Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday's Connections Abound

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point to Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership. Anyone can submit news to LFCA by clicking here.

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

  • Kirtsy: I'm playing with Kirtsy. Will you vote for the Survival Guide?
  • Fundraiser: Nunn the Wiser has a great project going this season. She writes: "I am doing a holiday project this year to come up with nice presents, including preemie clothes, for the parents at my local hospital (where Henry was born) who have preemies in the NICU or SBCU over the holidays. Here are the details of the project:" If you're looking for something to occupy you this season, it's a great project.
  • New Online Magazine: "Exhale is a unique new literary magazine written for & by
    ordinary people who have faced extraordinary obstacles to getting/staying knocked up, or who have experienced stillbirth or infant death. We are currently accepting submissions for our very first issue, scheduled to be published right around New Years Eve, 2008. Please see our submission guidelines for details and requirements. The priority deadline for submissions for our first issue is December 15th, 2008.
  • Contest: Angry Canadian RN over at The Story of Me is having a blog contest. The prize is a $50 gift certificate from or .ca. Just tell her the nicest thing you have ever done for someone else, or the nicest thing that someone has done for you. Cut off for entries if Monday Nov. 10 (evening). Either leave your story in her comments or link to one on your own blog.
  • Question: Individual Evolution has a question about adoption agencies. Please go by her blog if you can help.
  • Question: Be Still and Know is looking for information on the cost of domestic infant adoption and why different agencies charge different amounts.
  • Clickers Still Needed: Deleted out the ones that were taken yesterday. There are still openings in the following categories. If you want to be a Clicker, send me an email with your first and second choice. Also give your blog name and url if you have one. Please do not sign up if you cannot commit to checking your section of the blogroll at least once a week. Open categories (if it's not on this list, the category is covered): international adoption; elusive male point-of-view; general IF (I--N); general IF (O--Z); all IUI/IVF categories; parenting after IF (A--E); parenting after IF (M--Z); PCOS; all pregnancy categories; pg loss; religious; and secondary IF.
  • Click for Yourself: If you're in the above categories, no one is currently covering your section, so you should probably send your own news in until we have it covered.
  • The new IComLeavWe list opened and there is a way to do it even with Thanksgiving. Come join along and increase the comments on your blog.
  • Harriet the Spy is the current book club selection and everyone is invited to join along.
  • Bridges continues to post daily. And it continues to be an amazing resource for insight into a multitude of worlds. And I'm not just saying that because I work on it.
  • 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 October or November 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)
  • Tracy recently had her 39th birthday. Go over and sing her a little song.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Ange is remembering the birth of her son born still one year ago. Please go over and support her.
  • It's the one year anniversary of G's son born still. Please go over and support her.
  • Ann at The Unlucky 20 Percent (pwp) will be remembering the loss of her son Zachary a year ago today.
  • Friday marked the third anniversary of the death of Motherhood (the not so easy road)'s mother. Lend her your support.
  • None Today.
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)
  • Queenie has finished a huge project and decided it is time to leave her current job. She is terrified but knows it is best. Go over and give her support.
  • Ashleigh is missing her son Owen terribly.
  • Progress is being made with Niki's surrogacy.
  • STE is working through severe depression and could use extra support.
  • Kirsten's first IVF cycle didn't work. Please go give her support.
  • Please visit Shlomit at You're Still Young, her brother was recently diagnosed with cancer and she needs all the support and prayers you can give.
  • Janna's step-sister has signed the termination papers. Her parents are now O's guardians and it means Janna can bring O home next week and start taking steps to adopt her.
  • Evil Stepmonster had her retrieval on Saturday.
  • BabyQuest is in between her ER and her ET with her eggs being given some time to grow more. Go hold her hand through this exciting nerve wracking time.
  • Good Egg Hunting had her transfer over the weekend.
  • Andie's embryo did not make it to transfer. She is devastated. Please go give her support.
  • RCB's baby, Brianna, has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and will have to have surgery after she is born. Please go sit with her mommies and give them some hugs.
  • Queenie has finished a huge project and decided it is time to leave her current job. She is terrified but knows it is best. Go over and give her support.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • A Uterus Divided is on bedrest.
  • CC at Inconceivable No More got a fetal fibronectin test and so is on modified bedrest for at least the next two week. Go keep her company.
  • (Not So) Evil Clomid is on bedrest.
  • Denise is on hospital bedrest for regular contractions, growth discordance and low fluid for one of the twins. She's hoping to graduate to modified bedrest at home soon.
  • Fertility Now had a positive test at 12 dpo. Her first beta was 20 and she goes in for her second beta today. Please give her good thoughts.
  • Failure To Nap is pregnant and due in May.
  • There is a heartbeat for Someone Please, Knock Me Up! After some sketchy betas that didn't double, there is a heartbeat and the baby is measuring exactly on schedule.
  • After a scare following an ultrasound, Joonie received CVS results that she is carrying a baby girl with no chromosomal abnormalities. There are still some concerns about congenital heart or kidney problems, but the CVS results are a big relief.
  • Christi got back her first beta for FET #2/IVF #3 and peed on many sticks. All positive!
  • Sara gave birth to a girl, Brynn, on November 8th. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • Ellen gave birth to her girls, Ivy and Nina, on November 6th. Go over and wish her congratulations...twice!
  • The Duke and Duchess welcomed a Lady, Sasha, on November 4th. Go over and wish them congratulations.
  • Naomi delivered a girl, Meara, on October 30th. Go over and wish her congratulations.
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