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Growing belly (with a picture)

July 17, 2009

All through this pregnancy I’ve been waiting eagerly for my belly to grow. And now when it finally has started to happen, it feels weird. The fact that strangers can see that I’m pregnant.  One of my sisters friends even congratulated me on facebook after seeing our photos from Spain there. And I thought it wasn’t showing! Yesterday I was shopping with my cousin who has lost a lot of weight after breastfeeding and is now maybe European size 34 (XS). I looked huge next to her, even though I’ve only gained 2 kilos during these 14 weeks. But I love my belly and can’t wait for it to get even bigger.

Here’s the picture (with no head because I looked like a complete moron). It doesn’t look so big here but it’s definetely showing.

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I also had my monthly visit to the maternity counseling yesterday, everything was in order (though my hemoglobine had dropped to 124) and I got to hear the heartbeat too 🙂 Next month we’ll have the second ultrasound, after that there are no u/s appointments unless we’ll go to a private doctor. That sucks.

We visited DH’s friend couple on Wednesday, they are the ones whose pregnancy drove me to tears just before getting our bfp. Apparantely they don’t know about our struggles, although majority of our friends do, and when the preggo lady joked how we both couples have been active in the bedroom around the same time I felt a bit uneasy. I felt I should have told them that actually in our case it was the doctors who were active, but for some reason I couldn’t open my mouth. And afterwards felt like a cheater. Sometimes it feels like too much work to explain all about IVF and why we can’t have babies like normal people, especialyl when the audience isn’t someone close to me.

One of our cats was missing for almost 3 weeks. He disappeared from our balcony and although we searched the forest near us several times we couldn’t find him. We put posters in the neighborhood and this week two people called they had seen him, which gave us some hope. Other of them offered to borrow a trap to catch him, and we set it up last evening just 100 meters away from our balcony. This morning I went to check the trap and couldn’t believe my eyes, our cat was there :)! He had lost a lot of weight and had some mites but otherwise was ok. We took him to the vet for check up and he was given some antibiotics and medicine for worms and now he’s been sleeping almost the whole day. We are so happy he’s home again 🙂

Something good came out of his disappearance though; we found a treasure of mushrooms just a few hundred meters away from home. We never thought that this suburbian small forest could be the home of hunderds of chanterelles, and apparantely nobody else thought so too. I’m going mushroom hunting this evening too, chanterelles are the best mushrooms in the world if you ask me and you have to pay like 20 euros a kilo if you buy them in a shop. Now they cost nothing 🙂kanttare

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Recipe for the mushroom/bacon pie (great for hangover or preggo women)

June 17, 2009

I promised to post the recipe for the pie I baked a while ago. So here it goes, I hope I got the conversions right…

Ground:

100 grams (0.4 cups) margarine/butter

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 dl (1.3 cups) wheat flour

0.5 dl (0.2 cups) cold water

Mix flour, salt and baking powder together with soft margarine. Add water and mix until the dough is smooth and tap onto a pie mold.

Filling:

3 eggs

2oo grams (0.4 pounds) grated cheese

3 large champignons or other mushrooms

1 small onion

7o grams (0.2 pounds) bacon

2oo grams (0.4 pounds) pineapple chunks

2oo grams (0.4 pounds) sour cream

1 tsp ground pepper

Fry the bacon, onion and mushrooms on a pan, let cool off for a few minutes. Mix all ingredients together and put on top of the dough. Bake in the oven at 225C (437F) for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool off for 15 minutes before eating. Enjoy 🙂

Unfortunately there’s no picture of the pie because this pregnant eating machine ate it so fast.

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After Christmas

December 27, 2008

Christmas is over, we arrived home yesterday. I love my family but three nights is an absolute maximum I can spend at my parents’ home without going crazy. There’s nothing else to do there than eat, go to sauna (which was a bliss of course!) and watch telly. And we slept like 12 hours every night!

Here are some photos of the last few days:

In the morning of the Christmas eve we did a little trip to the forest

In the morning of the Christmas eve we did a little trip to the forest

We made a fire and drank some glogg in the woods

We made a fire and drank some glogg in the woods

Afterwards me and DH decorated the christmas tree

Afterwards me and DH decorated the christmas tree

Our christmas dinner

Our christmas dinner

The christmas tree in its full glory

The christmas tree in its full glory

My father as Santa

My father as Santa

I'm trying out our trekking cooker

I'm trying out our new trekking cooker

Coffee

Coffee

Zucchini pancakes

Zucchini pancakes

What comes to presents; I got almost everything I had wish for. A GPS to the car, new gloves, chocolate and a lot of things I haven’t asked for but was really glad to receive them; I especially loved the purple hoodie with red satin on the hood that my sister got me.

Almost all of my presents

Almost all of my presents

And the gift I wanted the most? I guess not. SIGH. I’m 12DPO and I will poas the day after tomorrow. But so far no extraordinary symptoms that would get me holding my breath.

This is what the 2ww-fairy has got for me this time:

  • mild cramps
  • ovarian pain on both sides (every day since O, I guess an endo symptom)
  • mild back pain (really intense pain on 4DPO)
  • headaches
  • dizziness & nausea (from the progesterone)
  • pain & tingling feeling on my breasts. Can’t really explain it, they are not sore to touch or when I’m moving but sometimes they hurt on their own in a funny way. I guess I had this last month too from the progesterone.

We are having a sales at the jewelryshop! All prices are cut down to 10-60% from the original ones. And we do ship abroad 🙂

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Hilarious..And so true!

November 16, 2008

If you want to learn something about Finnish social codes, watch the yotube sketch below. It’s hilarious! And so true :)!

Weekend has been mostly about eating 🙂 On Friday evening we had a nice dinner with DH (snails & pepper steak for me), and yesterday evening we served our friends zucchini pancakes, salad with pear, roasted pumpkin seeds, limburger cheese and cucumber, stuffed peppers with minced meat and mushrooms, zucchinis with feta and for dessert a delicious youghurt panna cotta with cinnamon apples and caramel sauce. Yammy!

Our webshop has started really well as a friend of mine advertised us in her popular fashion blog. We’ve got over 10 orders during the weekend! We are so excited with my sis :)! And if you guys want to order to Canada/North America, I think it can be arranged since I have a paypal account. The postal fees would be around 3-5 euros.

Really massive cramps on Friday, none yesterday, then again cramps and back pain today. A lot of dizzyness and some nausea too but I get it every cycle so it’s mostly endo-related. At times I feel devastated, at times I just can’t wait for us to begin the IVF cycle in January since IUIs seem worthless.

Now to watch Finnish Idols!

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IUI#2, maybe in a week already!

October 2, 2008

It’s CD6 and I already have some twinges on my left ovary side like last month too. If my cycle continues similar to the last one I’ll probably O on next Thursday or Friday. That means next IUI already in one week :)! Doc said that I don’t have to come in for u/s but only wait for a positive OPK this month and then make the call and book an appointment for the next day!

I don’t have my hopes as high this month though. Maybe because of the last disappointment, maybe because I know that with IUI you have much lower success rates than with IVF. But no giving up. Promise. The Finnish autumn isn’t the greatest time to try to stay high spirited, as it’s raining cats and dogs and the weather is gray, gloomy and depressing. I wonder how I’ll survive through the pitch black winter months if this doesn’t work. I try to get myself to think that this IS going to work and we WILL succeed. Somedays it’s just hard to believe in that.

We went to see Wall-E yesterday. If Kung-fu Panda was a great piece of animation, this was even better! The cg was amazing and the characters were stunning. Entertaining, fun, touching. The movie was so sweet I was constantly on the verge of tears. But good tears 🙂 Later we had dinner on a bbq place next to the movie theatre, I had tiger prawns which are one of my ultimate favourites and DH had really delicious swordfish.

Thanks everyone for the nice comments about my work! I’m heading to the class again this evening and have ideas for my next piece. I’m also trying to have time to update my online portfolio and I’m hoping to post a link for you in near future!

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Greetings from Tallinn!

September 8, 2008

Had a great weekend! On Friday after the sweaty kickboxing training I headed to town with DH and two of his band friends (they have a new kickass stoner band that’s going to rock the world and make us rich :D) to go see the annual FInnish championship of fireworks. We watched the first two sets, had some cider and beer and then bought a pizza that we shared at the street before heading to a pub nearby for the rest of the evening.

The bass player of the band is also my cousin’s boyfriend and the father of my goodson. He told me how much they are both hoping fo this IUI to work and for us to have a baby too (their son was born in April). I was really touched  by his words, because I could tell they were straight from his heart. Ok, we were all tipsy at the point but still, you don’t often hear Finnish men talk like that.

On Saturday morning we headed to the port and the ship to Tallinn left at 11.30 and 2,5 hours later we arrived there. First we got to the hotel to leave our bags and then went to get something to eat and drink before the dinner. The hotel was situated just 0,5km from the port and in the middle of the beautiful old town. The room was quite small and didn’t have a double bed which was definetely a minus.

Our hotel in the old town

Our hotel in the old town

The room

The room

I would love a house like this!

I would love to live in a house like this!

The local dentist. Ha-ha.

The local dentist. Ha-ha.

Tallinn’s old town is very picturesque; it dates back to 13th century as Tallinn was one of the Hansa-cities in the Middle Ages. Nowadays it’s filled with tourists, Finns being the biggest group. The main reason most Finns travel to Estonia is the low price of liquor compared to Finland. It’s ridiculous; first the Finnish booze is imported to Estonia and then the Finnish tourists come over the sea by boat and carry it back to Finland…  Unlike most foreigners think, Finnish is not a language related to other scandinavian languages. So a Finn doesn’t understand a word of Swedish if he hasn’t been taught it in school. Estonian, however comes from the same finno-ugric language family and for us their language sounds very funny but sometimes comprehensible. It’s like Finnish spelled wrong or pidgin.

For us the reason to come to Tallinn was this:

a very happy tourist

a very happy tourist

The russian restaurant called Troika. We dined there first time 1,5 years ago when visiting Tallinn together for the first time (got engaged during the same trip). It’s maybe the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. The food is great (that’s russian pancakes with roe, onion and sour cream on my plate), the atmosphere is very cosy and they have all kinds of performances from accordion music to go-go dancers. We had a three course dinner with a bottle of red wine and of course some vodka shots 😉 You could say it’s a tourist trap but a very fine one.

waiter pouring vodka

waiter pouring vodka

DH's dessert, flambéed fruits

DH's dessert. flambéed fruits

After all the eating we were so tired we just crawled back to the hotel and went to bed already around 10.30 PM. I guess I’ve grown  middle-aged when I love eating more than a hard party night! Next day before the ship sailed back we did some shopping. We got russian sparkling wine (you can’t get it from Finland), local candies and for me sexy French lingerie.

our shopping

our shopping

YES I know our baby will be made in a clinic with the doctor but it won’t hurt either to try the normal style too! The choice of underwear in estonian shops differed quite much from the Finnish shops; everything was more clourful, more ruffled, more extreme, and of course sexier. But so are the Estonian women too. Whereas their Finnish sisters prefer comfortability and practicality in their dressing even if that means looking boring; the Estonian girls have stiletto heels on whether it’s raining or snowing, have always perfect hairdos and lots of makeup and prefer to be wrapped in fur and gold.

On our way back we watched the real middle-aged turn wild at the ship’s disco when they started to play the Finnish golden oldies. Very entertaining!

This morning I had again an appointment with the dentist and also did the CD7 bloodwork at my workplace’s clinic. Had to wait almost an hour at the lab, I was so frustrated because they had like one person doing the tests and maybe 30 patients in the queu. Sometimes all the clinics, whether public or private, just seem too inefficient. U/S is on Wednesday, I’m hoping to O already on Friday or then next week because the clinic is closed on the weekend.

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Weekend (and loads of food!) in pictures

August 18, 2008

On Friday I had my first appointment to the chinese acupuncturist. First got some needles on my lower back and few in my legs, then some on my belly and other side of my legs. Relaxing? yes. Expensive? definetely. 68 euros for a 40 minutes session, ouch!!! But I still booked two more sessions for this week, first one is tomorrow.

After the acupuncture I walked home and it was surprisingly warm. In the staircase I was greeted by a very good scent of food coming from our apartment. This is what DH had cooked for us:

Fresh pineapple, zucchini pancakes, apple/nectarine salsa, zucchini with feta cheese, salad with cucumber and pepper, sour cream, mix of parsley, onion and radish, chicken skewers and spicy meatballs. And ice-cream for dessert. Yumm! All this was consumed with a nice bottle of red wine from Chile. We are total food-holics.

Saturday involved eating aswell. We drove to my parents house in the afternoon after first taking our cats to DH’s father in another town. I think I inherited my love for food from my parents, because they love cooking and eating as much as we do.

My parents' house where I grew up

Me and mom cooking. See the matching outfits.

Me and mom cooking. See the matching outfits.

We spent the evening eating and drinking, playing board games and watching awful embarassing home videos where I’m 13 and wearing the worst clothes ever. On Sunday morning I woke up to the scent of bacon that my father was cooking for breakfast. I never cook bacon at home but at my parents’ it’s like a tradition to have it for breakfast. After eating we headed to forest to seek mushrooms, but they were all hiding! We only got a few chanterelles.

After the forest it was time to eat again! This time grilled sausages, pork, zucchini, corn and pineapple.

It’s mid August and it’s so autumny here. I guess it’ll be quite chilly next week in Lapland, now the temps are around +10C there.

rowan tree at my parents' garden

rowan tree in my parents garden

apple tree in my parents garden

I learned this weekend that my mother’s twin sister doesn’t have endo. In fact there was never nothing wrong with her, but her husband. Hearing this felt like 100 kilos off my shoulders; we aren’t a completely barren family after all. Maybe there is hope for me too. We have our first RE appointment finally on Thursday and I hope to be know much more after it.

Now I have to go. Guess where? Cooking of course 😀