12 Tips and Strategies to Cope with Infertility over the Holidays

The holidays can be a wonderful time with family and friends, but the season can also be difficult for those struggling with infertility. Regardless of culture, religious affiliation, or socioeconomics, most holidays conjure up media-fed images of happy families gathering together. For anyone who is having trouble conceiving or maintaining a successful pregnancy, these images can dredge up emotional pain....more
I think #1 is so crucial.  It's tempting to try to grin and bear it during the holidays, but I ...more

I've been keeping a secret...

No, I'm not pregnant.But.Tim and I have been trying to get pregnant.Since August.Of last year.This officially puts us in the "infertility" category, along with anyone else who has been trying, without success, for a year....more

Don't Ask Me About A Baby

Sometimes I forget how hard it is for some people to think before they speak or type. Sometimes I wonder where people lose their mouth filter along the way....more

Everyday Parenting: An Interview with Amanda W.

This post is part of a three part launch to my new, ongoing series “Everyday Parenting”. I'm starting this series because I am intrigued about how different people approach and handle parenting....more

Love the One You're With

Cross-post from Tiffscribes:I inched closer to the 25K mark with today’s NaNoWriMo entry. YAY! I also had fun letting the story take me in a different place: namely, two of my secondary characters, Robert and Douglas....more

Against All Odds

Good morning everyone. Today I am happy to share my first “Guest Blog” that I did few days back. It was for Amanda Middleton. I met Amanda through BloggyMoms.  She is a travel blogger for Walt Express and loves to blog about her travel and adventures at Walt Express.com.  Amanda also has a personal blog, where she shares stories about her family, love and faith....more

Am I Infertile or Barren?

There are so many labels I could give myself: woman, mom, sister, aunt, hyster-sister, Intended Parent (IP), adoptive mother, cousin, friend, vegetarian, blogger… the list goes on and on.  But it’s defining my fertility status that I’m unsure of.Does having a hysterectomy make me Infertile?  I looked up the definition of infertile and it read, “of a person… unable to reproduce.”  Or, am I barren?  That definition says, “of a woman unable to have children.” ...more

The Child We Never Held

On October 15 of every year, besides the usual scramble to get my taxes in on the extension deadline, I take time to remember and think about our first child – a baby I loved more than I ever thought possible despite never holding him or her in my arms or carrying him or her full term. For those who might not know, October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day....more

Look How Far We’ve Come: Infertility Treatment Then and Now

 As someone who has been through infertility, I know how hard it can be. My family of five came to be after many IVF cycles, an egg donor, and one successful adoption (as well as an unsuccessful adoption)....more

Fertility Centers of Illinois and Donor Egg Bank USA Hit 1,000 Embryo Transfer Milestone

Fertility Centers of Illinois and Donor Egg Bank USA Hit 1,000 Embryo Transfer Milestone Fertility Centers of Illinois, the premiere fertility center in the Chicagoland area and Donor Egg Bank USA, the largest frozen donor egg bank in the United States, have reached the milestone of more than 1,000 embryo transfers completed. ...more