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#1 Freckles

Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:25 PM

New thread time ladies. Old thread is here. original.gif

Emma


#2 hoping4bubs

Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:51 PM

GOLD
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY EVERYONE XXXX

#3 scruff101

Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:10 PM

SILVER!!!

#4 Kate128

Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:21 PM

Bronze!!!

#5 emso

Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:57 PM

BOOBIES!

#6 LittleListen

Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:59 PM



The Endurance Team


"When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing."

Welcome to the Endurance Team! We are a group of ladies who have been doing the hard yards while waiting for our first miracles. Most of us have been trying for 12 months or more and we have been through every up and down imaginable. If you have endured this journey far longer and harder than you ever intended, you are most welcome here for support, a shoulder and most importantly, hope.

Name: Satay Chicken
Age: 35
Enduring Since: On my 22 cycle
The Facts
Currently doing final testing
Presumed NK cell / implantation issues
MTHFR positve

Name: Mish75
Age: 36
Enduring Since:April 2010
The Facts
Lap : May 2011 Endo and cyst removed
DF: Low Sperm Count - Further testing
Currently under FS at RWH in Melb next
Appt 27/2/12

Name: Eyes (eyesabove)
Age: 28
Enduring Since:May 2009
The Facts
PCOS
Starting clomid any day now

Name: Mia
Age: 31
Enduring since: September 2009
The Facts:
Lap September 2011, some endo found and removed, but has left scarring
FS recommends IVF- Maybe in 2012?
Trying a natural and holistic approach for the next 6 months

Name: Ali (Ali88)
Age: 28
Enduring Since:July 2010
The Facts: Lap - Nov 2009 Endo (mild) removed
Otherwise, both DH & I "normal"
Acupuncture/Herbs since June 2011
FS appointment booked for 31.01.2012, not sure what I hope to gain from it....

Name: Skoki
Age: 36
Enduring since: April 2010
The facts:
HyCoSy identified uterine polyp, but no other issues.
lap in July. No endo. Polyp removed. DH all clear.

Name: hoping4bubs
Age: 32 (in Nov)
Enduring Since: Aug 2008
The Facts: No reason for inferility. HYCOSY showed all clear. DH has good sperm count.
3rd round of clomid 100mg, will give 1 more month to try and the IVF clinic appointment mid March.

Name: Sarah(Kate)
Age: 32
Enduring since: Nov 2009
The Facts: Tried for about 6 months before seeing a naturopath, diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and underactive thyroid. Spent about a year getting that under control and body temps and ovulation etc all normal. Spent another 6 months trying before seeing a FS earlier this year. DH has excellent swimmers but a laporoscopy revealed I have one blocked tube. Starting IVF Oct 2011.

Name: Scruff
Enduring since: February 2010
The Facts: Lap August 2011; cyst and endo removed. high-ish FSH, low progesterone, AMH 8.8
DH: low morphology (2%)
Initially did not want to pursue any form of AC, fortunately, 5 months later, had a change of heart and will give IVF a crack.
IVF/ICSI - Feb 2012

Name: leebec
Age: 35
Enduring since: September 2010
The Facts: diagnosed PCOS after MMC. 6 months OI. 1 round IVF and 1 round of IVF ICSI. 7 frozen from that round. FET #1 Jan 2012 - 2 embies back in.

Name: Bigwoo
Age: 33 DH: 33
Enduring since: August 2010
Unexplained infertility. Bloods, AMH, SA all clear. First FS appointment Oct 2011. Polypectomy December 2011. New FS Feb 2012..

Name: Thalandria
Age: 29
TTC Since - Dec 2010
The Facts -
Not really any to speak of so far. Just about to start the journey with the doctors testing and then FS. No medical reason that we know of so far.

Name: Emso
Age: 26
Enduring since: Dec 2010
The Facts: Dh has no sperm. Me AMH of 7. back to FS feb 6th. Need testicular biopsy for DH and IVF simultaneously. Hoping for sperm to be found. IVF to begin in Mar 2012

Friends of the Family (taking time out)
Name: Betts (bettinae)
Name: Gaia
Name: Felix



Recent Grads
Curious Chicken

Edited by eyesabove, 04 February 2012 - 07:03 PM.


#7 Kate128

Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:27 PM

Emso, love your unmistakably loud boobies!!!!!

Am doing FET tomorrow at 7.45 Brissie time, so think of me gals. I really hope the double valium helps. Went to ballet class tonight to get my mind off it. If I think about it I feel sick with nerves. I wish they would just knock me out already!!

Leebec how are you doing, transfer yesterday right?

Anyway I will be in touch....

Eyes do you want us to post our little blurbs for a list or will you trawl back? hmm...

#8 LittleListen

Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:49 PM

Sarah - I trawled!! Had to go back a bit and find the list, its very out of date - took out what I knew. Everything crossed for you for tomorrow hun. Just breathe through it original.gif


Can everyone please update their bio in a post or send me a PM? Thanks beautiful girls!  Oh and there are a few of us missing so please let me know if you need to be added.

Edited by eyesabove, 26 January 2012 - 08:56 PM.


#9 hoping4bubs

Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:49 PM

Thinking of u tomorrow Sarah x
Leebec, how u going?
Eyes should search back and post the list in my first post?
How was everyone's Australia day? Bugger most of us would have work tomorrow, 4 day long weekend would have been nice.
Mine was good, lots of food, not a day goes by though I don't think about babies, I also think I'm strong but that all changes when I see a preggers belly or a happy child & mummy playing and laughing, my heart aches enormously to have that. I keep being told ONE DAY, don't strew it'll happy ONE DAY, well nows a good a time as any, why am I being made to wait =(



#10 hoping4bubs

Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:52 PM

Oops I post at that same time as u eyes

The Facts: No reason for inferility. HYCOSY showed all clear. DH has good sperm count.
Mid way through 3rd round of clomid, will give it 1 more cycle, if all fails I've got an IVF clinic appointment mid March.

Edited by hoping4bubs, 26 January 2012 - 08:56 PM.


#11 LittleListen

Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:00 PM

Snap - Hoping!!  I've changed the info for you darl original.gif

I'll make the list pretty again tomorrow on the big computer.

Leebs - congrats on being PUPO! Thinking of you original.gif

Watching City of Angels. Why do I do this to myself - this movie makes me bawl everytime!!

AFM: waiting for AF so I can start clomid. Should be here within the week.

#12 emso

Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:09 PM

Sarah (kate) - Gotta love boobies... maybe thats the path i'll take if i can't have babies wink.gif hahah

Leebs - hands.gif for sticky dicsi and tricsi biggrin.gif

Eyes - add me to the list finally

Name: Emso
Age: 26
Enduring since: Dec 2010
The Facts:  Dh has no sperm. Me  AMH of 7. back to FS feb 6th. Need testicular biopsy for DH and IVF simultaneously. Hoping for sperm to be found. IVF to begin in Mar 2012

Edited by emso, 26 January 2012 - 09:09 PM.


#13 leebec

Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:14 AM

Eyes - thanks for doing the list.

I'm off today. I don't go back till Monday so have had a 5 day week. I don't give a crap about work, what's happening or checking email. That is not good when I'm there for the forseeable future.

Sarah - good luck today.

I'm going ok. A bit crampy yesterday and the nausea was on and off. We didn't do anything just stayed home.

Eyes - for the list:

The Facts: diagnosed PCOS after MMC. 6 months OI. 1 round IVF and 1 round of IVF ICSI. 7 frozen from that round. FET #1 Jan 2012 - 2 embies back in.

#14 Bigwoo

Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:00 AM

thanks eyes. I can't send PMs for some reason

Bigwoo
Age: 33 DH: 33
Enduring since: August 2010
Unexplained infertility. Bloods, AMH, SA all clear. First FS appointment Oct 2011. Polypectomy December 2011. New FS Feb 2012.


We threw a bbq yesterday for ozday, and I got deeeeRUNK. I just don't care about monitoring what I drink anymore as I know it isnt going to get me UTD. Bad attitude I know but based on fact. We'll just wait and see what new FS has to say end of feb. anyway, I'm off to nurse my hangover.

I'm in 2ww with a bunch of you ladies. FX for all the embies baking away. I really hope this is your month. We need a BFP to keep us going!

#15 Ali88

Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:09 AM

Hi Ladies,

Day off for DH and I today, so a 4 day weekend is happening original.gif

Eyes, thank you for doing the list!

Update:

Name: Ali (Ali88)
Age: 28
Enduring Since:July 2010
The Facts: Lap - Nov 2009 Endo (mild) removed
Otherwise, both DH & I "normal"
Acupuncture/Herbs since June 2011
FS appointment booked for 31.01.2012, not sure what I hope to gain from it....

Sarah, thinking of you for your transfer! I hope it doesn't hurt hun.

Leebec, I hear you re work   wacko.gif

Skoki, I am still doing acupuncture  original.gif . Sorta fell off during Chrissy, but she recommended I take a break and also in November (post m/c) I just couldn't stomach the herbs so I barely took them. But I am back into the swing of things this month and booked in to see her every fortnight and occasionally one extra one in the month if required. And I am drinking the herbs again which is a gold star for me haha. She is fabulous, I don't have a bad thing to say about her (of course I wish I was Pregnant now) but I understand alternative therapies do take a little while to make changes but those changes will be more permanent when they do happen. FX!

Eyes how are you feeling about starting clomid?

AFM nothing different...I think I am around day 16 (??) but since DH is doing my charts I am not too sure, but seeing FS on Tuesday so I am sure I will find out exactly where I am then because we will have to talk about it haha. But hopefully after than appointment I may be able to forget again and therefore not be on AF watch from day 26!

Also, for those ladies who have seen an FS....are you able to let me know what we can probably expect from the appointment (considering 6 mths ago DH did a sperm test via his GP, and I did all the blood tests, hormone tests, hycosy etc about 8 months ago via my GP has well)?

xxx



QUOTE (Bigwoo @ 27/01/2012, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
thanks eyes. I can't send PMs for some reason

Bigwoo
Age: 33 DH: 33
Enduring since: August 2010
Unexplained infertility. Bloods, AMH, SA all clear. First FS appointment Oct 2011. Polypectomy December 2011. New FS Feb 2012.


We threw a bbq yesterday for ozday, and I got deeeeRUNK. I just don't care about monitoring what I drink anymore as I know it isnt going to get me UTD. Bad attitude I know but based on fact. We'll just wait and see what new FS has to say end of feb. anyway, I'm off to nurse my hangover.

I'm in 2ww with a bunch of you ladies. FX for all the embies baking away. I really hope this is your month. We need a BFP to keep us going!



Bigwoo, ditto on all fronts! x

#16 Thalandria

Posted 27 January 2012 - 10:35 AM

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a great day off yesterday. I know I did. Nice and relaxing.  biggrin.gif

Info for you Eyes:
Age: 29
TTC Since - Dec 2010
The Facts -
Not really any to speak of so far. Just about to start the journey with the doctors testing and then FS. No medical reason that we know of so far.

Emso - Love the shout out to boobies. Made me lol.  laughing2.gif

AFM - Just waiting for AF to turn up. Up to CD 30 now so any day now.

Australia day was great. DH and I didn't do much as was a pretty bad day weather wise. I did manage to get in the pool for a quick Australia Day swim although it was freezing after all of the rain we have had (in south Brisbane). We ended up playing computer games (yes we are both pretty much nerds). But it was very relaxing.




#17 Kate128

Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:51 AM

Eyes, thanks so much for doing the list - such a lovely girl! - three cheers for you! xxx

Ali, after my first FS appt I had to do a whole gamut of blood tests, even ones I had done recently with GP and QML. They like to do their own 'more accurate' ones i think!

Thanks so much for your well wishes girls. I had the alarm set for 4.55am so I could stick a pessary in and have it dissolved before I had to get up at 5.45. Unfortunately I woke up pretty alertly at 3.40am. Stayed awake for an hour then did the pessary early. Felt fine at home until I had to take the Val etc at 6.45 and then I got the shakes. Did the meditation cd in the car, that helped. I was sorely disappointed with the val, I thought it would make me quite dopey and take away the sick nervousness, but all it did was make me slightly dizzy and unable to hold in the tears. They led me into the room and I was crying already, felt like a mess. Fs was lovely though. Used the scanner to find out why it hurt so much last time, turns out my uterus shapes up and so the catheter went POKE into the back of it. So this time, it was a bit painful at the start but then was corrected pretty quickly, and overall it was much better.

The two embies put back in were great apparently - one at morulla stage and one at 8 cell. But they had to defrost 6 to end up with the two. So we have 7 left now.

If this doesn't work I will be investigating the autoimmune side of things more insistently as my thyroid antibodies are still a bit higher than they should be.

Leebs - know how you feel not caring about work. I have two voicemails here I know I should listen to but honestly cannot be a**ed. Maybe later today. Whatever. Really feel like going out for a (decaf!) coffee but can't be bothered either. It's boring at home alone, I guess I'm lonely now too.  sad.gif

what movie next....





#18 AmberSpark

Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:31 PM

Hello Ladies.....

here are my updates:
Name: Mish75
Age: 36
Enduring Since:April 2010
The Facts
Lap : May 2011 Endo and cyst removed
DF: Low Sperm Count - Further testing
Currently under FS at RWH in Melb next
Appt 27/2/12

#19 hoping4bubs

Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:31 PM

All those girls who had today off, all I can say is LUCKY YOU (insert jealousy here LOL)

Sarah - Wow today sounded like it went pretty good. The early start would have been a killer, glad you get the whole weekend to just relax. Don't think about what ifs, stay positive and I'll be thinking of you and keeping everything crossed for you xxx

Thalandria - waiting for AF is the worst isn't it. I hope she turns up soon (or not) and you can get stuck into the next cycle.

Ali - I think your hubby is doing a great job keeping your cycle away from you this month, I would probably have begged to know by now or cheated and keep track on my own, control freak much LOL
My FS did all the tests again and had a few more tests ordered that were relevant to me and my hubby. Then went from there. Maybe discuss drug options?

Bigwoo - Sounds like you had a tops day yesterday. I'm the same about drinking. Sometimes I don't want to and sometimes I think oh well I've missed out in the past and NOT been preggers so whats 1 drink gonna do if I am by some miracle this cycle. I just feel at ease that your bubba doesn't start taking from you until about 6 weeks, so a few drinks before you find out isn't going to hurt. Thats how I feel today LOL might not be the same tomorrow LOL I say enjoy life as much as you can, life is difficult enough for us LTTC'ers

Leebec - seriously wouldn't worry about work either, take some time to relax. I'll be thinkin of you too and have everything crossed for you xxx

Eyes - sucks your waiting for AF but at least you have a plan of attack next cycle. What dosage of Clomid you starting on?
Can you please also add my name into my little blurb - its Kylie original.gif

Mish  - **** waves **** Hi hun

Hi to everyone - thinking of each and every one of you and hoping all is well xxxx

AFM - CD20 / 5dpo (i think) - trying my hardest not to concentrate on any "symtoms!" - just going with the flow, although been feeling very crampy this arvo, like AF is coming. Who knows whats going on. TWW SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#20 LittleListen

Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:46 PM

Thanks for your updates so far ladies - all done  cclap.gif

Hoping that next time there's a full list edit it will be to take a few (or most!) of us off there altogether!!

Sarah - WELL DONE! you got through it - even if it was a bit wobbly, and now they know what cause the pain you can at least have that added to your notes. Hope that your little embies are sleeping soundly in there. What have you got planned for your 2WW?

Thal - glad you had a relaxing day off, I did too original.gif

Ali - thanks for asking  blush.gif I know many of you have been through it before but its all new for me. Still trying to work out how to keep it from my work colleagues. I can choose my own hours at work, so the tests should be fine. But I'm a very even tempered person and I'm worried the clomid will make me feel crap and people will notice a change. In child care people are always trying to hide being pg, so I'm worried they will all assume I am UTD and be talking about it behind my back... no use worrying about it till it happens though. I alternate between being really excited to be actively doing something and being terrified it won't work... just holding out for AF now.. all I can do is try and see how it goes.
About your app, the will likely take med history, go through test results that you take with you (either take a copy from your GP or have your GP send them over - they don't do it automatically). They'll order any further tests that have been missed and then explain treatment options. For us, they assumed we wanted to start asap, but we just wanted more info. They said come back when you are ready (which took 14 months!). This time round a treatment plan was drawn up and then details for the nursing clinic were given so we could set up appointments and that was it. We mostly had questions about the risks etc, as we had been thinking through that. (I think emso posted an excellent list of q's to ask a few threads back, maybe trawl back and find it?). That was about it really. Given that you have had endo, they might want to look in to that again?  All the best for Tuesday!!

Leebs - thinking of you - rest easy !

Big woo - par-tae girl!! I agree, gotta live life through all this eh?

Hi to Satay, Mia, Mish, Scruff, Hoping, emso (not long now hun hheart.gif), and the rest of the ET. waves.gif

Off to dinner with my friend who is starting IVF soon. Hopefully we can keep it light,a little teary today (probably AF on the way woohoo!!)

Edited by eyesabove, 27 January 2012 - 04:49 PM.


#21 hoping4bubs

Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:30 PM

Eyes - we did it again, sorry hun, we posted at pretty much the same time LOL

Have a nice dinner x




#22 LittleListen

Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:07 AM

Hehehe Hoping  - we must have very similar schedules! The dreaded TWW is the worst - maybe take up knitting to relieve the tension? (seriously had someone suggest this to deal with stress!!!)

I'm on the 25mg dose to start with. Hopefully that will be enough to do the trick. Because of the PCOS I'm at risk of hypersensitivity to the drug so low dose to start and then FSH triggers after that if it doesn't work.

My friend was really encouraging last night (was feeling so flat by the time I got there). It was great to see someone on this journey IRL and for them to be so positive to was great. A bit of a soul lift!

What's everyone up to for the weekend? I'm keeping house... again. And making lactation cookies for my friend who had the little bub a couple of weeks ago...

#23 Kate128

Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:54 AM

Hiya all,

Eyes and Hoping, thanks for your congrats yesterday! Yeah I did it!! Feel much better about it all this time around. Last time I cramped all day afterwards, this time I am fine. So I guess it's all much more relaxed. DH keeps laughing and telling me how confused the scientist was when she was telling me about the embies - he says probably most people are HAPPY to be there and I was zombied out and crying. I didn't feel zombied out but he said I was talking very slowly and reacting very slowly!!

Eyes - it's right about knitting - it is very therapeutic I find, coz it's repetitive, so it's quite soothing. But I usually knit in winter....in Brissie it's hot and wet and muggy. Ugh. But, it will keep my wandering fingers away from looking up anything on Google so maybe I will take it up again! The only problem is that the only thing I can make is a scarf. !!!! Well I suppose I can make another scarf. Maybe another for my mum ha ha ha.

I was meant to start my part-time job (teaching at a school) on Monday but it's been postponed until the next week YAY!!!! coz their timetables are such a mess this year. Sorely disappointed about that as you can tell!! But I do need to get ready to start my main job which starts the week afer as well. So I guess/hope the 2WW will go fairly quickly.

Eyes your friend last night sounded so lovely and perfect, so glad you got that lift. And cookies!! You go girl!

Hi to Leebs, Emso, Scruff, Skoki, Ali, Bigwoo, Thalandria (talking of computer games, I have just reinstalled Age of Empires on my laptop!!!), Mia, and the rest of the team. xxx

#24 scruff101

Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:41 PM

Hi all,

Haven't really been posting but I have been reading.

leebec & Sarah - hope your embies are setting up camp and will stick around for the long haul! Thinking of you both  hheart.gif hheart.gif  

mish - loved your wedding photos.  You look absolutely gorgeous!  Thank you so much for sharing.  I loved your dress (though I am a little bit biased in saying that as my wedding dress was very similar - lace coat over a plain strapless dress, but my sleeves were long)

hoping - I can related to your "5dpo feels like af is on the way" as I just had exactly the same thing yesterday!  Jeez our bodies sure know how to troll us...lol

Ali - your DH may need to do another SA which is more in-depth.  The one done through the GP only gives basic info about your DH's sperm.  Have you had an ultrasound?  
In my first appointment with my specialist (I'll take my gyno to be my first specialist), I was asked a heap of questions about my period - how long is each cycle, how long is my lp, do I know if I ovulate, etc.  Also, how long we have been trying - that kind of thing.  All bloods, ultrasounds, SAs were done under her.  Then we got referred to a FS for ivf where the only outstanding blood test was an AIDS test - oh and another SA for DH was organised.  I'm not sure if any of this has been of any help to you Ali, as our paths to pregnancy are all slightly different  original.gif .

AFM - I have my first nurse interview/appointment on Feb 1st (this Wednesday) where I'll get all my drugs and have explained to me what exactly I need to do.  AF not due until a day or so later, so this time next week I'll probably be jabbing  ohmy.gif .  Yesterday I was 5 or 6 dpo and I had cramping like af was about to show.  I became really worried that af would show before the 1st and I would have to delay yet another cycle.  To be honest, I'm starting to get really paranoid about the whole thing.  Jeez, I'm such a worry wart!
I'll be back later to provide an update for me on the list...

Hello to mia, eyes, satay, bigwoo, emso, thalandria (can I shorten it to thal?), gaia and the rest of the team  waves.gif



#25 Satay Chicken

Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:56 AM


Morning!  Hope everyone is ok today and good luck to those starting a cycle in the next few days / weeks...

Just a quick one from  me - BFN at 12dpo so i'm out.  I've hit the wall and just seriously don't know how I can keep doing this.  This past cycle was perfect in every way, early O, great temps, great timing, TCM and Acu - but still a BFN.  It's stupid really because even if I did get a BFP I most likely would have lost it anyway.

I'm feeling like I want to move on today - I'm so completely and utterly over this, it's like a black cloud hanging over me, has been for over two years.  

So sorry for being a downer....  sad.gif


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A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

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