Aibhilin Gladys

Hi World! This is Meggo’s husband. She asked me to post some pictures of Ava. Here you go!

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Meggon Mae-ology

I’ve seen this floating around the blog-o-spere and decided it was time.  Also check out Liberal Granola Girls Becca-ology
FOODOLOGY:
  • What is your salad dressing of choice? Ranch
  • What is your favorite sit-down restuarant? Applebee’s (for a chain) Sabai-Dee (local)
  • What is your favorite fast food restaurant? Hardee’s
  • What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Pizza
  • What are your pizza toppings of choice? Canadian Bacon, Onion, Mushroom, tomato, extra cheese
BIOLOGY:
  • Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right-handed
  • Have you ever had anything removed from your body?  Yes
  • What is the last heavy item you lifted?  A box full of stuff?  Don’t remember
  • Have you ever been knocked unconscious? Nope!
  • Have you ever fainted?  I don’t think so, not that I recall anyway
BULLCRAPOLOGY:
  • If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?  No way José!
  • If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Ooo…good question.  I did kind of change my name.  I go by my middle name now instead of my first name.  But to really change it, I’d probably scour all the good Celtic/Irish names and pick one.
  • How many pairs of flip flops do you own?  1 – my kick ass Teva flops.  I love Teva’s.
  • Last person you talked to? My boss
FAVORITOLOGY:
  • Season? Spring
  • Holiday? St. Patrick’s Day, My Birthday (though, not this year!), Christmas
  • Day of the week?  Thursday
  • Month? April
  • Color? Green, Red & Brown
  • Drink? Milk
  • Alcoholic? Rum, Beer (preferable microbrew) and Long Island Ice Teas
CURRENTOLOGY:
  • Missing someone? Family, friend in Minnesota, my babies
  • What are you listening to? The Iron & Wine station on Pandora Radio
  • What are you watching? Um…the computer monitor…
  • Worrying about? My bloodtest in April.  Hoping we can find something wrong that is fixable!
  • What’s the last movie you saw? in the theatre?  Percy Jackson: Lightening Theif
  • Do you smile often? Yuppers
  • If you could change your eye color what would it be? Green, bright emerald green
  • What’s on your wish list for your birthday? money to spend on books!  Or a new camera
  • Can you do a chin-up? Bwaa ahahahahaha!!
  • Does the future make you more nervous or excited? both at the same time
  • Have you been in a car wreck? not a wreck, but driven into the ditch in the winter many a time
  • Have you caused a car wreck? not a wreck, but hit a parked car due to ice, very minimal damage
  • Do you have an accent? If I’m not careful my Minnesotan will slip out
  • Last time you cried? a few weeks ago
  • Plans tonight? practicing the oboe piece I’m doing on Sunday
  • Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? oh yes
  • Name three things you bought yesterday? beer, beer and more beer! (St. Patrick’s Day ya know!)
  • Have you met someone who changed your life? My wonderful Hubby 🙂
  • For the better or worse? Better!
  • How did you bring in the New Year? The traditional party at our apartment w/ many pitchers of Long Island Ice Tea!
  • Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Absolutly
  • What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever happens to be stuck in my head at the time
  • Have you held hands with someone today? My Hubby
  • Who was the last person you took a picture of? One of the Girls at the concert last night
  • Are most of the friends in your life new or old? Yes
  • Do you like pulpy orange juice? yup
  • Last time you ate peanut butter and jelly? this morning for breakfast
  • What were you doing at 12 a.m. last night? Listening to some awesome Irish music!
  • What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? “No towel, need sleepy” (movie quote, 5 pts)
  • How many televisions are in your house? 2, but only use the 1
  • What color cell phone do you have? Red (embarrassed to admit I have a cell phone…)

i’m not dead yet…

It’s the movie quote game.  5 points if you know it!

I am still alive and here.  I have 2 posts planned in my head, just need to get them out into the interwebs.  I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks.  Got the flu, my husbands grandmother passed away and spent a weekend in Minnesota with family and friends.  I promise to tell you all about it soon, but for now, I’ve got a ton of work to do.  Oh Fridays, how you mock me!

Love ya all!!

keep on keepin’ on…

Welcome to my new blog layout! Do you like it? I needed to change it up a bit. Like my DH said, the old design worked well for what it was for when I created the blog, but I needed something fresh. Hopefully it’s easier to read!

Nothing much to report in the TTC department. I’ll be going in Friday for the blood work my ob/gyn wanted me to do. I was supposed to do it last week, but I just couldn’t make myself go in and do it then. I needed a break from it, and that’s what last week was for me.

On Friday night we had dinner with some of Justin’s seminary friends and then watched the Opening Ceremonies. It was a much needed night of relaxation.

Saturday morning we woke up and drove out to “the land of Chicago-land” – the suburbs! My best friend Susie and her family live out there and we went for a visit. There daughter, Jannah is our goddaughter. Here’s a great shot of her (she was running around the house with a color book page in her mouth):

Susie and I took the day and went shopping and had some girl time.  She is 21w5d along with her 3 pregnancy.  We were able to talk through what we have each been going through.  She had a miscarriage last year and has been trying to deal with the loss and the fear of now being pregnant after a loss.  Soup, Salad & Breadsticks at Olive Garden helped us to discuss our hopes and fears.  It was a great conversation and helped me get some stuff out that I’d been holding in.  If you get a chance, head over to her blog and wish her luck, as today she finds out if their little on is a boy or a girl!  Either way, that kid is going to be the best dressed baby around after all of the patterns I bought on Monday!!

Anyway, after shopping, we headed back to her place where the boys (her hubby & mine) had been taking care of the almost 3 year old all day!  Sounds like they had a good time, and even went to a dog sled race!  We had dinner, played a game of Settlers of Catan (my favorite) and then we had to leave.

That night we went to see our friends’ band, One of the Girls play at the Irish-American Heritage Center in Chicago.  The band is what they call “blueirishfolkgrass” and is always a good time.  It helps when you know the band!  Justin had to head home early (due to work the next day) but I stayed for the whole gig and then slept over at my friend Abbey’s house.

Kind of a fuzzy picture of the band: Roger, Tom, Tripp & Sean.  Mike D not shown.  Why?  Because…

…he was playing accordion on the bar.  Good times.

DH and I having an argument (not really, we were just kidding around).

Me, Sappers, Abbey & Evy enjoying the show.

It was a great night, and like I said, much needed.  It was nice to get out of the house and do something fun with friends!  It helped also that I had 4 Smithwick’s and a shot!  But really, just being able to have a fun day with the people I love did wonders for my mental state.

So the next steps: beta test on Friday.  Big blood work at the beginning of April.  Until then, I’m supposed to see a nutritionist (recommended by the MFM doc).  I’ll also be starting back up at Curves next week.  I’m hoping by April I can drop at least 10-20 lbs.  That’s my goal.  I may be doing some sharing on that here later, but for now that’s all I have to report.  Hope you are all doing well!

to my lost child…

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while.  My husband and I lost our first child on March 19, 2009.  This was only days after we had finally begun to tell our friends and family that we were expecting.  I’ve never gone through anything so painful in my entire life, both physically and mentally.  It was a turning point in my life.  It made me a different person, and I will never again be the person that I was before that loss.  I am now a mother, though my child does not live.  My husband is a father, though his son was lost before we knew him.

I say our son, though we do not know the gender of our lost child.  While I carried him, those short few weeks (he died around 8 weeks, though I had the miscarriage at 11 weeks) he was my son.  I felt the child inside of me was male, but I will never know that for sure.  I did not plan to find out the gender of our child until he was born, but I thought that perhaps he was a boy.  That’s why I refer to him as my son.

Since the loss, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to have some closure.  Not to move on, never that.  Not to forget – I never could…but to have some way to acknowledge this child who should have been.  I contemplated a sort of funeral or burial of some sort.  Maybe burying the ultrasound pictures, or the journal entries that I wrote to my child.  Maybe planting something in his memory – a living reminder of a lost child.  I may still do some of these things one day, but the most important thing I wanted to do was have a name for my child.  He deserves a name, and I wanted to give him that.

While my child was growing inside of me my husband and I referred to him as Zippy the Zygote, or just simply Zippy (past the zygote phase).  While this is a cute name for a growing fetus, it is not something I wanted my lost child to be called forever.  I’m a big believer in names having a meaning…any name I give my children will mean something, I will know the meaning of their name and the country/culture that it comes from.  I want that name to reflect who my child is, or what that child means to me.  I have long lists and books of baby names that I scoured over in hopes of the birth of our child.  The name that I’ve decided on is an Irish name which means “man of prayer”.  Since we had hoped for a prayed for our baby for many years, I feel this name is the perfect choice.

I’ve talked with my husband and told him the name that I wanted to give to our son.  He agreed it was a good one.  I’m happy that now I can refer to my lost one with dignity – with a name.

This post is to my son, to my lost child, who I will love forever.  Though I never had the opportunity to hold you, to nurture you and watch you grow you are my son and I will love you for the rest of my life.  Rest well my little one.  Rest well my Declan.

fingers crossed…

I head to the doctor in about 20 minutes to talk about possibly getting on Metformin. Any last minute advice would be appreciated! Wish me luck!

I’ll be sure to post after I get back about what happened.

uh oh…

think I’m getting a cold 😦 Booo

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