September 20, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Things always happen at the right time

Last week was a big week. We had to make some big decisions. Do we continue with our last round of fertility treatments if I'm not pregnant? You can catch up if you missed last weeks' post here.

I was supposed to test on Sunday. By some miracle, I wasn't feeling anxious about testing. In fact, I had managed to keep my mind off of pregnancy tests and I didn't feel the need to start testing a week early. The nurse told me to test on Sunday, but I had decided to wait a couple days. I had patience which is incredibly weird for me! My husband was curious and really wanted me to take a test on Sunday, so I caved. I took the test. Not pregnant. I didn't cry. I shrugged my shoulders and went on with the rest of our day. I didn't expect to see a positive result. In fact, I would have been shocked.

I started my period later that night. I knew I should have waited a day or two to test! Once my cycle started we had to decide quickly what we were going to do. We talked about modified treatments...no ultrasounds or injections because they are expensive, but trying the Letrozole on it's own. We talked about doing nothing because fertility treatments are making us broke. We talked about giving the treatments one last try. I logged into our health insurance account on Monday morning and saw that we had recently met our deductible. What a blessing!

We have decided to go with the last month of treatment. This month will cost us a fifth of what every other month has cost. We feel like as inexpensive as it it, it would be foolish not to try. It was a relief to go in for the ultrasound this week and only be charged $30. I picked up the injection at the pharmacy this morning and it was only $20. Just when we were ready to give up, a miracle happened. We could afford it! It wouldn't be a financial burden on us to try this round.

I'm still okay with not being pregnant. With my son, we got pregnant on our third and final round of treatments. I was a nervous wreck that month worrying it wouldn't work. By some miracle, I'm not consumed by being pregnant this time. Don't get me wrong, I still have my moments, but they are few and far between these days.

So here we are, trying again. This is it no matter what for this type of treatment. If it doesn't work, we'll be advised to meet with the doctor to reassess our treatment plan. Since we've met our deductible, we'll have to see what our options are. At this point, I'm just taking it one day at a time. No worries. No anxiety.

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.

September 17, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win Piggy Paint Nail Polish and save 15% when you order this week!

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September 16, 2013

Cloth 101: What is a pocket diaper?

Welcome to the world of cloth diapering! Are you confused by the amount of information you find when researching cloth diapers? It can be incredibly overwhelming at first, but it's not as hard as you think!

One of the most used types of modern cloth diapers are pocket diapers. Read for more information on what a pocket diaper and how to use it!

Pocket diapers are similar to using a disposable diaper. The difference is, you wash a the cloth diaper.

There are two components to pocket diapers.
1. Waterproof outer shell
2. Absorbent insert that stuffs into the shell

Once washed and ready to use, you simply fasten the diaper onto your baby. When soiled, you remove the diaper, dispose of the waste, pull out the absorbent insert and wash. After each wash you'll stuff the insert back into the pocket opening and use again!

Most pocket diapers are sold with inserts included. You can use the inserts provided or you can stuff just about any absorbent material into the pocket. If you find that one insert does not absorb enough for your child, you can add a second insert or a doubler.

Many pocket diapers keep your baby feeling dry by wicking the moisture away with the inside lining.

Have you tried pocket diapers?