Daily Blessings

Throughout this fertility journey, no matter how much life has thrown at me, I will remember my blessings & affirmations each day.

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Leibster Blog Award

I’ll borrow the words from my fellow TTCer & nominator IVF male @ http://ivfmale.wordpress.com/. Thank you for nominating me for a Leibster Blog Award! This award is granted to up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging. Like my nominator, this is my first blog nomination. I hope everyone gets to know me a little better from this.

The instructions are:

1) to answers the 11 questions written by your nominator.
2) to nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
3) to write 11 of your own questions for each nominee to answer.

Let the games begin.

Here are my questions I will be answering. I’m a BIT long winded by nature… Be prepared:

1.What inspired you to start your blog? I needed a different outlet to talk about my fertility journey. I belong to a fertility support group that I’ve been a part of for 3+ years now, but needed more. I was one of the very very few who were still TTC baby #1 after that long of a time & I felt very alone some days. I also wanted to reach out to others who were going through the same type of journey. I came upon a blog once, and the girl had the exact same 2 clotting mutations that I had and she had lost her first baby. She then went on to have her first born with the help of her new diagnosis. It touched me so much & inspired me. It gave me hope. I want to give others hope.

2.Describe one feature you wish WordPress had that it doesn’t. I WISH that the link button & bold buttons would work when using my laptop!! For some reason, it only works properly on my tablet, which is uber annoying. I also wish you could see your photos your post while drafting a blog, instead of the “picture link” mumbo jumbo.

3.What quality about yourself are you most proud of? My strength as a woman. In every aspect.

4.Describe your fondest childhood memory. Swinging on my swingset & riding my bike in the neighborhood during summertime.

5.Tell me about your first car. Oh Lord. It was a 1991 silver Grand AM, piece of shit (pardon my cursing). The day I traded it in for my next car, it was beyond on its last leg! It used to stall out randomly on the side of the road. If you let it sit there for awhile, it would always start back up. I left the windows down a few times & it rained… so the car reaked of smelly feet! But it was the nicest car of any of my friends. Things were simpler then. No one had money & nice things, but we were happy.

6.Who inspires you and why? Strong women. I was never exactly “proud” of my womanhood until I began on this baby journey. It wasn’t until I saw others overcome these insane obstacles, sorrows, devistations that I realized how freaking awesome it is to be a woman. {no offense, men}. I now have close friends who have had their husbands murdered, had stillborn babies, had 12 miscarriages, had relatives dropping like flies, had surgeries, infections, etc and are STILL going strong. That’s some powerful stuff.

7.Tell me the most recent joke you’ve heard that was really funny. Yeah, I honestly can’t think of one.

8.What do you want others to remember you by? That I was a good friend, daughter, relative. I was loyal & strong & worked hard.

9.Which question above do you wish I hadn’t asked? The one about the joke.

10.What question didn’t I ask you wish I had? Do you have regrets? or If you had it all to do over, what would you change? That’s a good question.

11.Do you think I made up the last two questions because I ran out of questions? HA! Taking the easy way out… Men… 😉

Now, I am to nominate 11 of my fellow bloggers for this award. This is the part I’ll enjoy.

1) Jessica from http://frommybathtub.wordpress.com/
2) Sam from http://bendsinajourney.wordpress.com/
3) Juno from http://wantababybelly.wordpress.com
4) http://myinnervoiceislaughingatme.wordpress.com
5) Angie from http://livinglavidamommy.wordpress.com/
6) Mrs W from http://alliwanttodooo.com/
7) http://thestorkdiaries.wordpress.com/
8) 2berrys from http://35life.wordpress.com/
9) Kat from http://girlykat.wordpress.com/
10) Sunnyside & Scrambled from http://twogoodeggsblog.wordpress.com/
11) http://laughingpromises.wordpress.com/

Hmm, not to come up with 11 questions for my bloggers to answer.

1) When did you start your blog & why?
2) When was your “a-ha” moment on your fertility journey where you decided to get serious?
3) If you could start from the beginning, would you change anything during your TTC journey? If so, what?
4) Favorite coffee drink?
5) Pets? Tell me about them.
6) What’s one thing that not a lot of people, if any, in the real world know about you? (Don’t worry, cyberspace is safe)
7) What is one piece of wisdom you can give to someone who is in your current situation? Whether that is as a mom, a wife, a TTCer, etc?
8) Celebrity Crush??
9) One thing you love & hate about winter?
10) Favorite holiday/s & why?
11) Will you follow and support these other fine bloggers listed?

Again, SORRY for the lack of links… Take it up with Dell.
Til next time…


Infertility Awareness

So, I’ve been wanting to do a post about Infertility Awareness Week (or month). What reminded me of this first, were my friends on Facebook who have bravely acknowledged it. Secondly, Laboratory Professionals Week always falls on the same week as Infertility week…..(I happen to fall into both categories) and I was reminded of Lab Week at my DH’s eye appt at the hospital yesterday.

Infertility is a bitch. There, I said it. Infertility isn’t just the inability to get pregnant. This is very important to understand and recognize. Since embarking on my TTC journey back in 2009, I’ve been extremely fortunate to virtually (and physically) meet a ton of women who understand the struggles I am going through and WILL go through on my path to have a child.  I’ve met woman who are the strongest people I’ve known in my entire life actually.  Baby loss / pregnancy loss is a huge part of the infertility battle, one that doesn’t exactly get talked about as openly as it should. This journey is SUCH a personal struggle, battle, path that we all need to be mindful of those around us in everyday life.  There is a strikingly good chance that a close friend of yours has struggled with infertility.  Maybe their spoiled only-child is the result of years of ttc and loss. Please consider this & be mindful when those around you seem sad, distant, depressed and reach out your hand to them. Please don’t judge or taunt a young married couple as to when are they ever going to start having children. 

Here are some website that may be interesting or useful for gaining come knowledge on this subject:

Infertility Awareness Week 2012

CDC Fertility Stats

After a Miscarriage

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