After years and years of waiting for this moment, I am finally sitting down to do my Christmas cards WITH MY DAUGHTER ON THEM.  This might seem like such a small thing to be so excited about but after dealing with infertility and opening countless cards with other people's babies, it feels like a right of passage to be able to do mine!!


Last year, I went on a crusade to send out the perfect pregnancy Christmas card (why yes...I was THAT person).   You can read that post here!  Shutterfly provided the perfect template for our perfect card. 

Seriously....how cute is that?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  We got an insane amount of compliments on it and it truly had become my favorite Christmas card EVER....

...until now.....

I spent about five hours perfecting our Christmas card last year and I was pregnant.  This year I have a gorgeous baby girl to show off to the world...so you can easily multiply the time spent last year by two (or ten).  

So I've been looking at Shutterfly's website and they have some great choices.  Honestly I already have one picked in my head.....and it's perfect.....

So maybe this year...it was just a little bit easier to "perfect" it......after all...I have the most perfect baby in the most perfect picture to work with. 

This will be my favorite Christmas EVER!

The Fine Print:
Yes..just like last year, I am doing this blog post as a promotion to Shutterfly in exchange for 25 cards...because honestly let's face it, Christmas cards are not cheap but you can not put a price on perfection....plus I really want to send this card to EVERYONE I have ever met in my life so I will need a whole bunch more!   Every little bit helps (especially since my shopaholic ways are coming out this Christmas..but that is for another blog post). 

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Back to Dr. Godfather I go...

I guess I had this silly preconceived pre-conceived notion that once I got pregnant, things would just fix in my body.  I mean how many times do we all hear that?  After the "relax and it will happen" and all the other "advice" that we get before getting pregnant happens, when we finally do get there, to that place that we waited for so long, the other advice starts....

"You body will most likely fix itself with the pregnancy and you will be able to conceive naturally after you have the baby".  

I clung to this. 

I don't ever EVER want to sound ungrateful for my beautiful baby girl.  Because trust me, I am fully aware that the sun rises and sets in her smile. I am eternally blessed with this gorgeous baby that will hopefully very shortly call me mama and I was extremely fortunate to be able to carry her myself -full term.  I can honestly tell you from the heart that I stop on a daily basis and thank god for giving me her....for bringing her into my life.  I can also honestly tell you that I do not let ONE moment go by without cherishing it....the laughs....the cries....the tantrums....ALL OF IT!

Here's the thing, I want more children.  I always wanted more than one.  Please don't think for one second that this ever makes me greedy.  Only a mother and father can decide in their own hearts when their family is done. 

So I waited after Sweet Pea's birth with baited breath to see if my body "fixed" itself.  After all we have done to have her, it seemed quite comical to be offered any preventative measures after her birth.  We had always said we would let nature take its course. 

And after three normal cycles, that course of nature stopped months ago. 

Out of exasperation, I tried to avoid the RE.  Yes, I adore Dr. Godfather with all my heart but I truly hoped I would have never had to see him again.  But after a few failed paths, I inevitably have to return. 

I now know my body never fixed itself.  The advice became another quote to add to the myths of trying to conceive. 

I'm not going to lie to you...I am having a tough time with the thought of returning.  That very thought brought me to tears in my OB's office a few weeks ago. 

However, I do believe our family isn't done and although at this point right now, we aren't going for treatments...I am going with the sheer hope that we can put "nature" back on it's course as my husband and I decide when it's right to start the uphill battle for number 2. 


The Girl That Cried "Cough"

My sweet little darling has started a new "thing". 

This is what she does when she wants our attention. 

I'm sure plenty of other babies have ways to get their parents attention.  Some might cry.....Some might yell....

....mine.....well...she coughs. 

I didn't mistype that....she coughs.

Picture you are sitting and having a conversation with your spouse and you hear this over the top dramatic fake cough.  Yep...that's my daughter.

At the age of seven months she is all about the drama.

The first couple of times I am sure I jumped up in a panic.  She wanted attention and she got a very over-reactive worried mama in her face making sure she was ok. 

Then I saw the pattern.......so we tried to ignore it ....

Only Sweet Pea wasn't having any of that.....her "cough" then transformed into a fake "choke" which of course scared the pee out of me the first time she did it.  Once again over-reactive worried mama in her face making sure she was ok. 

After a couple heart attacks of the "fake choking" by both my husband and myself...we decided we needed the lesser of the evils and that happened to be the "fake cough".  

Our sweet little mastermind princess started to do the fake choking thing and we ignored her (after of course we very discreetly made sure she was ok).  Slowly but surely, the "fake cough" returned and we made a BIG deal out of it. 

So that's what she does....when my daughter wants our attention, she fake coughs. 

Sweet Pea will be an Academy Award winner....Mark my words!