The Truth about Motherhood

 

When you become pregnant, the “truth” about motherhood is almost hidden from you. Been there, done that moms don’t want to scare you with what is about to come.

You’ll never get to pee alone.ย I don’t care if your child is 5 days old or 5 years old. Chances are, you’ll never use the bathroom alone again. And if you try to, that’s when they’ll start getting into stuff (especially during the toddler phase) and you’ll regret not taking them with you in the first place.

You’ll survive on coffee. And wine. There are nights that you can count the hours of sleep you got on one hand. You’ll be exhausted. Coffee will be your best friend. And then when you’ve had a rough day- wine will be necessary to make it to bedtime. Might as well buy stock on both after you get that positive pregnancy test! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hello internet friends.ย Hanging out with friends with kids can be super hard. I love my Target dates and going to ChickFilA with other moms, but in all honesty, I get the most interaction from my internet friends. These moms are up breastfeeding when I am, they’re pulling out their hair midday just like me, and they crave adult interaction as much as I do. Sometimes the best mom friends you’ll have, are friends you’ve never actually met in person.

You’ll catch vomit in your hands, at least once.ย This is something that you never imagine will actually happen…. But it will. I can almost guarantee it! And if it isn’t your hands catching the vomit, it’ll be your hair. Your shirt. Your mouth. Yep- the real truth.

Prepare for the newborn pee/poop. On you.ย If you have a baby boy, you probably know this is coming. But if you’re having a girl- you can get peed or pooped on too! Just a word of advice: be quick. And if you plan on changing them in your bed at night, have towels nearby to throw over the mess so you can go back to sleep. Change those sheets in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Babies get older….ย And they turn into kids. I mean, I know we all know this will eventually happen. But I know I wasn’t really prepared for this. Give me a newborn or a toddler and I’ll rock that kind of motherhood! Give me a school-age kid with homework and preteen emotions at 6 years old- SEND HELP. Kids do not get easier as they get older. They get more independent, sure. But easier, oh heck no.

 

Motherhood is not for the weak. But let’s be honest- women are pretty badass so we get through it just fine. With wine. And cookie dough. What’s a “truth” about motherhood that comes to your mind?

 

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My Exclusively Pumping Story

I started out my pregnancy just like everyone else…confused. Perfect strangers would come up to me and ask me 100 questions about how I would raise my child. These strangers made me feel like I HAD to Breastfeed, cloth diaper, baby wear and do everything else that “the perfect parent” would do. It was completely frustrating to me but I decided to try to research as much as physically possible to make the best decision I could.

My husband and I attended Breastfeeding classes and I became increasingly confident that I could do it! My husband is one of those people who read everything the experts say and thinks we have to do it EXACTLY by the book. This is something I find incredibly annoying and incredibly beneficial. Ha Ha. Let me follow that by saying, if my husband was not so adamant and supportive of my Breastfeeding I would have given up on day one.

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Our daughter is the laziest baby ever. Even in the hospital, with the lactation consultants help, I struggled to get the proper latch and was in a lot of pain. We went home on a Friday and by Monday morning I was dreading feeding Myla because it hurt so bad and was so miserable. When those nosey strangers tell you that you HAVE to breastfeed they don’t tell you how incredibly hard it is. It’s like they forgot or something, I don’t know, but I’ll never forget.

This is the look I kept getting from Myla in the hospital.  "Yeah right mom, good luck getting me to eat from those things..."

This is the look I kept getting from Myla in the hospital. “Yeah right mom, good luck getting me to eat from those things…”

One morning I was feeling Myla and pulled her away to find blood all over her mouth and face. Screaming for my husband, I was thinking I somehow killed our baby, until I realized that it wasn’t her that was bleeding… It was me. I was so raw that my nipples had actually begun to bleed. It was awful. That day just so happened to be Fathers Day. I decided that as a present to my husband (and myself) that I would pump and let him feed her for the first time. I fumbled with the pump and hoped I was doing it right. For the first time, I wasn’t dreading feeding my child. She drank the bottle so well that I decided to exclusively pump from then on out.

There are many reasons some moms choose to exclusively pump for their babies. I chose to do this because traditional breastfeeding was not working for us. I was miserable, and Myla was hungry. “If mommas not happy, no one is happy.” That is the best advice I ever got and I totally agree!! There is almost no information or support for exclusively pumping mommas out there so hereโ€™s how it works!

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You pump just as much as you would feed your baby. At first, I pumped about an hour before she would be ready to eat. You pump, on a pressure that is comfortable until the milk stops flowing. It takes awhile at first but your body will get the hang of it. I would then pour the fresh milk in a bottle and let her chow down! She ate so much better this way, and actually started gaining weight like she was supposed to! YAY! I was blessed with “over production”, meaning I produced more milk than Myla needed so I had a wonderful stockpile in my freezer! Fresh milk only lasts a couple days in the fridge so every 3 days or so I would pour my fresh milk into the freezer safe bags with the date and lay flat in the freezer. What is great about a freezer stockpile is that when your little one starts eating cereal, you can thaw and use the milk in the cereal instead of water. Double the nutrients!

Once Myla got older and my body got used to the pumping I could go longer without pumping and not have to pump as long. I got down to as little as 3 times a day and only pump for 20 minutes or so. The downfall for all this for me was I could not go longer than a week without getting clogged ducts. If you know what these are you know how painful they are! I would spend almost an hour in the super hot shower trying to message them out so I could sleep at night. Then Myla and I got Thrush. Thrush is basically a yeast infection on your breasts and the baby’s mouth. Its terrible. So So terrible. At around 5 months I had decided that I had enough and it was becoming more of a pain. Hubby and I own our own business, so our schedules were crazy!! After attempting to pump in a moving car one too many times I knew that my lifestyle wasn’t cut out for this. Once again the thought popped into my head, “If mommas not happy, no one is happy!”

I started weaning myself off the pumping. I need to express how important it is to go as slow as possible because you can get so many infections and pain from doing it too quickly. It involved a lot of Advil and ice packs, and could never be described as fun!

Once I finally got dried up, Myla had maybe 2 weeks worth of milk left in the freezer that I continued to give her. Once I got down to about a week left I started mixing in the formula. We started out with Similiac Supplementation, which is meant for breastfed babies. This tastes the most like breast milk so it was an easy transition. At first she would drink 2 oz. of formula and 4 oz. of breast milk. Every couple of days I would up the formula and decrease the breast milk.

Myla was officially a formula baby. While part of me is mad at myself for not sticking it out, I am ultimately happy. I wish I loved breastfeeding as much as some moms do, but I hated every second of it. Formula actually improved Myla’s well being. She wasn’t going #2 any more than 2 times a month. The formula and the introduction to cereals helped her become more regular. The doctors were incredibly concerned with her bathroom habits and were on the verge of recommending some drastic measures. I could not be happier with my decision to give her formula.

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This is Myla now. ย She just had her first birthday and could not be a happier (and more ornery) girl in the world! If you are feeling lost like I was for almost the whole first year of her life, just keep in mind you are not alone. ย Also, look at the picture above. ย Myla is healthy, happy and couldn’t be more perfect! ย Whatever you chose to do for you and your little one is the right choice. ย Either way, your baby will be happier if you are happy. ย You don’t have to torture yourself to make your children happy. ย They are going to be happy if you are!

If you would like to see what my ESSENTIALS for Exclusively Pumping are, you can check out this post from my personal blog, Myla Moo Review!

It has been wonderful sharing my story with the Fluff Bum crowd! Thank you so much Amanda for inviting me to do this entry! ย -Jess

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How I Hoped to Be and Kissing That GOODBYE

As a child and growing up, I had always imagined myself as the mom that was always baking, being crafty, and just being that perfect mom. Since becoming a mother almost 4 years ago, I’ve learned to kiss that hope goodbye.

I love to bake, yes. But I can not pull off half of the creative cupcakes and cakes on Pinterest. Heck, I want to make Christmas cookies every year. And guess what day passes every year without a single cookie being made. Yep. You’re welcome Santa for those Oreos or those cookies that my mom gave us. Fail.

My kids get awesome birthday parties, but all of my paper plates are in solid colors from the dollar section at Walmart. As for my decorations, thank you Amazon! The past few times, I’ve even made the cupcakes from a box (gasp!), instead of homemade. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I get pretty cupcake liners, frost with my piping bag and cool tip, and maybe add some sprinkles or something. Is this how I had always envisioned my children’s birthdays? Nope. But it’s the way it turns out and they’re still perfectly happy and don’t know the difference.

I love seeing crafty, homemade decorations for parties and bedrooms, but when it comes to actually gluing something together, my hands and brain don’t communicate and it turns out like a big glob of a mess.I almost feel like Pinterest was created to put a damper on moms and their feelings on their own abilities. I won’t lie when I say it bums me out to see all the pretty DIY projects because I’d LOVE that in my house. But if you’ve seen me DIY, then you’d understand why I don’t do it. And I don’t want (nor do I need) to decrease my self-esteem over a stupid home decor item that I can just pay for at Pier1 or World Market.

I love seeing all the cute finger paints and projects for two year olds, but then I realize who has to pick up the large mess on the floors, walls, tables, chairs, and kids. No thank you. I have done finger paints one time. And after that, my house looked like a Smurf blew up all over it and my kids. That was the longest clean up ever. Lesson learned, be prepared and do it outside. I have also learned that Play Do is awful. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT request it for your child’s birthday, Christmas, whatever. It sticks to everything, it crumbles, it just sucks.

I’ve learned that I am not Suzy Homemaker. My house is not perfectly clean, ever. I could not pull off the beautiful dinner parties with little name plates and pretty China- you’d get paper plates, sit where I told ya, and probably pizza or BBQ because I wasn’t cooking. That’s me! And that’s okay. This blog is not filled with DIY, recipes, party planning, or whatever else you find on other blogs. It’s just not me. I’m the mom watching Disney movies and making microwave popcorn instead of finger painting. I’m the mom that finds things to do at home rather than go to the zoo during the week. I’m the mom that I am and I’m learning to accept it or change it. And right now, I’m going to accept it and spend the time with my kids at this age. When they’re in school, maybe I will bake every day. Maybe we’ll do cool crafts or maybe I’ll take up a crafting hobby and not spend my money on the stuff I can just buy instead. Who knows?! But right now, I’m just going to be me. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Rumpkinz Cloth Diaper Review

Look at this diaper! This adorable minky diaper is made by Rumpkinz- a WAHM business owned and operated by Jeanette.

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ย I love how soft it is!! I have not owned many minky diapers so I wasn’t sure how much I’d love this diaper but I fell in love with it! Baileigh loved how soft it was! The first time she wore this diaper, she just kept petting her bum! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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ย This Rumpkinz cloth diaper is a one size pocket diaper. It has a minky exterior, a hidden layer of PUL, and a soft bamboo velor interior. This diaper comes with an organic hemp doubler as the insert. I stuffed it with a microfiber insert as well, but that’s just because of how much Baileigh pees. We had great luck with this diaper. As I usually mention in all of my cloth diaper reviews, we have issues finding diapers that work really well for us because of how Bai is a heavy wetter. This diaper had no leak issues during usual play time and also during nap time. It held a lot and for that, I was impressed. I also liked the fact that I could have the diaper tight on her without it being tight around her thighs. The soft minky layer really helped reduce lines around her thighs and I would assume, made this diaper much more comfortable than your usual cloth diaper.

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Along with cloth diapers, Jeanette also makes charm pads, also known as mama cloth. (But that will be up in an entire different review!) There are other custom diapers, bibs, teething toys, and family key chains! You can currently purchase her items HERE. Be sure to like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter! If you are interested in trying a few of their products, I have coupons available for the first four mamas to email me requesting them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SWAG BAG DEAL- 2 random Rumpkinz diapers, 6 cloth wipes, and 1 pc baby soap bits for $29.99
  • 2 dozen cloth wipes with free shipping to the US for $13

Please Note: I received this Rumpkinz diaper for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are completely my own and 100% honest!

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Janine’s Place: A WAHM Slipper Review

Janine’s Place is a work-at-home mom store that makes and sells recycled wool items for mamas and babies. You can check out her Etsy store HERE.

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Here’s Bai modeling her little wool slippers. These slippers are ADORABLE! They are made with up-cycled wool with a fleece inner and suede on the bottom so baby doesn’t slip. I was really impressed with the quality and how easy they were to get on and off. Baileigh loves to be more independent since she’s almost 2 and can easily put these on and off on her own. These slippers are available in a variety of colors and a few cute prints. Any baby could benefit from these adorable slippers especially during the colder months. I have personally loved them since we switched out floors and no longer have as much carpet. Poor Bai’s toes would be cold or she’d be slipping and sliding everywhere with socks on!! They seem to keep her feet really warm (and I wouldn’t mind a pair for myself!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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Other than these adorable slippers, Janine also makes the adorable Boobie Beanie hats, wool soakers for cloth diapers, washable face pads for the mamas, and doll diapers. Her store is absolutely the place to go because she is so sweet and kind, everything you’d want in customer service!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out her Facebook page HERE and let her Fluff Bum Babies sent ya!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Would you like to win a pair of these adorable slippers for your baby?? Enter in the Rafflecopter below!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Please Note: I received these slippers from Janine’s Place for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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A Big Reminder for Any Mama

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Sometimes we all need to just sit back and remember that we’re good mamas. We all need that occasional hide in the closet, the glass of wine after the kids are in bed, or that bubble bath with the bathroom door locked. No one said this motherhood thing would be easy- it’s just worth it. So tonight, when you’re ready to pull your hair out or scream into a pillow, remind yourself that this is not going to last forever, babies don’t keep, and that you’re a GREAT mom!! Happy Thursday mamas!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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SodaStream Review

As part of wanting to become more eco-friendly, I wanted to start using a SodaStream maker instead of buying cans of soda or bottles of soda. I found out that not only is it better for you to make your carbonated drinks at home, but it does reduce waste from plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Here’s my SodaStream review:

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I received this red SodaStream maker and these syrups to make our pop and other drinks. What I really like about the actual machine is that there are no batteries and there are no plugs. This baby runs on it’s own! If you are unfamiliar with a SodaStream, there is a carbonated bottle that screw into the back of the machine. You then fill up the clear bottle with tap water or whatever water you’d prefer to use. You then screw on the clear bottle of water to the machine and press the button a few times until you hear a buzzing sound. Then you can release the bottle, unscrew it, and add whatever syrup you’d like! It’s super easy, affordable, and fast.

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Our favorite soda was cola, root beer, and ginger ale. I also really liked their energy drink even though I haven’t had an energy drink in years! The girls love it when we make our own pop and they’re always asking us to make some!

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As you can tell, they were so excited when we got it! (Maybe because they saw how excited Mommy and Daddy were too!)

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So tell me, do you have a SodaStream maker? And if not, are you wanting one? I’ve wanted one for years! And we’re so happy that we’re finally getting to try one out and use it regularly. There’s another thing we can cross off our list at the grocery store! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please Note: I received this SodaStream Maker and the syrups in the pictures for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are honest and 100% my own!!

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Meal Planning

Once upon a time, I started planning my family’s meals every week. We started saving money at the grocery store from not buying extras and there was no questioning what was for dinner because it was listed on the fridge. For some odd reason, I just stopped doing it. I found we were starting to waste food, spent more money at the grocery store, and we would eat late at night. On a mission to eat better, go to sleep earlier, and save money, we I decided to start meal planning again! Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast & Yogurt
  • Lunch: PB&J with Carrots
  • Dinner: Hamburger Soup from The Pioneer Woman

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Lunch: Leftover Soup
  • Dinner: Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce (also The Pioneer Woman), Baked Potatoes & Salad

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Sausage Sandwich and Bananas
  • Lunch: PB&J with Grapes
  • Dinner: Roast, Potatoes & Carrots in the Crockpot

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, Toast, and Apples
  • Lunch: Mac n Cheese with Peas
  • Dinner: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, & Salad

Friday

  • Breakfast: Pancakes and Yogurt
  • Lunch: PB&J with Celery
  • Dinner: Sausage, Potato, & Kale Soup (The Pioneer Woman) with French Bread

The weekend is usually our free days. We never really know what we’re going to be doing or if we’re even going to be home. So I usually make sure we at least have the essentials in our house for weekend meals. And some weekends, we find ourselves at a family member’s house or out running errands so it’s easier to pick up dinner. We also do our weekly grocery shopping on Sunday, so we typically decide that day what we want to eat that evening. This has really worked for us as far as eating better and saving money!

Do you plan out your meals weekly?

 

 

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Snuggy Baby Ring Sling Review

I was given the opportunity to write a Snuggy Baby Ring Sling review! Snuggy Baby creates many things that “crunchy” mamas would purchase: ring slings, cloth diapers, wet bags, doll slings, and all natural diaper balm.

When I first received my ring sling, I was amazed at how beautiful it was! It’s made very well with high quality materials. It took me a little bit to get used to it as I had not used a ring sling before, just admired at them. I was a little worried at how long I’d be able to carry Bai around since she’s over 20 pounds, but weight really wasn’t an issue. These ring slings provide so much support that my 3 year old wasn’t even an issue in it! These slings measure at 78 inches long by 28 inches wide. I loved that the tail was long, but not too long. It would have worked perfectly if I needed to cover up to breastfeed or to cover Bai’s head from the rain. I also really liked the shoulder. It took me a few tries to get used to it because I first felt like it was over-sized, but once I had used the sling a few times, I realized it’s perfect for distributing the weight and for more support.

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Baileigh loved being in the ring sling! She was a bit wiggly because she wanted down (she knew she’d pass out if she was “uppy” too long!) so it was difficult to keep a good seat for her. She wanted to keep popping out!

I got the chance to also try this ring sling out on a smaller baby while I was babysitting. This baby is generally a happy little 5 month old boy but he was just in a fussy mood that day. I popped him into the ring sling and got a few chores done while also tending to my girls and his brother. (Yes, 4 kids under 3 1/2. This carrier SAVED me that day!!) I hadn’t worn a baby that small in anything but a crotch-dangler so it was really nice to get to try it out on a younger baby. I didn’t get a picture of him in it, but just know, he was happy and was ready to fall asleep! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Other than the wonderful support and length of the Snuggy Baby Ring Sling, they are just beautiful. I am in love with this carrier!! All of their ring slings are just gorgeous and would compliment any outfit, on any mama, with any sweet little or big squish! There are a variety of patterns and solid colors so any mama or caregiver can find the perfect sling to match their personality and needs. I am so happy to say that we will be using this carrier for years to come as it will end up in my “stash” for future babies.

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Squirmy little thing just didn’t want to be in there any more! Ring slings are best to have a seat from baby’s knee to baby’s knee. And as you can tell from this picture… Bai did not want to sit there any longer!! She was so tired and so giggly! We got in the car to go home about 15 minutes later and she passed right out! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have been on my Facebook page, then you have probably seen that Snuggy Baby has given me a coupon code to share with all of you!! Until February 28th, you can get 10% off your order using the code below! Buy an adorable cloth diaper, an amazing ring sling, or a baby wrap! ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure you come back here and let me know what you got!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Enter in the Rafflecoptor below for a chance to win a $75 credit to Snuggy Baby’s website to spend on whatever you’d like!!!

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Please Note: I received this ring sling from Snuggy Baby for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Our Cloth Diaper Wash Routine

Cloth Diapers can be complicated, but I believe it’s only as complicated as you make them! I will totally admit that I was super overwhelmed when we decided to make the switch from disposables. There was so much information to read, to take in, and to just learn. A lot of things are just trial and error and you can’t really read enough to just figure that stuff out. You don’t know what inserts you’ll like, what type of diaper will work for you, what cloth diaper wash routine will work, so on and so forth. Some people make the wash routine complicated. Me… I make it as simple as can be:

  • Warm Rinse, no detergent.
  • Heavy Duty Wash, with detergent
  • Cold Rinse and Spin

And then you’re done! Bahda-bing. Bahda-boom. I throw everything in the dryer with wool dryer balls for 20 minutes, take out the covers and AIO diapers, and then finish drying the inserts, prefolds, and cloth wipes. The detergent needs to be what works for you. In our house, we use Gain. We’ve tried cloth diaper detergent and it didn’t take out our ammonia issues. We tried ALL free and clear, also didn’t take out our ammonia issues. We switched to Gain and have had no problems. It canceled out the warranty in our bumGenius diapers, but most of them were bought used anyways. We use a small amount of bleach about once a month to really clean them and use RLR Laundry Treatment as needed. The dirty diapers are in a hanging “rubbish bag” that was bought from Alva Baby. I spray off any poopy diapers and then just throw them in the bag. I usually wash every other to every two days. It honestly depends on the stink from the bag, how many diapers have been used, and if I really want her to wear a diaper that day that was in the bag dirty. I have so many things going on that I just can’t handle complicated.

So tell me, what’s your wash routine with your cloth diapers? And what detergent have you found works in your house??

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bumGenius Obsession

It has finally hit me. I have become addicted to not only cloth diapers… but bumGenius cloth diapers! I have had a few of their Flip diapers for awhile and I really liked using them with my prefolds or a fitted diaper for nighttime. When a few of the newer limited edition prints came out, I decided to venture into bumGenius and see what all the fuss was about. I had mainly only used China Cheapie diapers up to that point so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I bought one of each diaper: 4.0, Elemental, and Freetime. I decided this would be the best thing for me to see what bumGenius was about and decide what I liked and if I’d continue buying. Oh My. Gosh.

I had no idea that this would turn into a buying frenzy. I starting stalking any and all bumGenius buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook. I was stalking Cotton Babies and my new favorite cloth diapering store, The Green Nursery. Pretty soon, I had about 2 4.0 pocket diapers, 2 Elemental diapers, a few more Flips, and 3 Freetimes. If only I had known that I would fall in love with Freetimes…. In one week (maybe two), I purchased enough used and new Freetimes to wash them every other day. I practically have an all new stash! And I can not even be sorry. I love the convenience of not having to stuff pocket diapers. It takes me 2 seconds to put them on and I know they are diapers that will last through multiple children. I’ve also noticed that bumGenius diapers hold their value better than China Cheapies. You will find that people will pay $3ppd for a used Alva but a used 4.0 diaper may sell for $14ppd. That’s only $3 under what you paid for it in both cases but you may have a lot more use out of that bumGenius diaper.

In short, I am happy that I’ve found a brand that I am happy to stand behind. Don’t get me wrong- I do love a good deal. I’m happy paying $5 for a diaper. But in that case, I’m not supporting my surrounding economy. BY buying from an American company, I’m helping pay Americans and helping them put food on their tables. That’s a reason why I like to support WAHMs when I can. I love knowing that I am actually helping someone in the states, some family that may be struggling, just by buying their product. Do I love paying $20 per diaper? Oh heck no. But I’m getting something better quality, USA made, and I’ll still be saving money in the long run since I’m not buying paper diapers.

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Baileigh in her Carroll diaper. Adorable!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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BB-Cloth Diaper Review

BB-Cloth makes one-size pocket cloth diapers in a variety of fun prints, solids, and football team logos! They’re affordable and adorable. So what more could you really need?!

A little bit of background of BB-Cloth: This company was created November 1, 2013 after noticing the lack of football team cloth diapers on the market printed on PUL fabric. The company has since taken requests for new teams and other prints. Each design is their own and is made in a limited quantity.

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Chevron is super popular in our house so this diaper is more than just a pretty design! This diaper also came with a bamboo blend insert. Their insert worked so well that I didn’t have to double up on inserts like I usually have to do with any other diapers. This made the diaper super trim and not bulky. I was very surprised that the one insert worked so well for Baileigh! I usually have a horrible time with new diapers because she’s a heavy wetter and it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out how much pee that particular diaper will hold and if it can withstand a long car ride or her 2 hour naptime.

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I was very impressed with this diaper. It is similar to an Alva diaper, but with higher quality. Since it does compare to an Alva, you could also use it as a newborn diaper folded like this.

BB-Cloth also has a variety of fun prints that have JUST been released! And aren’t they adorable???

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Want to win a BB-Cloth diaper for your baby? Enter in the Rafflecoptor below!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Please Note: I received this BB-Cloth diaper for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Being a Young Mom

Here’s a little background of my life since becoming a young mom and some words that I’ve not only written as inspiration for myself, but hopefully words of inspiration for other young moms.

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I was 17 years old when I became pregnant with Aubrey. I went from picking out colleges to picking out nursery colors. My life did a complete turn around and I had to adjust to that along with my family, my husband’s family, and our peers. I successfully completed high school at 3 months pregnant with awful morning sickness. I had to leave almost every class, but still kept my grades up and didn’t miss a day. I had support from my wonderful friends that would grab my books for me while I rushed to the bathroom and a wonderful boyfriend turned husband that stood by me no matter what.

Most teenage mothers and young moms don’t go into it with a plan. Or they do… but it doesn’t work out. They have a fairytale stuck in their head. I will admit, I had that fairytale in my head that I’d get married, have that baby and live happily ever after. Happily ever after only happens in movies…. unless you WORK for it. My husband and I got married when I was 8 months pregnant. I was 18 and he was 17 years old and a senior in high school. We both had part time jobs and were living with his parents. 4 months into our marriage and into his senior year, we started renting a house his parents owned. We were 18 with a 3 month old baby, my husband still in high school, and on our own. And by the grace of God, things only got better. We eventually got out of our part time jobs at a pizza place and got “real” jobs. I became a daycare teacher part time and he started working for a fabrication company. He graduated from high school with good grades and had missed barely any days even though we had a new baby and had gotten married. We then conceived our second daughter.

After getting pregnant again when Aubrey was only 9 months old, we were on the search to make our lives just a little better. We started house hunting. I was now addicted to watching shows on HGTV like House Hunters and My First Place to learn the ins and outs of buying a home. Months afterwards, we bought our first home- a 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house with a great big fenced in back yard and (almost) completely updated. Even better, my husband got a raise at his job and I became a stay-at-home mom.

I can’t even count how many times I just wanted to give up. People are so judgmental and it hurts when those judgmental people aren’t just strangers but they end up being your family and friends. Doing it the “right” way is awesome: getting married, plan a pregnancy, then have a baby, and living your life. But we chose a different path: we got pregnant, then got married, then had our baby. Life was thrown at us in a million different ways. And honestly, I think we did a heck of a good job keeping up with it! We had support but it wasn’t always from the people we had wanted or needed it from. And that was just another part of being a young parent. Sometimes it felt like the only support I had was from my husband.

Life wasn’t easy, it’s not supposed to be. Our marriage had its struggles. Parenting was difficult. And adding in ANOTHER member to our family was challenging. The only thing that kept our family together was a promise that we made to each other: till death do us part. We live in a world where divorce and separation is accepted. It’s the easy way out. Replace what’s broken instead of fixing it. Not in our house!! We may be “young and dumb” but we know that there will be things constantly trying to tear us apart. And we won’t let it!

Being a young mom is difficult. The looks you get at the grocery store from complete strangers when your child is having a tantrum and even looks you get from family members hurts your feelings. Life at 21 is “supposed” to be freedom, partying, drinking, and just having fun. We traded that in for play dates, family dinners, and movie nights watching Monsters University. We should be staying up late with our friends and instead we’re going to bed early knowing the toddler is going to wake up a few times that night. Things are much different for us than our friends’ lives. You lose touch. You’re in different stages of life. Sometimes, I feel like the only friend I have is my husband. And sometimes, that’s just okay because he is in the same journey with me with the same goals in life.

Being a mother in general is challenging. You deal with the Mommy Wars if you’re 18 or 35. You have hopes and dreams for your children. You have goals in life. You have work challenges, relationship challenges, personal challenges and you have to overcome them. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young mom or one that has had the freedom before becoming a parent. You just have to push yourself to get through the day, the month, the year, and be the best mother you can be. Don’t give up. On the difficult days, remember this too shall pass.

 

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My Tiny Testers

I thought it would be fun to share a bit about my “tiny testers” for the product reviews that we’ve done!! These girls are my minis and they make my world worth living in! The are so sassy and so smart! I’m just so lucky to be their mama!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Aubrey Rose

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Aubrey is my 3 year old princess. She is super girly! She loves getting her hair done, playing dress-up, putting on chap stick, and getting her toe nails painted. She loves all things Disney! (Guess we’re doing something right!) She was born when I was 18 and her dad was 17 so we’ve all “grown up” together. Her favorite color is pink. Her favorite tv shows are Jake and the NeverlandPirates, Doc Mcstuffins, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Her favorite movies are Cinderella (couldn’t tell that by the pictures, huh?), Monsters Inc, and Sleeping Beauty. She’s an awesome little artist and loves to color! She can be a handful with her sassy attitude but she can also be the sweetest, most thoughtful girl ever. She surprises me everyday!

Baileigh May

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Baileigh is our hilarious 20 month old little girl. She has barely any hair… so she looks like a boy sometimes if she’s not in bright pink or doesn’t have an itty bitty pony tail on the top of her head! This girl never stops talking. The only time she’s quiet is when she is asleep! She’s our cloth diaper tester and she LOVES getting new fluff! (She gets just as excited as mommy!!) She is a diva and has an even bigger attitude than Aubrey! She looks up to her big sister and wants to be just like her. So far, she doesn’t have a favorite show or movie because she’s too busy exploring and getting into trouble to sit down and watch tv. Maybe when she’s tired or doesn’t feel good, but that’s about it! Baileigh is my snuggle bug and loves to just stop what she’s doing for a quick hug.

 

 

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10 Things Only Cloth Diapering Mamas Understand

10 things a cloth diapering mama will understand

Here are the top 10 things only cloth diapering mamas understand! Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom with something you think needs to be added!!

1. Stalking B/S/T sites for the limited edition prints.

2. Letting baby run around in a t-shirt (and baby legwarmers if its cold) so you can just stare at that pretty diaper on the bum.

3. One load of laundry being washed continuously all day long.

4. Needing to buy a size up in baby’s pants- waist doesn’t fit, length too long, fits tight in the bum.

5. Being up close and personal with poop… sometimes multiple times a day. Thank God for a Spray-Pal and a diaper sprayer!

6. Talking about cloth diapers. Dreaming of diapers. Thinking of diapers. All. Day. Long.

7. Shaking your head when someone doesn’t get your obsession.

8. You’re constantly looking for a new way to store your stash.

9. You enjoy folding diapers and diapers are always folded while the rest of the clean laundry sits in a basket. Unfolded.

10. Stalking your mailman when you are expecting fluff mail. And the day seems to go by so slooooooow until he/she shows up!

 

Bonus: Building your paypal account by transferring just a few dollars at a time to buy a new diaper… and hope the husband doesn’t notice!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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