Friday, 22 October 2010

Who is Julie ?

Hello Everybody,

My first question of the day is what does ICLW stand for ??? I just saw that on all your blogs, I even asked my husband but we both don't know.

I thought I would tell you a bit more about me.


I am a 25 year old French woman, I left France when I was 21 and moved to Ireland. I had always wanted to live there. A few month later  met a wonderful man, 5 months later I moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland to be closer to him. On 12th January 2009, he proposed to me and we got married on 16th July 2010. I love him so much and he is very supportive.


I studied English and litterature in University. Worked in childcare for several years, did a lot of small jobs to finally go back to my first love : Beauty therapy and make up. I went to a Beauty school to get qualifications, worked as a makeup artist for a while until I was made redundant. As the money is not good in the beauty business at the moment, I decided to start working in a call center.  So I could have time outside of work to perform Beauty treatments from home and still have a reasonnable income every month.


I have been overweight all my life. I tried dozens of diets and none would work on the long term. So I made a decision this year, I got a gastric band. It is not as easy to lose weight with a gastric band as most people think you still have to have to change all your bad habits and keep a very balanced diet if you want the weight to come off. I am losing weight slowly but surely and I know I need to to increase my chances of having a baby. my 2 main issues healthwise are IBS and PCOS. I am trying to learn to live with both of them but it's not easy every day.

I guess if there is anything else you would like to know you can ask :)

Have a good day.

PS: I have added a link to my BBT chart on the right for those who are interested.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

First followers, BBT, vitamins...

Hello new little friends :)

Thank you to my first followers !

Here is what I have been trying to do so far:

1. Lose weight : 17kg down so far (37.5lbs) still a long way to go but I am getting there.
2. take my temperature every morning when I get up.
3. doing an ovulation test every day
4.Eat healthy food
5. Take multi-vitamins to boost fertility
6. Try to exercise more regularly
7. taking some australian bush flowers drops supposed to help with hormone balance.

I am not sure all these things are helping right now but at least I am trying to do something about the problem while waiting desperately to get the letter with the date of my appointment at the fertility clinic.

99 things ...


I have now started to look for other bloggers like me, If you are reading this you might have got  message from me today :)

I found this on a few other blogs...

Istructions: The post is a list of 99 things you could have done, and you are supposed to bold the ones that you yourself have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to DisneyWorld
8. Climbed a mountain9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France20. Slept on an overnight train21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice29. Seen a total eclipse30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person39. Gone rock climbing40. Seen Michelangelo’s David41. Sung karaoke42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London77. Broken a bone78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

27 weeks !!!

27 weeks!
This is what the fertility clinic replied to me on the phone when I asked them how long the waiting list for a first appointment was.

I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrom) 2 months ago although I had suspected it for a little while.

Since I had stopped taking the pill in december, I started having facial hair and my period never came back. It was the diagnostic I was dreading but as they told me at least I know where the problem is coming from...

My GP told me there was nothing they could do for me and they referred me to the fertility clinic. I was asked to do several things like taking my basal temperature everyday, do an ovulation test everyday, Just to try and gather as many clues as possible about what is happening exactly.

I have decided that although there is very little chance I could get pregnant as my LH and FSH levels are very low, I will keep trying anyway.

I will update this blog with all the things I have done until now inseveral different posts. There is a lot to say. I am not convinced I have the right method to do things I am trying to follow my instincts and try to find out as much as I can about this condition and how to live with it affecting your life too much.

Any advice is welcome :)