Monday, May 4, 2009

373rd 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 Baby, Interrupted. An open note to Sarah Jessica Parker giving her advice and comfort in the aftermath of her surrogacy announcement. 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!
  • Off-Topic, but supporting another cross-over community: I know Laurie from Bridges. Her book just came out about living with cancer. The Ottawa launch of Not Done Yet will be taking place this Thursday, May 7 from 7-9pm. We will be at the First Avenue Day Care (at First Ave School), 73 First Avenue (entrance through O'Connor Street Parking Lot). The Toronto launch will be on June 11 at the Toronto Women's Book Store. If you're in the area and go to meet her, let her know Melissa says "hi."
  • New Article: Geohde has a new article on Raising Twins about fertility treatments. Go over and read it to support her.
  • NIAW: Apron Strings for Emily writes: "I realize that the week is almost over, but I started writing a post last Sunday in celebration of NIAW 2009 which got to be ginormous. This is why it's now broken down into a 6-day series of posts about infertility and loss. Please check out the first post from Sunday and follow through to the end, which is today (Friday)."
  • Really Cool Project: Deb writes: "I am looking to pass along a necklace that I believe provided me a lot of wisdom during the days of IVFs. Looking for people to nominate others, with their permission, that could use a little extra help during this time. The winner must be willing to pass it along after their dreams have come true, no matter how long it takes."
  • Giveaway: Amanda is giving away one unopened box of 30 Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Test Sticks that expire 09/2009. To enter, just hop on over and leave a comment on the post. She'll randomly pick the winner 05/15/09.
  • Project: Cara from Share Southern Vermont is in her final week of preparation for SSV's first annual Walk for Hope and Rememberance. Before walking, they will read the names/dates of our missing angel babies. If you would like to have your child's name read, please email Cara at There is no cost for this service, however donations are always gratefully accepted at their website to cover the costs of serving grieving families.
  • Book Announcement: Mel's book, Navigating the Land of If, went on sale this week. Amazon is sending out copies and it is currently in bookstores. Like the title suggests, it is about navigating the emotional side of infertility, adoption, and loss. The book is currently in the bookstores as of today! You can read an excerpt from the book here. There is plain text underneath the PDFs of the book pages.
  • 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)
  • Helping Make Sense is celebrating her birthday on Tuesday. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • The Waiting Womb is celebrating her blogoversary on Tuesday. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • Chronicles of an IF Fashionista celebrated her birthday this past weekend. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Rachel is celebrating her birthday this week. Go over and have a piece of cake with her.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Yaya is mourning the loss of her daughter Flicka with her recent EDD. She planted a tree in her honor and could use a hug.
  • Inanna is remembering William George, one month after he was born.
  • Michele is remembering her son, Nicholas, who lived for one beautiful hour and was born 15 months ago.
  • Lynda's son Johnny was born still on March 14th. She is having an incredibly hard time at the moment. Please stop by her blog and offer her some support.
  • Renovation Girl was diagnosed with a complete molar pregnancy. Please go support her through this loss and health scare.
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)
  • Please go cheer on Kara at her post-divorce-proceedings-starting space, The Unsinkable Kara McGee.
  • So Blessed I Could Scream may have a lead on donor embryos. Go abide with her through the maybe.
  • Our Own Creation is trying a fresh cycle within a study. Go over and give her good thoughts.
  • Katie's grandmother passed away this weekend and her father is having major surgery on Monday. Please go give her lots of love and support also after her IUI on Sunday. She is having a hard time all around right now and could use support while she waits.
  • Lisa at Infertile Ground is trying to turn the year-long "frown" -- initiated by last year's May (the beginning of the end of her family-building efforts) -- upside down. She's planning a month-long flurry of positive posts to help her call dibs on happier Mays for her child-free future.
  • Stephanie should be getting ready for her first IVF transfer today (Saturday) and could probably use all the support we can offer.
  • NoodleGirl from On and Ongoing is in her 2WW after her 3rd and final IUI, before she embarks on IVF. Wish her luck on her final IUI beta!
  • The embryos from Sarah's last IVF with her husband's sperm stopped dividing, and the transfer was cancelled.
  • Hope.Faith.Patience had a good retrieval last week. 17 out of 19 fertilized, and she is scheduled for a Day 6 transfer on Monday.
  • Tomorrow IS Another Day continues to need your emotional support. Her mother is in the ICU and continues to wait for a liver for transplant. Please keep the family in your thoughts and go over to give your support.
  • Princess of Tides had 3 eggs retrieved and is waiting on the fert report.
  • Nikki's three year old niece Kayla is going to have her leg amputated due to cancer. Please go give the family support.
  • Ellen at My So-Called Life is having a hard time dealing with the next wave of her friends all getting pregnant. She's also looking for advice and stories about living child-free after infertility. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
  • Patricia had her IUI on Saturday. Please go hold her hand while she waits.
  • Hopeful Wishes got 18 eggs for her surrogacy cycle with her cousin. Go wish them congratulations.
  • By the pricking of my thumbs has her first ultrasound tomorrow and could do with some support.
  • Collins Family goes in tomorrow for surgery to remove her damaged tube, she is asking for a speedy recovery.
  • After a slow start, Gwinne's 7th cycle seems to be moving along. Hoping for an IUI on Wed or Thurs. Please drop by to say hello and wish her well.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • 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.
  • Mrs M@sk has been put on bedrest at 26 weeks with incompetent cervix. She will be there until her little girls are born, which will hopefully not be too soon. Her doctor is aiming for 30 weeks. Go keep her company and send her good thoughts.
  • The Happy Not-So-Newlywed's water has broken at 33 weeks 3 days, and they're trying to hold off labor until she reaches 34 weeks on Tuesday.
  • Michele saw and heart two strong heartbeats at her prenatal appointment. Both babies continue to do well. One was taking a nap while the other was dancing on the screen!
  • After a low first beta, Rebecca's second beta doubled nicely! Her next beta is scheduled for Tuesday.
  • Birds and Squirrels saw one beautiful heartbeat at her ultrasound!
  • Katie got her BFP over the weekend! Go congratulate her and hold her hand while she waits for beta confirmation.
  • It's a Zoo Around Here is pregnant!
  • Faint positive HPT for Baby, Borneo or Bust. She is headed to the RE today for an appointment and beta. More news when she posts again.
  • Sally, Hope's Mama, just announced her pregnancy. She is ten weeks, happy and terrified. She could use love, and maybe some words of advice from women who are pregnant after stillbirth.
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