Saturday, May 21, 2011

Welcome May ICLW

Welcome May ICLW Bloggers and loyal bloggers I have been in contact the last few months. If you read my TTC journey you will see I got a BFP last week. I would love for you to join my Journey and would love to follow yours and support you as well. If you recently got a BFP, BFN, just started trying to conceive, or have been trying for years, trying with IUi, or IVF, or trying for that second baby but it just is not as easy as the first, it does not matter ...we are all on the same journey..: Trying to make a family. And this is a great community of support and resources. I have no idea how I would have survived this year with this loving community. So welcome if you are new, and Thank you to each and every one of you for being there for me and letting me be a part of your journey.
 I can not tell you how many pots I have read that have brought me to tears from sorrow and inspiration. I do feel like this community has helped me in so many ways. it is as if...I am talking to a friend through this blogs. Some bloggers really share amazing stories about their lives and feelings.

If you are new to my blog I would love to get to know you. Here are a few questions:
1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
2) have you had children before
3) how long have you been blogging
4) if you have a blog..what is?
5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
6) what is your favorite blog or two

Again Welcome to May ICLW..and I can not wait to start commenting:)

21 comments:

  1. 1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    **We've been TTC for 10 months. Diagnosed with PCOS this past monday. Blood work came back abnormal so fertility meds were put on hold until I can fix hormone issues...have to see a RE.

    2) have you had children before
    **Possible chemical miscarriage.

    3) how long have you been blogging
    **I've been in the blog world since 2009, but I have been blogging for about 8 months.

    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    **My blog is www.aliciamarie911.blogspot.com/

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    **Cry. There's nothing like a good cry! (at least for me there isn't)

    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    ** My favorite blog is written by Elisa at http://ecwrites.blogspot.com/

    I look forward to reading about your journey!

    Alicia Marie

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  2. Hello there! I am here representing the ladiesinwaitingbookclub during ICLW week!

    First, CONGRATULATIONS on your BFP! So nice to hear news like this instead of the dreaded BFN :)

    Next:
    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path - In the middle of my 2ww - just had a donor egg transfer last Sunday. Been TTC for 3.5 years and from the get go I was told DE was my only option even though I did try with my OE (in vain)
    2) have you had children before - No, just 2 furbabies
    3) how long have you been blogging - I have an abandoned blog called MaximoandPants that I could not bring myself to go near after I was diagnosed with IF. Still can't. I have been an editor of LiWBC since we started up in January 2011.
    4) if you have a blog..what is? www.ladiesinwaitingbookclub.com
    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress - Cry a lot? Just kidding! I've tried acupuncture, I read, listen to calming music, but most of all I share with anyone who will listen. I feel like I am an advocate for IF that way and there is a study that shows women who share their IF experience tend to have higher IVF pregnancy rates. I love to exercise but have been limited on that this past year due to a sever hip injury.
    6) what is your favorite blog or two - Well, LiWBC of course, and HannahWeptSarahLaughed but do love my friend Mari's non IF blog called PassportDiaries. She blogs about living in Japan and traveling but she had recently gotten pregnant (one of those lucky fertile ones) so just be careful. I think she is very classy about it - she doesn't post pregnancy photos on FB, only on her blog and they were very sweet. And I NEVER say that!

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  3. 1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    We are right in the middle of our first IVF cycle (and hopefully the last). We have been TTC for about 2 1/2 years. We suffer from MFI.

    2) have you had children before
    I have never had any children...neither has my DH.

    3) how long have you been blogging
    My sister and I started a blog in 2005 (I think?). Mainly to keep in touch with family. We realized how much we loved being able to print out our blog into a book every year to keep as a family journal. When I got married in 2008, we started individual blogs so I could blog about everything baby. We obviously had no clue what we were in for. LOL. My blog is my family journal...with all the steps of our journey to baby and all the good and bad that comes with life.
    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    http://www.projecthappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress?
    We've been dealing with this for 2.5 years and until now, I have not let if affect me...or as much as possible. We agreed to NEVER argue about this and to never point any fingers. My husband places so much blame on himself and I don't think it's right. We are in this together! I'm not really sure what I do to relieve stress...get a massage, hang out with my sisters...spending time with my nieces and nephews always helps. :)
    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    http://www.kellehampton.com/

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  4. hi there! stopping by from iclw......

    a big fat congrats to you on your BFP!!!! wishing you a healthy and uneventful pregnancy!
    as for your questions
    1. TTC for 28 months. currently 5dp5dt of a frozen transfer of two perfect little embabies.

    2. my only child is our beloved dog, stewie.

    3.started blogging last year when i started our first ivf cycle.... my husband thought it would be good for me, and urged me to do it.

    4. my blog is www.allieverwishedfor.blogspot.com

    5. for stress relief i have been enjoying acupuncture, and also loud music

    6. as for my favorite blog..... i wish i could name one...

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  5. 1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    after numerous Dr's visits and check ups.. looks like we are aiming for donor sperm. eeeekkkk. Im nervous and scared.

    2) have you had children before
    No.. still hoping for child #1.. married for almost 4 years... TTC for 3 years.

    3) how long have you been blogging
    I actually just started.. I think like 2 weeks ago. I hope I meet new people and get as much support as possible.

    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    www.bunlessintheoven.blogspot.com

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    ahhhhh.. music helps me out alot. I like to keep myself busy. But there are times when all I can do is just think of our wanted miracle. I also found that blogging helps too!! :)

    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    Since I am new to the blog world, I dont really have a favorite just yet. I do love reading what others are saying and I am getting to know their stories. It's amazing how many people express themselves so clearly through writing! :)

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  6. Hi, visiting you from ICLW! Congrats on your recent BFP!!! So exciting!

    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path-Just got my third rising beta from our first Frozen Embryo Transfer cycle.

    2) have you had children before-Yes, after having trouble getting pregnant thanks to endometriosis, MFI, and a hydrosalpinx, we had our first child as a result of our first IVF cycle 5 years ago (he's 4, but the cycle was 5 years ago).

    3) how long have you been blogging-Since May 09. After our second cycle failed and all the embryos were abnormal and we were out of money for infertility treatments we were going to adopt, and we started our blog for that. Things changed, and we've been through one more fresh cycle (failed), and now this FET.

    4) if you have a blog..what is? http://ourlittlefamilysjourney.blogspot.com

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress-acupuncture---love it!

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  7. Happy ICLW to you too :)) Great to be here to share this roller-coaster journey with you... and congratulations again on your BFP :)) I'm soooo happy for you xoxo

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  8. Stopping by from ICLW. Congrats on your BFP! What great news!

    1) We have been trying for a little over a year. I was just diagnosed with PCOS and probable insulin resistance. First clomid cycle canceled after E2 dropped. We will begin IUI next cycle.
    2) No children
    3) I have been blogging since January
    4) http://littlebeandreams.blogspot.com/
    5) I read, work, take walks, and do yoga to relieve the stress. It works sometimes. : )
    6) The Princess and the Pee Stick & Someday Baby

    Look forward to following your journey!
    Best of luck with your little bean!

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  9. Hi... I've just awarded you a Versatile and/or Stylish Blogger Award :) Follow the link below and take your pick of which award you'd like and spread the love to other blogs you love :) It means so much to me to be sharing this roller-coaster ride of loss/TTC with you all. Love for ICLWeek :)) xoxo

    http://newyearmum.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-blog-awards-for-extra-happy-start.html

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  10. Congrats on your BFP! I pray you have a beautiful bean growing strong and healthy at your U/S!
    I would love to answer you questions but my story is kinda complex. We TTC for 4 years. 3 IUI's, 3 IVF's, pregnant with twins, then lost one at 8 weeks. Then lost the other at 32 weeks. Was able to go on to have a healthy baby girl last October after the 3rd IVF. My blog is www.thewedows.blogspot.com
    I love reading http://alittleblogaboutthebiginfertility.blogspot.com/
    and
    http://mytwolines.blogspot.com/

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  11. Hi. Stopping by from ICLW. Congrats on your BFP. I hope your journey from here on out is smooth.
    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path?
    TTC #2. Currently 10 weeks pregnant after 3rd FET.
    2) have you had children before?
    Yes a son who died 3 days after he was born. Conceived through IVF #1.
    3) how long have you been blogging
    3 months. I'n a newbie.
    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    ifserenitynow.wordpress.com
    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    Run when I can but I have been on modified duty so yoga.
    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    I don't have one anymore but I working on finding a new one.

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  12. 1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    3 years in August TTC #2. Diagnosed PCOS in 2006, BFP after 2 times trying with Metformin and Provera in 2006, DD born 2007. Started TTC again...done Provera, Met, Clomid, Injectibles, natural supplements, lost 45lbs, timing, temping, 4 IUI's...currently in 2WW of 4th.

    2) have you had children before
    Yes, I have an almost 4 year old daughter

    3) how long have you been blogging
    Just over a year

    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    http://thishamptonlifeofmine.blogspot.com/

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    Try to focus on things other than TTC (it doesn't work, but I try) and cry.

    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    I would have to say: http://thepioneerwoman.com/ and http://www.younghouselove.com/ but I love reading sooo many!

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  13. Hello from ICLW. Congratulations on your BFP! I think asking questions for ICLW is a great idea.

    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    We've been trying for two years and are looking to do natural cycle IVF out of state this summer.

    2) have you had children before
    Three miscarriages, no living children.

    3) how long have you been blogging?
    Since the end of February.

    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    embracingtherain.wordpress.com

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    Exercising, praying, reading blogs, listening to music, cooking, etc. I did acupuncture for a while and liked it. Also did a massage once which rocked.

    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    A couple of my favorites and the first two blogs I ever commented on:

    chicagobensons.blogspot.com and cancerat35.blogspot.com

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  14. I am new to your blog and thought i would say hello. Trying to find people who are having the same problems on ttc.
    Me and my husband have been trying for 3 years now. I have had 2 miscarriages. First was 5 months after ttc, was a blighted ovum. Second one was last year. They baby had died at 8 weeks. But we didnt no till i had scan at 10 weeks. The doctor has decided to put me on Clomid 50mg for days 2-6. He then dropped it 25mg. Have been taking it for 5 months, but have had no look yet. He doesn't understand why we are having these problems as the tests were are all ok apart from one being slighty low, but nothing for a major concern.
    Fingers crossed for everyone ttc.

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  15. 1) I am now pregnant with twins after my first IVF. It took 2 1/2 years to concieve
    2) These are our first children
    3) I've been blogging for 1 1/2 years
    4) myinfertileconfession.blogspot.com
    5) To relieve stress while we were ttc I would pray a lot, exercise, blog, I also saw a counselor because I was fighting depression
    6) I have so many blogs I love to read, most of them now are ones that are also pregnant or pregnant with twins :)

    Stopping by to say Hi from ICLW!

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  16. Congrats on your BFP.

    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path We conquered our secondary infertility (luteal phase disorder and clotting issues) to have our third child and now, health issues and diabetes issues (my husband) are causing us to be unable to conceive again
    2) have you had children before we have a 14 yr old, a 10 yr old, and a (our post IF) 5 yr old
    3) how long have you been blogging it will be 7 yrs in October
    4) if you have a blog..what is? Dragondreamer's Lair
    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress my stress relievers are crafts and reading
    6) what is your favorite blog or two too many to list

    ICLW #6

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  17. Stopping by for ICLW! Congratulations on your BFP :)

    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path

    My husband and I have been TTC for over 3 years now. I was diagnosed with PCOS in June 2010. I've done countless rounds of Clomid and moved onto IUI with injectables in January. IUI #1 was a bust and I got overstimulated on IUI #2 so the cycle got cancelled. Currently sitting on CD 76 and waiting for AF to start so we can move onto IUI #2 (again).

    2) have you had children before

    No... 2 miscarriages. Lost my first baby at 12 weeks and the second at 5 week.

    3) how long have you been blogging

    A little over a year.
    4) if you have a blog..what is?

    www.notjustanarmywife.blogspot.com

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress

    I workout my aggression at the gym. Love going to spin and strength classes.

    6) what is your favorite blog or two

    There are a bunch!

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  18. I found you through ICLW!
    Great blog, and congratulations on your pregnancy!!

    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    We've been TTC since 2007. Last summer we welcomed a daughter after IVF #2. Tomorrow we are transferring our last two frozen embryos, FET #2

    2) have you had children before
    Our daughter from IVF #2 is our only child

    3) how long have you been blogging
    I started my blog in 2009

    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    http://catswithpassports.blogspot.com

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    I'm still working on this, or at least working on a healthy way to relieve stress ;)

    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    There are so many wonderful blogs, I couldn't possibly narrow it down.

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  19. 1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    We are currently in a good spot. After losing three babies over the past year and a half, we finally diagnosed a clotting disorder and we are currently beginning the second trimester of our pregnancy.

    2) have you had children before
    I have one daughter who is three. It was a very difficult pregnancy, but we didn't know why. Now, we have a much better idea :)

    3) how long have you been blogging
    My blog, at the moment, has only been up and running for about a year. I have been blogging, however, since about 2001 in different venues.

    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    http://goddoesntmakemistakes-nikki.blogspot.com/

    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    Blogging. After that - a lot of walking. Reading as much as I can to learn more about it. Trying to figure out better ways to deal with stress.

    6) what is your favorite blog or two.
    I've only recently found this list and started exploring blogs with topics that are so important to me. I will let you know as soon as I figure it out :)

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  20. Hi--just coming across your blog. So thought this would be a good starting point to comment...
    1) Where are you in your Infertility Path
    We are just under a week away from our first FET. Been TTC for over 3 years now.
    2) have you had children before
    nope
    3) how long have you been blogging
    since March and I love it!
    4) if you have a blog..what is?
    http://beforetheclockstrikestwelve.blogspot.com
    5) If you have been dealing with Infertility for a while, what have you been doing to relieve the stress
    hmmm...I don't make time for those things unless I'm on vacation. But spending quality time with friends and family is great and I love being crafty (quilting, beading, sewing...)
    6) what is your favorite blog or two
    hmmm, that's a tricky one!

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  21. So I will be following your journey...congrats on your pregnancy!!! =0)

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