Friday, February 28, 2014

ORC-Where are they now?

A few months back I participated in the One Room Challenge.
A 6 week link up where a makeover was completed on a room of your choice.
I chose to use this as an opportunity to push myself to finally complete Hannah's nursery.  
You can see my inspiration HERE.
You can see my final reveal HERE and find links to all the completed weeks.

The purpose of this week's link up is to see if all those pesky little last minute details-which totally complete a room by the way, were actually completed.  

 Hannah's nursery has remained fairly the same. It currently looks like this

I never cut that annoying tag off of the curtains.

 I never hung a curtain rod to "close" the closet-but I decided I was going to leave it open since you can only see it if you stand and turn around from the changing table.  I've also yet to return the actual curtain rod itself! 

I've done a little re-arranging of Hannah's bookcase as some new items now call it home. 

 The potpourri was a beautiful arrangement from IKEA, and the bowl is from Target.

This beautiful frame is from Etsy, she has the most gorgeous frames. It was everything I had in mind, but never saw in the store! 

I never connected an extension cord to her rocking chair lamp.
Dovy knocked off a string of crystals from one of the sconces-which he tells me all about every time I change his diaper. 

I am still absolutely in love with her nursery.
The one thing I think I would change is I would have left the side table completely white.  
 So, there ya have it-Happy weekend!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Munchies...

It's no secret that I have to work really hard to lose the baby weight. 
Add in trying to feed a family, and dinners get complicated. 
I'm definitely a creature of habit, yet at the same I would love to try new recipes that meet all of my guidelines.
The question is-what would those recipes be? 

I perused Pinterest, of course, and here are some mighty tasty, non-processed, wholesome meals that I look forward to trying in the near future!

Herbed Salmon 

 Asparagus and Eggs 

I love that all three of these are different sources of protein, with all natural sides.  

I can't wait to try some of these out!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Show Us Your Life....

Kelly runs a weekly series on Friday-where you can link up to the weekly topic.
This week is Infertility.

I'm an infertility survivor...twice.
And then had the shock of a lifetime with a spontaneous pregnancy. 

I was diagnosed with PCOS at 19 and was fortunate enough to have a classmate whose father is a RE, Dr. Beloved.  
At the young age of 19 I was diagnosed as infertile.  
At 20 I got married, and about six months later I began, what would ultimately be an 8 month journey to our first successful attempt.
Failed clomid, and failed IUIs...but success on an elective single embryo transfer-that decision was made based on my age and because I was a student. I was also diagnosed with a small uterus, so we wanted to reduce as much risk as we could.  
Moshe, now four, was born 9 months later.

My infertility reared it's ugly head immediately after his birth and it was tough to regulate my frequent bleeding-but important because of the laws of Family Purity.
Religious Infertility it's called.  
Thankfully, when Moshe was 12 months old, we had a consult with Dr. Beloved and a few weeks later did another single embryo transfer.  
Dovy, now two, was born 9 months later.
Believe me, you don't have to tell me how lucky I am. 

I caught a break after Dovy-no bleeding, whatsoever.  
When I went in for my first monitoring appointment to begin our journey to another transfer, I shockingly found out I was pregnant.
It was not a medically easy pregnancy, you can read about that HEREHERE, HERE, HERE 
Hannah is 6 months old. 

Just yesterday I committed to continue on my infertility journey, I began NuvaRing yesterday, because I am frequently and irregularly bleeding, again.

This topic is somewhat taboo in my religious community-many choose to keep this battle silent.
For you, I blog.
Creating awareness and increasing sensitivity. 

<3 Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. #Perspective #BeKind
 I began a monthly series called A Journey to Parenthood, where I showcase a story of infertility.
You can read some HERE, HERE, and HERE.
I'm always looking for new submissions, please e-mail me at asrubin10@gmail

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Accepting the things you can't change...

In honor of attempting to blog in real time, and because of a planned link up tomorrow, I bring you today's post.  
It's 11:58 pm, so it's technically still today.
Plus. today is my birthday-Happy 27th to me!  

Alright, let's get down to business and back it up to the very beginning.
I explained in my very firsts posts my infertility diagnosis.  
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Low sperm count, an-ovulation, and menorrhagia, which means frequent periods.  However, the complicated part for me- was the religious infertility aspect.  
You can read about that   HERE 

After Moshe I immediately had my regular irregular, frequent bleeding episodes.  
Which prompted trips to the Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Beloved, along with phone calls to my OB/GYN, Dr. Wonderful. Months of havoc ensued due to the inability to stay clean-from blood that is.  
Did you read my post which explains why that's important?  No? Read it!

My bleeding never did get under control that summer, but in November we ended up doing a transfer and I was immediately pregnant.  
After Dovy, I never got my period.  For 18 months I did not get my period. 
And then I found out I was pregnant.
You can read about that HERE.
Yes I still have the message on my phone, and yes I listen to it sometimes.
Not only was a lucky that I "slipped an egg," as Dr. Beloved says, but because I was also fortunate to be in the right place at the right time (if you know what I mean) since I was not "religiously infertile." 

I still can't believe it happened.
Spontaneous pregnancy.
Dr. Beloved was shocked-but Dr. Wonderful, he dared to utter the words aloud-
maybe you won't need your embryos.

And you know what?
I believed him.
I believed him so much that I bought 100 pregnancy tests on Amazon-convinced I would need to check on a regular basis-and not only would I check, one day I was going to see two lines.  
And how amazing that would be-because my body has finally figured it out!      

Until it became apparent it hadn't.
Because the bleeding is the main concern due to religious guidelines, when I saw Dr. Wonderful two weeks ago I asked him for birth control.  
I figured 6 months into Hannah's life, if I'm still bleeding frequently and irregularly and sometimes having issues getting clean, it's time to call it quits. 

I put in the NuvaRing today. 
And as it entered my body, all I could think of was my re-commitment to fertility treatment.
I'm not sure when, but it will happen again-because my infertility has reared it's ugly head.

I'm not really sure why I'm upset.
I said all along, even while pregnant with Hannah, even to Dr. Wonderful after he uttered the statement, that I wanted to use my remaining four embryos, I need to give them a chance. 

This is my infertility journey, and I'm honored to share it with you.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day

Valentines Day was never made a big deal growing up. 
Sure, we had a party in school, we had to make some sort of "mail" box to receive all the valentines from classmates, but that was it.  
Thanks to Pinterest it seems like everyone is going all out-which I love. 
I love a good project which results in spreading happiness and cheer to others.

Because my son does not celebrate Valentines at his school, to get my fix-I decided to make Valentines for all of my co-workers.

You can read about the Valentines that caught my eye HERE.
Which one did I choose?

You guessed it-I'm donuts over you!
Duh, I love me some donuts!

I ordered the boxes HERE
I printed the free printables HERE

I stuffed them with Entanmans popems.  
These boxes are 4x4x4.
The width is great, but the height is too high-you could fit almost an entire box of popems in there-which felt a little awkward.  However, I'm not sure if there is an option of a box with less height.
You could use bags, but I loved the idea of the box.
Transport was tricky-safe for the contents, but bulky yet lightweight.  
These were perfect as I handed them out bright and early.
Just what the staff needed before our students came barreling in for the day! 

You also know I love me a good project.  
Around Christmas time I got into stamps and have become obsessed with embossing and finding cute stamps.  

I love all things Beatles, so when I found this, I thought it would be perfect-it expressed the sentiment of the day in a perfect, non-cheesy way.
I filled the bags with homemade chocolate chip cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkles and dipped marshmallows.  
I tied them all up with red bakers twine and attached this beauty of a tag.

I'm loving how everything turned out!

Happy Valentines Day, and don't forget...

Hannah is 6 months!

Y'all know I'm terrible at blogging in real time. 
Life just gets in the way.

BUT-I want to hit on this important milestone as close to the actual date as I can.
Yesterday...Hannah turned 6 months old!
I can't believe it.  
The months are flying by.
It feels like just yesterday she was born.
As we speak she's eating her first food-peas, and is loving it.  

Hannah has finally decided chilling is not so bad.
Her brothers adore her.
She recognizes those important in her life by face, and by voice.
She's an awesome snuggler and a proficient drooler.  

She has the perfect laugh-which only her brothers can get out of her.

You have been to three weddings and are going on your 3rd flight tomorrow night!  
You suck your thumb like no body's business.  

You love hugs, kisses and to be held.  

We can't imagine our lives without you...our little "neester"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What it's like...

When you choose to be open about something, you can expect a multitude of questions.  
That's the point right?  
The more you make yourself available, the more questions people have the opportunity to ask, and the more people ask the more they learn.  
And that's the point of this whole thing.
Spread awareness and create sensitivity.  

It's no surprise to me that I get a lot of questions-there's no question I don't feel comfortable finding some way to answer.  

I pump during one of my breaks with a co-worker who told me about an episode of MTV's True Life:
I'm Desperate to Have a Baby

The episode showcases two couples going through IVF.  One couple has already done a few rounds with no success, and another couple is on their first go around.  
There's no way that a tv show can depict what infertility and IVF are like in it's entirety, however I personally think this episode did a great job touching on many of the realities: the shots, the retrieval, the transfer, the two week wait, and the emotions.
I was crying within the first five minutes.  
So real.  

So, if you ever wondered what it was like, check it out.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Munchies...

I grew up in Ohio, and I think I mentioned the Jews were kind of few and far between in my small town.  A lot of Judaism was a novelty.
I still find it weird that Jews have such a presence in New York. 
It's even more weird to me that non-Jews know so much about Judaism. 
I made latkes to share with my co-workers during Chanukah and knishes were brought up.  
It definitely caught me off guard, as I myself do not think they're that great, but I find it wildly entertaining that most of my non-Jewish co-workers are so in-tune with Judaism.  

So, during my snow day I decided to give knishes a shot.  
I will say that they are a major time suck.  
The recipe itself calls for 3 hours.  
Add in 3 kiddos and it was an all day affair!
I also found some the part of filling and cutting to be confusing, but the nice thing about this is it's really hard to mess it up-you know you're supposed to end up with a pouch of potatoes.  
So just do what you gotta! 

Some of you may be wondering what a knish is.  
It's essentially a potato pastry.  
Best when served warm....yum...

Sarah's Knish Recipe

7 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 onions chopped 
1 teaspoon ground black pepper 
2 teaspoons salt 
2 teaspoons white sugar 
1 teaspoon minced garlic 
2 eggs 
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1 cup warm water 
1 teaspoon salt 
4 cups all-purpose flour 
2 egg yolks 
2 teaspoons milk 

  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine potatoes and onions in a large bowl; season with 2 teaspoons of salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic. Mash until smooth; set aside.
  2. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Beat eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, warm water, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Gradually stir in flour. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Divide the dough into thirds and roll each piece out to about 9x13-inches. Slice the rolled dough in half lengthwise, then spread the potato mixture down the center of each strip. Roll each strip around the filling and gently press to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to end with six logs.
  4. Cut each log into 1-inch slices and place cut side down on the prepared baking sheet. Gently press the edges of the dough toward the center of the potato mixture to form a bun. Beat egg yolks and milk together in a small bowl. Brush each knish with the the egg yolk mixture.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tales of a Snowy Day

Not an actual snow day...
Call it what you may, Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, Polar Vortex, Maximus...
my school district is not having it!
We have had one snow day in all of this wintery mess...the schools around us are looking into the end of June at this point.  

I don't have many days saved up because I had to use them for my maternity leave, so I've been at school all these times. 
But, when I woke up in the middle of the night, to the pitter patter that was the sleet coming down, I knew I would not be braving this storm.
It's one thing to be at work and the storm starts in the afternoon and the drive home is a little annoying.
But it's entirely different to have to spend hours shoveling out just to have a dangerous commute to and from school.  
When my babysitter called to say she fell at the bus stop and eventually turned back when there was no bus in sight at the wee hours of 6am, I declared my own personal snow day!

Thank goodness I ran a few extra errands last night so I was armed and read to take full advantage of this day! 

I braved finger painting, water colors, making cupcakes from scratch, and water fun in the shower.  
On top of that I made knishes, look for that on this upcoming Monday Munchies, and I made an awesome dinner!  

 In the blink of an eye it was 4pm.
And I finally got to enjoy some hot chocolate with frothed milk-my new obsession!!!

I'm thankful for this forced break-with no place to go, no real things to do, just time to relax and enjoy my little ones.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Munchies...

I can't believe it's February!  
You know what that means-my birthday!
And Valentines Day!!! 
Moshe's school doesn't celebrate Valentines Day, so who better that to give Valentines to than your co-workers???
Yes, I am that person. 

Nothing would be complete without donuts 

Sprinkles make anything better

Who doesn't like a good 'ole cupcake?

This would be perfect for a Valentines party

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball 

How cute is this?

I love you s'more - Cute valentine treat by catrulz 

If you're obsessed with the movie Frozen, like me, than this is for you! 

And then there are the classics... 



And of course, there's a muddy buddy/puppy chow Valentines edition 

What do you like to give for Valentines Day?
Check out what I did last year HERE
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