<b>George Washington didn't have any children, but he did father a country.</b>
a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos
The line snaked down a gravel path for nearly a quarter mile and the wait time to get into the historic home on the edge of the Potomac River was nearly 55 minutes long. The shade from the tulip and oak trees helped to bring relief to the antsy and eclectic group of people shuffling their feet waiting to get a look back into the life of Martha and George Washington.
<b>"A Child Against All Odds" by Robert Winston</b>
a blog by Liz
When I started A Child Against All Odds by Robert Winston, I devoured the first chapter and wanted you all to read it. By the end of Chapter 4, I didn’t want any of you to read it. When I finally finished it, I was torn.
Over the five and half years since my twins were born, I’ve been asked, probably close to a gazillion times, whether twins run in my family – usually by a total stranger. My answer, no matter how rushed I am, how friendly I’m feeling or how much my kids are driving me crazy in that moment, usually contains something along the lines of “nope – it was a whole lotta science.”
Why I’m not uncomfortable “outing” my infertility to strangers.
<b>I don't have a daughter to bring to work, but I can bring my adorable pup.</b>
a blog by The Editors
OK, I've got a "To Write" list a mile long, but I just have to blog quickly about how much I love the e-letter Little Pink Book, tagged as "The ultimate collection of fashion, style and corner office smarts." It arrives in my email box daily and 9 times out of 10, I find it interesting.
So I just read today's LPB and it really hit home. "Bulldog in the Boardroom" is about showing your softer side as a boss by taking part in "Take Your Dog to Work Day," Friday, June 26:
<b>It's key to your fertility. Here's how to check yours.</b>
a blog by Marie Lee
Let’s talk cervical mucous! This may involve looking at the tissue after you wipe, or poking around in your (as Oprah would say) va-jay-jay.
Cervical mucous is a wonder of nature. During your infertile times, it provides a nice plug to keep bad things out of your cervix (in fact, some birth control pills work by promoting what’s called “hostile” mucous?). But as you get closer to ovulation, your mucous should become more copious, clear, and stretchy (think “egg whites”). If you look at it under the microscope, you’d see these little fiber thingies in it that are all jumbled, but near ovulation—tadah!—the fibers all go one way… making a ladder to help the ol’ sperm along.
<b>There's so much involved in even getting to the point of beginning ‘stims’</b>
a blog by Murgdan
"Stimulating" is defined as "‘to excite to growth or to greater activity’, ‘to rouse to action or effort’, ‘spur on’, ‘to invigorate’." There are few things more exciting or invigorating than realizing that you may be just a few short weeks away from finally getting pregnant.
<b>Unbelievable things we've subjected ourselves to in the name of fertility.</b>
a blog by Joy and Jim Meyers
When I think back to all the things we’ve tried in the name of fertility, I have to laugh. I wouldn’t normally describe myself as a risk taker. In general, I’m pretty fearful of new things. But when I started thinking about how I’ve been handling my fertility treatment, I guess I’ve been pretty experimental. If something is inexpensive and relatively painless, I’ll consider it. Here’s a little glimpse into a couple of the notable things I’ve tried:
This isn’t really a post for you, that is, for you, if, like the rest of us, you're having difficulty conceiving. It is a post for those people who use search terms like, “What do I say to my friend who can’t have a baby?” and end up here.
First, let me say, well done for even thinking about it. Thanks for trying to be sensitive.
Secondly, think about these statements:
• My friend’s sister has blue eyes and she has perfect eyesight. So I’m sure you will be fine.