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!
Elizabeth Emotional Comments
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
Best No School Announcement Ever!
Moses Brown is a college prep school in Providence, Rhode Island.
Yesterday, as Blizzard Juno bore down on the Northeast, promising up to two feet of snow and more for the region, MB's Head of School, Matt Glendinning, announced that there would be no school today.
But he didn't just call the local radio and TV stations.
He went all out and produced a no school announcement to beat all no school announcements, and posted it to the school's YouTube account.
To the tune of "Let It Go," ladies and gentlemen, I give you "School Is Closed!"
The Winner of Super Bowl XLIX is...
For the 12th year in a row, the folks at EA Sports - makers of the Madden NFL video games - have played out the Super Bowl on their game.
They plugged in the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, and the winner is...
Well, maybe I shouldnt say. Why spoil the fun?
Watch the highlights and game summary, if you like.
Or, just wait until this Sunday for the real deal.
All too silly for you? Consider this. In the past 11 years, the Madden NFL team has gotten the outcome right 8 times...
Fashion Statement or Fashion Victim
Olivia Culpo, who represented the USA in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2012 and who took home the crown, was in attendance for the 2015 pageant this weekend.
She was on the arm of her boyfriend, singer Nick Jonas, and he posted this picture to his Instagram page of the two of them together.
The picture - and others like it of Olivia - have set the internet on fire.
Well, sort of. Entertainment Weekly calls it the "most cleavage-baring dress we've ever seen."
Others are wondering how the dress is able, seemingly, to dey the law of gravity.
The Daily Mail in London says that Olivia was "a stand out donning a strapless frock that left many jaws on the floor."
Personally, I think like she's lucky to have survived that encounter with the shredder...
A photo posted by @nickjonas on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:51am PST
Tell Us What You Really Mean
The Dropkick Murphys, the Irish punk rock band out of Boston, made their feelings very clear on Twitter yesterday.
Wisconsin's governor, Scott Walker, used one of their songs, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," as his introduction music at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday.
And they simply do not want him to do that.
Because they "literally hate" him.
But their tweeted message at least expressed a little love for the guy, so maybe they're just busting his chops... Right?
@ScottWalker @GovWalker please stop using our music in any way...we literally hate you !!! Love, Dropkick Murphys
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) January 25, 2015
Where's the Rim Shot When You Need One?
I'm not really sure who to blame on this one: the reporter who brought it up, or the press secretary who continued to entertain the question.
In a White House press conference on Friday, a reporter asked press secretary Josh Earnest what the president's reaction to Deflategate was.
Yes, that was a serious question. Clearly, the nation has nothing else on its mind.
Josh had a pretty good comeback. We'll give him credit for that, but then seriously, move along.
Not these reporters. Let's take the opportunity to grill a guy who has nothing to do with the story, and reallly no business weighing in on it.
Azalea Something, Right?
A contestant on Jeopardy committed a hip-hop faux pas, confusing Azealia Banks with Iggy Azalea.
Ordinarily, that wouldn't be a big deal. Easy enough to confuse them based on the common-sounding names.
Except the two are sworn enemies. Maybe that's a bit extreme.
Let's just say they don't like each other much.
The contestant, Nicholas Berube, must have felt bad about it, because he created a Twitter account and used his first tweet to apologize.
Hey @AZEALIABANKS - I'm the guy on Jeopardy who mixed you up with Iggy Azalea. I apologize. I actually think you're awesome.
— Nicholas Berube (@nicholas_berube) January 21, 2015
Some people are meant to have children.
And then there's JWoww - aka, Jenni Farley, Snooki's Jersey Shore pal.
Last week, she and her husband thought it would be cute to figure out which of them their daughter Meilani more closely resembled.
So the hubby gave Meilani a mohawk, a muscle shirt and a beard that seems to be spaghetti sauce smeared all over her face, and took her picture.
JWoww decided to give Meilani hair extensions and a pair of sunglasses. Oh, and a set of boobs. Picture taken.
Then both were posted on JWoww's blog.
Twenty years from now, when Meilani writes her tell-all book, this will be chapter 1, without a doubt!
Meanwhile, you can be sure JWoww and her hubby are in the running for Parents of the Year!
Isn't News Supposed to be New?
By now you of course know that Kim Kardashian is releasing a book of selfies called "Selfish."
352 pages of selfies of Kim Kardashian.
Aimed, naturally, at people who don't have Instagram. Or Twitter. Or Facebook. Or the internet.
Anyway, Kim the Kween of Social Media shared the cover of her book with the world last week.
It's a picture of Kim, her hair wet, showing a lot of cleavage.
I know. Never saw it coming...
So proud to share the cover of my book Selfish, out in May! Thank you Rizzoli for making this happen & being the best partner. A big thank you to the Donda team & Kanye for inspiring this idea & helping to design this book so I can share a decade of selfies in such an intimate & artistic way! Can't wait for you to all see this book! Xo #Selfish #Rizzoli #Donda
Fotka zveřejněná uživatelem Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian), Led 20, 2015 at 8:45 PST
If You See Them Before the Game, Are They Still Super Bowl Commercials?
Remember the good old days when you actually had to watch the Super Bowl to see the Super Bowl commercials?
Time was, if you missed the Super Bowl, you might get a recap a day or two later, and then you'd have to wait to randomly catch the ads at some point after that.
No more. Thanks to social media and the internet, we can see the ads that will cost big bucks for their appearance in the Big Game days, weeks, months in advance.
Last week, the folks at Budweiser released their 90-second #upforwhatever human Pac Man ad during NBC's Tonight Show.
I guess we'll just have to watch the Super Bowl for the football now...
The Jersey Reverend
You never know what next to expect from The Jersey Shore's Snooki - aka Nicole Polizzi.
I won't even make you guess.
This time, she's an ordained minister.
She announced it the way all things are officially announced these days - on Twitter.
She made her ministry official so she could perform the marriage of her hair stylists in Connecticut in June.
Since making the announcement, she's gotten a deluge of requests to officiate at marriages. She could turn this into a nice little side business.
How long do you think before this becomes a reality TV show?
I'm OFFICIALLY Ordained!!! Just call me Mama Reverend. Cannot wait to marry my loves @BradleyStyleNYC & @lulu2038 💃💃💃💃💃
— Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) January 20, 2015
The Latest from Disney: The Measles
Authorities have traced a new outbreak of the measles on the West Coast to the happiest place on Earth - Disneyland.
The thought is that "an infected foreigner" - that's how Time magazine reports it, anyway - carried the disease into the park sometime just before Christmas.
Through contact with unvaccinated individuals, the measles has spread. Again, that's a theory, this time from someone at the California department of health, as reported by Reuters news agency.
They're counting 70 cases so far that can be traced back, they believe, to Disneyland.
That's a lot of measles, especially when you consider it was thought to have been eradicated in the United States as of 2000.
Saving Meg's Booty
Meghan Trainor may be all about that bass, but until Mr. Right comes along, no one's getting to see what her bass is all about.
"That’s the trick, it’s all about the mystery," she told London's Mail Online recently. "I save that for my boy. Well, for whoever gets to date me one day."
It's refreshing, in a way, that in this day and age when most of her peers seem to be in competition to wear as little as possible, that this pop star has some comparatively old-fashioned ideas.
You can read the quick article here.
It really is a breath of fresh air...
Bill Belichick Tackles Science
On Saturday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held a press conference to address the issue of deflated game balls in last week's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The only thing missing was a white lab coat and a blackboard, and he could have been mistaken for anyone's high school science teacher.
This theory, based on his own observations and test, is that the delation was related to atmospheric conditions.
So the folks at Fox Sports turned to another science expert to take a shot at the coach's explanation.
Bill Nye the science guy isn't buying a word of it. He says there's one thing and one thing only that affects the pressure of a football.
Don't let me spoil it for you - watch the report...
Will Ferrell Knocks a Cheerleader Off Her Feet
Not a headline you'd normally associate with Will Ferrell, right?
Not to worry, it was all for a movie.
Will was in New Orleans, taping a scene for his new movie, Daddy's Home, during half-time at a Pelicans/ Lakers game.
A couple of guys in the audience were able to catch the action.
The first is this great shot on Twitter of the second after the moment Will's basketball hit the cheerleader in the face...
Will Ferrell knocks a #Pelicans cheerleader off her feet with a "drunken" throw while filming a scene at halftime. pic.twitter.com/AD8FMkX5ad
— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) January 22, 2015
The second is this cell phone video of the whole scene, from the setup through Will's ejection from the building. It's a little shaky, but you get the idea...
The Show Must Go On, Unless...
Idina Menzel - better known to John Travolta as Adele Dazeem - will be taking a week off from her Broadway play, "If/Then."
And the play will shut down while she's gone.
So she can prepare for her appearance at the Super Bowl to sing the National Anthem.
She's probably not taking any chances, especially after she caught all sorts of flack for not being able to hit a high note during a live performance on New Year's Eve while singing her hit song from Frozen, "Let It Go."
So rest, relax, warm up, and practice those high notes, Adele!
#SB49 @SuperBowl @nfl pic.twitter.com/qf0me9wFqo
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) January 16, 2015
"Do What We Need to Do, and Then, We Get to Live"
There's another big Sunday looming in your future.
If you're a Walking Dead fan, that is.
On February 8, a week after the Big Game, the dead and the living and some in between return for Season 5.
In case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer...
If you're a Deadniac, you've probably got a viewing party planned that will rival any Super Bowl party, ever!
Bad Lip Reading, NFL-Style
Here's a little bit of NFL coverage that has nothing to do with deflated balls.
And isn't that refreshing?
The folks at Bad Lip Reading have taken footage from the 2014/2015 season, and dubbed their own reads onto them.
Flat out hilarious.
Even more that WhereDidTheAirGoGate...
Breaking Bad, Airborne
A six-propeller drone aircraft crashed into a supermarket parking lot right on the Mexico-California this week.
Okay, so accidents happen, right?
This was no ordinary drone.
It was a delivery drone.
Still no big deal, right? I mean, Amazon's been talking about these things for months, years.
This delivery drone was packed with six one-pound containers of methamphetamines.
It's sort of like Walter White taking over the reins at Fed Ex...
East Versus West in Commercials Too
Another Super Bowl ad "leaked" onto the internet yesterday, this one for Carl's Jr, a fast food chain located mostly in the western part of the United States.
So, the ad will be aired only in the western region of the US.
It's a bit racy, with a model walking through a farmer's market, talking about how she likes to go au naturel.
It's to promote Carl's new All-Natural Burger, and it's fairly clever in a photographic sense.
But according to an article in USA Today, one marketing expert doesn't think it will do its job - selling hamburgers - especiall to a Super Bowl audience.
"'It's like porn meets American Pastime,' says branding consultant Erika Napoletano. 'It makes NFL cheerleaders -- underpaid and underclothed -- look like nuns in comparison.'"
You decide. If you live in the West, you can wait til next Sunday. If you live in the East, take a look now.
Maybe the NFL Should Check Its Instagrams
This may be one of the most untimely yet timely Instagram posts ever.
On the day after the NFC and AFC Championships were decided, the National Football League posted a behind-the-scenes picture of some Super Bowl footballs in the process of assembly.
Every one completely deflated.
This as they investigated Deflategate - where it's now been determined that 11 of 12 balls used by the New England Patriots in their victory over the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated.
So the natural tagline to this picture is #noballsforseahawks?.
Behind the scenes: Making the Super Bowl XLIX footballs! #SB49 📷: Rick Osentoski/AP
A photo posted by @nfl on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:46pm PST
Oh Say Can You SNAP!
One of the funnier moments in Tuesday's State of the Union Address is when President Obama was talking about his agenda for the next two years.
"I have no more campaigns to run," he said as a prelude to the discussion.
That was greeted with some snickers and some laughter and some applause.
The president turned to those making the noise, smirked, and said, "I know, cuz I won both of them."
Okay, the State of the Union is meant to be a serious thing, but if a man's getting heckled, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
And Barack Obama did it perfectly.
I can't wait to see him as one of the presenters at the Justin Bieber roast...
Red Velvet Oreos Are On the Way!
The snack-eating world is going a little ga-ga over a new addition to Nabisco's line of Oreos.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Red Velvet Oreo will be available, on a limited basis, mind you, starting in February.
Nabisco says it took about 18 months to get it right, but now it's ready to roll out.
The folks at ABC News had some of their editors conduct a taste test, and the overwhelming opinion is that while the cookie is reminiscent of red velvet, it's still about as chocolatey as a regular Oreo. What's different is the cream cheese inspired filling - not exactly cream cheese, but creamier than the regular Oreo filling.
Not an overwhelming endorsement, but you can bet they'll sell out anyway.
Red Velvet Oreos are coming http://t.co/8A76iz0n8P Photo: @Oreo pic.twitter.com/Sy1wlp7tkM
— USA TODAY Money (@USATODAYmoney) January 21, 2015
Not Your Typical Victoria's Secret Ad
The Super Bowl ads are leaking early this year.
This one's particularly timely, and will certainly lead to all sorts of Deflategate commentary too.
Victoria's Secret models, suited up to play some football.
And unlike other VS commercials before, the only skin to be seen here is behind the face masks.
It's a reminder that Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks after the Big Game, so "Don't Drop the Ball."
He Had a Dream... of Seeing Orcas
Rich German's a paddle boarder in Laguna Beach, California.
He's been paddling his board in the Pacific for years, and he says he's witnessed a bunch of marine life.
But he's always dreamed, he says, of seeing killer whales up close.
Last week, his dream came true, and he posted a video to YouTube capturing his close encounter.
The visit starts at about the 1:40 mark, but his explanation of the event is worth watching too...
Chikungunya Gonna Get Ya
Lindsay Lohan's got it. The Chikungunya virus, that is.
It's carried by mosquitos, and apparently she picked it up on a recent trip to Bora Bora.
The New York Daily News reports that she's now in a London hospital, being treated for the disease, which generally causes joint aches and high fever for about a week before going away.
Sometimes, the aches can linger. Lindsay's been dealing with this for at least a few weeks now - she posted this picture and message to Instagram three weeks ago.
No word on whether the mosquito survived the encounter, by the way.
Still with chikungunya but feeling better on and off @patrickaufdenkamp @oprah thank you for your call #beherenow
A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Jan 2, 2015 at 8:09pm PST