Saturday, October 31, 2015

Crazy 8 :)

Eight years ago tonight, I sat down & pressed "publish" on my very first blog post.


That's a long time. :) 

Unlike many other ALI bloggers, I started blogging nine years post-Katie (17 years now) and six years post-fertility treatments (14 years now).

And now 8 years has gone by.

I'm not always sure how I keep coming up with things to write about, but hey, I'm still here...!

Here are a few updated stats:  

Number of years blogging:  8
Published posts (including this one): 973 (and I'm hoping to crack 1,000 before 2015 is over :)  )
Average # of posts per year: 122
Average # of posts per month:  10
Published comments: more than 7,225
Page views (tracked since May 2008):  369,100+  
Followers:  151

One thing I know that's kept me writing is the growing number of other childless/free bloggers to "talk" to and share experiences with.  As I mentioned in my blogoversary post last year, when I first started writing here, there were just a handful of blogs dedicated to living without children after loss &/or infertility. (Most notably, Pamela Jeanne, who is still blogging at Silent Sorority, was already out there with her original blog, Coming2Terms.) 

Today, there are a lot more of us in this corner of the ALI community -- and the numbers are continuing to grow. There are some really excellent blogs out there (which you can find in the blogrolls on the right side of this page), and communities such as Life Without Baby, founded by Lisa Manterfield, and Gateway Women, the brainchild of Jody Day in the United Kingdom. And earlier this month, Karen Malone Wright of The NotMom organized the first-ever conference for women without children in Cleveland, which brought together more than 100 women from across the United States, as well as Canada, China, Hong Kong and Iceland! That's pretty amazing!

More than 1 in 5 women today do not and probably will never have children, by choice or for a variety of complex other reasons -- and there's a growing momentum within this community. More and more, we are writing and speaking up about our experiences -- the good and the bad -- and drawing some much-needed attention to our unique issues and needs. And the rest of the world is (finally!) starting to take notice. Slowly but surely, we're making progress.

As always -- thank you all for reading/listening, commenting and just being here.

Blogoversary #7 (2014)
Blogoversary #6 (2013)
Blogoversary #5 (2012)
Blogoversary #4 (2011)
Blogoversary #3 (2010)
Blogoversary #2 (2009)
Blogoversary #1 (2008)
First post

Monday, October 26, 2015

#MicroblogMondays: Learning to let go

I did something this past week that I once thought I would never, ever be able to do. 

In the middle of painting the entire house -- which involved clearing out & then refilling my closets (which is why I haven't been around the blogosphere much this week) -- I took the opportunity to go through my wardrobe and pare things down a little.

And I packed up my maternity clothes and sent them to the Salvation Army thrift store. 

I have so few keepsakes from my pregnancy with Katie. I never bought much in the way of clothes or toys or equipment for her -- first because the pregnancy was so tenuous, almost from the start, and second, because I was lectured by dh's relatives not to buy too much, because I was going to get tons of gifts at my shower on the September long weekend (which ultimately never took place).

So my maternity clothes (along with a pile of pregnancy books) represented the bulk of what pregnancy-related items I had, and they meant a lot to me. I had some pretty cute outfits, and I remember how much fun I had shopping for them (my mother was visiting me when I made my first foray into a maternity wear shop, early in my pregnancy, and I am so, SO glad we were able to do that together, and that she could share that experience with me) and where I wore what outfit.

I kept the outfit I wore that fateful day of my six-month checkup... the dress I wore to the funeral... and two other pretty dresses that I loved and didn't want to let go of, at least just yet. Everything else went to the Salvation Army.

I have to admit -- it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. Of course, I took my sweet time in making this decision... 17 & 1/2 years!!

Maybe that's the key. Take your time, and don't let anyone rush you into doing things before you feel good & ready to do them. Grief has no timetable.

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.

Monday, October 19, 2015

#MicroblogMondays: Buy me some peanuts & Cracker Jack

I am not a huge fan of team sports. Interest in college sports is pretty much non-existent in Canada -- they could hardly give away tickets to football games at my university dorm -- so I am in awe of the huge stadiums in the U.S., regularly packed with tens of thousands of fans for college (and even high school!) football games. 

I am, I admit, emotionally attached to several of the pro teams of my youth (i.e., the Winnipeg Jets, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers & the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- NHL hockey, CFL football & CFL football, respectively), and I will watch the odd game -- the big ones -- the Jets' emotional return to Winnipeg after a 15-year absence (I was in tears just during the warmup!), the Canadian Olympic hockey team's gold medal victories in 2002 & 2010, the Grey Cup (CFL championship game) every year (which I will take over the Super Bowl any day!).  And the TV set is almost always tuned to the Toronto Maple Leafs when we visit FIL on a winter Saturday night. But I don't make a point of regularly watching any team's games. 

That said, it's October. Which, in North America, means baseball playoffs. Baseball is another one of those sports I don't generally follow -- but this week, the Toronto Blue Jays (Canada's only Major League Baseball team) are playing the Kansas City Royals for the American League championship (and the chance to go to the World Series) for the first time in 22 years. Game 3 is tonight. (There's also a federal election today, but who cares about that, right?? lol)

Last Thursday night, as dh & I watched a nail-biter of a do-or-die game against the Texas Rangers, which would determine who went to the American League finals, I posted on Facebook, "I haven't been this tense over a baseball game in, oh, 22 years. (Come to think of it, I haven't WATCHED an entire baseball game in 22 years, lol.)" 

22 years is a LONG time. Generally, I find baseball a pretty sleepy game to watch. I went to a couple of Blue Jays games at the SkyDome (oops -- Rogers Centre -- but it will ALWAYS be "SkyDome" to me...) in the first few years after it opened in 1989. But I watched every one of the Jays' 1992 & 1993 World Series games, often staying up until 11 or 12 o'clock at night, and then dragging my butt into work the next morning. (Of course, I was far from the only one!)  When the Jays won the first time, in 1992, the victory parade was held at lunchtime on a weekday. My boss & I walked a few blocks over from our office to the parade route. Even though we went about an hour in advance, the sidewalk was already 12 deep with people. All I saw were the tops of people's heads as the cars bearing the players & the World Series trophy passed by, to deafening cheers. Oh well, I WAS there. ;)

It was fun. It would be nice to do it again. And if you think we went nuts in 1992 &/or 1993 (or even on Thursday night, when the entire city, maybe even the entire country, went collectively bonkers), just wait until that mythical "someday" when the Maple Leafs (our hapless hockey team) reclaim the Stanley Cup...!  ;)  (The last time they won was in 1967 -- 48 years ago.)

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dying alone

The New York Times had one of those long-form journalism pieces this weekend that remind you why they are THE New York Times. "The Lonely Death of George Bell" by N.R. Kleinfield is a story that will stay with you long after you've read it. Incredibly sad -- but wonderful writing, a great piece of detective work, both by the writer and by the government officials trying to learn more about George Bell's life and relationships. As several commenters noted, it's somewhat ironic that such a private and reclusive man who lived and died in solitude is being eulogized so publicly. On the front page of the Sunday New York Times, no less!!

Dying alone is something that I think a lot of childless people fear -- although I'm sure it happens to plenty of people with children, too. I'm not especially afraid of dropping dead suddenly of a heart attack or in my sleep (because hey, I'm never going to know, right?), but the idea of becoming ill or incapacitated in some way and unable to call for help does bother me a bit. Although dh has promised me that he will haunt the nephews if I am left by myself and they don't look in on me regularly. ;) 

It's a sobering reminder about the importance of human relationships and staying in touch with the people who mean something to us. (And that goes for all of us, whether we have children or not.)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

You are going to be okay...

Another Facebook find. And very true, I think. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Singles Day"?? Hmmm...

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know the love-hate relationship I have with "Family Day," a made-up statutory holiday in February, marked by Ontario & several other Canadian provinces.  My problem is not so much having a holiday in February (my least favourite month of the year), but the label slapped on it, in a blatant attempt by the various governments involved to pander to "family values." (Click on "Family Day" in the Labels section of the sidebar at the right to see relevant past posts on the subject.)

So I was amused to stumble on an article (with podcast link) in my Facebook feed today -- an interview (about five minutes long) with a member of the Alberta provincial legislature, Ray Park, complaining that "Family Day" discriminates against single people, and proposing an equivalent "Singles Day" holiday.

I thought the guy was being just a LITTLE tongue-in-cheek -- although I agreed with the gist of many of his comments. I was curious which political party he belonged to & tried Googling him, to no avail. I did a little more research & gradually realized that the program the clip came from, "This is That," is a satirical news show on CBC Radio. Well, that explained it ;)  -- although if you read any of the comments on Facebook, a lot of people clearly did not get the joke.

As with all satire, of course, there is a point being made, an element of truth in what's being said, if you listen carefully. When you name a holiday "Family Day" and urge people to celebrate their families and spend time with them, you might think you're being politically safe (who has a beef against families, right??) and inclusive (we all have families, right?). 

Except not all of us have families, at least, the way most politicians define them, when they talk about "family values" and "hard-working families."  Yes, we all have parents -- & possibly some siblings, and aunts, uncles & cousins, maybe some nieces and nephews, if we're lucky. But not all of us are lucky enough to have the children we wanted. Not all of us want children. Are my husband & I a family, in the eyes of these politicians? We might think so -- but I get the distinct impression that policymakers don't share this view.  They tend to be fixated on the standard stereotypical image of a family -- mom, dad, 2.1 children and perhaps a family pet.  Plus, even if your family more or less fits this definition, there's no guarantee that it's a happy family. Some people may not want to celebrate and spend time with their families -- sometimes for very good reasons. 

So you can't blame singles, or childless couples, or people who are estranged from their families -- people whose families don't fit the standard definition -- for taking umbrage at yet one more reminder (as if we needed one...) that, in the eyes of many, we just don't count, that we are somehow lesser-than.

Yes, I know, you can pick holes in anything if you try hard enough. Yes, it's a holiday -- in February! -- and I do appreciate that.

But families come in all shapes and sizes and colours these days. We've come a long way in recognizing and accommodating diversity and making our society more inclusive, in terms of things like gender, skin colour and religion. And we've made a start at recognizing a broader definition of family -- that families can be multi-generational, headed by single parents, that Heather can have two mommies.  It's time we started recognizing that singles and couples without children, for whatever reason, can be families too.

Monday, October 12, 2015

#MicroblogMondays: Thankful

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada today = holiday long weekend. No offense to my American readers ;)  but I've always thought the timing of our Thanksgiving was preferable to yours. (Of course, I'm not a big fan of November generally, lol -- see the posts labelled "I hate November" ;) ).  The weather in mid-October can often still be pretty nice hereabouts, the fall colours are generally at or near the peak of their beauty, and there's a decent interval before you have to start worrying about Christmas too much (although I've noticed many stores ALREADY have their Christmas decorations, etc., on full display...! -- & did even before it was officially fall...!!).

In keeping with the spirit of the day, here are a few of the things I'm thankful for in my life right now. (I published a similar list for my #MicroblogMondays post this time last year. ;) )

* Gorgeous weather this weekend -- sunshine & temps in the 18-22C/65-72F range. (I was tempted to bring my capris back out from the closet!)
* A wonderful dh, who often spoils me rotten. ;)
* An amazing extended family that loves and supports us.
* An invitation from BIL & SIL for turkey dinner tonight. :)  (With my family so far away, dh's dad remarried & his brother often at his inlaws, we are often left at loose ends on holidays like this, so we appreciate being included.)
* The freedom to enjoy this lovely time of year. (October through December was always our busiest time of year at work = year end.)
* Retirement. :)  It came earlier than I had planned or expected (i.e., not my choice), but nevertheless we think it will work out OK.  :)
* A comfortable home with plenty of good food to eat and lots of books to read. :) 
* Getting some stuff done around the house that we've been talking about doing for ages.
* The great good fortune to be born & raised in this amazing country.
* The democratic privilege of being able to vote next week (even if the election process and politicians drive us nuts at times...!).
*  Wonderful friends, in real life (near & far) and online. You have enriched my life enormously!

What are you thankful for right now?

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fridge follies

We had a new fridge delivered today. And had the old one hauled away.

The old fridge was delivered from the store where we'd bought it, along with a stove, washer & dryer, the same day we moved into this house in May 1990 -- 25 years ago. We replaced the washer & dryer six years ago.  Aside from needing a new oven light inside, the stove is still chugging along -- knock wood...!

(The dishwasher is another story:  the house, which was 6-7 years old at the time we bought it, already had a built-in dishwasher left by the previous owners. It lasted us another 10 years. By that time, the spokes on the rack were rusting & snapping off, and then one day, the latch you pressed to open the thing fell off in my hand!  I had company coming to visit that weekend, so I went to the mall, picked out a new one & had it delivered the next day. That one lasted just two years (until just after the warranty ran out, of course...) before it began acting up. The repair guy we called in told us there was a problem with the motherboard that would cost up to $300 to fix (on top of the $75 he'd charged us just for showing up to diagnose the problem). That was almost as much as we'd PAID for the thing. So back to the store we went to look for (another) new one.  That was about 13 years ago now... so far, so good...!).

About six years ago, water started dripping down the back & collecting at the bottom of the fridge, underneath the crisper bins, and occasionally running out onto the floor.  I called in a service guy & it took him all of five minutes to clean out a tube at the back of the unit.  (I also had him look at the washer & dryer, and that's when those got replaced.)(I still love my "new" front loader!)

About two years ago, dh (who was already off work) called me at the office in a panic, saying he didn't think the fridge was working very well, that the ice cream in the freezer was going soft. When I got home that night, everything seemed OK to me. We looked at a few new fridges but decided to hold off.

Earlier this summer, water started puddling up on the bottom of the fridge again. Then last Saturday night, we heard a "THUNK" and the motor on the fridge (never very quiet) started running very loudly. Dh & I looked at each other. "Well," he said, "this is new." It eventually quieted down.

The next day, I cleaned up a puddle of water at the bottom of the fridge before we left to go to the movies. Several hours later, we returned. I noticed there wasn't any water in the bottom of the fridge, which seemed odd. And the usual noises had been replaced by a quiet, low hum. I noticed that even though there was noise, the fan didn't seem to be running in the freezer. And dh's ice cream sandwiches felt a bit soft. I filled an ice cube tray with water, shut the door & waited a few hours to see what would happen.

A few hours later, the water in the ice cube trays was still water. And dh's ice cream sandwiches were turning to mush. The fridge wasn't DEAD, but it obviously wasn't working very well either.

We threw a bunch of food out to be safe. Of course, once we did that, we heard a click and before long, the old familiar noises had returned and the water in the ice cube tray had turned to ice. (Figures.)

We had hoped to hang onto the fridge for a little while longer, but we decided it has served us well, and better to be safe than sorry when it comes to food spoilage. The next day, we went shopping. Nothing fancy.  White (to match the other kitchen appliances -- if we were replacing the stove too, I would have gotten stainless, but we're hoping to hang onto THAT for a little while longer...)(famous last words?? :p ), bottom-mount freezer compartment (new for us but I understand it's the most popular option these days). I love the double-door models, but we just couldn't justify the extra cost.

Ta-da!  Our new fridge!

Long may it run!

What kind of fridge do you have? How old is your oldest appliance? 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NotMoms, unite!

I know this is short notice (I just realized I haven't written anything about it yet, but better late than never...!) -- but if you're childless/free for whatever reason, and can make it to Cleveland, Ohio, this coming weekend (Oct. 9-10), have I got an event for you!

Karen Malone Wright of The Not Mom has organized what has to be a first: The NotMom Summit 2015, a conference for "not moms" from right across the spectrum -- from those of us (like me) who weren't able to have children to those who made a conscious choice not to have children, to everything in between. This promises to be a groundbreaking gathering of our tribe, with some amazing guest speakers.

Karen recently spoke with two different childless/free bloggers about her own story, her website, the conference, and childlessness generally: 
And she and some of the conference speakers (including Savvy Auntie's Melanie Notkin) appeared on a local radio show, "The Sound of Ideas," to talk about the conference and the NotMom "movement."  (Approx. 50 minutes.)

All three are great podcasts & worthwhile watching/listening. :)

Sadly, I won't be able to make it to the conference (although a visit to Cleveland & the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame specifically is one of my bucket list items...!)... but I wish Karen much success with this project (so much so that there might be a second conference some day??), and I would love to hear from any of you who go!

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Another excellent (audio) podcast that I stumbled on this week: Melanie Holmes, author of "The Motherhood Assumption," which I wrote about here (and who, coincidentally, is a speaker at The NotMom Summit), was interviewed by Michelle Marie McGrath on her Unclassified Woman podcast.  (Approx. 51 minutes)

(Melanie pays tribute to Madelyn Cain & her book, "The Childless Revolution," as someone who personally inspired her. I found & read "The Childless Revolution" right around the same time that we made the decision to stop infertility treatments. The book covers the spectrum of childlessness -- by choice, infertility & circumstance -- and was one of the very few I could find back then to speak to my situation.)

Monday, October 5, 2015

#MicroblogMondays: Baby, it's cold outside...

The autumn chill has been slowly creeping into the air. I was still able to wear my beloved capris & sandals to the mall just last week -- but even then, I knew their days were numbered.

And then, this weekend, the weather took a definite turn colder. Saturday morning when I woke up, it was just 63F (17C) in the house. Outside, the high was just 12C (about 54F). (I follow the outside temps in Celsius, but we keep our thermostat set in Fahrenheit. Very Canadian, lol. ;) )(At least for those of us of a certain vintage who straddle both systems.) It rose to a balmy 65F (18C) at one point during the afternoon -- but when we got back from dinner out that evening, it was back down to 63F, and would no doubt have dropped further during the night. (Funny how 17C or 18C outside can be perfectly pleasant, while inside, it feels like an icebox...!)

Dh is reluctant to turn the furnace on before we've had a professional in to clean & inspect it -- but even he was finding it cold. So we caved and turned the thing on. It's nice & toasty warm again in the house, and the towels are drying out properly. (One of my pet peeves during these in-between times when it's too cold for the air conditioning to run but not cold enough to turn on the furnace:  damp, musty towels that I have to wash more frequently. Yuck.)

How about you? Have you turned on your furnace yet? When do you usually turn it on (around what date or what temperature), & what temperature do you usually keep it set at?

(Depending on the weather, we've sometimes managed to go to mid-October without turning on the heat. I usually start getting cold once the temp dips below 68F/20C and cave if it gets to 65F/18C or colder.  We usually keep the furnace somewhere between 68F and 72F/22C. In the summer, we usually keep the a/c around 73F/23F.)

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here       

A timely Facebook find. :)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Who's NOT busy?

In the very early days of this blog, I wrote a post that eventually became my contribution to the Stirrup Queen's Crème de la Crème list of 2007 (#37 on the list).  Titled "In a tizzy about being busy," I reflected on a dinner gathering where I sat silent while a table full of my mommy friends commiserated about how busy they were. Who was I to complain about being busy, when I didn't have any kids, right? Even though it was Christmastime, year end at work, cold season, and I was so tired I was practically nodding off into my pasta.

I thought about that post the other day when I read a great essay on a site called, intriguingly, "Role Reboot:  Life, Off Script." It was written by Melanie Holmes, who is also the author of a book called "The Female Assumption: A Mother's Story, Freeing Women from the View that Motherhood is a Mandate." (I have not read this yet, but it's on my wish list!) 

As the title suggests, Holmes has kids;  she just wants those kids (and particularly her daughter) to know that parenthood is a choice, and that it's OK if they choose not to have kids. How refreshing! 

Holmes's essay is called "You Don’t Own The Definition Of ‘Busy.’" "No one person or category of persons has cornered the market on “Busyness.” Although there are plenty of people who would like to believe they have," she writes.  (She's singing my song...!)  ;)  My favourite part: 
In the interviews I conducted for my book, I interviewed a teacher who does not want her own kids. She has heard from her co-workers who are mothers, “You just don’t know what tired is.” Really?! So then the female entrepreneur who volunteers to lead her state’s chapter of the Special Olympics, while managing a busy practice, and being a good boss, friend, daughter, aunt, and sister—she’s not exhausted? Because she doesn’t have her own kids?  
It’s incorrect to think that you own the corner on “busyness.” You don’t. You may feel pulled in a million directions, as I do, as many people do, but unless you’ve walked in the shoes of each person on the face of this earth, then please, I beg you, please refrain from assuming that you’re in the category of “the busiest.”
There's more (but this was the part most relevant to the ALI community).  Go read the rest of it here.

Thank you, Melanie Holmes! I look forward to getting & reading your book soon. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Recent reading

With the launch of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, stories related to loss and infertility are coming fast & thick into my various news & blog feeds.  A couple of great articles & posts I've come across recently:
  • Pamela of Silent Sorority offers her take on Kim Cattrall's comments about motherhood in a new forum called Slant. Quote:
    • "Women who are not mothers face the unique burden that parents don’t, namely, qualifying themselves as loving women. That is how we often end up in weirdly defensive positions. We are all but required to demonstrate that we are ‘mother-like’ in order to be accepted as the lesser of equals."
  • You can also comment on Pamela's related blog post, in which she also reflects on her RESOLVE award, five years later.  
  • Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Laura Benanti writes about her experience with "the Voldemort of women's health issues" for Huffington Post. 
    • Sample quote: "Why, if my neighbor sees me looking sad and asks me if I am okay, is it perfectly acceptable to tell her my aunt passed away, or I lost my job, or I had to put my dog down -- but if I tell her I experienced a miscarriage, I am somehow inappropriately oversharing?"

Friday, October 2, 2015

Retirement guilt

I had lunch this week with several of my former coworkers. All of them lost their jobs the same day as me (14+ months ago now)(!), or in a subsequent round of cuts that's taken place since then.

All of them were long-serving (10-25+ years) employees in their late 40s/50s. All of them are well-educated, highly qualified, hard-working people. Most of them have families & mortgages. They want to get back to work. They NEED to get back to work.  

It's been 14 months. None of them have found jobs yet.

Much of the conversation revolved around job search stories & tips. (The consensus was that employers are being extremely picky, searching for the elusive perfect candidate who ticks all the boxes on their wish list -- not just some, or most. Nobody gives you the courtesy of letting you know that you didn't get the job, or providing a shred of feedback on why. Automated systems and HR suck;  networking is critical to getting your resume in front of an actual human being who has power over hiring decisions. And yes, maybe there's some ageism at work, too.)

Since I'm not looking for a job (& probably won't be anytime soon), I stayed mostly silent. Once again, I felt guilty that I've managed to get off relatively scot-free, compared to my peers. (And worry that I haven't made the right decisions, and will wind up being a bag lady & eating cat food when I'm 85.)  What makes me so special, right?

And then I remember: Oh yeah. The reason I can do this is because my daughter died before she was born (and I was never able to have another baby), and we were able to sock away the money we would have spent on our family towards the goal of an early retirement. Even when that retirement happened a little earlier than we'd planned, we'd done enough of the right things that we'll be OK.

But I'd still rather be looking for work, if I could have my daughter here.

Think anyone would want to trade places with me, if they knew all the details? :p

Thursday, October 1, 2015

In the "it's about time" category...

The Ontario government FINALLY -- after years of panels, studies and promises -- announced today that it will begin funding IVF treatment this December.

The program announced today is not perfect. The government will fund just one (1), single-embryo transfer cycle for women who have not yet passed their 43rd birthday. (ETA:) Drugs are not included.

Still, it's better than nothing, and better than what we've had for many years. And it's more generous than what most other 9 Canadian provinces provide. Quebec used to have a comparatively generous program, but it proved to be more expensive than the government anticipated and it has since been significantly scaled back and changed to a tax credit program. Manitoba offers tax credits while New Brunswick offers a one-time grant. That's it.

Obviously, it's too late for me to benefit from this development. I'm way (WAY) too old for one thing, and for another, I decided I was done with fertility treatments and came to terms with my childlessness long ago. I never did do IVF -- and even with the considerable financial burden removed (or at least softened), it's not the answer for everyone dealing with infertility. It's still a physically, mentally and emotionally draining process that few couples are adequately prepared to navigate. I found three cycles of IUIs with injectable drugs were quite enough for me;  I think IVF would have sent me straight around the bend.

But finances were certainly one of the major considerations for us when were trying to decide how far we wanted to pursue parenthood. I'm glad money will be at least slightly less of a factor for other infertile couples from Ontario who will be considering their family building options in the future.

A couple of articles from The Globe and Mail about today's announcement & the issue of public funding of fertility treatments generally. Beware the comments!! (they're not pretty :p )