From the mouths of Babes…

From the mouths of Babes…

I was taking my favorite little potty trainer to the restroom when he says,

“Mrs. Towel, where is your baby?”
Me: “It’s right here in my belly. Do you see it?”
Cutest Potty Trainer Ever: “Yes. I think it’s a girl.”
Me: “You do?”
Cutest Potty Trainer Ever: “Yes, and her middle name can be Rose, like my baby girl at home.” (he has a baby sister named Maggie Rose!)

There’s also a group of little ones that have decided that I am not having a baby and actually get angry when you tell them that I do. LOL.

In other news, I’m 100% positive that I’m feeling Tiny move! I especially feel it in the mornings when I’m waking up and while I’m driving. So, I think this means I have an early riser, since I wake up in somewhere in the 5 0’clock hour. Yikes!!! Anyhow, I’m a dork, so you know I’ll be recording movement pretty soon here. Ya, I know.

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Find Support

Do you need help coping with your infertility diagnosis? If you answer YES to any of these statements, please consider finding a support group or mental health professional in your area. You are not alone.

I can not enjoy the pregnancy news of friends/family.
I have a difficult time being around babies.
I find myself withdrawing from gatherings with family/friends to avoid questions about my “baby plans”.
I feel alone, like there is no one else to talk to.
My partner and I have different ideas on what to do next.
The stress of infertility is effecting my work performance, personal finances, social life–I’m having trouble keeping it all together.

Sound familiar? Consider connecting with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s support resources.

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Navigating the Cost of Family Building

Infertility exacts an enormous toll on both the affected individuals and on society. Women and men in their most active and productive years are distracted by the physical, financial and emotional hardships of this disease. Infertility is more than a disease, it is a devastating life crisis which can greatly impact the health, relationships, job performance and social interactions. Added to the emotional and physical toll exacted by infertility is the financial burden carried by many seeking treatment.

RESOLVE aims to ease that burden by providing comprehensive information on insurance coverage for infertility and alternative options for making your infertility affordable.

Making Treatment Affordable

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Impact Your Community

Volunteer, host a support group, raise awareness.

Making an impact on your community with RESOLVE’s message will not only benefit the thousands of women and men who suffer with infertility in silence, but it will benefit you. We hear from our volunteers every day that giving back and engaging their community in a conversation about the issues surrounding infertility helps them find hope and a resolution to their own family building journey.

Take a moment and think about how you can make an impact on your community.

  • Order free brochures from RESOLVE and drop them off at your local ob/gyn offices so you can reach someone sitting in that office wondering “why is it so hard to get pregnant?”–email: publications@resolve.org
  • Host a RESOLVE support group–visit this link for more details.
    Call a local radio station during “drive time” and let them know it’s National Infertility Awareness Week and if listeners are having trouble getting pregnant, they need to “take charge and know the facts”. Make sure to mention resolve.org/takecharge
  • Talk to your family, friends and coworkers about your family building journey. Engaging others in conversation can help change perception, create a support network you didn’t realize was there, and help you find a resolution. Here are some “Fast Facts” about infertility.

Visit “Get Involved” for more volunteer ideas.

Imapct Your Community. Because 1 in 8 is someone you know.

Coke vs. Water

Coke vs. Water

I got this at work today…SCARY! I’m never drinking soda again!!!!

WATER

#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half the world population)

#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.

#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8.. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?

COKE

#1. In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.

#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.

#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8… To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your
windshield.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

#1 the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? Or Coke?

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Get inspired.

Read an entry from the What IF: Bloggers Unite Project.

Here’s my What If:

What if despite my ultimate success I never let go of the resentment at and jealousy of the women who got to do this the “normal” way?

I’ve thought about this a lot. Because honestly, I still have some issues with those “pregnant on the first time” ladies, or those “oops, I’m pregnant” ladies. I would do anything in the world to get drunk and pregnant like everyone else does. It would’ve been so much easier on our marriage, our finances, and my emotions if it just would’ve worked out like we planned. But, it didn’t. Ultimately, I think this will make me a better mom. I don’t mean a better mom than the “pregnant on the first time” ladies or the “oops, I’m pregnant” ladies, I mean better than the mom I would have become had I not gone through this whole Infertility ordeal.

Besides, What If I do accidentally get drunk and pregnant the next time? You never know….