So that’s led to this:

The sign on the ledge (above) is super special to me because we had it in front of our sweetheart table at our wedding. I love that we can work it into our home where we can see it every day. (I’m sappy like that, who cares.) 


The middle and the bottom are going above the couch in the living room, I just have to go back to IKEA and get another picture ledge…or 2. And a few other things 😬

And of course lots of Pinteresting for a certain first birthday coming up. 

I’ll be sure to start posting more regularly so I can post what I’m making for Jake’s party. So far I only have a few garlands and banners outlined but I’m kinda in love already. 

Look out for more posts!