Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hero Humpday

it's our first hero humpday! thanks so much for sending me your nominations! (keep 'em coming!)

our first recipient of the humpday hero award (an award given to inspiring bloggers, nominated by the SDZ readers) is amanda of our fertility journey. i am so excited that she was the first recipient, because i am a huge fan! check out her blog. yesterday's post, in particular, was amazing.

without further ado, introducing amanda...

First of all, I just want to say that I’m honoured (and in shock) that my blog was even considered for this award. From the email I sent to my husband, you would think I had just been nominated for an Oscar. Except this is even better, because it’s more of a People’s Choice Award! So thank you from the bottom of my heart. When I started my blog, it was for the sole purpose of documenting my experiences with IF, along with the results of the initial testing I was going through. I'll never forget the day I got my first follower! And now less than a year later, this blogging community takes my breath away on a daily basis, and I'm so lucky and grateful to be a part of it.

And now a quick TTC summary of where we've been, and where we're at:
When I went off the pill after our honeymoon in Oct/08, my period never came. Ten months later, I was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. I was told to increase my BMI, and cut back on my exercise routine (mostly running) in hopes of waking up my hibernating hypothalamus. About 5 months later, we finally started some medicated cycles. I ovulated using the GnRH pump, and found out I was pregnant in April/10. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage at 7w. Next up, clomid and a trip to Disney World, where I found out I was pregnant again in Sept/10. But after another miscarriage at 7w, my RE decided to remove the septum in my uterus, which we are hoping was the reason for the miscarriages (fetal tissue tested normal). After the recovery period was over, I decided to take a break from all medication, and I ovulated on my own in Feb/11!! So we are now on our second natural cycle, TTC like crazy! After going through so many long and complicated medicated cycles, it feels like such a gift to be able to try on our own each month. We are currently in the TWW and hoping for our miracle 'Baby H' soon.

Besides the medical aspects of my journey, the whole concept of the Mind-Body Connection has been such an integral part for me. It started off with acupuncture, but quickly expanded to include Circle+Bloom, yoga, sessions with a spiritual healer, EFT (emotional freedom technique), and even HypnoFertility! I believe the combination of these alternative treatments has done more for me than any medication ever could. I learned to RELAX, have patience, accept my body, trust my body, and most importantly, LOVE my body.

But, there's obviously more to me than TTC! Here are a few random facts about me that even my regular readers probably don't know:

1. I'm obsessed with celebrity gossip websites. I could easily give you the latest news on any celebrity, anytime.

2. We moved into our new house in Nov/10, and my current project is landscaping our backyard and decorating the master bedroom. (and since I'm very indecisive, this is taking much longer than originally anticipated)

3. My favorite New Kid On The Block was Joey (obviously) and I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'm going to the NKOTBSB concert in July.
4. My husband and I, along with our entire immediate families, live within 2 neighbourhoods of each other (in Ottawa, Canada)

5. Whenever I'm going out for dinner, I get so excited and always look at the menu online beforehand. Then when I get there, I pretend like I'm reading it for the first time, even though I've known what I'm getting for several days.

6. My favorite show of all time is The Vampire Diaries.

7. In University, I was a Multiple Sclerosis genetic researcher and worked with my own breed of lab mice for 2 years.

8. My husband and I have had our baby names picked out since before we were even engaged.

9. I could sit and people-watch for hours with a coffee or a glass of wine.

10. When I was a baby, my parents used to lull me to sleep with the sound of a hockey game on the radio. And to this day, there is nothing more soothing to me than this sound. (it doesn't get more Canadian than that, eh?)
So thanks to all of you for reading, and thank you Carlia for coming up with this award in the first place! What a great way to break up the week. I look forward to 'meeting' some new bloggers out there!


Miss Mac said...

Congrats to Amanda, very deserving of this award! It looks like you and DH find ways to have a good time! I love the family pic with the furbabies:] I hope you're able to add a baby (or two) to that pic very soon!

Thanks for creating the award and the cool button Carlia, great way to learn more about the awesome ladies on this journey!

Amanda said...

Thanks for featuring me Carlia! I think this is a great way to meet other bloggers each week :)

Rebecca said...

This is awesome!! What a great feature and great to learn more about Amanda!

Andrea said...

Congrats Amanda!!! I love her blog too and she's very deserving! So fun to read and learn more about fellow bloggers! Great idea Carlia!

manymanymoons said...

Amanda is definitely deserving of the award. She has been such a great support to me. Great award Carlia.

Josey said...

This was so fun to read - especially the random facts about her life. Great award Carlia!!

Love all the different pics too. :)

Baby Hopes said...

Congrats Amanda! Great idea Carlia!

amiracle4us said...

Amanda is definitely deserving of her!

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