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There, But For the Grace of G-d, Go I: Dispatches from Snowmageddon Part Four (Giveaway Edition)

Because I know some of you have been waiting for this (I’m assuming you care because you’ve asked about it.  Though perhaps you were just being polite?), this is the post that contains the yearly Purim basket giveaway.  But first, you need to read my blatherings about snow.  Sorry about that.  Snow has become my Moby Dick.


Like the aftershocks of a major earthquake, the snow keeps rolling in, with the next storm promising accumulation once again.  The first reports were five inches, which felt like a puddle in the face of the 30 inches that came over the weekend.  Something small we could jump over if we didn’t have this enormous flood of snow standing in the place of somewhere to land.

Then the reports started saying eight inches, 10 inches, and now, there are reports of 20 inches, with high winds which will likely knock back out power to the 200,000 people who just got their power returned.

We were lucky in that we escaped the power outages the first time around–truly, there, but for the grace of G-d, goes our house.  Which is a saying I somewhat hate because I don’t believe that G-d is blessing us more than my parents who were without power for a few days.  Or Amalah who braved the cold for several days before having to move into a hotel.  But we seriously felt like we dodged a major bullet with this last storm.

On Saturday night, I was crying over the fact that I had so much to get done this week and now no time to do the work.  But now facing another huge storm, another entrapment in our house, another possibility of power loss and freezing temperatures, the idea of articles and blurbs going unwritten seems like…well…a tiny puddle.

It’s a little like that old Yiddish folktale which has the rabbi suggest to the complaining man that he fill his house with all his farm animals and once life hits a crescendo, tells him to remove all the farm animals and life returns to the small problems which don’t seem that enormous now that the family has seen just how heinous it can be to have a goat bleating in their ear every ten minutes.

I’m writing this–by the way–before the storm comes.


We spent yesterday preparing for the next storm, which felt a little like a poorly made sequel.  A sequel that’s a little thin, that lacks the sparkle of the first film.  The shelves at the store were understocked, but Josh still attempted to gather everything I could possibly need for Purim baking.  If we don’t lose power, the plan is to make at least half of the mishloach manot baskets.

While Josh went from store to store collecting up jam for power-outage-peanut-butter-and-jam sandwiches and a container of skim milk for cold cereal, the ChickieNob, Wolvog and I curled up on the sofa with a blanket and returned to reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We’re on the part where the family is starving and Charlie finds the dollar bill, purchases the candy bar, and finds the last golden ticket (hope I didn’t spoil that for anyone, but the title is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so you have to assume he makes it through the gates at some point).

“Actually,” I said, connecting the book to our weekend discussion on socioeconomic imbalance in the universe, “you know how we were talking about imbalance on Saturday?  Well, the Bucket family is sort of a good example.  You know how we have enough to eat and a warm house and toys to play with?  Does Charlie?”

Hence forever cementing my identity as Commie Mommy.

But it led into an excellent line of questions ranging from why doesn’t Mr. Bucket get a different job (because jobs aren’t always easy to come by) to why doesn’t he just make more money (because they only pay toothpaste top screwers that much money) to why doesn’t someone in town HELP THE FREAKIN’ BUCKET FAMILY?

Which is what I hoped they would ask.  So I lowered my voice, as if I was about to reveal the secret to how to get a lifetime supply of chocolate, the location of the last golden ticket, and they brought their heads in close to hear me.  “There are people in our community who are just like the Bucket family.  And part of Daddy’s job is to take care of those people.  He makes sure that elderly people have a hot meal to eat for lunch and he oversees the building of homes and shelters for people in need and he helps run clothing drives.  So that’s why it’s okay for Daddy to go to work even though he misses you when he’s downtown.  Because he helps a lot of people.  And that’s why you shouldn’t yell at me when I’m baking for the shelters as part of one of his projects and tell me that I’m the worst mother in the world because I’m not leaving the chocolate chip cookies for you.  Just saying.”

It left them with a lot to think about the rest of the day.  Which is good because we’ll probably lose power and only have conversation to keep us occupied for the next few days.  And truly, it’s there, but for the grace of G-d, goes our family and I am always mindful that there is a very thin wall between those with enough and those without.


As long as we have power, I am going to start baking and sending out my first round of mishloach manot baskets.  The idea behind mishloach manot is to send out treats so no one is without dessert after the Purim feast.  It’s a recognition that not everyone has money for extras, but everyone could use some sweetness in their life (and on that end, not everyone has my mad baking skillz so this is to save a person from Pepperidge Farm).

It is my favourite thing I do all year and we have a great theme planned (last year, in honour of Obama’s inauguration, the theme was “Yes, We Can(dies)!“), but you’ll need to win the basket to see it.

I can tell you that in the baskets thus far (and whoever wins can tailor this to their tastes/allergies because we’re already doing a sugar-free basket, a nut-free basket and an egg-free basket for other friends so why not pile on the substitutions?):

  • Sweet-and-salty butter pecan cookies
  • Hamantaschen (black cherry or raspberry)
  • My infamous chocolate chip cookies
  • Homemade oreos
  • Maple toffee and vanilla latte toffee
  • Chocolate-covered peanut butter crisp

And whatever else I dream up between now and mailing the packages.  I’m not going to be modest–people tell me that my baking and candies are fantastic and while they may be lying, they have inflated my culinary ego.  This basket is going to rock.

The baskets are for our friends and family, but we also make one every year for the lovely people of the Internets and it’s yours to win.  Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway (and you can enter as many times as you like this year):

  • Leave a comment below (yes, a box full of candy for the low low price of one comment!)
  • Tell me where you left a comment already today–and feel free to leave, write a comment somewhere, and come back.  Please put the name of that blog and a link to the post in the comment.  And say something nice about that person’s post.  And no, commenting on this post doesn’t count for where you’ve left a comment (though my blog still counts as long as you’ve commented on a different post).  The posts that you’re commenting on need to have been written in February 2010 (only entries with a link to a post written in that time frame count.  You can’t list older-than-that posts).
  • Unlike other years, you can enter as many times as you like.  Which means the more you comment around the blogosphere, the more chance you have to win.  Only comments that talk about a post you read elsewhere in the blogosphere have a chance at winning (in other words, if you write below, “that looks delicious!” I’ll be appreciative, but you won’t be eligible to win.  You need to list a place where you commented today, give the url for the post, and say something about the post).
  • Each comment counts as one entry, so if you’ve commented in three places, you’re allowed to leave that in three entries here.  Leaving it in separate comments is actually sort of an important fact because too many links in a comment will make it caught by the spam filter.  I can release comments caught by the spam filter, if…you know…I have Internet and electricity during the storm.
  • The giveaway ends at 8 a.m. EST on Friday the 12th, therefore, you can return during the week and list new, great blog posts you found.  If you’re still confused, think of this as creating a Friday Blog Roundup-type list in the comment section, one comment at a time.

I will also love you forever if you read down the list and click over to read the other posts listed in the comment section.  And don’t just hit the first ones at the top of the comment list. Make sure you hit some of the people in the middle or bottom of the list and leave them a comment telling them that you agree with the original commentor–their writing does rock.

If someone writes something nice about a post you wrote this week, bask in the love.  Oh, and here’s a good impetus to go write something amazing on your own blog this week so people can come and comment on it over here and win the basket.

My usual blog rules apply: any spam is deleted–the point is to honour another person, not drum up business for a Viagra website–as well as anything rude.

I’ll use the random number generator and announce it hopefully on Friday provided we have power.  See, it’s that little issue of power loss that keeps returning in my mind.


If we do lose power, you will know by reading here.  And then you’ll know why I’m not answering emails, putting up the LFCA, or doing anything more than shivering and cursing.


1 a { 02.09.10 at 9:49 am }

I was just going to comment that I wanted some delicious sweets and then I re-read the rules. So I went and commented here:

Good Mom/Bad Mom

2 Kim { 02.09.10 at 9:49 am }

Lucky went public again, and I’m thrilled to not have to remember to check her site manually. :)


And I had a recent great (if I may say so myself) post about the strength of IFers. It’s something we all have a ton of yet have quite a bit of trouble recognizing in ourselves. ♥

3 Trinity { 02.09.10 at 10:00 am }

I am just so in awe over the way you broached this topic with the twins. Really, it’s genius. I’m not a parent (yet, that is), but drawing comparisons from the Bucket family is so humanizing and sweet and age-appropriate. LOVE IT. I’m filing this away for the future. Good job, Mel!

4 a { 02.09.10 at 10:03 am }

Really hungry this morning…

Beyond Infertility

5 Flying Monkeys { 02.09.10 at 10:10 am }

I don’t know if I’m following the rules, no need to enter me in the contest. I just wanted to share 2 blogs I’ve commented on in the last 12 hours.

I left a comment here at Wishing4One this morning. She transferred yesterday and, like her, I’m keep thinking ‘this one is the one’ for her. She needs some positive vibes and to go on her vacation.
And here Hobbitish Thoughts. She shared a link to a blog with amazing photos and recipes that make me feel inferior but grateful she didn’t keep it as her secret. She posts some great recipes of her own. She also talks a little bit about the mental tennis we play when we learn of another’s pregnancy and complications that can occur in those pregnancy. She needs some gentle hugs.

(Hopefully I did the code right…sorry if not.)

6 Flying Monkeys { 02.09.10 at 10:16 am }

(The ‘bad thing’ about these posts is how much my reader list grows.) 😉

7 loribeth { 02.09.10 at 10:29 am }

I actually just came here after commenting on another amazing post from Mrs. Spit (which is actually the same post she had on Glow in the Woods yesterday — & yes, I commented there, too).


Love how you introduced the concept of poverty & charity to the twins. I remember when I was about the same age, our church was sending a box of stuff to a mission in the far north, & my mom told me there were little girls living there who didn’t have any dolls to play with, & did I think I could part with one of mine to give to them? I did — not my favourite, of course (lol), but I remember dressing up one of my dolls in a little outfit & feeling quite noble as I handed her over to my mother to go into the box.

Stay warm & dry! An online friend from Pennsylvania said, “I guess this snow doesn’t impress you Canadians,” & another Canadian on the same board said, “Actually we ARE impressed.” Two (or three, or four) feet of snow is impressive no matter where it lands. I guess the difference is we might be slightly better equipped (more plows, snow tires, etc.) to deal with that amount of snow than those bordering the Mason-Dixon line. (Of course, I live in the city whose mayor called in the army to help with snow removal after a series of blizzards in January 1999 — much to the derision of the rest of the country — so who am I to say?)

8 Shelli { 02.09.10 at 10:38 am }

How much snow can we take? I mean, really? We are also once again in the bullseye of the storm too.

My question for you is how are you baking all of this without eating every last bit? lol. Look out for my latest post on my other blog, it won’t be pretty. The last snow made me a food-maniac. I freely admit to falling off the diet bandwagon over the weekend. My waist can’t take another 2 feet of snow!

9 Pie { 02.09.10 at 10:40 am }

First, I wanted to comment to you – then I’ll do my entries. My mom has been without power since Saturday – it has gotten bad. 42 degrees in her house. I really hope that you guys don’t lose power. Fingers crossed. It has been really hard being half-way across the country from my mom. At least their street was plowed yesterday – so they can at least leave now. I’m really scared for the new snow coming. Stay warm, Mel!!

OK, on to yummier thoughts. So I’ve already done some commenting today. First, for Maddy at http://lateforaveryimportantpregnancy.blogspot.com/. She did her first injectable medications! Popped her cherry, as she said! It is a IF milestone I think, and I thought she was very brave, and just did it. No muss, not too much fuss. You go, Maddy!!

10 Pie { 02.09.10 at 10:44 am }

I also commented over at Clare’s blog, http://thepitter-patter.blogspot.com/, who got her first beta back today – 167! She has been at this for about as long as I have, and it really gives me hope to see her get her BFP! I am just soooooo happy for her, and commented to her exactly that. YAY Clare!!

11 Journeywoman { 02.09.10 at 10:48 am }

Okay here’s one for my entry and then I’ll come back with the blogs

12 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 10:56 am }

I agree with the other commenters… great way to introduce the topic of social responsibility. So many people don’t take advantage of those teachable moments available in kids fiction.

AnxiousMummy is needing some distraction during the tww. http://anxiousmummyto3.blogspot.com/

13 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:06 am }

I visited Mrs. Spit’s and commented on her post http://mrsspit.ca/?p=1036 where she called a nasty commenter to task for their behavior. I was cheering her on.

14 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:06 am }

I commented on my friend Sheliza’s post http://blog.momfiles.com/2010/02/toddlers-and-music.html about her toddler’s growing love of music.

15 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:10 am }

I commented on my friend Roslyn’s post http://roslynholcomb.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/given-is-available-now/ announcing the availability of her new book Given. Roslyn is the fabulous lady who introduced me to the term fucknuttery and she is a great writer. GO BUY HER BOOK for the low, low price of $5.99 (it’s an e-book so you get it instantly).

16 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:11 am }

Wishing4One transferred 3 blasts http://wishing4one.blogspot.com/2010/02/3-blasts-baby.html Go by and wish her luck like I did.

17 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:13 am }

Matt had up a sweet post about Maddy http://www.mattlogelin.com/archives/2010/02/09/that-last-week-or-so/ with a funny story about switched pants, a little news about his book, and his amazing pics. Go read, enjoy, and wish them well.

18 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:14 am }

Heather has a sweet post http://thespohrsaremultiplying.com/2010/02/early-days/ about these early days with Annie and how she is both very like and very different from her Maddie.

19 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:15 am }

In Due Time posted http://in-due-time.blogspot.com/2010/02/crazy-shit-she-says-meow.html a funny little story about her niece A and a word she made up.

20 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:17 am }

Sharon, a 10 year IF veteran, posted about maternal vs. paternal instinct and how she has observed it since they brought home their beautiful daughter Ava.

21 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:19 am }

Dave wrote an insightful post http://davehingsburger.blogspot.com/2010/02/coming-to-terms.html about being grateful for behavior that should be expected.

22 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:22 am }

StillLife365’s featured post http://stilllife365.blogspot.com/2010/02/empty-liz-paparella.html has a picture of a gorgeous and incredibly touching sculpture that the artist did after her pregnancy loss.

23 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:24 am }

JJ is celebrating http://reproductivejeans.blogspot.com/2010/02/thrice-as-nice.html her third blogoversary. Join us in wishing her well.

24 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:30 am }

Dora posted http://mypreconceivednotion.blogspot.com/2010/02/oh-fuck-i-hate-this.html about about a friend who might be having a miscarriage. Prayers are needed.

25 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:31 am }

Nancy wrote http://thenewlifeofnancy.blogspot.com/2010/02/maybe-im-just-inept-at-watching-movies.html about her movie watching habits and asked about how we compare.

26 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 11:34 am }

Fertility Chick posted http://fertilitychick.blogspot.com/2010/02/provera-crazies.html about Provera induced craziness. Offer her some support.

27 Battynurse { 02.09.10 at 11:41 am }

I’m so wanting that basket of yummy goodies even though my hiney probably doesn’t need it. But it sounds so wonderful! Hoping you don’t lose power and that you weather the storm well this week. Now off to find those places I’ve commented and such.

28 Battynurse { 02.09.10 at 11:43 am }

So Bleu had a fabulously cute post of Soul and Bliss and what they’ve been doing as told from Soul’s perspective. It’s at http://soulbliss.blogspot.com/2010/02/hello-i-am.html and its very cute, complete with pictures and everything.

29 Flying Monkeys { 02.09.10 at 11:47 am }

Gah! My link to Hobbitish Thoughts vanished. Hopefully it’s there this time.

30 Battynurse { 02.09.10 at 11:48 am }

Another post I read/commented on today was at http://ifyoulivedhereidknowyourname.blogspot.com/2010/02/whats-goin-on-one-nice-thing.html who has a court appointment today and she’s asking for prayers. She’s been fostering children for a while now and the last couple of she has had a baby in her family. Sending many hopes that today’s court date is a good thing.

31 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 11:52 am }

I’d love to win!

32 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 11:55 am }

Gorgeous pictures on Cali’s blog from of the blizzard: http://creatingmotherhood.com/2010/02/08/the-blizzard-of-2010-a-few-photos/

33 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 11:56 am }

Nikki posted new pictures of Silas and Liam. Such cuties.

34 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 11:58 am }

A great post by a mom who recently adopted from Rwanda about how she found her oldest daughter snuggling and singing to her newest daughter. http://bowersjourneyto.blogspot.com/2010/02/sweet.html

35 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 12:10 pm }

Karen is receiving less than stellar care while in the hospital. http://chezperky.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/la-penultima/

36 tanya { 02.09.10 at 12:27 pm }

i have been waiting for this post since last year… a chance to win the goodies.

37 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:33 pm }

Mrs. Gamgee posted http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2010/02/hobbit-ish-potpurri-life-of-dog.html about her dog, a great Beef Au Jus recipe from The Pioneer Woman, and being a better commenter.

38 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:35 pm }

Stacie posted http://stacie-heeeeerestorkeystorkey.blogspot.com/2010/02/perfect-moment-monday-hanging-out-with.html some adorable pics of her two little guuys playing with their dad.

39 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:36 pm }

My friend Bean lucked into a bunch of vintage cookbooks and posted http://coyotecraft.blogspot.com/2010/02/lucky-girl.html about how lucky that made her feel.

40 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:37 pm }

Murgdan wrote http://murgdan.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-wont-win-any-medalsbut-neither-will.html about the rude and thoughtless comments people have made about her desired birth plan.

41 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:38 pm }

Mrs Spock wrote http://wholefastfrugal.blogspot.com/2010/02/ale-house-burgers-and-cottage-pie-with.html about delicious burgers and fries and linked to the recipes on her food blog.

42 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:40 pm }

N wrote http://twohotmamas.blogspot.com/2010/02/3-weeks.html about how fast the first 3 weeks of Figgy’s life have gone and the disbelief that engenders.

43 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:49 pm }

Aunt Becky selected http://www.mommywantsvodka.com/?p=3420 the newest member of her TV boyfriends/husbands group…ROFL.

44 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 12:58 pm }

Calli asked http://creatingmotherhood.com/2010/02/09/oh-plai/ a bunch of winter related questions.

45 Heather { 02.09.10 at 1:21 pm }

I left good trip wishes at Egg Drop Post, then had to overcome my jealousy over her photo of their gorgeous (and warm!) destination.

46 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 1:26 pm }

JJ is celebrating her third blogoversary. http://reproductivejeans.blogspot.com/2010/02/thrice-as-nice.html

47 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 1:28 pm }

Baby Steps to a Baby Dream has cleared ICPC but is stuck out of state due to the snow storm. http://ammabyadoption.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/end-in-sight/

48 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 1:35 pm }
49 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 2:31 pm }

Katie was talking http://3happyhours.blogspot.com/2010/02/checking-things-off.html about her mock transfer for her upcoming IVF cycle and she showed off some of her lovely yarn work.

50 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 2:34 pm }

Nina was telling http://ninapintasantamaria.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/poutface/ us about the amazing growth her little guy has gone through.

51 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 2:37 pm }

I loved Mel’s third snowed in post about missing a neighborhood (vs. just a place to live) and the way the Muppet Show made her feel. http://www.stirrup-queens.com/2010/02/here-comes-the-sun-dispatches-from-snowmageddon-part-three/

52 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 2:38 pm }

Chicklet wrote http://www.bloorb.com/2010/02/thanks-for-that.html a tribute to that most neglected of people, the inventor of the nasal aspirator.

53 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 2:46 pm }

Murgdan has a post about her desire for an unmedicated birth and all of the comments she has received about this decision.

54 Lavender Luz { 02.09.10 at 2:51 pm }

Yum! I’ve been waiting 11 months for this post!

Chicklet stuck an instrument of torture up her poor son’s nose.

55 Lavender Luz { 02.09.10 at 2:52 pm }

Sheri pulled the Hermit card for Intuitive Tuesday. She’ll do a follow-up reading for one of her commenters on Thursday.


56 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 3:03 pm }

Jen at Maybe if You Just Relax is looking for some alternatives to her favorite curse words now that Olivia is getting older.

57 Jenifer { 02.09.10 at 3:58 pm }

I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! To receive it please come to http://onecyster.blogspot.com/ and copy the award and follow the instructions posted on my page. Congrats!

58 tash { 02.09.10 at 4:45 pm }

I do NOT want to enter because I miraculously won this last year, but I’m here to tell people to ENTER THE FREAKIN’ DRAWING because this basket is going to knock your socks off. It is such a lovely thing to get in the dead and depression of winter, something lovely for with your hot beverage (or glass of milk). Mel rocks the sweets, she really does. Carry on.

59 Christina { 02.09.10 at 4:55 pm }

Commented on Busted Plumbing’s post about How I Met Your Mother/the Bachelor. Though I don’t watch the Bachelor, her post makes me want to!

60 Christina { 02.09.10 at 4:56 pm }

Found a new blog, which is always fun! Commented on Beckie’s Infertility Journey to let her know she had a new reader!


61 Amanda { 02.09.10 at 5:08 pm }

I love how you used the Bucket family for your analogy! Perfect! I’ll have to remember that when my boys get a little older.

I hope you’re all able to stay warm (and with power) during your continued snow.

62 Christina { 02.09.10 at 5:13 pm }

Alicia over at IVF Rollercoaster needs some love, as she found out today that they were cancelling ivf and will be on hold until April. http://aliciaandclay.blogspot.com/2010/02/more-updates-bad-news-continues.html

63 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 5:22 pm }

I swung by Kristin’s place and commented on her fantastic recipes http://thefertileinfertile.blogspot.com/2010/02/tasty-tuesday.html

64 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 5:25 pm }

Commented on Kate’s post about her new response to any of those ridiculous comments IF ers have to deal with…


65 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 5:26 pm }

Nancy was asking http://theotherlifeofnancy.blogspot.com/2010/02/feeding.html about what kinds of food to feed her little man since he won’t eat baby food anymore.

66 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 5:28 pm }

Flying Monkeys has some great recipes for egg bread (her rather non-jewish versions of challah bread)…


67 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 5:28 pm }

Soralis posted http://silvergdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/02/all-i-do-is-complain.html a general update. So glad to hear she is finally feeling better.

68 sara { 02.09.10 at 5:29 pm }

what a great giveaway. I am getting punchy from this snow. It is snowing right now and if it does not end soon I dont know what I will do!
Would love to try your hamentashen!!

69 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 5:32 pm }

Soo See, while in the middle of celebrating her twins’ first birthday, had some painful reminders of the pain of being IFer.

70 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 5:33 pm }

As I said in my comment, her compassion in the face of cruelty is laudable.

71 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 5:33 pm }

Melissa is welcoming http://www.ourfullcircle.com/2010/02/its-brand-new-day.html her new foster daughter into her life.

72 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 5:36 pm }

Melissa at Full Circle has some interesting things going on…


73 Kristin { 02.09.10 at 5:37 pm }

Cecily posted about her time at the conference Blissdom. I can’t really do it justice so go read it.

74 Ellen { 02.09.10 at 5:55 pm }

Always read, never comment.
Even without the possibily of a prize, I might have commented today because it’s sort of like talking to an adult, and I could really use some grown up conversation after being under snowbound house arrest with a three and half year old for four days, so far. Although I realize that it could always be worse (no power, no heat, no snow shovel, etc.), it’s still pretty bleak here, and I’m feeling more and more like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
I hope that I will continue to remember to draw parallels between Ethan’s books and social issues, as you always do so beautifully.

75 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 6:10 pm }

Her beautiful cat Guinness is headed in for testing for some health problems tomorrow.

76 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 6:11 pm }

Shelby is so incredibly brave to be appearing on Good Morning America talking about IF!

77 Lorin { 02.09.10 at 6:19 pm }

Mel, you’re awesome!

78 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 6:42 pm }

Wishing4one can find humor even when she’s got her feet in stirrups.

79 Lorin { 02.09.10 at 6:42 pm }

Baby Smiling in the Back seat, thanks for posting the link to Shelby’s GMA post. Loved it!


80 megan { 02.09.10 at 7:08 pm }

Mrs. Hope is celebrating!

81 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 7:23 pm }

Fertiltiy Chick just might be on to the newest trend in home decor… the fuss closet. She’s dealing with the provera crazies and in need of some encouragement.


82 meghan { 02.09.10 at 8:10 pm }

Having tasted some of your deliciousness, I must have more. I left some loving for Jendeis today. She’s in need of a hug or two…

83 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 8:41 pm }

Skrambled has found her optimism as she approaches her FET.

84 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 8:49 pm }

Baby, Interrupted is a fantastic writer.

85 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 8:52 pm }

Mekate finds beauty all over then describes it eloquently.

86 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 8:54 pm }

Strongblonde tries incredibly hard to do the best for her babies.

87 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 8:55 pm }

Eve is doing an admirable job of balancing the present and future.

88 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.09.10 at 8:58 pm }

Mrs. Hope is being incredibly brave and is sharing her tremendously difficult decision with all of us.

89 Willful Woman { 02.09.10 at 8:58 pm }

I always check Suzanne’s Blogher blog. Today I was reading her comments about a bogus abstinence-only sex-ed study for kids. Like that’s what we need. I find her to be right on the money and willing to be risky in her writing and her opinions. I think she’s great.

I found you in her comments and liked what you said and how you said it so much that I came and found your blog here. I really like what I’ve read so far and I’ll be back to read more.

90 Willful Woman { 02.09.10 at 9:02 pm }


I made another comment to Suzanne after I decided to enter your contest. The first one was just because I like to talk to Suzanne. But I do have one other thing to say to you which I think was the most brilliant and insightful thing you said in your whole post:

why doesn’t someone in town HELP THE FREAKIN’ BUCKET FAMILY?

91 HereWeGoAJen { 02.09.10 at 9:08 pm }
92 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 9:16 pm }
93 Willful Woman { 02.09.10 at 9:36 pm }

Ummm…I’m finding some awesome blogs through this. I just discovered the incredible, gutsy Mrs. Spit! She came out as a woman who has had an abortion….something I have been thinking about doing on my blog since Dr. George Tiller was murdered in Kansas this past summer. She just inspired me beyond belief! You have some amazing people reading you…

94 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 9:43 pm }

Beautiful Mess just got her stitches out today. http://wesingwedancewestealthings.blogspot.com/2010/02/progress.html

95 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.09.10 at 9:58 pm }

Murgdan always finds the craziest stuff… check out the news story she’s talking about now


96 Elizabeth { 02.09.10 at 10:01 pm }

Way to go social consciousness-raising, Commie Mommy – LOVE you!!!

I left a comment for Tara at Infertility Sisterhood (who I first started following after seeing a comment from her at a Lushary a long time ago) – she’s been on hospital and home bedrest due to wonky BPs and I can so relate. http://infertilitysisterhood.blogspot.com/2010/02/oh-my-gahthink-janice-from-friends.html

97 KLTTX { 02.09.10 at 11:13 pm }

Debra at Just Another Day in Paradise has started fundraisers to raise money for their Ukraine adoption. http://debraandrayinparadise.blogspot.com/2010/02/fundraising-for-ukraine_09.html

98 Jen { 02.09.10 at 11:43 pm }

COsurromommy had an official negative for this cycle.


That cookie looks really yummy! :0

99 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.10.10 at 12:12 am }

Arminta is dealing with some flu-type crud on top of morning sickness. She could use some virtual hugs and a lot of fluids.


100 Battynurse { 02.10.10 at 12:55 am }

So I’ve been traveling around some. I’ve been over to Mrs. Spits place and read (and commented on although I don’t have the link handy) about the anonymous comments etc. I also went over to The Therapist is in http://thetherapistisinbyjamie.blogspot.com/2010/02/warning.html and saw the whole family is sick. Some healing thoughts would be good for them.

101 Battynurse { 02.10.10 at 1:09 am }

Quiet Dreams is feeling a bit down after getting her jewish divorce and could use some good words too. http://dreamsofquiet.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/mental-health-days/#comment-2234

102 Battynurse { 02.10.10 at 1:27 am }

Oh, and for a seriously funny post go check out the painting chef http://paintingchef.com/?p=1184#comment-41589
This one is great.

103 Anla { 02.10.10 at 1:36 am }

This comment is just for you not the contest.
I wanted to wish you luck and I hope you don’t get cabin fever. Being from New Orleans I thought I knew all about being prepared before a big storm. Boy was I wrong. When my husband and I were living in our first apart out side of Atlanta, snow arrived. Now this snow in no way compares to the real stuff you are experiencing, but to Atlanta it was a big deal. To say we were unprepared is an understatement. We had some M&M’s, vegan cheese, and Jones soda. We got into the car and slithered our way like snakes to the corner store. Now when teh nice weather man predicts “snow” or heavy rain my husband grabs his keys and heads to the store before the storm. Glad you guys are prepared and might I add coloring books/paper and glow in the dark crayons were life savers during hurricane evacuations.

104 Anla { 02.10.10 at 1:50 am }

I commented here:
J.J. is fabulous and I feel the realm of infertility has been made brighter by her presence. Happy blog birthday!

105 Anla { 02.10.10 at 2:20 am }

I left a comment here:
This is a new blog I discovered today via the lost and found. The Author writes a post about how it feels when someone you know gets what you were supposed to have and it send you back to that dark place.

106 Anla { 02.10.10 at 2:37 am }

I left a comment here:
Wishing for One has more strength and tenacity than any one I know in real life.

107 Anla { 02.10.10 at 2:48 am }

I left a comment here:
I always find Nancy’s blog to be interesting. She has a post up currently about moving watching and perceptions.

108 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 3:41 am }
109 Anla { 02.10.10 at 3:42 am }

I made a comment here:
Becky is a wonderful person who has been through a lot of things over the years including the dead of her two sons due to her cervix. Thsi post is about her and her little budding family finally getting to move out on their own again.

110 Anla { 02.10.10 at 3:50 am }

I left a comment here:
Katie always has an unidentifiable sparkle. This blog post was about her mock transfer and her wonderful knitting.

111 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 4:07 am }

Through everything, Max and Vee’s love endures.

112 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 4:15 am }

Stacie has dealt with so much, and through it all always tries to find the best in the people she loves.

113 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 8:18 am }

Niobe wants to know what’s on your Palm Autopilot today http://deadbabyjokes.blogspot.com/2010/02/palm-autopilot.html

114 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 8:27 am }

Wishing4One was talking http://wishing4one.blogspot.com/2010/02/red-sea-bound.html about her upcoming trip to the Red Sea which just sounds OMG wonderful and she was asking about storage of Clexane/lovenox.

115 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 8:29 am }

Natasha takes on the difficult and admirable task of educating those around her about queer parenthood, even when she doesn’t feel like it.

116 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 8:36 am }

Wishing4One makes us all want to go to Egypt to visit her.

117 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 8:39 am }

Circus Princess is working hard at finding her peace after a rough patch.

118 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 9:03 am }

Forward Notion has up a very funny post about having a crush on his Wii Fit instructor.

119 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 9:04 am }

Forward Notion has up a very funny post http://forwardnotion.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/im-in-love-with-my-wii-fit-instructor/ about having a crush on his Wii Fit instructor.

Sorry, I left the link out of the last one.

120 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 9:14 am }

Jamie at Sticky Feet part deux has a sweet post http://www.stickyfeet2.net/2010/02/wordfulless-wednesday-little-sister.html about Bo’s love for his sisters.

121 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 9:16 am }

WiseGuy at Woman Anyone? has a short but heart-wrenching post about missing persons.

122 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 9:24 am }

Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has a fascinating interview with ARe CEO Lori James about digital publishing and what publishers are missing out on.

123 Elizabeth { 02.10.10 at 9:46 am }

I left a happy anniversary comment to Vee and Max. I imagine that it’s a particularly emotionally intense one with grief and love all mixed together. http://sweetvee.blogspot.com/2010/02/je-taimais-je-taime-et-je-taimerai.html

124 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:12 am }

Stacey posted http://stacie-heeeeerestorkeystorkey.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-does-1300-get-you.html about the orthotics they got for her son. The post went up yesterday but I didn’t see it until today.

125 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:15 am }

Shannon posted http://musingsofafatchick.com/?p=1913 a short post about her snow day

126 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:26 am }

Monica posted http://creoleindc.typepad.com/rantings_of_a_creole_prin/2010/02/jennifer-convertibles-problem.html about some horrible customer service problems her cousin is having with Jennifer Convertibles.

127 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:34 am }

Quiet Dreams is a bit down in the dumps http://dreamsofquiet.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/mental-health-days/ since her divorce came through. Give her some love.

128 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:37 am }

Delenn posted http://polantworld.blogspot.com/2010/02/of-sock-puppets-and-men.html about a wonderful school project her son did about Einstein. The creativity bowled me over.

129 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:46 am }

Murgdan posted http://murgdan.blogspot.com/2010/02/well-stab-me-with-knife-and-call-me.html about a truly bizarre, tabloid worthy tale about pregnancy.

130 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:48 am }

Someone named Mel posted http://stirrup-queens.posterous.com/sweet-salty-butter-pecan-cookies a delicious picture of some cookies she was baking.

131 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:51 am }

Bean posted http://coyotecraft.blogspot.com/2010/02/making-use-of-years.html about a brilliant way to reuse old calendars. Check it out.

132 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:55 am }

Jo over at MoJo Working posted http://jo-mojoworking.blogspot.com/2010/02/so-much-so-much-to-tell-you.html about some major life altering decisions she and her husband made. Go wish them well please.

133 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 10:57 am }

Maria over at Immoral Matriarch posted http://immoralmatriarch.com/for-your-pleasure/ pics of the amazing Oreo cupcakes she made and she has links to the recipe.

134 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:00 am }

N posted http://twohotmamas.blogspot.com/2010/02/not-really-surprising.html about her desire to say home with Figgy conflicting with the need to work and help support her family.

135 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:04 am }

Beautiful Mess gave an update http://wesingwedancewestealthings.blogspot.com/2010/02/progress.html on recovering from finger surgery. She’s doing amazingly well but feeling a bit frustrated by the recovery time needed.

136 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:06 am }

DeathStar has an amazing post about getting used to her new identity as a mother after years of infertility and the journey toward adoption. http://awomanmyage.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/im-a-what/#comment-1012

137 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:14 am }

I’m sure this has been mentioned above (I haven’t looked through all of them), but Lavender Luz has a great post about a ring she created. Lovely. http://www.weebleswobblog.com/2010/02/perfect-moment-monday-he-went-to-jareds.html

138 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:16 am }

In Vitro Veritas has a beautiful post about the love she has for her new son: http://invitroveritas.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/secret-chamber/

139 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:18 am }

Cait’s Mom has a brief but amazing post about pain (just about everything she writes is amazing, btw):

140 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:24 am }

Baby Smiling in Back Seat has a great “perfect moment” post about finally using the mobile that she bought when she was very early in her pregnancy. Beautifully written: http://babysmiling.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/goin-mobile/

141 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:27 am }

Kristin posted some delicious looking recipes from her Superbowl party: http://thefertileinfertile.blogspot.com/2010/02/tasty-tuesday.html

142 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:31 am }

Hanen over at Sesame-Seed-Sized Dreams posted http://sesameseedsized.blogspot.com/2010/02/still-here.html posted about the memorial service for her daughter and what life has been like for she and her partner. Hanen lost her daughter at 34 weeks due to an abruption caused by someone slamming their car into hers. I am so impressed by her willingness to share this devastating time.

143 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:34 am }

Destined to be an Old Woman with No Regrets posted about starting to feel better after fighting PPD. http://apparentlywelladjusted.blogspot.com/2010/02/shifting.html

144 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:38 am }

Mrs. Gamgee wrote http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2010/02/tv-land-different-look-at-infertility.html about the TLC show Little Couple and what a realistic presentation of IVF and surrogacy it has. I think I might need to add it to my TV schedule.

145 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:40 am }

In Due Time wrote http://in-due-time.blogspot.com/2010/02/show-tell-deadliest-catch.html about her love for the show The Deadliest Catch and the death of one of the captains on the show.

146 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:40 am }

Everydaystranger has a beautiful post about how different her twins are. Lovely and punctuated by her gorgeous photos.

147 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:45 am }

StillLife365 has an absolutely beautiful poem written http://stilllife365.blogspot.com/2010/02/sestina-for-eva-two-years-on-audrey.html by Audrey as a tribute to her daughter who died from heart surgery complications at 29 days old. It is hauntingly beautiful.

148 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:46 am }

Mindful Meandering has a post about the challenges for both mom and dad in parenting a newborn.

149 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:49 am }

Aunt Becky brings the funny with the Daver: http://www.mommywantsvodka.com/?p=3420

150 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:49 am }

Dave at Rolling Around In My Head wrote http://davehingsburger.blogspot.com/2010/02/judging-book.html a simple but eloquent post about reactions.

151 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:50 am }

Nina’s baby, Fletcher, lets us know how hard it is to be a baby: http://ninapintasantamaria.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/poutface/

152 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 11:54 am }

Another Dreamer at An Unwanted Path wrote http://anunwantedpath.blogspot.com/2010/02/letting-go.html a piece about letting go. It’s haunting. It’s heart-breaking. And, I hope her letting go is the first step back to joy.

153 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 11:58 am }

Billy is worried about gestational diabetes. Give her some encouragement: http://asinglemotherbychoice.blogspot.com/2010/02/glucose-test.html

154 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 12:00 pm }

Sharon at Mindful Meanderings posted some truly amazing pics of little Ava and a stunning family photo of all three of them.

155 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 12:00 pm }

Parenthood for Me discovered a new band (one that I love, btw): http://parenthoodforme.blogspot.com/2010/02/perfect-moment-monday.html

156 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 12:04 pm }

Granted, I’m not in snow country right now, so I’m not up on all the terminology, but Jendeis mentions the most brilliant name for the snowstorms back east (Keyser Snowze). She’s also in a 2ww and approaching an unfulfilled due date. She needs lots of love: http://sellcrazysomeplaceelse.blogspot.com/2010/02/keyser-snowsze.html

157 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 12:06 pm }

Billy didn’t pass her one hour GD test and is worried. http://asinglemotherbychoice.blogspot.com/2010/02/glucose-test.html Please go encourage her.

158 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 12:08 pm }

The post is from a couple of weeks ago, but the Road Less Travelled has a surprising post full of poignant moments: http://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.com/2010/02/odds-ends.html

159 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 12:09 pm }

Sheliza has a great post http://blog.momfiles.com/2010/02/teens-and-phone-etiquette.html about teaching your kids phone etiquette.

160 Quiet Dreams { 02.10.10 at 12:16 pm }

Wild Women of the Universe has a great post about seeing the traits that bother us in others in a different light. http://www.wildwomenuniverse.com/2010/02/intuitive-tuesday-hermit.html

161 a { 02.10.10 at 12:32 pm }

Megan’s latest embryo report is looking good.

162 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 1:57 pm }
163 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 2:03 pm }

My friend Kristina posted http://stitchopolis.blogspot.com/2010/02/am-can-adventures-day-3-visit-with.html about her visit to the States and their stopover here. As a bonus, you get to see wonderful snowy pics of my house.

164 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 2:07 pm }

My friend Emma has a lovely picture of a baby kookaburra in the tree near her house… http://hearth-and-home.blogspot.com/2010/02/we-have-baby-kookaburra-hanging-around.html

165 a { 02.10.10 at 2:14 pm }

Apron Strings’ neighbor passed away inexpectedly. His wife is having a rough time. She’s looking for grief resources.

166 Kristin { 02.10.10 at 2:19 pm }

Mrs. Spit has a truly amazing posthttp://mrsspit.ca/?p=1026 about I don’t know how to even begin to summarize it. Just go read it.

167 Sonja { 02.10.10 at 3:06 pm }

I found Single Infertile Female’s blog recently, and she’s a great read:


168 Anla { 02.10.10 at 4:29 pm }

I left a comment here:
This a funny post about a situation that seems straight out of a tv movie.

169 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 5:22 pm }

Julie is enduring one of the worst waits imaginable.

170 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 5:25 pm }

Megan’s crafty (and she’s just my type).

171 Anla { 02.10.10 at 6:53 pm }

I left a comment here:
My favorite part of her post is : “It’s so humbling to pee-on-a-stick and hope. There you are, bare-assed, hunched over, watching as the wet soaks its way along, thinking C’mon, c’mon, you can do it, I believe in you! all the while your husband is sweetly slumbering upstairs, oblivious to how many First Response boxes are wedged into the recycling bin. This waiting can drive a woman to madness. ”
How is that for being poignant. She is a wonderful writer and this post is one that says all the things we as IF women have thought but never said.

172 Elizabeth { 02.10.10 at 7:49 pm }

I left a word of encouragement for Una Loca Trying Again (http://unalocatryingagain.blogspot.com/2010/02/depression.html) who is feeling really down, not herself, and wondering how much hormonal fluctuations (IVF cycle) are messing with her emotional equilibrium.

173 Elizabeth { 02.10.10 at 8:05 pm }

Just left a comment for Tara (http://tara-sanders.blogspot.com/2010/02/up-and-away.html) about her review of “Up” and thoughts about the potential for adopting.

BTW, it’s interesting – I don’t know whether this exercise in cookie-hunger has made me comment more, or just made me more aware of how little I’ve actually been commenting, and the kinds of posts and which bloggers I do choose to comment on. Just made me think. Thanks for the nudge :-)

174 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 8:12 pm }
175 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 8:14 pm }

In Due Time turned her love of a specific food into a connection with one of its purveyors.

176 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 8:22 pm }

Mekate is the happiest girl around, and she deserves every minute of it.

177 tanya { 02.10.10 at 8:37 pm }

i left a comment on slaying, blogging, whatever http://polantworld.blogspot.com/2010/02/of-sock-puppets-and-men.html

such a cute school project!

178 tanya { 02.10.10 at 8:47 pm }
179 jrs { 02.10.10 at 10:42 pm }

I left a comment on: http://roadlesstraveledblog.blogspot.com/
Rebecca is so great. She was my first friend inside the computer and really made me feel welcome and a part of the group. She just had 2 beautiful embryos transferred and has high hopes.

180 jrs { 02.10.10 at 10:45 pm }

http://thepitter-patter.blogspot.com/ just found out she is pregnant. I am thrilled for her and told her so on 2/8/10. (I hope I win the basket of goodies)

181 jrs { 02.10.10 at 10:47 pm }

http://waitingnwishing.blogspot.com/ has cracked her BBT. She just has a bunch of random thoughts about the cost of having a baby. I thanked her for visiting me and sharing a funny joke to cheer me up. She is great.

182 jrs { 02.10.10 at 10:55 pm }

new wife is so nice. She is always coming over to comment on my blog and give me encouraging words. She is currently helping bring awareness to the plight of a small boy named jonah who has EB Epidermolysis Bullosa. It looks like a devastating disease. So sad. Here is the link: http://jeradandjennifer.blogspot.com/2010/02/jonahs-eb-auction.html

183 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 11:17 pm }

Lori takes some beautiful pictures of beautiful places.

184 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.10.10 at 11:20 pm }

Peaches is dealing with information that is both good news and bad news.

185 Dora { 02.11.10 at 12:53 am }

Niki’s surrogate K posted about the boys she carried like a rock star. When she brought her sons to see their new cousins, one of the twins turned when he heard the oldest’s voice. After all, they’ve been hearing their cousins for months in utero. http://myjourneytomylesandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/02/hello-everyone-it-is-me-k.html

186 Dora { 02.11.10 at 1:06 am }

Caba has a well written post that some may disagree with. Personally, I think she’s spot on. I couldn’t have said it better. http://cabatwins.blogspot.com/2010/02/hypocrisy-of-abortion-issue.html

187 Bea { 02.11.10 at 5:11 am }

Holy crap, this is a lot of comments. Fingers crossed for the non-loss of power (I realise this isn’t eligible, but, quarantine could get narky anyway).


188 Bionic Baby Mama { 02.11.10 at 7:59 am }

salty pecans…… okay, CONCENTRATE:

here’s a typically fabulous post by twangy girl, with a drawing of her pliant butler of a husband. found her through the LFCA, so thanks for that! http://twangypearl.typepad.com/twangypearl_the_elastic_g/2010/02/on-the-butler.html#comments

189 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 10:40 am }

Sunflowerchilde is celebrating being 17 weeks and knows the genders of her twins!


190 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 10:46 am }

Mai is in the middle of the tww and dealing with phantom sypmtoms like crazy.


191 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 10:51 am }

Kristin is showing off the incredibly groovy socks she made for her Sock It To Me sock buddy!


192 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 10:58 am }

It seems like it’s the day for gender announcements!! Traci at IfOptimist has announced what flavour of monsters she’s carrying….


193 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 11:25 am }

Kelly’s DH got a new job!! Talk about celebration…


194 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 11:46 am }

Serendipity has a great post about how the uninvited touch and stupid questions don’t end after pregnancy.


195 Lynn { 02.11.10 at 12:03 pm }

That basket looks like its going to be so yummy!

Okay, so I left a comment this morning at Baby On Mind about her Show and Tell for this week. She’s showing her awesome pics of the open air market from a trip with Habitat for Humanity!

196 Melissa { 02.11.10 at 12:26 pm }

Mmmm, those cookies sound delish! Who wouldn’t love to receive one of those baskets?

197 Jill { 02.11.10 at 12:38 pm }

I commented on Saige’s blog, today is her 31st Birthday! She reviews some of the most special days of her 31 years but also notes that every day is as special as you make it. :)


198 Jill { 02.11.10 at 12:41 pm }

Baby Hungry is experiencing her second miscarriage in less than a year. I feel so bad for her anger and sorrow.


199 Pam { 02.11.10 at 4:19 pm }
200 Pam { 02.11.10 at 4:20 pm }

I also commented on Ellen’s blog. She’s password protected.


201 Pam { 02.11.10 at 4:22 pm }
202 B { 02.11.10 at 7:10 pm }
203 B { 02.11.10 at 7:12 pm }

Celebrate a baptism of these precious two with Michele

204 B { 02.11.10 at 7:14 pm }

And give PJ a hug. *sigh*


205 Jill { 02.11.10 at 7:20 pm }

The Mrs. can’t believe her pregnancy is real at 10 weeks. I feel that!


206 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 9:23 pm }
207 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 9:24 pm }

Shelby has written a beautiful post about turning her love for her baby into an appreciation of all children.

208 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 9:25 pm }

Julie has wonderful news that her baby still has a heartbeat.

209 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 9:30 pm }

Michele held a beautiful Christening ceremony for her twins that also honored their lost siblings.

210 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 9:32 pm }

Nonlineargirl scours the earth to find things that make us laugh.

211 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 9:34 pm }

Two Kayaks is under the weather, but she spared her readers the details and photos.

212 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:02 pm }
213 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 11:04 pm }

Kate sees some pretty interesting things oustide her work…


214 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:07 pm }
215 Christina { 02.11.10 at 11:08 pm }

FertilityChick has the best idea for infertile frustrations!


216 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:10 pm }

Birthday girl Kym is re-finding her enthusiasm about surrogacy.

217 Christina { 02.11.10 at 11:10 pm }

Happy Hopefuls shares an adorable cowl neck scarf…and is considering recreating. Adorable!

218 Mrs. Gamgee { 02.11.10 at 11:11 pm }

It’s Arminta’s 10th anniversary! She has some pretty sweet things to say about her dh.


219 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:13 pm }

Mekate is in some very good birthday company.

220 Heather { 02.11.10 at 11:14 pm }

I left congratulations for Rebeckah on her truly lovely and thoughtful post about their son’s adoption finalization.

221 Christina { 02.11.10 at 11:14 pm }
222 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:20 pm }

Two Miracles to Come has brought two beautiful babies into the world!

223 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:23 pm }

Sian has transferred four beautiful frosties.

224 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:31 pm }

Delenn made the best Einstein sock puppet in history.

225 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:32 pm }
226 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:34 pm }

Malky took some great snow pictures.

227 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:35 pm }

Pandabox33’s cat couldn’t be cuter.

228 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:37 pm }
229 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:39 pm }

Kitty came up with a brilliant breakfast idea.

230 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:40 pm }

Christa has found the cheapest cure possible for infertility.

231 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:41 pm }
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233 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:46 pm }
234 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:47 pm }

Baby Wanted has made some incredibly cute edible decorations.

235 Heather { 02.11.10 at 11:48 pm }

And I joined in Erin’s contagious and touching excitement over their surprise adoption match!

236 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:49 pm }
237 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:52 pm }

Steps to Baby once wisely decided against a double pirate wedding.

238 Heather { 02.11.10 at 11:52 pm }

I left a word for Melissa as they opened their hearts and home yet again to their newest foster daughter.

239 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.11.10 at 11:53 pm }
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Bionic Mamas have found a unique way to document an insemination.

241 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.12.10 at 7:36 am }

Jamie enjoyed a special day with her Valentine.

242 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.12.10 at 7:38 am }
243 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 02.12.10 at 8:01 am }

Luna draws many fans, on this side and The Other Side.

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