20 things I’ve learned after 20 months of infertility

1. I’m thankful that I have a child and that my infertility is considered secondary.

2. Secondary infertility (the inability to bear a child after you’ve had one or more) accounts for more than half the cases of infertility in the U.S.

3. Statistically, infertility is just as often caused by an issue on the man’s side as it is on the woman’s.

4. Shockingly few health insurances cover any fertility services at all.

5. I’m embarrassed by how many times in the past I ignorantly asked a couple when they were “going to have kids” or when they were “going to have another baby.” Don’t ask people that.

6. Savor the wine when you have another negative pregnancy test. Silver lining?

7. Some ovarian cysts are good! Eggs come from follicles which are actually cysts in your ovaries.

8. Despite what they imply in health class, if fertility is optimal, you still only have about a 20% chance of conceiving.

9. Other people’s pregnancy announcements are better on Facebook than in person. If it’s on Facebook, you can click “like” and mostly ignore it. If the announcement is in person, society expects you to smile and say, “congratulations,” even if you feel like someone just punched you in the gut. (EDIT: I truly appreciate the women who have pulled me aside and told me privately that they were pregnant, so I knew before the big announcement. This is totally okay, and your compassion means a lot to me.)

10. If twins run in your husband’s family, that has absolutely no bearing on whether or not you’ll have twins. Sorry, no, it doesn’t.

11. Fraternal twins are caused by hyper-ovulation (two eggs are released). Most often, medication causes this.

12. Identical twins are completely random and by chance. One egg is fertilized and then splits into two.

13. I’m thankful I’ve never had a miscarriage.

14. I’m aware that my son may always be an only child, and I worry about the disadvantages. Is he lonely? Is he spoiled?

15. I’m aware that if my son is our only child, he’ll have more opportunities than if he had a sibling. We probably couldn’t afford to put two kids through private swim lessons instead of group lessons.

16. “Your follicles look nice and ripe” isn’t weird to hear anymore.

17. I’m one “When are you going to have another baby?” question away from responding, “When my ovaries and uterus work.”

18. I’ve lost count of how many people have seen me naked from the waist down. Skirts are great.

19. The lab technicians recognize me when I walk in the door.

20. I have a really awesome little boy, and I am so thankful every day that God blessed me with him.

 

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Review: Avishi Organics Intensive Baby Balm for eczema

Avishi OrganicsWell, Winter Storm Gorgon has passed through our area. We only got a few inches of snow, but oh boy! did it shut this area down. Hubby and I both still worked, and Little J still went to day care, but it was treacherous getting there.

To give you an idea, in a 7 hour period yesterday morning, our local police responded to nearly 150 accidents. The roads were very icy, and people were still driving fast. The snow has stopped, but the temperature will continue to fall over the next couple of days. There’s one thing that the cold, dry weather always brings to our home- eczema.

Growing up in Canada, I often had terribly dry skin on my hands in the winter to the point that they’d crack and peel, but I never had eczema. It took me a while to recognize it on my son. Actually, I think my MIL first pointed it out, when I mentioned he had a really dry patch of skin that wouldn’t go away. This was last winter. It’s one spot in particular above his knee, and has reappeared this year. It goes away in the spring and reappears in the fall once the cold weather returns.

Little J’s eczema doesn’t disappear during the winter, but if I treat it consistently, the skin will at least stay only a little dry. It’s not bad enough then to bother Little J. One time last winter it did get out of control, and his skin cracked and peeled and almost seemed to blister?? It was the first time I’d dealt with something like that, and I was a little horrified.

The last few weeks I’ve been using an Intensive Baby Balm that Avishi Organics sent me to review. When it first arrived, I thought it was just for diaper rash, but then I read a testimonial on their website where a mother said she used it with success on her child’s eczema. So I started to use the balm for that instead, and it works! As I’ve mentioned, the balm (like every product I’ve tried) doesn’t completely get rid of his dry skin, but with regular use, the Intensive Baby Balm helps it get better (the dry patch is soooo close to being completely gone) and the balm definitely keeps the skin from getting worse. The balm does so without chemicals, fragrances, colors, parabens, and sulfates.

You can see the red patchy spot on his leg. This is when I started to use the Avishi Organics Intensive Baby Balm.
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This is after 2 weeks of application, 3 or 4 times a day. I think it looks better!

I also like that it’s a stick, because I do get tired of having to wash my hands after applying lotions and creams. Yes, frequent hand washing is good when it’s flu season, but it also dries my skin out! Because it’s a stick, I also let Little J apply it himself while I supervise. As a busy 2 1/2 year old, he loves to do things himself.
Avishi Organics Avishi Organics has all the ingredients of their balm listed on their website. Ingredients include coconut oil, neem oil, plantain, organic beeswax, and vitamin E.

Overall, I’m pleased with this product. In fact, this reminds me to go put some on my son’s leg… Okay, I’m back and just took a photo, so you can see what his eczema spot looks like tonight (that’s the “after” photo that I stuck up above). A little goes a long way with this product, so I’m pretty sure this balm will last us all winter…probably two winters.

If you or your little one suffers from dry skin, I recommend you give this a try. And, of course, you can always use this as a diaper rash cream! Visit Avishi Organics to learn more.

Note: I received a free tube of Intensive Baby Balm from Avishi Organics. The opinions reflected above are my own and may differ from others.

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Giveaway: Mombo Nursing Pillow, 8/21-9/4 (US only)

Are you expecting in 2014? Did you just have your little bundle of joy? Know someone who’s pregnant or trying to conceive? Then this event is for you! Alex of Mommy’s Obsessions is expecting her second son this October and has created an event that is perfect for expectant mothers. Mommy’s Little Miracle is a Pregnancy, Newborn/Early Infancy, and Postpartum event that will be featuring everything from maternity clothing to newborn essentials, to postpartum products you must have. We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar. Over the next three weeks you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!
 

Today Mommy’s Little Miracle is featuring the a product that many moms call a must have for nursing their little ones: the Mombo Nursing Pillow from Comfort and Harmony.

About Kids II/Comfort and Harmony 

(As from their website) 

“Innovating babyhood for three generations and counting. We‘ve been creating a fascinating world for babies since our founder, a grandmother, came up with a great idea to keep infants from slipping in the bathtub. That was 1969. Since then at Kids II®, even more original and inventive thinking has led to a long list of products that have revolutionized our industry and made babyhood more fun for everyone. We see it as a wonderful growth spurt that‘s allowed us to share our award-winning products with babies and parents the world over.
Everything we do at Comfort & Harmony comes down to two things: Your baby and you. Your time together is so precious—and so fleeting—that we want both of you to get the most from every moment. Our intention shows up in details large and small—the ultra-soothing fabrics, the ergonomic product design, the too-adorable-for-words fashion choices. It all works together—and it’s all meant to make “comfort and harmony” not just a brand but a reflection of real, moment-by-moment experiences of mothers and children everywhere.”
Photo Credits: Kids II/Comfort & Harmony
From Alex at Mommy’s Obsessions:
During the short duration of time that I was able to nurse Little Mister, we had a nursing pillow that I didn’t really care for and rarely used. When it came time to shop around for a nursing pillow to use with Little Boy I was drawn to the Mombo Nursing Pillow because of the unique shape as well as the optional vibration feature! I liked that the Mombo was more contoured than other competitors on the market, and that it was advertised as not only a nursing pillow, but a pillow that would grow with your child as well!
The Mombo Nursing Pillow has many wonderful features including Soft 2 Firm Comfort, a removable vibration unit, two patterned side options, removable slipcover, and more!

To Purchase: Comfort & Harmony offer several different options in the Mombo Nursing Pillow! Visit their website to choose the color/print that you like best!

To Win: Mommy’s Obsessions and Kids II/Comfort & Harmony want to give one lucky winner a Mombo Nursing Pillow of their own!


 

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of September 4th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommy’s Obsessions Facebook. Winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving their winner’s email otherwise they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Kids II/Comfort and Harmony. Mommy’s Obsessions and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. For any questions contact Mommy’s Obsessions. Mommys Obsessions did receive compensation or product in exchange for the promotion of this event. This blog did not receive compensation for the promotion of this event. 
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