May 30, 2014

Here ... Barely

Oy, people.

I am here, I promise. But life is a little nuts right now, and blogging, no matter how badly I want to do it, is the last thing on my priority list right now (sad face).

We are knee deep in getting ready to move. The countdown is on -- packers will be here in a little over three weeks, so we are in panic mode to get everything done & ready. Hotels have been booked. Car rentals have been taken care of. Painters, carpet picked out and workers scheduled. Passports have all arrived. Luggage is slowly being accumulated. Household items sorted. Repairs made.

The list is long. LONG. Three pages long. But we are getting there. As a result, we are busy, constantly.

I will return when I get just a few minutes to breath & give proper updates. Hope you all are doing well.


May 7, 2014

Philadelphia Fertility Project: Survey

I get a lot of spam email, and most of it is just that -- spam. But, yesterday I received an email about an infertility study that was being conducted, and with today being Advocacy Day, I figured it was fitting & I agreed to share it. While our journey has ended, and I don't play a large role in the infertility community anymore, I am happy to pass this information along:

Dear Brittany,

My name is Hannah Sterling. I am writing to introduce myself with regards to a project that I am currently working on as a Masters student in the Psychology Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The Women’s Health Psychology lab is particularly interested in why certain women pursue treatment for problems with fertility, how this process affects them, and how this process may be different for minority women, as they experience infertility at a higher rate, but use treatment much less.

I would be extremely grateful if you could share on your website the brief description of the study below and the link to participate, which I hope will advance our understanding of how women are affected by problems with fertility. The Project is called the Philadelphia Fertility Project. Here is a brief description:

Philadelphia Fertility Project

The purpose of this survey is to learn about the social, mental, and emotional experiences of women with fertility problems. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is completely anonymous. Women who are between the ages of 18-45, not currently pregnant, and have difficulty conceiving naturally through unprotected intercourse and/or carrying a pregnancy to term are invited to participate in this study.

In appreciation of your participation, two $100 donations have been made to the American Fertility Association and Resolve: The National Infertility Association by the research team to thank you for sharing your experiences and to benefit others who struggle with fertility problems. If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Pamela Geller, Ph.D., or the research coordinator, Mona Elgohail, at 215-553-7121

Click on this anonymous survey link to participate:

May 6, 2014


Holy cow I have been wanting to blog forever now. FOREVER. It's frustrating, honestly, to not have the time that I want to have, but alas, it is what it is.

Life is bananas.

Two kids is hard. I'm not going to lie about that. Maybe hard is the wrong word? Challenging? Time consuming? Exhausting? I love my kiddos and the moments we have are truly amazing, but good lord. I'm almost four months into the whole "two kid" thing and still feel like I am treading water most days. I still feel like I'm screwing it up most days as well. And the move -- good lord, the move -- shit is getting real, really fast. We have less than two months before we are on the plane, and an even shorter amount of time before the packers and the movers arrive to do their thing.

We have also had visitors GALORE in this house. It's been wonderful & we have enjoyed every minute of it these past few months! But it definitely adds to the "busy" factor.

I took everything down off the walls today. Our house goes up on the rental websites next week. Our passports have all arrived. Things are being purged. Sorted. Donated. And I have two insanely awesome kids who keep me on my toes every minute of every day. And for the next three weeks, I'm rockin' it solo as my husband is off learning about his new job.

Send coffee. And wine. I'll check back in when I can.