August 3, 2013

You might be a cloth diaper addict if...


You might be a cloth diaper addict if...

  • you have enough diapers to last you more than a week without washing.
  • you started cloth diapering to save money, but have passed the savings threshold. 
  • you collect limited edition prints.
  • you've started a newborn stash for a baby that isn't conceived.
  • your child is potty training and you still buy more diapers.
  • you love doing diaper laundry.
  • you take your baby out in just a t-shirt so you can show off the cute cloth! 
  • you look for any opening in a conversation to bring up cloth diapers.
  • your Facebook newsfeed is full of cloth diaper pages.
  • you teach your child colors like "Twilight, Dazzle, and Ribbit" instead of blue, purple and green.
  • you spend your free time window shopping for cloth diapers on the internet. 
  • you plan ways to convert all your friends to cloth diapers. 
  • you have dreams that involve cloth diapers. 
  • you spend more time chatting with other cloth diapering moms online than talking to your real friends. 

What else can we add to the list?

August 2, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Living in the real world

I had an epiphany yesterday. If I could just shut out the whole entire world around me, I could be content. I wouldn't be jealous of every pregnancy announcement and every new birth. I would stop comparing my life to others and actually enjoy the one I have.

Don't get me wrong. I love my life. My desire to have another child is real and isn't going to go away even if the only two people I encountered in life were my husband and my son. That being said, I do think it would be easier to deal with. Every time I open my Facebook newsfeed I'm bombarded with pregnancy announcements or new birth statuses. Instagram and Twitter included. I can't escape it. I actually took a break from Facebook at one point and vowed not to look at my newsfeed. It helped, but I'd never be able to escape it completely.

My job is in social media. I get paid to be on Facebook. So there's no escaping that. When you work in the cloth diaper industry, there's also no escaping the tons and tons of pregnancy announcements and new baby posts. But even if I were to quit my job and throw my laptop away, I couldn't escape it. You can't avoid family and friends. You can't avoid other moms at the park or the expecting mom in the grocery store line. That's not real life. It's something I have to deal with.

I'm trying to learn to stop comparing my life to others. We are all handed different lots in life. I love my life and I know that I have a good one. It is incredible and I'm so thankful for the blessings I have. If I could just stop wanting what other people have. If I could just stop wondering why getting pregnant for others doesn't involve time, money, or stress.

You could really apply this post to just about any life situation. The single girl wonders why she isn't married and is invited to yet another wedding. The couple struggling financially wonders why they just can't catch a break. The parents of sick children wonder why their baby can't be healthy. It goes on and on. It's real life and it's something everyone has to do deal with.

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.

July 31, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: The risks in moving ahead

Our new plan is in action and we are counting our cycle days! I had our baseline ultrasound this week. The point of the ultrasound was to look for cysts or fluid that could be in the way of ovulation. The nurse also looked at my uterine lining to make sure it was not too thick or thin. Everything looked great! There were no cysts (yay!). My left ovary was full of follicles which are the sacs that hold the egg.

The nurse did warn me that at my next ultrasound (pre-ovulation) my not be good news for me. She said if there were more than 4 eggs ready to be released they may advise me to skip this cycle for pregnancy. The Ovidrel shot will aid in making sure the eggs are released and ovulation happens. If there are more than 4 eggs released my chance of multiple pregnancies increases dramatically thanks to the shot.

I really have mixed feelings about this. I would be okay with twins (I think), but anything more than that would be hard to wrap my mind around! Not to mention my husband is really worried about the effects that multiple pregnancies has on the body of the mother. But I can't help but thinking that I don't want to skip a cycle! By the time ovulation occurs, we will have poured over $500 in out of pocket expenses to this cycle alone and let's not forget about the time! I'm getting impatient!

So let's all cross our fingers that we don't have make that decision when the time comes! Let's all hope that ovulation occurs and there are only a few eggs. I'll keep you posted! I'm pretty sure that waiting until the end of the first trimester to announce a pregnancy would be pretty hard thanks to this series. :)

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.

July 30, 2013

What to look for when choosing training underwear

Potty training can be an exciting time for your child! There are many ways to do it, but choosing the correct training underwear can really help you have success!

Pull up style - Being able to pull up and down the trainer is key! With a regular cloth diaper, your child will most likely need to lay down to put the diaper back on. This is really inconvenient when you are away from home. A pull up style also makes it easier for your child to learn to do it for himself!

Side snaps - Side snapping trainers are perfect for those times when accidents happen. The snaps make it easier for you to remove the trainer without smearing the mess all down your child's leg.

A little bit of absorbency - If you switch from diapers to straight underwear, you will have to deal with the puddles that come with accidents. A trainer usually has a tiny bit of absorbency so your child won't flood the floor. The right trainer won't hold a ton and you'll be able to tell almost immediately that your child has missed his potty opportunity without you having to clean up a huge mess!

Adjustable absorbency - If you can adjust the absorbency of the diaper, you can make it work for all types of situations! Add an extra absorbent layer for naps and nighttime as needed.

Ability to feel wet - You want your child to know when they've had an accident. It's part of the learning process. So look for a trainer that lets your child feel the wetness.

How long did it take your little one to potty train? How old were they?