December 19, 2013

How to survive the holiday chaos with cloth diapers!

The holidays are here and life may be a little crazy! With all the cooking, shopping, traveling, and other things going on you may be tempted to put away your cloth diapers for the season. Here's a few tips to get you through the holidays.

1. Don't feel guilty!
If you need to cheat on your cloth diapers to keep your sanity...by all means, do it! It's more important that you create memories and enjoy time with your family than it is for you to be worrying about when you'll get the next load of cloth diapers washed.

2. Consider disposable inserts
If you really, really want your baby to stay in your cloth diapers, consider using hybrid diapers with disposable inserts. You'll still get the outer look (and cuteness) of cloth, but the convenience on disposables on the inside.
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3. Flushable liners to the rescue!
If you are sticking with your cloth diapers, but will be away from your diaper sprayer over the holidays, make your life easier with flushable liners.

4. Add doublers!
Nothing is worse than raving about your cloth diapers to your friends and family, only to have your baby leak all over the place. Even though you know this isn't the norm, everyone else will think cloth diapers don't work. Double stuff your diapers or add a doubler to boost the absorbency. This will help when life is crazy at family events and you may forget to change your baby on schedule.

5. Use easy diapers!
If you want your family to help you take care of your baby while you're visiting, bring along cloth diapers that are easy to use. Friends and family that aren't familiar with cloth will be more willing to help if you hand them a diaper that works similar to a disposable diaper. All in ones and pockets are much less intimidating than prefolds or flats.

Will you be traveling with your cloth diapers this holiday season?

December 7, 2013

Cloth Diapering a Newborn, What are your options?

If you are currently pregnant and planning to cloth diaper you may be wondering if you should purchase newborn diapers. First all, congratulations! A new baby is such an exciting life event to look forward to! If you've decided to cloth diaper from birth, you may be wondering what kind of diapers will fit your baby best. There are a few options.

Sized Pocket or All-in-One (AIO) diapers
Newborn sized modern cloth diapers are very convenient in the first few weeks. With AIOs, there's no extra work other than laundry and aside from washing the diaper, they function very much like a disposable diaper. Pockets are also convenient, but you will have the added step of stuffing the pocket after washing. These diapers are easy to use and can be such a blessing when your life is turned upside down by a newborn that needs to eat around the clock and is depriving you of precious sleep.

The downside to using modern cloth diapers in newborn sizes is that they can be expensive and your baby will most likely outgrow them within a few weeks. They will fit great from the beginning (and the diapers are so tiny and cute), but your little baby will grow so quickly that you won't get much wear out of them. On the flip side, some babies are born larger than others and you may find that you get much less use out of your newborn diapers.

Prefold or flat diapers with covers
Prefold diapers typically come in sizes. You can purchase a newborn size and they will fit your baby from birth. Flat diapers are usually one size, but can be folded down to the size your baby needs. You will only need a few diaper covers, since most of the time you'll be able to reuse the diaper cover between uses. This is the most economical option for a newborn size diaper. Once your baby grows too big for the prefolds, you can use them as burb cloths or as an insert inside pocket diapers. Flats can be used until your child is a toddler! You will only need to add a few new diaper covers into the mix in a size that fits your growing baby.

The downside to using flats and prefolds is they aren't as easy and convenient as modern cloth diapers. They aren't hard to use, but you will want to research folds to fasten the diaper onto your baby.

One Size Diapers
Many one-size diapers claim to fit from "birth to potty training". Depending on the diaper (and the size of the baby at birth) this may or may not be true. Typically, birth to potty training means somewhere around 8-35 pounds. Not all newborns are born at 8 pounds. Some 10 pound babies still don't fit well into the one-size diapers. It really depends on the shape of your newborn if the diaper will fit properly. You could take your chances with a stash of one-size diapers, but you may find that they aren't going to fit right away.

Did you cloth diaper from birth? What diapers did you use right away?

December 6, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: An Unexpected Miracle

I've been blogging about our journey to conceive a second child since February. We've been hoping to get pregnant for a year and half. Every month that it hasn't happened, there have been tears. So many tears. Infertility is a roller coaster. A new cycle starts and I'm hopeful and excited...this is the month! I ride on that high for a few weeks and then...bam!...just like that my period comes or I get a negative on a test. It's days of depression. Tears. Sadness. Self-pity. It's not fun. I feel terrible for my husband.

We were supposed to take a break last month. Our savings is gone and we need a break to get financially stable for more treatments. We weren't supposed to do fertility treatments this cycle, but five minutes in my doctor's office changed everything. There was a treatment plan still available that would be covered by insurance. We didn't think it would be too expensive out of pocket, especially since my deductible was met. In the end, this cycle with all of it's medications and ultrasounds ending up being more expensive than we anticipated, but we had already jumped in.

We agreed from the start of this past cycle that even though there was still one more month left in the year, this would be it. If we didn't get a baby this month, we agreed to take a break. Christmas, the death of my husband's car, and our empty savings account left us with no choice. No more fertility treatments for now after this cycle.

Despite the finality of this decision, I went into this cycle incredibly hopeful. I was happy every day, analyzing every possible symptom that could mean good news. It helps when the doctor and nurses are so hopeful and encouraging as well. They had me convinced this month was going to work. After a week of injections, everything looked beautiful and perfect! All we had to do was pray that a little baby would form. There was no visible obstacle.

During my two week wait, there were many symptoms. Unfortunately, symptoms can be misleading. Pregnancy and premenstrual symptoms are very similar. I held unto hope and prayed. Daily I prayed. We prayed as a family. We hoped so much that this would be our month for good news. My prayers centered around "please let us have another baby" but also on "give me strength if this isn't your plan." When last month didn't work out, I cried for days. It was terrible. I was so heartbroken. I didn't want to be there again. I wanted so much to trust.

As badly as I was dying to take a pregnancy test during my two week wait, I stayed far away from them. I refused to buy them. The temptation is too great if we have them in our home. My plan was to wait for my period to start (or not). We packed our bags for a Thanksgiving road trip and I brought my Lunette cup just in case.

Thanksgiving morning arrived and the cramps started. It was a day or two earlier than I expected for a period, so I wasn't super worried. When I got pregnant with my son, I had period-like cramps. I was waiting for a period and I turned out to be pregnant. So Thanksgiving morning, I was still hopeful. about an hour after the cramps started, so did my period.

I titled this blog post "An Unexpected Miracle". You may have clicked the link thinking it was a pregnancy announcement. I'm sad to report that unfortunately, it's not. The miracle is this....

I got my period on Thanksgiving morning and I didn't cry. I barely even thought about it. I went about my day like nothing had happened. At first I thought it was just the chaos of being with family, but that night, alone with my husband...nothing. No tears. I was okay.

The next couple of days, again...nothing. My family would ask if I was okay and I actually had to remind myself why they were asking. It's been a week and still no tears. No depression. I wanted it to work. I wanted to be pregnant. I wanted to give my son a sibling. But I also wanted to be okay if it didn't work out. I didn't want to be devastated and depressed. I wanted to trust. I know I only have so much control over my life. Another child may not be in the grand plan. Another child right now is obviously not the plan. I don't know what the future holds, but for now, I know that I have a beautiful family. I have a sweet little boy and a husband that would do anything to give me another child.

I know this is a long post. If you're still with me, thank you. Thank you for reading this post and all the others throughout the year. I promise that when we start back up on our journey with fertility treatments to update you. I promise that if I get pregnant by some miracle, I will come here and share it with you all! In the meantime, I'm closing out this series. This will be the last post. You can still find me writing about cloth diapers, children, and toddlers on this blog and my own blog, Cloth Diaper Revival.

This journey didn't end how I had hoped or wanted it to, but I'm at peace and incredibly grateful for that!

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

November 26, 2013

20% off All Potty Training Items + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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November 22, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Hiding my "pregnancy" belly

Ugh. I spent a little over a week injecting medications into my stomach. By the time it was all said and done, I looked 5 months pregnant. If I was pregnant, oh what a blessing! I would love my bulging belly and wear adorable maternity shirts. Instead, I'm fighting against my body and my wardrobe trying to hide it!

I wish I could just stay home in my yoga pants and my husband's old t-shirts, but unfortunately, I have to go out into the world. My toddler has preschool. We need groceries. Church on Sunday. The list goes on and on. I try to remember to suck in gut as much as possible, but it only helps so much!

I'm terrified someone is going to ask me if I'm pregnant. I look like it, that's for sure! If it was a stranger, I could play it off with a lie..."Oh yes, we're due next summer!" But, people at church, my son's preschool teachers...I can't really lie to them. I don't think people really want to have the awkward conversation of why I look like this..."No, I'm not pregnant. I just pumped a ton of medication in my body in an attempt to get pregnant. It may or may not work. So thanks for noticing."

I'm sure some of you are wondering why I care or if it even matters. Nothing is worse than being asked if you're pregnant when you're not. This has happened to me a couple of times in my adult life. Your stomach is no longer flat one day and you have a little pudge. Bam! People feel the need to comment. It helps that I'm not alone. I know this happens to countless women on a regular basis. If only people could mind their business.

I have no idea how long this bloated look will stay with me. I drinking as much water as I can to flush my system out. Of course, I truly believe it's worth it. In the mean time, I'll just keep wearing my ratty old baggy sweatshirt in an attempt to hide my body. Body image issues are the worst!

I'll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving! I'm sure you will all be too busy to read with family time and Black Friday sales. When I come back, I hope to have good news to share! Two week wait is here!

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

November 21, 2013

Successful cloth diapering at night

Whether your baby is sleeping through the night or you are finding it hard to change diapers during middle of the night feedings, you want to find a way to successfully use your cloth diapers at night. Nothing is more frustrating than to wake up to a soaked baby and soaked bedding. Using cloth diapers at night is possible, even with the heaviest of wetters.

Here are some suggested solutions:
Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter - If you are looking for a diaper that keeps the wetness off of your baby, but is absorbent enough to last all night, the Goodnight Heavy Wetter is the diaper for you! The XL inserts are designed just for nighttime diapering. 

Super Do inserts - These absorbent inserts can be stuffed in your pocket diapers. They contain 6 layers of bamboo terry combined with 2 layers of microfiber. This combo is more absorbent than using 2 microfiber inserts together. 

Doublers - Add a doubler to your daytime diapers. They can really boost the absorbency and help your baby get the extra absorbency they need. 

Wool or Fleece Soakers - Wool and fleece soakers help keep your baby's pajamas and bed dry! Use them in place of other diaper covers. They are only as good as what's underneath though, so you'll need a good base to get started. 

Remember, what works for one baby, may not work for your baby, but there is a solution out there for you!

November 20, 2013

Trade in and trade up: How to trade in your used diapers!

Sometimes you don't love your cloth diapers. That brand may not be a good fit. You may be bored with the print. You may have purchased a whole stash of pockets only to find you hate stuffing them. You may want to switch out all of your synthetic fibers for natural fibers. Unfortunately you've made the investment and you feel stuck.

Good news! You have a way out! You can trade in your diapers and trade up for what you love! Send us the diapers that aren't working for you. We'll purchase them, give you store credit, and you can buy all the diapers you've been drooling over!

How it works:
1. Take a look at our trade-in value chart. We accept diapers, inserts, and accessories!
2. Wash your diapers and inspect them for dirt, lint, and stains. 
3. Mail them to us!
4. We'll inspect your trade-ins and send you a store credit within 3 days. 
5. Go shopping! Use your store credit for anything you want in our store!

For more information, check our Trade in page on our website. 

Now what are you waiting for? Start sorting through your stash! 

November 19, 2013

20% off All Accessories + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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November 15, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Infertitlity Coverage and the Affordable Care Act

I'm not here to debate politics. I honestly think there are some good and some not so good changes coming with the Affordable Care Act in 2014. We have health insurance through my husband's work and I consider our coverage to be pretty good. He called me last week when he received his open enrollment benefit package. There was a notice included that said there would be changes to infertility coverage. A quick call to our insurance company and I have answers as to what that means.

Currently, our insurance covers "diagnosis and treatment" of infertility. However, that doesn't mean they will cover any treatment plan my doctor recommends. IVF and IUI are off the table because my insurance won't cover any type of insemination or transfers. My insurance will cover up to $5000 per year in treatment for things that are covered.

This year, that has left us with prescribed medication that would be used in an IUI or an IVF cycle, but we are timing our intercourse. Our doctor has recommended IUI, but since insurance won't cover the procedure or the medication, this is not a path we are taking. IVF has also been mentioned as a next step, but once again...not covered.

Starting in January, the $5000 yearly limit will be lifted. IUI and IVF will be covered. There will be a lifetime limit of three cycles of treatment and lifetime limits on the amount of medication that can be prescribed.

While that all sounds great, it's important to note that while the procedures will be covered under insurance, until our deductible is met, these procedures will be very expensive for us for our portion. I also think that three cycles is very limiting. Many times it takes three cycles or more. So basically, if you can get pregnant within the three cycles, that's the only child my insurance will help you to conceive. No future children through insurance. If the treatments fail after three cycles, there will be no more second chances in my lifetime.

I met a woman in my doctor's office this week that had done three failed cycles of IVF last year. She took some time off and was back for more. Financially, this will be off the table for many people.

I'm really hoping that none of this will matter. I'm still mid cycle and praying that this new treatment plan will work. Hopefully, by January I will be pregnant and no longer need fertility treatment.

If you are struggling with infertility, I encourage you to call your insurance company to find out what changes will come in your plan in the new year. I can only speak for myself. Below are some resources that explain a little more how the Affordable Care Act influences insurance coverage.

What the Affordable Care Act does wrong when it comes to infertility treatment {Resolve}
The Affordable Care Act Part 1: Understanding how the ACA impacts insurance in the United States {Fertility Within Reach} - Keep an eye on this blog because part 2 will focus on infertility coverage


I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

November 14, 2013

20% off All Pocket Diapers + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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November 12, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Wolbybug Wet Bag and save 15% when you order this week!

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This week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is a Wolbybug wet bag!

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Wolbybug wet bags are generously sized to accommodate several diapers (4-6 including wipes) yet small enough to easily fold up into the diaper bag without taking too much space. (16.5" x 11.5".)

Each Wolbybug wet bag includes an elastic loop so it can hang from your wrist, bathroom hook, changing table, etc. The bags are made from a single layer so you don't have to put them back together after washing. Available in 20 solids and prints, you'll have a hard time choosing just a few!

This week we're giving you a chance to win a Wolbybug wet bag.

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November 8, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Crying with strangers

I'm happy, I'm hopeful, and right now, I'm in a great place! We all know that at any that can change, but for now...life is good! I was at the doctor's office last week getting my baseline ultrasound done and I saw something all too familiar.

Next to me, a lady was talking to the secretary. She was in tears. She didn't say much, just that she wanted the doctor to call her and tell what to do next. Then we got on the elevator together while she cried. I felt awful for her. I don't know her exact situation, but I know that feeling of disappointment and hopelessness. I wanted so badly to say something but didn't know what to say.

We got off of the elevator and she held the door for. When I thanked her, with tears in my eyes I told her I was so sorry. She didn't say much, just "I didn't know it would be this hard." My heart broke for her. I honestly didn't have any advice for her. Just a couple of weeks ago I was in her place, in the valley, the dip of the infertility roller coaster. It's awful.

I'm sure she felt so alone in that moment, but I wanted so badly to let her know that she isn't. That someone else understands what's she going through and hurts for her. I don't know her name or her full situation, but it's not hard to guess when you're in that office.

When things were bad for me a couple weeks ago, my husband suggested a support group. Gathering with strangers didn't sound like something I would be interested in. Although, after crying with a complete stranger in a parking lot, it no longer sounds so odd.

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

November 7, 2013

Using diaper creams with cloth diapers

You may have heard there are a few "rules" when using cloth diapers. One of the biggest and most important is to be careful when choosing a diaper cream.

Because you aren't throwing away your diapers, you can't use just any diaper cream. Many of the cloth diaper safe diaper cream. There are many brands available and they work great!
mainstream diaper creams sold at your local drug store contain ingredients that can be problematic for cloth diapers. You want to avoid creams that contain any fish oils or petroleum based ingredients. When using many of these diaper creams, you may find build-up and repelling with your diapers.

If you find yourself in a pinch and must use a cream that isn't cloth diaper safe, a liner is suggested. It is also important to check the diaper manufacturer's recommendations when choosing a cream. Some brands say that no diaper creams are safe (even cloth diaper "safe" creams) and you should always use a liner to protect your warranty.

November 6, 2013

Enter to Win a Wolbybug One-Size Side Snapping Diaper from Change-Diapers

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New Prints & Color for Wolbybug Doorknob Diaper Pails!

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Wolbybug's doorknob diaper pail is the only pail you'll need. Hang it on a doorknob (or just about anywhere) or use it as a liner in most trash cans. You'll still be using it long after your diapering days are over, since it is perfect for travel, swimming, laundry and more.

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With the addition of 8 new prints and 1 new solid color, you can now choose from 10 prints and 8 solid colors to match any decor or taste.

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November 5, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Wolbybug Doorknob Diaper Pail or save 15% when you order this week!

New Trophy Tuesday Sale and Giveaway! 

Have  you met our Wolbybug Doorknob Pail yet?  It's one of the most affordable and versatile pail liners on the market.  Use in a pail, hang on a doorknob, towel bar and anywhere else you like.

The Wolbybug Doorknob Diaper Pail attaches securely with snaps but still allows the doorknob to function normally.  The pail naturally gaps open just enough to drop in a diaper and is easily washed along with diapers in the washing machine.

Doorknob Diaper Pails are made with waterproof PUL.  For safety, they do not have drawstrings or cords, just elastic and snaps.

Dimensions: approximately 24" long by 22" wide.  They fit well into 13 gallon trash cans.
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October 29, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Wolbybug O/S Cloth Diaper and save 15% when you order this week!

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This week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is a Wolbybug Side Snap Cloth Diaper!


WolbyBug Side-Snap One Size Diapers have some great features:
  • Four size adjustments to fit your baby best -- Small, Medium Short, Medium, and Large
  • Tested to fit babies from about 8 lbs to 35 lbs
  • A scooped tummy panel & topstitching for best fit under chubby baby bellies
  • Suedecloth inner to keep your baby dry and comfortable
  • Elastic on both sides of the pocket opening to hold the insert in place
  • Your choice of "no insert" or 2 microfiber inserts
  • Very gentle elastic in the leg and waist - no red marks!
  • One year warranty*

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October 25, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: New plan!

Okay, so I admit, last week's post was really depressing. Thank you all for letting me vent. Truly. It helps me so much to be able to pour my heart out into this blog series each week. In fact, I've found that I would rather talk to you than to many of my friends and family. I have some friends and family that read this blog and some of them are incredibly supportive. I also have a bunch of family and friends that don't get it. They open their mouths and make things worse for me. I encountered a lot of that last week and it made me realize even more how much I appreciate all of you!

After spending the week crying and wondering why and what would happen, things turned around for me this week. On Tuesday we met with our doctor to discuss the future. Honestly, my husband and I went to the appointment expecting to hear treatment options that were financially out of reach. I was prepared for that. I was prepared to hear about IUI and just wanted to get the info for a possible future treatment plan. That's not what happened at all.

We sat down and I told the doctor that I was tired of getting my hopes up. I talked about how I desperately wanted to get pregnant again, but emotionally and financially I felt like we were stuck. He knew that IUI wasn't an option for us financially and instead suggested another course of action and we took it!

Our new plan is similar to what we've done for the past three months, but we've changed up things a bit. Instead of Letrozole, I'll be taking Tamoxifen in it's place. Instead of just the Ovidrel injection, I'll be adding in Follistim and Gonal-F. Lots of injections and more monitoring of my cycle. I feel hopeful again. I feel like with the extra medicine and the increased monitoring our chances are higher. Of course there's more. The injectibles I'm adding create "super ovulation". Basically that means there is a larger chance of more eggs in one cycle and an increase in the chance of multiples. I'm great with this. Bring on twins if that's what it takes! Although, don't mention triplets because I may faint!

We are able to try this treatment plan for the rest of this year since we've met our deductible. It's a bit more expensive than what we've done the past three months, but we just feel like while we're only paying 20%, we should take advantage.

My mood did a complete 180 on Tuesday morning. I'm happy again. I know that my world could come crashing down again in a month or two. My 30th birthday is at the end of December and it could be the best or worst birthday. I'm working on not putting my hope and happiness in a pregnancy. I know that there is no way I can live my life on that. I'll get through it either way. My husband is concerned that I'm so hopeful. He saw how hurt I was last week and realizes that could come back at any moment. I'm hoping we don't have to cross that bridge again.

So here we are, starting again!

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

October 22, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator and save 15% when you order this week!

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This week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is a BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator!

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The BabyComfyNose uses your own suction to remove mucus from your baby’s nose. Before you say ‘Yuck’, the patented design of the aspirator and the tissue filtration system eliminate any possibility of contact with mucus and germs. Household tissue wadded up and inserted into the body of the aspirator functions as a highly effective and super-absorbent filter. Simply throw away the tissue when you are done and toss the entire unit into the dishwasher. Put all the pieces, unassembled, into the nylon mesh bag for drying.

It has been demonstrated by laboratory testing that healthy human lungs can generate 5-10 times as much suction power as commercially available bulb or battery-powered nasal aspirators. If you have any concern that this amount of suction will hurt your child, consider this: the air expulsion velocity of a common sneeze is over 100 mph. This greatly exceeds the force of suction that you can possibly generate using the BabyComfyNose. The human body is built to generate and accommodate these forces.

The BabyComfyNose provides astonishingly effective nasal mucus removal that is always safe for you and your child.

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October 18, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Heartbroken.

I'm tired. I'm angry. I'm sad. I'm heartbroken. I feel alone. These are all things I've said to myself this week. My latest fertility cycle failed. Honestly, I was expecting it to. I had given up hope a while ago. I wanted so badly for it to work out and it didn't. I warned my husband last week that if things didn't work out this time he needed to expect me to be crushed. So Monday, when my period came so did the tears. And they pretty much haven't stopped. I'm devastated.

There are so many emotions I'm feeling right now, but mostly I feel hurt, confused, and tired.

I gambled and I lost. There was never a guarantee that the fertility treatments would work. We poured our money, time and emotions into them, hoping for the best, and it didn't work out the way we wanted. We could go further, but I just don't think I do anymore. Not right now.

I'm so tired of the infertility roller coaster. I'm tired of hoping each month that I will finally see a positive result. I'm tired of getting my hopes up only to have them crushed. It feels like a boyfriend that treats you badly. He keeps making promises and breaking them. Every time you tell yourself it will be different and it never is. One day you'll have had enough and you have to walk away. This is exactly where I am right now.

I can't do anymore treatments. Not emotionally. There are other options. We haven't even tried things like IUI and IVF, but right now is just not the time. Forget the expenses involved. My heart and my head just can't do it. We could still travel down the road of adoption, but even that makes me cry. The thought of never being pregnant again breaks my heart. I don't want it to be over. I want to give my little boy a sibling. Someone to play with and grow with. Even someone to fight with!

I feel stuck. I don't want to stop growing our family where it is, but I just can't do anymore. Not know. I think I need to cry some more. I need to step back and step away from the treatments. I need clarity.

I'm so utterly confused. Babies are a blessing. Babies are good. So why don't I get to blessed with another? Why does it have to be so hard? Why can't I just be like all those women who want more children and have them? These are questions I may not ever get the answers to. I want so badly to trust God on this, but ultimately, right now, I'm so heartbroken I just can't understand.

My family is so supportive and yet I feel so alone. No one quite understands what I'm going through. My husband has a full time job to distract him during the day. He would love another child, but isn't heartbroken that it may not happen. He's sad for me, but he doesn't quite get it. He doesn't feel this complete loss that I feel.

We have an appointment next week with the doctor. I'm sure we'll hear "next steps" but I don't think we'll do any of them. Not right now. It will be good to know what they do suggest. Maybe when I'm ready we can venture down those paths, but for now, today, I can't do it.

Thank you for listening to me. Thank you for giving me an outlet to pour out my heart. I honestly don't know what will come of this series. When I started it earlier this year I actually worried that I would get pregnant very soon and it would be a short lived journey. Boy was a I wrong. We've been trying to conceive a second child for 15 months now and nothing. Even with medical intervention it's not working.

I'll be back next week with an update from our doctor's appointment. Hopefully I won't be so negative and pessimistic then as well.

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

October 16, 2013

Out with the OLD prints and IN with the NEW!

It happens. Sometimes your favorite diaper companies discontinue your favorite colors, prints, and styles. It's hard to say goodbye. You may find yourself needing to stock up while you can. It's scary to know you may never be able to find that color or print again. Here are some the goodbyes we must say this year:

GroVia is discontinuing four prints and two colors this year! Say goodbye to the following:



bumGenius is discontinuing three prints and four colors! Say goodbye to these lovely babies:



Never fear! The good news about saying goodbye is there is new stuff coming! Dry your tears and wait anxiously for the announcements! In the mean time, say hello to these new prints from WolbyBug!


What are you saddest to see go? What are you hoping to see new?

October 15, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win Cloth Diaper Cream and save 15% when you order this week!

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While any cream, balm or lotion can stain if you slather too much on, the optimal amount of Angel Baby Bottom Balm is a light coating – just enough to deliver all the herbal goodness to your baby’s skin, but not too much to leave a residue. You shouldn’t be able to write your name in the balm on your baby’s bum!

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October 11, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: The History of Infertility

I'm a big history buff! I love history and learning about the way people lived years ago. A few weeks ago I decided to research infertility history and I was so interested! I didn't include all the information I found, but here are some highlights.

Middle Ages

  • It was thought that infertility could be caused by sin, infidelity, or blasphemy. 
  • Infertility was considered a "divine punishment". 


1700s

  • Assumed cause of infertility is "unbalanced menstruation".
  • If you had infertility, you were considered to be sterile.


1800s

  • Infertility is thought to be caused by "unbalanced living". 
  • Doctors begin to look for defects in the uterus and cervix find explanations. 
  • Doctor Marion Sims develops the speculum and begins experimenting with artificial insemination. 
  • Gynecology becomes a medical profession.
  • A Harvard doctor claims "heavy mental schooling" in the teenage years is to blame for infertility in women. He claims that the extra work on the brain causes injury to the other organs of the body. 
  • Late 1800s, infertility rates are low. It is attributed to routine gynecological care.


1900s

  • Test is developed for blocked fallopian tubes.
  • Female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and the male hormone, testosterone, are discovered.
  • In 1934, twin girls are born after donor insemination.
  • Male infertility and sperm counts are explored more widely.
  • Hormone supplements become available.
  • In 1944, the first in vitro fertilization takes place.
  • In 1960, Clomid is tested as an infertility treatment.
  • First US sperm bank opens.
  • In 1978, the first "test tube" baby is born.


It amazes me how far we've come especially in the last 100 years. I can't imagine where we'll be 100 years from now! If you're interested in reading more details, check out the links below for more facts and information!

Arizona Center for Fertility Studies
American Radio Works

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

October 3, 2013

BumGenius One Size Pocket Diaper: Past and Present

When our store opened in October 2005, BumGenius didn't exist.  However, it followed shortly after, releasing just before Christmas in 2005.  The debut diaper, the BumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper, came only in white, with hook/loop closure, and was made from nylon instead of PUL.
 
In the spring of 2006, the first colors followed, along with the first retailers.  Cloth Diaper Outlet is proud to have been one of the first retailers, stocking white along with the brand new twilight, grasshopper, and butternut.

Over the past 8 years, the original BumGenius pocket diaper has changed some, morphing from what was later known as the 1.0 to today's beloved BumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper.

Forgive my photos...finding pristine versions of diapers that are 8 years old is hard!  Pretty much impossible, actually.  The 1.0 shown here was our family's very first BumGenius, purchased immediately after their release in 2005.  So ignore the aged appearance and enjoy the evolution of the BumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper.

White (Original BumGenius 1.0); Butternut (BumGenius 2.0); Grasshopper (BumGenius 3.0); Twilight (BumGenius 4.0)
All four versions featured the now-patented stretchy tabs that were so revolutionary in 2005.  From version 2.0 to 3.0, the size of the stretchy tabs changed so that they were smaller, but just as stretchy and adjustable.

The 4.0 (top) was the first of the BumGenius pocket diapers to offer a snap closure.  Prior to that, all versions were offered only with a hook/loop closure.  The 4.0 version also underwent a slight pattern change, becoming a tad larger with a larger pocket opening and easily replaceable elastic.

Version 1.0 (white) had the hook/loop overlap on only one side.  This was one of the favorite improvements for version 2.0 (butternut): that the hook/loop could be overlapped on either side.  Other major changes included switching from nylon to PUL and adding the first girly color: blossom!

Version 3.0 (grasshopper) was the first to offer the "insert stopper", which prevented the insert from poking up above the PUL when the diaper was snapped down into smaller sizes.  The problem caused leaking at the belly, but the insert stopper solved it beautifully.  Some later versions of the 2.0 also had the insert stopper.

In subsequent versions, the hook/loop tabs were larger.  The laundry tabs also got significantly larger, helping mamas prevent diaper chains in the wash.

If YOU have a pristine 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 BumGenius pocket diaper, let me know!  It has to be almost perfect with no signs of wear.  I'm willing to trade a nice store credit! 



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