I love it when a plan comes together!

Today Josh went to buy new blinds. Apparently our windows are weird and he was gonna need me to be there to pick them out(I was babysitting for a friend) so he came home with no blinds.

Two hours later we went back to Lowes and Home Depot thinking we were gonna have to settle for vertical blinds for my giant living room window because the horizontal wood slat blinds I wanted were gonna stick out too far.
But wait, I found some that were only 1 inch wide instead of the standard 2 inch! 

Oh, those only come in white, I wanted brown. Dang!
Oh you can special order them in lots of colors?! Hooray!
Special order blinds will cost $250 for the one window!!??!! Dag nabit!

Maybe Home Depot will have something else.....

Less colors? More expensive? I think I'll pass on the blinds idea thanks.

Lets go to the pet store. The dogs need new collars, they look like hobos.

Yes, that is the collar we are looking for, oh you are out of stock.  Figures.

We got home very frustrated, took a little nap, and regrouped.    We decided to broaden our horizons, we were making things too hard. We can deal with the blinds sticking out a little bit, and Josh is brilliant so he figured out a way he could make them pretty.  We grabbed the dogs, measured the windows ONE MORE TIME and headed back out.

And came home with these!

Gorgeous, perfect new blinds!
They are actually the exact same color at the wall directly across the room. I couldn't have made them match my room more perfectly-and they were the in stock, generic dark color model. (we got white ones for the two windows in the kitchen too but they aren't up yet)

Then we headed back to the pet store for those new dog collars.

I can not even get over how handsome my boys are! Pike has always had red collars, his first nice leather collar was kind of a deep maroon with studs and we loved that on him but this looks so good! And this is Romans first "grown up" fancy leather collar, I have always had him in black and gray collars so the green is a HUGE change. The funny part about it is that if you swap the colors on the dogs, they look terrible! Roman is just enough darker than Pike that this green looks awesome and the blue looks weird and the reverse is true for Pike, the green is totally lost on him! Yes I am a crazy lady but my boys look GOOD.

So the lesson for today: Stop trying to be so in control that you aren't open to new ideas and other options. Take some time to just let things be and be open to them and things may turn out better than you imagined.

AND since I am sure you are all dying to see her.....

Zoey Cecelia
Cutest ever right? YES!
She has red red hair and I get to meet her tomorrow!

In Other News

We have a baby!!! My beautiful sister Niki and her super cute husband Nik had their baby this morning!

Zoey Cecelia Krohn 
born feb18 at 3:27 am. 6lbs 15oz, 19.5in long, strawberry blonde hair.
They won't send me a picture of her (like they need sleep or something sheesh!) so I am starting to not believe them, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt for a little while longer and like me, you will just have to imagine what a beautiful little thing could come from these two

Photo stolen from her blog :)

Congratulations Nik and Niki! I can't wait till next week when I can come see you and your beautiful new Baby Z!

Unexpected, Unwanted Twins

Warning: There will be pictures of guts- no blood, just guts. If you turn back now I will not be offended.

In July, Josh and I took a trip to the emergency room.  I had been having some pretty annoying pains low in my abdomen and my monthly visit from mother nature was suspiciously late.  Pregnancy test was negative but I wasn't convinced everything was ok and since my IUD creates a higher risk for ectopic pregnancy I decided it would be best to go see a Dr. They did another pregnancy test -negative again- and told me I was probably just crazy but to come back for an ultrasound anyway. The next day on the ultrasound they found a cyst on my right ovary. Yay for not being crazy! but yuck!

They said it was not big enough to worry about, only about the size of a racquet ball.
Which, ps, is about this big
(ok a little smaller but my  picture grew and I am tired of fighting it. Ultimately it ended up this big though)
They told me it would probably go away all on its own or rupture.

Long story short, 7 months later, neither of those things happened.  At my ultrasound in January they found that the cyst was still there and even a little bigger, but they didn't think it was actually on my ovary. I was referred to an ob/gyn who saw me for approximately 2 minutes before my surgery was scheduled.
One week later (one week ago) I found myself back with the same ob/gyn for another 2 minutes before they whisked me off to surgery.

What they found what a little surprising.


TWO separate cysts one on top of the other

For a point of reference (I know you wanted one really bad):

This white blob is my happy healthy left ovary!

These are my cysts!

The top white blob is actually my right ovary, sick and sad and growing a cyst inside.
The bottom blob is the yucky other cyst.  The tubey looking thing between them is my fallopian tube.

 Better picture of cyst 2 (because again, I knew you desperately needed to see it)

That blue circle picture at the top is about how big they BOTH were.

OK Enough guts

 Remember when my Dr told me they weren't sure what the cyst was on, well apparently it was cyst 2 that they kept finding on the ultrasounds (they had no clue the one in my ovary was even there-little disconcerting-but more on that in a sec) It is NOT an ovarian cyst. It is a paratubual cyst. It was growing on my fallopian tube.  The good news is that we decided to take it out before it had a chance to twist on itself. If it had, it could have damaged or even cut of the blood supply and killed my fallopian tube and even my ovary. So, dodged a bullet, just in case we ever decide to try and utilize those organs for their intended purpose.

The other good news about this yucky cyst is that it was probably formed from some extra cells that never turned into anything when I was growing into a human in utero-which means now that it is gone there is almost no likelihood of it returning. YAY!

The cyst that was actually in my ovary was a bit of a different story.  It was still benign (hooray!) but they weren't able to remove it entirely. They drained it but couldn't remove the cyst tissue from inside my ovary without causing more damage than necessary.  Also, because cysts form normally every month in your ovaries and this was just one that got carried away, they had no idea how long it was growing and, no way to know if another would grow in its place.  
The only way to prevent/manage them is with hormones (birth control pills) and that just isn't an option for this girl. 

If you want to know about me getting my life back after the birth control hormones check out my other blog here

So here we are, healing from surgery, glad to be rid of the two yucky impostors and hoping that they never decide to come back.