Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Eggs-tremely Amazing!

I was on my way to a Family as Partners conference at NYU when I read about this Long Island couple in Metro (free newspaper in NY subway). On March 4, Tom and Allison Penn became parents to three identical babies! Let me say that again, identical!!! What are the odds??? Just one in 200 million! :P Way to go, Penns!

Note: Picture, from The Daily News.

The couple (who had difficulty conceiving) are now blessed with three beautiful boys. They went through in vitro fertilization, had a single egg transferred, and the amazing egg split, and then one half split again. This occurrence is definitely one for the books. Many people put back two or three embryos, and then pray for the miracle that one would at least take. As we've been in that rollercoaster ride, I have heard many times over that it takes just one egg to do the job. In the Penn's case, what a hardworking egg!!!

Send me some fertility dust, Allison!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Love the libe

Every week or so, I make a trip to the library to borrow DVDs (usually, any Baby Einstein that we don't already have), magazines, and books. It's like going to Barnes and Noble or Borders, bringing home all the stuff that you want, and not spending a single dime (lest you are paying overdue fees for late returns). In the pic is my sample loot. :)

So yes, I do save money by yielding those tempting magazine subscription offers. Why pay for something that I can get (er, borrow) for free? Another plus, I don't even have to worry about accumulating periodicals clutter. And the DVDs, we're not into collecting them. It's borrow-watch-return. I have a seasonal interest on books, so I don't typically browse the libe's extensive collection. And if I had a particular book in mind, I can search for it in the online catalog, place a request on it, and then get an email or a letter informing me that's it's available for pick-up in my library of choice. Ain't that cool or what?! I can also borrow from and return items to any of the 70+ libraries in Queens, 7 days a week (with late closings on some days).

There are a myriad of free services for children, teens, and adults. From tax prep, to help with homework, to health screenings, to various workshops, to computer or language classes, and so on and so forth! My goodness, pag di ka naman ma-overwhelm! Hahaha. If all these don't make anyone fall in love with the libe, I don't know what else would.

Below is Butchukoy's first trip.

*The Queens Library is an independent system that is separate from the Brooklyn and New York City (Manhattan-Bronx-Staten Island) libraries.