NIAW GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey wonderful people! Do you want to win a book??? Do you want to win an awesome book about infertility?? Did you enter to win on Monday and not win??  Well, I think I can help you there!

As part of Resolve.org‘s NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) I will be giving away a copy of the book Love and Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing, Infertility, Marriage, and Life by Kristen Magnacca. I was contacted last week by Terri Davidson (follow her on twitter! @marketingmaven), who works with the author. They are providing the book for the giveaway.

“Written after her own challenging experiences with infertility, Kristen Magnacca shares her and her husband’s story and provides much-needed life-saving strategies in the book. During the infertility journey, love and romance can often take a back seat to the basal thermometers, hormone shots, and medical procedures that millions of aspiring parents hope will get them pregnant. Infertility can cause frustration, hopelessness, miscommunication, and a radical change in couples’ daily lives – and in their relationships. The book, now published in paperback, explains how to keep the love alive while trying to create a family.” [citation for quote]

I’m really excited about this giveaway, and I hope you are too!!! A winner will be drawn on MONDAY, MAY 3rd, 2010. The winner will then have 48 hrs to contact me by email (somedaybabyt at gmail dot com) to claim your prize!

So you wanna win? Well, here’s how to enter! (You must leave a comment to this post for every entry so I know you’ve done it!)

MANDATORY:

1) Click the SUBSCRIBE! button on my sidebar (I hope I have this working right…) – 1 entry


OPTIONAL (for extra entries):

1) Add my blog button to your blog, (add your blog address to the comment) – 1 entry

2) Follow me on Twitter! @SomedayBabyT (leave your Twitter name in the comment) – 1 entry

3) Follow @marketingmaven AND @Kristenmagnacca on Twitter – 1 entry

4) Tweet this message: “I want to win an AWESOME book from @SomedayBabyT for #NIAW. You can too: http://bit.ly/d40fkR #infertility” – 1 entry (leave a link to your tweet in comment)

That’s all you gotta do folks! Good luck, and I’ll see you on Twitter!!

(This giveaway is being provided by the author of the book, Kristen Magnacca. The winner will be sent the item directly from her. Winners will be drawn using Random.org. Winner will have 48 hours from the drawing date to contact me by email somedaybabyt at gmail dot com with your address. After that, I will pick a new winner. I am not being compensated for this giveaway, I was contacted and provided with the book for the giveaway.)

and the winner is…

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the #infertility Trending Topic Day!  Sadly, we didn’t make it all the way to the Top 10 list, but boy, I think we definitely made an impact!!  I’m so proud of how it all turned out, and how many people were involved!  I wish I could make a list of you all again, like I did last time, but happily there were just too many of you!!  Keep #infertility in your tweets all week for NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week), and maybe we’ll get there yet!

Okay, on to the contest!  This is just the first of 2 contests on my blog this week, so if you didn’t win this one, don’t fret!  I’ll have another one up tomorrow!!

So, using Random.org, the winner is:

And the first comment was from: Katie of from IF to when!  Katie said:

Posted by Katie on April 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

I am already following you on Twitter and I am SO excited to make infertility a trending topic today!

Congrats Katie!  Please email me with your address (somedaybabyt at gmail dot com) by April 29th so the book can be sent to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and don’t forget, another giveaway tomorrow!

#INFERTILITY CAMPAIGN GIVEAWAY!!

Hey wonderful people! Do you want to win a book??? Do you want to win an awesome book about infertility?? Well, I think I can help you there!

This is my first giveaway, and one I’m really excited about.  As part of the #Infertility Campaign that I’m organizing today (April 26th) I will be giving away a copy of the book Love and Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing, Infertility, Marriage, and Life by Kristen Magnacca.  I was contacted last week by Terri Davidson ( follow her on twitter! @marketingmaven), who works with the author.  They are providing the book for the giveaway (and stay tuned during National Infertility Awareness Week (April 25-May1) for more giveaways from them) to help our Twitter campaign and as part of Resolve.org‘s NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week).

“Written after her own challenging experiences with infertility, Kristen Magnacca shares her and her husband’s story and provides much-needed life-saving strategies in the book. During the infertility journey, love and romance can often take a back seat to the basal thermometers, hormone shots, and medical procedures that millions of aspiring parents hope will get them pregnant. Infertility can cause frustration, hopelessness, miscommunication, and a radical change in couples’ daily lives – and in their relationships. The book, now published in paperback, explains how to keep the love alive while trying to create a family.” [citation for quote]

Like I said, I’m really excited about this giveaway, and I hope you are too!!!  A winner will be drawn on TUESDAY, APRIL 27 2010.  The winner will then have 48 hrs to contact me by email (somedaybabyt at gmail dot com) to claim your prize!

So you wanna win?  Well, here’s how to enter! (You must leave a comment to this post for every entry so I know you’ve done it!)

MANDATORY:

1) Click the SUBSCRIBE! button on my sidebar (I hope I have this working right…) – 1 entry


OPTIONAL (for extra entries):

1) Add my blog button to your blog, (add your blog address to the comment) – 1 entry

2) Follow me on Twitter! @SomedayBabyT (leave your Twitter name in the comment) – 1 entry

3) Follow @marketingmaven AND @Kristenmagnacca on Twitter – 1 entry

4) Tweet this message: “I want to win an AWESOME book from @SomedayBabyT.  You can too: http://bit.ly/cIvm6y #infertility”  – 1 entry (leave a link to your tweet in comment)

5) For every FIVE (5) tweets you post with #infertility you get ONE (1) entry in the contest (leave links in comment) – Limit of 10 entries on this one

6) When we reach our Trending Topic Goal (and we will, I KNOW we will), the FIRST person to email me a screen shot of #infertility on the Trending Topics list will receive FIVE (5) extra entries!!  Send the screen shot to me via email: somedaybabyt at gmail dot com.  I will notify the winning person and then you can add your extra entries in comments.

That’s all you gotta do folks!  Good luck, and I’ll see you on Twitter!!

(This giveaway is being provided by the author of the book, Kristen Magnacca.  The winner will be sent the item directly from her.  Winners will be drawn using Random.org.  Winner will have 48 hours from the drawing date to contact me by email somedaybabyt at gmail dot com with your address.  After that, I will pick a new winner.  I am not being compensated for this giveaway, I was contacted and provided with the book for the giveaway.)

the campaign for #infertility…

So yesterday you may have noticed my blog about my Twitter campaign. I’ve met an AMAZING group of women and men through Twitter that are suffering or have dealt with infertility. Many of them have blogs, but not all do. It’s a great place to go for instant advice or support in this IF world. The friends I’ve meet through my blogging and twitter worlds are beyond wonderful. They have been there for me during my 2 miscarriages, through 3 of my 4 IUI’s (during my 1st one I had not yet begun to blog), during my worries of finances to pay for it all, new diagnosis’ and my continuing journey to find my way down this Long and Winding Road.

Well, I signed on to Twitter today at work like I do. I normally just check it when I have some spare time and see what people are up to. Offer support to those in a difficult place in their journey and rejoice with those who receive good news. I don’t know when or why the idea popped into my head, but I decided that #infertility needed to be a trending topic on Twitter. If you’re not familiar with how Twitter works, I’ll try to give a brief description. You get 140 words to say something to those that “follow” you – anyone who has signed up to can see what you say, and you see what others say, based on who you follow. They also have this trending topics thing, where if you put a # in front of a word, Twitter tracks it. The more people who say that word in a tweet, the more popular the topic becomes. On the side bar of your Twitter page there is a “top 10” of sorts of the words that are “trending” the highest – those that are mentioned the most by everyone who has a Twitter account.

So, like I said, I decided to make #infertility one of the Top 10 on April 19th…So I said: “we should try to make #infertility a trending topic…who’s in??” Soon I had a few of my followers joining in on the idea! We were tweeting to each other about making people more aware of infertility or supporting each other through laughter (@fromiftowhen mentioned she’d like to get shirts made that say “I was out of the office b/c I was getting knocked up by my doc”). Soon there were a ton of tweets going back and forth in the IF twitter community mentioning #infertility and trying to get others to join the campaign! I shared some statistics on infertility “National Survey of Family Growth 1995: approx 6.1 mil women & partners in US are affected by #infertility that’s10% of reproductive-age pop” which were retweeted (repeated by someone else so all of their followers could see what I said) by @wombwarrior.

Soon I decided it was time to go on the offensive and attack the current trending topics, hoping that would help.
we can DEFINITELY beat the iPod on Trending Topics!! Join me… #infertility
iPhone and Bieber – you’re gonna go DOWN on trending topics! #infertility
Hekla, Justin Bieber & iPhone are trending…can #infertility own them all???

Soon mini topics were started by other Tweeters like @wombwarrior asking, “What is the tweet-size version of your #infertility story?”  To which I answered: “My #infertility story: 3yrs3mo TTC. PCOS & MTHFR mutation. 4 IUI’s (3 failed, one ended in m/c on 3/19/09) 2nd m/c on 1/25/10.”

Other topics were discussed: what has infertility taught you?  Who supports you in your IF journey?  I got to know so much about my IF Twitter community today, it was amazing!  I also “met” a ton of new IFers on Twitter and got a lot of new followers.

In the end however, we did not make it to the Top 10 Trending Topics today – but I’m not giving up!  National Infertility Awareness Week is April 24-May 1, 2010.  This week was created by Resolve, a great organization focused on bringing issues of infertility to light and making sure that we are spoken for in this world!  I’m going to re-launch my campaign on April 26th (that’s next Monday) to get #infertility to be a Trending Topic on Twitter!  I’m hoping with some planning ahead and getting the word out there we can do it this time!  I’m even going to try and get the word to Ellen DeGeneres via Twitter (thanks for the idea Twitter ladies!  I’m not sure who @ replied her first, if it was you, let me know so I can give you credit here) to have she and her fans help our #infertility trending campaign.

I know this may not seem like much of a goal to have set, but I really think it will be an amazing thing to do.  Too often for those of us faced with infertility there is shame and silence.  We feel shame that our bodies don’t work like other peoples, that we can’t procreate with out a lot of help from outside sources.  It’s a taboo topic and many IFers, men and women alike, stay “in the closet” for fear of what the outside world will think.  I know I bite my tongue often when it comes to issues of infertility, though I’m trying hard to not do it as often.  If we can claim this one small victory, just one day of awareness on a website that is frequented by millions of people around the world, think what that could do for infertility awareness!  I know and am prepared for the other side of this spectrum, for the awful comments we will also get, for the insensitive people who will make fun of us, or not understand us, but I think it’s a price I’m willing to pay, and I hope my Twitter friends are too!  This is a victory I want to claim, some small thing that I can do to help the infertility world…

I can’t do this with out you, my fellow Tweeters!  Spread the word!  Blog about the campaign!  Tell all of your friends, IRL (in real life) and online!!  Please help me to achieve this goal – together I KNOW that we can do it!  We will begin on April 26th, whatever time zone you’re in when that day roles around, begin to add #infertility to all of your tweets, even if they’re not about infertility!  Every tweet counts!!

Thank you, thank you so much to everyone who participated on April 19th – even though we didn’t make it, I think it was an excellent trial run for the big day, April 26th!!  I want to thank you all, but I know I won’t get everyone who helped.  I’m going to try and list you all and if you see I’ve missed someone, leave me a comment or Tweet me and I’ll add them to the list (same goes if you’d like to be taken off the list)…here goes (I’ll be using Twitter names and linking to their blog if they have one):

notpregnantjust, HopefulMamaHack, My_Baby_Love, BustedKate, OpMommyhood, AzoosBeyotch, fertilityauthor, Thegirlwithpcos, WannaBeMom, sonjathegreat, BundledJoy, WaitingLisa, _Nikke, fertilitywire, PCOSChick, yourgreatlife, IVFoldbird, Born2bamummy, OklaLN86, chasingamiracle, Candidly_Andrea, StolenEggs, autoimmunelife, FutureMrsVic, braving_ivf, misdconception, Caretta74, fromiftowhen, wombwarrior, InfertileNaomi, tillien, fertilitychick, fertilityguy

Thank you, thank you everyone – hope to see you again on April 26th!

giveaway update and new giveaway…

So 2 weeks ago I blogged about an awesome giveaway being done by Busted Plumbing…well, I WON!!  Yup, very soon I will be the owner of a Fertile Focus microscope!  I look forward to telling you how it works! Thanks so much Kate, you rule! Go over and check out her blog, it rules!

Also, thanks to a new bloggy/twitter friend A Nuttier Life I won 2 giveaways for awesome prizes on her blog! Go over and give her a look, she’s awesome.

Well, I’m at it again…I’m now entering to win a gift certificate from the etsy shop Design It Your Way through the blog For the Love of Shoes…And Baby Too. She has a great blog and is a wonderful person who I meet through the IF Twitter community. I’m excited about this giveaway, and I hope I win! There is some great stuff on the Etsy shop and I’m excited to do some shopping there if I win!

Hope you are all having a great day, and don’t forget to swing by these websites to meet some amazing ladies and see some great jewelery!

the big o & twitter…

So today it looks like I got a +OPK (finally, I’m on CD-26)!!  I think…it’s hard to tell sometimes, but it’s the darkest it’s been all cycle.  On my last cycle my +OPK was not as dark as the test line, but that cycle I got pregnant going by that, so I’m going to say that today is the day, or at least, the start of my fertile time!  I’ll keep watching my temps and test for a few more days to see if it gets darker or lighter…

In other news, I’m starting a campaign of sorts on Twitter today.  I’ve found an awesome community of IF tweeps (?), tweeters (?), twitterers (?)…anyway, a lot of them are people that I follow on their blogs, but with twitter there is an instant support network when things go good or bad in the IF life…If you’re not on Twitter, you can ignore this appeal (or join to help!).  If you ARE on Twitter, I’m trying to get the word #infertility trending today.  All you have to do is tweet something and add the word #infertility with the little hash tag/number sign thing-y.  I’d love to bring some more awareness to the world about infertility and all the crap we have to go through!  If you can help, that’d be awesome!

Hope you are all well and that your cycles, pregnancies and/or new babies are going great!

my drug habit…

I went in for my last (hopefully) blood test for a while.  It was to check my homocystine (?) levels, which is realated to the MTHFR.  I’m not sure what will happen if it comes back that I have that, too…more meds?  Don’t know.  Anyway I’m really hoping that we’re now at the point where I can get pregnant and sustain it all the way through.  Sadly it’s taken 3 doctors, 3+ years and 2 lost babies to figure this all out.  I’ve learned that I need to be more proactive about my own diagnosis and fight for the things that I want.

When I first went in to see Dr. Freakin’ Awesome (the MFM doc) I was asking him all kinds of questions about baby aspirin and lovenox, since I know so many of you ladies have been put on one or both of those.  At that point (rightly so) he didn’t think it was necessary, since we hadn’t run the blood work yet.  I was kind of just feeling out what might be used for some treatment.  Now with the MTHFR diagnosis he has put me on baby aspirin, plus the extra folic acid.  I’ve been doing a lot of “research” (by that I mean, Dr. Google has been consulted on this), and have found that most women diagnosed with MTHFR are then put on the baby aspirin, extra folic acid (on top of a prenatal) and then when they become pregnant are prescribed lovenox or heparin.  I’ve found this article, that I have now printed off to put in my files.  If (when…) I get pregnant I will be using it to convince whatever doctor I have at the time to put me on one of the two of those.  I hate needles – really hate them, but whatever it takes ya know, as I’m sure you all understand.  I also stumbled across a blog called The Expecting Father – MTHFR gene mutation and pregnancy.  It’s written by a man who’s wife had recurrent miscarriage (2) and then was found to have the MTHFR gene mutation.  When she became pregnant again she was given lovenox and delivered a healthy baby boy.  They have since had another baby boy just a few weeks ago with the same treatments.  I also know my dear blog friend K of Waiting for Sunflower has used the same treatment and her little guy should be coming in the next few weeks!!  You can be sure I’ll be very proactive about getting this same treatment for myself.

In other news, I’ve scheduled a consultation appointment with a new ob/gyn (for May 24th).  I found her by searching online (I know, kinda scary) – but she was reviewed on Yelp! and all of the reviews were 5 stars!  She is covered by my insurance as well.  I’m hoping to go in to the meeting with all of my medical records and just be very straight with her what I want.  I’m hoping she has some experience/knowledge of infertility issues, specifically PCOS and now MTHFR.  She sounds like a great doctor, but if she can’t meet my needs, I’ll be looking for someone else.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Okay, now on to the actual reason for this post!  I wanted to do a show and tell of my new drug habit (sorry this beginning part kinda got away from me).  First off, I’ve turned into an old lady – yup, I bought a pill box.  I figured though if I need a pill box to keep track of everything, it may as well be a “hip” pill box, so this is what I got:

It’s individual canisters that screw together to make this stack.  There’s an extra lid so if you’re going on vacation, you can just take the days you’ll need.  It’s pretty fun, and allows me to see if I’d remembered to take my pills for the day.  I just put my morning dose in the jars.  I have an alarm set on my phone to go off to remember to take my Metformin at lunch and bed time.

Here’s a shot of the bottles of pills:

The big jar is the pre-natals (some generic brand my insurance company picked out…).  The next generic looking jar is my Metformin.  The yellow is the extra Folic Acid (I’m supposed to take 1 mg a day, but they only came in doses of 400 mcg, so I take 3 of those) and the smallest jar is the “baby” aspirin, which isn’t for baby’s at all, they just call it that.  Though it is chewable and orange flavored!

So the grand total for the day is 8 pills: 6 in the morning and then then other 2 through out the day.  Here they all are!

Nice, huh?  The prenatal is a very vibrant pink.  There is even a warning on the bottle that it may turn your pee colors for a while…yeah, really.  Luckily I didn’t get that side effect!  I don’t know why they had to make it so pink!

That’s my update for now.  Hopefully my results will come back soon and I know for sure the full treatment for me, and hopefully, it’ll work!  Oh…and btw, I’m on CD-21, and no sign of ovulation.  My temps have been all over the place throughout this whole cycle.  I forgot to do my OPK this morning.  Might do it tonight and see what happens…

*  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *

Okay…so, I was just getting ready to hit PUBLISH and my phone rang.  It was Dr. Freakin’ Awesome’s office and my blood work came back normal!  Yay!  So I just stick with the above until it works!

Previous Older Entries