Category Archives: my life

Miscarriage Heartbreak

Hello, my loves. I’m sorry things have been a bit quiet around here. After transferring our last frozen embryo in early March we were delighted to learn I was, at long last, pregnant. After three emotionally and physically exhausting rounds of IVF, Simon and I were over the moon to say the least. We excitedly called our parents and siblings and I texted all my sweet girlfriends that had been rooting for us along the way. Simon began whispering funny things to the little embryo in my belly and I filled my Amazon cart with baby books. Then, on my 31st birthday, I miscarried. Needless to say, our hearts are broken. READ POST

IVF Heartbreak, Take Two

Hello, my loves. Sadly, Simon and I learned this week that our second IVF attempt failed. The call from the nurse was devastating, but somehow a teeny bit easier than our first round of disappointment. Perhaps, amidst the heartbreak, we’re growing stronger. I still have faith that we’re meant to have a baby, it’s just going to take more time. We’ll be transferring our last frozen embryo in a few weeks. Hopefully, third time’s a charm. And if not, we’ll start over at the very beginning with a new fresh cycle. I am trying to focus on all we have to be grateful for—our supportive family and friends, pug cuddles, our sunny apartment, and this blog and my sweet readers. Most of all, I’m thankful we ended up in Denmark, where fertility treatment is roughly a third of the cost it is in the U.S. (the main reason we’re able to keep trying). This weekend, we’re going to watch movies, have friends over for dinner, and just get hygge. Wishing you all a cozy weekend with the ones you love.

(above, a ridiculously cute cardigan for little girls)

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The Two Week Wait, Take Two

Unsurprisingly, I still have babies on the brain. We transferred one of our two frozen embryos and are now in the midst of the two-week wait. I begged the doctor to transfer both blastocysts (twins!), but they are rarely willing to transfer more than one embryo in Denmark. The transfer itself didn’t go as smoothly as we’d hoped (the doctor had a lot of difficulty and I cried the whole way home), so I’m not very optimistic, but maybe we’ll get lucky this time. Meanwhile, I’m still flagging all the cute baby clothes and accessories I come across online. Isn’t the crochet cardigan above as cute as can be…?! Below, I’ve shared some more of my current baby favorites.

Felt Sheep Baby Mobile

Floral Flutter-Sleeve Baby Dress (on sale)

Gingham Washcloth Set

Oxford Baby Boy Boat Shoes (on sale)

Pink Gingham Baby Overalls

Giraffe Nursery Bookcase

Toddler Pineapple Quilt and Play Mat

Patagonia Water Resistant Baby Girl Down Vest

Owl Laundry Hamper

Baby Chick Swaddle Blanket

Farm Animal Baby Socks Set

Stripe Baby Girl Dress

Whale Toy Basket

Elephant Fitted Crib Sheet (on sale)

Classic Cord Shorts (so Prince George!)

Eyelet Chambray Flutter Baby Top (on sale)

Star Cloud Mobile

Baby Girl August Floral Print Dress

Elephant Shaped Nursery Storage

Bow Baby Ballet Flats (on sale)

Whales Knitted Sweater

Organic Cotton Bubble Romper

Flamingo Swaddle Blanket

Patagonia Water Repellent Baby Boys Down Vest

Dover Dachshund Knit Toy

Eyelet Sun Hat

Gingham Baby Girl Swimsuit with Ruffles

Dottie Bookcase

Knitted Baby Leggings

Miffy Bunny Lamp

Elephant Swaddle Baby Blanket

Daisy Ruffle-Back Baby Leggings (on sale)

Turtle Nursery Toy Storage

Giraffe Crib Sheet

Pink Eyelet Baby Dress

Bunny and Carrot Baby Socks

Elephant Knob (so fun for a dresser or changing table…)

Glitter Jelly Baby Sandals (on sale, these are super cute too)

Jersey Baby Girl Play Set

Eyelet Ruffle One-Piece Baby Swimsuit (on sale)

You Go Girl Canvas Banner

Patagonia Baby Down Filled Jacket

Blooming Scalloped Baby Bib

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IVF Heartbreak…and Portugal

Hi friends. Yesterday, Simon and I got news that our first IVF cycle was unsuccessful. Needless to say, we are heartbroken. We had been so optimistic throughout the two week wait and were truly devastated when we got the call. The silver lining is that we have two frozen embryos from the first cycle, so our next attempt will be a frozen embryo transfer (no injections this time around). I’m trying to keep my chin up, but as you can imagine, it’s hard. At Simon’s encouragement, I booked a quick trip to Lisbon to distract myself from the bad news (#traveltherapy). I fly out tomorrow morning and am really looking forward to a bit of sunshine. Please let me know if you have any suggestions as to what I must see/do in Lisbon. I’ve never been to Portugal, but have heard wonderful things (feel free to follow along on instagram). Thank you again for all of your encouragement throughout our fertility struggles. Your kind comments and emails have given me such hope.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’ve all recovered from last night’s bubbly. We spent the evening with our favorite Danish neighbors. The festivities commenced with a viewing of Queen Margrethe II’s televised speech (tradition dictates you drink every time she mumbles, drops her eyeglasses, or loses a cue card…bless her heart), followed by a beautiful three course take-out meal from Restaurant Cofoco. After a hilarious game of charades, we concluded the night marveling over the fireworks display from the balcony. Danes love to party and certainly know how to ring in the New Year with style.

2016 was a wild adventure and, while there were plenty of good times, I’m glad to see it go. The highlights in short: we moved from Chicago to Copenhagen and found our dream apartment, I celebrated my 30th birthday with my dear friend Jane in Vienna, traveled with my mom to Berlin and Paris, made a summer escape to Milan and Lake Como with Simon, and made solo trips to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Marrakech. We also celebrated one year of marriage in Paris, made multiple trips to London to see family, underwent fertility treatment, and built an amazing network of international friends here in Denmark.

In 2017, I hope to slow down a bit. Perhaps I’ll be pregnant and spend time nesting. I haven’t set strict resolutions, my hope is to simply be mindful, be patient, and be grateful. I hope to hold more dinner parties, blog more often (let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see!), read more books, and perhaps explore another country or two. If I am so lucky to become a mother, that would be the greatest gift of all.

What were the highlights of your 2016? Any resolutions you care to share? Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2017 full of friendship, love, and inspiration. Cheers to new beginnings!

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The Two-Week Wait

Just popping in to update you all on our IVF adventure and wish you all a belated happy holidays. On Christmas Eve I had my egg removal (what a trip, more on that later…) and on Tuesday they transferred one beautiful, little embryo back into my uterus. We now wait two weeks (surely the longest two weeks of my life…) to take a pregnancy test at the fertility clinic. Simon has been spoiling me rotten (he adorably brought Madeline to the egg removal and read it to me while I recuperated…) and I’m just doing my best to stay stress-free. We are so excited and feeling very optimistic. While it was hardly your typical Christmas, it was a memorable one indeed. I hope all of you had a cheerful holiday full of family, friends, and delicious treats. Below, are some fun baby items I have my eye on. If we get a positive pregnancy test, I fear I may go on a bit of a spree! Above, a must-have baby bear suit.

Giraffe Shaped Wicker Basket, $79 (on sale)

Blythe Oval Crib, $899 (other colors available)

Andy Warhol ABC’s Book, $13 (also available here)

Starry Globe Nightlight, $16

Bunny Booties, $23 (on sale)

Textured Polka Dot Rug, from $149

Bunny Nursery Mobile, $112 (on sale)

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