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A Month and a Day: Lily’s Birth Story

It’s been a month and a day since the doctor came in and told us that it looked like labor would take 24 hours or so and gave my husband and I a look that said, “Yeah, right,” when we told him that he had predicted a 12 hour labor instead.

It’s been a month and a day since they started the pitocin 11 days after her due date, after one missed induction already, and after a week of prodromal labor that never picked up for more than an hour or so.

A month and a day since we drove early in the morning after a long night of, “maybe this is really happening,” labor and about 3 hours of sleep.

A month and a day since the nurse took my birth plan to the legal department, came back, and said that we could do everything on the birth plan except for three things…three things that would not have been there if I knew that I was going to be induced.

Drew slept for the first few hours, and my doula, Marcie, kept me company. The first few hours flew by as the nurse came in and upped the pitocin little by little, and I sat there waiting for them to get stronger. Then I started having to work through them. Drew went to get me some hard candy to keep my blood sugar up.

Then it happened. A LONG, HARD contraction that didn’t let up for what felt like forever. All I could think was that it wasn’t going to get any better because this was pitocin. I was maybe a 4, and I knew that I couldn’t handle it for much longer.

I decided to get the epidural. Before they put it in, the contraction ended, and I felt immediate relief. But I still got the epidural because I felt that I needed the break. That was at 2:39.

They put me on my side, then checked me. I was maybe 6 cm, and I thought for sure that it would still be a while.

My nurse came in and put me on oxygen because Lily’s heart rate was too low. I started getting shaky at this point, and the only thing that kept me from shaking too much was holding Drew’s hand. It was during this time that we decided to change Lily’s middle name to honor Drew’s grandfather who had died the day before.

My nurse came in a couple more times and turned the pitocin down each time. Then she came in and said that they would need to turn it off for Lily’s sake.

The contractions kept coming, though, and soon I could feel an intense pain in my left hip. The nurse came back in, and Marcie asked if they would check me again. I was 8-9 cm, and she called another nurse to come in because I was dilating very quickly. Soon, there was only a lip of my cervix left…and then I was fully dilated.

The same doctor that had told us it would be 24 hours came in before 12 hours had passed to deliver Miss Lily. 5 pushes later, she was born!

The doctor placed her on my chest immediately, and I just ate her up. Her first latch was amazing. She was definitely hungry (possibly from the knot in her cord), and she has nursed like a champ since! She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth. At her 2 week checkup, she had grown to 10 pounds, 7 ounces! Yay Mama’s Milk!!

We let the umbilical cord stop pulsing before Drew cut it, and they delayed many of the newborn procedures for the first hour. They even put on her first cloth diaper (a BumGenius newborn AIO in Butternut). We had asked to bathe her ourselves (mostly because Johnson & Johnson made me, my sisters, and Abby break out as infants…and I wanted to use Earth Mama Angel Baby on her), and we waited until the next day to give her her first bath. I was thrilled that they honored our birth plan so closely, and I even loved using cloth diapers in the hospital!

Even though it wasn’t what I wanted or how I wanted it, Lily’s birth was healing for me. After Abby’s birth, I felt incompetent. It took me a while to get used to taking her places and doing things with her. Lily’s birth and the support that I felt surrounding it has helped me feel more empowered as a mother, and I’m more confident in my decisions than I have been in a long time. I am enjoying getting out with both of my girls, too, though I think that is partly because of my Boba Wrap.

11 days “late,” born in the wake of a death, and empowering your overly-cautious mama, Lily-girl, you rocked our world…for the better.

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Jeniffer’s Cloth Diaper Bucket List

On Monday, Melissa shared her Cloth Diaper Bucket List, an idea we both loved when we saw it on Cheerful Homemaker and The Cloth Diaper Revival (both awesome bloggers). Today it’s my turn to share my ultimate cloth diaper wish list!

I have to say that my stash is pretty awesome. I have more than enough diapers for Abby, though I’m hoping to have a few more before Lily grows into her One-Sized diapers too. While I do have my favorites, I still have some diapers that I’d love to try out. I’ve also realized that I’m a slight diaper snob. There are just some diapers that do not interest me because of how they’re made or the materials that are used.

Fuzzibunz One Size Diaper- I have a much older style of Fuzzibunz (the first one…without hip snaps!), but I’d love to try a newer one. Even with the mixed reviews that I’ve heard!

Rumparooz G2 One Size- I have never tried a Rumparooz. I’m not a huge fan of the colors or most of the prints, but I’d like to at least try one.

Lil Joeys- I know that this would be the perfect time to try a Lil Joeys diaper, but they seem so small. Since Abby was 8 lbs. 9 oz. I doubt that they would fit for long. Still. SUPER CUTE SQUISHIES!!

Flip One-Size Cover - Most of my covers are Thirsties or made by work-at-home moms. But as much as I love my BumGenius diapers, I have a feeling that the Flip covers would be a great addition to my stash.

Blueberry One Size Bamboo Deluxe - The Blueberry diapers that I have are all older, so I’d love to try a newer style. Besides, their girly prints are SO cute!!

Blueberry OS Bamboo Fitted- I love my fitted diapers, and these come with such cute designs!

Happy Heiny’s One Size- While I’m not a fan of the overall design, this is another that I’d love to at least try once.

Babykicks 3G Pocket - I’ve heard such great things about the absorbency of this diaper, and I’d love to give it a try.

Knickernappies One Size Pocket - This diaper has cute colors and is side-snapping, something I really like even though I haven’t had one that fit Abby in a while.

Bummis Tiny Fit Tots Bots- I’m still waiting to try out my Tot Bots Easy Fit, but I’d love to have the smaller one, too. The Easy Fit does get pretty small, but I have a feeling it will be very bulky on a newborn!

Thirsties Duo AIO- I love Thirsties on smaller babies, so I’d love to try their AIO sometime!

Eco Posh Fitted- The colors of these are super cute! And again, I love my fitteds. :)

Sustainablebabyish Bamboo Terry Flats- These are super stretchy and absorbent. I’d love to have a couple in my stash!

Sustainablebabyish Wool- Shorties, longies, and covers. These are way too expensive for me to buy, much less to add as many as I’d love to have! And they have new colors every few months. I could become seriously addicted to their color palettes!

In all honesty, these are nice “what-if” diapers. If I win them or get a chance to review them or have diaper money again. If I can convince myself that trying them out is better than buying more BumGenius or AppleCheeks diapers…or a Boba carrier! Otherwise, they may stay on my wish list forever. :)

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What is the one diaper that you feel would complete your stash?




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Melissa’s Cloth Diaper Bucket List

Last week Jeniffer and I shared our Summer Bucket Lists. But we were both recently inspired by reading another kind of bucket list – a cloth diaper bucket list! The idea originated with Etta at Cheerful Homemaker, and was picked up by Jenny at The Cloth Diaper Revival (both bloggers we <3 by the way!).

You would think with the kind of stash I have, I would be content, right? *sigh* The honest to goodness truth is that I know I have more than enough cloth diapers. But there are still several types of diapers I want to try, or prints that I am dying to have in my stash. So, here’s my bucket list – the diapers I would love to add to my already too big   stash. Before you hate me, know that I probably won’t get to have these diapers unless I get the chance to review them, win them in a giveaway, or someone finally takes me seriously about wanting cloth diaper money for birthdays and Christmas!

Blueberry One Size Deluxe Cloth Diaper  – Monkeys print (or Dinos, or…) I own a ton of Blueberry diapers, and they are one of my absolute favorites! But mine are all white. I am obsessed with monkeys, and I think this is one of the cutest monkey prints I’ve seen!

bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Snap Closure – Albert This is another favorite brand. I have one Freetime with hook and loop, but I would love to have it in snaps, and Albert is another drool worthy print! I won this at the #clothdiapers chat – woot!


bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Snap Closure – Moonbeam, Clemintine, Butternut, and Twilight – Love these colors!

AppleCheeks Little Bundle Set MicroTerry size 2, Wild Child (or almost any color!)- I love AppleCheeks, and the Wild Child print is precious!

Tots Bots Easy Fit All-in-One One Size (snap closure) - I think the prints for these are so unique and cute, especially for boys!

Thirsties Fab Fitted – I’ve heard great things about them, and they are adorable in person (I got to see Jen’s new squishy!)

Rumparooz Lil Joey’s Newborn - Hey, it’s a bucket list, right? I may not be expecting, but I would love to try these out.

Rumparooz G2 One Size Pocket- I have one of their covers and really like it, so I’d love to see how the pocket compares.

EcoPosh Recycled Organic One Size Fitted Pocket Diaper - These sound really interesting to me, and have since they came out.

Swaddlebees One Size Simplex All In One Diapers – also Monkeys!- These come in the same adorable prints that the Blueberry diapers come in, and look like they are the same great quality.

Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Fitted Diaper Size 0- I know, I know… These are newborn diapers again…

Geffen Baby prefolds – With Nehemiah the heavy wetter, I think these would be great. I’m hearing wonderful things about them so far.

Sustainablebabyish Snapless Multi-fitteds – I fell in love with these during a Great Cloth Diaper Hunt!

Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool Longies – Really, can I get a pair of these for me, too?! They look so comfy!

A pair of handknit custom wool longies – These would be awesome, especially for the fall and winter. I would love a great blue and brown, or maybe a monkey somehow! I know there are a lot of great WAHM’s who make them.

A really cool retro Marvel comic book pocket (especially interested in featuring Spiderman) – I know you can often find these from WAHM’s on Etsy or Hyena cart, and if I had the funds I would totally be on the hunt.

Do you have a cloth diaper bucket list? What’s on it?


This post contains several affiliate links, so if you shop my bucket list, you might own diapers I am jealous of, but you will also be supporting Sisters ‘N Cloth ;)

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