Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday

One.  How it’s going
If you read this post then you heard about the IVF news we got last Friday.  Well, a week later I’m feeling a lot better about the situation.  Thanks so much to my friend Beth who has been an awesome support and has shared a plethora of knowledge and advice with me.  She’s really helped me feel more at ease about the whole thing.  Right now I’m taking a medication to help with OHSS (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome) and waiting for AF to show.  Our IVF consultation and ultrasound are scheduled for April 30th.  We will know more specifics after that appointment.

Two.  National Infertility Awareness Week 2014
This Sunday kicks off NIAW and I'm so excited to be participating in the 2014 Bloggers Unite Challenge.  NIAW began in 1989 and was federally recognized as a health observance in 2010. This year's theme is "Resolve to Know More".  I'll be spreading infertility awareness all week starting Sunday through blog posts so be on the look out.

Three.  Mesothelioma Awareness 
I wanted to take a minute to share with you the story of Heather.   At the age of 36 she was diagnosed with Mesothelioma just 3 ½ months after her first and only child, Lily was born.   She was given only 15 months to live unless she underwent a drastic surgery to remove her left lung.  Miraculously, she beat the odds & is still here eight years later.  Heather was exposed to asbestos through her father’s work jacket when she was a little girl.  Her story is truly amazing.  She aims to educate & raise awareness about this preventable disease.  She is a beautiful, strong woman who beat the odds & I encourage you to check out her website & her story. 
she is stunningly gorgeous!

Four.  Easter Weekend
On top of trying to move over the next couple of days we also have family home and Easter to celebrate.  Holidays are always tough my parents are divorced, then you add your significant others family into the equation and you have 3 places to be at once!  Luckily, I’ve been doing this for 26 years so I know how to make it work.  Lunch at Joe’s parents then dessert at my dad’s following.  Then we get to spend time with everyone!  Saturday night I planned for all the Ridley kids & their spouses (me!) to go to dinner & everyone is actually going to come, I invited my extended family, Jessica &  Mike to tag along as well.  It should be fun

Five.  Bates Motel
If you’re not watching this, you should be.  Season one is on Netflix and it is seriously addicting.  I love how it’s modern but they keep a vintage feel to it, seriously, she drives this seafoam green 1960’s Mercedes station wagon of some sort.  So cool!  And if you love a good thriller, this show is for you.   Season two is currently playing on A&E now.

Happy Friday lovely ladies!


  1. SO glad you will be celebrating awareness and I have never heard of Mesothelioma so thanks for sharing xoxoxo (and love that your friend was so encouraging to you!)

  2. How are such an inspiration for sharing your story and bringing awareness to infertility! Sounds like your body should respond well to IVF. Lots of prayers for success on the first round!

  3. Girl, I can't tell you how inspired and amazed I am by you and your journey. Just image the joy EVERYONE is going to feel FOR YOU and your husband when you finally have that precious bundle on the way! I can't wait to follow along on this new journey with you xo

  4. I am happy your spirits are a bit more uplifted! Keep persevering in the most incredible journey of your life-- mommyhood! :)

  5. Happy Easter! I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. I don;t know how I missed your IVF post but I am glad that you are feeling better about the situation. End goal is just a beautiful, healthy baby right? This might just be your golden ticket!!

  7. Love your attitude! I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!


  8. You have such a great outlook sweet Elena!! Happy Easter weekend, girl! Xo

  9. Hope your Easter weekend is great even with all the parties!
    I would love if you would stop by and link up with me today!

  10. We started watching the first episode of Bates Motel but couldn't really get into it. Maybe we need to give it a second chance! I've had so many friends who've had to go through IVF. And I know it's rough but luckily they all have healthy children now and some even have twins! Just gotta keep your eyes on the prize!! Have a good weekend!


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