weekly summary, vol. 46

PAIL Special Announcements/Reminders:

  • On our blogroll? Help your readers find us! Post the PAIL icon! If you need help figuring out how to post the button, click here for details. If you are having issues, you can always contact us and we will do our best to put on our tech support hats and solve the problem for you. :)
  • For April’s Monthly Theme Post, we decided to piggy-back on RESOLVE’s “join the movement” idea and we wrote about our stories, our journeys, and our paths to healing.  Check out the submissions here.
  • Mothers’ Day, Birthmothers’ Day and Stepmothers’ Day are all just around the corner in May, and to celebrate, we’re hosting a blog event all about mothering! Come check out Josey‘s post “Mothering: A Tribute to the Cause” to sign up!

PAIL Posts This Week:

  • This past week’s Monday Snapshot was brought to us by KeAnne and the handsome little big boy Daniel 🙂  They grow up so fast!  Check Daniel and learn about KeAnne here.

PAIL Featured Post:

  • Miss ohkay wrote a fantastic post about the nuances of both technically belonging and emotionally belonging to the world of AIL. Her post was her contribution to the Join the Movement prompt for National Infertility Awareness Week.

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weekly summary, vol. 44

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PAIL Posts This Week:

  • Traathy started us off this week with The Monday Snapshot featuring Alice Ann and her very “chill” son. Check out Alice’s reflections on being a “go-go-go” Mama to learning to just be in the moment.
  • Jules shared a news piece that reflects on those first early weeks and months of motherhood. About how really hard it is, and how no one really talks about it. Check out “what nobody remembers about new motherhood” and share your reflections on those early weeks as a new parent.

PAIL Featured Post:

  • Chandra featured a post by Casey of, Chances Our, about coming to that moment of knowing your fertility journey is over. How deeply sad that can be, yet also freeing. “Coming home empty-wombed” shares Casey’s long and arduous journey of struggling with a diagnosis of translocation and what that meant for her. Check it out!
  • SRB shared our alternative to our monthly theme post call out. This month instead of posting a subject to write on we are encouraging you to participate in Resolve’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) Bloggers Unite  Challenge. Click here to see all the details and how you can participate from writing to posting a special NIAW icon on you blog or Facebook page.

New to the Blogroll:

  • Chances Are – Endometriosis warrior, translocation carrier. Grateful mama. Infertility survivor helping others cope. Kids aged 2+.
  • The Great Big IF– After 9 years of infertility, one 3-year-old son born via IVF and diagnoses of MFI and DOR, I am now on the trek to IVF with donor egg to add to our family. Kids aged 2+.
  • Another Bun (in the oven)? – Parenting a two-year-old boy and moving forward after a miscarriage at 14 weeks. Kids aged 2+.
  • Waiting, Wishing, Hoping – Currently (unexpectedly) pregnant after an infertility treatment baby born June 2012. Currently Pregnant.
  • Discovering Joy in the Storm After 5 years of failed infertility treatments and loss we moved on to adoption and had a great experience.  Now parenting a 9 month old with an open adoption and learning as we go. Babies under 1 year.

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weekly summary, vol. 43

PAIL Special Announcements/Reminders:

  • On our blogroll? Help your readers find us! Post the PAIL icon! If you need help figuring out how to post the button, click here for details. If you are having issues, you can always contact us and we will do our best to put on our tech support hats and solve the problem for you. 🙂
  • Also, we have an exciting week planned next week as our own kick off to RESOLVE’s National Infertility Awareness Week, April 21-27. Check back to see what we have up our sleeves!

PAIL Posts This Week:

  •  Traathy kicked off the week for us with The Monday Snapshot, Easter Edition. Unfortunately it didn’t post until late in the day, but fear not, it’s not too late to go back and link up with your picture from the holiday weekend – be it Easter related or not!
  • CJ wrote up a well timed news article on toddler tantrums entitled why toddlers freak out about everything. Check it out and put in your two cents! When did your child start to throw tantrums? How did you handle it?

PAIL Featured Post:

  • Jules featured a post by Rebecca of Trying Not to Scream that is all about identity and how we define ourselves. It’s a great read about how acknowledging that we are all different comes out of honesty, not judgement. Check it out!

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weekly summary, vol. 42

PAIL Special Announcements/Reminders:

  • On our blogroll? Help your readers find us! Post the PAIL icon! Need help figuring out how to post the button, click here for details! If you are having issues, you can always contact us.

PAIL Posts This Week:

  • Emma  from Emma in Mommyland started our week off by being our featured blogger for our Monday Snapshot. Emma shared about her son’s 1st birthday and her sweet idea of having guests bring gifts to donate to the NICU, where her son spent some time. Check out Emma and all the other snapshots posted in the comments! And click HERE to sign up to be featured in a future Monday Snapshot.
  • Traathy guest blogged for us, sharing about her Open Adoption and the family that is often forgotten, or left behind after a ‘typical’ adoption. Traathy shares what it really means to be in an Open Adoption, what it really means to embrace the idea of “family”. We hope you’ll read Traathy’s post and leave your thoughts.
  • Josey shared a news article reviewing research that showed a child’s emotional health and happiness is directly related to whether or not they have a strong family narrative. Check out this fascinating research and let us know, do you have a family narrative?

PAIL Featured Post:

  • Chandra  shared our feature post, Re-boiled, by Justine, of, A Half Baked Life. Justine writes about seeing your child inherit certain traits of yours, and worrying if they are possibly negative traits. Justine also writes about that moment when you realize you have done something just like your own parents did when you were a child, and not liking that realization. Check out the post, and also check out the tasty recipe included with it!
  • Jules shared a “mini-feature”  from Julia of 3 bed, 2 bath, 1 baby, with a great message about getting CPR/first-aid Certified. Please read this post to learn about Julia’s frightening ordeal and thankfully happy ending.

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weekly summary, vol. 41

PAIL Special Announcements/Reminders:

  • On our blogroll? Help your readers find us! Post the PAIL icon! Need help figuring out how to post the button, click here for details! If you are having issues, you can always contact us.

PAIL Posts This Week:

  • Tracy started out the week for us by featuring our very own Jules! I don’t know about you but I can never get enough ‘Chicken and Ham.’ Check out Jules and her adorable girls and see everyone else’s Monday Snapshots!
  • Josey shared a news article highlighting a changing view on food and allergies for kids. Check out the article and definitely read the comments for some insight from parents who have allergies/kids with allergies. I’m definitely buying some children’s Benadryl, great tip!

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