Monday, March 30, 2009

350th 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

  • Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day: Please vote for this one from Soulbliss. An incredibly powerful and beautiful post about the ways she re-parented herself and how do we reconcile our feelings about family when we are building families of our own. 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!
  • The title of the post says it all: this is the 350th issue of the LFCA!
  • Forums: We used the forums over the weekend as an extension of the LFCA. We'll do it again this upcoming weekend and part of next week during Pesach. If you don't yet belong to the forums, join if you want to have access to the weekend LFCA.
  • Update: A.wake i.n th.e Wo.rld is safe and has moved out of her house and should be moving out of state on Tuesday with the dog. She will give an update as soon as she has Internet service (and it will either be here or on her old blog). She wants to thank everyone for their support and she will set up her new blog when she can. You can also leave her message here on the LFCA.
  • Fundraiser: Kristin says, "I am spearheading a fund raiser for the Liz Logelin Foundation. All proceeds from sales at Dragondreamer's Lair on Etsy will be donated to this wonderful foundation.
  • Fundraiser: Lucinda is doing a knitting project to make birds to give to children from a local children's hospital for children undergoing heart surgery. Lucinda lost her son Cooper when he was just 21 days old after he underwent heart surgery. She is hoping the birds will help carry on Cooper's name and give comfort to other families. There is a link on the sidebar on how to get the pattern.
  • Question: So Dear and Yet So Far has questions for anyone who has done a TAC for IC. She'd also like to talk to anyone who has used her doctor before - Dr. H out of the University of Chicago.
  • Question: Life and Love in the Petri Dish has some questions for anyone who's ever had a diagnostic laparoscopy/hysteroscopy before she has hers on Thursday. If you can help, please drop by and answer a few of her questions.
  • Question: Jill would like to know if anyone has tried herbal or holistic treatments for PCOS. Please share experiences and recommendations.
  • Question: My Journey to Myles and Beyond is asking for anyone who has had a D&C to share their experience with how long they continued to have bleeding afterward. Also, Niki has questions about acupuncture, since they are using a surrogate. Has anyone had any success in acupuncture before egg retrieval?
  • 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)
  • In Due Time is celebrating her birthday today. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Sassy's husband is celebrating his birthday today. Go sing him a little song.
  • Everyday Stranger is celebrating her birthday on Wednesday. Go eat a little cake with her.
  • A View on my Life is celebrating her birthday on Thursday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Our Crazy Life with Twins after IVF is celebrating her birthday on Thursday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Over My Ovaries is celebrating her birthday on Thursday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Okaasan Mommy and More is celebrating her birthday this week. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Mixing it Up is celebrating her birthday later this week. Go over and eat a little cake with her.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Cats with Passports was remembering her IVF triplets on the anniversary of the loss this past weekend. Please go give her support.
  • Stacie was remembering her father this past weekend on the first anniversary of his death. Please go give her a hug.
  • My So-Called Life Ellen will be remembering the baby that could have been on April 4, her loss date. Please go give her support.
  • March 29 was the one year anniversary of Katie's loss. Please go sit with her.
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)
  • Overeducated Mommy got more questions than answers from her surgeon after her thyroid surgery. Please go sit with her as she sorts through what this means for her cancer diagnosis.
  • Relaxing Doesn't Make Babies will be having her beta on Devin's due date, April 5th. Please go give her a hug, since she isn't feeling very optimistic this time.
  • Pepper is in the 2WW. Go keep her company.
  • Faith will have her embryo transfer on Tuesday! Go wish her luck.
  • Baby Interrupted had her transfer on Sunday.
  • On Sunday, Lisa transferred three embryos from her first donor egg cycle.
  • Mrs. M is anxiously awaiting insurance approval on a previously denied IUI cycle. Today is Day 2 and she needs to start Gonal F on Day 3. Think good thoughts that this gets figured out, today!
  • It's official! My Hopeful Heart's homestudy has been approved and their are a waiting adoptive family.
  • Cali's Grandma is not doing well and Cali is in the last bit of her pregnancy so this is hitting her hard right now. Please go give her support.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • 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.
  • Jenni has been placed on bedrest at home indefinitely. Go over and keep her company while the baby hangs out a little longer!
  • Healing Arts is having a girl! She's still waiting for the rest of her CVS results, but things are looking good.
  • My Life After Loss got a good beta after a positive test.
  • Sharah has announced she's 7w4d pregnant and has seen one perfect heartbeat. Drop by to congratulate her and wish her well for the rest of her pregnancy.
  • Brianna got a bfp! Send her good wishes!
  • Inhospitable gave birth to a girl on March 27th. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • Thoughts from My Life adopted a boy, Andrew, last Monday. Go over and wish her congratulations.
Read and Support


Anonymous said...

Happy 350th post! Thank you so much for doing this, and connecting us all :)

Leslee said...

I'd like to thank you 350 times in honor of your 350th post... 1. Thank you for being so amazing; 2. Thank you for being so supportive; 3. Thank you for allowing others to be supportive of each other through this site... 4.-350. THANK YOU, MEL!


Miss Conception said...

I'm with the other two posters here! Thank you so much for ALL that you do for the IF community. It can't be easy to coordinate everything and to keep coming up with new ideas to keep the community solid, but you do and we are thankful.
This site has been such an amazing source of strength. So, thank you so much!!

Cibele said...

My baby girl is celebrating her first birthday today!

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy for A.wake i.n th.e Wo.rld. Super glad she's safe.

Rose's Daughter said...

To A.wake i.n th.e Wo.rld: glad you are out, keep us posted.

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Happy 350, to Mel and to everyone!

Hillary said...

Wow, 350 LFCA's!! Thanks for all you do, Mel!

Mel said...

A very big, happy 3-5-0, Mel! Thank you for everything that you do for this community. You are so appreciated!

And to glad to hear you are out and safe. Please keep us updated. *hugs*