Life lately: May 2016.

Watching | Three really good films this month - Miss You Already (so sad!), The Jungle Book (at the cinema) and Joy. Plus a bunch of things on TV thoughout the month, my favourite of which is Tänk om.

Listening to | Lots of 80s music before and during the 80s party we had at work. So much fun.

Consuming | More ice cream than I should have, as always at this time of year :)

Reading | I started reading Cider With Rosie but haven't finished it yet.

Visiting | The parents + my sister in Malmö.

Enjoying | The too-good-to-be-true summer weather we've had, all the flowers that have been in bloom throughout the month, being able to hang out on the balcony again, all the little summery outings we went on, picnics and, of course, ice cream.

Making | Project Life pages for May, which I will be sharing here soon.

Looking forward to | The little trips we have planned for June, summer and my vacation in July.

Outings: A summer day in Uvaklöva.

A couple of weekends ago we went back to this place, on one of the wonderful May days we've had so far that feels just like summer - warm + sunny. It was quite a contrast to last time we visited Uvaklöva, but the deep woods there are just as beautiful no matter the season. We decided that we have to go back there again in the autumn to see what it's like then.

Project Life: April 2016.

Tonight I'm finally getting around to sharing my April spreads. I completed them a while ago but I used a random mix of products this month so finding the links to all the sources took some time...

A spread about the month in general. The calendar card is from the Project 52 2016 Edition (recoloured to all white) and the April stamp is from Paislee Press. The journalling card is from the Everyday Edition and the green/white filler card from the Sunshine Edition. The black paper with text is from this freebie kit and the "hello" sticker was a freebie by Sara Gleason last November.

A spread about this day. All the products are from the Everyday Edition except for the "wander" sticker which was another freebie by Sara Gleason in the Lilypad National Scrapbooking Day blog hop.

Two spreads about this day. Heart washi tape from Pink Reptile Designs, "You are here" card from Sahlin Studio, Arrow paper from Sabrina Dupre Designs, stripy papers, hot air balloon paper + sticker from Just Jaimee (her kit was just perfect for documenting this day) and blue map paper from Paula Kesselring, all from the Lilypad National Scrapbooking Day blog hop (which is like Christmas for us scrapbookers!). The journalling card in the second spread is from the Everyday Edition (recoloured).

More about P's 40th birthday celebration. Cards from the Everyday Edition.

A spread about my second trip to Poland of the year. I didn't bring my DSLR this time around so these photos are iPhone only, but they actually turned out much better than I expected. The cards on the left side are from the Everyday Edition and the card on the right is from the Moments Like These Edition.

A final spread about work + the second half of the month in general. Charming Themed Cards can be found here.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens.

Outings: A special birthday gift.

To celebrate a special birthday in April, I got us tickets to ride on a hot air balloon. I had never been before, nor even seen a balloon up close, so I had no idea what to expect. We got to take part in the whole process of filling up the balloon with air, taking off, and then packing up the balloon once we had landed. I was a bit nervous when we took off, but other than that it was the most fun and special experience from beginning to end, one that I will remember for the rest of my life. The weather was perfect, a sunny spring evening, and we were up in the air for an hour and a half.

The photos of the balloon during take off + up in the air were taken by my sister. That was another aspect that made it so much fun, that family + friends could take part in the experience from the ground. Two friends even texted us photos of the balloon that they had taken from afar, one of them as far as 10 kilometres away! It really was the best time and I am so grateful that it all worked out so well. They only do rides like this in our area a handful of times each year so it was fantastic timing that they had scheduled a ride this exact weekend, as if it was meant to be (and I think it was).

Infertility, part 3/3: The aftermath.

After I had emergency surgery, I was on sick leave for a week. I ate all the iron-rich food I could think of as well as iron supplements. I saw my own doctor who took blood tests to make sure the pregnancy hormone level was fading, which it did. Gradually, I grew stronger physically. About a month after the surgery I got a letter from the doctor who performed the surgery. She'd been in touch with the fertility clinic that performs IVF for patients in the area where I live, and they had decided that I would need to have my ovarian tubes removed before I could proceed with IVF. Some studies suggest that a salpingectomy can increase the success rate of IVF for patients who have had repeated ectopic pregnancies. Moreover, it would prevent me from having another life-threatening ectopic pregnancy in the future.

Infertility, part 2/3: My third pregnancy.

After a couple of months, when I had recovered somewhat emotionally and physically, we did another IUI. I was no longer so sure that it would work. And it didn't. However, a couple more months later, something strange and unexpected happened. My period didn't come. I took a test, and it was positive. I couldn't believe it. After two and a half years of trying, I had finally managed to conceive naturally! I was hesitant to get excited though, because it was still so early and I had learned the hard way not to get too carried away. I recognized the symptoms from before. The day after I took the test I went to a work party and had to try hard all night to cover up that I wasn't drinking. I didn't need alcohol to enjoy the party though. All through the night I smiled to myself about the secret I was carrying.

Infertility, part 1/3: The beginning.

I've been meaning to write about this for almost a year, but it hasn't felt right. For a long time I felt like I needed to end my story with a happy ending, in order to be able to share it. But I don't have a happy ending to give and I might never have, because as we all know, there are no guarantees in life. So I am going to put it out there, anyway, in the hope that it will make someone else out there feel less alone. As you can guess by the topic of this entry, I am also one of the "one in eight" who know the pain of infertility. This is the first part of my story.