November 22, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Hiding my "pregnancy" belly

Ugh. I spent a little over a week injecting medications into my stomach. By the time it was all said and done, I looked 5 months pregnant. If I was pregnant, oh what a blessing! I would love my bulging belly and wear adorable maternity shirts. Instead, I'm fighting against my body and my wardrobe trying to hide it!

I wish I could just stay home in my yoga pants and my husband's old t-shirts, but unfortunately, I have to go out into the world. My toddler has preschool. We need groceries. Church on Sunday. The list goes on and on. I try to remember to suck in gut as much as possible, but it only helps so much!

I'm terrified someone is going to ask me if I'm pregnant. I look like it, that's for sure! If it was a stranger, I could play it off with a lie..."Oh yes, we're due next summer!" But, people at church, my son's preschool teachers...I can't really lie to them. I don't think people really want to have the awkward conversation of why I look like this..."No, I'm not pregnant. I just pumped a ton of medication in my body in an attempt to get pregnant. It may or may not work. So thanks for noticing."

I'm sure some of you are wondering why I care or if it even matters. Nothing is worse than being asked if you're pregnant when you're not. This has happened to me a couple of times in my adult life. Your stomach is no longer flat one day and you have a little pudge. Bam! People feel the need to comment. It helps that I'm not alone. I know this happens to countless women on a regular basis. If only people could mind their business.

I have no idea how long this bloated look will stay with me. I drinking as much water as I can to flush my system out. Of course, I truly believe it's worth it. In the mean time, I'll just keep wearing my ratty old baggy sweatshirt in an attempt to hide my body. Body image issues are the worst!

I'll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving! I'm sure you will all be too busy to read with family time and Black Friday sales. When I come back, I hope to have good news to share! Two week wait is here!

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.

November 21, 2013

Successful cloth diapering at night

Whether your baby is sleeping through the night or you are finding it hard to change diapers during middle of the night feedings, you want to find a way to successfully use your cloth diapers at night. Nothing is more frustrating than to wake up to a soaked baby and soaked bedding. Using cloth diapers at night is possible, even with the heaviest of wetters.

Here are some suggested solutions:
Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter - If you are looking for a diaper that keeps the wetness off of your baby, but is absorbent enough to last all night, the Goodnight Heavy Wetter is the diaper for you! The XL inserts are designed just for nighttime diapering. 

Super Do inserts - These absorbent inserts can be stuffed in your pocket diapers. They contain 6 layers of bamboo terry combined with 2 layers of microfiber. This combo is more absorbent than using 2 microfiber inserts together. 

Doublers - Add a doubler to your daytime diapers. They can really boost the absorbency and help your baby get the extra absorbency they need. 

Wool or Fleece Soakers - Wool and fleece soakers help keep your baby's pajamas and bed dry! Use them in place of other diaper covers. They are only as good as what's underneath though, so you'll need a good base to get started. 

Remember, what works for one baby, may not work for your baby, but there is a solution out there for you!

November 20, 2013

Trade in and trade up: How to trade in your used diapers!

Sometimes you don't love your cloth diapers. That brand may not be a good fit. You may be bored with the print. You may have purchased a whole stash of pockets only to find you hate stuffing them. You may want to switch out all of your synthetic fibers for natural fibers. Unfortunately you've made the investment and you feel stuck.

Good news! You have a way out! You can trade in your diapers and trade up for what you love! Send us the diapers that aren't working for you. We'll purchase them, give you store credit, and you can buy all the diapers you've been drooling over!

How it works:
1. Take a look at our trade-in value chart. We accept diapers, inserts, and accessories!
2. Wash your diapers and inspect them for dirt, lint, and stains. 
3. Mail them to us!
4. We'll inspect your trade-ins and send you a store credit within 3 days. 
5. Go shopping! Use your store credit for anything you want in our store!

For more information, check our Trade in page on our website. 

Now what are you waiting for? Start sorting through your stash! 

November 19, 2013

20% off All Accessories + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Avoid the rush and the crowds. We're offering Black Friday deals all month long!

This week, get 20% of all accessories at Cloth Diaper Outlet.

Free Shipping:  Don't forget, in addition to great pricing, you can earn Free Shipping at Cloth Diaper Outlet when your order totals $35 or more!

Giveaway: To kick off your Black Friday shopping, we're giving away a $25 Cloth Diaper Outlet gift certificate!

Open to the USA & Canda.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize.

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