Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Why do you use cloth diapers?"

I get this question A LOT!

I have talked about this before, but I found some new information that I wanted to share.

1. MALE INFERTILITY Disposable diapers could be the cause of the sharp rise in male infertility over the past 25 years. It is thought that disposable diapers heat up boys testicles to such a degree that it stop them from developing normal.

2. SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, which is linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and can therefore no longer be used in tampons, is the super absorbent gel in disposable diapers. You can find the little "gel balls" on the skin of your baby's bottom. It is interesting to note that employees in factories manufacturing sodium polyacrylate suffer from female organ problems, slow healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss.

3. TBT (TRIBULYTIN) In May 2000 Greenpeace found TBT in Pampers® Baby Dry in Germany. TBT is one of the most toxic substances ever made. It harms the immune system and impairs the hormonal system. There is speculation that it could cause boys to become sterile.

4. DIOXIN Traces of the carcinogen Dioxin have been found in disposable diapers. Dioxin causes liver disease, immune system suppression and genetic damage. It is a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine gas and is banned in most countries. Unfortunately, the USA still allows it.

5. ASTHMA In 1998 a study showed that childhood respiratory problems, including asthma, might be linked to inhaling the mixture of chemicals emitted from disposable diapers.

6. UTI INFECTIONS IN BABY GIRLS also seem on the rise with an increased use of disposable diapers.

7. BABIES POORLY DEVELOPED OUTER SKIN LAYER ABSORBS ABOUT 48 CHEMICALS if you use disposable diapers & wipes and standard baby products. This can be greatly reduced by using cloth diapers and natural baby products.

Why do I use cloth diapers? It is better for my baby! (Cost savings and environmental factors aside).

Monday, May 26, 2008

TTC will be a long road....

Moving on to cycle #4. I will be calling this month to set up an appointment with our doctor in July for our IUI cycle in August.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Nathan's First Birthday Pictures!!

Nathan and his car that my grandma bought him before she passed. He loves it!
Nathan and Pop
Nathan, Elmo, and Grandma! He loves Elmo! And Grandma too!
He loved the cards for some reason. :)
Nathan and his car!
With Grandma again.
Hmmm...what's in here?!
My cutie pie.
The cakes that I made for the party. In case you can't tell, it was an Elmo theme.

This is fun!
So cute.
He rarely crawls anymore. Always walking now!
Nathan and Aunt Kathryn

Such a ham!
Blowing out his candle
Hmmmm...what is this?!
We had such a wonderful time! It was so nice to have our family and friends celebrating with us. Nathan was great the entire time. Really loves spending time with people. I still can't believe that my baby is 1!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Then and now





Letter to my 1 year old boy...

Dear Nathan,

Happy Birthday sweetheart!!!! Today is your very first birthday. One year ago today I was holding you in my arms for the first time.

At one year, you weigh around 25 lbs and are 32 inches tall. This past month you have grown and changed so much! You are now taking steps! You can push up to standing without holding on to anything. Then you take about 8-10 steps before falling over. You walk back and forth between mommy and daddy and the furniture all the time. You are now eating so many more foods! You love bananas and Cheerios. You like macaroni and cheese and you love spaghetti! Mama is just feeding you whatever we have for dinner. You even like tacos! You hardly have baby food anymore. You are getting so big! You still babble to us all the time. You love to say mama and dada and walk towards us. Daddy loves coming home from work because you are so happy to see him. You giggle and race over to see him. You are sleeping a little better, but I still think that we have some improvement to make in that area! You love going for walks in our new carrier. You love just riding on mama's back and looking around. You seem so peaceful back there. You are still nursing all the time. We have been nursing for a year!! Such a huge milestone for mama and you. Your first birthday party is this Saturday! Lots of friends and family are coming. We are very excited! We are also getting family pictures taken on Sunday. Can't wait to get those!

And so big boy, you are 1!!! This past year has been the best of my life. We have such a special bond and I love waking up to your sweet face every morning. From 7lbs 11oz to 25 lbs, you have grown so much. Mama and daddy have grown too; We are much better people because you are in our lives. You are the center of my world sweet boy and I will love you for all the years of your life. But nothing can replace this first year.

Love Always,


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

mothers day

To all you mommies out there!

This time last year, I was in labor with Nathan! Such a blessed time of year for us.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Some updates...

First of all, thank you so much for the kind thoughts and prayers related to my grandma's passing. We really appreciate it. We are doing ok here. Taking each day as it comes. I miss her a lot. The hardest part is seeing my mom like this. She loves her mama and is lost without her.

In other news, my mama is graduating tonight! She has worked so hard for this nursing degree and I am so proud of her.

In house news, we are still waiting. Waiting on paperwork from the bank and the seller. I will be so glad when all this is over.

We keep getting closer to Nathan's birthday! Only 3 more days! We are very excited for this! His party is scheduled for May 17th. We are looking forward to it.

As far as TTC goes, the loss of my grandma has really got me back into the TTC spirit (currently CD 13-Fertile phase). I just know (in Kathleen's words) that she is up there picking out the perfect brother or sister for Nathan. Our family needs joy now more than ever, so Brandon and I are really excited about TTC. We have created a timeline for our infertility path. And after much consideration, we have decided to do some IUIs (intrauterine insemination) before doing IVF. There are pros and cons to this obviously.

Less expensive!! Only cost around $300 per cycle. IVF is $15,000.
We can start sooner!
No meds for me that could harm my milk supply for Nathan. Big Pro!

The success rates aren't as good for IUIs. However it is not impossible! We have gotten pregnant before on our own (with Noel) so anything could happen!

Our timeline:
May, June, July--Trying the old-fashioned way. :)
August--IUI #1
September--If IUI #1 fails, we will take this month off.
October--IUI #2
November, December, January--If IUI #2 fails, we will take these months off for the holidays.
February--IUI #3
March, April, May--If IUI #3 fails, we will take these months off to get ready for IVF.

We are really excited about our plan! It makes sense to us and we are looking forward to it. We just know that Grandma is up there watching over our baby-to-be.

Monday, May 5, 2008

I love you grandma!

My grandma Norma Jean passed away on Saturday morning. Here she is with Nathan on Christmas last year. I miss her so much already.