the monday snapshot – CrysHouse

CrysHouse of A Life in Ordinary is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. 

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When I turned 30, I thought I would feel a lot different than I did at 29…so it stands to reason that I believed I would feel a lot different when I became a mom.  Instead, it’s been a peaceful transition.  When Ryan cries or whines (or even when he fills his diaper…and onesie) I don’t panic.  I find myself as content as I am when he looks straight at me and smiles as big as he knows how at 8 weeks.

There’s nothing glamorous about my life right now–my kitchen is a mess, I don’t get to shower every day and my husband ran out of underwear the other day because I haven’t gotten around to the laundry.  But I’m still content.  Some days I cry.  Some days I don’t know why Ryan is upset.  By and far, though, I knew this was the part that was missing from my life for the last eight years.
Ryan is almost two months old.  And even though several of my co-workers call me a dirty whore for admitting this, I’m excited to say he’s sleeping through the night fairly consistently.  Those little celebrations, scheduling naps, diaper changes and feedings, that’s what my days consist of now.  It kinda makes me feel like I’ve been crowned Miss America, you know?


Now, get to know a little more about CrysHouse with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started my blog four years ago to write about yet another weight loss journey. I’d been struggling to lose weight since my early 20s and didn’t realize until shortly after beginning the s-l-o-w journey yet again that my doctor had missed a diagnosis (for the seven years I had been seeing her and complaining with the same symptoms): PCOS. That realization led to a long series of ups and downs in the weight loss department as well as interesting developments on the IF front.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

My husband (Favorite) and I decided to expand our family in February ’05 after being married almost 2 years. Our first BFP came in March ’10 after several frustrating conversations with my OB (I’m probably naive, but I had never heard of PCO before my mom started doing her own research), a horrible experience with diet pills, ovarian drilling, bad advice regarding testosterone shots and a few rounds of clomid. (These experiences are the reason I always recommend becoming a self-advocate in the doctor’s office–which really seems like common sense after the fact.) Unfortunately, we lost that baby at almost 11 weeks. For a year afterward, I begged to get (and finally received) a prescription for Metformin. After a few months on that medication, I saw three other doctors who all stated my PCO was under control and there was no medical reason I wasn’t getting pregnant. In August ’12, we were given the shock diagnosis of our lives after basically throwing in the towel on TTC–a natural pregnancy. Ryan Christopher is due March 2013.

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

I don’t know that it makes me unique, but I definitely discuss my faith and how it’s affected me in this journey. I also share how pregnancy has completely changed the way my body works.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

I am a hobbit.

5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

I always recommend Young House Love because their posts are a day-brightener. (And honestly, what woman isn’t interested in improving her home or living area?)


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit  CrysHouse at A life in Ordinary.

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  1. Aww what a sweet photo and explanation to go with it. It sounds as if you have taken to motherhood so naturally! 🙂

    Here is my little girlie enjoying her first prom..

  2. Hey there! Nice to meet you!

  3. My first time participating. I always love reading everyone’s posts.

  4. Very sweet post! And so much of your story resonates with mine… particularly learning to be an advocate for yourself in the medical realm. It is imperative to ask the questions, seek out other opinions, and not take everything that comes from a doctor’s mouth as gold.

    Also, always happy to meet a sister hobbit!

    • I hate that it took me so many years to learn to advocate for myself. And it’s always nice to meet a fellow hobbit 🙂

  5. Nice to meet you and I, too, found myself nodding along at the part about learning you need to be your own medical advocate.

    Here’s my post!


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