Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday'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 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

  • Off to BlogHer tomorrow. So apologies if I suck at email for a few days.
  • Award: Carol at Happy Sad Mama has won the Glow in the Woods Award for July. Click over to read her winning post and the great thoughts of all the other nominees.
  • Question: Just a Mere IVF asks, "I recently found out that my thyroid antibodies are abnormally high (485 when norm is less than 40). Wanted to see if anyone out there has experience with thyroid antibodies they are willing to share." You can click over to her blog to leave a message.
  • Question: First Comes Love has a question about a clomid-like alternative made of soy isoflavones. Head over if you know anything about it.
  • Last week of IComLeavWe sign-up for the month of July. And then commenting kicks into high gear on the 21st.
  • Roundup Extravaganza blurbs are due next Monday, the 21st.
  • Invite Only: T.op Ca.t (see how tricky I am with the google search thing?) was found and needed to go invite only. If you have not received an invite and want one, please write her at lifeoftopcat at gmail dot com.
  • 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 June or July 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)
  • Infertile Turtle is celebrating her anniversary tomorrow. Go wish her congratulations.
  • My Journey to Mommyhood is celebrating her birthday on Friday. Go eat a little cake with her.
  • Monday is the real anniversary of the Roundup on Stirrup Queens, though I'll post the Extravaganza post during the normal Friday slot.
  • Browneyedgirl is celebrating her third anniversary today. Celebrate with her!
  • Sara at Gas Passer is celebrating her wedding anniversary this weekend. Go wish her congratulations.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • None Today.
  • Life After D&C's beta dropped, marking her fourth loss. Go lend her your support.
  • Taking Chances has a request: "I have a friend who doesn't have a blog, but constantly reads mine & always comments on mine. She miscarried yesterday at about 8 weeks along. She is understandably devastated." It would be wonderful if we could reach out to her. Please write messages of support at Taking Chances and she will make sure this reader gets them.
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)
  • Down That Dirt Road is in the wait post transfer. Go keep her company.
  • Yesterday was Tash's 100th post.
  • Baby Blues just posted her 100th post too.
  • Waiting for Baby K is hang her beta on Friday. Please go over and give her good wishes.
  • Isn't it Pretty to Think So transferred 2 embryos yesterday. Go wish her good luck with the wait.
  • Stacie could use a hug; she's dealing with chicken pox times two!
  • Soapchick could use some support. Her 98 year old grandma is in the hospital and not doing well.
  • Plan B is also in the wait after transfer. Go over and sit with her while she waits.
  • Baggage at Baggage That Goes With Mine really needs some support right now. Geo just called off their wedding Please go give her a hug.
  • Scott's son Colby from Colby and Avery's Story has been diagnosed with PVL. Please go over and give support.
  • Amy has a close friend who will be starting chemo. She could use some extra support right now.
  • Busted has the Doodles at home.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • BabyQuest is in the hospital on bedrest (more likely until she delivers Bub).
  • Schatzi is down for the count and will be horizontal the rest of the pregnancy. Her doctor is worried about preeclampsia.
  • 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.
  • It Will Happen is on bedrest for a shortened cervix.
  • Gas Passer is on bedrest for the rest of her pregnancy.
  • JJ is on bed rest until further notice.
  • No Longer Broken is on bedrest until delivery.
  • Wonder Twin Power, Activate! is back on bedrest for the duration of the pregnancy.
  • 1+2=Love is in the hospital after her water broke.
  • Luck Doesn't Happen Twice is at the hospital. Please go over and give her a lot of love and support. And attention. And pet her because she's so pretty and fun and bored.
  • Hilary's scan went well. Her fluid level and the baby are doing great!
  • Luck Doesn't Happen Twice has been admitted into the hospital for possible preeclampsia. She will be having a c-section no later than Friday and she is leaking fluid right now. Please go over and give her a lot of love and support. And attention. And pet her because she's so pretty and fun and bored.
  • Despite the swelling and higher than normal blood pressure, it's not pre-e for Geohde which is good news.
  • Meredith is having a boy!
  • Ashleigh has been let off bedrest after a terrific appointment.
  • Milenka is delivered Fox on July 15th. He is in the NICU and Milenka is recovering. Please go over and give congratulations and support.
  • Amanda from Nervous Breakdowns are Highly Underrated brought Phoebe into the world today. Go over and wish her congratulations.
Read and Support


Kim said...

Aww Mel, you made me spit my apple juice everywhere. Thank you. I needed that.

Stacie said...

Mel, thanks for the support. I am pulling my hair out! Anyone have good ideas on how to survive the pox?

I'd like to make another request, too. (I am so demanding now!) Please stop by and give Trish support right now. Her little RObbie was born at 26 weeks and has been in the NICU for 6 weeks now. He is having some issues, and Trish had to go back to work this week. She could definitely use your words of encouragement and virtual hugs.

Rebecca said...

New blogger, (PCOS, IVF, preeclampsia, HELLP, premature birth, infant loss) and dear friend of mine is having a FET tomorrow. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks!!!

Martha said...

Hi, Mel and fellow bloggers, I would so appreciate if you could send some love to dear Yaz at

She lost her lil'Cya and is devastated.
Thank so much, You guys Rock!

Miss Tori said...

Hi Mel,

Could you add my blog to the list? IVF possibly moving on to Donor eggs.