One Month Bigger!

I’m falling down on the blogging job here lately.

I went to the doctor yesterday.

At almost 24 weeks, I’m measuring around a singleton pregnancy of 28 weeks.  That means 9 months pregnant I’ll actually look 10 months!  Ahhhh. 

I also got to have a sonogram yesterday.

The boys are so cute.  Even through a very grain-y picture.  Use your imagination. 

Nugget A likes to move. A LOT.  During the sono he managed to kick his brother several times.  Enough that Nugget B turned his back to him.  Ha!  They are still positioned with A head down and B breech but the sono-grapher said her daughter had twins and they were positioned like that all the way up until 36 weeks and the breech one switched so she could deliver.  There is still hope!

In other news….

The new house is coming along.  The nursery is almost done being painted (pics coming soon), a tree fell down after a bunch of rain the other day and the garage is finally unpacked and organized.  The list of honey-do’s goes on and on.

I might have mentioned this already but our new neighbors own a restaurant around the corner and it’s worth mentioning again.  Moni’s Pizza and Pasta in Arlington is stellar.  We’ve been twice now and neither time has disappointed.  We are probably a little bias because we were hoping it would be good…how awkward would that be seeing our neighbors and thinking their restaurant sucked?  But it doesn’t.  It’s great.  The atmosphere is total mom and pop shop, nothing fancy, but you can tell everyone there is enjoying themselves.  The food is deeeelish.  I ordered a small veggie pizza (pizza of course) and they allowed me to customize it outside of the options listed on the menu.  It came fully loaded, no skimping on the toppings.  The Hubs ordered Capellini de Moni with the pink sauce and added chicken.  He said it was rich and creamy without going overboard and again, no shortcomings on the extra grilled chicken.  The prices are quite fair, if not even on the low side, for what you get. The best money saver is BYOB, so you can bring in a bottle of wine or an entire cooler full of your favorite beverage and they offer you a cold glass!  They’ve been there for 20 years so the tenure alone should speak to the quality of the restaurant.

I travel for work the remainder of the week to my old stomping grounds, San Antonio, Texas.  I love that city and I’m looking forward to seeing some much-missed friends!

Long Weekends + Fry Mania + Cravings

I wonder if the world really would be better off if the typical work week was Tuesday through Friday and the weekend consisted of Saturday through Monday.  I just feel like I’m more rested when I have that extra day off. 

I decided to take a “mental health” day (The Hubs had a hay day with that terminology).  I didn’t do much except sleep in, do a few chores, meet The Hubs for lunch on the patio at The Ketchup Bar in uptown, get my toes done and relax.  I wonder if the weekend included Monday if it would be like that or if it would just get filled with the regular hub bub that the weekends fill up with now…?  Probably the later. 

The Ketchup Bar is a total must go.  The food is so stellar and the service is great.  The atmosphere is chill and did I already say the food is outstanding?  They obviously make their own ketchup and the different varieties are refreshing.  The gourmet burgers are unique but not too crazy and totally yummy.  You can sub a turkey burger on any of their burger designs, love healthier options.  I saved the best for last.  French fries.  I don’t eat much fried food but I do love fries. They offer sweet potato, hand cut, garlic chive, truffle Parmesan, spicy buffalo, or even zucchini fries.  OMG. As I mentioned, it’s a must try if you’re in the Dallas area!

The Nuggets will definitely like french fries if they get anything from their mama.

Also, this pregnant chick should not watch How It’s Made on the Food Network channel.  I was watching how gummy bears and Goldfish are made and I then proceeded to go buy gummy bears and eat almost the whole bag.  And, although I resisted the temptation to purchase Goldfish too, I think about those little crackers. A lot.

this pic is making me want them now….

That’s my craving list this week 🙂

It’s a Journey Right?

I cannot use the word journey without thinking of the band Journey- how about you?

Pretty rock’n 70’s band.  I mean, you’ve got to be proud when every wedding, karaoke bar and cover band play at least one of your songs, right?

Anyways, I’m way off subject.  I just wanted to remind myself that there is more to my life then infertility.  Sometimes it has a way of completely taking over my thoughts and prayers but I have to remember there is more to this journey, then this small piece of the pie.

With that said, things that are going on with the Hubs and I:  We vowed to save money and pay a few debts off so we can try and buy a house (again) this summer.  Then the Hubs calls me today at work to tell me his truck repairs cost $1400.  Oh the joy of owning a car that is paid off (which is code for old).

We had a low key weekend with the exception of celebrating a very good friend’s birthday.  We went to Kobe Steaks in Addison.  I will start off with saying, I love hibachi style restaurants.  You know – where the chefs are working their magic right at your table?  It’s dinner and a show!  There are obviously a lot of other people that feel the same way because we arrived at 7:00 pm and were told an hour and half wait.  I look at the Hubs and say, “naaaah they always over exaggerate the time frame, we can wait”.  Oh we waited.  A full hour and a half. 

I didn’t mind because we got a seat in the lounge and we were there to enjoy each others company.  Everyone had a few drinks and we randomly ran into a friend that we hadn’t spoken to in months, to which we all pretended there was no elephant in the room.  Anywaysssss back to dinner – I ordered the chicken and the Hubs went with chicken, scallops and shrimp.  Both came with several courses: soup, salad, fried rice, entree and sherbet for dessert.  The chef was great.  Not overly cheesy but still did a few cool tricks.  Soup was sodium city but that was expected.  The salad was nothing fancy, reminded me of the bag kind you get at the grocer but the ranch dressing was almost like it was made with feta or something.  Very creamy and yummy and it just seemed to have something extra in it.  The main entree was key here.  The fried rice was to die for, the chicken had tons of flavor and I ended up with shrimp on my plate too, bonus!  The broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini and whatever else the threw on my plate was cooked to perfection.  We had wonderful service and overall a great time.  I recommend if you are ever in the area but choose to go early, 5:30-6:00ish or late, after 8:00 PM.

Sunday was the aforementioned truck problems while we were out house hunting.  I am stuck on wanting to live in the city – no more suburbs! Alas, the problem seems to be price and location.  Isn’t that always the issue?  I’m not even worried about having to do work on the house (helps that the Hubs is a construction guy) but we are particular on the size of the lot.  This is posing a problem for the Allen’s to agree on something anything. 

Any ideas on how to get the Hubs to agree with me on this home shopping adventure?  Torture isn’t appropriate 🙂

Only 2 Months Left!

Hello 2012…Goodbye 2012.  What!?  Where has this year gone?  When I really stop and think about it, a LOT has happened this year but I guess the old saying stands true; time flies when you’re having fun ridiculously busy.  Don’t even talk to me about Christmas yet.

The Hubs and I celebrated our six year wedding anniversary over the past weekend.  We were both out of town (separately) so the previous weekend the Hubs set up dinner reservations at the restaurant Five-Sixty which is at the top of Reunion Tower.  Reference the Dallas skyline pic below — it’s the tower with the ball of lights.  Five-Sixty is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and the whole thing rotates, so within an hour you can see the entire Dallas area.  I had always wanted to go and it’s really one of those places you go for a special occasion, so we used our anni as a good reason.  The view was stellar!

We had reservations but still had to wait about 30 minutes, so we went to the cocktail area.  Since I’m not knocked up, we had some tasty adult beverages.  I had a drink, which I cannot remember the name of, that was delish!  It had pear juice and ginger and rum and it was amazing and it was spicy!  A strange, back of the throat tingle that you don’t normally get in a drink.  I loved it.  Once we were seated, we were starving so we ordered a Dragon Roll from the sushi chef. After that I wish we had just ordered a few more sushi items instead of trying the entree menu.  The roll had shrimp, asparagus and BBQ eel and was delectable.  For dinner I tried the General Tao’s quail and The Hubs ordered the halibut.  I really went out of my comfort zone with the wild game but it was…good.  I think it should have had more of a kick since General Tao’s is usually a bit spicy so I was slightly bored with it.  The halibut had a few Thia shrimp that were really good and the spicy pineapple sauce that surrounded the hailbut was a nice compliment to a mild fish.  Overall, I wasn’t that impressed but I might have thought differently if we stuck to the sushi menu.

After mentioning how fast 2012 has gone I have to stop and realize that the past six years of being Mrs. J. L. Allen has really been amazing.  I seem to love the Hubs more each year, which I didn’t think was possible.  I always wonder how/why people end up divorced and I know there are a million different reasons but I seriously feel I found my exact match.  He loves me fiercely and I’m hard to love.  He will never give up on us and when we fight he’s almost always the first to apologize knowing how stupid stubborn I am.  He’s romantic, although not as much as he used to be, but more than most men.  Friends and family sigh at the small things he does for me.  Six years is a long time in my short life and I don’t even hesitate to imagine how much better it will get with him by my side. 

Hopefully one day soon, we’ll add a little Allen in the mix of our perfect-for-us marriage and it’ll be a perfect-for-us family. I saw Dr. Le with Advance Reproductive Care Center again on Tuesday.  There was a delay because, as I mentioned before, I just want to do the laproscopy surgery before we do an IUI.  We talked about it and he agreed since we’ve been trying for so long.  He said that my AMH (egg level before you run out) is awesome. Normal is >1.  Guess what Lindsey is….2.7!  He asked where I was in my cycle and decided to take a look at my follicles again.  He said everything was beautiful, the lining looked perfectly ideal, the follicle was at 24 cm (ideal is >18cm).  He did mention that since it was day 16 of my cycle that most people’s follicle would have burst by this point. He went ahead and gave me an Rx for Ovidrel again and I gave myself the shot on Tuesday.  Friday I start the progesterone again and on the 13th, I’ll try another pregnancy test.  I do not have my hopes up.  I honestly don’t think it has anything to do with timing, I think there is something else wrong. 

If it’s negative on the 13th, I wait for my period to start, schedule an appointment for pre-op and surgery is the next step. Dr. Le said he thinks I hold the key and he would like to take a look at the inside workings too. Fingers crossed, prayers needed.