Philosophical Monday: A Very Early Miscarriage [IVF Part Tres]

[Ed. Note: This will be my only blogumn this week, but it's super-long, and I'll be back next Monday.] Remember how last Tuesday, I said that an IVF pregnancy is very different from a non-IVF pregnancy? As it turns out, a IVF miscarriage is also very different from a non-IVF miscarriage....

Wow! It’s Wednesday: Fast, Non-Dairy Breakfast [IVF Part Deux Up...

Sorry, sorry. Know I promised that T.E.’s blogumn, DIY NERD, would debut in this space today, but we’ve got to learn to do an audio edit right quick before it can. So now I’m forced to say come back next week for that. But this might be a good thing, since I wanted to get in...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: How Did I Manage This Last Time? [IVF Part Deu...

So, I guess I’ll do my promised Mexican cruise article tomorrow, since as often happens with IVF, my period came and now my life is fully rotating around my ovulation cycle. It’s kind of like being in a two-week long episode of Private Practice, in which every test and exam has to...

Philosophical Monday: I Cut Off All My Hair

So I cut off all my hair — yes, again. I had been thinking about doing so for a while now. The last time I cut my hair (got rid of my locs and rocked a small fro) I got pregnant, I got an agent, I got a book deal. In 2011, I’m hoping to get pregnant and to sell the two books that...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: Would You Incubate Your Baby?

I was talking the other day with a friend online about second child births. I’m already feeling a little anxious about getting pregnant again in January. I’m aware that Californian moms have a reputation for just loving on pregnancy, but I’m not going to lie, I’m one...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Two New Loves of My Life [Wassup 2010!]

  As I’ve told many people IRL and online already, I’m hoping that IVF will produce one more miracle baby for us by the end of 2010. But because I’m anxious, I’ve started to get a little scared that it won’t work the second time as easily as it did the first....

Oh, It’s Tuesday: I Believe That (IVF) Children Are the Future

“Well, the nice thing about IVF is that your eggs will always be 31,” my OB said at my 6 week post-natal check-up during our discussion about family planning. The thing about our particular fertility problem is that, for whatever reason, there are many cases of it being reversed...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: A (Definite) Date with Betty

Photo by Kalimba Bennett So last week I hit the pregnancy wall. I can’t sleep, I can’t get up w/o a lot of effort. My knees hurt when I walk, my back hurts when I walk or sit. Sitting for too long is uncomfortable, lying down w/o propping my head up properly has led to 3 counts of...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: Punishing the Infertiles While Octo-Mom Thrive...

So while the the Octo-Mom supposedly has a new house, a new reality show in the works, and now round-the-clock infant-child care, valued at $135,000, IVF continues to get slammed for her actions. Apparently, some Georgia pols have introduced a bill that limits the number of embryos that can...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The 8 Octupulets In the Room

So you’ve probably heard about this woman here in California who after conceiving 6 kids through IVF, went through the process again and had 8 more. Now as someone who’s been through IVF, of course I’ve been following this story with almost fanatical interest. First of all,...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! One More IVF Blog

As I’ve said before, IVF pregnancies are a little different. From what I can see, women tend to either be a lot more secretive or a lot more forthcoming about them. I’ve chosen forthcoming. I wish that more women would. And I would love for stars like J.Lo, Angelina Jolie, Nicole...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! – You Guys! Oct15

Wow! It’s Wednesday! – You Guys!

My first college English teacher (Patricia Skarda) told me that I would be be doing my writing a service to abandon the exclamation mark all together, but apparently that lesson never really sank in. Though, in all fairness, I almost never use it in dialogue. And even more fairness, you guys...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: The Results Oct14

Oh, It’s Tuesday: The Results

So, I’ve been going back and forth with myself about how to tell you guys this, but I found out at 2:30pm yesterday that I’m pregnant. Of course this was proceeded by a nearly sleepless night, followed by a paralyzing fear that kept me in bed until Monique was able to talk me into...

Hello Friday! One Month!!!… and a few days. Oct10

Hello Friday! One Month!!!… and a few days.

Hey Guys, somehow I totally missed that it was our one month anniversary on Tuesday, so I’m belatedly throwing up some confetti in the air. Many thanks to you, the readers, and to our Fierce and Nerdy contributors for making this one of the best months of my life. So far I’m...

Hello Friday: Can You Die of Bed Rest?

So I’m on my second day of bed rest after getting fertilized (aka having an embryo transfer) on Thursday, and I’m officially bored out of my skull. Have discovered that I might be one off those people who only likes to spend hours reading and/or watching television when there is...

Dear Thursday: How Long Does It Take Valium To Wear Off?

By the time you read this, I will be at the fertility treatment center, getting fertilized with 2 or 3 eggs — shockingly we still haven’t decided yet. I feel like one of those swing state independents that still hasn’t made up their mind about voting for McCain or Obama. Do...

OMFG!!!! – This Just In

Remember that awesome twice-mentioned writer’s conference that I was barely able to attend because of the IVF egg retrieval that happened smack dab in the middle of the weekend? Well, I just want to say that not only was the Los Angeles Southern California Writer’s Conference MORE...

Philosophical Monday: Me, You, and In Vitro We Know

So I’ve been going back and forth with myself about whether to talk about the fact that I went through the first part of in vitro this weekend.That is, I had my eggs extracted. CH gave the doctor his jimmies in a nice sterile cup, and now we have 9 fertilized eggs, doing whatever they...