Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday'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

  • This was the first time we didn't get a post onto the front page of Kirtsy. Truly--every post we've done since we've started this has made it to the front page. I'm keeping the same pick of the day for today in hopes that more people will take the time to make the two clicks necessary to bring it to the front page of Kirtsy. Why is it important? Because it gets stories out there to the larger public rather than preaching to the choir (think of it like "Bridges on the Road"). All you need to do is click on the words "this one" below and then click on the title of the post. That registers your vote (no log-in necessary) and then you're free to read the rest of the LFCA. Anyone can have their post Kirtsy'd and I currently have two more posts in the queue. Just click on the button below the header to read more about the project.
  • Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day: Please vote for this one from Life From Here. The author reflects on the cycles of the earth and the process of building a family, and she celebrates the renewal that is coming after the period of darkness. An important post about waiting to adopt. 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: the Creme de la Creme list is currently at 186 participants.
  • Password-Protected: Having Faith is going password protected. Stop by and email her if you would like to continue to follow along.
  • Question: Gwinne had a negative HPT after this cycle. She is switching doctors and would like to hear about others experiences if they have taken both Clomid and Femara cycles.
  • 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.
  • Creme de la Creme Update: Though the deadline for the guarantee of being on the list when it goes up January 1st passed last Friday, you can still submit your entry for The Creme de la Creme list. Your submission will go up as soon as possible once the list is posted and over 40 people added themselves after January 1st last year (the list is continuously updated; usually daily through February).
  • IComLeavWe: start your commenting! IComLeavWe began on Sunday, the 21st.
  • TV Program Alert: from Calliope: "All this week CNN's American Morning will explore alternative methods of starting a family: 'cutting-edge fertility treatments, surrogate mothers and of course adopting a child in dire need of a family.' Watching the first installment now and it seems pretty decent..."
  • Contest: Dora writes: "I am giving away a beautiful custom made hat to help Cara at Building Heavenly Bridges raise the start up money for her miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss support group. Just a $5 donation is needed to be eligible to win."
  • Help: Dayzofrain writes: "I need help with Creme de la Creme! If any are willing please let me know which you think will do then I'll put up a poll so we all choose together."
  • 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)
  • None Today.
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)
  • Thursday, December 25 will be one year since Sue's water broke and she found out that one of her twins had died. Ten days later she delivered both of her twins, Jacob and Joshua, at 21w 5d. Please give her a lot of support during this very difficult time.
  • Our Own Creation is currently experiencing a loss. Please go over there and give her a lot of support right now.
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)
  • Continued Support: Tomorrow IS Another Day is in need of a lot of support right now. Her son is still in the hospital and the situation is not getting better. Please go over there and leave her kind words.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • 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.
  • Good Times, Good Times had a first beta of 85. Sit with her while she waits for her second beta tomorrow.
  • Caba's first u/s showed 3 sacs, 2 with fetal poles! Next ultrasound is one week from now, and should show some beautiful heartbeats! Her sister and her BIL are over the moon as Caba is their surrogate!
  • Infertility on the Brain had a great first beta! Next beta is tomorrow.
  • Denise gave birth to boy/girl twins, Nathan and Bayla, yesterday. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • Plump gave birth to a boy, Sebastian, on December 21st. Go over and wish her congratulations.
Read and Support


Andrea said...

Emilie of Lemmondrops passed away on the 23rd....
What sadness.

Anonymous said...

I have spent Hours and Hours on Lost and Found today looking through all the archives and meeting new blogs and well I'm just loving it. Going through my first IUI and well it just helps to spend some time with fellow IF Bloggers.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!