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Spend, spend, spend….

Hot on the heels of the latest OART topic, I feel the need to state the rather obvious fact that kids cost money. Lots of it!!Luckily for us, when we found ourselves suddenly hopping on a plane to meet our would-be daughter, we had a support system back home sharing in our excitement. While we […]

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Suggested Reading: The Estrogen Dilemma

In case you missed, it, there was an excellent article, “The Estrogen Dilemma, in the New York Times Magazine this weekend. The author, Cynthia Gorney, recounted the emotional roller-coaster she experienced as a result of mid-life hormonal changes, but questioned the safety and long-term consequences of the hormone replacement therapy that seemed to put her […]

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Isla Fisher is Pregnant!

Looks like Isla Fisher and husband Sacha Baron Cohen are expecting again.On Sunday, she stepped out in West Hollywood with a baby bump.She has yet to announce any pregnancy news - and might not for some time.Fisher, 34, and Cohen, 38, are notoriously hush-hush about their private lives.They didn't immediately confirm their first daughter Olive's […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, 4/18

At RHRC, Robin Marty has a rundown of states working to ban abortion coverage in health exchanges related to health reform legislation. This includes Tennessee, where HB 2681 has passed the state House and would “prohibit[s] coverage for abortion services under any health care plan through an exchange required to be established in this state […]

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For New Moms: How to Ask for Help?

I know I have a span of readers who are at different stages of this baby thing, from trying to conceive to mothers of multiple multiples! And I love that, I do! I so appreciate those who are still trying to conceive, because I know it was hard for me to read when my blog […]

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What I’m Makin Monday: Baby Hair Bows

Woohoo! It's my 2nd "What I'm Makin' Monday" I'm keeping the streak alive so far, and I have another fun giveaway this week too.Before I was even TRYING to get pregnant I was obsessed with cute little baby hair bows. Specifically the humongous flower ones with the netting headbands. I was obsessed. But I couldn't […]

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Off Topic: Bird Transcriptions: Combining Undergrad Nerdiness w/ Librarian Nerdiness

Via a colleague’s Facebook post, I was alerted to this post from the National Archives on Cultivating Citizen Archivists. It talks about distributed, participatory methods of working with data, such as a project to let people mark craters on Mars images. The post also mentioned the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) North American Bird Phenology Program, […]

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Rant, Baby Shower edition

Pardon me while I rant a little bit, but here is how I am feeling right now: annoyeddismissedsadirritatedoffendedangryand a little bit guilty for feeling all of these things...I went out to run some errands this morning, and I came home to a message from H stating that tomorrow morning's baby shower needs to be moved […]

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OART #15

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It's designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. You don't need to be part of the Open Adoption Bloggers list to participate, or even be in a traditional open adoption. If you're thinking […]

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Dear Daughter: I Look Like I Have Elephantitis

Dear LadyBug,Wow, we've gotten bigger this week. Me especially. I feel myself waddling when I walk and I can't help it. I love penguins, always have, but I don't really enjoy FEELING like one. I also have a bigger appetite now. I went to Chick-fil-a the other day, and got a meal, then about 15 […]

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Cancelling IVF, Converting to IUI, and a Few Other Things.

What if you are on drugs for an IVF cycle and there is a low number of follicles? Should you do cancel and have an iui (provided there is sperm and at least one tube is open) or should you have the retrieval? The number of eggs is less important the younger you are. So […]

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Egg Donor Mom

I still remember the doctor’s face during my annual well-woman’s check-up when I was 41 years old. I had just shared with him that I would like to have another child. His tone changed to a very monotone, Dr. Spock articulation and he developed a sort of “deer-in-the-headlight” expression. “The odds are not good,” he […]

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Postpartum Depression – How Common Is It?

Postpartum or Postnatal depression is a clinical depression that can afflict 5 to 9 % of women who have delivered a baby.It occurs immediately after child birth or within a few months thereafter and some cases may affect men as well. The chief characteristics of postpartum depression include:An inexplicable sadness may be experienced though everything […]

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Weight Loss Surgery Before Pregnancy Can Reduce Complications For Obese Women

There is increasing evidence that obesity of the mother can lead to problems for the mother and child as well as complications in the pregnancy and birthing process. Obese women are more likely to have preeclampsia or gestational high blood pressure and therefore higher risk of infant death and premature delivery.These risks are seen to […]

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Delaying kids may prevent financial ‘motherhood penalty’

p>Just when to have the first child is more than just a family decision for the couple; it may have longer-term repercussions that affect a woman's lifelong earnings, according to a preliminary study presented Thursday at a session of the Population Association of America meeting.Researchers at the University of Maryland in College Park and the […]

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The hills are alive with the sound of………….

Well, not quite music. How about.......a babbling brook?The trickle of water....Er, uh, scenes from the cabbage patch?rrrrrribbit!

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Do You Want to Know What Type of Stalker You Have in Your Life?

2012 is now only a few years into the future. By now, I am sure you must have heard about the end of the Mayan Calendar and Planet X. Surviving 2012 and Planet X is all about being prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best. Our governments have covered up findings from NASA […]

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Homeless

One of our children's first parents is homeless. I should say currently homeless there have certainly been more times in their life when they did have housing than when they didn't. But they had been homeless for a stretch in the years before we met them and, sadly, are again at the moment. Poverty is, […]

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Late pregnancy multivitamins linked to prematurity

For a woman eating a healthy diet, multivitamin supplements during late pregnancy could do more harm than good, a new study suggests.British researchers found that a woman's risk of delivering prematurely tripled if she continued taking the prenatal pills into her third trimester."These supplements are available over-the-counter in the United Kingdom and frequently promoted as […]

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Designer baby with ‘three parents’ and no hereditary diseases ready in three years

Dozens of human embryos with three parents have been created by British scientists, ushering in an era of designer babies.The embryos - which effectively have two mothers and one father - have been genetically engineered to be free from incurable muscle, brain, heart and digestive illnesses, some of which kill within hours of being born.The […]

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Common Test Done on Newborns Questioned

More than four million babies born in the U.S. every year are given a routine "heel-stick" blood test in the hospital to check for dozens of disorders.About 4,000 infants will be diagnosed with a condition, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.Now, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that the […]

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Stressed? It May Be Good For The Baby

While stress has been named villain in a number of health problems and physical and mental ailments, a new study has found that moderate stress may actually be good for pregnant women. The study found that mild stress among pregnant women could actually help in the development of the fetal brain.Janet DiPietro led the study […]

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Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms – What You Should Be Watching Out For?

Before going on to ectopic pregnancy symptoms, firstly it is important to understand what an ectopic pregnancy is: it is among the gravest of pregnancy complications, when the implantation of the fertilized egg or the embryo is implanted not in the uterine lining but elsewhere.Most ectopic pregnancies occur when the implantation occurs in the fallopian […]

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Short vignettes: lost and found

What do you do when you lose a pager? Why, you page yourself, of course! And then the hunt begins to try to track down where you hear the pager beeping. The problem with that, of course, is: you have to have some basic idea of where the pager might be and the pager needs […]

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The Rest of our Colorado Trip

After the workup on Friday, we met some friends at Monkey Bizness. It's an indoor playground. We were there for a couple of hours. We were just exhausted at this point from the trip, getting up at 430am the day before to catch our plane and we also got up at 4am that day because […]

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