My husband and I tried to have a baby for over six years. We then chose to adopt our beautiful daughter and two months later we were shocked to find out I was pregnant! We were then blessed with our wonderful son! Two children, just over a year apart in age! You just never know what life will bring you!
You'd be surprised how common it is. Good luck and stay positive!
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Elizabeth - There is always a way! I went through menopause at the age of 30 and I tried to have a baby when i was 35. With shots and a great Dr. (Women's Health Care Waukesh! Wi) I got pregnant. I was able to produce two eggs and gave birth to abeautiful girl Erin on March 17, 1995. Prays to both of you!
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I really am pulling for you to have a baby. it will happen. :)
Stay Positive & Good Luck!
I can totally relate to this. My husband and I tried for six years. I wanted nothing more than to be a mom. We told certain family members of our struggle only after we had a miscarriage. It was very difficult watching friends and family having babies during those years. It was very stressful with all the hormones I was on and all the money we were spending and not seeing any results. I could not believe that this was happening to us. However, after many fertility treatments and seeing an out of state specialist, we were blessed with twins! I wish you and your husband nothing but good luck. Prayers sent your way.
Pulling for you!
You can't give up! I tried for a year and a half for my second child, and had three miscarriages. I went through every test imaginable and spent a lot of time in clinics, and now we're 25 weeks pregnant with our son! I was just about to give up...just proves that time will tell.
You are not crazy!
I appreciate your comment of feeling like less of a women. This journey will be incredibly difficult and most around you will not understand it. We lost 6 babies two of those were tubals. My biggest advise to you is try not to get bitter. It was so hard watching everyone have babies, complain about their babies, wish they were you with no babies and so forth. We adopted three children (not all at the same time). Just know that because that is what you want (to have a child) in the end it will happen when it is suppose to. Keep a journals or make a scrapbook because in the end when you are holding that baby you will (believe it or not) not remember all this turmoil. Good luck.
Thank you for talking about this and your struggle! So many of us don't feel unable to discuss the topic of infertility. My husband and I tried for 6 years to have a baby. We suffered 2 miscarriages. When we finally figured out why I was miscarrying we got pregnant again only to give birth to a premature stillborn baby boy from a different complication. There is hope! Just over 2 weeks ago we brought home our miracle baby boy. He is perfect and 100% healthy. God has completed our miracle! Don't give up!
Let it happen when it ismeant to
Elizabeth, my heart is with you as will be my prayers. However, do not try so hard, relax and enjoy the moment and when you lease expected, you will get pregnant. Put it in God's hands and let it be His gift as every child is! Only then will you will be able to conceive. I read the comments from others and know of so many who tried so hard and think that is the problem, they are trying too hard! Then they go and adopt and while they go through all the legalities, they get pregnant! Your day will come and all of Milwaukee will have the largest baby shower ever in the city. I will plan to go there for it!
That was Connie from SJ, Puerto Rico.
Hang in There!
I went through the same exact type of miscarriage with my first pregnancy and know exactly how Elizabeth feels. On a more positive note I now have two beautiful healthy children. Don't give up! Thanks for sharing your story! I am sure you have helped some other women who are struggling with this know that they are not alone!
One day at a time....
We had the pleasure of meeting you last year at the opening of a health clinic. Our girls met you and loved your personality. You are already a natural with young children and I pray you will be blessed to have your own. You already hear and see that you are not alone. I hope you get some insight and answers and can move forward in the process. You will celebrate soon.... One day at a time! Prayers!!
You are strong!
I know exactly where you are coming from. My husband and I have struggled with unexplained infertility for the last 5 years. We have experienced one unexplained miscarriage (also at almost 9 weeks, and days after a beautiful ultrasound), two ectopic pregnancies and two chemical pregnancies. After five years, three doctors later, multiple shots, pills, ultrasounds, surgeries, tears, heart breaks we received the news. 12 weeks ago, one stuck in there :) You are absolutely right, this is taboo to talk about. I am glad you shared your experience. We need to make this less taboo in order to support families through the loss. We deal with tough times, imaginable to many. Where we dread mother's/father's day..and friends bombarding us with "when are you having a baby?!" I usually answer with my reality...and then of course they feel bad for me, which makes it worse. Feel empowered, but don't let this take over your life. It is easier said than done, I know. Much luck to you and your husband. This too shall pass.
please don't say "relax"
That is the absolute worse thing you can tell a family dealing with infertility!! We can't relax! Between appointments, taking your temperature, meds...etc...it really becomes a second job! So really, we can't relax..and yes, we know "it will come"!!
Educate yourself and don't give up (even though that is what they tell you to do so that it wil
After a very frustrating six years of trying I told the infertility specialist exactly what I wanted done: (artificial insemination with my husband's sperm which was treated with Percoll to increase the motility). The specialist was about to give up and recommend expensive in-vitro procedures and more gruesome tests on me. I wrote him a letter after doing my own research and it was all or nothing because we were going to give up if it didn't work. My suggestion worked the first time and I finally gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl! Good luck Elizabeth!!!
There is HOPE!
After 3 years of disappointment after disappointment - 3 miscarriages and 2 ectopic pregnancies, test after test, surgery, 7 rounds of IVF - some failed (5), some successful - 2 of the 7 tries - (#1 & #2 kids), and then a surprise miracle baby (#3) after all of that, I offer this.... The many years of heartache, the tears, the shots, the ultrasounds,the appointment after appointment, the ups/downs, the unbelievable amount of money...worth every moment! The wait was so hard, the road long, the fear of "not again" always in your mind just when things looked good, but along the way was also the opportunity to reach out to others that just started on their own, sometimes equally long, journey on the path of infertility and help them along the way, if even just a little, by giving them HOPE that things CAN work out. And, definitely be your own advocate ...research, ask, don't give in to "well that isn't how we do things" answers that some drs will give.
Thank you all so much for your kind words and for sharing your stories. It definitely makes me not feel so alone. This is a hard time for Aaron and I, but we are trying not to quit and hopefully we'll be blessed with our own baby one day. Your messages mean so much to me and I appreciate them more than you'll ever know! xoxoxo - Elizabeth
All things are possible with God
I'm sorry I missed this discussion on the radio, but my advice is to stay open. Try not to focus so much on getting pregnant or having a baby, but keep visualizing the end result - your and Aaron's FAMILY. It's almost like when you do, the details fall in to place. I married my husband when I was almost 40, and we went through some of that infertility stuff. It didn't take long for our doctor to recommend IVF because of my age. We did not want to take out a mortgage just to have a baby. We weren't in a position to do that. We started looking into adopting a child with special needs. (It didn't cost anything.) The process involves going through specific things you will or will not accept, i.e. certain health problems, disabilities, gender, age range, race, etc. It feels kind of strange to do that, and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go that route, but I tried not to think about my feelings too much. It was like we were being led through the details. It was easy. It was like riding a wave. It's amazing to me how well we were matched to the little girl we were lucky enough to welcome into our home. We ended up adopting her on her 3rd birthday. She's now an active and healthy 10 year old. Clearly we were meant to be together. We are definitely her parents and she is definitely our daughter. We couldn't be happier. In fact, this Saturday we will be celebrating Gotcha Day, the day we brought her home in 2005. You CAN have a version of what you want. I know several people who either took a long time to conceive or who had several miscarriages, and then went on to have four kids, or a boy and a girl - exactly what they wanted. My sense is that you will have your own babies, too. All the best to you and your husband! ♥☺☼♪♫ ~Kathy D.
Stay positive, hon. Whatever route you end up on, your family will find its way together. Xoxo
After losing a baby at 40 weeks, you need to learn relax and not stress. It is the worst advice but I didn't get pregnant until after I was able to take time for myself. -Mom of 4 and Angel
A Realistically Proportioned Fashion Doll
There's been a lot of pushback recently against the unrealistic proportions of Barbie dolls.
Except for those women who slave away to look like human Barbies, real women simply don't look like that.
So how would a "realistically proportioned fashion doll" fare in today's toy market?
Toy designer Nikolay Lamm aims to find out, with Lammily, a doll based on the proportions of the average 19-year-old woman.
To add to the realism, Lammily comes with stick-on tattoos, cellulite, stretch marks, scars and more.
Check out the video of a bunch of school kids getting to meet Lammily and compare her to a normal Barbie doll. It's pretty interesting...
One Winner Means Lots of Losers
On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Jimmy got to break the news that Chris Hemsworth is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2014.
So, he's the winner.
Which means, every other man on the planet is the loser.
Like Jason Bateman, who thought he'd been invited to appear on Kimmel's show because he was going to get the award.
To make him feel better, Jimmy let Jason read his acceptance speech, which he'd prepared in anticipation of winning the award.
(For the record, Jason's an underrated comic actor...)
Spielberg? Or Squirrel?
This one's a commercial just waiting to happen.
Someone left his GoPro camera on the ground near a tree.
A curious squirrel approached and decided he must have the GoPro - or, he mistook it for a shiny nut.
Either way, the squirrel nabbed the camera and scooted up a tree with it.
The footage is pretty amazing, even when the squirrel drops it to the ground.
Could be the rodent version of Stephen Spielberg here...
Even Worse Than Misfit, These Toys Are Bad
A consumer advocacy group called WATCH - World Against Toys Causing Harm - this week issued its list of the Ten Worst Toys of 2014.
The worst, according to WATCH, is the Air Storm Firetek Bow, which can shoot arrows up to 145 feet.
There's also the Catapencil, an actual pencil with a slingshot at the top - surefire classroom fun right there.
A Battle Hammer designed for three-year-olds - the ones who think they're Thor, I guess.
The SWAT Electric Machine Gun was in the middle of the list. Surprising, really, when you consider the manufacturer's warning that it could be mistaken for the real thing by law enforcement personnel.
You can check out the full list in this article in The Daily Mail.
And check out the video of the press conference...
"America Loves You"
Give Jay Leno a hand.
He recently visited Afghanistan, performing for the troops in a USO show.
He came home wanting to do more. So he and the folks at The Today Show selected an active service member who was also a wounded warrior, and gave him a joy ride to remember.
Check out the video as Jay drove Corporal Ethan Laberge on the back roads around Fort Campbell, Kentucky in a brand-new 2015 Dodge HRT Hellcat - the muscle car of muscle cars.
And at the end of the ride...
You just have to watch it for yourself. And grab a hankie.
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I just stumbled on this video - it's been floating around cyberspace for a few months - but it's mesmerizing.
The quartet is called Salut Salon - based in Hamburg, Germany, they mix classical music with some comedic stylings.
Playing another's instrument with her own bow, playing the piano upside down, playing their stringed instruments inverted...
They never miss a step or skip a note. Watch it once, and tell me that's enough!
"Have Courage... and Be Kind"
Looks like Disney's doing it again, but in reverse.
Everyone recalls the classic Disney animated feature, Cinderella.
In March, Disney releases the live action version - with a few updates and some computer-generated tweaks - that looks pretty darn good.
There is magic in this one...
Check out the trailer, and mark your calendar!
#TBT: The Carlton Dance, & More
This one's an oldie but goodie - I missed it last year, so maybe you did too.
Even if you saw it, it's fun to watch again.
Will Smith and his son Jaden visited the BBC's Graham Norton Show and got a little musical.
Jaden did a little rap while his dad did some beats in the background.
Then Will brought out DJ Jazzy Jeff and the three of them performed the rap theme song from Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
And then, a little frosting on the cake as DJ Jazzy Jeff cranked up Tom Jone's "It's Not Unusual." Alfonso Ribeiro joined them, and everybody did The Carlton.
Check it out. It's a lot of fun.
Seven Feet & Counting
Parts of Buffalo and upstate New York were positively buried in a storm some are calling Snovember early this week.
But that doesn't stop the train that is professional sport from rolling, does it?
On Tuesday, the night of the storm, 6200 fans made it out to see the Buffalo Sabres in action.
And now, the Buffalo Bills and the NFL are looking for some help, digging Ralph Wilson Stadium out from under the snow in time for the Bills to play the New York Jets over the weekend.
Want to work in the NFL? The Bills are hiring snow shovelers http://t.co/qibRAADFm4 pic.twitter.com/NfC1lM56Qe
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) November 19, 2014
If you do well, they could pick up your option for future storms and years. Who knows? You could be a Hall of Fame Shoveler at some point in your future.
Meanwhile, if you want to get a sense of what it's like to be in the middle of something like that, check out this drone's-eye view of the event...
Million Dollar Baby
This could be one of the most insane stories you've ever heard.
A pregnant woman from Saskatchewan, Jennifer Huculak, was vacationing in Hawaii when her water broke, and she delivered her daughter nine weeks early.
Mom and daughter spent about six weeks in the hospital in Hawaii, and then headed home.
Mom had Blue Cross coverage, but the insurance company denied her claim, leaving her with a $950,000 bill to pay.
So now, the family is left with three options: continue to fight Blue Cross; declare bankruptcy; or just sit things out to see what happens next.
They could of course hit the lottery. That could help.
She's Too Young For the Club, and By the Way...
"Hello, Tyga? There's a reality check waiting to be picked up at the front desk."
Here's one straight out of the pages of Yeah, I Know It's a Law But Not For Me, RIght?
Tyga, the 25-year-old musician, was supposed to play at a club called Greystone Manor in West Hollywood. He begged the club management to allow his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kylie Jenner - one of the offspring of Mamadashian - to attend the show.
The management refused, because it's a 21+ establishment.
So Tyga pull a no-show, managing to tick off a sponsor big time.
Maybe it's a math problem. Who needs to figure out that Kylie has to wait another four years to get into the club because of the laws that govern places that sell booze.
And while we're at it, memo to Kris and Bruce Jenner: a 25-year-old rapper is dating your 17-year-old daughter.
Look for those Parents of the Year trophies, mailed to your separate homes in the next six to eight weeks.
Baby, It's Not Frozen Outside
Put Idina Menzel together in a duet with Michael Buble? Good idea.
Have them sing a classic tune like "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Yeah, that works.
When you make the video? Cast a bunch of kids in big person outfits and settings.
And you might just have the cutest darn video ever. Well, of the year, anyway.
The singing's great - the kids are great too.
And don't worry - Idina and Michael make a quick cameo appearance. Don't blink!
These 6 best buds took a fun picture almost 20 years ago in Los Angeles, CA. They were only 10 years old. From left to right: Matt Gruber, Joel Atia, Mykil Bachoian, Kevin Opos, Ben Danon & Aviv Edelstein is in the front.
When they turned 17, before leaving for college, they thought it would be fun to recreate the same pose as a joke.
And, just a few weeks ago, they did it again to celebrate Kevin's 29th birthday. Almost 20 years late. Can't wait to see the next pose boys!
"Best Buddies at 10, 17 and 29 years old," Kevin Opos (second from the right in the back row).
Don't Be Thor, Bro
It’s official. People magazine has announced its Sexiest Man Alive for 2014. The envelope, please?
It’s Chris Hemsworth, perhaps best-known for playing Thor in the movies based on the Marvel comics superheroes. He was also the Huntsman in Snow White & the Huntsman, and should not be confused with his brothers, Liam Hemsworth (center), of Hunger Games fame or Luke (left), although that’s bound to happen.
They’re all big and hunky, and arguably Australia’s best recent exports. But, when it comes to this award, it looks like the brother with the bigger hammer wins.
Sure, This Will Get You Another Kiss
Liam Hemsworth was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the other night, and fielded some questions from the Twitterverse.
Some of the answers were telling: favorite movie is Titanic; teenage crush was Alyssa Milano; and his high school photo was pretty geeky.
But the best answer: what he really thought about kissing his castmate in The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence.
Watch it for yourself - why should I spoil the fun?
Best/Worst Family Feud Responses
One of the best ways to watch Family Feud these days is to wait for the silliest clips to make their way to YouTube.
Steve Harvey was on Late Night with Seth Myers this week, and Seth got him to talk about some of his favorite worst answers on the show.
Steve confirms something I've always thought - there's a lot more happening on those shows that we don't see.
I'd much rather see an unedited version of the show - are you listening, HBO? Showtime? Maybe Netflix?
Best Butt Joke Yet!
Since Kim Kardashian's attempt to break the internet failed last week with the photo of her giant gleaming butt on the cover of Paper magazine, there's been all sorts of fun poked at her backside.
Memes choked most Facebook feeds. Until today, my favorite was the one that put Kim's body on the backside of a horse - sort of a talentless minotaur.
But that was then.
This is now.
An artist named Olga Andriyenko has created a masterful parody of Kim's photo - drawing Ursula the Sea Witch in a similar pose on the cover of Water magazine, with the caption that reads "Break the Ocean."
Simply hilarious. Check it out here. And while it's a cartoon, I wouldn't call it safe for work - you are warned!
Taylor's Paradise Smoothies?
The internet can be a wonderful thing, or an instrument of evil - depends on how you look at it.
Take, for instance, this video that just surfaced from 2008 featuring a 14-year-old Taylor Swift participating in an ad as part of an 8th grade class project.
Taylor doesn't get to do much but say one line about the fake product - Paco's Paradise Smoothies - and then do her best Vanna White impression.
What do you think? Star is born, or star needing a little more gestation?
These Nuptials Made Possible by Benadryl
Queen Bey's sister got married over the weekend. That's old news.
What is news is that Solange Knowles had an outbreak of the hives on her weddding day.
How did that happen? Follow along on Twitter, why don't you, followed up by a little Instagram... Turns out, Benadryl saved the day!
Got em from turning up x100 during our second line.I was hot,wearing a cape,& happy as hell:)“@ImLovinMe4me: how did you get hives though??”
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) November 18, 2014
Last but not least....:) Shout out to Benadryl yo, lol. NOTHING was gonna stop me from having my mother and son dance with Julez. My baby killed it and will forever remain my favorite dance parter of all time. My heart will forever smile reliving the feeling our lil happy feet together.
A video posted by S A I N T R E C O R D S (@saintrecords) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:57pm PST
All About That Baste
You knew it was going to happen, right?
"All About the Base" has been the number one song in the land, and next to "Let It Go," probably the year's most parodized song.
And with Thanksgiving knocking on the door, this one seems as natural as a Butterball.
The Holderness Family put this one together from scratch - the perfect recipe for holiday humor.
If you're having trouble on the dating scene, this story is going to make things even worse... You've been warned!
Several sources have confirmed that a marriage license has been issued in Kings County, California for Charles Manson and his 26-year-old fiancee.
You remember Manson. the 80-year-old is a permanent guest of the California Corrections Department, convicted of several gruesome murders in 1969.
His fiancee, who's described as a "frequent visitor" who moved from the Midwest seven years ago to be closer to Manson's prison, says they will tie the knot next month.
Because he's a lifer, conjugal visits are not allowed. And he's certainly not getting out of prison, ever.
They're allowed to bring in an officiant from outside the prison, and to invite ten guests.
Keep an eye on your mailbox, everybody! I wonder where they're registered?
Good Grief on the Way!
Watch out, Peanuts fans.
There's a brand-new movie headed your way, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire game.
It's due on about a year from now, directed by the guy who brought us Ice Age: Continental Drift.
From all reports, it's staying true to the Peanuts gang from the comic strip and the TV specials so many of us grew up on.
This trailer's a couple of months old, but it looks and sounds pretty familiar - maybe the graphics are better than we remember.
And there's a new trailer due out in ten days or so - so stay tuned!
It's Busy Up There
On an average day, depending on where you live, you can look into the sky and see the contrail of a jet far overhead.
Sometimes one, sometimes a few, sometimes a bunch.
But have you ever given much thought to what the air traffic patterns look like in lapsed time?
An air traffic management company called NATS recently posted a video to show what air traffic looks like on a regular basis over England.
It's fascinating to watch. Be sure to follow along with the captions too.
UK 24 from NATS on Vimeo.
Thar's Gold in That Thar Landfill!
This is one of the strangest bits of nostalgia news ever.
The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico launched an auction on eBay, selling a bunch of Atari video games that had been buried in the city’s landfill for about 30 years.
Here’s the deal.
There have been rumors that truckloads of Atari games were buried in the landfill. The rumors have been considered urban legend.
So a documentary film crew decided to find out for real. So it spent about $50,000 to dig up the landfill, and sure enough, hit the mother lode.
Because the landfill belongs to the city, so do the video games, and the city earned about $37,000 from the online sales.
One game cartridge for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” fetched $1537.
Which is ironic, since that’s the poor-selling game that many blame for Atari’s ultimate demise.
You know what they say. One man’s trash is another man’s buried treasure.
Muscle Mustangs Are Back!
Gas prices are getting cheaper, so why not make your next car a muscle car?
That's what the folks at Ford are hoping you'll do.
Check out the brand-new 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Ford is unveiling it on Monday in advance of the LA Auto Show.
But you can check it out even earlier than that, thanks to the folks at Edmunds.com...
What do you think - got some muscle in your future?