Thursday, October 24, 2013

29 Weeks

Things have been better in Pregnancy Land since my last blog post.  I have slept great this week, which is always a welcomed and pleasant surprise.  I am thankful for each good night of sleep I can get.  We are very close to finishing up the nursery, which is also very exciting.  It will be a few weeks before I will declare it complete, but I will post pics soon.  We only have one more week of baby class to go, and I am glad we enrolled in the class.  It has been fun and pretty helpful.  Last week, the dads participated in a relay race where they had to put on all the scrub gear and race to the baby at the other end of the room and back again.  I got a picture of Michael who was the last leg on the winning team.  He always enjoys a little competition!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 29 weeks
Size of baby: Just more than15 inches long and 2 1/2 pounds. The size of a Butternut Squash
Total Weight Gain: 9 pounds 
Maternity Clothes: Now that I'm in the third trimester, I am wearing maternity most of the time with the exception of my lounge clothes.  Some maternity tops have been too big in the arms and shoulders, so I bought a Medium in a few tops and they seem to work for now.
Gender: Not finding out!
Movement: McBaby moves more and more.  The other day on our walk, I got a swift kick in the ribs.  I am looking forward to seeing a hand or footprint.
Sleep: Much better this week!  
Symptoms: I'm adjusting to living with gestational diabetes.  My diet has been controlling my sugar very well.  I am metering four times a day, but after next week, I only have to meter twice a day.  
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, eating more carbs 
Cravings: Still loving pickles, and I am back on my cheese kick
Best Moment this week: Feeling more organized and checking things off our list
What I am looking forward to: Our first baby shower this Sunday!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

28 Weeks

I'm now in the third trimester!  Last week's post was about week 26 although I was just a day away from 27 weeks.  I've skipped week 27 to catch up and try to be more timely the rest of the way.  No promises though!  Yesterday, I was officially 28 weeks.

This past week has been full of highs and lows. I finally started feeling better, but I failed my glucose tolerance tests...both of them.  I've always had issues with sugar and can barely eat a donut without feeling sick, but I guess I assumed I would pass.    I barely failed the first test, but my sugar was crazy high during the three hour test.  I was very upset of course and thought the world was coming to an end, especially when my doctor described what having gestational diabetes could mean for the baby and for me.  Since then, I have met with a dietician and have learned to meter my blood sugar.  I have to prick my finger 4 times a day for two weeks, and if my blood sugar is under control, then I can simply prick twice a day.  My current diet is diabetes friendly, and my sugar has been good so far, so I really think everything is going to be fine as long as I don't eat a bunch of sugar.  Fortunately, I don't crave sugar too much, so I think McBaby and me will be good!

After being sick and having to deal with the tests last week, I was happy to get away.  We traveled to Arkansas for my mom's wedding.  She rented a house on the lake in Hot Springs, and it was beautiful.

I enjoyed this amazing view for three days.  Mom and Steve got married at the top of the hill with the lake in the background.  It was a perfect family wedding, and they are now celebrating their honeymoon at Disney World.

I am getting really excited about our showers that we have coming up in the next few weeks. I will love getting to see all of my friends I don't get to see too often, and it will be so fun seeing what McBaby gets.  My friend Lindsey and her husband Blake are hosting our first shower next week, and she sent me this picture last night of something she has bought McBaby.  She said it was supposed to be a surprise, but she couldn't wait.  How cute are these?!  She made my night!

I'm thinking we are being blessed with a Noah, and Michael is certain we are having an AnnMarie!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 28 weeks
Size of baby: 15 inches long and 2 1/4 pounds. The size of an Eggplant.  
Maternity Clothes: Wearing these more and more.  Maternity jeans are the most comfortable invention ever! I'm still wearing some of my pre-pregnancy dresses and tunics. 
Gender: Not finding out!
Movement: McBaby has been very active lately.  I enjoy the movement so much, and it is fun to see my stomach moving now.  I can't wait to see a hand or footprint.
Sleep: Much better this week!  
Symptoms: Back and hip pain, and a sever case of pregnancy brain!
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach 
Cravings: Still loving pickles
Best Moment this week: Stronger kicks and getting more sleep
What I am looking forward to: Our baby showers!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

26 Weeks

Week 26 has been hard on me.  Sleep has been very difficult to come by, and I am on day seven of a cold.  And to top off the end of Week 26, we are heading to the doctor in an hour to do the sugar test for gestational diabetes.   Yay!!!  I am slowly feeling better after nursing myself back to health with homemade organic soup loaded with garlic and onion (also perfect for scaring off vampires) and homemade organic vitamin c smoothies with kale, pineapples, and orange juice.  If I can't kick this cold all the way, I may resort to medicine, but I really don't want to.

Last night was our first childbirth class, and I still sounded horrible so Michael suggested that I stay home while he went.  It probably was not in the best interest of the other pregnant ladies for me to be spreading any germs.  So as he left last night for class, I cried so hard because I was missing it.  But I am so thankful that he still went by himself like it was no big deal.  He is going to be such a great daddy.  I texted him throughout the night to ask what they were talking about.  Here are his two responses:  "you need to start doing kegels" and "they asked what my wish was for our baby, and I said I hope he or she is taller than us."  Ha!  I love this man!!!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 26 weeks
Size of baby: 14 inches long and 1 2/3 pounds. The size of a scallion.  
Maternity Clothes: Wearing these more and more.  Maternity jeans are the most comfortable invention ever!  
Gender: Not finding out!
Movement: McBaby is pretty chill for the most part.  Kicking in the morning or late at night is his/her favorite time to be active.
Sleep: Horrible this week.  Between back pain, sweating like crazy and fighting a cold, it was impossible to get a good night's sleep.  
Symptoms: Back and hip pain
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach 
Cravings: Still loving pickles
Best Moment this week: Seeing how much Michael loves me and McBaby
What I am looking forward to: Our baby showers!