the monday snapshot – mandski

This week, Mandski of Full Bed is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 10th edition of The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!


Mira seems to have her first bad illness. It was just a cold with a runny nose through the weekend, but overnight her temperature shot up. Thanks to Tylenol and TLC, she finally fell asleep at 7 am, just in time for me to email my boss to tell him I can’t come in. My husband was already planning to be at home with her, but sometimes a baby just needs her mama.

Now, get to know a little more about Mandski with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started my blog recently, in January of this year. I’d been reading infertility and loss blogs for awhile, but didn’t have a blog of my own. After Mira arrived, I felt like I really needed an outlet and a community, so I started my own blog and was lucky enough to do so just before PAIL got going.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

My husband and I started TTC in July 2009. We realized there was a problem very quickly, but it took awhile to identify and treat my main medical issues (Hashimoto’s and PCOS). After the problems were identified, we were lucky enough to be able to conceive with the help of medications. I miscarried in November 2010 and we conceived Mira in February 2011. She was born in November 2011, and will probably be our only child. My husband and I had dramatically different ideas of the lengths we wanted to go to have a child, which was a major emotional issue for me and our marriage, but we’re both happy to be a family of three.

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

Something that has really shaped my life is the loss of my brother. Sadly, this isn’t unique. Having a baby and being in school was also something unusual in my story, though that chapter of my life is now complete. Probably the only reasonably unique thing about me is that I’ve experienced, and have family who are in, drastically different economic circumstances.

4) One word to describe yourself: 


5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

This is terrible, but I love STFU, Parents. It’s always good for a laugh.


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit Mandski at Full Bed!

If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!

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