Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday'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'd Pick O' the Day: Please vote for this one from Elm City Dad. A post about getting a tattoo after the death of his son, Silas, and what this act means to him. A beautiful post explaining the mixture of bitter with the sweet following a death. How do you vote? Simply by clicking on the words "this one" above and then clicking on the post's title. Why the Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day? Click on that link in the header navigation bar above for the story. And send me stuff!
  • Creme de la Creme Update: Today is the deadline for the The Creme de la Creme list to ensure that your submission is up when the list airs on January 1st. Anyone can still add themselves from December 20th and on (up until next December, actually, I keep the list open for a whole year and people usually do keep adding themselves through February). But I can only promise that those on the list by midnight tonight (American EST) will be up there on January 1st. All others will be added afterwards over time. Currently, we have 171 on the list.
  • IComLeavWe December Update: the IComLeavWe list for December (with a caveat about participating over Christmas) closes on Sunday, the 21st, and commenting begins. This is the last chance to come join along and increase your comments.
  • New Blogroll Category: There is a new category on the blogroll called "Balanced Translocation and Chromosomal Issues." If you would like to move your blog into that category in order to help other people find your story, send me an email.
  • Posting Again: Bridges is posting again so come join the conversation.
  • Holidays and LFCA: I am going to keep posting over the holidays, though I may wait until I have a semi-critical mass before posting. Therefore, send news early. You'll notice I have things listed below that aren't even happening until Wednesday or later of next week. But I want to make sure those people get support.
  • Online Magazine: "Exhale: A Literary Magazine has officially launched - come check out the debut issue. 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 miscarriage and/or stillbirth. We seek out the gritty humor and complexities of discovering that producing a child isn't as easy as your mother told you. Without succumbing to the belief that a person's self-worth and happiness are defined reproductive achievement, we recognize and validate the vast array of perspectives and emotions associated with pregnancy/infant loss and infertility issues."
  • Name Change: Rita has changed her blog name from positivefertilityvibes to rita-onthe-rocks.
  • Question: Trying to Make 3 has questions about pregnancy symptoms, negative tests, and being two weeks late.
  • 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 November or December 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)
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Today is the anniversary of Gwinne's D&C, which is the date she uses to commemorate the loss of her first child.
  • Just Meim is remembering her due date today.
  • Like so many others, Barbara's having a hard time around the holidays remembering her precious George.
  • CLC was remembering Hannah on Wednesday, one year after she was born sleeping.
  • Wednesday was the 2nd anniversary of Noah's passing.
  • 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)
  • 100th post for Desperately Seeking Spawn!
  • Elmojessi at One Small Wish had two embryos transferred last Tuesday and is feeling optimistic.
  • Bittersweet day for Katedaphne on Thursday: Her second beta on her donor egg cycle came back at 242. First beta was Tuesday at 79 so great doubling time. At the same time, her dog Samantha is seriously ill with stomach torsion or "bloat" and may not make it. Kate is celebrating the beta but sick about Sammy. If anyone has experience with bloat she would love to her it.
  • Nicole's beta was negative for IVF #2. Please go give her support.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Denise is on bedrest at home.
  • Dee is on bedrest after Pprom at 13 weeks. She could use support as she helps her babies defy the odds. She has made it past 20 weeks and found a specialist to take her on.
  • Elana had the cerclage and is now at home on modified bed rest.
  • Scott and Kim welcomed home their son, Joshua, from Korea! Head over and wish them congratulations!
  • Waiting for the Ukulele is waiting no longer! The expectant mother they matched with gave birth on Wednesday to a beautiful little girl. The placement is scheduled for Friday. Go wish them congratulations!
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