April 5, 2013

Winner of our Irwin & Maathai Giveaway is...

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our Irwin & Maathai Giveaway!

We had a great response and a ton of entries.  We're excited to see so many of you interested in these new prints.

According to Rafflecopter the lucky winner is Sarah Ha.  She's already been emailed and has claimed her prize.

Thanks again!

PCOS to Pregnancy: A small support system

Infertility can feel very lonely. You wonder how anyone could understand where you're feelings are coming from. For me, I realized many of my thoughts and feelings were irrational, but I didn't feel like I had a lot of people to talk to about it. My best friend was pregnant, so I didn't feel like she could possibly understand. My husband got to deal with the brunt of my feelings and thank goodness for him.

He never really could understand my fears and feelings. For him, having a child wasn't a must. He was okay with just the two of us. He didn't need a baby to feel complete. There was no deep yearning or broken heart every month that passed. When friends announced their pregnancies, it didn't hurt his feelings. If anything, it caused a dread for him. He dreaded the heartache that I would feel and the sobbing that would come.

He was always supportive, holding me while I cried and praying for me. He couldn't understand where I came from, but he never belittled my thoughts. My friends and family members would say things like...

"Don't worry, you'll have a baby." (My thoughts: You don't know that)

"You're young and healthy, it's impossible for you to be infertile." (Gee, really?)

"You've only been trying for a little while. I know people that have been trying for years." (That doesn't make my longing go away.)

I could go on and on with the hurtful comments I encountered. Of course, no one meant to hurt me. They meant well. These people loved me, but they couldn't possibly understand where I was coming from. They hadn't been there. There were no struggles to get pregnant. Babies came easily. Even typing this, I feel bitter. Bitter that fertility is so easy for others. I hated when someone would say, "Sorry, I can't help you. I just have to think about getting pregnant and it happens." Comments like that were the worst. They infuriated me. All I could think was, "Thanks for rubbing it in."

Of course, these are irrational thoughts, but they were real. My husband stood by me when I spoke the truth. I poured out my heart and soul to him, every irrational thought, and he loved me through it. He didn't understand it, but he didn't make me feel like my feelings weren't important. He helped me through the rough battle to get pregnant the first time and he's doing it again this time.

I have to admit, it seems easier this time. I've cried probably a tenth of the amount I did last time. The bitterness and hurt is still there and very real, but I'm working through it. I busy myself with time spent with my toddler, so thankful for the blessing of his life. I would love to see him become a big brother, but I know that I just need to be patient and thankful. It was proven to me once before that things don't happen in my time and so I try to remember that.

I was hopeful that last month would be the month, but it wasn't. During my two week wait, I was happy and excited. I thought, maybe, just maybe. Once again, I was disappointed, but ready to start over again this month. So here I am again, waiting for a new cycle to start, a new month of hope. Another month where I get to be thankful for my supportive husband who loves me through my hormonal craziness.

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.

April 4, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Wolbybug OS Diaper & Save 15% when your order this week!

Trophy Tuesday is here (a couple days late)!

This week's giveaway features a really affordable cloth pocket diaper!  The Wolbybug One Size Cloth Pocket Diaper is an economical One Size diaper that's available at Cloth Diaper Outlet.
Each WolbyBug diaper is created and sold with your baby in mind.
  • Suedecloth against the skin keeps your baby dry and comfortable
  • Cute prints that are show-off worthy
  • "Like a glove" fit that actually fits under clothing
  • PUL outer keeps clothing and bed dry
  • Two inserts so you can easily customize absorbency so it's exactly right for your baby
Adjustable sizing fits from approximately 8 lbs to 35 lbs (actual fit will vary depending on baby's shape)

*Each includes 2 full-size microfiber inserts

Win It!  Enter to win and you could end up with ONE of these new pocket diapers in the print of your choice from available stock at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Sale! Purchase any Wolbybug OS Diaper this week, during the Trophy Tuesday Giveaway and you'll save 15% off the already low price!  

Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway is open to the USA & Canada.
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April 3, 2013

Get ready for summer with reusable swim diapers!

Summer's on the way! Have you started making vacation plans? Don't forget to order a reusable swim diaper to pack for all your trips to the pool and beach! Reusable swim diapers work the same great way as your cloth diapers or the disposable kind. The best part is you can buy one cloth swim diaper for about the same cost as one package of disposable swim diapers. And look how much cuter! In fact, leave the bathing suit behind and let your swim diaper double as a swim suit! We have many of our swim diapers on clearance right now! Buy early and save the difference! You could put that savings toward your family vacation!

The Bummis Swimmis has strong aplix and mesh lining. The Imse Vimse swim diaper has side snaps for easy removal and has the option to add a matching tankini swim top for you little girl! 

Have you tried a reusable swim diaper?