Monday, October 22, 2007

On havin' a baby

Yep, I know I have been bombarding this blog with my hopes of having a baby. So for those who are wondering why we do not have a baby yet (for 6 years now), here is the story...


Just like with other trying to conceive wives out there, I had my share of getting frustrated every month since I have regular periods. You just can't imagine how I cried while hugging hubby and telling him that we failed again. And year after year, it pains us even more when we would hear relatives and friends asking "o, wala pang baby? si ~name~ inunahan ka pa." That even became worse when we decided to finally do some fertility work ups.


That was 2 years ago that we decided to go and see a fertility expert. Hubby complied with the test that was needed. I, on the other hand was found out to have retroverted uterus. No problem really with the position of my uterus, kahit retroverted pa, pwedeng mabuntis. I took fertility pills then. First cycle, I took Clomid. That did not work. Second cycle, I took Clomid still but with added dosage. All I can remember is that for these 2 cycles, I learned how to shop for pregnancy test kits. Oh, you could have seen my stash of pregnancy test kits. I would not settle for just one test just to make sure that I get the true result. But thinking about it now, I am not really after the true result but the result that we wanted-syempre, positive dapat.


Third cycle, I took Arimidex. Also, my OB said that I could have endometriosis. That is just her impression with all the symptoms that I have given her. Endometriosis would only be confirmed with a laparoscopy. During this cycle, on my 24th day I had spotting. I immediately went to my OB and she said that it could be an implantation bleeding based on her computation. I took Duphaston . On my 28th day, I am supposed to test. I did and it was negative. One more week has passed and I still do not have my period. That kept my hopes high. I have regular periods and never missed or got delayed. But after 4 more days, I got my period. I think I was overreacting then and decided to stop with the work ups. I need to prepare myself emotionally and not to mention financially. I was at that time on the state of being devastated as well as emotionally unstable -- probably caused by the pills that I took.


We stopped with the work ups (for the meantime) but never with the work ups of the GUY up above. We no longer stress ourselves. But we never, not even a millisecond that we stopped praying and hoping for having a baby. We are planning to resume the fertility work up anytime on November or December. We trust in the Lord but we know that sometimes, science goes along with this belief, at least for our case.


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Another Award!

Another from Eds and Jean...



Thanks online buddies for this award! You made me sooooo happy!

Mich, Jody, and Jane deserve this award. :)

Tags and more tags!

This is from Jean and Eds.



I usually bring these stuffs when I am reporting to work. Of course, iba yan pag weekend lakwatsa.

1. kikay kit
2. wallet
3. shades
4. company ID
5. cologne of the day (my choice of bath and body or victoria's secret)
6. cellphone
7. small notebook
8. umbrella





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From Jean

Instructions: Each player starts with 7 random habits/facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

A - Age: 27 years,5 months & 17 days

B - Band Listening To Right Now: none

C - Career: Call Center Quality Analyst and ....

D - Drink or Smoke: I drink occasionally

E - Easiest Friends To Talk To: minette, mabs, ate mina, ate nins, joy, jaja, ate vic, ate rita, my mother

G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: doesn't matter at all

H - Have a Boyfriend: part time, lols! i have a hubby

I - In love: definitely!


J- Junk Food You Like: Doritos, Clover, Pik Nik, Pringles, Boy Bawang, Pop Corn, Oishi- ung spicy with vinegar na sawsawan

K - Kids: none - still praying for one though

L - Longest Ride Ever: from Pampanga to Vigan (haay, kakapagod but worth it)

N - Names For Your Future Kids: Yngwie Sebastian for boy and none yet for a girl

O - One Wish You Have Now: it was always been my only wish -- a baby

P - Phobias: Ghosts din

Q - Favorite Quote: "Patience is a good virtue." --don't have much kaya i need to remind myself palagi

R - Reasons To Smile: I am alive and that there are so many people who love me.

S - Sleeping Hours: during normal day, around 10 pm I am off to bed na and would woke up at 6 am and during abnormal days - at 5 am I am already asleep and would wake up at 9 am.

T - Time You Woke Up: Today, I woke up at 9 am, weekend naman eh

U - Unknown Fact About You: see the next tag

V - Vegetable You Hate: none

W - Worst Habit: so stubborn

X - X-rays You’ve Had: chest xray last March

Y - Yummy Foods: cakes, chocolates and seafoods!

Z - Zodiac Sign: Taurus ( this explains why I am so stubborn)


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This one from Annette and Mich

THE RULES - List of 7
* each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves on their blog
* People who are tagged need to blog 7 facts about themselves and post the rules as well
* At the end of their blog list 7 people you are tagging. Let them know that they are tagged by leaving them a comment.


~ I love watching movies that are just babaw and have simple plot (ayoko ng napapagod while watching unless the movie is uber nice)

~ Been married for 6 years now pero no baby pa din (haay! sad!!!)

~ I love desserts and sweets - kahit chocnut lang after a meal, okay na bastat sweet!

~ I am a certified lampayatot - am not engaged and never been engaged in any sport (touching ball and jackstone lang ata nung bata pa, lols!)

~ I am afraid of ghosts or aswang (as in!) and kittens ( i don't know why)

~ I am impatient.

~ I love exotic food (frogs, ox brain, ox eye, eel, turtle, kamaro next time snake siguro, hehe)

~ I am so stubborn (accdg to my mother, father, sister, brothers and hubby.. uhmm, they know me too well!)


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This is a tag from Eds

Would you rather...
# ...Eat a live cockroach (the big hissing ones) or eat a stick of butter?
> butter would be yummier. eww!

# ...Go bungee jumping or sky diving?
> I am afraid of heights but would want to try them both - extra challenge!

# ...Eat a lime or a lemon?
> Lemon

# ...Be stranded on a deserted island alone or be stranded on a deserted island with someone you hate?
> alone on a deserted island

# ...Be able to read minds or be able to become invisible?
> Invisible


***Eds, I know I still owe you the tag for the young me... Unfortunately, I do not have baby pictures with me. They are all at my mom's place. Will post though once I got one :)


I think I am the last one to answer these tags. If you haven't done these, then just tag yourself. :)


Lagging

I know am lagging with my blog. Andami ng tags na di ko pa nasasagot:( Urgh! I have been busy with work - my schedule is a bit complicated last week. There was a day that I needed to report to work as early as 6 am then would be reporting the next day at 7 pm and the next at 11 am. Ang gulo, di ba?Anyway, it's good to know that this week would be better and the next week would be the best! Aba, ang dami atang holidays - there is the barangay election and of course, the most awaited day, November 1. :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Got my very FIRST AWARD

Got this Thoughtful Blogger Award from Mari. Yahooo! I already have an award! You see, I am not happy because I am VERY, VERY, VERY happy! Thanks, Mari! :)


This award is one of the series of awards launched by Christy Z of Writer's Reviews.




I am now giving this award to Jean, Eds and Yvette.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

You're a treat!

Jean is passing this to me...

"Don't just choose your friends making this cliquish and 'just groupies'...
Make NEW friends by choosing random visitors!!!."






I want to pass this to (as well as add them on my blogroll):

Alpha -- I know you already have this :)
Peachy
Melisse

Monday, October 15, 2007

Questions!

I've been tagged by Mich...thanks sis!

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?
- si korina (ung batang version ni korina sanchez sa going bulilit, heheh)
2. What were you doing at 0800?
- reading emails
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
- calling smart bro
4. What happened to you in 2006?
- Was introduced to a "better" opportunity
5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
- "Ma, phone!" I called my hubby's grandma since my MIL called
6. How many beverages did you have today?
- 3 (coffee, iced tea, pineapple juice)
7. What color is your hairbrush?
- black
8. What was the last thing you paid for?
- groceries
9. Where were you last night?
- at home watching tv
10. What color is your front door?
- brown
11. Where do you keep your change?
- wallet and coin purse
12. What’s the weather like today?
- sunny
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
- coffee crumble din
14. What excites you?
- travel, baby and good news
15. Do you want to cut your hair?
- yes, probably will have it cut this november
16. Are you over the age of 25?
- uh-um
17. Do you talk a lot?
- yup :)
18. Do you watch the O.C.?
- i did, about 2 or 3 episodes only
19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
- no
20. Do you make up your own words?
- sometimes
21. Are you a jealous person?
- it depends! heheh
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
- Abby
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
- Karen
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
- mom in law
25. What does the last text message you received say?
- "Ingat" --> from hon
26. Do you chew on your straw?
- sometimes, when am thinking while drinking
27. Do you have curly hair?
- nope
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
- sa bed na! hehe
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
- ung nang aaway sa nanay ko..hmp!
30. What was the last thing you ate?
- balut -- i was craving for this last night pa
31. Will you get married in the future?
- yep,hahah
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
- In Good Company
33. Is there anyone you like right now?
- none :)
34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
- Yesterday, went home to my mom's place so i need to do the dishes(baka mapagalitan ako)
35. Are you currently depressed?
- no
36. Did you cry today?
- no
37. Why did you answer and post this?
- was tagged and want to try doing this stuff. had a lot of fun!
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.

Those who enjoyed this one, feel free to tag yourself! :)

Thursday Night with Lolo Edong

Okay, because of Eid ul-Fitr(or end of Ramadan, I prefer using this one. I can't pronounce that term,lols!)we had a long weekend. For us, it started at Thursday night. I got out from work early at 4 pm and went directly to the mall to have my nails done. I just don't want to go home yet that is why I decided to head off to the mall, kasama na window shopping dun. Hubby decided to fetch me at the mall but it ended up that he came so early. The manicurist was just half way finished with my hands when he arrived and not to mention that my feet were still soaked in a basin of water. So instead of waiting for me while doing some window shopping, he decided to go to Dencio's with his friend, Lolo Edong. Oh di ba, instant gimik un!

I joined them right after that. And while they were drinking, I had my dinner. You see my hubby and Edong are good friends way, way back during their mountaineering club days (mga 80's pa yun, hehehe). Hubby is no longer an active member of the UST mountaineering club but Lolo Edong is the opposite. He joins every climb as well as projects the group has. So what we talked about the whole night was mostly anything related to our college days. Hay, sarap magreminisce. We are all graduates of UST kaya we really have a common topic to discuss - anjan na ang Almers, BRB, Cely's, ang bonggang-bonggang Colayco's park turned into lovers' lane , ang food strip sa harap ng hospital, their climbs, scary experiences on their treks and ghosts (lapitin kasi pareho to ng mga kaluluwang di matahimik, hmmm scary!).

So before we call it a night, we stopped by Beatico for coffee. Syempre, me kwentuhans pa while having coffee. Sometimes, unplanned gimiks like this one are way better than planned ones.


Hubby with his almond moo and Lolo Edong (pa simple ang drama lols)


ang gulo! wala akong matinong pic with these two men

Friday, October 12, 2007

Blogging Tips

This is from Yvette.

Copy the list, add your tip and pass it on. Add a star beside the tips that you like the best. Sounds easy enough, so here goes:

1.Look, read, and learn. http://www.neonscent.com/

2.Be, EXCELLENT to each other. http://www.bushmackel.com/

3.Don’t let money change ya! http://www.therandomforest.info/

4.Always reply to your comments. http://chattiekat.com/

5.Blog about what you know & love. http://sugar-queens-dream.blogspot.com/

6.Don’t use filthy language-buy a dictionary.http://shinade.blogspot.com/

7.Blog about something educational http://climateofourfuture.org/

8.Be yourself; others will follow * http://sfgirl-thealiennextdoor.blogspot.com/

9.Don't have too many blogs that will become a chore to maintain http://cubicledenizen.blogspot.com/

10.Keep it simple, user-friendly, interesting and organized *!http://erishaling.blogspot.com/

11.Keep the blog simple and sweet!! http://www.leslieho.com/

12.Never ask for link exchange. Blog hop to increase traffic. http://www.jessieling.com/

13.Don’t clutter your blog with ads all over the place.IT’S IRRITATING. * http://oliviasy.blogspot.com/

14.Don’t comment for the sake of commenting. Some looked too fake and its a big turn off! http://sashablablabla.blogspot.com/

15.Share something interesting and you will gain more readers.http://judychow.blogspot.com/

16.Show that we care to all bloggers, treat each other as friends. http://mummyinvain.com/

17.Pictures say a million words. Keep them coming!http://familyfriendsnfood.blogspot.com/

18.Blogging should be fun or you’ll get tired of it pretty soon. http://justmyrambling.com/

19.Don’t think people will come to your blog if you’re not willing to pay a visit to them. http://joshualai.blogspot.com/

20.Everyone loves read short posting and best, illustrated with a picture * http://www.demoments.net/blog/

21.Try not to publish more than 5 posts in one blog a day. Even if it’s from feed reader, it’s quite hard to digest and catch up reading everything. http://montessorimum.com/

22.Blog, the other window to peek into people’s life, minus the trouble. keep a certain level of privacy to yourself. http://babyshern.blogspot.com/

23.Never tell your readers that you are going on vacation. That’s basically telling them to not visit your blog for a week. Instead, write several posts, and take advantage of the timestamp feature. http://www.bloggingwv.com/

24.Try and write with people in mind that are “somewhat similar to you”. Allow your audience to identify with your blog and feel “at home”.http://nodirecton.blogspot.com/

25.The key to a good article is a good introduction. A joke, a question or a picture does wonders. http://behindthepage.blogspot.com

26.If you are looking to earn an income blogging read StevePavlina.com and Problogger.net, you will be amazed at what you can learn. http://www.christyscoffeebreak.blogspot.com/

27.Write for yourself first. Remember that it takes time, effort, patience…and above all, daring. The Laidback Buddhist

28.Don’t offer opinions that are not based in the realm of personal knowledge…share yourself and your experiences…they speak louder then words The MiracleProcess

29.Unless I'm a huge fan of your blog, keep your posts short & sweet. Mariuca - Wishing On A Falling Star

30.Don't be shy to make friends, open yourself to others and you'll be amazed with the tremendous responses. * A Great Pleasure

31. When you look make sure you SEE, When you listen make sure you HEAR, and when you talk make sure you SPEAK! First Time Dad

32. Don't leave hurtful comments, that is below to what is appropriate, you will hurt the blog owner and might not read or visit your blog ever again. Blessed Sanctuary

33. Let a correct grammar be a concern. One can't avoid criticizing upon reading an obvious grammatical error! When doing a paid entry, try to connect it even at least a little to a thought you can really relate! Read, comprehend, think, write, edit, post it! Recel's Unsealing My Mind

34. You have an obligation to keep when you have exchanged links with a fellow blogger - - that is, to visit the site of those that are in your link list at least once a week. More is even better, but only if you have time to spare. Juliana of My World*

35. Blog about something you are interested in or are passionate about. Acknowledge blog visitors, be kind and gracious :) Thira As The World Turns

36.I firmly believe in reciprocal blog commenting. I am still trying my best to visit everyone in my blogroll and comment at least 1 or 2 of their posts. This is not required,but it sure good to hear feedbacks from your visitors isn't it?*Shabem-Embrace Simplicity.

37.Be yourself, be friendly by leaving good comments to the discussion you are making remarks with, then you can have a link back to your blog. Yvetchie's The Story of me

38. Just be simple with your language as well as the navigation on your blog. By the way, also create catchy titles. They do help a lot in attracting curious readers to read until the last very word of the your post. Arlene ~My Simple But Adorned Life~


I'm tagging mari and mommy ads.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

My Halloween Costume

Got this from Jane.


Your Halloween Costume Should Be

A Girl Scout


And since we would be in Boracay this Halloween, don't you think it should be a two piece instead? lolz!

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Sweets for my Sweet

"Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey
Your first sweet kiss thrilled me so
Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey
I'll never ever let you go..."


Now you're singing!

This is just so sweet...

I went home bringing hubby some raisin and oatmeal cookies and he went home bringing me Banoffee pie from Red Ribbon.

Ummm... yummy, delicious and sweet!

I know I'm corny... toinks... but still sweet! :)


Sunday, October 7, 2007

I just love mall sale...

Don't you? Uh-oh, okay, just stop thinking about battling your way to the restaurants, to the comfort rooms and to the stalls because there are thousands of people out there wanting to get their turns. Oh boy, we've been through that just yesterday but I can still say that I love mall sale. Probably because we really had great deals this time. I remember when SM Pampanga had a sale - that was a month ago; I really got frustrated (as in!). You could not move or rather you were moving automatically because of people pushing here and there. I was mad with the situation that time but of course not so mad that I still asked hubby to go to SM Clark instead (call it mall addiction!).

Anyway, as I was saying, we really got good bargains. Vox has a company awards night to attend and we need to go grab a suit for him. First stop was Van Huesen. Suits are nice but apparently they only have 10% discount. So we decided to go to Onesimus instead. And oh my! They have just cut 50% from the original price of their suits(with a matching pair of pants). That’s good, actually better! That means I still have budget for my stuffs, lols. Here is the suit we got, half the price.



Uhm, that’s not my husband. He is the other reason why I insist for an Onesimus suit. :)



There it is.

Of course because of the discount we got, I did not feel guilty to buy something (some lang naman)for myself. But this one I love - I got a bag from Girbaud, 40% off. It is the first decent bag I got for myself after 5 years. Just like perfume, di rin kasi ako bumibili talaga ng bag, panay care of mom-in-law or sisters-in-law or aunties.



My favorite hue - dark chocolate brown!

Hay, kailan kaya next sale? Hope you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

long day

Yep, this is really a very long day for me. I woke up at 4 am (yup so early and I hate it) and still awake at 11 pm.

Anyway, got a lot of tasks done for this day

- met my deadline at work
- got important transactions at BDO and Globe done
- got Vox new shoes (he was requesting this, he wants another comfy shoes for field work)
- submitted some important stuffs

And had dinner with Vox and his friend, Edong. The picture is not outstanding but this is what we ate...



O di ba puro yangchow rice lang?lols. Anyway, got to end this long day now. I'll be crawling to bed right after posting this. Hope you also had a great day(but not a long day like this one)!

"Paglilihi" and Baby Names

As early as now, I need to tell you that I am not pregnant -- well, not yet...

It is quite weird though that while we are having our snacks at the office cafeteria, we talked about the names that we want for our babies. Actually, hubby and I have already thought of a name if we would have a baby boy (still deciding for the name should we have a girl). Most of the time, when I mention that we want Yngwie Sebastian for the name of a baby boy, people often ask Who is Yngwie?. But I am very happy that for the very first time, there is a single soul who knows Yngwie - thanks coach. I have to admit though that at first I also do not know this person so I have to let Vox explain things. Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitarist, so is hubby. From there, the reason why he wants that name is obvious. I would not dare explain more but you can click that link to know more about this musician and discover why hubby wants his baby named after this person. And the second name, Sebastian, of course, got 2 votes. We both like the name but wish that it would always be pronounced the right way.

Of course, before having a baby, you need to conceive first ("paglilihi" as the Filipino term). I overheard yesterday two women talking about their experiences when they were conceiving. Of course, I could not relate to their stories (kakasad noh). It is actually the usual paglilihi stories that they crave for some food and they tried to justify a trait of their kid that was brought about by this craving. Though I did not have these paglilihi experiences yet, I have with me though the story of my mom when she conceived me. You'd be the judge if because of those food she eaten and what she loved doing those times, I resemble some traits similar to that food or person.

This makes me laugh, I tell you. She said that she just ate pandesal(or pan de lemon ata) with pepsi and suddenly she started vomiting. Yun daw pinaglihian nya - ang cheap lang di ba? Sana apple na lang para rosy cheeks ako. :) Anyway, another thing that she loved doing when she was still pregnant with me is staring at the image of the Mother of Perpetual Help. Could that explain my angelic face? Nah, actually I do not really believe in these superstitions. It's just amazing though that some people could really dissect things out and justify things out of those simple stuffs.

But should I get pregnant, I think I would still do the same thing. I will take note of any cravings I have and things that fascinate me that time so that I have some stories to tell to my kid. Who knows, that story could even be posted on my kid's own blog in the future -- just like this one! :)