Friday, March 24, 2017

38 Weeks: Gettin' Swole


Things are getting awfully snug around here...my shirts, my shoes...my uterus! I have also become a card-carrying member of the waddle squad #BeJealous

How far along?
38 weeks 

How big is baby?
Winter Melon or a Ukulele
 ~19.6" and ~6.61 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
He is slowly shedding that white goo on his skin called the vernix caseosa, although some might still remain at birth. You should have seen AJ's face when they told us about this at our child birth class...he is in for a real treat come d-day :)

Symptoms?
My feet...my poor, poor, sausage feet! I had been having some slight swelling the last few weeks, but usually only after a long day on my feet and even then I could alleviate most of the swelling by sitting down and putting my feet up...but now? They are in a permanent state of swole!

I've also been having what my doctor called pre-labor contractions...but since they aren't regular or getting more intense they are just my bodies way of preparing for the big day.

Oh...one more thing...I'm burning alive from the inside out. My face and neck feel and look sunburned...but nope, just hormones #PregnancyIsGlamorous

Maternity Clothes?
This has to be the worst part right now...getting dressed is no fun at all. The warmer than average temperatures have me rotating my 4 short sleeved shirts hoping no one notices my outfit repeats :) 

Sleep?
I'm so grateful that sleep is still relatively easy to come by these days. I did have one night where I just couldn't get comfortable because my belly felt so heavy, and AJ finally suggested I use our small decorative pillow to prop my belly up and it was glorious. My husband is a genius :)

Missing Anything?
Running

Craving?
Milk, milk, and more milk! And while it's not completely GD friendly I have found some high protein/low carb milk so I can satisfy my craving...and I can even have chocolate milk on occasion!

Aversions?
Not a thing!

Emotions?
I am a roller-coaster of emotions...on one hand I am absolutely giddy with excitement that we could be meeting our little boy ANY day! However, that "any day" thing is a little anxiety inducing as well...I'm a planner and words like "soon" or "someday" are not usually ones I prefer to use in BIG life-changing situations :)

Movement? 
Still lots of pushes and nudges...and some nights it feels like he is trying to push his way out...I keep trying to tell him he can escape at any time now :)

Best Moment of the week
We found out this weekend that we are going to be getting some new neighbors in a few weeks...and let's just say these are some of my VERY favorite people!

Pregnancy Brain Moments
I live in a constant state of pregnancy brain these days :) 

Looking forward to?
Not being pregnant anymore...while I have loved getting to experience this little miracle...I am more than ready to have my body back. I can't wait to sleep on my stomach, drink a beer, and walk through a crowded room without rubbing my belly on some poor unsuspecting person :)

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
The nursery is DONE!! I have been buying things and shoving them in his closet and crib for the last few months, and we decided this weekend it was time to FINALLY get things hung on the wall...and I have to say it turned out even better than I ever imagined! I love, love, love his little room!

I also ordered a personalized Easter basket and chair from PBK...so lil' man officially officially has a name! #Finally #Whew

Running?
Tuesday was my last official attempt at a run. This last weekend I went out and made it about a mile before my legs begged me to stop. When I stopped my calves and shins were aching so bad it was hard to even walk. I was convinced it was the impact from the trail/sidewalks so I tried again on the treadmill Tuesday morning and after about .25 miles my legs said #NOPE

I was then planning on at least continuing with Jazzercise, but Wednesday after work on my way to a class I took a slight detour and ended up getting a pedicure instead of working out #Oops

I'm thinking the next 2 weeks shall be spent with my feet propped up and relaxing...and maybe throwing in the occasional walk to encourage lil' man to come out!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 8

8 weeks down...2 1/2 ish to go!! I cannot believe we are in the homestretch of not only this GD journey, but the pregnancy in general. At times it seems like it has flown by...and then other times it feels like it's absolutely dragging!

The anxiety has definitely set it...but it is outweighed heavily by the excitement of meeting our little man! I'm getting excited to snuggle him and see his sweet face...what will he look like? What color will his hair be? Will he have any hair? 

Diet

This week has me questioning my diagnoses all together even more so than usual. Like I mentioned last week from what I have read some cases tend to get better or level out around 36-37 weeks, and I am convinced I am one of those cases. Last week when I called my numbers in my dietician questioned me and asked if I was eating enough because my numbers were so low. I told her that not only am I eating enough, I am pushing the limits with my carbs and often eating more than my allotted amount and still getting numbers under 100. Her response was "vonderful" -yes she has a darling accent...and then she followed it up with "you probably just had a mild case of GD"

GD is such a confusing diagnoses because it truly affects everyone very differently. I joined a support group on FB and it's amazing to me how different we all are. Some people's numbers are through the roof if they even look at white bread...and some people can eat a bagel and cream cheese and be just fine. Some people can't get their fasting numbers below 90 without a nighttime snack...and others have no issues at all.

There are no rules that GD follows...especially when it comes to how it's controlled. After joining the group I am so grateful that I have had such an easy time controlling my numbers and haven't had to be put on medication.

Testing

I have gotten really bad with this...I have had several occasions where I forget to set my timer and then forget to test #Oops In the beginning I lived and died by my timer and was so neurotic about testing my numbers...but as time has gone on I have gotten pretty good at picking and choosing what to eat to keep my numbers where they need to be so I am not as concerned with checking, because I know they are just fine. The first time I called in with some missing numbers I worried they would be upset that I was forgetting, but they didn't say a word. I would really love to stop testing all together...my finger tips could really use the break :)

Exercise

Woof...this is seriously the last thing I want to do nowadays. I attempted my final run this morning...and after .25 miles and throbbing shins/calves I called it quits. My body is not a fan of lugging around these 20 extra lbs and isn't being shy about letting me know. I still haven't decided if I will continue to go to Jazzercise or not...or if I will just try to get in a 30 min walk each day? I'm on my feet moving around a lot at work every day...so even without my walk I am getting plenty of movement...my swollen ankles are proof! 

I am hoping that my decrease in exercise/activity doesn't make my numbers go crazy, but if it does I will just tighten up on my diet because at this point running is NOT an option, because believe me, if it was I would still be doing it!


Emotionally

This past week was a good one. I haven't had one "it's not fair moment" and I have been able to treat myself a few times and you would have thought I won the lottery on those days. 
 
I'm still on cloud 9 from being able to eat a double cheeseburger and a half a order of small fries from McDonalds...I'm pathetic :) 

Being in the homestretch and knowing I likely have less than 3 weeks left until I meet my little guy and return to my regular candy consumption has me feeling pretty darn good.
Friday, March 17, 2017

37 Weeks: Spring Break let me hug you!



I look extra tired this week...and I am...even being on spring break. The last month of pregnancy has hit me like a ton of bricks. It may be that I'm in denial that I need to (and should) slow down. There is just so much to do...and I'm "nesting" okay ;-)  

How far along?
37 weeks 

How big is baby?
Romaine Lettuce or a tackle box
 ~18.9" and ~6.17 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
He is practicing some cool , new skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking. He is also getting his first sticky poop ready for his first diaper...and daddy's first diaper change ;)

Symptoms?
My back has been a bit more achy this week and I am having a harder time getting comfortable...but my heartburn seems to have subsided a bit, so I will take it! The Braxton Hicks contractions have picked up and are a little more uncomfortable than before...my doc said this was normal and means my body is doing what it's supposed to to prep for baby's arrival! 

Maternity Clothes?
Still mixing maternity and non-maternity and don't have any plans to buy any more...we are so close to the end I can't fathom spending the money.

I am starting to worry about post-baby clothes though...what does one wear? Maternity clothes will be too big and I can't imagine my old clothes will be all that flattering right away. Good thing I will be home, because it may be sweatpants all day errryday :)

Sleep?
I'm waking up several times in the night to use the bathroom and having a little more trouble getting comfortable to fall back asleep. My belly has gotten heavy and baby is taking up every square inch of his uterine hotel.

Missing Anything?
Being able to get around quickly and without waddling :)

Craving?
No huge cravings this week...my intense need for candy from last week seems to have subsided. I have been able to sneak a few Sour Patch Kids with my meals so that has helped...did you know a whole 8 teeny tiny Sour Patch Kids have 17 carbs and more sugar than any one person should consume? #NowYouDo #YoureWelcome

Aversions?
Not really anything

Emotions?
Excited and anxious for Baby to be here! I can't believe we only have about 3 weeks!!!

Movement? 
He seems to be moving all day long...little pushes and nudges in my hips, ribs, pelvis...just about everywhere. My torso isn't the most spacious :)

Best Moment of the week
It sounds silly...but when you're 9 mos pregnant and feel like a whale compliments are music to your ears...and there is nothing better than a compliment that comes from a complete stranger. I was at Target earlier this week and as this lady walked by me she stopped and said "you are really cute pregnant...some women can't pull it off, but you're so tiny and cute you pull it off"

Seriously, I wanted to hug her...and then cry.

Pregnancy Brain Moments
Nothing really...being on Spring Break means you don't have to use your brain nearly as much :)

Looking forward to?
Finishing the nursery this weekend! 

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
We got the car-seat installed...which was WAY easier than people made it seem. It took us less than 5 minutes...but the mirror? Attaching that to the head-rest took us almost 20 mins...it just didnt' make sense :)

We also put together a few other things, had our last birthing class, met with our pediatrician, and bought the last few things we needed! We are all set!
Running?
Running has gotten really hard...I've been managing to run a mile without any walk breaks and then finishing up another mile or two alternating running and walking...but I can feel myself coming to the end of this journey. Lil' man has dropped and my shins are not too crazy about carrying around these 20 extra lbs. I was hoping to make it to the very end...but sadly I don't think that will happen. I'll likely be walking and going to Jazzercise more than running from this point forward.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 7

Another day, another finger prick...is this over yet?

I don't mean to sound whiny...because it's really not that bad, but I do have to say I am 150% over this whole GD thing. It's gotten easier...yes, but does it mean I like it? #Nope

24 more days until my due date...which means about 100 more finger pokes give or take depending on if this baby likes to arrive early like his momma, or if he will be more laid back (i.e. in no hurry) like his dad :) 

Diet

This may have been the very best thing to come out of this diagnoses...not only is baby getting the best nutrition possible, but AJ and I are enjoying some pretty spectacular meals.

These meals always have tons of leftovers, which turn into a very easy lunch for me...and the planning ahead means we waste very little food and are actually spending less money at the grocery store.

This last week I have been able to relax even more on my diet...I have even pushed the envelope a little more than normal (I successfully had Papa Johns pizza!!!) and my numbers have been great...a little low even.

From what I have read GD seems to peak between 32-34 weeks and then levels off toward the end due to the placentas natural aging process and baby getting bigger and needing more nutrients. I am still sticking to my diet as closely as possible, because I am a rule follower, but it's nice to be able to fit in a few fun meals here and there without worrying about my blood sugar spiking.

Testing

I am hoping I have purchased my last set of testing strips. If baby is born on his due date I will have plenty to get me through...but if he comes a little late I will be short a few strips. I am hoping to get permission from my doctor this week to test less. My numbers have all been in the 80's and 90's this last week (and she wants me below 120) and at $1.30 per test strip even one lest testing per day would be helpful :) 

I have read that some women still test their sugars after their baby is born to make sure their levels have gotten better...but I think I will just be mindful of what I eat to keep my blood sugars in check and wait until I get to take that lovely glucose test again at my 6 week post-postpartum appointment -oh yes, I get to drink that love drink again #BeJealous

Exercise

 This definitely isn't getting any easier as I get bigger and bigger...but I am so grateful that I am still able to get moving 5-6 days per week. I'm still running (with lots of walk breaks) at least 3 times per week, sometimes 4...and then trying to make it to Jazzercise 2-3 times each week. Working out not only helps my numbers, but I think it has played a huge part in alleviating back/hip/body pain :)

I definitely am starting to feel self-conscious about my run/waddle and my excellent dance moves...but I am 9 months pregnant, so I hope people aren't judging too harshly ;) 


Emotionally

In an effort to keep it real I have to admit I had my first bratty "IT'S NOT FAIR" moment this week. I usually can keep things in perspective, but on Saturday AJ was out with his brother eating Pizza Shoppe and then they were brewing beer afterwards...and I was stuck at home doing laundry and cleaning out the closets.

I usually treasure these Saturdays to myself (and I love a good organizing session) but I definitely had a few moments during the day where I resented that he was out eating delicious food, drinking beer, and having fun. It's been a LONG 9 months of giving up things and being DD...which of course is more than worth it to me...but pregnancy hormones cannot always be reasoned with :)

I had a little solo cry session, and then the feelings passed quickly and now that I am thinking clearly I know that every single little sacrifice these last 9 mos will be more than worth it when I hold our sweet boy in my arms. All I am saying is he better love his mommy the most :)
Friday, March 10, 2017

36 Weeks: I'm in granny panty heaven!


Holy moly, we are in the homestretch! I am definitely feeling every bit of 9 months pregnant and I am absolutely giddy at the thought that we will be meeting our little guy in about a month! 

How far along?
36 weeks-9 months!

How big is baby?
A Papaya or a cabbage patch doll
 ~18.7" and ~5.73 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
He is continuing to put on baby fat and his digestive system is the only major system that is not fully developed yet-and this won't happen until he is born.

Symptoms?
Holy heartburn...this was a symptom I was lucky enough to avoid for most of this pregnancy, but it has definitely caught up with me #TumsMe
 Swelling in my feet is still an issue after a long day at work, which in turn has made my calves/legs really sore, but other than that I have been feeling pretty good.

Maternity Clothes?
A total TMI, but I finally broke down and bought new underwear, and I have to tell you I am in granny panty heaven! Why did I wait so long?!?

Other than that I am embracing these warmer than average temperatures and squeezing myself into my maxi dresses :)   

Sleep?
Still sleeping pretty well, although I think my body would like to get at least 14 hours a night, because I am so darned tired! My bathroom breaks have gone up to at least 3 times per night...so that's fun, but I will be grateful that I am still relatively comfortable at this point.

Missing Anything?
My energy...I'm not sure if it's just this crazy time in the school year, but I am SO stinking tired!

Craving?
Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Sweet Tart Jelly Beans....basically candy, candy, and more candy! I have been able to work in a few sweet treats here and there with my meals, but candy is just one I can't seem to justify. It literally has zero nutrition and boat loads of sugar. Don't be surprised if you look in my hospital bag and see it half full of candy ;)

Aversions?
Not really anything

Emotions?
The excitement has set in...I cannot believe that in 4 short weeks (give or take) we will be meeting our little guy!

Movement? 
The movement has definitely changed...it's lower and mostly pushes and nudges with the occasional earthquake :) It's obvious that things are getting a bit crowded in there!

Best Moment of the week
The start of SPRING BREAK!! I'm so excited to wear sweatpants and prop my feet up and do nothing for a whole week!  

Pregnancy Brain Moments
My brain just works slower these days...so if you are trying to explain something simple to me and I don't get it...please be patient ;)

Looking forward to?
SPRING BREAK!!

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
I bought his Easter outfit this weekend :) At my last appointment I asked my doctor how much past my due date she would allow me to go and she said she would let me go up to a week, which means he will definitely be here by Easter...which has me SO excited :) Also, this means I can have Easter candy...soooo I am keeping my fingers crossed the Easter Bunny brings me a nice big ol' basket of goodies ;) #HintHint

I also plan to head out for a little last minute shopping spree to pick up the few things we still need and FINALLY get the rest of the stuff hung up in the nursery, I want his room to be all ready for him by the end of spring break. 

Running?
After making it to 3rd trimester my goal was to make it to 36 weeks and I am happy to say I did it! I'm only running about 3x per week and mixing in lots of walk breaks, but running is running at this point :) On Wednesday I was even able to run 1 mile without stopping to walk...which if you had asked me one year ago, would not be something to celebrate, but at 9 months pregnant I choose to celebrate this mini win!

My goal was 36 weeks...and at this point it will truly be day by day. I am going to continue to run as long as my body will allow, and if I can get in a run the day before/of delivery that would be even better ;)

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 6


It's been a pretty uneventful week, which is exactly the way I like it! I had a doctor's appointment where the doctor was happy with my blood sugars, baby's size, and she again assured me that all is well! She said as long as I can remain diet controlled she will continue to treat this like a regular pregnancy...which is great news! 

From what I have read/heard 36 weeks is usually where the hormones peak and people either struggle to keep their numbers level with diet alone and tend to be put on meds or when things level out and it gets easier...so far I think I am one of the lucky ones. Keeping my fingers crossed this is the case!

Diet

I really thought that by this point I would be struggling hard core...but as with most things it has gotten easier as the weeks tick by. Sure, I wouldn't mind diving head-first into a bowl of candy...but I wouldn't say it's all that hard to avoid or not eat. 2 years ago when training for the Heartland 39.3 series and working towards my sub 1:45 half-marathons I managed to keep my diet pretty strict...so I guess it goes to show if I really want something I can show some pretty mean self-control...and what better motivator than a healthy baby?

We found a few new meals to try this week, but so far have only made one of them and let me tell you...O-M-G! I have been having a wicked craving for a cheeseburger lately and this totally hit the spot...I mean, minus the delicious bun and steak fries ;) but I will take what I can get right now!

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole
**We actually used the Green Giant riced cauliflower to make prep a little quicker/easier and it turned out great! I honestly couldn't even taste the cauliflower, so if you are hesitant because of that...don't be! We even talked about getting some whole wheat buns for next time and eating it more like a sloppy joe...so we shall see :) 

Also, I had another mini-win this week...I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast (with a protein shake) and my blood sugars were only a 91! I can't tell you how happy this has made me...cereal is seriously one of my love languages and something I have missed like crazy! Granted I only had a cup of Kix (the blandest cereal ever) but it was a total win in my books! 
And, Fairlife Milk...this has been a total game-changer for me. I have been craving milk like crazy and this is high protein, low sugar, low carb milk that is still VERY delicious! I even had chocolate milk with breakfast once this week and my numbers stayed below target...WAHOO!

Testing

I loathe this part...it's a pain in the you know what! At first I really didn't mind because I liked knowing my numbers, and to some extent I still do, but they have been really consistent that I wouldn't mind testing less...or not at all ;) I forgot to ask my doctor at my last appointment, but I may ask her at the next one if I can cut down on testing...otherwise I will have to buy another box of testing strips...and those things are expensive!

We are down to 31-ish days until baby boy is here...which means if I keep testing 4x a day I have about 124 more finger pokes. Sounds like a lot...but having a countdown will definitely help keep me sane ;)

Exercise

 I love to exercise...always have, but this part is getting harder and harder the bigger I get. Running is getting tougher because of the swelling in my feet so I have been run/walking...with longer bouts of walking as the weeks go by, but Jazzercise has still been going pretty well, so I will keep that up as long as possible! I just keep hoping that what they say is true about exercise and an easier labor ;)


Emotionally

I've hit the "get this baby out of me" stage of pregnancy...we only have 4 more weeks, and I want him to cook as long as possible so he will be healthy and strong...but I am so ready to be un-pregnant. Besides the obvious discomforts of being HUGE...I'm ready to relax a little on my diet and eat some of my favorite foods...and have an ice cold beer!
Friday, March 3, 2017

35 Weeks: Wait, my uterus is how big?!?


The Bump app says that my uterus has grown to about 1,000 times it's original size...which may seem like an exaggeration to you, but feels (and looks) like a total understatement to me ;)

How far along?
35 weeks

How big is baby?
A Pineapple or a child's backpack
 ~18.1" and ~5.07 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
Most of his development is complete this week, although he is still growing stronger and refining his abilities as delivery day nears. The only organs that need a bit more work are his lungs.

Symptoms?
My poor feet...they weren't so bad at the beginning of the week, but by the end of a long work week they are swollen and sore. I am not swelling anywhere else, so I guess I should be grateful. Other than that I am just having some Braxton Hicks contractions and I have been a little more tired....so really I count myself pretty lucky!   

Maternity Clothes?
Ugh...I just want to dress and look normal again. I feel like I have totally thrown in the towel on trying to look cute...if it fits, I wear it...and I may wear it multiple times in a week ;) 

Sleep?
Minus one night where I just could not get comfortable, I have been sleeping great (knock on wood) I still get up 1-2x a night to go to the bathroom, but I fall right back asleep.

Missing Anything?
My old body...and I am not talking about the way it looked, but the way it worked. I feel slow, clumsy, awkward, and weak. While it is really nice to have people always willing to help me out, I am pretty independent and I miss being able to lift, carry, and move things by myself.

Craving?
Maybe I should switch this category to what I am not craving...because honestly, my appetite has been through the roof and I would eat anything and everything right now...turning down some of my "absolutely not" foods this week has been harder than normal.

Aversions?
It's not necessarily an aversion...but I am so sick of eggs. After this baby is born the only eggs I plan on eating will be in a cake ;)

Emotions?
I would say mostly happy...but it's been too busy of a week and I am craving some down time majorly! 

Movement? 
Still lots of movement all the time and I can tell he is getting awfully crowded. Sometimes he gets himself situated to where his butt is sticking out on my right side...my bump looks awfully weird when he does this, and it's not the most comfortable either!

Best Moment of the week
I had 3 incredible showers this week! I have the best students, co-workers, and friends a girl could ask for! I have been in hog-heaven unpacking presents and organizing his room!

I also had another great doctor's appointment...baby is growing right on track and his HR is still right around 140. It's crazy to think that I start my weekly appointments and progress checks in 2 weeks!! It's almost time to meet our lil' man! 

Pregnancy Brain Moments
I was trying to put my cover back on my Snoogle after washing it this weekend and I could not for the life of me figure out how to get started...it was pathetic really. After a few minutes I looked at AJ (almost in tears) and said "I just don't get it...I know it's simple, but it doesn't make sense to me"

Looking forward to?
One more week until Spring Break...my cankles will be so grateful ;) 

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
Baby Smith was spoiled rotten this week with all the baby showers! He has everything he needs (and then some) ready to go for his arrival!


Running?
 This may be the first week where I didn't feel like running...I usually look forward to my runs, but this week I dreaded them. I think because of how tough last week was, and how much harder running has gotten I am starting to dread it. I do always feel better when I am done, but I am not sure how much longer I will last. I was hoping to make it to at least 36 weeks...so maybe I will hold on for at least one more week :)

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