May 31, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Is the grass always greener?

The grass is always greener on the other side. Right? I've been thinking about this a lot lately. One of you even mentioned in a comment a few blog posts back.

It's easy to take my situation and my sorrows and be frustrated with other pregnant women. I think to myself how easy it is for them to get pregnant. Some women I know are pregnant with their 4th and 5th baby and here I am struggling for a second. Or there are those women who always seem to be pregnant. The women who "don't try", or "fertile myrtles" or those women who have "2 under 2" or even 2 kids, just a year apart.

I look at these women and want to cry. Why is it so easy for them? The truth is, life's not fair. Sure, maybe these women do have it made when it comes to fertility and maybe they don't. How many of them have silently suffered multiple miscarriages? How many really spent years on fertility treatments, only to give up and then get pleasantly surprised with a miracle baby?

Even better, how many women looked at me during my last pregnancy wondering why it was so easy for me? The truth is, we don't know everyone's situation. And sure, it may be easy for some of these women, but that doesn't mean I should compare myself to them. This is the struggle I've been given. This is my testimony to walk through and witness to others.

I have been blessed in so many ways. I'm a college educated, stay at home mom. I have a husband that adores me, an amazing toddler, and a family that loves me dearly. How many people don't have all of that? How many people are looking at my life and wanting to cry when they see something I have they want?

This post isn't to boast about what I do have. It's a simple reminder that things may not always be what they seem. Or that we all are handed different struggles in life. So if you are struggling with infertility or something else, please don't compare yourself to others. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.

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 29, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a GroVia Hook/Loop Shell or save 15% off them this week at ClothDiaperOutlet.com!

This week we're featuring GroVia Cloth Diaper Covers, also known as Cloth Diaper Shells.  We're focusing on the Hook/Loop aka Velcro closure this week.

Everyone loves a great one size diaper cover, especially one as versatile as GroVia.  Use it with a prefold cloth diaper, use it with a fitted, stay-dry inserts or even GroVia's Bio Inserts which are totally biodegradable!

GroVia's Hybrid system truly is revolutionary and super easy to use, perfect for daycare, traveling, day trips and more!  It gives you the best of both worlds!

This week not only are we giving away a GroVia Hook/Loop Cloth Diaper Shell, we're putting them on sale too!

SALE:  Save 15% off a GroVia Hook/Loop Shell when you order one this week at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Giveaway is open to participants in the USA & Canada.  All winning entries will be verified.
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May 27, 2013

bumGenius AIO comparison: Freetime vs. Elemental

Recently, we compared the bumGenius 4.0, a pocket diaper, to the Freetime, an all-in-one (AIO) diaper. Did you know that bumGenius actually manufactures two AIO diapers? The Freetime is one and the other is the Elemental. Let's compare the differences!

Freetime 

The Freetime is an all-in-one style diaper. The diaper has a PUL outer layer and two microfiber soakers attached, one at each end. The soakers are lined with suede cloth that goes against your baby's skin. This diaper fits from 8-35 pounds and has a snap down rise for size adjustment. This diaper comes in both hook and loop and snaps.


To use this diaper you just make sure the soakers are laying flat in the diaper.

Cost: $19.95


Elemental

The Elemental is also an all-in-one style diaper. This style was recently redesigned by Cotton Babies, the makers of bumGenius. The diaper has a PUL outer layer and and 6 layers of organic cotton attached. The soakers are sewn to each end, but allow for air flow in between the layers in the middle. This makes for a quicker dry time. This diaper fits from 8-35 pounds and has a snap down rise for size adjustment. This diaper is only available in snaps.

To use this diaper you just snap it onto your baby!

Cost: $24.95



So which do you choose? This is really going to be a personal preference! If you only want natural fibers, you'll want to go with the Elemental. If you need a stay dry layer, you'll want the Freetime. The Elemental is a bit more expensive. With both options, you can boost the absorbency by adding additional layers behind the sewn in soakers. The Elemental is the trimmest of the bumGenius line and is great at fitting pants over the diaper.

Have you tried both the Freetime and the newly redesigned Elemental? Which do you prefer?