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Winning the lottery

Conceiving a baby is something tricky just like winning the lottery.  Did you know that, and even in the best conditions, you have 25% chances of getting pregnant on the most fertile days?  This was not something that I was aware of when I got pregnant with my fist son.  It took us less than 2 months before I tested positive. Yay!

Now, it’s different for us. We are trying to conceive a second time and it’s been couple of months, so I could not help myself but to surf the net for different reasons.  For starter, I got symptoms of early pregnancy at my last two cycles.  Especially this time where I tested negative a dozen times plus on the blood test that turned out to be negative. Now, I know some people will testify that they tested negative until their body actually showed they were pregnant, but for now I think I am just crazy. I was before wanting to have a baby, I don’t see why it would have changed after giving birth to my first son.

Pregnancy Tests – Home Tests

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If you are like me, this floating period of uncertainty between conception and periods will drive you nuts. If you are too excited (not to say crazy up the wall) to get pregnant, you will pause to « listen to your body » and feel all potential changes in your general health condition. And folks, that is dangerous!  You body could tell you the truth and you might not want to listen OR your body could play mind games with you. That trickster! The best way to find out is to keep busy until your next periods. If they don’t show up, you might be lucky enough to be pregnant.

It’s a long run (2 weeks or a little more) before you can take the pregnancy tests and produce enough hCG hormones to have reliable results.  If you test too soon, the home test will be negative. Good thing is that after implantation, the level of hormone doubles up each day. For my first son, I tested 4 times before the positive result.  This time, I tested so many times that I had moments full of hope (and eating everything that I am craving for because, oh well, I am pregnant); and other times where I feel disoriented and confused because it is not yet the time for testing and deep down I know it might not be it….

Speaking of Testing with a capital « T ». I found myself to be very compulsive with the testing. (Me!?) As months go by, I am thinking I should buy tests at the dollar store if I don’t want to end up ruined (rolling eyes). Maybe that’s just me but I am pretty sure I am not the only one ;). Soooo, next time, I will at least wait to skip my period before I do a 6035ab2979f96a7446cf6c0505b65c38--pregnancy-announcement-dog-new-baby-announcementsdarn test and probably divorce because my boyfriend will not want to stay with the crazy old lady… and oh yeah, I am 37. To keep me busy, I read about pregnancy (obsessive, me?!).

Check out this website if you want tips on how to get pregnant and what should you consider.

So, here are the websites I found the information I wanted about tests:

Here are the websites I found the information I wanted about when actually do the test:

A Few Tips

If you don’t like to read that much, let me summarize for you.  Here are a few tips that I gathered on different reliable websites:

  1. Have fun with your partners and agree on how disciplined you want your couple to be to make this happen. This will save you some arguments or crisis.
  2. Take care of yourself before getting pregnant
    • eat well
    • exercise
    • have fun
    • breathe
    • dance to shake the stress away or whatever your thing is
  3. Drink water
  4. Take folic acid (before and during pregnancy)
  5. Check your cervical mucus, ovulation cycles are different for every woman. Eggwhite-like consistency is a pretty good indicator you are ovulating.mucus cycles
  6. Stay positive. It will happen, either naturally or with a little push.  Keep calm and make this baby!
  7. Technology at your Service. There’s an app for that!

Some phone App will help you track your cycles and even send your reminders of important days with regards to ovulation. My favorites are Flo and Glow:

Websites

Lastly, there is a bunch of websites and forum about pregnancy.  I just love the Baby Centre Website. They have so much information available and a positive way to word it. When you’ll become pregnant, even more when you’ll be pregnant of your first child, you will love the Pregnancy section where you learn all about how you and your baby transforms into a family.

My Wishes to You

I wish you good health and luck if you are trying to conceive. I would love to hear about your story and how it goes for you. Please comment and share this post for all the women out there wishing to catch a little of angel dust.

Comfort food does not have to be fried or fast food. Here is a super easy recipe, ready in 20 minutes, that will convince you!
You will want to share it with all your friends once you’ve tried. 😉

Ingredients

  • 340g of raw spaghettis
  • 1 cooked small salmon filet
  • ½ smoked salmon pack of 300g
  • 2 small ripened tomatoes cut in half then in slices
  • 1 ½ Cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of minced green onions (or more to taste)
  • ½ Cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a big saucepan, get the water to boil to cook the pastas following instructions on the package. At the end of the cooking time, pick at least 1 cup of the water before draining. (This will help thickening the sauce.)
  2. Meanwhile, cook the salmon either by poaching or frying in a pan.
  3. In a big pan, brown the mushrooms. Once browning is satisfying, add the tomatoes, the cooked salmon and ½ of the minced green onions.
  4. Once they are smoothened, add a bit of the pasta water to wet.
  5. Add the smoked salmon and the rest of the green onions.
  6. Add the milk.
  7. Seasoned to taste.
  8. Let it simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Add pasta water the keep the sauce-like consistency.
  9. Add the spaghettis and serve immediately.
  10. Enjoy!

Pssstttt! This makes perfect lunch and is 100% Logan approved (my son).

Please comment or share using the buttons if you liked this recipe. If you are a fish fan, you might want to try the Recette de poisson blanc méditerranéen facile et très rapide.

Or for the perfect desert, comfort desert, try the recipe in post Brookie Junkie!

Les repas réconfortants n’ont pas besoin d’être frits ou de la restauration rapide. Voici une recette facile, prête en 20 minutes, qui vous convaincra!Vous aurez envie de la partager avec tous vos amis.

Ingrédients

  • 340g de spaghettis non cuits
  • I petit filet de saumon cuit
  • ½ pqt de saumon fumé de 300g
  • 2 petites tomates bien mûres coupées en 2 puis en tranches
  • 1.5 T de champignons tranchés
  • 1 botte d’oignons verts émincés (ou plus si vous aimez)
  • ½ T de lait
  • Sel et poivre au goût

Préparation

  1. Dans un grand chaudron, mettre l’eau à bouillir pour cuire les pâte. Lorsqu’elle bout, suivre les indications sur l’emballage pour cuire vos pâte à la perfection. À la fin de la cuisson, prélever au moins une tasse de l’eau des pâtes avant d’égoutter. (Pour épaissir la sauce plus tard.)
  2. Pendant ce temps, faites pocher ou cuire votre saumon. Salez et poivrez pour assaisonner.
  3. Dans une grande casserole, faites revenir les champignons. Quand ils sont bien dorés, ajouter les tomates, le saumon cuit et la moitié des oignons verts hachés.
  4. Quand tout est semi-tendre, ajouter un peu de l’eau des pâtes pour mouiller le tout.
  5. Ajouter le saumon fumé et le reste des oignons verts.
  6. Ajouter le lait.
  7. Assaisonner au gout.
  8. Laisser mijoter à feu doux pendant 5 minutes en ajoutant un peu d’eau des pâtes si c’est nécessaire pour la consistance de la sauce.
  9. Incorporer les spaghettis et service immédiatement.
  10. Savourez

Pssstttt! C’est le lunch parfait et est 100% approuvé par mon fils Logan.

SVP commentez ou partagez en utilisant les boutons ci-dessous si vous avez aimé cette recette! Si vous êtes fan de poisson, vous voulez sûrement essayer ma Recette de poisson blanc méditerranéen facile et très rapide.

Ou pour le dessert, le parfait dessert réconfortant, le fameux Brookie Junkie!

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I have to share this video that I found on LinkedIn today. This is a well invested 4ish minutes of your time, maybe the best 4 minutes of the week.

This gentleman is talking about positive leadership in the workplace, providing real examples. This is totally translatable in communities and in your family. Being a leader, a leader that everyone will follow, means that you have integrated that you are nothing alone. True leaders stand out because they know how important it is to have everyone on board. They will achieve that by putting others first and creating a safe place and a place everybody will feel welcomed.

I suggest you watch this and think about your goals and how you thought about getting there. I am sure you will see new opportunities after you’ve watch this video.

for my brothers and sisters – Kailey Arthurson, Guest Blogger

for my brothers and sisters – Kailey Arthurson, Guest Blogger
— À lire sur teaandbannock.com/2018/02/24/for-my-brothers-and-sisters-kailey-arthurson-guest-blogger/

To read. Save it for later if now is not a good time for openness and reflection. A must read for a better understanding and a step forward into reconciliation. Thank you.

J’avoue, je trompe ce blogue avec un autre blogue auquel je suis fidèle depuis plus de deux ans.

Je teste votre amour en vous mettant le lien vers mon plus récent post, un poème de ma jeunesse que j’ai repris pour replonger dans ce qui m’a forgée en ce que je suis devenue aujourd’hui.

Je  me sens vulnérable en partageant mon romantisme de l’époque et, comme c’est quelque chose que je veux travailler, voilà.

Cliquez ICI pour le poème.

Premiers amours, premières fois, premières leçons. 🙂

Commentez et partagez.

Merci.

I remembered the tree and the tree remembered me

I remembered the tree and the tree remembered me
— À lire sur kindredmag.com/2018/02/14/i-remembered-the-tree-and-the-tree-remembered-me/

I had to reblog this story as so many of us feel like they’re invisible to the world despite all the light they bring to this world. Read this attentively, it’s full of comfort and is lovely.

No to violence.  Please share and comment by translating in your maternal language.  This message has to go far, in all languages, for all women.

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Non à la violence.  SVP partagez et commentez en traduisant dans votre langue maternelle. Ce message doit aller partout, dans toutes les langues, pour toutes les femmes!

Night time

I have never been a real morning person. I fake it because life is requesting of me that the days begin early. And it’s fine. I enjoy doing a lot of things in the morning to relax a bit in the afternoon, « savourer » a little sleep in a sun ray.

Every moment count

I have become a mother not so long ago and my cycles (day-night-sleep) have changed. Ever since, I realize everyday how life is about small things and my ability to make every moment count. For example, we I come home at night with my son, we don’t have much time together before he goes to bed. So, what do I do? I play with him until dinner time. I leave my phone in a drawer somewhere (unless I take pictures) and I am fully present with him, for us both. I don’t want to be angry at Time. I am presently reconsidering some choices that I made to allow me to spend more family time… I will get there.

After dinner it’s bath time and, then, we play again. Finally, he goes to bed and my wounded torture mother heart feels better because the evening mattered.

I apply the same mindfulness concept for myself. When the lights go off, it is the time for me to connect with my soul and to bond with nature.

Sometimes it happens all in my head when I review the day and consider if my decisions are align with my plan. Mostly in summer, I will enjoy a small walk in the warmth of the night to recharge my battery and connect with magic and mystery.

Connecting with myself every night has always helped me to stay strong and captain of my destiny. I am not alone now but I will never give up on Me and will continue to date myself every night. For my own good.

#134 – The Tale of a Search for Treasure

#134 – The Tale of a Search for Treasure
— À lire sur dailytales.com.au/2018/03/04/134-the-tale-of-a-search-for-treasure/

Thought I’d share this blog as sometimes we need inspiration to add magic in the day of our little ones.

This guy publishes a new tale everyday. I did not read all of them but those I red where a nice combination of poetry and imagination. If you are searching for a bed-time routine, these short tales could renew your ritual for your pleasure (and your kid’s of course!).

GoodNight WordPress.

Don’t forget to read my other posts and to comment and share!

The Ring

I bought that ring when I was pregnant of my son.

I chose it because of the combination of Tree of Life and the « Gratitude » inscription carved into the ring.  I though it graphically carried out how I felt.

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Since my 25th birthday, all I wanted was to have a kid but I knew I had to make important choices to make it happen.  Finally, it was the gift life gave me on my 36th birthday.

If you have been pregnant, you know it ain’t always easy. You have to overcome great fears and physical important changes. But like I said, I had wanted to be a mother since I was 25 years old.  And I fought and worked hard on myself to end up giving birth to the most amazing little boy.  So, I wore and looked at that ring (still am) everyday as a reminder of my gratitude.  And looking at it, I realized that this dream came true because I kept a positive attitude in life and was thankful for all the little steps I would take toward that dream.

An Attitude to Keep

So, for me anyway, Gratitude is an Attitude that can change any ordinary life into a life full of light, kindness for ourselves an others and full of love.

If you want a reminder similar to the one I wear everyday, please contact me.

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And she is not the only one. We tend to run from our fears, our dissappointments. We flee the hurts to realize that WE ourselves are the perception we make of things…

Regina Belmonte

When I can’t find the words or imagery to express how I feel, I turn to film stills. I have hundreds of them saved or screen-captured into a folder on my phone, and over the last year, I’ve watched them gradually turn from quotes about love and loss, to statements about self-discovery, to lines of dialogue about escape in some form or another. (Perhaps it’s a cycle: You lose something of great value to yourself, and there’s a part of you that’s left empty. You try to find something to fill in that void. And if you can’t find it in your existing surroundings, you set out for new ones to search there.)

The need to escape is something many of us feel keenly — an escape from the banality of day-to-day living, from bad company, from a difficult situation, from an uninspiring environment, from ourselves, from all of the…

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Raising kids is also about what we want them to remember when we’ll be gone. It makes me cry when I really think of it but it will happen sooner or later…

So, I am thinking, the next thing I would like my kids to remember after everyone deserves to be respected (you first), would be how to keep a positive focus on life.  That requires discipline, efforts and training.

I found this challenge on Pinterest and found it would be a good place to start.

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Are you ready for the challenge? Let’s do this!

I am reposting this because, knowing a little more about ourselves certainly helps us being better and more conscious parents.  I actually went online to take the Myer-Briggs test and the results were just amazing.

Finaly, I could put into words feelings I had about myself for years. If you want to know, I am a campaignerCampaigner or ENFP. I am part of the Advocate Family (that I knew).

It’s all clearer for me now how discipline is not my biggest strength but that I will be very good at helping my child see the different angles of situation or  to teach him how to size people better.

You can take the test here. Caution, this is creepy how the results can reflect reality.

Enjoy the moment and take a good tea reading what you are all about.

MBTI is a test used to measure how people perceive the world and how they make decisions. INTJ, ISFJ, INFJ, INTJ, ISTP, ISFP, INFP, INTP, ESTP, ESFP, ENFP, ENTP, ESTI, ESFS, ENFJ, ENTJ. INFP – intense, quirky ENFP -quirky, gentle, friendly INFJ – anxious, empathetic ENFJ – empathetic, passionate, driven ISTJ – traditional, reserved, logical […]

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