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  1. I’m picking them up tomorrow! All are excited here!!!
    29 points
  2. Just because I love to share this...here's what I posted on our little guys' "Gotcha Day" (he was born one month and one day before the little girl in the OP's post): February 2018: We walked into the clinic at about 10am. Being the awesome guy he is and knowing that I needed to be alone with my thoughts, dh waited in the lobby while I waited for an hour in the little "room" until it was my turn. I brought a book with me to pass the time but couldn't focus on what I was reading. Over the course of that hour I had to take many deep breaths to calm myself down, and I went through many tissues as the tears came despite my best efforts. As each patient before me was called back my anxiety increased...my hands were shaking and I could hardly sit still. I didn't say anything except for quiet prayers of, "Please, God..." Finally it was my turn. The nurse who came to get me sang out, "Time to get the kids!" I started to cry. I walked with the nurse to the procedure room and waited for the doctor to come in with an update, for it is not until the moment of transfer that the embryos are checked; too much disturbance can affect the thaw process. When the doctor announced that both embryos had survived the thaw and retained their status of "Good" I cried even more. At the most fragile, miraculous stage of life, the 2 embryos were transferred and we brought our babies home. There was no way of knowing what would happen. Perhaps both embryos would not make it. Perhaps I would miscarry. Perhaps the baby(ies) would have issues. It was a risk and a big step into the unknown yet one thing we both knew without a doubt - those babies would have a chance at life. And as I walked out of the clinic I was moved by how deeply and profoundly precious the moment was. How incredible to know that there was, even if just for a matter of hours or a couple of days, new life. What took me by surprise was the love I felt for those embryo babies. The day I signed the paper making them ours they had a place in my mama heart. For the next 48 hours as I was on couch rest I sent every mama vibe in me their way, willing them to grow and survive. Today marks the first Gotcha Day anniversary for our precious little boy. From the day we decided to pursue embryo adoption to the day he was born it was a journey of intense emotions. At one point test results indicated that something was wrong and that I would likely miscarry, yet our miracle baby is sleeping in his bassinet right now. His biological parents did not know what was going on last year on this day and yet they were very much in my thoughts both on that day and in the year since. Today, as always, I thank them for the gift they made of the embryos, of allowing us to give him a chance at life, to bring him into our family. We are so incredibly lucky to have Felix - our boy whose name means 'lucky/happy' and aptly so.
    23 points
  3. I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I don't look at our youngest and marvel at his existence. He could have been used for medical research or disposed of. But his biological parents donated their embryos following their first IVF cycle and now we have this fantastic little guy to love on. Their donation blessed our family and I thank them, whoever they are, for their choice. "Embabies" waiting for a chance at life. So thankful for those who donate these precious potential lives.
    18 points
  4. My youngest always writes a little booklet called What is Going On Now which explains current slang, fads, and memes. We love it.
    11 points
  5. And she's a little cutie pie, none the worse for wear for spending 27 years in deep freeze: https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/01/us/baby-frozen-embryo-27-years-trnd/index.html No particular point to make at the moment. I just genuinely thought it was interesting. DH and I had moral qualms with IVF while we were dealing with infertility and we chose not to pursue it at all. However, I see very little downside to adopting "leftover" embryos who have been released by their bio-parents (as long as those embryos were not created specifically to sell). There are anywhere from 400,000 to a million embryos in storage in the U.S. right now.
    10 points
  6. I am in my early 50s and I have taken on a 3 year old foster child who we plan to adopt. I am well aware that I will be in my 60s when he graduates high school. I am ok with that. Yes, it is tiring, but we love this kid so much. And there are many, many kids being raised by grandparents out there who are thriving.
    10 points
  7. I want to add that I can flip a lot of this around and talk about what was hard for my first born, who was born when dh was in grad school and had to move countries at 7, etc. Or what is hard for my middles. My youngest is actually getting my "ideal" homeschool experience at the moment. The K/1/2 years may have been more fun for the olders (although I made sure through co-ops and having small groups at my house that I did some of the things will the youngest--and didn't have toddlers climbing on me or whining as I did it.) But since around third grade, it's been better--I don't have youngers to distract, I have time to follow rabbit trails with her bc I don't have such a tight schedule and another child needing to learn to read or something bc the olders are more independent. I have perspective about some subjects and more skill teaching upper elementary on writing (I get where we are heading and how to get there now and I've successfully done it several times.) I am definitely more mature and relaxed. We also know things like the jobs at the local apple farm which would have been fantastic for my oldest, but we didn't really know about it. She could join ds's FLL team, the BSA troop we've been part of, etc. Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that I am trying to raise my kids with the knowledge that everyone's life doesn't look the same in our family, but everyone has good things, just not the same good things.
    9 points
  8. And I need to not get too excited. Our local inventory STINKS, and our needs/major wants list is high. There really hasn’t been anything to look at that checked enough of our boxes to be a serious consideration. Maybe once every two week or so, something lukewarm pops up, and that’s it. This particular house probably meets all but one thing on the checklist. And it’s below the price range I’ve had in mind. I can’t get excited because dh isn’t available to go see it until Sunday, and it’s entirely possible that it could get snapped up tomorrow. And, for a bunch of other reasons, we can’t get into a bidding war because I don’t think we’ll be selling our house until the spring. So... yeah. But I’m a *little* bit excited! 😆
    8 points
  9. Ugh. My second ds. Nothing is ever easy. He is only 20 yo but is in what should be his final semester. He took in alot of de and he has gone to summer school so he is set to graduate in December with a BS in marketing. BUT- he isn't going to be able to, I don't think. He is on his third try with an advanced business stats class. He needs a C- to graduate and he took a W the first try and then got a D last semester. He has tried, gone to a tutor, etc. I think it is really a case that he just isn't going to be able to pass it. 😞 He has three other classes that are extremely difficult this semester and I just don't see him passing all of them. So, I think he is not graduating yet he is so very very close. This ds does not enjoy school at all. He is a decent student. Even with doing poorly in a few classes he has maintained over a 3.0 and kept his scholarship. He overall has done well. He could do better but he certainly hasn't done poorly enough or blown things off to the degree we would withdraw support. He's worked, has an internship. He's not a superstar academic but totally should be getting a degree. So he is just so frustrated and so are we. He has tried and just can't pass. But so close. He is going to come up 3 or 6 hours short of the degree, probably, but retaking seems like an exercise in futility. It's just too hard for him. So, he is looking to put in transfer applications. He wants to stay where he is. He has built a life there and wants to stay so he is going to be looking for an online program. But that's going to be at least another 30 hours to get graduated. As a mom I don't hate this idea. He is so young he could use another year to mature, let the economy start to come back, hopefully, could work and do another internship and build his resume. But another year when he only needs a class or two? But he is really discouraged and wants to be DONE. I thought of Thomas Edison State and thought maybe he could finish that faster? I don't know much about that. Anyone have any thoughts? He seems determined to finish so I don't think he'll be that person that lives the rest of their lives 3 hours short of a degree. But, gosh, such a disappointment for a kid that has gone to school almost continuously since he was in de and was really feeling great about graduating and had started reaching out to employers to get knocked back a year. Anyone have any thoughts on Thomas Edison State in this situation? Or is there another reputable online school that doesn't require 30 hours in residency for the degree? This ds has always talked about going to grad school but it wouldn't be in a competitive program or an elite school or anything like that. UPDATE- He did it. Took the final in the class in question tonight and passed. Just one exam left and that is in a class he currently has an A in. It will be hard to believe until it is all official offical (which will be a week from today). But it appears he will be a graduate next week at this time. Phew!
    8 points
  10. @Garga gave me this idea for a parody song for “The 12 Days of Christmas.” So here is my spoof I wrote: On the first day of COVID, my government gave to me denial that the virus exists. On the second day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, two parties fighting... On the third day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, three conspiracy YouTubes... On the fourth day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, four weeks of shutdown... On the fifth day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, five airline failures! On the sixth day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, six decent governors... On the seventh day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, seven-figure stimulus... On the eighth day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, eight feuding Senators... On the ninth day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, nine conflicting experts... On the tenth day of COVID my gvnt gave to me, ten baseless tweet-storms... On the eleventh day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, eleven miles of food lines... On the twelfth day of COVID, my gvnt gave to me, twelve months of masking... 😁
    8 points
  11. Amazingly, dh’s wonderful bosses paid him a full month’s wages for only half a month’s work in November. Through all of this, even as so many things seem to be going wrong, we have been buoyed up by the kindness and service of so many people. Dh’s car won’t start, and mine has to get a tire replaced. And the one we have been trying to sell, I managed to run into a pole driving while emotional a few weeks ago. It’s just a scrape, but it was one more thing. But we got home from the hospital out-of-state the other day to find that while we were gone, people from our church had come in and cleaned our house, mowed our lawn, stacked firewood, organized the kids’ rooms, and even replaced our dishwasher while we were gone, as well as decorating for the holidays. The next day, they dropped off a stack of freezer meals for our family.
    8 points
  12. I went back to work AND had a new kid! 🤣 I want it all baby!
    8 points
  13. I must say, this thread has been an interesting read on a day when my period is late.
    8 points
  14. We stopped at 3, but I really wanted a 4th - but wanted that baby to be spaced farther apart than the previous 3 had been. Having 3 babies aged 4 and under really took toll on me! lol DH was adamantly a "no - never again." So, we stopped. Now, we're 50 and adding a new baby this winter, if all goes as planned (adoption). Since we're quite a bit older than you, I'll add that we talked to all 3 of our current (adult) children about the decision and that, if something happens to us, would they be willing to work together to finish raising this baby if dh and I were suddenly taken out of the picture. Between the three of them, they actually came up with a custody plan. Of course, those plans will evolve and morph as our older kids take flight and lead lives of their own - but it was amazing to see them come together and how willing they were to step up for a new family member. We will name the oldest as primary custody in the beginning (and I'm pretty sure that's where the baby would wind up... she's a natural at taking care of people, lol), but will change our will as the kids' adult lives begin to take shape (post "this dang virus"!!).
    7 points
  15. What kind of psycho separates the sink and the dishwasher????
    7 points
  16. Frugal win for the day... My youngest was asking for a rocking chair/glider for Christmas. It hit me that we have a rocking recliner in the basement bedroom not being used currently. We got it for free from a neighbor a few years ago. Perfect condition. I explained to dd that if we got rid of her drum set, she would have space for that recliner in her room. Then I could get her the other stuff she wants. She is totally on board with that! (She hasn't had any interest in the drums for several years.) I don't have to spend $400 on a rocker, the freebie recliner will get some use, and we'll probably make $500 selling the drums. 🙂
    7 points
  17. hmm I thought I already posted this update but I guess I didn't. My dad saved December from being a major spend month. I emailed him to ask him some questions about picking a computer for the kids and he told me to just take the one in his bedroom because he has an extra one at his AL house that he can bring up when he comes home. He said he'll just help me add anything to it that it needs for their purposes when he gets back. And being my dad he won't take my money so I'll just put his name on it and say it is a gift from him
    6 points
  18. We can tell our local anecdotes all we want, but there's actual data about teacher shortages that predates covid: https://www.epi.org/publication/the-teacher-shortage-is-real-large-and-growing-and-worse-than-we-thought-the-first-report-in-the-perfect-storm-in-the-teacher-labor-market-series/ I mean, it makes sense, right? Teachers--particularly in math and science--are compensated poorly for the level of education they have (more than half of public school teachers hold a masters degree). So if you want to attract highly qualified teachers there has to be something attractive about the job other than the pay. Given that more than 40% of new teachers leave the profession within 5 years, it seems that schools weren't doing a great job with that even before covid. Throw risking your life or health into the mix of low pay, seas of bureaucracy to wade through, not enough respect, and long hours, and it's no wonder so many teachers are looking to get out. The satisfaction of helping kids learn coupled with a long summer break (if you don't have to work through it to make ends meet) can only go so far. Incidentally, DH's superintendent confirmed it in his cheerful end of the week e-mail yesterday: in addition to cancelling step increases this year, there will be no one time bonuses.
    6 points
  19. Oops. So, in my excitement 😬, I forgot to specify that we’re going Sunday. Which is why I’m worried about it getting sold today, lol. Dh went out of town last night and doesn’t know for sure when he’ll be back today, so we couldn’t jump right on it. ETA: Wait, yes I did! I just didn’t make it clear in all of the excitement I’m trying to shove down. I spent last night finding all the flaws I could through the listing in case I have to make myself feel better, lol.
    6 points
  20. Update- he took the final in the trouble class tonight and passed. He actually thinks he is getting a B-. So looks like I have another 2020 college graduate! 🙂
    6 points
  21. Since you have tons of love and support....I offer a counter thought. I am the baby of the family. I was raised with 4 other kids who are 6-12 years older than I am. My mom had 4 ( living ) kids in 6 years. (The 5th child, who was in the middle of the pack, passed right after birth). I was basically an only child, who grew up being left out. I was too young for everything they were doing (games, activities etc) and my parents were burnt out on things like Easter egg hunts, and birthday parties by the time I came along. I was always on the outside looking in. My two oldest sisters are very close and my other sister and brother are very close. All four of them are fairly close too. I am absolutely not part of their crew and never have been. Even into my early 20s, they all called me the 'the baby' (my nickname growing up). I was too much younger to be considered relevant for any adult conversations and since I had a more natural approach to life (natural food/homeschooling/less plastic etc) I was definitely considered the odd ball. They all now agree with these same things, but back in the 90s it wasn't common. I see the same thing for dd14. She is 8 / 12 years younger than my older kids. She is biologically my niece and came to us unexpectedly. I would not have this big of an age gap on purpose. She has zero in common with my older kids and it is hard to have her around when I am spending time with my married, more independent daughter (who lives in another state). We want to have adult conversations about topics, that a 14 yo isn't really privy to. We try to break our time up in to family time and time for just dd22 and myself, but dd14 doesn't understand why she can't be there all the time. I will say, that if you have one, then have 2 kids. That way they aren't the only child, of a big family. I also agree with others saying I don't have the same 'big-family memories' that the other kids had. 3/4 of my grandparents died when I was young, so I have few memories of them. My cousins were my siblings ages or older, so I wasn't close to them. We traveled for 6 years in a camp trailer (older siblings had moved out) and lived in apartments in 6 states when I was in middle school and early high school, so I don't really have any longtime roots in a community. My siblings grew up and lived in the same city, so they have a strong connection there (tons of family/school friends/lifetimes of memories etc). I have none of that. I didn't sled on the big hill that now is covered in houses, camp out with my parents, go swim at the river etc. My parents were older, tired, and lots of BTDT, made them not very interested in taking just one child out to do those things.
    6 points
  22. My brother doesn’t know what “give a mouse a cookie means”. I told him to buy the book for his granddaughter.
    5 points
  23. The roofers finish up today. In the “give a mouse a cookie “ kitchen remodeling project, our kitchen remodel just expanded to redoing all the floors on our main level.
    5 points
  24. So, odd situation with the worker in NSW Australia who contracted Covid; looks like she cleaned the room of some US airline crew who stayed there for a short time between flights. The crew weren't tested for Covid, just had to isolate, but now they're re-thinking that policy. So with that resolved it seems there is no Covid circulating anywhere in the community in Australia . . . at the moment. One of the outcomes of this is that we will probably not get the vaccine until quite a bit after other countries, because there will not be any emergency reason for it. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/no-new-covid-19-cases-as-fresh-infection-linked-to-overseas-strain-20201204-p56kmn.html
    5 points
  25. Thank you for continuing to post updates, Ausmum!
    5 points
  26. And this is why we like you so much.....
    4 points
  27. It's interesting to me how many people are measuring their answers based on feelings about household family dynamics and how many are factoring inevitable issues outside of family life like eldercare, retirement/employment, and middle age health issues that accumulate. I think people who have never personally done a long stint of directly caring for an elder don't really grasp how intense it is. It's one of those things where they're huge difference in theoretical knowledge and experiential knowledge. If they didn't help their parents care for long term dependent grandparents, they're probably in for a shock with their own parents and step-parents. People are probably also unaware of how limited resources are for help. In home nursing and nursing assistants are a thing, but there aren't enough of them to go around everywhere. And the range of quality in care facilities is alarming, and that's before you factor in out of pocket costs. And what percentage of Americans are on track for a fully funded retirement? Life expectancy is now, what, 80+? The amount of resources required to have at the ready in order to not financially rely on adult children or taxpayers before they're forced to mentally/physically rely on adult children is larger than most people realize.
    4 points
  28. I think that we need some agreement about what "mild" is vs "severe". I've heard people say that they'd rather have covid than a vaccine because some people have "severe" reactions to vaccines, where as most people have "mild" covid. But if they understood that a "severe" vaccine reaction might be 12 hours of flu like symptoms, and a "mild" case of covid might be months of symptoms and anything short of a hospital stay, maybe they'd feel differently?
    4 points
  29. Yeah, my way is a bit passive aggressive 🤣
    4 points
  30. We made an awesome marble run for our kids one year. We purchased a huge sheet of metal and hung it on the wall. Then we took various lengths of pvc pipe and attachments, glued strong magnets to them and put them all in a huge bin with a big set of marbles.
    4 points
  31. Elf and The Muppet Christmas Carol are our must-sees every year. We tried Die Hard last year hearing others liked it--it's not for us. We watched Home Alone after Thanksgiving and that was a good fit for us. I hadn't seen it since it came out in 1990 I think. The clothes and home decor styles brought back memories of that era for me. So much home clutter! Not the style anymore. We're planning to watch The Santa Clause movies since they're on Disney Plus.
    4 points
  32. To neighbor: “Perhaps I should let my house fall into disrepair so your property value goes down, to spare you the ten minutes of inconvenience?”
    4 points
  33. Feeling like a broken record: Just checking in to say that I'm still here, still chugging along, not much new happening. I'm still doing the usual round of daily dog walks, 30-45 minutes a day on the stationary bike, 3X per week cardio, 2X per week PT, making sure to meet my daily step goal. I haven't missed a day of anything, but there have definitely been days when I've managed only the bare minimum and several days in the last couple of weeks when I feel like I'm walking against a big headwind. I have three challenges going to see me through the rest of the month: Camino de Santiago (stationary bike) - Completed 307/480 miles. Holiday Hustle (outdoor walks) - Completed 22.7/50Km. 12 Days of Fitmas - Completed 1/12 days. (I had to tone down some of the exercises to accommodate my recovering arm -- no planks for me -- but I did my best.) Still struggling with food, although I have managed to wrestle my weight down by a couple of pounds (6 more to go). Honestly, I'm a little relieved that the holidays will be restrained this year, since opportunities to over-eat for social reasons will be limited. Sorry -- I usually try to end these posts with some kind of "but hey, on the bright side" comment, but I can't come up with one today.
    4 points
  34. The roofers have started to make noise ten minutes before the noise ordinance says that they can. Is it worth going out in my bathrobe to tell them to wait ten minutes? I know one neighbor who will notice. (The noise, not the bathrobe). It's a noisy bathrobe booyah!
    4 points
  35. We purchased a Speed Queen top loader in the last year and love it. There were one or two bad years there when Speed Queen changed things, but after scathing backlash, they went back to what they do best. It replaced a well-loved 26-year-old Maytag workhorse, and works just as well. We also purchased a Maytag dryer at the same time and I don’t love it - often takes two cycles to get things completely dry no matter what setting it runs on.
    4 points
  36. Agreeing with cabinet fronts that are as flat and un-detailed as possible. As a person who doesn’t have that, but wishes she did, lol. My kids are champs at getting spills and splashes in the nooks and crannies of the cabinet fronts as well as leaks right into the drawers and cabinets. I won’t pretend we adults have never contributed to that, ourselves. While I prefer the look of handles to round pulls, I do find it to be a little bit of a pain to clean the in between spots of handles. Especially from kid drips! Keep you dishwasher as close to the sink as possible. Our layout doesn’t allow that, so there’s always water to clean up in the little spot between the dishwasher and the sink. Always. I wouldn’t want an over the stove microwave. There are multiple cooks in my house, and we’re frequently using different appliances at the same time. I’d like to keep things fairly spread out so we’re not in each other’s way. Outlet placement is important there. I think drawers are almost always superior to cabinets. But I say that as someone with few cabinets. We’re constantly rummaging and pushing things around to get to what we need.
    4 points
  37. So, Lilly-cat is getting sneakier and sneakier. She watched White Christmas with us and then she casually got up off the couch and walked out of the room. An hour later I could find her nowhere. I searched high and low, all over the house, under the couches, in the closets, nowhere. I finally concluded that DH had let her out when he left to pick up DD1 from her friend’s party. But....no. Lilly-cat jumped on our bed at 7:00 this morning.
    4 points
  38. Wow, CW, that sounds great.
    4 points
  39. that’s similar to what people like Dr Been have reported for practitioners trying to help in early home stages In many cases the primary conflict doesn’t seem to be “science” versus public etc, but rather new “science” versus established “science” such as for Michael Mina who was in that article and trying to get rapid inexpensive home tests approved where obstruction to that is by and large the “status quo” “scientific” establishment. Or “research science” versus “field experience” in clinical medicine such as researchers who say x doesn’t work (eg HCQ+zinc+azithromycin or Ivermectin+doxycycline (or even vitamin D ) etc etc) versus practicing doctors who say they see patients improve when given x at right time and right dosage. And in many cases I experience a division and divisiveness (that we have seen sometimes right in this thread) sometimes vitriol between public who tends to side with research scientists and public who tends to side with field experience doctors. Or vitriol between portion of “public” who side with someone like Michael Mina trying to get a new way of testing to be available to the public - versus - portion of “public” who side with the status quo approach of people like Fauci et al I think this adds to public distrust, and worse - perhaps not just distrust but frustration, anger... and anger then probably erupts in places like WTM , or erupts as threats against people like doctors or the people in the article... I expect that there may well be fewer people wanting to go into medicine because of the current “attack” climate ... it is not just Dr Li in CCP China who gets attacked for trying to reveal something he believes is true and important. It happens in American medicine. It happens in discussions like this very one. I also am increasingly hearing people who are concerned about other things over CV19- not denying CV19, but that it needs to be put in perspective of many simultaneous important things - emotional health, economic sustainability, civil freedom, .... A few weeks shut down to level curve was well accepted, however going on and on and on is increasingly not well tolerated - in my experience increasingly across political spectrum and most certainly across an educational spectrum
    4 points
  40. Yes. The bathroom is AFAIK all original (1985) except the toilet, from the mint green popcorn ceiling to the peel-and-stick tile floor. We're working with a local remodeling company that walks you through the selection of everything so you only choose materials they know are good. (And the guy is happy to tell you the horror story that goes with every detail of the contract, such as why they will not work with red-body tile or how they cannot guarantee that the city inspector won't find a problem in your house that is completely beyond their control.) They're small enough that they will modify their standard contract to anything mutually agreed upon (we had him write in their assurance that no one exposed to Covid will come to our house and declined to let them put up a sign in our yard). So yesterday, we went to the office and a couple of showrooms with him and picked out a vanity style and knobs, floor tile, shower walls, faucet, countertop, etc. They hope to start by mid-January and be done by mid-March. And then we get to figure out what we're going to do about the flooring in the rest of the house. *sigh* DS had really liked the idea of being home alone but then after 2 hours was like, "When are you going to be done?" He called me when someone called and left a voicemail. He called when there was a package left on the porch. He called to consult about how much peanut butter and jelly he was allowed to put in his sandwich and reassure me that he had wiped up what he spilled.
    4 points
  41. Good Morning! Coffee's on!
    4 points
  42. I can see that side of it. Personally, I prefer my representation to be of the uniting, factual, non-propaganda and disinformation based variety, but to each his or her own own.
    4 points
  43. I was curious, so I tried to find numbers. One Q&A sheet I found said that there are less than 2,000 adopted embryos attempted to be implanted every year, so it's not super common yet. Things I read suggested it's becoming bigger. It's apparently much more affordable than doing IVF oneself. I don't personally have an issue with IVF (I mean, it worries me that it's so expensive and thus something open to only wealthy families, but I mean scientifically and morally, I'm fine with it). As long as the couple gets to decide what happens to the embryos, this seems like a good thing for all involved.
    4 points
  44. In 2016, the BBC estimated that about 1 in 10 frozen embryos are released for adoption. The New York Times stated that "Of the two million transfers of embryos to a woman’s uterus recorded by the CDC from 2000 to 2016, only 16,000 were donor embryos. But over that period, the annual number of donor transfers rose sharply — from 334 in 2000 to 1,940 in 2016 — and experts say it is continuing to increase." I've read that about 3% of parents choose to donate their embryos for scientific research.
    4 points
  45. I get it! We planned, we tried, we had tests, I had surgery, we tried some more, still no baby. We had given up by the time she arrived unexpectedly. Most of the other women I know seem to either be able to order up babies on demand or are often surprised by their conception (which I also don't really understand, but whatever!). Very thankful for my one. 💕
    4 points
  46. This kind of thing is so horrible and crazy it is difficult to believe, and yet I have heard so many stories like these. What kind of people are we in this country if this is how we behave? I honestly am so disillusioned with people, more so than I have ever been before in my 56 years. I really just want to stay home and pretend there aren’t so many crazy, mean people around, who have totally lost the ability to use simple logic.
    4 points
  47. The girls and I watched Christmas movies and made homemade decorations today, it was a lovely day. We made homemade stromboli tonight a gf and regular version. I made homemade Italian sausage with ground turkey and had some turkey pepperonis I got on mark down at Krogers. The rest of my homemade sausage will be used on an upcoming meal. We've been working on budget planning, I'm working on maintenance and repair lists to plan for sinking funds. My dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater are all older and have had various repairs. I need replacement funds for all of them. I'll have to talk to dh about the cars, we'll be lining it out over Christmas break. Dh had to pick new retirement funds since things changed with the new company taking over, he has that straightened out now. I've been working on menu plan working on a one month plan, ordering things to utilize batch cooking and leftovers some. My Fitbit has broken and I need new tennis shoes for walking. I'm not feeling the desire to spend much money though, so I'm going to sit on a bit and think, store up gift cards and some personal money. I don't think I'll buy another Fitbit, they don't last long enough for the cost. I'm considering a cheap knock-off or maybe just an analog watch.
    4 points
  48. @Dreamergal, we have blindingly brilliant sunshine up here in BC today too. Bit of a temperature difference though, it's 28 degrees F right now ;) I took a nice walk with the dogs and soaked up all the sunshine. I'm rather impatiently waiting for more snow so I can snowshoe and cross-country ski.
    4 points
  49. I'm on full celebration mode right now! I finished my stats course last night and today I started paid contract work in the field of my grad program!!! I'm doing a happy dance in my head right now! The contract came out of a 'cold call' I made when I signed up with LinkIn. I'm still pinching myself that this actually worked. I'm going for a walk in the woods with friends again today. I still haven't started back into my stretch and strength work, but I will... after I do my happy dance for real. 😉
    4 points
  50. I was almost 17 and my mom was 42 when my youngest sister was born. I adored that baby. Also, having a baby in the house when I was a teenager was phenomenal birth control, because I knew first hand I didn’t want one of those for a long time. 😂🤣
    4 points
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