Monday, April 27, 2009

368th 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 The Dragondreamer's Lair. It was the photo that went with this post that did me in--the tear on her face that captures the long wait from desiring the person to holding the child. A beautiful post about parenting after infertility and why she remains part of the community. 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!
  • No really, send me stuff to Kirtsy, especially if you haven't been Kirtsy'd before. Click on the button below the header to see how to submit.
  • Book Announcement: Mel's book, Navigating the Land of If, went on sale this week. Amazon is sending out copies and it should be in bookstores around the end of the week. Like the title suggests, it is about navigating the emotional side of infertility, adoption, and loss. Julie at A Little Pregnant is currently doing a giveaway for the book if you want to win a copy for yourself or a friend.
  • Book Announcement: Pamela Jeanne's book, Silent Sorority, went on sale this week, just in time for NIAW. It's a book about living child-free after infertility and the subtitle says it all: "A Barren Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found." Click over to get your copy.
  • Giveaway: In Due Time is doing a giveaway of two custom-beaded key chains for NIAW. Go over and enter.
  • Idea: I left this thought on another person's blog today and thought I'd leave it here. For those who want to write a blog post, but don't know who from your face-to-face world is possibly reading your blog, you can do so on the forums. There is a blog post feature. You can see on the member list who has access to the forum and while it isn't perfect, it gives you a little space to write and at least know who could see it vs. a public blog where anyone can see it. Though scroll back all the way through the list since there are over 300 members right now.
  • Study: Annie writes: "Lisa Rosenweig, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University is completing her dissertation research on women's experiences with miscarriage. She hopes this information will help health providers to better care for women and families who have experienced miscarriage. Please, if you have had a miscarriage in the last 6 months, are 18 or older, live in the US, and in a relationship with a significant other, please take time to fill out the survey."
  • Question: Larisa asks: "I'm having a laparoscopy / hysteroscopy, my 3rd surgery of the year, on Thursday. I have adhesions and a blocked tube at the proximal end (the end near the uterus) after the D&C last month for what may have been a cornual pregnancy - this is where the scar tissue is located - way up high in the uterine cornu. I'm scared about what this means and I'm also wondering if there are any other women out there who have had 1) scar tissue after a D&C and even more importantly to me 2) have had a tube suddenly become blocked after a pregnancy or D&C. Thanks." Please click over and answer if you can help.
  • Question: Cali has some newborn questions. Go over if you can help.
  • Class: Lori from Weebles Wobblog and her daughter's birthmom are presenting about open adoption at an infertility support group in the Denver area May 31. Please pass the word to your Denver-area friends who may be interested in seeing what OA can look like. For more details, contact bestlightlori at the gmail place.
  • Forums: If you are not a member of the forums, you will not have access to the LFCA on days when we are utilizing an open thread in the forums instead of posting on this site. Any blog reader or writer can become a member of the forums by clicking here and registering. On days when we don't have the LFCA, it also follows that I'll be slow on approving new members (that whole lack of Internet access thing) so please be patient.
NEW BLOGS (started in March or April 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)
  • Jamie is celebrating her 3rd blogoversary on April 30! Head over to her blog and buy her a cupcake.
  • Elm Street Mom is celebrating her birthday this week. Go sing her a little song.
  • A Run for My Money is celebrating her birthday this Thursday. Go eat a little cake with her.
  • Isabel is celebrating her birthday this week. Go sing her a little song.
  • Drowned Girl is celebrating her birthday this Wednesday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Just Another Mom Blog is celebrating her blogoversary this Wednesday. Go wish her congratulations.
  • My Pathway to Motherhood celebrated her blogoversary yesterday. Go over and give her congratulations.
  • Faith, Love & Poop? celebrated her first blogoversary on Friday. Go wish her congratulations.
  • Sticky Bun and her husband celebrated their fifth anniversary on Friday. Wish them many more!
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • High Land, Hard Rain has suffered a 3rd miscarriage. Please go give her support.
  • Please go over and support Echole, she went into pre-term labor and has lost her baby.
  • Baby, Interrupted found out that she is having an ectopic pregnancy after her first IVF/ICSI cycle. Please go give her a hug.
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's Not a Clown Car is kicking off her next IVF cycle today. Go over and give her good thoughts.
  • Our Own Creation got a negative on her FET cycle. Please go give her a hug.
  • Please give The After Life some love after her negative.
  • Faith, Love & Poop? announced they are matched with an expectant mom who is due in June.
  • I'm Not A Fertile Myrtle's first IVF cycle was a no-go. She could probably use some support and hugs right now.
  • Jess got diagnoised with classic PPD and could use some support from those that have been there.
  • Crable Family Adventures is unexpedtedly exploring a possible private adoption.
  • Fashionably Infertile has decided to stop pursuing IVF and focus on adoption.
  • Hope.Faith.Patience is scheduled for retrieval on Tuesday.
  • Sarah is scheduled for transfer on Monday.
  • BabyBound's grandfather has had his feeding tube removed and is likely to pass very soon. Please go give her support.
  • Stephanie and Alisa (two infertile friends) kicked off National Infertility Awareness Weekby jumping out of an airplane. Since they know all too well how fast infertility can suck the joy right out of life, they are injecting some back in.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Jenni has been placed on bedrest at home indefinitely. Go over and keep her company while the baby hangs out a little longer!
  • Sadie from Our Little Pebbles has been admitted to the hospital. She's 29 weeks today. She'll be in the hospital until the babies are born, hopefully not for a few more weeks, but based on her cervical measurements and contractions could be any day. She, her husband, and those babies need lots of good thoughts.
  • Wombded is nearing the end of the first trimester. Go wish her congratulations.
  • Guess who is fertilized again! Farah is on her way to having two under two!
  • Child Bearing Hips saw two heartbeats at her ultrasound on Friday!
  • Strong Blonde has entered the 2nd trimester, but the doubts remain.
  • Surprise! Tubeless in Seattle had an unscheduled ultrasound to locate the source of some bleeding in her twin pregnancy, and the ultrasound revealed an additional baby.
  • Lisa's betas continue to rise, but her latest ultrasound was still inconclusive. The next ultrasound is on Monday. Please give her good thoughts.
  • Michelle is having a boy!
  • Crazy Lady Ramblings got a positive result on her home pregnancy test. Blood test results are due soon.
  • Michele has seen 2 high heartbeats and is excited to welcome another set of twins. She will be going into the hospital after Mother's Day for cervical surgery.
  • Erica is pregnant again after losing her little girl, Angel, and her baby is seriously sick. She needs all the thoughts and prayers we can offer.
  • Expectingamiracle gave birth to a boy, Matthew, on April 23. Go on over and wish her congratulations!
  • Adoption Journey finalized daughter Ciara's adoption last Friday! Go on over and wish her congratulations!
  • Reba gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on April 22nd. Both mom and baby are doing well. Go on over and wish her congratulations!
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Mrs. Spit said...

Alicia had a lovely little girl on Sunday, named Ivy. . . said...

Hey Mel, One-hit_wonder @

is having Egg Retrieval on Tuesday..and she could use a lot of good wishes...