That "It's never going to happen for us" feeling is the worst, isn't it? We tried for nearly three years before it finally happened, but I cried every single month. I avoided birthday parties and gender reveal parties and baby showers. I put on a brave face over and over again. My family knew how hard we were trying… » 8/29/14 10:10am Yesterday 10:10am

It took us nearly three years to get pregnant, so I know EXACTLY how you feel. We'd been trying for six months when my husband's younger brother announced they were expecting and would be having the first grandchild. We'd been trying for a year when my BFF and his wife announced number two was coming (and they… » 8/20/14 8:46pm 8/20/14 8:46pm

I think it used to be bigger and they down-sized it, right before I got pregnant. I've still bought a few tops, a swimsuit tankini, and a couple pairs of shorts there. I purchased about the same at Old Navy. But I found a consignment sale a couple weeks ago and stocked up on four pairs of full-panel slacks, one pair… » 8/20/14 5:55pm 8/20/14 5:55pm

Yep, I went to a very expensive private university but my scholarships and my grant (free money from the university) covered my tuition. All of my loans were for room and board. So going to a state school with free tuition or going to my university would basically have cost me the same, but now I have the name… » 8/20/14 1:45pm 8/20/14 1:45pm

I read the postings that linkedin sends me weekly, but I haven't applied for anything in years and I haven't done more than a telephone interview in the last 12 for a job in my field. When I was furloughed one day/week six years ago, I got a third job so I wouldn't be bored on Fridays. (I already had a second job as… » 8/19/14 10:01pm 8/19/14 10:01pm

I remember being taught Excel (or perhaps it was Lotus?) very basically in a high school freshman class (early 1990s). I didn't use it again until Physics lab as a senior. But man, did I pick it up in college. I was so proud of myself for designing a wastewater treatment plant (tank dimensions, retention times, the… » 8/16/14 10:17am 8/16/14 10:17am

I put 15% in my company 401K and another $300/month into a Roth IRA to contribute a portion of my side-job income but that income has varied from $7K to $13K in the last three years. We have no match but we have had profit sharing of 3 or 6% depending on AR in the past. It's a little up in the air right now after one… » 8/16/14 7:14am 8/16/14 7:14am

We're currently living primarily on just one income and using the other one to pay off debt, so I guess we technically have about nine months of single-income between our liquid savings and Roth IRA contributions. Suze Orman says 8 months of expenses and I typically follow her advice. But we'll be out of debt in four… » 8/13/14 8:01pm 8/13/14 8:01pm

I self-medicated with BCP for years without before I was finally diagnosed with endo. They didn't figure it out until I was 34, infertile, with awfully painful periods. No one had ever taken my painful periods seriously in 21 years. I even have a family history of breast cancer (my mom and her mom, but BRCA negative)… » 8/04/14 6:34pm 8/04/14 6:34pm

Maternity leave is not the only reason people have to take off from work. My manager missed six months last year recovering from chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. Another manager missed at least a month while she had shingles. We're a small company (fewer than 20 employees) and we dealt with it. Maternity leave is… » 7/24/14 9:27pm 7/24/14 9:27pm