May 10, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: When infertility consumes you

I was hopeful this month. Really hopeful. I thought this was it. I thought it would happen. Last week I asked for your pregnancy announcement ideas. I was giddy thinking of cute ways to tell my husband I was pregnant. I ordered a "big brother" shirt off of Etsy and planned to take a picture of my son in it for Mother's Day gifts to our moms. Now I'm scrambling around trying to figure out what to get our moms for Mother's Day and instead of being giddy I'm constantly crying. My life has been consumed (again) by infertility.

I thought I could avoid it this time. I thought I was grateful enough for the one child we do have. I thought that I would hang on to the promise that it happened once before, it can happen again. I was wrong. I was holding onto hope until last Thursday. It was my "day 21" blood test where my dr. checks my LH levels to indicate ovulation. She called me that night with the news. My LH level was a 1.07. The last round of Clomid it was a 0.75. When we conceived our son, it was a 1.5. The number she is looking for is a 5 and above. We discussed how maybe that blood test isn't very accurate for me since I had conceived before with low numbers. I told her that I had 4 days of positive ovulation tests this month. She said to "wait and see".

I've been checking my Basal Body Temperature every morning. Despite the positive ovulation test, I never saw the classic dip and spike in temperature to indicate ovualtion. I wonder if I'm getting false positives. When we got pregnant before, my chart showed classic ovulation and then pregnancy temperatures. I started taking pregnancy tests every morning this week and nothing. I had hoped so much for two pink lines. I'm incredibly discouraged.

Now, we just wait...again. I get one more round of Clomid. At this rate, that pushes everything out by two months. That's how long a whole cycle takes me. Two more months of waiting. Meanwhile, there are pregnancy announcements everywhere. I don't know how much more I can take. If the next round of Clomid doesn't work, my dr. is referring me out to a specialist. This scares me. I worry about all the time it will take once we are there. More tests. More time. More impatience.

I'm trying to be hopeful. This was only our second round of Clomid. My son was conceived on the third round. I remember the second round being the hardest on me last time. That's when I became even more consumed with the struggles of infertility. The hopelessness.

Thank you for letting me pour out my heart in this blog post. It was very theraputic to share my deepest thoughts with you all. If you're pregnant and I don't talk to you about your pregnancy or I post a tweet about how I can't stand pregnant women, please forgive me. I don't mean it. I'm just struggling right now. I promise that once I get a baby growing in my belly, I will return to my normal self.

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.

May 9, 2013

How to Create a Cloth Diaper Registry at ClothDiaperOutlet.com!

Are you pregnant? Maybe you're new to cloth...maybe it's your little one's first birthday...or your birthday!  Either way, there's always a reason for new fluff! You can create a cloth diaper registry for any reason!

It's easy to do on our website! Just find an item you want, enter the quantity and click "move to wishlist".


Once you've added all of your items, click the "Gift Registry" tab at the top of our website.



Scroll down and create a name for your new registry!


Log in to your account or create one to save your registry!



Make your wish list public by clicking the box!



You can find a wish list by searching the "Public Wish List" box. Be sure to share with your friends and family the name of your wish list!


So what are you waiting for?  Start your cloth diaper regsitry/wish list today at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

May 8, 2013

10% off STORE WIDE Plus Free USA Shipping over $35!


Deals like this don't come around too often!  This month May 1-15 we're offering 10% off EVERY SINGLE item we carry and on top of that, you also will receive Free USA Shipping on orders over $35!

Shop at Cloth Diaper Outlet May 1-15th to take advantage of this great deal!  From the most popular lines of cloth diapers to baby gear, toys to bedding, products for mom, cloth diaper accessories and more.  Cloth Diaper Outlet is your one-stop shop for all things natural baby and family related!

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

You might have heard of the Wolbybug Diaper Covers.  They're fast becoming a favorite among cloth diapering moms.  Their unique design makes them a onesize cover and their front and back flap will conveniently hold your prefold or insert in place and prevent bunching.

WolbyBug Covers make cloth diapering EASY.  Simply tuck and go.  Faster than stuffing a pocket diaper, more secure than just wrapping a regular cover over a prefold.  No pins or Snappi needed (though you can use them if you prefer!)  Perfect for daycare, grandparents, etc.

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May 6, 2013

Adjusting Your One-Size Cloth Diapers

One-size diapers are great because they fit from "newborn to potty training." You don't have to worry about replacing your stash as your baby grows, but it can be confusing to figure out when it's time to adjust the size or to figure out what size your diapers should be on. Here's some tips to get you started:
bumGenius diapers sizing guide
  1. Most manufacturers have a size guide. Start there! Adjust your diaper according to their recommendation, usually based on weight. If the diaper seems like a good fit, go with it! If not, adjust accordingly.
  2. Newborns may not fit in one-size diapers, yet. Even though the manufacturer claims their diaper will fit from birth, sometimes they don't! It all depends on the shape of your baby. If the diaper doesn't fit on the smallest setting yet, don't worry, it will happen soon!
  3. It's time to adjust the sizing on your one-size diapers when the fit becomes "weird." If the diaper doesn't look quite right in the current sizing, try going up a size. That may fix your problem.
  4. You may worry that your baby will outgrow their diapers well before potty training like the manufacturer claims. Many babies, before becoming mobile, will need the diaper on a larger size. Once your child becomes mobile and loses some baby fat, you may find that you need to go down a size. It is typical for a child to slim down once walking.
  5. Don't be afraid to "customize" your sizing. Sometimes I unsnap the middle snap on the rise adjustment, but leave the outer snaps together for a tighter fit around the legs. 
Overall, don't stress!  One Size diapers are versatile and durable.  Perfect for growing families.  Are you a fan of one size cloth diapers?