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Me – nowhere near mature, don’t know what I want to be when I grow up 45-year old. Currently working in IT security, but dreaming of crafting for a living. Not sure how, but let me sew, stamp and sell it and I’m in!

B – sometimes also referred to as hubby. Man I’ve been married to for 19 years, living with for 26. Met him at a Metallica concert, moved in together a month or so later. Many of my co-workers call him Triple H, although I really don’t see it. He does not possess (to the best of my knowledge) either those itty-bitty wrestling shorts (mmm spandex), or that big honking WWE championship belt (what did you think I was going to say – nose?). And believe me I’ve asked.

V – our daughter, our miracle. After 10 years of trying, which included 3 surgeries, 1 bout of OHSS (and a 3-day hospital stay TYVM), 2 FETs and 5 IVF cycles, we brought our baby home. She currently goes by names such as ‘princess petunia picklebottom’, ‘smidgen’, ‘boo’, and ‘stinkerbutt’. She informed me yesterday she wants to be a Spiderman racecar driver princess construction worker. Rock on sister.

Stella – my sister.  I was going to say younger sister, but she’s my only sister and I often tell people she’s the eldest. She loves me for that.

Willy – my sister’s long suffering husband. Suspected of being made of plastic, always in need of repair. Geek turned jock just a little too late I suspect *g*

L – Stella and Willy’s firstborn, their son. He was born 5 days before our embryo transfer.

A – Stella and Willy’s second born, their daughter. Poor child has a tomboy for a mother and receives hand-me-downs from her brother. I do my best to bring the frilly to her life. Born 11.5 months after V

Bub – my brother, the middle child. Yes, that explains everything.

‘cole – his lovely wife. They met when they were fifteen, got married at 37. Took them a while to make sure it was going to work out.


Leitte – our red-eared slider (turtle). Hubby and I picked her up the first year we were together. On a whim. No one told us we’d have to provide a guardian for her in our wills. Was originally Leo, but a trip to the vet resulted in a name change.

For the first time in almost 22 years we now have a home without little furry creatures running underfoot. This is new, and I’m not sure it’ll last.

Chet (RIP) – short for Chetverka, is a Husky we rescued from the side of the road near our cottage on Thanksgiving weekend (October up here!) 2003. Our best guess was that he was 1.5 at the time, making him 11 now. Don’t get me started on people that think it’s okay to keep a pet for a while, then drive them ‘out to the country’. He was a beautiful old pup who passed away from an undiagnosed neurological condition.

Ceebee (RIP) – Ceebee (Chatterbox or crybaby). Was our princess. She came home with my (then) boyfriend on his motorcycle and promptly captured his heart. She was 6lbs at her biggest, but ruled the roost around here. She was in kidney failure for the last few years, but we were still shocked at her rapid decline this spring (2010). My daughter has lost her primary snuggler

Sasha (RIP) – our little Sasha-bear was a Mal/Husky cross. We started to foster her the weekend before we got the positive beta with V. She came to us through the Alaskan Malamute Help League. We believe she was between 8 and 9 when she came to us, so she was around 11 or 12. She had degenerative myelopathy and we are did what we could to make her senior years the best they could possibly be. Her condition degenerated to the point that she could no longer support herself and she passed away the weekend before Halloween 2010.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2010 8:41 pm

    Hey there,
    You’ve left a few comments on my blog and so I just thought I’d visit your site and see if I can figure out who you are. But I can’t. And that’s ok. I understand the utter joy of finally having a child arrive in your life after years of trying. My husband and I didn’t go surgeries, IVF and all the things you listed (which I will admit I am not familiar with)… but we tried to conceive for about 7 or 8 years before adopting our little girl. And then adopting our little boy. Your little V is a miracle and lucky to have parents who tried so hard to bring her into the world!

    • neeroc permalink*
      July 23, 2010 9:06 pm

      Hey Ninja Mom,
      I came across you at BOLO, I was just an observer. I really hadn’t considered Ottawa’s blogging scene much before that night, mostly being involved in IF circles for a while now. Needless to say, I’m now a very enthusiastic fan. Hope you don’t mind me popping around, I think you’ve travelled a path that my husband and I are just starting down.

  2. April 2, 2011 10:03 pm

    hi there,
    i saw you on maddie spohr’s site and just wanted to see what your blog was like. congratulations on your daughter. my hubs and i have a son that passed away after 8 weeks in the NICU, so many IUI’s that i lost count, an IVF cycle, Twins that we lost around 18 weeks gestation (one died in utero, the other born alive, but died shortly thereafter), an FET, another IVF cycle, and then finally a healthy baby. somewhere in there was a laparoscopy, and OHSS (though not bad). though it didn’t take us 10 years like you, if you ever want to talk infertility shots, procedures, etc, i’m listening! a living, healthy baby is a true miracle. i’m sure you are so grateful for every second with your daughter.

    just wanted to say hi!

    • neeroc permalink*
      April 3, 2011 10:48 pm

      Hi Samantha, thanks for stopping by. I am so sorry for your losses. I see that you’ve got a fairly new blog (I’m not sure if it’s your first) and I will say I’m always heartened by the support we can find in each other, no matter how far apart, thanks to the ALI community online. While I insist this isn’t an IF blog (I did a lot of my infertility blogging on another site) my infertility continues to be such a large part of my life that I will vent here occasionally. And you’re right, she is such a miracle…I have to remind myself sometimes about how grateful we are when she’s being, well, for lack of a better definition – three. *g*

  3. Nerdcore permalink
    August 21, 2013 3:36 pm

    Small typo:

    She currently goes names such as ‘princess petunia picklebottom’, ‘smidgen’, ‘boo’, and ‘stinkerbutt’.

    • August 21, 2013 3:41 pm

      Hmm, that and I should probably update this. Thanks man.


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