Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Catching up

Oh my goodness, ladies. I'm sorry it's been so long! It's been a busy summer and I haven't logged on in quite awhile. I do intend to catch up on what you have all been doing but in the meantime here's a little recap of my latest happenings:

  • Our Amtrak vacation was amazing. We got a little stir crazy towards the end of the train trip but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Glacier National Park and Portland, OR. We did lots of hiking in Glacier and I can officially say that I am in love with the landscape. I'm looking forward to a return visit so we can further explore the park. Portland was a bit more low-key since we spent most of our time there visiting with long-lost friends. Our friends have a lovely nine month old boy who instantly won our affections. I usually avoid spending time with babies because it makes my heart ache but I'm happy that I had the chance to get to know this little guy. Meeting him has further strengthened my resolve to continue our journey towards parenthood. 
  • More time at the lake. We visited my dad at his lake abode and savored one last weekend of summer weather. Fall is now in the air so I'm glad we had the opportunity to splash around in the lake while the temps were still warm.
  • Some sad news - my OBGYN passed away very suddenly. He has been with us on our infertility journey for the past couple years. He administered all of my fertility tests and diagnosed me with endometriosis. He was a very kind-hearted doctor who always made me feel at ease (especially before surgery!). I'm at a loss for how I can ever replace him. In the movie in my mind he was the one who helped us deliver our long-sought-for firstborn. Unfortunately, this fantasy is not to be. 
  • New tactics - I've decided to pursue acupuncture fertility treatments. I was already mulling this over in my head before the shocking news about my doctor. I'm tired of western drugs and their nasty side effects. I'd like to pursue a more natural method for awhile. Perhaps my body will respond better to this, perhaps it won't. I'm willing to spend a few months experimenting. My first appointment is this Saturday and I'm anxiously waiting to get started!
So there you have my news in a nutshell. I'll leave you with some pics of our recent vacation and with a promise to catch up on all your blogs soon!

Our train

Up close and personal with a glacier.

Enjoying the view


  1. Your vacation sounds (and looks!) like it was fantastic!

    So sorry to hear about your OBGYN - that would be a hard loss :(

    Good luck with acupuncture! I can't wait to read about how it goes:)

  2. Welcome back! Your pictures are amazing! Looks like a super fun trip! Looking forward to your next update!

  3. Beautiful photos! Acupuncture was an amazing experience for me ... I spent a year doing weekly treatments (and then I moved cities and had a hard time finding a good replacement acupuncturist). I also recommend talking to a naturopath about diet... it can do wonders. That said, I'm currently on the "do whatever I want and deal with it using strong doses of Advil or Naproxen at period time" path... but if you've got the gung-ho attitude to follow through, do it!

    Welcome back Ann!!!!

  4. I'm so glad you're back and that you had a wonderful time away! Your pictures are gorgeous - it must have been so peaceful and renewing to find yourself among such beauty. It's nice to see you, too!

    That's terrible about your doctor. From your description, he seems like a fantastic guy, and my heart goes out to his family. I hope you can find someone equally as good for your next doc.

  5. Welcome back! We've missed you. Your pictures are amazing. I love glacier.

    So sorry about your OB, that is awful. I'm sure the entire community of his patients is at a loss.

    I'm excited about your decision to try acupuncture and look forward to seeing how you like and how it works for you. I am a believer.

  6. It's been ages - I miss you, Ann! I hope you've been doing well during your absence from here. Would love to hear an update!