My IVF journey part 5: The cold reality of morning monitoring

Over the next 7 weeks, we invite you to come along on an IVF journey, step by intense step. From making the decision to go forward with in-vitro fertilization, to the meds involved and what they’re really like, and to finding out whether this emotional and sometimes painful roller coaster ride yielded the results so dreamed of and prayed for. BabyCenter blogger Melissa Willets will be documenting every detail in a series of…

When is too early to choose a baby name?

Shares 342 In college, my best friend and I named our theoretical children. As if to confirm fears our kids are growing up faster than we did, my little girls already talk about what they will name their kids one day. When is too early pick a baby name? While trying to conceive, when you find out you’re pregnant? Before 12 weeks? Each time I’ve been pregnant, we seem to decide earlier and earlier what…

Do I really need that? Registry tips from an expert mom

Shares 397 After 5 children, I would definitely love to say I’m an expert, but I think the terms “well-seasoned” and “semi-burned-out” are more accurate. But as a semi-expert, I am here to tell you that having the right baby gear can make or break you. My crew and me, a well-worn, expert-wannabe. So, to maximize the number of essential goodies you’ll receive for your baby, I will guide you…

Registering as a first-time mom: I have no idea what I’m doing

Shares 768 I’ve attended my fair share of baby showers over the years, and one of the things I was most looking forward to in pregnancy was getting to celebrate my own. I remember how much fun it was to register and receive gifts for my wedding and while the idea is the same, registering for a baby is so different. For one thing, I have zero idea what I’m…

Photos: Twin home birth shows the sheer rawness of pregnancy

Shares 667 Crystal, who was pregnant with twin girls, knew she wanted to have a home birth. “For me, nothing can compare to the comfort of my own home when I’m riding the tide of labor, and experiencing all of the emotions that come with meeting my babies for the first time,” she explained to BabyCenter in an email, adding, “Not to mention the freedom and choices that aren’t always…

Money being raised to turn Indy home into place for people to learn urban gardening

“INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An effort to create urban gardens on the northwest side of Indianapolis is moving ahead. The Kheprw Institute is raising $30,000 to renovate a home on Boulevard Place and turn it into an urban agriculture learning lab. The community will be invited to learn how to create their own urban garden and borrow tools to help them get started. The home will include a board of health-approved…

I questioned my early induction date and I’m so glad I did

Shares 342 I was supposed to be induced today. Had things gone according to the original plan, I imagine I’d be somewhere in the middle of labor right now, (hopefully) just hours or minutes away from meeting my baby for the first time. But instead, I’m home finishing up house projects, getting work squared away, and trying to rest as much as I can. It’s a really good feeling, and I’m…

Tearjerker video tells the beautiful and heart-wrenching story of adoption

Shares 341 Adoption is emotional and complicated, selfless and humbling, and all of that and more is captured in the video you are about to see. The 22-minute documentary was created by The Archibald Project, an orphan care advocacy nonprofit based in Austin, Texas. It follows a birth mother and an adoptive couple as they move through the days immediately following the baby’s birth. Texas, like many states, has a…

My IVF journey part 4: What happens to the body during egg stimulation

Shares 341 Over the next 8 weeks, we invite you to come along on an IVF journey, step by intense step. From making the decision to go forward with in-vitro fertilization, to the meds involved and what they’re really like, and to finding out whether this emotional and sometimes painful roller coaster ride yielded the results so dreamed of and prayed for. BabyCenter blogger Melissa Willets will be documenting every detail in a…

Woman Sues City Of Tulsa For Cutting Down Her Edible Garden

“A Tulsa woman is suing the city’s code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause. Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose. She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but…