Monday, 20 March 2017

#atozchallenge: Theme Reveal

Today is an important day in the A to Z Challenge calendar, it's Theme Reveal Day!

Not everyone who takes part in the A to Z Challenge adopts a theme, I'm sure that a number of people who will be blogging every day in April (except Sunday, except for the last one) will simply be revealing today that they have no theme, but I've always found that having a theme actually makes it easier to come up with topics for my posts (and keeps me from writing about completely random stuff that I know nothing about for X, Xylophones and xylocarp anyone?) so here I am!


In the past I've blogged about Infertility (2013), favourite songs (2014), and IVF treatment (2015). I'll admit, my 2013 and 2015 attempts have been my favourites, I got a fantastic response to them and looking back at them (especially 2013) shows how much I've learned myself. There wasn't really any question about what I was going to write about this time, but I wanted to avoid rehashing ground I've already covered as much as possible.

This year my focus is going to be on the embryos we were able to create during our most recent round of IVF with the posts taking the format of:

Letters to my Embryos

That probably sounds a little weird, but work with me here. I'm optimistic that one of these little bubbles currently in the freezer might one day be an actual person who will be able to read these posts and will get some idea of just how loved and wanted they have been since before they even first drew breath.

I've got about 20 posts planned so far, including all of my posts for the first week.

Check back on April 1st to see what I've got to say to my little bubblesicles.

Are you taking part in the A to Z Challenge? Have you got a theme? If you have, feel free to link to your theme reveal post in the comments.

53 comments:

  1. A great theme, I look forward to reading. As always. :)

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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

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  2. Sounds like a sweet theme.

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    1. Thank you. I'm looking forward to it.

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  3. I'm passing on A to Z again this year (I did 2014 and 2015. I think we "met" on the latter). Your idea sounds lovely.

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    1. I skipped it last year, but couldn't help but be drawn back in.

      And thank you, I think it was the 2015 year I found your blog, when I realised you'd been at Jordanhill when I was there. :-)

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  4. That's a wonderful idea, and I do wish you luck with your treatments. So much luck that come 2018's A - Z challenge, you'll be writing about 26 aspects of being a brand new Mom! ♥

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    1. Thank you. And fingers crossed. :-)

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  5. PS: I think I forgot to leave my link:
    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2017/03/a-z-blogging-challenge-theme-reveal.html

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  6. I love the theme! And thanks for the reminder. I've skipped a few years but would like to give it a go this year :)

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    1. Thank you. :-) And good luck if you give it a go this year (might be an idea for your 30 days blog). ;-)

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    1. Thank you. I'm quite enjoying writing the posts. :-)

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  8. I think it's great that you want to have something for your future child to see later on. Good luck with the challenge and I hope your IVF efforts are successful.

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    1. Thank you. :-) I've written letters in my diary in the past, but I thought it would be nice to share them with my blog readers as well.

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  9. I think it's great that you want to create something your future child can see. I hope your IVF efforts are successful.
    my blog: heathercwright.wordpress.com

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  10. A series of love letters - how wonderful! Look forward to reading them.

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    1. Thank you. That's exactly what it is. :-)

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  11. Wow, that's an awesome theme. I'm picturing the title to a couple early entries and wondering if I'm even in the ballpark. Ah, suspense. I guess time will tell. This is gonna be fun.

    I'm a bit at the, um, other end of the life spectrum with my A to Z challenge this time around. But all good fun still. I think.

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    1. Thank you. I wonder if any of your guesses will crop up.

      I like your theme idea, it's definitely dealing with the opposite side of what I'm writing about! ;-)

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  12. What a neat theme. I like it. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for returning the visit. :-)

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  13. Thank you for visiting my A to Z blog post and commenting. My index for the challenge is
    A to Z: 2017 Blogging Challenge - Top Management Challenge Areas. I am compiling challenge themes and blogs. Your blog is included in it. 2017 April A to Z Blogging Challenge - Themes and Blogs All the best for your writing and promoting the blog.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and adding me to your list. :-)

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  14. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be coming back. I'm turning 50 this month and have known I was unable to have children since I was in my 20's. I have no bubbles (and no way to make any), but I'll love to read about yours. I'm sure it'll be uplifting!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story.

      It's taken a long time to get these little guys, but hopefully they're stronger than their predecessors. :-)

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  15. Wonderful idea, can't wait to read your letters!
    Thanks for the stop by my blog! I will be back!
    Wishing you all the best!
    http://yolandarenee.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I look forward to seeing you back here again. :-)

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  16. I remember someone doing a similar theme a year or two ago. Those letters will be something for your little one to treasure. Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I've seen people writing letters to their children in the past as well and always thought it would be a nice idea. I've been waiting for them to get here for a while though, so I thought I'd just go ahead and write the letters while I wait. ;-)

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Will try to cycle back here if the Challenge doesn't get to hectic. Congrats on having so many posts done, and good luck!

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  18. I love this idea! Looking forward to reading along. Good luck with IVF!

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  19. What an interesting theme! I will look forward to reading and think all parents need to be so forward looking (I know I wasn't)

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    1. Thank you. We've had a long time to think about these things I guess. ;-)

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  20. You have chosen a very unique theme! Or perhaps your theme chose you...

    Welcome back to another A to Z April.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Yeah, I don't think there'll be many others blogging on the same topic this year. ;-)

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  21. This sounds like a very unique theme and I will be checking back in April.
    Finding Eliza

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    1. Thank you. Hope to see you back here. :-)

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  22. What an interesting idea. Can’t wait to read your posts.

    My theme: RaisingBoys
    Shari

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    1. Thank you. Hope you enjoy them. :-)

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  23. Interesting theme! I will definitely return to follow you throughout the challenge!

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    1. Thank you. Look forward to seeing you back here.

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  24. I did follow your posts from before! When i read this I just realized how amazing it is that something frozen could be a human being. I look forward to reading your posts

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    1. I remember visiting you before as well. :-) Welcome back.

      I think the first time we did a frozen transfer I didn't really believe it would actually work because it sounded more like witchcraft than actual medical stuff. There was babies being born who have been frozen in time for ten or twenty years now. it's crazy!

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  25. A great theme. I agree its easier to do the A to Z challenge with a theme, to help focus thoughts and I learn a lot by having that focus. Good luck and enjoy the challenge.

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    1. Thank you. It seems like more and more people adopt themes each year. The first time I was worried it would be really limiting but it's a lot easier to choose a letter if it's within a specific theme than when you've got every word that begins with the letter Z to chose from! ;-)

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    1. Thank you. Hope you enjoy the posts.

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  27. Dropping by to say hello too.
    Yeah, your theme sounds a little weird, but I guess it's also intriguing?
    All the best for April!

    Anna

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    1. Thank you. Hope it's not too weird and you enjoy the posts. ;-)

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Let me know what you think. :-)