Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gifts, Free(-ish) to Good Homes

Hello, again! It’s been some time, hasn’t it? Hope you’ve all been well. Baby, mom, dad, and all family are doing great!

We are excited to say that we’re donating our remaining embryos to two other families! One is a done-deal, papers signed, cycle in progress. The other donation is still in progress, as far as all the background bureaucracy. I met the families through a women’s embryo donation/adoption Facebook group (it’s super special secret! But if anyone reading this is a woman and a donor, recipient, or potential donor/recipient, I could request the moderators send an invite. Just let me know!).

I posted a profile on the site and waited to see Read More »

It’s Been A While!

Hi there! I’ve been missing in action! But, I thought I’d pop back in and say hello. Honestly, I haven’t been able to think about much to write. I just don’t feel like my pregnancy has been too different than the norm, and this blog was intended to focus on third-party reproduction, something that’s out of the norm. Now I’m just a regular pregnant lady. Which, I suppose, is exactly what I wanted to be!

Also, most of my posts would be complaining about pregnancy symptoms, Read More »

Apprentice vs. Master Craftsman

I think this is kind of an early Fathers’ Day post.

I like to read articles about what your man should know about your pregnancy and taking care of a newborn (yes, it’s always “your man.” Never “your woman,” or “your partner” or even “your partners,” of course). I get halfway through the article, think “Why am I reading this? He knows all this stuff,” and then realize I’m reading it because I’m the one who doesn’t know all that stuff.

The other day, I found out that you’re not supposed to give an infant water to drink. Read More »

How to Honor Stepmoms on Mother’s Day

I love this post by stepmomincognito! I am so happy that my husband and stepchildren always make me feel appreciated, and that my husband is taking me out to Mothers’ Day brunch. I’m very grateful that my husband and his kids were a package deal, because they’re all so awesome.

Stepmom Warrior, LLC

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For stepmoms and their husbands this can be a tricky day to navigate. Emotions can run high. Anxiety can brew.Bio-moms are often recognized, while stepmoms can be overlooked. I attended a church service last Sunday where they were holding a parenting seminar. The pastor kept mentioning mothers and fathers and not once mentioned stepmoms and stepdads. In the greeting card aisle there are hundreds of options for bio-moms, while stepmoms get only a few. Autocorrect doesn’t recognize “stepmoms” as a word. This comes as no surprise. And stepmoms are by no means trying to take credit for carrying a baby for nine months and taking part in the birthing process. We get it. We’re not the bio-mom. However, we are in a mothering role and we deserve to be recognized.

Flowers, gifts, chocolate, wine, and tokens of appreciation are always nice but what…

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“You Can Always Adopt.”

Scientific advances have opened up a plethora of new family-building possibilities during the past three decades. Prior to that, infertile couples could either choose to adopt/foster or choose to not become parents (of course, there were always people who got creative – hell, there’s even a story about that in the Bible). Those options remain, along with medical interventions such as intra-uterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donated gametes, gestational surrogacy, fertility medication, gamete cryopreservation, and reproductive surgery. Read More »