Thursday, November 20, 2008

TTC #2

The adorably pregnant Tiff asked me to expound on our TTC #2 project. It has been a little while since I have posted anything about it. As some of you may know, after the birth of our son, Harris, we purchased 4 more vials of the same donor sperm that we used to conceive Harris. It is not that 4 is a magic number or anything, but when we were ttc Harris, we typically purchased 4 at a time. Anyways... after purchasing them and having them shipped to our local storage place, we saw my Dr. and got the go-ahead to start inseminating again. After waiting a bit, I got my period (woohoo!) and we started our insem protocol- Femera CD 3-7, dildo cam ultrasound and HcG shot cd 13, insemination cd 14, big fat negative 2 weeks later. Ok, no biggie, it did take us 8 tries to get pregnant with Harris after all. 1 Vial down, 3 to go, and, we can always buy more if we need to.... or CAN we?...



Mindi went onto the sperm bank site, only to discover, that our donor was out of available sperm. I don't just mean "waiting to be restocked" I mean RETIRED. Ouch. That hurts.



So, now we are down to 3 tiny little vials of potential baby making spermatozoa, with no hope for more vials, and very little margin for error. Needless to say, we are pretty down about it. So, what do we do? Well, we decided to go see the IVF guy. We explain to him our situation, I tell him my fears of multiples, and we come to agree on a game plan. Basically, we have 1 more shot of getting pregnant via insemination. If that insemination does not work, then we will go to IVF. We will have 2 vials to potentially use for IVF. In reality, we will probably only need one, however, it is nice to have a little safety net.



Today is actually CD2 for me. Technically, if I wanted, we could try this month, but we are up in the air over where we should do this final insem- with my old Dr, or with the new Drs at the IVF clinic. I have become slightly disenchanted with my old Dr. The routine of trying to get me pregnant became a little, well, ugly at the end. When we first started trying, my Dr. seemed, well, interested, but towards the end, I was beginning to feel as if I was the one who had to make all of the decisions regarding timing, etc. It was weird. I didn't like it. It was almost as if no one ever bothered to look at my chart. I hate that.



So anyways... we are trying to make up our minds about the Dr. situation.



Whoops- baby is awake!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Perplexed

So, Mindi and Harris and I all go shopping at the grocery store. We all have a great time trying out the gigantic car cart (I do NOT recommend it if you are a small female!!), watching Harris try to pull the buns off the shelves, enjoying warm smiles from other shoppers (at the boy of course!) and weaving our way through bin after beautiful bin of organic bulk food. We smile the whole way, giggling with our little cutie. We get to the register, check out, and smile to ourselves about our small grocery bill (meal planning works to keep costs down!), and head out to our car. Just as we are about to pass through the big doors to the parking lot, we are intercepted by another pleasant Harris admirer, joking about how he is spoiled by his mom(s)... or was she?

woman: You guys must be doing something bad to that baby!

us: **smile**

woman: He was staring at me and at other people, I mean, the way he looks right into people's eyes...

us: **smile**

woman: It's so sad...

us:** raising our eyebrows, completely perplexed**

woman: **starts walking away, looking disgusted** It is SO sad!

me:I'm sorry, I really don't understand what you mean...

woman: **shoots me a sad/dirty/angry look and bolts out of the door as If she had just witnessed me smear dog crap on my baby's face...**

Mindi and I couldn't understand for the life of us, what this woman was saying. She was obviously very upset about something that she felt that she had witnessed. We have thought about the commentary for a few hours now, and we still cannot come up with a logical explanation of what she was saying to us. I mean, if you remove the comment about how Harris looks at people in the eye (which he always does at the store), then that would lead me to believe that she was referring to the fact that we are 2 women raising a baby... And, although I obviously wouldn't agree with that kind of thinking, it would make sense to me- but it is that eye contact comment that is totally confusing us...

Let's re-evaluate:

"You guys must be doing something bad to that baby"
-Ok, well, this is fairly straight-forward- she thinks that we are doing something bad to the baby
"He was staring at me and other people, I mean, the way he looks right into people's eyes..." (she was shaking her head at this point in disapproval)
-This was the weird comment. The only thing that I can pull from it, was that she felt that Harris was looking so intently at her and others, almost in an effort to say "help me"...
"It's so sad...it's so sad..."
-Lady, it is too bad you didn't expound on what is so sad about it...

I realize that, like the Pisces that I am, I am evaluating this to an extreme, but it something that REALLY bothered both myself and Mindi alike. I never denied that we may be faced with negative commentary about being lesbian moms, but this particular instance didn't necessarily seem like a homophobe moment...

Please, dear readers and lurkers, I would REALLY value your take on what the hell this woman was trying to say to us....

Please respond!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

SimpleMom


For any other stay at home moms, work at home moms, stay at home-work at home mom wannabees, working moms, or other, you should really go check out the site SimpleMom. It is a fantastic blog about budgeting, home management, and simplifying your life! Right now, she is having an awesome giveaway for an Epson Artisan 800 Printer!

I just thought I'd share!!!

*** LINK HAS BEEN FIXED! THANKS TIFF!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pot Pie Calzones And Other Such Pleasantries


Sue lovingly inquired about the pot-pie calzone filling, and how we made it. Before I divulge, I have to say that I had no idea how wonderful calzones (or empenadas) could be. There are SO MANY WAYS to prepare these little pockets of love that you could make them for Pizza night, Mexican night, Asian Night, and even breakfast! They are fast and easy to make, easy to bake, easy to freeze, easy to reheat, and can be as healthy (or as decadent!) as you want them to be, depending on the filling. They are super inexpensive, and you most likely have the stuff in your pantry to make a version of them for lunch or dinner today!


I have never measured an exact amount of any ingredients that I have put in my calzones, however, I always mix my filling in one of my cereal bowls that holds (wait, let me go measure) 3 fluid cups. I typically fill that bowl no higher than 2/3rds full, so 2 cups of filling is the most I ever make. I have always used a Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust (follow this link for great pizza recipes that are easily made into calzones!!!) although, if you have a good pizza crust recipe, by all means, use it (or a croissant dough would work too- yum!)


Ok, so, you need 1 pizza crust, and 2 cups worth of filling. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet, separate your dough into 4 sections (the size of shrunken tennis balls I guess). Work them into thin circle- type shapes (leave perfection at the door...). Plop 1/4 of your mixture just left of center (or right, sheesh!) then fold over the calzone and pinch the edges together or smoosh them together with the tines of a fork. You should have something resembling a half moon shaped blob. Put the 4 calzones on the cookie sheet and bake them at 400 12-15 minutes, or until golden.


Like I said before, you can put almost anything in these pockets, but for the sake of this post and the sake of my lovely reader Sue, here is the general recipe for our version of chicken pot pie filling!


1.Quorn Chik'n Tenders or chicken, cut into little chunks

2.Veggies (fresh cut or frozen) your choice: corn, green beans, carrots, celery, green onion, peas...(frozen 'mixed soup vegetables' work great for this!)

3.Soup base- we made our own soup base using approximately 2cups vegetable broth, a few shakes of minced onion, a bit of vegetarian chik'n bullion, a sprinkle (or two or three!) dill weed, a few good shakes of poultry seasoning, a bit of pepper, a dash of salt, 1tsp cornstarch, 1tsp olive oil. Or, you could use a Cream of whatever soup if you prefer. I have personally never used a cream of whatever soup in my calzones, so I am not sure how much water you would need to add- I will leave that to you!

That is it! Just cook the meat (or whatever you use) first before mixing it in. Then stuff 'em and bake 'em!


Here are some other combos for your inspiration:

Mexican: refried beans, rice, meat, corn, salsa

BBQ: BBQ chicken, pork whatever, smoked Gouda and mozzarella cheese, red onion, cilantro, bbq sauce

Jamaican Jerk: Jerk Sauce, chicken, bacon, mild onions,mozzarella, grilled peppers, scallions

Thai: peanut-ginger sauce, sesame oil, marinated meat, mozzarella, scallions, sprouts, julienne carrots, cilantro, chopped peanuts

Pizza: Whatever you would put on the top, put on the inside!

Hey, let me know if anyone tries these!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Got My Chocolate


Today was our mega cooking day! We have one day each week (or every other week depending.) Today we made (from left to right) Turkey Meatballs, "Chik'n" pot-pie calzones, "chik'n" and rice casserole, bean and rice burritos, and chocolate brownies thrown in for good measure! These brownies are the BEST!!!! We all had some chik'n and rice casserole (vegetarian) and harris and I both had a turkey meatball to go along with the meal. We froze everything that we didn't eat for dinner and our freezer is now PACKED with nutritious, organic, homemade meals that are easy to reheat and eat! Woohoo! I visited the grocery store this morning and spent $74 on enough groceries to feed us through next week! We will be enjoying our new (batch of 12!!) homemade burritos or our calzones for quick lunches.




Side Note***Did you know that pancakes freeze really well too??? We bought some really tasty whole wheat, organic mix and Harris just loves the pancakes. I decided that instead of just giving him his homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast, I would give him a little variety, and present him with some flapjacks in the morning. All you have to do is cook them up, let them cool on a plate, and then put them in a freezer bag with a bit of wax paper in between each one. They are easily reheated in the microwave and taste great!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I Need Chocolate

Mindi and I just finished our menu plan for the next 2 weeks! We have been doing 2 week menu planning for about a month and a half now. It has really simplified our life, especially since I have gone back to work. Now, we are always sure that we have a real meal planned for our family, even on the nights when I am at work and it is just Mindi and Harris together. We have started making double batches of stuff and freezing it. Just the other day, I made 6 bean rice and cheese burritos to freeze. I was really proud of myself- I used dried organic pintos to make the un-fried, re-fried part of the beans with some organic mozzarella and cilantro rice (rice made by Mindi). The burritos were so good that they only lasted us 3 days. I can't wait to make more. We used to buy the Amy's burritos but I am never going back!

Harris was as cute as ever on Halloween. We were lazy and dressed him in a store-bought costume. There was no denying though, that he was cute as hell in that little costume!!! We took him to the mall for "Trick or Treat at the Mall" Night. I thought that it was strange, weird, unnerving, sad to see all these little kids dressed up to go to the mall as opposed to door to door, but I suppose it might be better for a lot of them then going door to door in their neighborhoods. Mindi and I just wanted to get out and show off our little one, and being that he will not remember his first Halloween, and the fact that we would probably get some strange looks if we went door to door, we figured that the mall was a good place to go. Harris' favorite part was the play pit- yeh, you know, the one that is always there, even when it is not Halloween... I made him a cute little candy boo bag- perfectly sized for him, with a hole in the top just big enough for the moms to reach in and steal ALL of his candy... hahahaha! Mean Mommies! Thieves! THIEVES!

I am looking at the boo bag right now, sadly staring at fruity candy. I need chocolate damn it.. Really, I JUST NEED CHOCOLATE!

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