Sweet Little Blessings Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

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Sweet Little Blessings Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

I’ve used cloth diapers on and off with most of my children. While there are many different reasons to use cloth diapers, my biggest reason in wanting to cloth diaper my babies is because of the chemicals found in disposable diapers. Plus, cloth diapers can be so adorable!

With our last baby I didn’t even try cloth. With Sean in college it was a stressful, busy time and we survived on paper plates and Costco pizzas more than I care to remember.

I knew I wanted to try cloth diapering our new baby, but I gave myself strict permission to have lots of freedom and no guilt involved in cloth diapering. I’m going into cloth diapering this baby already knowing that I’m not going to do it full time, but I’ll do it at home as often as I can.

rumparooz one size diapers

 

Rumparooz cloth diapers

One reason I love to have cloth diapers at home are for those moments when you pull the last diaper out of the bag and realize it’s late at night, and there are no disposable diapers for when the baby wakes up in the morning!

I’m surely not the only mom who has had that happen!

BumGenius Cloth Diapers

BumGenius One Size Cloth Diaper

When looking at cloth diapers, I really love the support and knowledge that can be found at Sweet Little Blessings. Since I’m a homeschooling work at home mom, I love to support other moms who do the same. Coleen is one of those, and having had 13 children she knows a thing or two about cloth diapering!

I have chosen to use AppleCheeks diapers, prefold diapers with Thirsties covers, and Fuzzibunz diapers. My favorite of those are the AppleCheeks. They are the deluxe version of cloth diapers, and if you have a husband who does not like to change cloth diapers, these are just like using disposables!

AppleCheeks DiapersWhile this is a pocket diaper, you don’t even have to take the insert out when it is soiled. It will come out in the washer machine.

I really like how this fits on the baby. There are size 1 and size 2 diapers available, so it’s not a one size fits all (which I really prefer).

Besides cloth diapers you can also find carriers and wraps, my favorite bibs, training pants and more!

You can save 10% off your order at Sweet Little Blessings when you use the code: CLOTH at the checkout! 

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To My Newborn Baby, With Love From Mama

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To My Newborn Baby, With Love From Mama!

Dearest Baby Girl,

It took nine months for you to grow and become strong enough to come into this world.

If I’m being honest, those nine months were not pleasant ones.

I loved feeling you kick and move about, but many days were spent either at the toilet vomiting, lying on my couch or bed, so fatigued I felt I couldn’t even move, and being poked for blood work and progesterone shots multiple times.

Sleeping during the last month of pregnancy

All the while, your five older brothers and sisters were running around needing the attention and care of mama.

I was torn as to who to give attention to, but ultimately knew they would survive this time. Your life was feeble and depended on mama giving you as much care as I possibly could. That meant rest, taking the progesterone, and attempting to eat even when I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep it down.

When you were born I was so exhausted I couldn’t even hold you. I didn’t cry with emotion – no laughs of joy were heard. Instead, I was physically spent and in an incredible amount of pain – more pain than I’ve ever been in before.

Giving birth can be a joyful thing, but also a very painful thing!

It was like I bottled up the nine months of work it took to get you here and put it into labor.

A week later, I gaze at your face and wonder what we would do without you. The pain of labor is still there, the need for lots of rest still persists, but slowly the agony of the nine months is fading away as I fall in love with you.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

You were born in the wee hours of the morning. It was pitch dark, and I was beginning to despair of you ever being born at home. And then suddenly, the Lord granted the prayers of my heart and you came.

Newborn Baby Girl Sleeping Peacefully

It reminds me of trials in life. We despair of ever being rid of them, and then the Lord gives us sweet relief. Even if those trials do not end, there are moments of rest, and sometimes of complete deliverance. It is far from easy, but he gives us the strength to endure.

What can take the place of your baby hiccups, your little grunts, your sweet yawns, and the frantic need you have for food and love that only mama can give right now. You were fashioned in a furnace of affliction, but you have come forward as a vessel of unspeakable worth.

I thank my God that you are here and that I was chosen to be your mother and whatever the future holds for you and I, be it joy or sorrow, I will always, ALWAYS love you.

Baby Sophia is here!!

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We are so thrilled to be able to finally announce that Sophia Diane is here! She was born Friday morning at 5:45 AM.

Introducing Sophia Diane!

She was 10 lbs, 1 oz and 22″ long. Born 10 days after her due date, we were more than ready for her to arrive! Her birth was the hardest I have ever experienced, with lots of strange twists and turns to the story. I’m still processing it all, but am so thankful I was still able to have a home birth.

My midwife was amazing and helped me through and knew just what needed to be done to help her arrive.

I have never come close to having a 10 pound baby, so this was an all new experience for me, one I hope to not repeat. 😉

Caroline and Sophia

We are snuggling and resting a lot. So thankful for all the prayers from friends and family for her save arrival! She is so precious, and well worth all the nine months of hardship to get her here!

Waiting on Baby to Arrive

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Whether it is your first or sixth baby, waiting on a baby to arrive can be rough!

It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first or sixth baby, the last days of waiting for a baby to come can be hard. The clock ticks by ever so slowly. Every night you go to bed thinking “this might be the night!” only to wake up and realize you have a new day to conquer again.

Since this is a pregnancy that was sustained through lots of prayer and progesterone I realize now I sort of expected the baby to come early. I should know by now never to have expectations when it comes to a baby making it’s arrival!

We wait. And we watch. I stop and try to feel the baby kick, but the kicks slow down at the end of pregnancy. Right when I might get worried, the baby gets hiccups (this baby has lots of those!) and I rejoice in the movement. I feel baby squirming, moving it’s head down low like it wants to come out.

I’ve felt that for weeks now though. :)

Last night we had a family movie night in our bedroom. All of us piled in our small room and watched an old classic movie together. One more evening down. One more memory made of waiting on baby as a family. The children frequently ask if the baby will come, as they feel the day is never going to come.

My boys want the baby to come so they can have a spring break from school. I just laugh and say that’s the last reason I want the baby to come!

I have special pile of books set aside from the library for my boys to read…after the baby comes. They look longingly at the pile, and I realize the due date to return those books is approaching. Oops.

So we wait together and try to keep life going, though it has slowed down.

I take a lot of naps these days.

Sleeping during the last month of pregnancy

By 11 AM I am worn out and can’t stay awake as I don’t sleep well (I’m writing this post at 4 AM!). I have learned the best way to get a nap in during this time of day is to make sure my older boys have schoolwork they can do on their own and sleep in the living room. If I go to my bed, chaos seems to erupt.

Playing legos to stay busy

The children play lots of legos. We spread a queen size sheet on the living room floor and they can build for hours.

In Freedom's Cause Story

We spent an afternoon listening to this brand new G.A.Henty story together, while the legos were being built and I sat on the couch working on school. If you need a new family audio story, this is an excellent one!

Working on school

I’m tearing apart the new reading cards needed for Book 2 of All About Reading while we listen to the story. My contacts don’t always get in these days, and my hair and makeup  barely happens. Somehow my husband still tells me I look beautiful, and I just laugh and say thank you. I have a pretty special husband. :)

Schoolbooks for the little girls

I homeschool the little girls from the couch, and try to stay on top of business work with my laptop.

Dishes piled up

The dishes get piled up. With a small kitchen it’s impossible to not have happen (that is literally about all the counter space I have). Our oldest does a great job of doing dishes, but somehow the dirty dishes always seem to win over the clean ones. :)

Through it all, we look forward to one thing. A new life coming. It makes all the messes and fatigue and loss of sleep worth it. This special time only comes once or twice for some families, and I am well aware that for some families it never arrives and their heart aches. I realize that I don’t know the future and this could be our last time, as I don’t know the plans God has for us.

My husband was telling me yesterday that I must have learned a lot of patience through this pregnancy.  I told him that instead of patience, I feel like I’ve had to grow in faith and relying on the Lord. I can only do so much to sustain this pregnancy, and ultimately I have to have faith in Him to help this baby grow, and to help me through labor.

I’m hoping baby snuggles happen soon, but until then…

We wait. And hope. And trust in God that He has the perfect birth day picked out!