It is not often that I wish I lived in New York. I am a Southern gal through and through and enjoy the milder temperatures of the South. However, my geographical location is causing me to miss out on seeing an interesting off-Broadway play about infertility. I hope that some of my readers can check it out and let me know what they think.
I received an e-mail from Andrew Kaplan about his one-man play, He's Having a Baby, that that he is performing Off-Broadway in Manhattan. In his e-mail, he told me that he and his wife struggled with infertility, and he wrote this play from the man's point of view based upon his experiences. They now have three children. (I… [more]
Infertility is a topic that comes up quite a bit on television shows. While fertility procedures are stressful and emotionally painful for those going through them, the procedures can be portrayed quite comically by the entertainment industry.
Take the television show Coach as an example. Their fertility treatment episodes aired before I went through fertility treatments myself, and I had tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard at Hayden walking around with a cold water device down his pants to cool his swimmers. I also found it hilarious when Hayden and Christine had a big argument. She stormed out of the room and then back in, pointed to the bed, and yelled, "I forgot! I'm ovulating!" When I actually lived that experience, it… [more]
The series finale of The King of Queens aired last week. I saved the time and date and made plans to watch the show with my husband which is no easy task with our schedules. While watching the show, I started dreading where it was going. By the end of the show I was disappointed. And upset at what I saw. And with a goal to write about it here. Adoption myths and international adoption myths are alive and well in even the media of mainstream America. First of all, here are the things that I remember that I was irritated at. Carrie gets a text message of her baby's picture and then flies to Beijing to pick up her daughter, mere weeks… [more]
Movies Regarding Infertility from No Baby On Board When I was going through our infertility, I stayed away from anything in the media that even suggested talking about the situation that I was in. I remember the weekend that we were waiting to find out results, I deliberately picked out the movie Snow Dogs to spend my time in front of. And to this day, I cringe inside when I see the cover of it, or when someone mentions it. I associate it with loss. But for others, watching about the struggles of others can be helpful and healing. They feel that they aren't alone and like to see how other characters have dealt with it, or at least, to see what other situations may be out… [more]
Tonight after work my husband came home and told me about the death of Anna Nicole Smith. I had heard on the television and through the internet that she had collapsed and had been taken to the hospital. I did not know that she had passed away. I was saddened and shocked by the news. I had always thought that she was so pretty. And so troubled. I called my sister who was a frequent watcher of Smith's reality tv show. We talked about how sad it was that when the show was on, she was heavy, but she was somewhat on top of the world. We were happy for her with the anouncement of her pregnacy. Then shocked by the death of… [more]
This past month in a magazine article that featured one couple's infertility, the title described their child as the "Miracle Child". I can't find the article on line to reference to it, so I'll just leave it vague. The article was somewhat typical, yet the cover title doesn't sit well with me. The magazine sits on my desk, semi covered with junk from my day and yet the title jumps out at me. Makes me notice it, and bothers me. I have left it there until I could write this post. I'm excited to put this issue into the recycling so I don't have to look at it anymore. I suppose that mostly my discomfort is with the word "miracle" used because the child was… [more]
If you are dealing with infertility and want to torture yourself along the lines of "A Baby Story", or if you are dealing with infertility but are currently in an optomistic mood, check out www.youtube.com Into the search space, type in ultrasound. And then sit back to watch the results pour in. I just ran this and came up with over 1000 entries. And I just spent about 10 minutes scanning through them. First of all, the 3D ultrasounds are absolutely stunning. I so wanted one of these when I was pregnant with Miss Ivy but they were still pretty rare 4 years ago. But even the traditional ultrasounds are amazing. Those little skeleton skulls are just breathtaking. Lastly, if you need any ideas for names… [more]
I don't know how wide spread this activity is, but it is a big deal here in the small town where I live. It is called "The Beautiful Babies of 2006". It has been running every year for at least 15 years. It is a paid for insert that runs on a Sunday in January. The insert is in color, but you can also buy a black and white space for less money. You can choose to also pay extra to have your baby put on the cover. If you want this, you have to act fast as these spots go first. You can also buy extra space to name in proud relatives. I have every issue that my nephews, niece and kids are… [more]
If you are currently blogging, journaling or at all in the process of sharing your story of infertility and pregnancy loss, here might be another outlet for you. Known as the International Infertility Film Festival, an idea created by Bea over on blogspot. The concept is for anyone who would like to share about infertility and pregnancy loss, connect through short films created for the project. Through her FAQs she really is encouraging and supportive of all of us to try out this format. After creating your entry, you would upload it to a site like Youtube. Then you would submit your url to her, and on the 31st she will release a listing of the shorts and also the blogs… [more]
A couple of days ago two people reported to San Diego police an ad on Craigslist offering up a free baby. The ad said,The copy given to police says: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Free baby boy to good home. My ex-girlfriend had him a few weeks ago, but now he just sits in my closet and cries. I'm not too sure how to deal with it, and I'm in a pretty low financial spot. I lost all the baby accessories. Batteries not included. Transaction final. No returns. Guaranteed not DOA.Ã¢â‚¬Â If you don't know what Craigslist is, here is the description from www.signonsandiego.com Craigslist, which started in 1995 by offering free online classifieds for the San Francisco area, attracts about 10 million users a month. Most ads are free to place, luring advertisers who… [more]