March 23, 2013

Saturday Project - Super simple craft for kids' rooms - Silhouette Art

My boys will never have a magazine-worthy bedroom, but I wanted to do something to make it look like I at least tried!

I decided to do a theme with the color orange and non-babyish safari animals.  While browsing Etsy for decorating ideas, I came across this:
Safari Nursery Wall Art Prints  - Teal Orange Africa Giraffe Elephant Rhino - Children Room Home Decor set of 4 8x10
I loved the simplicity, but not the $50 price tag.

After some thinking, this is what I could afford:

4 sheets of paper, 2 frames
It cost me a whopping $6.  I Googled for "african safari coloring pages" and found a couple of giraffes and lions that I really liked.

These I laid over the fancy paper and traced with a heavy hand so it would leave an imprint.  Then I cut them out with sharp scissors.  I trimmed my backgrounds to fit the frames, laid the animal silhouette on top, and glued it in place.  And voila...

8x10 Safari Art

~Heather  (owner of Cloth Diaper Outlet)  

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March 22, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Multiples & Fertility Treatments

I remember wanting twins once in my life. I was about 7 years old and dreamed of being a mommy someday. I wanted twin girls, named Brittney and Whitney. Fast forward to today. I love being a mom to a little boy! While I wouldn't mind a little girl, I totally would be okay with all boys. As for the twin thing, oh boy! That sounds like a lot of work! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure we could manage it, but would I purposely choose to have twins? No way!

So why the twins talk? This has been a discussion in our home the past couple days. I just finished a round of Clomid. I'm pretty sure I ovulated based off of my charts and a few symptoms. I didn't have any ovulation tests on hand though. Last Friday, I went in for my "day 21" progesterone test. This checks my progesterone levels and indicates whether I ovulated or not. Normal range is considered 6.5 to 7, my level was 0.75. Not great! This is low, but not terrible news to me. The month I got pregnant with my son 2 years ago, my level was only 1.5 and my Dr. told me that I wouldn't get pregnant that month. I proved her wrong a couple weeks later with a positive pregnancy test.

My doctor's course of action is to double my dosage of Clomid next month. So instead of 50 mg a day, I will take 100 mg. This got me thinking about the chances of twins or other multiples. Here's the research that I found:

Twins are conceived naturally in about 2% of pregnancies. With fertility treatments, the statistic is about 40%. (source)

Twins: 1 in 10
Mulitples: 1 in 6.5

20% chance of twins or multiples

1 in 4

Women that are most likely to get pregnant with twins using fertility treatments:
White women in the 35-39 age range have a 1 in 37 chance
Black women in the 35-39 age range have a 1 in 32 chance

I wish the study on Clomid stated which dosage this was based on. Maybe it was an average. I don't have an elevated chance due to genetics. I also don't fall into the age range for women most likely to have twins. My husband is worried and doesn't want me to double the dose. Honestly, based on my last pregnancy success, it's possible I can still get pregnant on the 50 mg dosage, but I'm tired of waiting. I'm totally trusting that if I'm supposed to have twins, I will, and if I'm not, I won't! And hey, twins could be fun right? It would make up for all the time we've lost in trying to conceive by giving us two babies at once!

Did you get pregnant with twins or other multiples while using fertility treatments?

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.

March 18, 2013

Win TWO of the NEW BumGenius Prints! (Irwin & Maathai) Ends 04/01

NEW Giveaway from Cloth Diaper Outlet!

We're SO excited to be receiving the brand new prints from BumGenius!  Both are beyond cute and very unique.

Our shipment which contains BumGenius Irwin and Maathai should be here any day and we're excited to give you all a chance to win one of each of them!

This giveaway is being co-hosted by Kelly Wels, First Time Mom, Cloth Diaper News and Cloth Diaper Geek.  You can enter on any of their blogs or this one and be entered to win!

Open to the USA & Canada.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize.  All winners entries will be verified.

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Ditch the disposables and switch to cloth wipes!

Cloth wipes seems to be one of the most intimidating accessories to many cloth diapering parents. Many parents cling to their disposable wipes and continue using them despite their love of cloth diapers. Cloth wipes are not as overwhelming as you may think! If you give them a chance, I guarantee you'll never look back! Here's a few FAQ questions about cloth wipes to get you started.

Do I have to spray the wipe after use?
This is a personal preference. I spray any wipe that has any large pieces of residue left behind. Many wipes go straight into the pail without spraying.

How many wipes do I need?
I recommend 1 wipe per diaper change for the amount of diapers you need in one wash cycle. So if you are washing every 2-3 days with 18-24 diapers in each load, you should have about 18-24 wipes.

How do I moisten the wipe?
You can use a pour over wipes solution (either homemade or store bought) or just water. You pour the solution over the wipes in a wipe container and they are ready to go for each use. An alternative is to use a spray bottle full of water or wipes solution. Just spray the dry wipe at each use.

How do I use cloth wipes on the go?
Same as you do at home! For the dry wipe/spray bottle users, just keep a bottle and some wipes in your diaper bag. If you prefer premoistened wipes, keep them in a wet bag in your diaper bag.

Once you make the switch, you'll find that cloth wipes make diaper changes a breeze! No need to separate your wipes from your diapers. No shredded disposable wipes found in your washing machine. And the best part is one cloth wipe easily does the job of 4 disposable wipes!

Do you already use cloth wipes or have you been considering making the switch?

March 17, 2013

Felling Lucky Free Diaper Cover, Free Wetbag and Entire Order Free ends tonight!

This fun promotion fro Cloth Diaper Outlet ends tonight at midnight.

There are TWO ways to win!
  • Every order than ends in the number 7 will receive a FREE One Size Diaper Cover or FREE Wetbag with their order.
  • Every 17th order will be totally refunded!  That means that no matter what you order, if you're the 17th order you'll receive it all for FREE!
Stop by Cloth Diaper Outlet today and place your order!  Good luck!