February 22, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Round Two

I've heard this theory that once you have one pregnancy, your body starts to figure things out and your cycles can be regular. Getting pregnant the second time around is supposedly "easy" (so they say). I even had this happen to a friend. She conceived her first child with the help of Clomid and the second was an unplanned surprise. Lucky girl. I was hopeful this would be the case for me.

My goal was to start "trying" to get pregnant again around my son's first birthday. When I night weaned him at 7 months, I was surprised with a menstrual cycle a few weeks later. This left me hopeful that I would become "regular" on my own. Unfortunately, that period seemed to be a fluke. I fully weaned my son at 11 months old. I had hoped that by fully weaning him my menstrual cycle would return, be regular, and we could conceive on our own. Again, a few weeks after weaning, I was surprised with a period. Hooray, right? Turns out it was more of a tease.

Where we are now
Here I am, 7 months after weaning and no period. I had hoped to be pregnant by now. I saw my OBGYN at the beginning of the year for a annual physical and we discussed our plan. She wants me to try Metformin for 3 months in hopes that it will bring a regular cycle. I'm 7 weeks in on this plan and nothing. I didn't really think it would work. I had been on Metformin for a year and half before trying the Clomid last time without success.

I have been an emotional wreck lately. Pregnancy announcements seem to come daily on Facebook and Twitter. I struggle with the emotional battle of having my feelings hurt every time someone announces they are pregnant. Why not me? These feelings were really bad when I was trying to conceive last time and I had hoped to avoid them this time. It doesn't appear that is going to work.

I called my Dr. last week and asked her to induce a period with Provera. My thought was that an induced period would help me deal with some of the emotions I was feeling. Within 24 hours of taking the Provera I felt better, like my normal, happy self. I'm beginning to think that (thanks to the PCOS) my hormone levels are way off and I am running low on hormones. Provera can be used as a hormone replacement therapy and it seemed to solve my emotional issues (at least for now).

I'm still on the Provera. It's a 10 day treatment. Hopefully, this will be followed by a period. I've begun charting. My plan is to look for ovulation on my charts and hopefully conceive without the Clomid. I say hopefully, but I'm more of a pessimist when it comes to this. I've pretty much resolved that it probably won't happen and I'll be calling my Dr. for a Clomid soon. She wanted me to try the Metformin for 3 months. If it doesn't work, she said we'd move on to Clomid. So April 1 is my deadline. If nothing happens (no regular periods, no baby) by then I'll start the Clomid.

I really enjoyed the comments and emails I received from the last post. So many of you seem to be struggling with the same issues. It's hard for me to keep these posts focused because I just want to share all of my thoughts at once! I promise to touch more on things like emotions, charting, medications used for TTC, and alternative routes. What are topics you'd like to see covered?

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.

February 20, 2013

Cloth Diaper Styles, Which is your current favorite?

There are various types of cloth diapers on the market. How do you choose the one that's right for you? It depends on your lifestyle, your budget, and your needs. Remember, what works for one parent, isn't always what's best for you!

All-in-ones: All-in-one (AIO) diapers are the most like a disposable diaper. The absorbent materials are attached to the diaper. You just fasten it on your baby using either snaps or hook and loop (velcro). After the diaper is washed, there is no extra steps to prepare the diaper to be worn again. AIO diapers tend to be the most expensive option, but there are lower cost options available.
Pocket Diaper

Pockets: Pocket diapers are the most common type of modern cloth diaper used. Pocket diapers have a waterproof outer layer with a fabric lining on the inside. The diaper contains a opening between the two layers. In this opening you stuff the diaper with an insert to absorb the wetness.

All-in-twos: All-in-two (AI2) diapers have two parts: a waterproof cover and an absorbent soaker. The soaker lays inside the cover instead of being stuffed into a pocket. Many times, you can reuse the outer shell and replace it with clean soakers at each diaper change.

Fitteds: Fitted diapers are a contour shaped diaper that fits around the whole diapering area. They are very absorbent and a wonderful nighttime solution. You will need a diaper cover to make it waterproof.

Prefold Diapers
Prefolds: Prefold diapers are what your mother or grandmother may have used to cloth diaper many years ago. Prefolds are a rectangular piece of fabric, typically cotton, sewn into multiple layers. You need to pin or use a Snappi or Boingo to fasten the diaper onto your baby. You could also trifold the prefold. You will need a diaper cover to make this waterproof. This is one of the most economical ways of cloth diapering.
Diaper Cover

Flats: Flat diapers are a large rectangular, single sheet of fabric, usually cotton. They are similar to a prefold, but require more folding. There are various folding techniques to get the absorbency in the area your child needs it. You will need a diaper cover to make it waterproof. This is another economical way to cloth diaper.

Hybrids: Hybrid diapers are for the parents that want the option to use cloth or disposable diapers! Hybrids have a waterproof cover and come with the option of cloth or disposable soakers that lay in the cover.

Is there a cloth diaper brand that you've yet to try but have been thinking about, or have you tried every cloth diaper style imaginable?  What's your current favorite?

February 19, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter and save 15% this week!

This week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is a super affordable and popular modern cloth diaper, the Kawaii Goodnight Onesize Diaper for heavy wetters!

The Kawaii Cloth Diaper consists of two parts 
  • A Waterproof Outer Cover
  • 2 Microfiber Inserts
There is a pocket opening located in the inner layer to accommodate microfiber liners/inserts.  Once stuffed, it is just like an (AIO) All In One Diaper.  The pocket/cover itself can also be use as a diaper cover over your favorite prefold or fitted diapers.

The Kawaii Goodnight Diaper is considered an extra absorbent cloth diaper designed for confident nighttime usage. Each diaper comes with 2 XL microfiber Inserts.  Fit for babies from 8-36lbs. 
Features a 3-Layer Outer Cover + 2 XL Super Absorbent Inserts, specially designed for nighttime protection.

This week we're giving you a chance to win a Kawaii OS Goodnight Diaper in the color/print of your choice (from available stock).

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Winner of last week's Wolbybug Cloth Diaper Giveway is...

Thanks again for all your entries into our weekly giveaway!  We gave you all a chance to enter to win a Wolbybug OS Pocket Diaper from Cloth Diaper Outlet!

According to Rafflecopter the lucky winner is Kristina R!  Kristina, check your email for details.  Everyone else, check back momentarily for our next TT Giveaway and Discounted item!

February 18, 2013

Don't pay a fortune for pregnancy tests!

If you are anything like me, you've spent most of your time as an adult over paying for pregnancy tests. I would hate to know how much money I've dished out at the drug store for a box of tests. Three tests for $20 is outrageous! If your unlucky enough (like me) to constantly fail these tests, but still convince yourself to take one monthly, then you are spending a fortune!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret that I wish I had known about years ago! I especially wish I had known this the whole year and a half we spent trying to conceive our son! You can buy reliable pregnancy tests for only $1.50 a piece! These strips are the same reliable test strips used at your doctor's office. In fact, you typically get charged $20-$25 for a pregnancy test using these strips at your appointment!

These strips are easy to use and cleared by the FDA. They are perfect for early-detection and give you fast results. The price per strip goes down when you buy a larger quantity. So, stop paying exorbitant drug store prices and good luck on your baby making journey!