Week 20 Pregnancy Update

I know this update is going to seem like it came on the heels of last week’s update since I waited until my mid-week sonogram, but hey, 20 weeks is something to celebrate!

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20 weeks always sort of sneaks up on me, but it is such a wonderful surprise!  Like I said last week, I begin to finally feel like planning for baby’s arrival at 20 weeks.  It’s all downhill from here, and often it goes really fast (at least it does until maybe the last month :) ).  So, you’ll probably see me pinning things to my Pregnancy & Baby Pinterest board:

Pregnancy & Babies Pinterest Board from Amy @ RaisingArrows.net

You’ll hopefully find me in my sewing room too!  I always like to make a little something handmade for the new baby.  Sometimes it is a simple quilt or some cute little cloth diapers, but whatever it is, it is specifically for the new baby – never owned/worn/used by another child in the household.

I also got a nursing pillow through NursingPillow.com:
Use Promotion Code raisingarrows9 TODAY!

The code on the graphic above gives you one for FREE (you’ll have to pay shipping, but it was so worth it!).  I’ve never had a “real” nursing pillow, so I’m looking forward to trying it out!

By the way, August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  While I’ve never had any issues with being able to nurse in public, I know people who have.  Honestly, breastfeeding my babies is one of my favorite parts of having a new baby, and I count it as a privilege and a blessing to do so.  (If you’ve never read my article about breastfeeding Emily, I’d encourage you to do so.  I’ve also written about my Breastfeeding Journey in a series of posts HERE, but it could use an update since it ended with Baby #7).

What’s your favorite part of having a new baby?  I’d love to hear what things about that newborn stage are precious to you!

Cloth Diaper Deals Today Only!

Are you a cloth-lovin’ mama or perhaps you are interested in getting started cloth diapering?  I have a few EXCLUSIVE deals for you that are only available TODAY!
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First up, for those of you wanting to know the ins and outs of cloth diapering – a fantastic ebook by Erin at The Humbled Homemaker entitled Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert is a whopping 50% off! (only $6.25)

Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert sale + cloth diaper coupons! | RaisingArrows.netUse coupon code: 1yearcloth
for the pdf version
Kindle version can be found HERE.

Sweet Little Blessings 1 Day Exclusive Coupon Code (3/27/14) | RaisingArrows.net
Coleen at Sweet Little Blessings has generously offered a 1 day coupon code to correspond with the ebook sale – you will NOT find this code anywhere else and it will expire at the end of the day (3/27/14).  It is good for 15% off ANY order size, excluding clearance items and Boba 3G carriers (which are already on sale).  REMEMBER – shipping is always FREE for U.S. orders over $40!

Use coupon code: CLOTH

And finally, you can grab a great deal on a diaper sprayer on Zulily!

OH NO!  This deal expired!  I am so sorry!
diaper sprayer deal on Zulily!Diaper Sprayers are a must in my mind.  I wouldn’t want to do without one!    And this diaper sprayer is only $29.99!  That is a super good deal!


A Cloth Diaper Baby Shower!

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When I was pregnant my 3rd child, a friend kept hounding me about whether or not I was going to use cloth or disposable diapers with the new baby.  I kept putting her off because frankly, all my research had only led me to more confusion, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to cloth diapering as confused as I was.  (I wish I had found a series like my Cloth Diapering Basics or an ebook like Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert to help me along!)

Finally, I told her I was going to use disposables.  A few weeks later, under the guise of taking me out shopping in a nearby city, she drove me instead to our church where she was hosting a diaper shower for me!

I am not usually easily surprised, but she got me that day.  I was so thrilled!  That baby shower netted me a year’s worth of diapers!

As my 3rd child neared 1 year, I was once again faced with the cloth diapering question.  I was pregnant again and the diapers from the shower were running out.  How was I going to afford 2 babies in diapers?  So, back to the internet I went in search of answers.

And that, my friends, is when our cloth diapering journey began.  That was over 8 years ago!

As I think back on that diaper shower, I wonder what it would have looked like had it been a CLOTH diaper shower.  How amazing would it have been to open package after package of colorful, soft diaper fluff, knowing it would NEVER run out?!

And can you imagine throwing a cloth diaper baby shower for one of your friends or family members?  What a tremendous blessing that would be!

A couple of years ago, I had a friend use the registry at Sweet Little Blessings to fulfill her cloth diapering dreams.  It was so much fun to shop for new fluff for her new baby!  I wasn’t able to attend her shower, but I was able to bless her just the same.  If you or someone you know is interested in cloth diapering (or already does cloth diaper), consider setting up a gift registry and having your own Cloth Diaper Baby Shower!

Today on Raising Arrows, we are going to have our own Cloth Diaper Baby Shower and a Giveaway from Sweet Little Blessings!

Cloth Diaper Baby Shower hosted by Raising Arrows & Sweet Little Blessings!

One winner will receive a 2 pack of Thirsties NEW One-Size Diapers!  They come in snaps or new improved hook and loop.  These are a favorite of Sweet Little Blessings owner, Coleen!  (I LOVE the argyle print!)

Cloth Diaper Baby Shower hosted by Raising Arrows & Sweet Little Blessings - win a 2 pack of Thirsties One Size Diapers!

Here’s how the Cloth Diaper Baby Shower works:

Click on each question in the Rafflecopter widget, follow the links and answer the questions to earn a chance to win with each question answered!  There are also bonus entries for joining Sweet Little Blessing’s mailing list and sharing this post with others!

Time to have some fun!  (Feel free to grab a piece of cake and some mints & nuts while you’re at it!)

Items of note:
*The Boba 3G baby carrier is 15% off!
*Sweet Little Blessings has recently added some fun Mealtime items!

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Sweet Little Blessings Cloth Diaper Shop Turns 5 Years Old & You Get to Celebrate!

swb-125x125Sweet Little Blessings is one of my favorite online diaper shops.  In fact, I just received a new order of fluff a couple of weeks ago!

Coleen has been so fun to work with over the years, and as a mom of many herself, she understands the craziness of diapering a lot of little ones.  {Have you read the Cloth Diapering Basics series we did together?}

diaper stacker

Whatever your style of cloth diapering, Sweet Little Blessings has it!  And this year SLB is celebrating 5 years of cloth diapering goodness!

Here at Raising Arrows anniversaries are cause for celebration, so Coleen is sharing a HUGE sale with all of you as well as a great giveaway!

This would be the perfect time to get some cloth diapers and/or accessories for your little one for Christmas.  And let’s just be honest, mama…cloth diapers for the baby are really presents for mom!  They make changing diapers fun!

First up, the coupon codes:

gives you 5% off ANY SIZE ORDER

gives you 10% off orders over $75

gives you 15% off orders over $125

And as always, SHIPPING IS FREE on all U.S. orders over $40, so you aren’t using these codes just to offset shipping cost, you are actually getting an awesome deal WITH free shipping on top of it!  Plus, have you seen the CLEARANCE section of Sweet Little Blessings?  Use your coupon code to snatch up some of those deals and you’re walking away with a steal! {coupon codes expire on 11/19/13)

And the giveaway…

One winner will receive a 3 pack of FuzziBunz Elite!
(winner chooses colors)


These FuzziBunz Elite pocket diapers fit newborn to toddler and have been redesigned to stuff easier and make cloth diapering a breeze.
(Pssst…these are Dad-friendly diapers ;) )

Wouldn’t this be a fun treat to find in baby’s stocking?!

Here’s the giveaway!
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Natural Mothering eBook Bundle is Here!


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Making a Special Place for Baby Without a Nursery

When our first child was born, we lived in a 2 room apartment, so baby had a nursery.  When our second child was born, we lived in a 3 bedroom house, so baby had a nursery.  After that, there were no more nurseries.  Baby either shared a room with siblings or shared a room with Mommy and Daddy, and it has worked out just fine.

However, when you have a larger than average family (which would be any number over 2), you have to get creative with your spaces and storage.  But getting creative does not mean you have to sacrifice having a pleasant place for baby to be.  I have always tried to make the area baby occupies special in some way, but this time, I had to work even harder because the space I had was much smaller.

Last night, we put the finishing touches on the bassinet and added it to the space I had carved out for baby.  As you can see from the photo, it is a tiny bit of wall space between our walk-in closet door and the bathroom door.  It is just the right size to the accommodate the bassinet and nothing else.

Thankfully, the bassinet has storage underneath in a basket.  I keep bassinet sheets, nursing pads, and burp rags (otherwise known as receiving blankets) under there.

I decided this time I wanted some special decorations specifically for the space above the bassinet since it was so small and felt rather stark.  Earlier this year, I met Breezy Brookshire and her lovely family at the Teach Them Diligently Convention.  I knew the second she opened her Breezy Tulip Studio, I wanted one of her prints for baby’s special place.  The one I chose is called A Mother’s Love.  Perfect!

I found the letters and hooks at Hobby Lobby on sale.  I thought by spelling out BABY, we could keep the decor versatile, but you could spell out baby’s name.  I liked the neutral tones of these metal signs too.  I tend to gravitate toward blues and browns anyway, even when I’m having a girl.  I thought the hooks would be nice to hang a burp rag on or even an outfit for the next day.

Of course, when you are limited on space, you can’t spend all your mental energy making things pretty!  I had to think about where I was going to put baby’s clothes and blankets.  Often, I am able to put baby’s things in one of the children’s rooms, but because of the layout of this house, that wasn’t going to be a good option.

If you remember from my post on making a closet separation between your nice clothes and your every day Mommy clothes, you might remember how I have this extra closet in my room that stores my nice clothes.  It isn’t full by any means, so it is the ideal place for baby’s clothes.  But because the closet is rather small, I decided on hanging storage instead of drawers or stackers.

I chose the hanging closet organizer in the photo for a variety of reasons.  It was a good price, a reviewer mentioned it didn’t have that yucky plastic smell, and it had pockets on the side.  I put a basket underneath to hold blankets and we were set!  (I’m in the process of washing baby clothes right now!)

Next, I had to consider diapers.  We recently decided to give our large dresser to the boys and use the storage space in the walk-in closet as our “drawers.”  Because of taking out that large piece of furniture and replacing it with only a small desk for my computer, we now had a corner that could be used for diaper storage and a diaper pail.

A while back on my Facebook page, I asked about storing diapers, but rather than purchasing something new, I decided to keep my old method of storage since it is so nice and narrow and compact.

I will eventually switch the newborn diaper stacker to the top level, but for now, let me give you a quick tour of the stacker and what all is in there:

The snowflake bag that is hanging off the side of the stacker is one of those bags from a sheet set that are too cute to throw away.  It holds all my cloth wipes.

The basket next to the stacker is my old nursing basket (which may return to that function once baby is here).  For now, it holds small FuzziBunz, disposable diapers, wipes, and some odds and ends that won’t be in use until baby gets here.

Baby will be here before I know it!  It has been so nice to put together this space and feel like I am finally accomplishing some baby-related things, despite the limited amount of space I have to work with.  I feel very blessed to have such a lovely place to bring baby home to.

So, have you had to made due with a small place for baby?  How did you organize it?  Please share in the comments!

Looking for more Cloth Diapering information or Organizational ideas?  Click around!