11.17.2016

Cloth Diapers for Preemies

It's World Prematurity Day! In honor of all the little tiny fighters out there, I'd thought I share some pictures of my own preemie and let you in on what cloth diapers fit our preemie. Believe it or not, there are a few newborn and one-size cloth diapers that fit preemies as well!

Our son was born at 36 weeks, 4 days and was 4 lbs. 4 oz. at birth. He spent a week in the NICU and was discharged from the hospital at 7 days old and at 4 lb. 4.8 oz. From there he was transferred to the care of our adoption agency and placed with an interim foster family. At 17 days old he was placed in our arms! He was 5 lbs. 2 oz. when he came home and such a tiny little peanut! I cannot imagine how much tinier he must have been almost a whole pound smaller!

If you haven't read our adoption story, you can find that here.

I had been saving newborn cloth diapers for years, waiting for our next baby to arrive! But when we got the call that our son would be coming home (with only 24 hours notice!) I was not prepared! I hadn't imagined that we would have a preemie and that he would only be 5 lbs! So I pulled out what few newborn diapers I had that would fit. In the meantime, companies like Rumparooz, Thirsties, Softbums, and Sweet Pea Diapers were getting packages in the mail to me ASAP so that we would have enough diapers to get us through the tiny preemie stage.

Rumparooz Lil Joeys - These have to be one of the most adorable newborn diapers out there! They are so tiny and were the best fit for my little 5 pounder! They created a perfect seal around his tiny little legs. When we started to outgrow the absorbency, we used newborn doublers from Thirsties and Geffen Baby to boost the absorbency. Samuel recently outgrew these at 4 months old and 10 lbs. I was so sad to pack them away! Buy them here! 

Lil Joeys Cloth Diapers

Thirsties Newborn - I have always been a fan of Thirsties and was so glad that these fit so tiny! They were a bit bulkier at 5 lbs, but they did fit around his skinny legs! We were able to use both the regular newborn version and the natural newborn diaper. Samuel weighed in at 10 lbs. 11.5 oz at his 4 month check-up a week and a half ago and they still fit, but we're definitely coming to the end of our days with these. I've been using Thirsties and Geffen newborn doublers for a while now to boost the absorbency. Buy them here! 

Thirsties Newborn Diapers

SoftBums Echo - If you're looking for a one-size diaper that not only fits newborns, but preemies as well, SoftBums is your answer! We used these with our son when he was an average sized newborn until potty training and I was thrilled to be able to use them again on our preemie! The mini pods are the perfect insert! Buy them here! 

SoftBums Echo Preemie


AppleCheeks size 1 - Okay, so this photo makes these look huge, but I promise you AppleCheeks size 1 still fits at 5 lbs! We have quite a long ways to go until we'll need to size up to size 2. These work great with prefolds and flats, but we love using them with AppleCheeks 2 ply bamboo inserts. Buy them here! 

AppleCheeks Size 1 Preemie


Sweet Pea Newborn Covers - Thank goodness for Sweet Pea newborn covers! We had a lot of prefolds and flats, but this was the only cover I could get a good fit with at 5 lbs! They are still fitting today at 4 months, but definitely getting smaller. Buy them here! 

Sweet Pea Diapers Newborn Cover


I'll be posting a more thorough in depth post on newborn diapers, coming soon! Did you have a cloth diapered preemie? What worked for you?

This post is not sponsored. While many of the brands sent me free products, these were gifts to welcome our newest addition and they did not ask for anything in exchange. This post does contain affiliate links. 

10.03.2016

Bummis Fabulous Flo Pads

This is a sponsored post. I received products in exchange for writing an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links which help support the owner of this blog. 


I made the switch to reusable menstrual products about 4 years ago. After diving into the world of cloth diapers, it was just the natural thing to do, the next step. Not once have I regretted the decision to ditch the tampons and disposable pads for a menstrual cup or a cloth pad. Reusable menstrual products are much more comfortable, better for your body, and much more convenient! Due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), my cycle is extremely unpredictable. I never know when my period will show up. It's so nice to be able to reach into my bathroom cabinet and pull out a cloth pad or a cup when I'm surprised with a visit.

Bummis Fabulous Flo Pads

When Bummis announced their Fabulous Flo pads for the Canadian market a few years ago, I was so excited and bummed at the same time. The product looked amazing, but didn't FDA approval for the US market. So I was super excited earlier this year with Bummis announced that they had received FDA approval and that Fabulous Flo pads were now available for US customers!

Bummis Fabulous Flo pads have soft, breathable organic cotton against the skin and a waterproof backing to prevent leaks. The organic cotton lining is the same material used on Bummis AIO diapers if you are familiar with those. They come in three sizes, pantyliner, regular flow, and heavy flow. The prints are adorable and there's a snap to keep the pad in place and from sliding around. The pads are made in Canada using materials from the US.

Bummis Fabulous Flo Pads

I mostly use these as backup with menstrual cup on my heaviest days, but I also use them alone on spotty days before my period arrives or once my flow has slowed down tremendously and a cup is no longer necessary. For the amount of absorbency that I need in these instances a pantyliner is perfect for my needs, but I prefer the length of the regular flow pads so I use those instead. These pads are incredibly thin, like disposable thin! I always forget that I'm wearing them because they are so comfortable and not bulky at all.

If you're looking to make the switch to cloth menstrual pads or are looking for more to add to your stash, I highly recommend Bummis Fabulous Flo pads! They will change your period for the better!


BUY IT! You can purchase these at Kelly's Closet or your favorite retailer. Prices are listed below (US).


Pantyliners     $6.95 or $17.50 for three
Regular Flow $9.50 or $22.75 for three
Heavy Flow   $19.50 or $31.95 for three


WIN IT! Bummis is giving you the chance to win a set of pads and a wet bag to get you started! One winner will choose which absorbency they'd like (pantyliner, regular or heavy flow). Open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years or older. Good luck!


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8.01.2016

Samuel's Adoption Story

Introducing Samuel! After lots of waiting, tears, and prayers, we are so excited to introduce you to our little boy! Below is a recount of the whirlwind of events that changed our family forever and brought our new son into our lives. 



On Sunday, Charlie packed his bags for a week long conference in Phoenix. "What if we get a baby this week?" I said. We talked for a second about how crazy that would be, but then brushed the conversation aside. We thought it was such an unlikely thing to occur. We had been waiting for the call since November, but knew that we could be waiting for a very long time. We weren't seriously expecting anything to happen any time soon and we certainly weren't expecting a call saying that our baby could come home the next day. We thought we'd have a little time to prepare and wait for our baby to be born.

On Monday, Charlie hopped onto a plane and flew to Arizona. Noah and I stayed behind with our normal routine. I stayed up way too late Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday morning talking to Charlie on the phone. A three hour time difference and the fact that we're hardly ever apart made for a late night. I woke up exhausted Tuesday morning and vowed to go to bed on time that night.

Noah had camp at his new preschool, so we were up and out of the house by 9. I made it down the street when my phone rang. A local phone number popped up on the phone. It was Christy, our adoption social worker from Bethany Christian Services. She asked how I was and then told me the good news, "We have a baby for you."

Instant tears. Our baby was a boy and was born on July 4th. He was ready to come home when we were ready for him. I was still driving Noah to school, through tears and excitement. I got off of the phone with Christy vowing to call her back as soon as I talked to Charlie and was back at home. We pulled into a parking space and called Charlie.

He had just gotten to Arizona. He was there long enough for dinner and a few hours of sleep when I called. "We have a baby! You have to come home!" We chatted for a few minutes and he got off the phone so he could work out the details on getting on the next plane to come home.

I called Christy back for more details. Our little boy was born July 4th, at 36 weeks. He was currently in interim foster care. Both birth parents had picked our family separately as their top pick. They had signed the adoption papers and our sweet baby was ready to come home as early as Wednesday.

I spent Tuesday shopping, washing clothes and diapers, on and off the phone with family, Charlie, and Christy and working out all of the details. It was a crazy day! We had spent months, years really, preparing for our second baby. I had saved most of Noah's clothes and we had tons of cloth diapers. I just needed to pull everything out and get ready. In less than 24 hours our baby would be home with us!

Tuesday night I took Noah out for a little Chick-fil-a date, soaking in every last second of my moments as a mom of one. We went to Kohl's and picked out a big brother shirt for him. We got milkshakes and snuggled before bed. It was bittersweet for sure.

Due to storms and last minute flight changes, Charlie didn't get back home until the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday. We hadn't had much time to talk between the chaos of Tuesday and him being on a plane most of the day. We needed to pick a name. I needed a hug. I was so overwhelmed with emotions and excitement.

On Wednesday morning, we drove across town to the adoption agency. When we walked into the room our little boy, Samuel, was there with the foster parents. He was so tiny, just 5 lbs. 2 oz., but he was perfect! Such a sweet little boy!



We spent the morning talking about Samuel with the foster family, learning about his last few weeks and getting to know this amazing couple that had been taking care of babies since 1980. We spent time learning as much as we could about Samuel's story and signing paperwork. Then we loaded our two boys, one big and one oh so tiny, into the car and drove home. Just like that we were a family of 4.



All of the waiting. The infertility. The tears. The impatience. It was all worth it. Samuel fits perfectly into our little life. We are adjusting to our new life with a newborn. It's exhausting. I had forgotten how exhausting it is to have a newborn.



Charlie is on paternity leave and Noah is out of school until the end of August. We're having lots of family time, all adjusting to this new life. Noah is a great big brother! He's adjusted very well to having Samuel here and doesn't appear to be jealous. Kal, our dog, on the other hand is having some jealousy issues and isn't quite sure what to think of a new baby.



We want to thank you all for your prayers and love! Your support as we went though years of infertility treatments and then even more love and support as we began our adoption journey is so appreciated! I can't wait to share what our life with two boys looks like. It will take me some time to find a new normal and to juggle my time, but I promise to share lots of pictures and stories soon!

Much love,
Jenny


6.22.2016

Bummis All In One Diaper

This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. 

Bummis is a favorite brand of mine! You can't beat the quality of their classic prefolds and their swim line is amazing, one of our favorites! But Bummis also has an amazing and fairly new all-in-one diaper. This new AIO is not something you'll want to overlook! Keep reading for more details!


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The Bummis All-In-One Diaper features a double sided custom booster with stay dry polyester on one side and organic cotton on the other side. The organic cotton is the same dimple fabric featured on the Bummis Dimple Diaper Fitted and used in their Fabulous Flo pads (which I'm currently testing and loving, stay tuned for a full review). The organic cotton makes this diaper very trim while maintaining maximum absorbency.

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You can lay the attached flap insert on top of the pocket opening for a stay dry layer or stuff the insert into the pocket to use the exposed organic cotton lining. The pocket opening is generous and perfect for boosting the absorbency with an additional insert or stuffing with a flat or prefold.

Cloth Diapers


If you're looking for a trim, one-size, all-in-one diaper, I'd recommend trying the Bummis All-In-One Diaper. It fits from 8 to 35 lbs and retails for $28.95. Don't forget that all Bummis products are Made in Canada!

WIN IT! Bummis is giving you the chance to win an AIO in your choice of color or print! Can I suggest the new Tampa print? Totally adorable! Enter below to win!

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