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  1. doodlebug

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    The Red Cross can't take your donation due to the blood thinners. They are often looking for volunteers to hand out cookies and such though.
  2. doodlebug

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    No worries, we can grant you dispensation here. My mom was not born Catholic although she raised all 6 of us in the Church, even sent us to Catholic schools. She wanted to convert but wasn't allowed due to a brief teenage marriage which was the sort of stupid stuff that prevented people from converting back in the 50's. Finally, in her late 50's, my mom developed serious health problems and was scheduled for a risky surgery. My sister asked her if she wanted to be baptized still. She did. My sister had a friend whose hubby worked at a church and she was able to arrange for the young, hip associate to do the honors since times had changed and the Church was no longer chasing people away (at least not for divorce). None of us had met the guy until he came to the hospital to baptize her. We 3 oldest daughters were there along with my father. When the priest walked in, we 3 turned to one another and simultaneously whispered, 'What a waste!'. He was quite the looker. He was also wearing a tweed jacket and loafers with argyle socks which caused my father to turn to my sister and ask where she found this guy, surely argyle socks were against the rules. My dad forever after referred to him as 'that sporty priest that baptized your mother'. BTW, I am my mother's godmother. My mom remained a faithful Catholic for the rest of her life.
  3. I think it is possible that the kids went to the library and she discovered that books like Heather has 2 Mommies, Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz were on the shelves in the children's section and she was livid when the librarian refused to remove them.
  4. I doubt Jill needed to use Clomid, she is just a fertile woman. Back in the day, women married as teens and had a lot of pregnancies right up until they went into menopause. Jill is not an outlier. As others have noted, women who marry young and don't use contraception have historically had multiple pregnancies. Alexander Hamilton's wife, Eliza, had 8 kids as well as a miscarriage between the ages of 25 and 44. If you know their story, they spent large chunks of time apart as he served in the Revolutionary War and was Secretary of the Treasury, otherwise she'd have probably made double digits easily. Henry VII first wife, Catherine of Aragon had 7 pregnancies in 9 years although only one child survived. Her other pregnancies ended in miscarriage, stillbirth or infants who died shortly after birth. Unfortunately for her, she went into premature menopause by the time she was 40 or there would've been more. The chance of twins for people not on fertility drugs is around 1% but it rises as a woman ages and as she has more pregnancies. Fraternal twins can run in families on the mother's side, but, even then, the inheritance is multifactorial and the risk is around 5%. My partner currently has a patient in her mid 20's who is carrying twin girls. She has twin boys who are two. No fertility drugs involved other than maybe a glass of wine.
  5. The risk of twins with Clomid is around 7-10% and it doesn't increase the risk of higher order multiples, so over 90% of women who conceive on Clomid get one baby.
  6. doodlebug

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    My gosh, if she's too lazy to plant zucchini, there really is no hope for her. There is virtually nothing easier to grow than that. I am no kind of gardener, but, the couple times I planted it, I had zucchini to last for years,
  7. doodlebug

    House Hunters

    My grandparents did, too, although not in California. The street where they lived had multiple duplexes and many of them were owned by two different owners, one for each half.
  8. doodlebug

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Donate some blood and the Red Cross will tell you.
  9. Did a little reading on the subject. I have a feeling that the doctors saw something unusual on her prenatal ultrasound and agenesis of the corpus callosum was one of the possibilities. Since it was the most serious defect, the one most likely to result in ongoing disability; Jill decided to skip over the other stuff and emphasize the worst case scenario in order to get sympathy (and shower gifts). I think it probably turned out that Janessa doesn't have agenesis of the corpus callosum since it doesn't look like she is having delay in her motor development, but perhaps has some minor issue or something that went away on its own. If you've ever looked at an ultrasound, you know the pictures are black and white and shadowy. Even a very skilled sonographer could see something a little different, suspect it might be a problem and everything turns out all right. I don't think Jill lied about the potential diagnosis, but I think, once the baby was born, she just praised God for a miracle because that is how she rolls. And, by emphasizing the worst case scenario up to that point, she could proclaim a bigger miracle. She glossed over the facts to fit the story she wanted to tell. Looking at Jill's wedding photos, she was a real lollipop-head. I imagine she did some starvation-type 'dieting' to achieve that skeletal result and I wouldn't be surprised if she encourages her teen daughters to strictly limit their calories in order to catch a man since we all know men like women built like Olive Oyl. It serves a dual purpose since, with the girls voluntarily putting themselves on starvation rations, there's that much more for David.
  10. doodlebug

    MLB Thread

    He's the best. Also an incredibly nice guy.
  11. Only if they got it for free. Otherwise, Jill and David probably let her watch while they ate. Same as at home.
  12. doodlebug

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    She's gotta protect the franchise. If she hides Andrew away, there will be speculation that he's guilty of something. Of course, it seems pretty clear that he is guilty of something, but that's another story.
  13. Janessa turned 1 in April. We can only hope that Jill's fertility is declining now that she's over 40.
  14. That about sums it up except you forgot to say that Amy's neck was SEVERELY broken. As opposed to those minor fractures of the neck that other people experience. Jill manages to drop poor severely paralyzed Amy into the conversation on a regular basis, especially now since it appears baby Janessa is doing ok and she can't use her for grifting more stuff.
  15. doodlebug

    The Duggars: In the Media and TLC

    I agree, Amy would probably not have been a target for Josh; she was older and has a pretty strong personality; Josh wanted vulnerable victims, hence the molestation of his sleeping sisters and a 5 year old. However, Amy should've at the very least been warned to keep an eye on Josh and to report any inappropriate behavior immediately. 16 years old is plenty old enough to help protect any younger kids who might be around. And, even though she seems pretty assertive, at 16, Amy might've been likely to dismiss or ignore any misbehavior on Josh's part if she didn't know the history. I also have absolutely no doubt that there are others and also steadfastly believe that it was virtually impossible that the older daughters slept through the molestation and had no idea what had happened. They may have pretended to be asleep, but there's no way they stayed asleep while he fondled them.