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I’m Pregnant!!! Who’s the fool you or I?

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(Photo courtesy of Fill Their Arms)

April Fool’s has come and gone yet again this year, leaving me with the taunting question are you the fool or am I?

Statistically you do not have to compare or research to notice the obvious that making a pregnancy announcement as joke is the number one joke we all come across. You have either been the joker or the victim that has fallen into the trap. I myself, have been guilty of being both the joker and victim. Announcing a fake pregnancy is something I used to find as an easy sense of humor that many would fall for. Of course, after numerous times of doing it the joke got old and was not nearly funny. I lost the humor after about six years of Infertility. Suddenly pregnancy was something I took seriously and had sensitivity towards.

The mere thought of facing this joke this year was agonizing. I was not quite sure how I would cope. Would it be something I might take light to and have a good laugh? Or would it be something that felt like a wound being torn apart once again? Fortunately I have been very open about my struggles with Infertility, shared the photos of reconsidering using the joke and expressed my feelings towards it on my social media sites. Though no comments were left about any kind of opinion I had seen no joke except for one pertaining to pregnancy. Maybe there was a new trend this year or just maybe I reached at least one person who took my thoughts into consideration. Whatever the case may be I was very grateful I did not have to deal with it at all. At least that is what I had though.

Then doing my nightly updates and searching on my social media sites I came across another post with a picture. It was one pertaining to thinking twice about posting fake pregnancies. I must include this was posted on a Infertility support page. My eyes were filled with shock!! There were multiple negative comments about those who suffer from Infertility and not knowing how to handle a joke. Infertile women were criticized for being overly sensitive and not knowing how to handle a joke. It was obvious that these people had never experienced Infertility or supported someone who had.

In a way I felt sorry for them to know something is to have full understanding of the subject. Clearly none of them had understanding. Then again maybe I did not understand them. At one point in my life I was that person who could share a joke about pregnancy, laugh my heart out and forget about it. Now I am that person who cries because people consider pregnancy a joke. I understand that anyone has a right to display whatever joke they would like but the consideration prior to posting is the one thing I wish for. I could choose to shelter myself from negative comments and a lack of support. However, I choose not to because the honest truth is that the people that have no place in my life may never truly understand or have compassion. If I can reach at least person to find understanding and compassion than that means I am one step closer to making those realize that sometimes a joke just is not a joke.

You realize a joke is not a joke when you go through at least three rounds of IVF, a loss of a child, eight years of Infertility and/or empty arms that are never filled. Pregnancy is a gift that a woman is given, to carry a human being inside of your womb. To feel your unborn child grow inside of you and to love someone like no one else you have never loved before them. That is the beautiful bliss of pregnancy. You may think I am a fool for being sensitive when there is a joke about being pregnant but then again I think you might be a fool for thinking of a life growing inside of you is a joke.

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Hoping Believing Waiting Review

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Hoping Believing Waiting is an incredible shop I stumbled upon after my diagnosis with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and during my struggle with Infertility. I searched high and low for a shop that would provide me chic, meaningful and one of a kind awareness jewelry. This shop was created in order to give those who struggle through their journeys support, hope and belief while waiting for their miracles. While supporting her customers in return we get to support her through her journey as well.

For so long I had been searching through her shop and waiting to receive something meaningful. I decided what a better way to show how much I wanted one of her products than to share on my Facebook page. Some of you may ask why I just did not purchase the items myself but at the time I felt items like hers should be gifted in support of my journey(how times have changed now). While I was hoping for a special piece to symbolize my trying to conceive journey, my sister was actually waiting for an item for HBW. In anticipation my sister could not wait to give me my special Christmas gift ahead of time. She told me since I had talked about it so much and considered purchasing it myself she could not wait. Upon opening the box that my gift came in my tears started to flow. Inside was a baby dust ornament. It was full of glitter that sparkled, a written note on the inside that read,”Baby Dust” and little charms to complete it. If that was not enough it glowed in the dark! This item felt like it was made special just for me. The meaning behind the ornament and  coming from my sister the feeling was overwhelming(in a good way). For the first time I felt the full support from my family, the hope and the wanting of feeling special to be completed.

During the holidays, special occasions, awareness months and birthdays I have started my very own collection. I decided to purchase a few silicone wrist bands for Infertility, TTC and PCOS awareness. That was not enough for me so I went ahead to purchase some for my friends along with baby dust bottles to gift. Of course, I kept a few for myself. My friends and family have all bought me necklaces throughout this past year. Every time I receive a new item I am amazed with how they make me feel all over again. I never fail to have tears in my eyes and I cherish all of my items dearly. HBW’s items have managed to give me that bit of hope that I need when I feel like it is lost. I am thankful for being able to carry such priceless items with me during my journey. I would recommend this shop to anyone who is in need of some hope through any journey they are going through. The prices are just right, the items are high quality and the costumer service is full of support! (Infertility Awareness Week is in the month of April do not forget to purchase your awareness items in time).

The best part of Hoping Believing Waiting is the variety of items there are. Some of the items included are:

-awareness/baby dust bracelets

-bracelets

-key chains

-magnets

-earrings

-ornaments(special ordered during the holidays for PCOS, angel babies and TTC)

-electric Candle

More Information about Hoping Believing Waiting:

  • Hoping Believing Waiting was founded by Priscilla(Silla) a home based shop owner
  • Fundraising/Hobby shop revolving around personal struggle with Infertility

-fundraising for own Infertility journey

-encouraging items to bring to those waiting for their miracles

  • Offers to help fundraising:

-offer to design embossed silicone wristband to sell to friends, family members, co-workers, ect.

-must purchase 100 wrist bands or more(you can check out HBW’s Facebook page for further details)

  • Jewelry designs are based on Infertility, Baby Dust, PCOS, Endometriosis, Angel Babies, IVF and much more

To find out more about Hoping Believing Waiting you can connect with her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hoping.Believing.Waiting

or shop at her online store(US&INTL’ shipping):  http://hopingbelievingwaiting.weebly.com/

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Naturepedic’s No-Compromise™ Organic Cotton Classic Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress Review

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I have nothing but mommy certified things to say about the Naturepedic’s No-Compromise™ Organic Cotton Classic Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress (via the company).

Let me explain, to help you better understand what life was like before Naturepedic’s mattress. When the only mattress was a conventional one. The one that offered no support, sleepless nights, fussy baby and plenty of toxins to go around. Let’s not forget to mention flammable material as well.

When we brought home my son he was eleven days old. There was no time to prepare for nine months and the means were not there as much as we needed them to be. That is when we decided to opt into buying a mattress that was a reasonable cheap price(at the time that was what the budget called for).  I was not as educated as I would have loved to be about mattress and the harm they can cause on your baby. They are meant to keep our children safe, comfortable and keep them at ease. Instead the opposite had taken affect. Sleepless nights, no comfort or support. On top of that I could not keep my son in his crib.

I personally slept on his mattress a few times. There was nothing I enjoyed about it and I could see where his frustrations were as well. With my son learning how to climb at eleven months old safety turned more into a huge concern of mine. Add on the bouncing from the mattress and we were headed for a disaster.  My only thought was to seek a mattress that was healthy, safe and kept my baby happy.

I came across Naturepedic’s mattresses completely fixated on wanting to learn more about their products. Upon receiving Naturepedic’s mattress I could tell just by looking at the product that it was of high quality. Right away I was sure to put the sheet on which was super easy to do. The old mattress I had to remove completely to apply the sheets. However, this mattress I could just pull one side up put it back into the crib and continue onto the other side. The mattress was firm and no concern for my baby climbing out. Bouncing around was no longer an option due to the firmness. Once the mattress was made I put my son in the crib. He was such a happy baby so much that he decided to sleep in it that same night! This was the first night I can honestly say he slept most of it in his crib. No fuss, moving around. There was not even a sound to where I had to check on him just to make sure he was doing well. Yes, finally a peaceful happy baby that was comfortable in his own bed.

When we received the mattress he was thirteen months old and he is now twenty-four months old. Many months of using this product and he is a much happier baby. He does not look to the mattress as a punishment but now he looks at it as a place of comfort. Somewhere to relax and play. In the next few months I plan on purchasing a toddler bed and using this mattress to make our transition. Baby and I are looking forward to that day. Hip hip hooray to a better night’s sleep for baby and mommy.

Product Features:

  • Organic Cotton Waterproof Fabric(also functions as a dust mite/bed bug barrier)
  • Organic Cotton Filling
  • Firm comfortable Support
  • Seamless or Decorative Trim Options
  • Hypoallergenic Design(is latex and wool free)
  • 2-Stage Dual Firmness Available
  • Snug Fit In Your Baby’s Crib
  • Organic & Greenguard Select Certified

Depending on what price range you are seeking Naturepedic has a mattress and many other products that can meet any parent’s budget. Save yourself the money and the headache. Spend a little more for comfort and years of wear to adore.

Naturepedic Products In General:

  • All of the products are free of added fire retardants, phthalates, vinyl/PVC and latex.
    Naturepedic mattresses meets all Federal and State flammability standards without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
  • With the right crib, the Naturepedic mattress can be used through the toddler years.
    Each model has a dual firmness feature. The firmer side is suitable for newborns and the softer side is suitable for toddlers.
  • You can try it risk-free.
    Naturepedic has a 30 day money back guarantee on their mattress along with a lifetime limited warranty on crib mattress

Final Thoughts:

I support Naturepedic’s products and recommend them. They provide safety, durability, reliability, safety and support for every baby and toddler in need of a good nights sleep. You do not every have to worry about the bed bugs biting.

You can find out more information about this Naturepedic mattress and more of their products by heading to their website: http://www.naturepedic.com/products/baby/classic_organic_crib_mattress.php