A couple of friends posted that they were going to this local waterfall and I didn’t have any plans so I quickly msged them saying I would meet them there! We got to the trailhead and started a snow filled hike. When we got to the waterfall there was at least 50 people. Now don’t get me wrong that’s cool and all I just don’t like that many in my photos. I (we) all seen @littlemissnorthwest and my buddy said hmm I think she looks familiar. (this is before the pink dress was put on) we walked around trying to find good compositions but it was just a bit bright outside and none of us liked the conditions. Tessa quickly switched clothes and my buddy Zack introduced himself and asked if he could take her photo, I quickly did the same. I had a couple different compositions in mind and shot at least 100 photos. This was the one I was happy with. Oh and I tried to make a GIF out of my bursts and thought it turned out cool. Hope you dig it. P.s: I think I’m gonna take more portraits andddd I thought this quote was cool. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
On 1/11 I had my baseline ultrasound. Everything looked GREAT. But the clinic emailed me to say that the Dr office didn't take a blood draw as ordered so I would need to get a blood draw that day, or following day to get results as soon as possible. I was instructed to go ahead and start meds that evening - without having done the first blood draw to get a baseline. . So I took my first estradiol injection and 2x/day estradiol tablet 1/11. On 1/12 I took my tablet, ate some breakfast, and went in for my blood draw. . On 1/14 I recieved an email from the clinic to inform me that my estradiol levels were 186, and they needed to see levels under 100 to proceed with transfer. I was instructed to stop meds immediately and to inform them of my next cycle. . My heart dropped. I was devastated. I reached out to a friend of 10 years and fellow surrogate. She helped talk me down. But also explained how the results could have been affected by the fact that I had already started meds. So my "baseline" wasn't true or accurate. . I emailed the nurse at the clinic to remind them that I had been instructed to start meds the day before I had my blood draw. Hours later I recieved a response saying that per the Dr, my results likely were affected by the fact that I had already started meds. And we would continue as scheduled until next ultrasound and blood draw. . I had SO MUCH ANXIETY today going into my blood draw! Were my levels high enough? Were they too high? Can we proceed? I scheduled my blood draw and ultrasound first thing in the morning hoping I would receive results early afternoon. . My poor coordinator. Her phone was BOMBED with texts from me. I've never had so much anxiety. . At 5:40p I finally recieved word from the clinic. Everything looks good and we are proceeding as scheduled!!!. . ❤🍍 #pnw#pnwlife#pnwlifestyle#ivf#stepmom#surro#surrogate#surromama#surromom#surrogatemom#gestationalsurrogate#surrogatejourney#babymaker#makingbabies#family
Yesterday I had the opportunity to volunteer with a group from work helping to get the new Ronald McDonald House ready next to OHSU in Portland. This facility is AMAZING, and they will move their first families over from their temporary space in the Marriott Residence Inn beginning next Wednesday! ❤️ There is a floor devoted to common areas, including kitchen space, a fitness room for parents to relieve stress, craft area for littles (with the CUTEST and tiniest little aprons I’ve ever seen), kitchen space for families to cook for themselves AND separate kitchen space for volunteers to come in and cook meals for the families, activity rooms catered to older kids, rooftop ADA certified play area next to outdoor seating, a resource library, and the sweetest Portland themed murals throughout. Above that floor are two floors of varying sizes of rooms to fit the needs of different sizes of families who may find themselves staying in the house. Though RMHC caters to the families of pediatric patients, they have partnered with OHSU to provide their services to adult patients in similar times of crisis on two additional floors. When families find themselves at this house, they likely will have come in an emergency, just with the items they have in their pockets/purse, so RMHC aims to provide them with anything they could possibly need—from clean clothes to toiletries to diapers and beyond—so that at least a small portion of the strain on financial resources and their time is lessened in an unfamiliar city during an unbearably stressful time. This opportunity was a great experience to learn more about the amazing way this organization is serving the community, and I’m so grateful to work somewhere that encourages volunteerism ❤️ . . . . . #ronaldmcdonaldhouse#ronaldmcdonaldhousecharities#rmhc#rmhcportland#volunteering#volunteerism#dogood#bekind#bekindalways#ldhouse craftbeer #craftbeerlife#beers#craftbeerlover#supportlocal#beersofinstagram
Here are a few sneak peeks of some of my new treasures that will be in tonight’s sale! ☁️ If you would like more information on my boutique or would like to shop please follow the link in my bio. ☁️ #greyskyboutique#sneakpeekgreyskyboutique
Stood in awe of this Sequoia today. It’s bark a thick armor naturally designed and certainly earned. At least 10 -12 feet in diameter. Stature beyond my sight. Took a deep breath knowing it’s feeding my lungs....my spirit. #o2#seattle#pnw
You GUYS! Do you know what today is? Ok, scroll back to the very beginning on my feed💙✌🤩🙌👊 It's my 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! This afternoon I re-created the first photograph I shared here. This time, snuggling my Aria, and some of my favorite rollers. What I should have said, is- Its -OUR- 1 year anniversary, because this simply wouldn't be, Without you ALL💙 Thank you for continuing to show up, for your shared kindness, for letting me SPEAK into your life, and allowing me to guide you. You have BLESSED me greatly. +Tomorrow I'll be sharing a GIVEAWAY here, come back and check it out. #gratefulheart
@andreasnetsinger and @_.jamz._ will be back for Wellness Wednesday at @theriveterco in Bellevue hosting another Techies + Wellness Sound Healing & Reiki Energy event on 2/13 from 4-5pm. Let us take you on a journey of mindfulness, relaxation and healing. You are so deserving! Link is in bio.
@andreasnetsinger and I will be back for Wellness Wednesday at @theriveterco in Bellevue hosting another @techiesandwellness Sound Healing & Reiki Energy event on 2/13 from 4-5pm. Let us take you on a journey of mindfulness, relaxation and healing. You are so deserving! Link is in bio.