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#1 Chelli

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

Hi Ladies,

Time for a new thread original.gif
Link to last thread.

Chelli


#2 *molly*

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

Ummm... gold?

#3 caninestorm

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

Shimmery, shiny silver!

Bedge it was me with the freaky EPS rash. On my stomach. laugh.gif Still there and still annoyingly itchy. Feeling crampy today like AF is on her way but I felt that last month too.

Bedge I'll be  ph34r.gif for your temp to shoot up like a champion tomorrow.

valhalla also  ph34r.gif to see what yours does! Your temps are so different each month which is a bit confusing  closedeyes.gif

Pippa good to see you again original.gif


#4 *molly*

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

QUOTE (njik @ 15/01/2013, 10:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Molly - my lap is next Friday (25th) which will be CD26 - AF often arrives by then so will have a good idea if by any remote chance this is my month otherwise will ask them to do a blood test first just to double check.

Have to say, I don't generally get much CM and this w/e it was noticeable and the one time we did BD it was, ahem, more abundant than ever so no need for preseed or anything..  maybe, maybe, maybe it could be my lucky month...


Ooh extra abundant CM does sound promising njik!!


QUOTE (Tiger-lily @ 15/01/2013, 11:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also I'm going well have confirmed with bloods earlier on and am 6 weeks 1 day today. Have my obstitrician app on the 30th of this month. Been pretty sick and tired alot latley but I'm not complaining original.gif


Tiger-lily I'm so glad everything is going well. Can't believe you're 6 weeks along already!


QUOTE (valhalla007 @ 15/01/2013, 11:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Molly, Your chart is looking good, temps still up.  Which tests did you order?  Did you get the Oracle ones?  I looked these up on the net, but am finding the whole judging reliability and accuracy really difficult to guage.  Do you usually use the Oracle pg tests??  Have you been happy with them or are they just cheaper. Do they do OPK tests?  I've been looking longingly at the ClearBlue digital but OMG so expensive, I think I would have to do a few FR first and then try it if a + on them!!  The Clear Blue OPK kit looks exy too, but it would be so excellent to get a clear reading for once.
For good measure, everyone cover their faces just for a minute so they don't choke on any of it, I am dropping a massive load of babydust across the board!! I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused!

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I'll take some of that babydust please valhalla!

I do think it's possible you could have O'd on Sunday - fingers crossed your temp stays up!

I've only tried the fertility2family OPKs and HPTs. The OPKs don't give me a true positive (in fact this month they gave me nothing at all and I nearly missed O, grrr!) and the HPTs were not showing positive during my chemical pregnancies when FRER tests were clearly positive. So I don't trust them at all! I haven't tried the Oracle tests but thought I could give them a go.

QUOTE (Pippa26 @ 15/01/2013, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi everyone!  I havent posted for ages cos I didnt take my SIL pg announcement very well and Ive been avoiding EB.  But Im feeling much better now and have started temping again original.gif  Im focussing on training for a triathlon which is helping me not obsess about TTC.  

Cant remember who was asking but I find Oracle OPKs to be pretty good and I just ordered some of the HPTs so cant comment on them yet.  

AFM Im worried DH will be away the weekend I O but I cant really predict it.  I just went through my FF stats and after 7 cycles I have never Oed on the same day.  Grrrrr


I might have to try the Oracle OPKs too! Nice to see you back Pippa, glad you're feeling better. Wow I really admire you training for a triathlon! When is it?


Bedge, I often have trouble with FF in that it won't record a temperature or CM or something. I usually just close the page and go back to it later - it always starts working again for me after a while or a few tries.


AFM, 7dpo today, absolutely no EPS. I've had some breast pain that I get before AF so I've already resigned myself that this is not my cycle. Not feeling too bothered about it though.

Oh and I booked my FS appointment, it's on the 7th of Feb. Surprised I got in so quickly!


#5 *molly*

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 15/01/2013, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shimmery, shiny silver!

Bedge it was me with the freaky EPS rash. On my stomach. laugh.gif Still there and still annoyingly itchy. Feeling crampy today like AF is on her way but I felt that last month too.

Bedge I'll be  ph34r.gif for your temp to shoot up like a champion tomorrow.

valhalla also  ph34r.gif to see what yours does! Your temps are so different each month which is a bit confusing  closedeyes.gif

Pippa good to see you again original.gif


Cramps AND rash, canine that sounds very promising indeed!!

#6 MagsJee

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

Yay!!  Managed to get the list onto the first page!!   biggrin.gif   Go me.

LIST




Post-O
cbmum
~Inara~
MagsJee
Bedge
njik
PilbaraJen

Pre-O
valhalla007
LearningasIgo
beccajayne
caninestorm
new*to*this
HappyWomble
pippa26

ddance.gif  BFP.gif bbabyflip.gif Graduates  bbabyflip.gif BFP.gif  ddance.gif  
dreamingofhope babyboy.gif ~ Onyx  babyboy.gif ~ Jay_1965vw babygirl.gif ~ Beani ~ Chocolate Mousse babygirl.gif ~ Macka85 babyboy.gif ~ Have3Wanting4 babyboy.gif ~ spitmurphys babygirl.gif ~ Applemint ~ Madametulip ~ Loulla babyboy.gif ~ Curious.chicken babyboy.gif ~ enora ~ Fairey babygirl.gif ~ Aynjell ~ Kristie22 ~ tui_bird ~ LiseJane ~ little lion ~ Chief Pancake Maker ~ Mandy303 ~ pinkblue ~ Tiken ~ ImpatientMumma ~ btd ~ babyinabackpack ~ Antares ~ allthiseffortpaidoff ~ becomingmum ~ stickymicky ~ Katey ~  Pingyrat ~ Lindyloo28 ~ HappyPurpleGirl ~ RachealJane ~ gonggirl ~ sprinkle ~ Sunshiney ~ miss-petal ~ Tiger-lilly ~ Ali_Cat ~ MrsRadiant ~ *molly*
ddance.gif ddance.gif ddance.gif

Taking a charting break
bebe' ~ bananagirlsmum ~ ashleylovesben ~ dreamingoflove ~ lil_mamakin ~ jorgo ~ Little.One ~ LiMa ~  silk142 ~ Danmia ~ XFingersAndToes ~ Kymposs ~ seaside_shells ~ lammum ~ mel43 ~ Clare L ~ emski72 ~ Hotpink ~ Heylee ~ Allie_D ~ CheriDeMomie ~ katski13 ~ Divine53 ~ Mel ~ murraysmissus ~
Fi_80 ~ minnieme4me

Our Angels  ^i^
:-monkeymum-:
Mandy303
Loulla
caroldiem
Clare L
Sunshiney
LearningasIgo

Edited by MagsJee, 11 March 2013 - 08:10 AM.


#7 Bedge

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 15/01/2013, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shimmery, shiny silver!

Bedge it was me with the freaky EPS rash. On my stomach. laugh.gif Still there and still annoyingly itchy. Feeling crampy today like AF is on her way but I felt that last month too.

Bedge I'll be  ph34r.gif for your temp to shoot up like a champion tomorrow.


I thought it was you, although couldn't quite remember. And I was far to lazy to go back through the thread to try and remember.

Horrah for your rash .. I do hope it grows bigger and itchier ... if you know what I mean! tee hee hee


#8 caninestorm

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

Thanks Mags!  waves.gif

#9 ~polly~

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:18 AM

caninestorm when are you testing?? 9dpo and your temp's still high!

Thanks for doing the list Mags.  How are you going?

molly your chart's looking good this month.  The triathlon is in 2 months so I still have some time to train.  Its a super short one so dont be too impressed.  Im not usually a big exerciser and Im actually finding it quite fun.  Yay for the FS appointment so soon. Some ppl have to wait months.  
My naturopath recommended a FS so I think I'll make an appointment and then I just have to convince my GP to give me a referal (he's not best dr and said last time I asked questions 'these things take time, miscarriages are very common' and had no interest looking at my chart)

#10 caninestorm

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:23 AM

My GP isn't interested in charts either Pippa and wouldn't believe me when I said I had a short luteal phase (oh, your days are probably off... pfft). But she said 9 months with good timing is a reasonable time to get checked out in your late 20s.

I will test tonight if no signs of imminent AF.

Edited by caninestorm, 16 January 2013 - 07:26 AM.


#11 ~polly~

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:37 AM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 08:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My GP isn't interested in charts either Pippa and wouldn't believe me when I said I had a short luteal phase (oh, your days are probably off... pfft). But she said 9 months with good timing is a reasonable time to get checked out in your late 20s.


I worked out I'll probably only have 2 more cycles and then it will be 12 months TTC  sad.gif  (stupid long cycles  rant.gif )  Time just kinda creeps up on you when you dont think about it too much....

#12 Tiger-lily

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:01 AM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 07:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I will test tonight if no signs of imminent AF.



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wake up bedge so we can see todays temp lol


& just wanted to add in reference to DR not being interested in chart. Mine too and when I told him about my LP he said to me that some women had an 8 day one and that was fine.... umm no. But he did say what caninestorms DR said and that was 9 months is enough for more testing.

#13 *molly*

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE (Tiger-lily @ 16/01/2013, 09:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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wake up bedge so we can see todays temp lol


& just wanted to add in reference to DR not being interested in chart. Mine too and when I told him about my LP he said to me that some women had an 8 day one and that was fine.... umm no. But he did say what caninestorms DR said and that was 9 months is enough for more testing.



Just stalking caninestorm for test results!!  ph34r.gif

I actually think many GPs are not specialists in this area and really aren't up to date with charting etc. The requirement to wait 12 months is possibly a little out of date too, especially if you're charting and BDing at the right times.

Pippa, if you want a referral maybe you could try a different GP? Sometimes I really think you need to be your own advocate and really push for what you want, otherwise it's easy for them to brush you off. Or just cry at your appointment, like I did  blush.gif

#14 nimble

Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

Pippa - I would look at changing your GP.  I have a couple of GP's; a guy who is at a practice across the road from my work who i see about general stuff (my thyriod etc), but who admits he isn't too experienced in fertility stuff, and another one based in Darlinghurst who, although a GP, is very switched on about fertility and is the one who prescribed me DHEA. I would see her for everything but it's a bit of a nigtmare to get there sometimes.  I'm sure there are a few GP's you could look at seeing and your naturopath should be able to recommend someone; that's how I started seeing mine.   Any GP that is dismissive isn't worth your time nor money.

Caninie - how's that rash going??

re: Vitex, I have taken CD1-CD14 as part of a complex that my TCM gives me... think it's called 'Create the essence'.  Each month she varies my meds as I cannot stomach the tea.. so she has to come up with various concoctions original.gif   Seriously, I rattle each day.  Not sure who is interested in meds but here's my list at the moment:

Thyroxine
Royal Jelly 2 x day
Coq10 150mg 2 x day
My Gen fertility supplements
Vitamin D
EPO (Cd1-Cd14)
Various TCM's - usually about 6-12 tablets a day (include Vitex CD1-CD14)
Executive stress B complex
DHEA 50mg (was 75mg but levels getting too high and arm getting a bit hairy sad.gif )

#15 caninestorm

Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

Feeling like George will be here at any moment  cry1.gif Will still test tonight if he's not here just to satisfy you ninjas  closedeyes.gif

#16 ~polly~

Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 11:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feeling like George will be here at any moment  cry1.gif Will still test tonight if he's not here just to satisfy you ninjas  closedeyes.gif


That sucks!  bbighug.gif

#17 beccajayne

Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

Just a quick post to say I am still here, just in the middle of moving. Most of the moving has been done, just basic stuff left.
Af arrived on 18 dpo so was very unhappy about the longer lp.
Not temping this cycle, mainly because my thermometer is over the other house and I can't be stuffed getting it.  rolleyes.gif
Going to try to relax, not easy, and deal with moving. To tired so far to bed much so if anything it will just be a month off kinda.

Will pop in but might not post for another week or so, then we should be settled and have the Internet back on  biggrin.gif



#18 *molly*

Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

QUOTE (njik @ 16/01/2013, 11:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
re: Vitex, I have taken CD1-CD14 as part of a complex that my TCM gives me... think it's called 'Create the essence'.  Each month she varies my meds as I cannot stomach the tea.. so she has to come up with various concoctions original.gif   Seriously, I rattle each day.  Not sure who is interested in meds but here's my list at the moment:

Thyroxine
Royal Jelly 2 x day
Coq10 150mg 2 x day
My Gen fertility supplements
Vitamin D
EPO (Cd1-Cd14)
Various TCM's - usually about 6-12 tablets a day (include Vitex CD1-CD14)
Executive stress B complex
DHEA 50mg (was 75mg but levels getting too high and arm getting a bit hairy sad.gif )


Wow that's an impressive list! Do you think they have an effect on your cycle?


QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 11:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feeling like George will be here at any moment  cry1.gif Will still test tonight if he's not here just to satisfy you ninjas  closedeyes.gif


I hope you're wrong. Your temp was still high this morning!


QUOTE (beccajayne @ 16/01/2013, 11:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a quick post to say I am still here, just in the middle of moving. Most of the moving has been done, just basic stuff left.
Af arrived on 18 dpo so was very unhappy about the longer lp.
Not temping this cycle, mainly because my thermometer is over the other house and I can't be stuffed getting it.  rolleyes.gif
Going to try to relax, not easy, and deal with moving. To tired so far to bed much so if anything it will just be a month off kinda.

Will pop in but might not post for another week or so, then we should be settled and have the Internet back on  biggrin.gif


Oh moving sucks doesn't it! Good luck with getting settled in your new place! original.gif

#19 nimble

Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

Hey Molly - I can't say for sure but my AF has reduced from roughly 10 days to a standard 5 and my AMH has gone up from 2.6 to 3 in the past year.  Doesn't sound like much but it hasn't gone down so I am happy enough with that.  My O day is usually CD14 or CD15 and my LP is gradually increasing... so maybe all the pill popping is working... I bloody hope so!  original.gif  It's costing me a small fortune!

#20 Tiger-lily

Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 10:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feeling like George will be here at any moment  cry1.gif Will still test tonight if he's not here just to satisfy you ninjas  closedeyes.gif



This is exactly what I thought and it started at 9DPO for me. FX hands.gif for that BFP



ETA: Make sure u have strong pee haha

Edited by Tiger-lily, 16 January 2013 - 12:46 PM.


#21 Bedge

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

Afternoon girls!

QUOTE (Pippa26 @ 16/01/2013, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I worked out I'll probably only have 2 more cycles and then it will be 12 months TTC  sad.gif  (stupid long cycles  rant.gif )  Time just kinda creeps up on you when you dont think about it too much....


Agreed! I can't believe it's been over a year since my MC.  In the last few cycles, I was actually willing time to hurry up so I could book in for my appointment with my GP for that first 'chat'. I see it to be nothing but positive to have that 'chat' and get things rolling. I feel far more positive this cycle, than I have for a long time (not that we will def get a BFP ... more that I am doing the right things). I am glad to be getting the good old once over.


QUOTE (Tiger-lily @ 16/01/2013, 09:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
wake up bedge so we can see todays temp lol


& just wanted to add in reference to DR not being interested in chart. Mine too and when I told him about my LP he said to me that some women had an 8 day one and that was fine.... umm no. But he did say what caninestorms DR said and that was 9 months is enough for more testing.


I'm awake!!! ha!  tongue.gif

I didn't show my GP my chart, although she was interested to know that it seemed to be confirming ovulation, along with other signs ... such as CM, O discomfort, OPK's .. ect

QUOTE (*molly* @ 16/01/2013, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just stalking caninestorm for test results!!  ph34r.gif

I actually think many GPs are not specialists in this area and really aren't up to date with charting etc. The requirement to wait 12 months is possibly a little out of date too, especially if you're charting and BDing at the right times.

Pippa, if you want a referral maybe you could try a different GP? Sometimes I really think you need to be your own advocate and really push for what you want, otherwise it's easy for them to brush you off. Or just cry at your appointment, like I did  blush.gif


I agree. Finding a good GP can make all the difference. As you girlies know, I adore my GP. I think the world of her. She has never let me down .. and I was really impressed (as always) with the way she 'got to work' with me when I went to see her last Monday. She ordered my ultrasound and massive array of bloods to be done. Find someone your comfortable with ... aks some local friends. Recommendations are always great.


QUOTE (njik @ 16/01/2013, 11:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
re: Vitex, I have taken CD1-CD14 as part of a complex that my TCM gives me... think it's called 'Create the essence'.  Each month she varies my meds as I cannot stomach the tea.. so she has to come up with various concoctions original.gif   Seriously, I rattle each day.  Not sure who is interested in meds but here's my list at the moment:

Thyroxine
Royal Jelly 2 x day
Coq10 150mg 2 x day
My Gen fertility supplements
Vitamin D
EPO (Cd1-Cd14)
Various TCM's - usually about 6-12 tablets a day (include Vitex CD1-CD14)
Executive stress B complex
DHEA 50mg (was 75mg but levels getting too high and arm getting a bit hairy sad.gif )


Wowzers! Impressive!


QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 11:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feeling like George will be here at any moment  cry1.gif Will still test tonight if he's not here just to satisfy you ninjas  closedeyes.gif


Posts back ASAP with the results!


QUOTE (beccajayne @ 16/01/2013, 11:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a quick post to say I am still here, just in the middle of moving. Most of the moving has been done, just basic stuff left.
Af arrived on 18 dpo so was very unhappy about the longer lp.
Not temping this cycle, mainly because my thermometer is over the other house and I can't be stuffed getting it.  rolleyes.gif
Going to try to relax, not easy, and deal with moving. To tired so far to bed much so if anything it will just be a month off kinda.

Will pop in but might not post for another week or so, then we should be settled and have the Internet back on  biggrin.gif


Good luck with the move!


Temp went up a bit this morning! So think I did O between Monday arvo and Tuesday arvo. So the UltraSound tech was spot on  original.gif

I wonder how that pretty little follie/egg is going today, that I saw last Wednesday. Go you good thing!

#22 caninestorm

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

MFN... Massive fat negative Tounge1.gif

#23 Bedge

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 05:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
MFN... Massive fat negative Tounge1.gif


ssorry.gif



#24 Tiger-lily

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Yay for O bedge original.gif





QUOTE (caninestorm @ 16/01/2013, 04:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
MFN... Massive fat negative Tounge1.gif


Boooo! sad.gif what kind of HPT was it?

#25 valhalla007

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

Hi Ladies,

Tiger-lily you were right! I did O on sunday, at least FF has put cross hairs on, but they are broken lines so am going to bd as if my usual cd24 is the O date just in case things change on my chart.!!

QUOTE
Feeling like George will be here at any moment   Will still test tonight if he's not here just to satisfy you ninjas


sorry about the MFN, FX he doesn't show Caninestorm

Good luck with the move Beccajayne, moving is hideous, I hope the new place is nice.

Molly, thanks for looking at my chart, are my temps more erratic than usual?  I find it hard to temp at the same time each day due to dh's wakeup schedule with work, but I always temp internally and I have a new bbt.  It seems like every aspect of my cycle varies from one cycle to the next!  Hoping I did actually O on Sunday though and so wish I had thought to monitor cm last week, that is usually my telltale sign that O is imminent.  I'm going to test on 26 Jan, 12dpo, if AF doesn't show up first.  I havent bought any tests yet and am thinking of following you and ordering the Oracle ones.  I hardly ever test as AF usually shows up first and I also get scared about the jinxing factor (which only seems to apply to me).  When are you testing?

Pippa I hate the long cycles too, it makes the whole process drag.  I hope you can get a referral to a specialist from your gp, I had to argue a bit with my gp to get them to refer me.  and found another gp who didn't brush me off.  But I hope you get a bfp before you need to see one.

Hi Bedge, your gp sounds really great.  It makes a huge difference, I always put off going to see mine over these issues as he is so uninterested and slow to make decisions about courses of actions and options.  My obgyn is great but takes a while to get to see.  

Njik thats a list and a half, but it seems to be really giving the results.  Which supplement assists the AMH level?

AFM, My obgyn was really interested to  see my chart and it seemed to confirm everything, but he didn't really use it except to record my actual cycle lengths and AF lengths.  Interestingly he was very pro OPK's as an accurate record of O.

Very excited that I may have O'd on CD19 as this means maybe my cycle is returning to the shorter pre bcp length.

Antibiotics have kicked in and DH is feeling much better, almost back to usual self.  Yaaay.  Still haven't put the lock on door....

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Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

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