Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday's Connections Abound

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The Face-to-Face Lost and Found page is permanently located beneath this current post. Old Connections Abound can be accessed via the date or subject archives listed on the sidebar. Check the submissions page, FAQ, and ways to get involved for additional information. Email me at thetowncriers@gmail.com with any questions/concerns.

Lost and Found is open to anyone in the
infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, pregnancy-and-parenting after infertility, assisted conception, living child-free after infertility or loss community (as well as anyone I inadvertently missed on that list). Please support the list as well as anyone posting announcements below.

Connections Abound

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS
New
  • Meet-the-Clicker: this new feature introduces you to the people who are clicking through your section of the blogroll. Take a moment to head over to their blog and give them some love; especially if they are clicking through your section and even if you belong in another one since they often send in all things they read along the way (Meet-the-Clicker is #1--6 below).
  1. Kymberli of I'm a Smart One shared the origins of her blog's name: My younger sister bought me a t-shirt with a picture of a donkey on it and the saying “I’m a Smart One.” Seeing as how my husband often calls me a smart ass in response to my customary sarcastically funny comments, the shirt was all too appropriate and I loved it so much that I decided to use it for my blog’s name.
  2. She clicks through two categories on the blogroll--IUI/IVF (I-N) and Orals, Suppositories, and Injectibles.
  3. Her IF story in 100 words or less: After TTC naturally for 2.5 years with no success (while watching many of my teenage students’ and my 17-year old sister’s pregnancies), I relented and saw a fertility specialist who diagnosed me with PCOS and prescribed Clomid. I conceived my twins on the 2nd cycle. Later, I also had two singleton Clomid babies. Now I continue to fight IF alongside other couples as a gestational surrogate. I delivered a boy to my first intended parents in March 2007. IVF# 2 with my new couple (from Europe) is in two weeks. This is the last with her eggs; next - ED.
  4. The rest of her world in 100 words or less: I’m an 8th grade Literature teacher. My husband, Frank, was medically retired from the Army in 2001 following his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and is now a fantabulous stay-at-home-dad. We’re high school sweethearts, and he has been my rock through everything, especially when I’m so juiced up on hormones that he just bows his head and answers everything with, “Yes, dear.” As of September, we’re also raising my 8-year old nephew. Our life is busy but it is full of love and laughter. I intend to use up every one of my 100 words so this is a pointless sentence.
  5. What is the most useful item in your purse?: Gum. I rarely wear lipstick, can drive without a license, and get money without my wallet, but having a conversation with funky breath is just gross.
  6. Kymberli's question back to you (leave her a comment below): I’m one week away from summer break and I’ll have lots of time on my hands. After reading a year’s worth of kiddie-lit, I need to get back in touch with some quality adult reading. What’s your favorite book and why?
  • Contest: Mrs. Spit is having a whining contest and it's hysterical. Head on over.
  • Face-to-Face Connection: Florida bloggers are meeting this weekend.
  • Face-to-Face Connection: The Metro-Detroit bloggers are starting plans for their get-together.
  • Question: Ten Times Crazier has a question on her blog about eating while nauseated; namely, good food suggestions. If you can help out, click over to her blog.
  • Blog Moving: Are We There Y*t has moved to a new address: http://armsforanangel.wordpress.com/. If you head over there, please do not use any of the names you know from the first blog.
Old
  • Go forth and grab people: let's get more non-IFers to join NaComLeavMo--National Comment Leaving Month (national refers to wherever you're living at the time...), this year's answer to the Commentathon. Okay, more IFers too, but the non-IFers as well.
  • If you notice another loading slow down or receive error messages for Stirrup Queens or Lost and Found, please let me know. Now I'm nervous every time I add anything to the side bar!
NEW BLOGS (started in April or May 2008)
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES (celebrate your birthday or blogoversary with the community. Send me date at any point and I'll post them on the correct day)
  • JJ's birthday is this Sunday. Go over and wish her a happy birthday.
  • It is Luna's birthday this week. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Today is It's Either Sadness or Euphoria's wedding anniversary. Go wish the congratulations.
  • It's the Baby Crusade's birthday today. They received some bad news this week so it would be really nice to flood her comments box with messages of love.
  • Waiting for My Turn is celebrating her birthday on Saturday. Go sing her a little song.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Today is the birthday of The Shifty Shadow's daughter, Maya, who died on May 21st. This is a hard period of time for B. Please go over and support her.
  • It's the third anniversary of losing her father. Please go over and give Who is John Galt support today.
LOSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Beautiful Curve gave birth to Daniella who died several hours later. Please go over and give her love and support. This is her second loss between 22--23 weeks.
MISCELLANEOUS SUPPORT AND CELEBRATIONS (scary scans, anxious waits, OHSS, and a host of other reasons why these bloggers could use some additional support right now. Also, celebratory retrievals, transfers, and other good news)
  • Stacey has been to hell and back with 7 surgeries on her son since March. Please go over there and give her some love right now.
  • Topcat's husband will be admitted to the hospital this weekend for surgery happening next week. Please go give them support.
  • In Search of One Good Egg received a negative on IVF #4 last week and is done ttc.
  • One Small Wish had IUI #4 yesterday and is now in the tww.
  • Our Family Beginnings could use a hug as she ponders her options and next steps.
  • The Quest for Baby Agosti has decided to move to donor eggs.
  • Riding the Roller Coaster is having a final ultrasound today to determine the viability of the pregnancy. Please go over and sit with her while she waits.
  • Antigone Lost is worried about cramping happening during the pregnancy. Please go give her support.
  • Baby Steps is in a very scary place right now with surgery being closer than she thought. Please go give her hugs.
  • JP's cycle was cancelled. Please go give support.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Trying is on bedrest due to gestational hypertension and low amniotic fluid.
  • Leah at Tales from My Dusty Ovaries is officially on bedrest.
  • Tracy is on modified bedrest and will probably remain like this for the remainder of the pregnancy.
  • Schatzi is on "increased rest" and will most likely be on bedrest for a large portion of her pregnancy.
  • When All Else Fails... is on bedrest due to a shortened cervix.
  • Geohde is on increased rest too as she keeps in the twins to 32 weeks.
  • Crowded Uterus Syndrome is on bedrest.
PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
BIRTH AND ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • It's time, it's time! Bea at Infertile Fantasies is probably delivering as I write this. Check her blog this weekend for more details. She is updating Twitter on her sidebar.
  • Elizabeth at The I Word gave birth to Valerie on May 15th. Everyone is well after a gestational hypertension scare. Go tell her congratulations.
Read and Support

6 comments:

Rachael said...

Kym - try Joanne Harris, she is amazing.

The Town Criers said...

Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro. Because it will twist your stomach in knots and make you think for days afterwards. Because it is gorgeous and aching and makes you see the world in an entirely new way.

Or, if you are more of a chicklit woman, I am grooving on Plum Sykes's books. So mindless, so good.

Kymberli said...

Thanks, Rachel and Mel! I've never been much of a chick lit reader, but reasoning that I like chick flicks, I should probably give some books in that genre a try! I'll pick up a Plum Sykes book and give it a whirl. For some reason, girlishness in print ekes me out a bit, but on the silver screen I'm all over it! Weird.

I'll check out Joanne Harris - thanks for the tips, ladies !

nancy said...

omg. I just never thought I'd see my name in the "pregnancy announcements" section. Thank you so very much Mel. ~hugs~

Stacie said...

Mel,

I am somewhat afraid to jinx things, but I am looking at a very happy little boy who is finally home after 8 surgeries in 8 weeks (I posted pictures of his wonderful smile). I think we have finally found success!

Thank you so much for all the support during what I have officially dubbed "the weeks from hell." You and everyone who has clicked over to say hello have helped more than you could know. I appreciate everything from the bottom of my heart.

Much love,
Stacie

andrea_jennine said...

For Kymberli - I just read through all of Dorothy Dunnett's novels recently. Stunning "historical fiction" that really defies the label. Alexander McCall Smith has some nice, more light-hearted stuff. I also really like PD James and Dorothy Sayers (both mystery writers). Happy summer reading!