Cloth diapering made easy – cloth wipes

When I first started cloth diapering I knew I would use disposable wipes. Why not? They aren’t that expensive and I didn’t want to be washing the wipes.

That changed quickly. I noticed that the natural thing to do when I change a diaper is to fold the wipe into the diaper and drop in the bin. I had been gifted some wipes from Thirsties so I gave them a try. I was in love.

Even the stinkiest “would have blown out a disposable” poo only took 1 cloth wipe.

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Diastasis Recti update!

Soooo diastasis recti update time. I started out at 6 weeks postpartum with a (greater than) 4 finger width ab separation. At 12 weeks postpartum my ab separation was down to 3 finger widths. When checking this AM (13.5 weeks) it feels a bit less than 3, maybe 2.5 finger widths.

What have I been doing?

The same things I did last time I had this issue after having LB. But here’s a quick video with details.

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I did each of the exercises for 10 reps and 3 sets after my regular at home workout videos. I also skip all ab work during my at home workouts. And I’ve been binding 12 hours a day (thought I’m not consistent with it. I usually put it on at bedtime and leave on for 12 hours).

Here is the binder I’m using

At this point since I’m moving in the right direction I don’t have to start physical therapy or consider surgery. My midwife practice is going to evaluate again in 6 months. I have a feeling by then I’ll be on my way to 1 finger width ab separation :).

How are the rest of my momma’s doing? Dealing with diastasis recti? How are you working on it?

It’s swimwear timeeee!

Alright guys, it’s that time of year that I need a swimsuit. I used to spend time store hopping and trying on things but now I just don’t have time or care that much. Last year, I ordered my new bikinis from Amazon. Honeslty I over order, try them on, and then send the ones I hate back. Last year I kept these three:

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Cloth Diapering Made Easy – Wash Routine!

Disclaimer – I’m not an expert at cloth diapering at all. Only been in it 2 months with Viv (though LB has been using cloth pull ups at night for about 6 months). But here’s my 2 cents on wash routine

Before I knew anything about wash routines I threw LBs cloth pull ups and inserts into a heavy duty wash with some detergent and called it a day. I didn’t have any issues except a slight stink. But that was just a few months, and I need vivs diapers to last years.

So here we are.

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Cloth Diapering Made Easy – Types of cloth diapers explained

I decided to do a “Cloth Diapering Made Easy” series ๐Ÿ˜Š. I remember when I was pregnant with LB and researching cloth diapers, I was overwhelmed. I felt like the pricing was crazy high, and they’d be hard to use – Did we have hard water? What’s a prefold? Wash routines? Etc. There was so much conflicting info and I was a first time mom who had to go back out to work in 12 weeks, so I decided to go with disposables.

This time with Viv I decided to just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen? And we are 2 months in! It’s been great. I’ve simplified my routine and my stash is much different now that I’ve found out what I like. I currently only own Mama Koala pockets ( shown in the pic above – use code VIVMKTHX to save 10%), Grovia AIOs (all in ones), Grovia hybrids, Thirsties pocket diapers and 3 sigazor AIOs that I’ll probably get rid of (they’re hubbys fave, not mine lol).

Anywho, enough blabbing. Today I want to go over the first thing that confused me while researching diapers years ago – all the types! Let me make this as easy as possible. Continue reading “Cloth Diapering Made Easy – Types of cloth diapers explained”

Postpartum fitness – the core

Yal I got diastasis recti. Bad. Again. Over 4 finger widths at my postpartum appointment. The midwife said PT or therapy and I knew I had to get my ish together.

I literally hadn’t been doing ANYTHING not wearing my binder not doing any exercises, nothing. I was bitter. It wasn’t fair I had to. I should enjoy this time. Blah blah blah all that ish sounds good on Instagram but the truth is I AINT TRYNA GET SURGERY. Continue reading “Postpartum fitness – the core”

Postpartum healing

Baybeeeee let me tell you what I forgot to prepare for.

I prepared for pregnancy. I was fit. I’d been running and my cardio was poppin. Viv wasn’t planned but I was in the best shape of my life prior to and during pregnancy. I ran a half marathon at 20 weeks, yal.

And i was prepared for labor. I did the hypnobirthing home study guide. I had two whole ass playlists. I had a YouTube list of ASMR videos. I was relaxed (up until transition ๐Ÿ˜‚).

But I was NOT prepared for postpartum. I hadn’t even thought about it. I was so focused on achieving a vbac that I didn’t think of what it would be like after.

Healing from a vaginal birth, especially with a tear, is much different than healing from a C-section. Main difference is, after a c section they give you Percocet ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚

That’s enough rambling. Here are my tips to an easier vagina birth recovery:

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