Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pre~seed review/giveaway

Seriously fun baby-making!

My husband and I started Trying to Conceive (TTC) back in October 2007. I figured we're young, we were 19 & 22 at the time (it was a military wedding!) and healthy so it shouldn't take long. All my friends got pregnant so easily, all they needed to do was look at their partner and voila! I never thought I was going to end up temping,charting and checking things like the position and consistency of my cervical mucous, but I was. I stalked my chart on fertility friend and looked for every possible sign that I might be pregnant. 4 months passed of actively trying to get pregnant and in March 2008 I got my + hpt! I called the Dr. and had blood tests right away! I was in fact pregnant but only a few days later, I miscarried. We waited one cycle and got a second +test in May 2008! Again, just a week later another miscarriage. We continued to try for 7 more months.. Chris, (my husband) was honorably discharged from the NAVY and we moved back home in December 2009. In January, I finally became pregnant again! Sadly enough, on January 24th, my 21st birthday.. I miscarried again! 

Enough was enough!! 
After months of not conceiving a sticky baby I  purchased a book by Toni Weschler, Taking Charge of your Fertility “The bad news is that virtually all lubricants...can kill sperm. Until recently, there really wasn’t a viable option...Luckily, though, a revolutionary new vaginal moisturizer has been developed... It is called Pre~Seed ...”  I had heard amazing stories of Pre~seed on all of the TTC forums and especially on the TTC after miscarriage pages! went ahead and ordered a package and even had it rushed! :) I only wish I had done this sooner!   

WARNING: Details below! If you're squeamish or don't want to hear any explanation of how to use pre~seed then skip this part!

At the first signs of ovulation I couldn't wait to whip out my  Pre~seed and try to make a baby! The instructions say (for TTC purposes)  :
Pre~Seed can be inserted 15 minutes prior to intercourse. Applying it before sex allows it to disperse throughout the vagina and allows for more spontaneity as a couple! 
Note: I applied pre~seed with the applicator tube while getting myself ready before my husband came into the room! He appreciated it much more than sticking around for the show! ;) 

Using Pre~seed lubricant was so wonderful! Really! If you're a seasoned TTCer then you know just how much of a chore and how uncomfortable it can be sometimes when you need to plan out your baby making sessions! When you've got one thing on your mind, and it's not trying to have a good time with your partner..things can be less than slippery! Pre~seed has a super light consistency! It's actually pretty darn identical to Egg white cervical mucous, or fertile quality mucous if your just a ttc beginner ;) It has NO taste and absolutely ZERO smell! It doesn't leave any residue if you let it dry on your skin! It's just a PERFECT lube whether your TTC or not! I'll never use anything else!  

A little info!
"Other lubricants can create a barrier that interferes with sperm swimming out of the semen."

Whereas the live swimming sperm are able to move freely from the semen into Pre~Seed.
* Pictures taken in laboratory at 200X magnification after 10 minutes of
contact between semen and products. Dead sperm remain behind in semen.

We continued to use pre~seed the next two following nights & then we waited! 
My period was due two weeks later  and I had one leftover cheapy pregnancy test lying around. I peed on the stick and didn't give it a second, third or fourth thought like I always do!  I washed my face and dried off, leaned over to grab the test and throw it away when I noticed what was TWO LINES! I seriously did a double take! It worked! This time, it just felt different and I knew this baby was gonna stick! 

And she did! 
Layla stuck around for 41 weeks and I give lots of credit to Pre~Seed!  There's no question in my mind that Pre~seed helped us conceive our Daughter and helped her to move along to where she needed to go in a timely matter so she was able to be a sticky bean!! 
From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Pre~Seed! Layla is an amazing little girl and I truly believe that without your product, she might not be here! 

On to the Giveaway!! 
Pre~seed was kind enough to send me some Pre~seed to give to one of my lucky readers! 

You must be a Modern Mama Reviews GFC follower in order to earn ANY entry or extra entries! If you do not do this, you cannot win! (Click Follow on right hand side of page)
You MUST like Pre~Seed on Facebook! & thank them for the Giveaway at Modern Mama!
 (Leave those as one comment like this) " I'm a GFC Follower & I thanked Pre~seed for this giveaway!"

Extra entries!

Leave a separate comment for each extra entry you've done:) 

  • Like MMR on Facebook -1 entry
  • Go toPre~Seeds website and tell me one thing you've learned- 1 entry 
  • Repost this giveaway on your facebook wall! ( Must be your primary facebook and have actual friends, not just a page used to post giveaways!) I will check! Also Leave perma link! :) * Right click the timestamp and leave the link! :) Each post gets 1 extra entry! Can be done 3x a day 3 hours apart!
  • Tweet this giveaway! Can be done up to 5x a day! Leave a perma link! Each tweet gets 1 extra entry! (3 hours apart!) 
  • Refer a friend to become a GFC follower and leave a comment on a NON-Giveaway (receive 5 extra entries!)
Giveaway is open for ONE WEEK! And well close on August 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
Gooodluck! :) 

Congratulations Jody!! 
I'll be contacting you shortly to get your info! Best wishes on baby-making!! 
You have 48 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be drawn!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Big Latch On- in honor of World Breastfeeding Week!

A Big Latch on? I was surely confused about this when my girlfriend mentioned to me that we should organize an event in our area, Syracuse NY. I thought somebody went and insulted the breastfeeding community and now we need to go nurse our babies outside their place of business! ( It's totally a joke!) I googled it and was surprised to find it's an incredible event at locations all over the United States and beyond! 

Whats a 'Big Latch On'?

Groups of nursing mothers coming together at registered venues around the country (or the world) to all nurse their babes at a set time. All the mamas and babes latched on for one minute at the set time are counted by the witnesses. The numbers are added up and we see how close we come to the world record.

Why have a Big Latch On?

We all know how important breastfeeding is and this way we can show everyone just how much we all value breastfeeding and support all mamas as they raise the next generation.
Plus it's a really good way to spend time with other mothers and have a lot of fun, maybe a coffee and some cake as well!
(taken from Big Latch

Absolutely! I must participate in this event! There's no way we could have done this alone so I emailed two of the sweetest people ever, Josh & Colleen from Basic Baby in Manlius, NY! They were excellent at pointing me in the right direction. My next phone call went to Lisa at Mother Earth Baby. She was thrilled and is going to help by hosting the event at her store! Awesome! So, if you're in Syracuse, NY or anywhere nearby on August 6th at 10:30 am. Come by, get counted and win some awesome prizes! 

I've also had a chance to reach out to some wonderful companies..I'll post a full list after the event with all our event details and PICTURES! :-D Quite a few of them are also sponsoring some reviews and SWEEEET giveaways you DO NOT WANT TO MISS! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oh Katy Review & GIVEAWAY

I know you guys have been waiting so patiently for this! Thank you for sticking around ;) 

Tonight I'm going to review the Oh Katy One-size pocket diaper. 
(Pictured above is the Sage color)

I recently got a pretty sweet deal on a bunch of Oh Katy diapers through a daily deal website! Which lead me to need to share some details about this awesome diaper with you guys and give one lucky reader a chance to win one of their very own!
I absolutely love this diaper for a few very good reasons. My top reason is that they are incredibly soft! Especially in the leg elastic where I typically have problems with diapers leaving red marks on Layla's chunky thighs! 
Oh Katy diapers are also made with TPU instead of PUL! What's that mean? It means it's going to stay flexi,stretchy and crunch free! It also means it will break down a lot faster if it should make it's way to a landfill! I also love how Teeeeeny tiny this diaper can get (top photo) and also how large it can get for the chunkiest of monkeys! ;) 
One more awesome feature is the "Wrap n Snap" concept! This is why daddy likes it! Because it's just like when we used to use ahemmm...disposables. Just roll it up and snap across the tabs and voila!

Each Oh Katy diaper comes with TWO inserts! An adjustable one size and a newborn/doubler! They come in 9 bright colors & cost 17.95! 

 ( This review and giveaway was not sponsored by Oh Katy. These diapers were purchased with my own money and this review is my honest opinion of Oh Katy diapers!)

How to enter:

In order to enter my giveaway, you MUST be a public follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect. To follow me, click on the "Follow" button on the right hand side of my blog. If you are not a follower and you enter this giveaway, all of your comments will be forfeited.

1). "Like" Oh Katy on facebook  (you MUST be a public follower of my blog to enter this giveaway, and your profile can not be set at private). (1 entry)

Earn additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry):

2.) "Like" MMR  on Facebook for 2 additional entries.
3.) Tweet about this review and giveaway. Please tweet the following: " I entered to #win #free@OhKatyDiapers #Giveaway @KellyBratt
  " Please leave perma link so I can check! Tweet 3x a day- 3 hours apart! (1 entry each!)
4.)  Comment on Oh Katys wall with " I entered to win a Oh Katy Cloth Diaper Giveaway @Modern Mama Reviews! : Check it out and enter at (4 extra entries)
5.) Post this giveaway on your wall up to 2x a day! Leave perma link! (up to 2 entries)

Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST. August 4th. 
Winner will be chosen via & will be notified via email!
Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected!
Please make sure your email is easy to be found or leave it in the your first comment!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where have I been?!

Hey guys! I've had a whole lot going on & that's why such a delay in getting some posts posted!! Unfortunately..I've just started my 4th miscarriage..(which will bring me to a new review and possibly a giveaway very soon, but we'll talk about that later.) I have no idea what's wrong with my body & why I can't keep little babies fighting longer than a few weeks! I've just had a load of tests done in May and everything came back perfect, except for low...something, my brain is mush (low milk supply) & yes and I am still nursing my 20 month old daughter! :) We were just surprised with a pregnancy and almost as fast as the two blood tests came back that everything was OK, only a low level of progesterone which is easily fixed I'm told..the happiness ended. I started bleeding and had my levels checked again. All levels have gone down! Timing wasn't right this time, but either way, it's a sad ending!

It took my husband and I 18 months to get pregnant with our Daughter, Layla! I had three miscarriages before  becoming pregnant with her! Read our pregnancy blog HERE. She is our true miracle baby and has put into perspective just how lucky we are to be here and just how amazing it is to grow a healthy baby!

Ok, Ok! I'll stop and get on to the good stuff ;)