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Expecting to Expect

at Pregnancy and Parenting at iVillage

Pull up a chair, sit and make the best friends you’ve ever had, all through the internet! Welcome to iVillage.com.

Introductions:

Hi, I’m Carrie (CL-Emily3224), the Community Leader for the Expecting to Expect Message Board at Pregnancy & Parenting at iVillage.

I’m writing because you recently posted on our board, and I wanted to welcome you, and give you some tips and info to make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible.

Whether you are just starting out on your TTC (trying to conceive) journey, or have you been trying for a while now, we look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on this journey.

What does LOL mean, anyway:

On iVillage’s message boards, you’ll see a lot of abbreviations. Some of the most common are:

LOL – laughing out loud

DH – darling, dear husband

DS – darling, dear son

DD – darling, dear daughter

DSD – darling, dear stepdaughter

DSS – darling, dear stepson

ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing

LMBO – laughing my butt off

BTDT – been there, done that

OMG – oh my gosh

BTW – by the way

KWIM – know what I mean?

GMTA – great minds think alike

You may see some others. If you wonder what they mean, don't hesitate to ask! Also, here's a link to a list of commonly used online acronyms and abbreviations.

Trying to Conceive Acronyms
http://cl-emily3224-ivil.tripod.com/id6.html

Netiquette:

We expect other drivers to observe the rules of the road and the same is true as we travel through cyberspace. Here are a few pointers to help you out:

Avoid writing e-mail messages or posting in newsgroups using all caps.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING!

Remember that anything you post to our message board is public. You never know who's reading it, or who may copy it and spread it around. Don’t put your real name, address, phone number, etc. in your messages.

Folders:

Our message boards have folders. These folders are like message boards within the message board. You will see that there are four folders on our board. They are:

The Watercooler -- this is where you can post a general "Hi, how are you?" or update us about your cycle or whatever is going on in your life, reach out to another member or talk about what you ate for dinner or watched on TV last night. Just everyday conversation, plus the usual TTC talk.

Welcome Wagon/Introductions -- this is a special place for new members to check in and introduce themselves. We love having new people join the board!

Daily Status -- this is a folder where we keep track of cycle stats for those members who request to be involved. Usually a member will have a link to a webchart that displays their updated cycle info, and I automatically update their cycle status, based on the info provided by the webchart, but it is possible for me to update a members info without a webchart -- I just need to know the day your cycle starts and be updated of any significant cycle changes, such as ovulation, a positive home pregnancy test or the start of a new cycle, along the way by the member, either via a post on the board or via a private email. My email address is CL_Emily3224_A@yahoo.com

Grads, Brags and Websites -- this is the place where the grads of E2E can pop in and give updates on their pregnancies and their families. It's also a place to put any kind of brags, from your puppies antics to an award you won or something funny your child did. We also like to see members post their websites and website updates here if they have them, so we can place a name with a face.

Explore iVillage -- This is the folder where other CL's from around iVillage are welcome to post invitations to their boards & chats - and occasionally CL's from the E2E board may post news from iVillage in this folder, as well.

How to Use the Message Boards:

iVillage Message Boards FAQ http://www.ivillage.com/ivillage/boards/about/articles/0,,423264,00.html

Board Tips & Tricks http://www.ivillage.com/ivillage/boards/about/articles/0,,582150,00.html

Tech Help for Message Boards http://www.ivillage.com/ivillage/boards/about/articles/0,,604550,00.html

For information on trying to conceive, including how to chart your cycle, fertility and herbs, being physically prepared for a pregnancy before a pregnancy begins, the low down on home pregnancy test kits and ovulation predictor kits, plus a whole lot more, please check out Our E2E TTC Website.

Please come back to see us:

We hope to see you soon at the Expecting to Expect Message Board! http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-pse2expect




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