Thursday, August 30, 2012

Great Savings at Kelly's Closet!

If you're looking to add some cloth diapers to your stash, Kelly's Closet has a great new coupon code. Kelly's Closet is offering a free diaper with purchases of $39 or more! Tomorrow is also the last day receive a free Changing Diapers book with purchases of $15 or more. Don't miss out on these great deals! Click here to visit Kelly's Closet

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Feeling Thankful

My husband went back to work yesterday. He's a physical education teacher so he had the summer off. Usually, he works at a summer camp as a camp director. Since Babycakes was born in late May, he decided to take the summer off. Since she's been born, he has only had to work a week and a half. I am so thankful that we were able to spend the first 3 months of Babycakes life together as a family.
I'm also thankful that he works so hard as a teacher and coach so I can be a stay at home to Babycakes. I know there are many moms who want to stay home with their little ones. I am so thankful I can.

Monday, August 20, 2012

#ClothDiaper Giveaways

Since I've got a few free minutes today, I wanted to spend a little time entering some cloth diaper giveaways. I though I would share a link list of some of the great giveaways I have found!

Thirsties Duo Wrap (ends 8.31) from The Boho Momma
BumGenius 4.0 (Ends 9.14) from  The Boho Momma
Life with My Littles has tons of Cloth Diaper related giveaways
Softbums Omni Cloth Diaper from Mama Bird

In addition to the giveaways I listed, the Cloth Diaper Giveaway Round Up is a link list of all current cloth diaper related giveaways. Maria, the author of Change-Diapers updates this list every week. It's an awesome resource if you're looking to score some fluffy prizes!

Bumbo Recall

I'm sure most of you have already heard but in case you haven't, Bumbo issued a voluntary recall on August 15, 2012 due to safety issues. If you would like to request a Bumbo seat repair kit, you can do so here. Repair kits are free. The kit includes a safety strap and a warning sticker. Instructions for installation can be found online. Delivery of the repair kits will take several weeks.

Image from CPSC

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Giveaway Alert!

I have a wonderful giveaway in the works for all my lovely readers! Check back soon for your chance to win!

I'll give you a hint:
If you're looking to spruce up your blog, you won't want to miss this!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Birth plans and Parenting Styles

Deciding on a parenting style is kind of like writing a birth plan. You have an idea of what you want and pray it goes your way. With a birth plan, you are deciding the very specific details of a birth that has yet to take place. Before you know what to fully expect, you decide who you want delivering your baby, whether or not you will use any pain medications, where you deliver, who is allowed in the room, what and how much intervention you will allow, etc. You can choose to plan as much or as little of the birth process as you want. The difficult thing about planning a birth is the fact that every birth is unpredictable and unique. Because of this, birth plans often get tossed right out the window which leaves many upset mommies.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Glamorous Life of a Mother

Some moms make being a mom seem so glamorous. Their hair is perfect, their makeup is perfect and their outfits are put together perfectly. Their kids seem so organized and ready for school and/or activities. They seem like they're right out of a magazine; picture perfect. But is it always like that or is that just an image that they are able to portray? I want to see some brownie batter splattered onto their perfect white jeans and I want to see grass stains on their kids knees and I want to be reassured that their babies do, in fact, cry. That would make me feel a little bit better about myself as a mother.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nap-tastic time for Cloth Diaper Giveaways!

I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but Babycakes is not a napper. Her usual 'nap' is about 20 minutes long after a feeding in my arms. If I try to move, she wakes up. If I get up, she wakes up. If I've successfully gotten up without waking her, she wakes up when I try to put her down in her rock and play, swing or crib. If she falls asleep in my Ergo, she wakes up within 5 minutes of taking her out. Needless to say, I am one tired momma without a lot of free time! I get that as a  mommy of a bitty baby, 'me time' is no longer a word in my regular vocabulary. Still, it's nice to dream about.
That being said, Babycakes will usually take one long nap a week. And by long, I mean several hours in the afternoon. I wish they were every day, but I'll take what I can get! Today, she has been napping since 2:30; it's now 5:00.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fluffy Bum!

I am proud to announce that Babycakes is finally able to fit into her cloth diapers! I knew I wanted to try cloth diapering before I even got pregnant so I started to build up my stash slowly but surely. I didn't want to have to buy many cloth diapers so I entered many, many, many cloth diaper giveaways. I didn't think I would win many because I'm not very lucky. I hardly ever win on scratch tickets, I don't win raffles and I'm always out money when I go to the casino. However, when it comes to winning cloth diapers it's a completely different story. I can't remember off the top of my head how many cloth diapers I won (because some are in the diaper pail and wash) but it's somewhere between 15 and 20. Some of the giveaways were for diaper packages of 2-3 diapers. As much as cloth diapers cost, I am so happy that a majority of my stash was free!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Week!

I'm a little late but I just wanted to acknowledge that this week is Breastfeeding Awareness Week and tell my breastfeeding story. Before Babycakes was born, I was hesitant about breastfeeding. As unnatural as this may sound, I just felt weirded out by the thought of a baby on my boob. When Babycakes was born, we didn't get to have skin-to-skin contact right away because she needed intervention. She wasn't breathing, she had swallowed meconium, and her heart rate had dropped very low. Her initial Apgar test score was a 1. Very scarey. However, Babycakes is a fighter and rebounded very quickly and was able to be placed on my chest for skin-to-skin after 15 minutes with the doctors and nurses.


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