the monday snapshot – Sarah

Sarah of Fallopian Groove (is a terrible name for a blog) is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 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. 

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Hi anonymous interwebs, I’m Sarah. I’m expecting a gaggle of cells that they assure me is fast-becoming a human baby boy this December – exactly one year since I first started blogging and longer still since we first started trying to conceive. While many of us surely wish we never had to contend with early morning ultrasound wandings and having our fallopian tubes lit up with radioactive dye, it’s been totally empowering to be a part of this IF blogging neighborhood. Now if only we could figure out how to prepare our 6 year old lab for the new arrival (here she can be seen happily gnawing on ultrasound pictures).

Sarah

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

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

I have been blogging since December 2012. It started out of some not-very-profound combination of desperation and frustration. I had been stalking several blogs during the early days of the infertility struggle, trying to make sense of all the crazy acronyms and jargon (I still gag a little every time I see the words “baby dance”). Then, for one reason or another, I apparently decided that the anonymous blog-o-sphere might enjoy suffering through my peculiar breed of sarcastic commentary. And, now, here we are – exposing the world to the goofy antics of my pre-natal yoga class and my particular variety of walk-off-a-tall-building pregnancy anxiety, 1st trimester shingles and misadventures in maternity retail.

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

My lovely doctor-husband C and I have been together for more than a decade and we had a baby name picked out by the time we were juniors in college. Suffice it to say, we were ready to be parents (and our dog was becoming a spoiled brat with all of our undivided attention). So we started trying. And trying, and trying, and trying. After a little junior league infertility – Clomid, IUI, and an early miscarriage – we’re now a very surreal 22 weeks pregnant and kind of still holding our breath (Well, I am. Meanwhile he’s painting the nursery).

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

Immigration lawyer by day, superhero by night. And, *gasp*, soon to be mom?

4) One word to describe yourself: 

Sarcastic

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

Gosh. So many to choose from and I have a nice little list on my blog of all the regulars I read – all in all, some super strong, incredibly resilient, smart and witty women. But I guess to name a few… in the land of IF blogs, Sadie at Invincible Spring writes beautifully and honestly. Schrodinger’s Catbox is a blog that totally nails it, with crass, blunt humor and wit. I also really enjoy The Grand Science Experiment. Outside of IF blogs, I’m drawn to cooking and design blogs – I can regularly be found perusing the nurseries on apartment therapy as well as cup of jo, the wednesday chef and green kitchen stories, among many others. And, increasingly, I find myself neck deep in the vast vortex of mommy blogs – Alphamom’s week by week pregnancy calendar has kept me laughing well into the second trimester and Amy also writes her own blog (Amalah) which is great. And of course, Rebecca Woolf at Girl’s Gone Child writes and posts all things beautiful.

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the monday snapshot – Geochick

Geochick of An Engineer Becomes a Mom is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 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. 

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Hey there, I’m Geochick, a dam engineer, a wife, and a mom to Baby X.  I keep my blog anonymous to protect the innocent (read: me) given that I’ve gone on some incredible rants and put a ridiculous amount of my personal thoughts and feelings on the web.  Although I’ve been tempted reveal my identity, especially of late, I’m glad I haven’t for various reasons.

For vacation, we went to Massachusetts for a family wedding, and spent a few days at a beach I used to frequent on my summer vacations, where this picture was taken of me and Baby X on the rainy day, before the heat and humidity hit full bore.  We had the best time frolicking the waves, digging in the sand, and for me, reveling in nostalgia.  Although my family moved to Colorado when I was young, we spent a huge chunk of childhood going back East every summer.  I did something not too many of my friends did: piled into a car with my parents and brothers and drove 2,000 miles (well, my parents) to spend weeks lazing around my grandmother’s house.  This was the first summer I’ve been back since high school, and it was great fun to spend it with S and Baby X showing off my favorite places and eating my favorite “back East” foods.  S may think that a chicken chop suey sandwich is revolting, but it will always be a yummy summer staple for me!  He’s down the the fried clams though, so we’ll get along just fine.

Geochick snapshot

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

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

I started blogging at the end of May 2009 to keep up with other members of a message board I had left. Many of those early posts are written for a specific audience, and it took a little while for me to find the ALI online community, which has introduced me to a few IRL friends and countless of on-line friends. Not to mention the wealth of information and stories that abound in others’ blogs.

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

I have unexplained infertility and we tried TTC with treatments for a couple of years. We never opted to go all the way with IVF and instead found ourselves making an adoption plan pretty early in the process (well, me, and DH was playing catch-up emotionally for a while). We have one son, adopted domestically, and recently experienced a failed placement.

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

I don’t know what makes me unique. I am a general diarist who just blogs, rants, whatever, without a whole lot of direction. Maybe the fact that I have a thinking, super-analytical personality, and thus a direct style of writing makes me unique.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

Tenacious

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

Lavender Luz. Lori’s blog has helped me tremendously in embracing the idea of open adoption, as well as re-shaped how I think about adoption in general. It’s a must-read for anyone touched by adoption either in their lives or in their friends and families lives.

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the monday snapshot – Kelly

A big thanks to everyone who submitted updated bio blurbs for their blog roll biographies. Keep them coming! We will be getting all of them updated shortly!

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Kelly of Kellyland is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 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.

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The daily grind can get tedious from time to time. Get home, make dinner, play, go to bed, wake up, work/daycare, rinse and repeat. Well, to help combat the daily grind, I try to soak in Ava and our precious moments during our nightly routine.

I have always done the bedtime routine mostly because of breastfeeding and also because Ben was scared of giving Ava a bath. At first I loved it and then I got tired of having to do it every night but now I realized how much fun it is.

It is my special time with Ava where nothing else matters but her. We start anytime before 7:00 PM depending on how tired she is, how late we ate dinner, etc. We first start with a bath. We play with a couple rubber duckies including one on a boat that winds up and spins around the tub. She giggles when the ducky runs into her leg or foot. We finish up and I wrap her up in her Minnie Mouse towel and lay her down on her bedroom floor. I put nighttime lotion on her while making sounds or silly faces getting her to giggle. I grab A Very Hungry Caterpillar, Snuggle Puppy, or one of our other books. I read it to her while we rock and she plays with her lovey. Next, I take her prayer dice and say the prayer that was rolled. Finally, we nurse and I just stare and try to soak it all in. I see how much she has grown. How long her hair has gotten. Man, I need to clip her fingernails again. Before laying her down, I rock her for a couple minutes after she has finished nursing. I lay her in her crib making sure she has her lovey and I tell her I love her and out the door I go. She falls asleep within 20 minutes.

I check on her before I go to bed and just stare again in amazement that she is real and she is ours.

Kellyland

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

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

I have been blogging for over a year. I started out of frustration. I had been stalking several blogs during my infertility struggle and I hit rock bottom and needed a way to express feelings.

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

We are no different than anyone else. For almost a year tried to conceive naturally and nothing worked and my schedule was way out of wak. Tried clomid, clomid and IUI, took a year off to save money for IVF. We were very lucky and our first IVF worked and we are now blessed with Miss Ava.

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

Unique – hmmm not sure if I am unique to the blog world. But I am deathly scared of birds and my husband raises birds. At any point during the summer/fall we have about 3,000 birds on our property. Yes, he is slowly trying to kill me! 🙂

4) One word to describe yourself:

delightful

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

Lately, I have needed some good laughs and I found it at The Bloggess. She is hilariously odd and I love it! Who in their right mind would buy a huge metal chicken and name it Beyonce! Cracks me up!

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the monday snapshot – Amanda

Amanda of Our Grisworld is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 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. 

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Almost three years ago my husband and I started our TTC journey. We thought it would only take a matter of months….oh how naive we were. After months of negative pregnancy tests, failed cycles and chemical pregnancies something finally worked. We were able to welcome two new baby girls into our family three weeks ago today. I still can’t believe they are ours. It still catches me off guard when I see them laying in their sleepers, in the swings or even when I’m holding them in my arms. We actually have two children that are going to be with us forever. It’s just so hard to believe that they are actually our babies.\

I’m not sure how long this phase will last and when we will really start feeling like this is reality and not some dream we are living. We both are so in love with these two little girls and so grateful that they are ours to cuddle, console, and cherish.

I could sit around all day long with these two snuggled up on my chest snoozing away. I’m so thankful I get to be their mom.

Amanda

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

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

How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?: I have been blogging since January of 2012. My husband and I had been TTC for about a year and a half at that point and were about to have our first appointment with our RE. I spent a lot of time browsing other infertility blogs and reading about personal experiences with infertility procedures. I then decided I wanted to document our journey and use blogging as a way to connect with others who were also struggle with infertility.

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

Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences).: We had been TTC naturally for a little over a year before we found out my husband had a severe low sperm count and that there was a very low chance we’d conceive on our own. We attempted two IUIs which were both negative. Our first IVF cycle and FET from that cycle both brought early losses. We gave IVF another try and it brought us our twin girls. We are due in July of 2013. We also have two fur-babies: our cat Ivy and dog Sadie.

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

What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?: I try to post about topics that others who are pregnant in the ALI community can relate to. I love seeking advice from other mammas and posting about my experiences with twin pregnancy and am hopeful that others find my posts informative and helpful.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

affable

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

Currently, I love connecting with other Twinkie mammas. But, one of my favorite IF blogs to date has been my pal, Stupid Stork. She is hilarious and all her posts are so fun to read.

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the monday snapshot – Alley

Alley of baking & babies is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 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. 

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Canadians love to complain about the weather. For ten months out of the year, its cold, and the snow just gets in the way of the wonderful plans we have for summer. When summer finally arrives, its too hot, and the humidity just destroys any hope we had of being outside. Any passing conversation begins with “Hot/cold enough for you?” And for me, being 37 weeks pregnant in the midst of the biggest Ontario heat wave in the last few years (humidity bringing things to well over 45 degrees Celsius) just means that I’m getting my fair share of sympathetic glances and “How are YOU handling this heat?”

You know how I’m handling the heat?

With watermelon.

Ridiculous amounts of cold, sweet watermelon, doused in lime juice and eaten on my back deck with my (swollen, fat) feet in the pool.

And this is strangely fitting, because the little girl hanging out in my uterus is roughly the SIZE of a watermelon this week.

Watermelon for my watermelon. That’s life around here lately.

Alicia

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

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

I’ve been blogging for at least ten years; since the first wave of adolescent angst led me to a Xanga page. I blogged through anxiety and depression, through dating and engagement, through all of high school and university. I used my blogs as a way to stay in touch, as a way to distance myself, and as a way to express who I was (despite crippling social phobias). Baking & Babies has been around for over a year and a half – as an outlet for my infertility struggles, and a place to broadcast some fabulous recipes.

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

After about nine months of marriage, my husband J and I decided we were ready to kick the birth control and try to expand our little family. After about sixteen months of trying (and the label of primary infertility), I was diagnosed with PCOS. With the help of some serious weight loss, naturopathic supplements/medications to help with my cycles and insulin resistance, and a heck of a lot of prayer, I’m now pregnant with our first; a precious little girl.

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

I’m a stress baker. This means my outlet for any emotion translates into mouth watering baked goods. The recipes and photos I post on the blog are perfectly suited to my situation at the time; and I think breaks up the monotony of my infertility journey a little. If you’re tired of hearing about the state of my uterus for a while, that’s okay. There’s probably a cookie or brownie just around the corner. Bake yourself a treat, and meet me back here for the next installment of my cycle-drama. Plus – who doesn’t love an awesome chocolate cake?

4) One word to describe yourself: 

content

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

There are so many fantastic IF sites that helped me through this journey; its really tough to narrow it down. So we’ll shy away from that for now. Check out Bakerella. Her recipes are delicious, her photos are fantastic, and she’s got some wonderful things to say.vIf baking isn’t your thing…check out the Stirrup Queen’s Blogroll. While technically a BUNCH of sites, it’s a foot in the door to the world of IF blogs. You’ll find something there that speaks to you!

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