Wednesday, March 4, 2009

334th Issue of the LFCA

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

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS
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  • Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day: No Kirtsy'd post today because Kirtsy is down.
  • Spotty Internet: My Internet has been on and off for the past three days. If you email and don't get an answer, it just means that I can't check email. Or that I'm really far behind and cursing my Internet provider.
  • Internet Radio Show Today: I'm going to be on a blog radio show today and you can submit questions beforehand or call-in during the show. It's called Creating a Family and it runs from noon until 1 (EST). You can send questions to dawn at creatingafamily.com (obviously change the "at" to a "@") and listen to the show at noon. It will also be housed on that space after the show or downloadable from iTunes. Here is a chance to ask all your burning questions: what is the future fate of the turkey cutlet, how did I learn to rock the Irish Penny Whistle, or what did I end up doing with all of the empty Follistim vials I collected for an art project?
  • Internet Baby Shower: Jen is throwing an Internet baby shower for Cali and the Snork. Since the Snork is the result of our very first UTERUS fundraiser, this is a chance for the whole Internet to celebrate his existence. Come participate by sending love on Monday, March 9th.
  • Activism: Please stop by Conceive This! for some information about some heavy-duty proposed ART legislation in Georgia. If you are a Georgian, a link is provided to send a letter to members of the Health and Human Services Committee to oppose these bills.
  • Good News: Managing The Sweetness Within has announced her book deal! Drop by to congratulate her or if you have diabetes leave your details so you can help and be a part of her book.
  • Question: Frenchie says: "I have just been diagnosed with Anti-thyroid antibodies: either Graves disease or Hashimotos. I am asking anyone who has information and experience with this problem to please reach out as Dr. Google is making me crazy."
  • Question: Sushilover is mulling over whether or not to begin her maternity leave two weeks prior to her twins birth. Please stop over if you have any experience with a multiple pregnancy and this issue.
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  • Project: New IComLeavWe list went up this morning with a new way to do sign-up. It will enable me to send out a reminder email on the 20th as well as a "remove the icon from your blog" reminder on the 28th.
  • Password-Protected: Christina has made the decision to go private with her blog. She has left instructions on a post at her blog for those who would like to continue to follow her story.
  • Activism: Cara at Share Southern Vermont has a post up about new legislation through First Candle in Washington DC. Click over and read the symposium. As written it only includes SIUD and sudden older child death (up to 4 years). They say, a "sister" bill regarding stillbirth will be written.
  • Submissions: Exhale: A Literary Magazine is now seeking your infertility-and-pregnancy/infant-loss-related essays, poetry, art, and photography submissions for the second Artistic Exhalation (ArtEx) Award. Deadline is Friday, April 10th, 2009. The theme of this award is Turning Points. For information, go to www.exhalezine.com and click "ArtEx" award, or e-mail Monica LeMoine, Editor, at monica@exhalezine.com.
  • Vote: Chasing a Child is up for an award for best "mommyblogger" from Scholastic. She's one of ten finalists. You can vote for her here: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogcontest/. This post will be up until March 13th because you can keep voting until March 13th.
  • Creme de la Creme: The Creme de la Creme list was posted. I continue to add to it daily and update the date/time link on the right sidebar whenever there has been a change.
  • 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 February or March 2009)
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)
  • Scared and Scarred is also celebrating her birthday this week. Go over and eat a little cake with her.
  • Fertile Ramblings is celebrating her birthday this week. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Three of a Kind is celebrating her birthday this week. Go over and eat a little cake with her.
  • Addition Problems is celebrating her birthday this week. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Wishing and Hoping for Baby is celebrating her 25th birthday today. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Tales of a Brown Eyed Girl is celebrating her 5 year blogoversary today (March 3rd). Stop by and have some cake with her.
  • Monday was Stephanie's blogoversary, but it's not too late to stop by and congratulate her.
  • Care is celebrating her 4 year blogversary. However, two of her boys are sick and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. So support and congratulations are in order.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Overeducated Mommy is sharing the story for the first time of how they found out that E had died. Please go give her lots of support as she relives that awful time.
  • Erin was remembering Birdie yesterday on the second anniversary of her death and birth. Please go over and remember with her.
  • Serenity Now! has a gorgeous and heartbreaking visual up for remembering Sylvia, Claire, Lucy, and Devin this week (Not According to Plan and Relaxing Doesn't Make Babies).
LOSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • The Yellow Room/Kelly needs all of our support right now as her 2nd beta came back lower than her first indicating a chemical pregnancy.
  • An Unwanted Path had an ultrasound today that showed an empty sac. Please go give her support while she waits for her second miscarriage.
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)
  • It has been a long time since Inhospitable posted, but she could use some emotional support right now. Please swing by and let her know that she is missed and that you're sending her good thoughts.
  • Timmik transferred three FET embryos on Friday. It's not too late to wish her good luck!
  • Relaxing Doesn't Make Babies is starting to test for this cycle, but is feeling fearful. Go give her hand a squeeze while she waits.
  • Megan's IVF cycle has been cancelled, again! Please go give her support.
  • Kischa has come home from a hospital admission following an adverse reaction during a colonoscopy. It turns out that the culprit was leftover infection from last year's endometriosis surgery.
  • Callie got a BFN for IVF #2.
  • Gin and Tonic Extra Lime has received a spate of bad news lately, including her father's diagnosis with advanced kidney cancer.
  • Onepinkline is having a five-day transfer on Wednesday! Go wish her luck.
  • My Journey to Myles and Beyond had a bit of spotting and is worried that she might be miscarrying. Niki is asking for reassurance.
  • The Shifty Shadow is having her transfer for her FET on Thursday. Go wish her luck.
  • Looks like Princess of Tides only has 2 potential follies for this IVF cycle and is trying to decide whether to convert to IUI.
  • Baby, Borneo or Bust got great health news. Go over and celebrate with her.
  • Victoria had cancelled IVF and needs a lot of support.
  • G is worried about cancellation for her first IVF and possible termination from Shared Risk. Looking for advice on coming back from low E2, small follicles, on Day 5.
  • Pepper is starting lupron to move ahead with IVF #2.
  • Please send congratulations to Leslie as she has made it to retrieval! There was some concern there that she wasn't going to get there, but her ovaries finally got the message.
  • Lisa at the Womb Chronicles has just started bcp in preparation for her surgery on April 2nd. Drop by to wish her luck and empathize with her crazy swollen eye.
  • Do Without Doing has just got her schedule for her first ever IVF cycle. Please show her some love and support.
  • Finding Family with Empty Arms has just had her first RE appointment. She now has a plan including blood tests, a HSG, post coital testing, and possibly Clomid. Please show her some support.
  • Tara's husband at Turkey In My Oven is being deployed Thursday (after a positive pregnancy test). Please give her support during the deployment.
  • Shelby has reached her 100th post!
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Elana had the cerclage and is now at home on modified bed rest.
  • Heather is on bedrest for the foreseeable future after having a cerclage put in. Sweetpea is still doing great!
  • G is home, but now on bedrest. Go give her some love as she cooks these babies a little longer.
  • Hoping for Another Lovebug is on hospital bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy. Please keep her company. She has Internet access, though reading is easier than typing.
  • Reba found out that her cervix is funneling and she is now on bedrest. Her next appointment is on Wednesday and she could use some support so that her little one hangs on as long as possible.
  • RM is on bedrest due to elevated BP and swelling. She has 23 days until her due date. Please go over and keep her company.
PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
  • Sunny is having a boy and a girl!
  • Quest for a Baby is pregnant!
  • Anne has seen a heartbeat!
  • Meandmybaby has a faint but visible second line.
  • Poppy.f.seed got a great first beta from IVF/IVSI #2!
  • Shinejil's first ultrasound revealed two heartbeats, thought one is a little bit behind. Send good thoughts for the smaller one.
  • Duck and her surrogate have a positive beta.
BIRTH AND ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Erin is scheduled to begin induction today, with a likely delivery on Thursday. More information when she posts next.
  • Lucia gave birth to a daughter on February 25. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • Ready2BAMommy gave birth to a daughter in January. It's not too late to congratulate her.
  • Big Belly Melli will welcome their baby into the world sometime today. Updates to come!
  • Monkey has passed his carseat test and is coming home! Send good thoughts as Leanne anxiously waits for Monkey to join them all.
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1 comment:

Jen said...

Alison at uncomplicate me is also in labor and she's doing live twitter updates!

http://twitter.com/uncomplicateme