IVF update: A date for cycle 2!

An IVF update from our side: Shortly before I left work for the Christmas break, I had a call from the nurse at our (NHS) clinic. It was K, the loveliest nurse who seemed genuinely upset for us when I had a miscarriage. In fact, everyone at our fertility clinic (the local hospital) was really…

Christmas season…

Or: T’is the season to be jolly, and if not jolly, then busy! It’s that time of year again and we are on the wind down to Christmas. T and I have tag teamed over the past two weeks (where did they go?!) with social stuff – a couple of things together and a couple…

Reblog: Choose your own identity

From the New York Times, December 14, 2015. Whilst not about transracial adoption, I always think we have a lot in common with biracial / mixed race people – we are often part of one culture with a predominant race (usually white) whilst appearing not all or one of the other races.  Despite what my…

Catching up

Wowzers, it’s been a bit of a week! Firstly, we went on our annual trip to Disneyland Paris! It’s our pre Christmas tradition (yes, I know we were just back from Orlando – what can I say?!) and it’s always a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. We have already done all our…

Weekend cakery

So after the all day class yesterday, I got back home and made… This. Two tiers (that’s FOUR cake layers, people) of chocolate truffle cake, covered with white chocolate buttercream (yums), surrounded by swathes of dark chocolate, topped with gold lustre and chocolate balls (Maltesers, for those in the UK) and assorted fruit (red grapes,…

Life ain’t a cakewalk

Wowzers. I did a whole day class and I’m absolutely exhausted! And now have to go and ice a commission for early tomorrow am… Why on earth do I agree to these things?! It was fun, and I learned some new techniques. I usually only do buttercream so this was a bit of a stretch….

That Friday feeling

Well, that was a bit of a pity party, wasn’t it? Sorry about that. I really appreciate people’s comments and advice (and virtual hugs!) – I’ve been pretty busy this week on a new cake commission so haven’t yet had a chance to reply. So I thought I would leave you with a quick cake…

Maybe it’s better not to look at the stats

I decided based on yesterday’s post to have a look at the private clinics. It’s a minefield. I looked for a single league table comparison of fertility clinics in London but it doesn’t exist. That’s because, as anyone knows (and I know in my job where I’m always asked to benchmark things), there’s no such…

IVF #2: Feeling dejected

Or: Trying my best not to be sad and bitter Our appointment for IVF #2 finally came around today. It’s been a while coming, as our timelines for IVF #1 were: Started in April 2015… Pregnancy and miscarriage in July 2015… Fibroid identified in July 2015… Fibroid removed in October 2015. (I got it done…