August 10, 2013

PCOS to Pregnacy: The waiting game!

I don't think there's anything worse than the two week wait! Well, I guess worse would be the two week wait followed by a negative test result. Here I am on yet another two week wait, just waiting for enough time to have passed to take a test.

In my last post I shared that we may be advised to skip this cycle. I had an ultrasound on cycle day 12 that showed two mature eggs. We were given the green light to go ahead and fingers crossed at least one of them gets fertilized! The Ovidrel shot was not bad at all! I was really worried about it, but it went well. I made my husband inject it and I couldn't even feel it. I did up with a massive headache within an hour of the injection.

I've already started speculating that every little ailment is a pregnancy symptom. I'm pretty sure it's way too early for that! As far as announcing my pregnancy (if it happens), don't worry, I won't leave you in the dark! I mean, how could I? You have been such faithful readers and encouragers! So many of you have prayed for me during this time.

When I started this series in February, I actually worried that I would become pregnant right away and then the series would quickly die. I had no idea it would take this long. Here I am 6 months later, still trying for another pregnancy.

I have no idea what I'll write about next week. It will still be too early for me to test. Maybe I'll share some typical early pregnancy signs! When did you start having signs of pregnancy? What symptoms and how many days past ovulation were you?

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.

August 7, 2013

Synthetic vs. Natural Fibers - Which should you choose?

There are many options when it comes to choosing cloth diapers. Not only are there different brands and styles, but you also need to decide if you'll want synthetic or natural fibers. Here's a breakdown of some of the pros and cons of both.

Synthetic fibers are things like microfiber, microfleece, and suede cloth. Any time you hear the words "stay-dry" used to describe the diaper you will assume there are synthetic fibers. 

Pros:
  • Inexpensive - diapers that are made with synthetic fibers tend to cost less
  • Quick absorbing - these diapers soak up the urine quickly
  • Absorbent
  • Needs one quick wash to prep. 

Cons:
  • Need to be replaced every few years if used daily. Inserts like microfiber will lose absorbency over time. You'll need to replace them. This isn't so bad if you have pocket diapers, but all-in-ones that feature synthetic fibers are most likely going to need the whole diaper replaced. 
  • Compression leaks - Microfiber is notorious for leaking from the weight of your baby. 
  • Hold in smells - Microfiber tends to trap ammonia and other smells in the fibers. 
  • Some babies have sensitivies to synthetic fibers.
  • Microfiber inserts must be either stuffed in a pocket or have a stay-dry top to go against your baby's skin.

Natural fibers are things like hemp, bamboo, and cotton.

Pros:
  • Can be used inside a pocket or against the skin.
  • Absorbent
  • Easy to care for. These diapers can withstand more of a "beating" than others.
  • Will last for multiple children, many years.

Cons:
  • Must be washed multiple times before use. 
  • Slower to absorb (hemp). 
  • More expensive than synthetic fibers.
  • Some babies are sensitive to the wetness against their skin and will need a stay-dry layer added. 
  • Holes can be worn into the fabric over time (particularly cotton). 
These are just a few things to consider when trying to choose which cloth diapers to buy!

August 6, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Logan+Lenora Wet Bag Clutch and save 15% this week!

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This week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is a Logan+Lenora Wet Bag Clutch!

Logan+Lenora wet bags are new to Cloth Diaper Outlet and are available in gorgeous prints.

Features
  • Thick cotton duck exterior fabric.
  • Medical grade waterproof barrier fabric lining. The lining does not contain DEHP, Phlalates, or BPA Plasticizers.
  • Top quality water-resistant YKK zippers, top-stitched.
  • Waterproof lining seams are heat bonded (no chemicals or solvents used) to create a 100% waterproof seal.
  • Machine washable.
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Logan+Lenora wet bags are available as 11x15" wet bags or coordinating 11x7" clutches.

Coordinating Clutches are conveniently sized for a single diaper, wet wipes, moistened cloth wipes, or soiled items.

Sophisticated and compact! Waterproof wet bag to easily carry your wipes or small wet items. This clutch size wet bag is perfect to throw in your bag or fold up to fit in a pocket or front carrier.

This week we're giving you a chance to win a Logan+Lenora clutch in your choice of in-stock print.

There are many easy ways to enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Click >MORE< to view the form below this post.

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On Sale!  Shop for Logan+Lenora wet bags this week only and save 15% when you order a Logan+Lenora at Cloth Diaper Outlet! a Rafflecopter giveaway