June 29, 2013

Festive Cloth Diapers for the 4th of July!

Does your little one have a cute outfit picked out for the 4th of July? How about a few Independence Day themed diapers? Here's a few diapers for inspiration and a little something for mom and baby!

1. WolbyBug Wet Bag in Twinkle Star
2. bumGenius Freetime, Elemental or 4.0 in Moonbeam
3. Fuzzibunz in Watermelon
4. Knickernappies in Royal Blue, White and Red
5. WolbyBug in Twinkle Star
6. Piggy Paint in Sometimes Sweet

Will your little one be wearing any festive cloth diapers this July 4th?

June 28, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: BBT Chart Comparison

I've been wanting to compare my current charts to the chart from the month I got pregnant with my son. Unfortunately that chart was being held hostage unless I paid for an upgraded subscription to the website I used back in 2010. I finally broke down and did it and I'm so glad I did! Here's a little chart analysis.

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Some notes:
Periods induced with Progesterone
3rd round of Clomid 100 mg.
Ovulated on Cycle Day 22 via Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK)
Posititve Pregnancy Test on Cycle Day 34

This chart shows a very classic temperature pattern for pregnancy. It's clear to see the ovulation based on the dip and then rise in temperature. My temperature stayed high which indicates pregnancy. I actually suspected pregnancy that month based on my high temperatures. 

Below is my current chart:
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Some notes:
Periods induced with Progesterone
3rd round of Clomid 150 mg.
Inconclusive Ovulation Tests via OPK

This chart is not so great. My toddler broke my BBT thermometer on cycle day 7 and I didn't replace it until cycle day 15. There is a dip in temperature on cycle day 21. I had an inconclusive positive (I think) ovulation test on cycle day 23. The timing on that matches the chart from my last pregnancy, but I'm not 100% sure that it was positive. Last time, we used the expensive tests that showed a smiley face if you were ovulating. This time, I went the more economical route and have to read the lines. There were 2 lines, but the directions say they have to be the same color, one can't be slightly faded. Either way, we did what we were supposed to do in order to get pregnant (if you know what I mean). However, if I didn't ovulate it was pointless (except for the obvious fun reasons). 

I had been a little bummed about my temperatures until I compared them to the chart from 2010. They aren't that far off to indicate pregnancy. According to that chart and my notes, I should start to show pregnancy symptoms any day now and should have a positive pregnancy test (if pregnant) by the middle of next week. 

Emotionally, I'm all over the place. One day (or minute) I'm completely fine and hopeful. Other times, I can't stop crying. My poor husband. I've suffered a lot of headaches this month. I remember having them during my first trimester with my son, so I hang on to that for hope. I guess we'll see what happens. Stay tuned!

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.

June 24, 2013

Tips for Traveling with Cloth Diapers!

Summer is here! Are you traveling anywhere fun? Are you wondering if you can take your cloth diapers? How much work will it be, etc? Here's a break down of some tips for traveling with your diapers.

You will have access to a washer and dryer
If you are staying with friends or family, a beach house with a washer and dryer, or somewhere that has access to a washer and dryer you can take your cloth with no problems! Here's how:

  • Take a large hanging wet bag to store your dirty diapers
  • Use flushable liners to help you deal with the poop
  • Take sample sizes of your favorite cloth diaper detergent

The water type of the vacation location may be different than what you have at home. This shouldn't be an issue unless you are staying for an extended period of time. If you are worried about residue in the washing machine from others, wash a load of towels or other laundry before washing your diapers.

You won't have access to a washing machine
If you're only going to be gone for a few days, you can take your cloth and wash when your diapers when you get home. If you are going to be gone longer than a weekend and won't be able to wash diapers, I recommend using hybrid diapers! Here's how:

  • Use disposable inserts in your cloth diaper covers
  • Bring a sample of your favorite cloth diaper detergent in case you need to hand wash a cover. 

Traveling with cloth diapers is possible and much easier than you think! Many parents choose to hand wash diapers while on vacation in a bathtub or sink. This is another option, but then again, who wants to hand wash diapers while on vacation?