Infertility Issues: Give a Sperm Sample In a Parking Lot?

“Let’s just do it here,” I looked around the parking lot. ...more
Hilarious - we are lucky enough to be 2 miles from our RE so hubby can prepare his sample at ... more

The Horrible Day I Wanted to Send My Baby Back

I felt excited beyond words to leave the hospital the day after Lillian was born. This had been my first stay in that fine establishment, and I just wanted to get home where I wasn't woken up by a blood pressure cuff or a nurse coming in every few hours to press on my now deflated uterus. I wanted to go home. While Luke and his family chatted and stared at my sleeping, swaddled daughter, I was rushing around the room packing up everything because it was time to go....more
webgirlie Probably because the title on Facebook with this post was phrased as a question - ... more

Where Are the Brown Girls in Teen/YA Books?

I went to the 2014 National Book Festival with two of my daughters.  Elle, a high schooler, is the voracious reader of the family.  Often times, before any of the rest of us can finish reading – or even begin to read – a book that we’ve checked out of the library or bought at the bookstore, she has “borrowed” and finished the book, then handed it back with a quick review.  No book is safe in her arm’s reach (and she has long arms.)  Nat came along, too; still in elementary school, she reads when and if she feels like it. ...more
I'm not sure your daughters age but if she enjoys sci-fi/fantasy she'll probably enjoy Codex ... more

Is Stitch Fix For You? Peek Into What the Personal Stylist Service Sent Me

I’m not really sure how the online personal stylist Stitch Fix does it, but somehow as soon as I send back each month’s Fix, I’m already excited about my next one. I’d been thinking about skipping a month, but … I’m kind of in love with it. Here’s how it works: Each month, I get a box of items hand-picked by a stylist, with my style, shape, and budget preferences in mind. I get to keep and pay for what I like each month, and return whatever I don’t want. ...more
I'm a huge fan of the skinny jeans and that red top - everything else is cute but not cute ... more

96 Hours

96 HoursFor 96 glorious, amazing, and wonderful hours I was pregnant.  For 96 hours my husband and I got to talk about names, and nursery ideas, and who the baby would look like.  For 96 hours it seemed as if we had won our 16 month battle with infertility - we had our miracle baby.    For 96 hours we had a glimpse of a happiness I had only read about.  ...more
insearchofbaby  so we got another positive HPT and just found out that this one is also ending ... more

5 Things Never to Say to an IVF Patient

So you think you can empathize with someone going through IVF?  Maybe you held your best friend's hand as she went through the madness.  Spoke to her in her deepest lows about adoption or what if's?  You cried with her before and during treatments, and after her baby was conceived, you worried with her until he/she came.  This is all great and I am not here to discredit anyone's experiences with or friendships with someone going through a hard time conceiving a baby. ...more
Thanks!  They got 18 eggs, 15 were mature, and 7 were fertilized.  Looking forward to the Day 2 ... more

5 Things Never to Say to an IVF Patient

So you think you can empathize with someone going through IVF?  Maybe you held your best friend's hand as she went through the madness.  Spoke to her in her deepest lows about adoption or what if's?  You cried with her before and during treatments, and after her baby was conceived, you worried with her until he/she came.  This is all great and I am not here to discredit anyone's experiences with or friendships with someone going through a hard time conceiving a baby. ...more
idunno  1) one round of IVF is around $16000 w/o insurance (and some places offer 5 rounds for ... more

5 Things Never to Say to an IVF Patient

So you think you can empathize with someone going through IVF?  Maybe you held your best friend's hand as she went through the madness.  Spoke to her in her deepest lows about adoption or what if's?  You cried with her before and during treatments, and after her baby was conceived, you worried with her until he/she came.  This is all great and I am not here to discredit anyone's experiences with or friendships with someone going through a hard time conceiving a baby. ...more
Had my ER this morning so this article is perfect timing.  I've had 2 MCs so I know what can go ... more

5 Reasons I'll Never Be a Food Blogger

Every once in a while, I like to share recipes on my blog. Because I really do like to cook. And, I've had a few recipes that have been pinned a few times, which brings traffic to my blog. Win-win, right? But, today, as I was attempting to photograph another food item for another recipe share, I decided I could never become a food blogger. Like, EVER. Here are the reasons why. 1. I like to eat food more than take pictures of it. ...more
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5 Reasons I'll Never Be a Food Blogger

Every once in a while, I like to share recipes on my blog. Because I really do like to cook. And, I've had a few recipes that have been pinned a few times, which brings traffic to my blog. Win-win, right? But, today, as I was attempting to photograph another food item for another recipe share, I decided I could never become a food blogger. Like, EVER. Here are the reasons why. 1. I like to eat food more than take pictures of it. ...more
I'm good at the creating, and have my husband take all the photos - which are taken right before ... more