Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 5

5 weeks down...5 weeks to go! Things have been going pretty smoothly, each week I worry less and less about things and the diet and blood sugar checks have just become second nature.

I'm not really in the mood to chat too much about it today, I'm exhausted #ThirdTrimesterProblems, so I will make this short and sweet.

Diet

Like I mentioned the diet is becoming easier, as in I don't really have to think about what I am eating anymore. I have my body figured out and I pretty much know how it will react to certain foods. I have been adding in foods lately and definitely testing the limits and still managing to stay within my numbers, which is nice. There are some days I am not entirely convinced I have GD...but I suppose I will trust my doctors on this one ;) 

The one thing that got a little harder this week has been the cravings. I am starving ALL.THE.TIME. and I just want to eat whatever I want...whenever I want...and darn it...sometimes I just want carbs without having to worry about pairing it with a protein. 

I have been thinking about a greasy cheeseburger and steak fries a lot this week...and while I have been able to treat myself here and there without any issues, I know going out and gorging on a cheeseburger and fries would likely put my numbers into a frenzy and I am not willing to chance it...but in 5 weeks if you need me, you can find me stuffing my face with a burger and fries :) 

We didn't try any new meals this week...with yet another busy week we had to stick with the tried and trues and things that were easy to prep. I'm hoping this weekend to spend some time finding a few more meals to get us through March. 

Testing

Testing isn't so bad...but I did have to buy my second set of testing strips and gosh dang-it, those things are EXPENSIVE! Some days I test more than the required 4x a day, especially when I am trying out new snacks and trying to figure out what works and what doesn't. I will likely have to buy one more box of test strips...so that means one more time of the pharmacist looking at me with a shocked face and saying "Whoa, you know the total is $$, is that okay?" So far, I have been able to refrain from saying "Heck no it's not okay"...but only time will tell  :) 

Exercise

This is definitely getting harder...as I get bigger, my body is a little harder to maneuver. Just getting out of bed is a workout at this point! I've still been running a bit and going to Jazzercise, but each time I complete a workout I know it could be my last because of how much I struggled. I am taking it day by day...but I am getting to the point where I dread my workouts. Even when running and Jazzercise are off the table I will make an effort to make sure I go for a daily walk, I notice a difference in my numbers the day after I work out vs. the days I don't...so it really does help...so, while I would love to sit on the couch and prop my feet up it's much better for me and baby to keep moving!

Emotionally

Minus all the cravings I have been having this week I have been feeling really positive about everything. I worry less and less each week about baby's well being, especially since I have been able to control my numbers. I know I am doing everything in my power to keep him (and myself) as healthy as possible.
 I have a doctor's appointment this week and I do have some questions for her about additional scans/sonograms that the other doctor I saw 2 weeks ago mentioned...and what her plans are for me as far as my due date and how far past it they will let me go before setting an induction date. I'm hoping to get some answers to those lingering questions, but other than that I am feeling calm, cool, and collected :)
Saturday, February 25, 2017

34 weeks: Cankles and achy legs


After a 5-day weekend my poor body was not ready for a busy week spent mostly on my feet. My ankles started swelling and my legs have been aching...is it Spring Break yet?

How far along?
34 weeks

How big is baby?
Butternut Squash or a Basketball hoop (these random objects get more and more random each week)
 ~17.7" and ~4.63 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
This week he may be recognizing and reacting to simple songs, if I am singing them (poor kid) and while he won't be getting much taller in the coming weeks, he will be putting on about a 1/2 lb each week until he is born

Symptoms?
Fatigue, shortness of breath, swollen ankles, sore legs and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions...my uterus ought to be nice strong come d-day! 

Maternity Clothes?
This unseasonably warm weather is nice...except for the fact that I don't have anything to wear. I have been squeezing myself into any short sleeved shirt I own that I can! I just can't justify buying more clothes this close to the end.

Sleep?
I am still not having any trouble getting comfortable (knock on wood) but I do wake up a few times in the night to use the restroom. A few nights this week it took me about an hour to fall back to sleep after my second bathroom break (around 3:30) but luckily that was over the weekend so I didn't have to get out of bed early...but other than that I am so, so, so grateful that sleep has been coming so easily. 

Missing Anything?
Breathing ;)

Craving?
Still milk...I could seriously put down a gallon of that stuff if it wouldn't send me into a diabetic coma #IWishIWasKidding

Aversions?
These peanut butter protein granola bars that we have in the pantry...I was desperate the other day and grabbed one and it was a huge mistake. I managed to keep it down...but the following day when AJ had one in the car I had to roll down the window because it was gag-worthy! Yuck!

Emotions?
Feeling pretty good this week...It was a busy week and I have been extra tired, so I have been craving some down time/alone time.

Movement? 
He has now moved himself up under my ribs...seriously, I can feel his feet digging up under the right side of my rib-cage. This doesn't help my breathing situation at all ;)

Best Moment of the week
Our family baby shower was hands-down the best moment this week! Baby Smith is so very loved (and VERY spoiled) and it was so nice to celebrate his impending arrival with all of my favorites :)

Pregnancy Brain Moments
One morning this week (thankfully before the kids arrived) I walked into the boys bathroom thinking it was the girls bathroom. Luckily my brain registered the urinals right away and I high-tailed it out of there ;)

Looking forward to?
We have 2 more showers this week...my friends are throwing me one on Saturday and I get to celebrate with my co-workers on Wednesday.

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
I finished his quilt this past weekend and we got tons of great stuff at our baby shower. Little Man's closet may have more clothes in it than ours does ;)

Running?
 This has been my toughest week of running yet. My legs and feet are definitely feeling the effects of the added weight and being on my feet all day for work doesn't help at all. I had a couple of runs this week where my legs felt like giant sand-bags. I can push through a lot, but achy legs and third trimester fatigue has made it a little tougher. I'm not giving up yet...because bad runs happen (even when I am not pregnant) and I am hoping I have a few good weeks of running left!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 4

I can't believe it's already been a month...it has gone surprisingly fast...as has this pregnancy! How do we have just over 6 weeks until he is here?!? I was sure this diagnoses would make this last trimester drag on, but it has still just been cruising along...Talk to me again in a month when I am 38 weeks pregnant and ready to evict him and I may be singing a different tune, but right now it seems as if time is on hyper-speed!

Diet 

Things seem to be getting a little easier on this front...I have established some go-to meals and found ways to get as creative as possible. Breakfast has been my biggest struggle...finding the perfect balance of protein and carbs is tricky...Eggs are a great source of protein...but I do have to say I am SERIOUSLY tired of them. We have gone through a record number of eggs in the last month...






I'm trying my best to eat them in different ways...fried, scrambled, hard-boiled...anything to break up the monotony, especially considering I am not the biggest fan of eggs in the first place.

 Luckily, my Goose came to my rescue with the most delicious no-carb pancake recipe!


I ended up adding a scoop of chocolate protein powder (and skipped the sweetener) and I have to say they were a delicious treat! Notice we still added eggs on the side...this is just my life for the next 6 weeks I suppose ;) 

I have found a few creative ways to get in protein at breakfast and avoid eggs all together...

Yes...that is cottage cheese on my toast...and no, this is not a pregnancy craving. I actually used to eat this all the time during marathon training. It is a delicious treat, do yourself a favor and try it!


Protein shakes and turkey sausage links have been my best friends :) I have also been adding in a half of a banana whenever I have the extra carbs because I have been having some leg cramps at night (OUCH!) and bananas always seem to do the trick! However, since they are so high on the glycemic index I only eat half at a time to avoid spikes in my blood sugar. 

Lunch is really easy because it's usually just leftovers from dinner the night before...or Tuna fish sandwiches. I have been getting the packets of tuna and mixing it with mayo and sweet relish (and sometimes even reluctantly adding a hard-boiled egg) 

Dinner is hands-down my favorite...we have found some amazing new recipes and it's gotten easier and easier to find these low-carb recipes each week especially the more I learn about this diet and how my body responds to different foods. I usually find them on Pinterest...and then my sweet husband cooks them #WeMakeAGoodTeam

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Zoodles
This is hands down my very favorite meal we have tried thus far! I love, love, love Italian food...and this allows me to still indulge in my favorite comfort food while avoiding all the extra carbs.

Fajita Roll Ups
Fajita roll ups are another favorite of mine because I can eat them with a small serving of rice, guacamole, and Greek yogurt (we sub this for sour cream) and then still enjoy a side of ice cream without my numbers going crazy. #AllTheProtein 

We have several other favorites, but I don't have photos of those...maybe I will share some of those meals next week ;)

 Testing


I'm getting REAL tired of testing my blood sugar 4x a day...I'm hoping at my next doctor's appointment she will give me the okay to test less. I have breakfast figured out...so I could likely skip that one altogether, but we will see.

My fasting numbers have stayed consistently below what they are looking for (90) which is such a relief. From what I have read this is usually the number people struggle with, which in turn requires them to be put on insulin. As long as I can control all my numbers with diet and don't need insulin I am not considered high risk. #SoFarSoGood

In the last 4 weeks that I have been testing my numbers have been consistently good (on the lower end even) and staying mostly around 100 or below (they want me <120) except two times...

The first time was my 2nd day on the diet and while I panicked I knew it would take some getting used to...the second time however was this past weekend and it really freaked me out.

I had started feeling really confident about my ability to eye-ball foods and not measure everysinglething...and then BAM...reality slapped me in the face, and the worst part is, I am still not sure what happened.

My grandparents were in town from Ohio so my mom grilled out...brats and hamburgers. I went with a brat because the buns were smaller (had less carbs) and the brat had more protein. I paired it with a big salad and lots of veggies and a 1/3 cup of my mom's famous beans (which I could eat by the pound!) and 2 hours after dinner I tested my numbers and it was a 133!! I couldn't believe it and thought it HAD to be a mistake so I tested again...and got the same thing. What the heck?

I was really upset...and not because it was high...because one high reading won't hurt me or baby...but because I couldn't figure out what I did wrong. I am still struggling to figure it out...The only things I can think are 1) Not enough protein in the brat 2) The Fresca I had (which only has 1 carb) had grapefruit juice in it (although it lists NO SUGAR)
3) My mom's beans have 4 million carbs or 5) It was a bad reading/monitor issue.

Regardless...I tested an hour later (for my own sanity) and it was already down to 86 (which is lower than my ideal fasting number) so I know it wasn't elevated for too long.

I was also disappointed because I have to report my numbers today...and I was really hoping to get the okay to test less...this might put a kink in that :(

Other than that...testing is still fine...it's not all that painful (most of the time) but I sure will be glad when I can stop pricking my finger 4x a day.

Excercise 

I'm feeling really fortunate that my body is still handling my running and working out like a champ. It definitely helps my numbers to stay low...and to keep my sanity in tact ;)


I've been trying to run 3-4 days per week and go to Jazzercise at least 2 days a week and I am hoping I can continue this as long as possible...which ideally would be the day of/before delivery, but I am not delusional. After our first child-birth class and our teacher talking about the baby dropping...I have a feeling once he does that running may be completely off the table.

Emotionally 

Minus feeling really down about my numbers Saturday, things have been going really well. I have adjusted well to the new diet and don't even really feel that deprived. I also did well at my baby shower on Sunday...there was lots of yummy food, cookies, and my favorite bundt cakes (mean right?) and I didn't feel like I had to struggle to stay away from it. It definitely helped that I was able to save a bundt cake for my dinner later that night...I just paired it with a heavy protein dinner and my numbers were great!

I only have about 6 weeks left...and while I am anxious for little man to be here, and to not have to be as strict with my diet, I plan to try and keep eating as healthy as possible even after he is born. Not only do I want to make sure the baby is getting the best nutrients possible while I am breast feeding, but I also wouldn't mind losing the baby weight a little quicker ;) #SilverLining


Friday, February 17, 2017

33 weeks: Is it hot in here, or is it just me?



At my doctors appointment this week I was measuring a little smaller than 33 weeks (doctor said this is totally normal) but I feel like I am MUCH bigger!

How far along?
33 weeks

How big is baby?
Celery or a junior tennis racket
 ~17.2" and ~4.19 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
He is now keeping his eyes open while awake. He is also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing and is likely sucking his thumb.

Symptoms?
Still having trouble catching my breath and my internal body temp seems to have set itself at just shy of 4 million degrees...but other than that you won't hear any complaints from me!

Maternity Clothes?
Getting dressed in the mornings is not my favorite thing...I don't have a lot of options and I am wearing a lot of the same things over and over again.

Sleep?
While third trimester tired has nothing on the first trimester, I am finding myself crawling into bed earlier and earlier and draaaagggging myself out of bed in the mornings. I'm still sleeping pretty well though, with only a few bathroom breaks throughout the night and I am able to fall right back asleep. 

Missing Anything?
Bananas...while they are GD approved, they are really high on the glycemic index, so I really can only eat a half of a banana at a time. Not only do I love bananas...but I have been having some killer calf cramps and the potassium has always done wonders for that in the past.

Craving?
Sour candies...What I wouldn't give to sit down with a bag of Sour Patch Kids and go crazy!

Aversions?
Nothing really...although I am getting really tired of protein. I know it's good for me, for my diet, and for the baby...but what I wouldn't give for a fully carb-filled snack or meal #BagelMe

Emotions?
I "think" I have done a pretty good job of avoiding any pregnancy melt-downs or cranky moments, but I have to admit, it's been really hard. My hormones have been out of whack this week and the littlest of things are driving me crazy. Out of nowhere I will find myself frustrated or on the verge of tears for no reason...so far I have been able to stay reasonable and talk myself off the ledge the few times this has happened...but I am here to tell you...it isn't easy.

Movement? 
He is quite the mover and shaker...literally! Sometimes he will kick so hard or move so abruptly I'm surprised AJ doesn't feel the bed shake!

Best Moment of the week
At my doctors appt this week I saw a different doctor (mine had been called to surgery) and she mentioned that she usually schedules a sonogram around 37 weeks for her GD patients to check on baby's size (to make sure he isn't too big) AND she mentioned that since I'm doing so well with my blood sugar I might be able to test less, but I would have to check with my doctor in 2 weeks! Let's hope my doctor feels the same way on both accounts...getting another sonogram would be the silver lining to this GD for sure :)

Pregnancy Brain Moments
Overall I'm just pretty darn forgetful these days.

Looking forward to?
My family baby shower this weekend! 

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
We went shopping this weekend and bought a few more things for the nursery and started getting things hung up. We now have curtains and the shelf above his changing table. It's pretty much my favorite room in the house!

Running?
 Still going really well...although, this beautiful weather has made it nearly impossible to stay indoors on the treadmill though. My hips are a little more sore after running outdoors but nothing crazy and it usually goes away within the day.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 3

3 weeks ago I was pretty convinced that my GD diagnoses was the worst possible thing ever...now, please don't forget to take into account that I am a pretty dramatic person ;)

However, if you were to ask me today...I would tell you that I was oh so wrong. Now don't get me wrong...it's a pain in the you know what...and I really wish I didn't have to pay attention to every little thing I ate...but it's not even as close to as bad as I anticipated. I would venture to say that I have even found a couple of bright spots in this otherwise inconvenient diagnoses....

1) I know for a fact that me and the lil' man are getting the BEST nutrition possible. While I didn't eat all that unhealthy before, I definitely treated myself more than I should have. Looking at what we had been eating is a real eye-opener for us. Even without/before an insulin resistance I am sure my blood sugar was elevated more times than not.

2) My pregnancy weight gain will (likely) be minimal or at least less than if I was treating myself with ice cream and candy whenever I felt like it. At 29 weeks I had gained about 13lbs...so I wasn't exactly on the path to self destruction...but since being diagnosed I haven't gained a thing...I have actually lost a pound or two. My dietician and diabetic counselor had told me that this was something that would likely happen...and that it was nothing to worry about. Prior to my diagnoses I had gone almost 6 weeks without gaining any weight as well and my doctor didn't seemed concerned at all because lil' man is growing right on track...so as long as this continues I will choose to be grateful that there will be less weight to lose after he is born :)

3) We have found numerous new meals to add to our dinner rotation...and honestly, they are quite delicious! We had been stuck in somewhat of a rut and had gotten kind of lazy with making dinner...and we were eating the same 5-7 things each week...and throwing in the occasional Mac N' Cheese and hotdogs (we are 5) and frozen pizza. These new meals will definitely be sticking around after baby is born...although, the occasional Mac N' Cheese/Frozen Pizza will be reintroduced ;)

4) We are saving money...we don't order pizza or go out to eat nearly as much so our fast food budget has gone down. Our grocery bill went up at first because we went to Costco and bought a bunch of things in bulk...but it seems to be evening out with our weekly grocery store trips because we don't have to buy as much.

So, while there are times I still want to say "it's not fair" -especially this weekend when I really, really, really wanted to dive head-first into a bag of Sour Patch kids...I'm choosing to see the silver lining and embracing this diet for 7ish more weeks...and then after that..."Hide yo Oreos, Hide yo Sour Patch kids..."


Here is a quick recap of this past week....
Diet

This was the biggest stressor for me when I was first diagnosed. I felt totally clueless and wasn't sure how I would figure out what to eat, what to snack on, and I worried about meal planning feeling overwhelming. Like I mentioned above...I totally blew this out of proportion. Come to find out I am much better at reading labels and figuring out my portions/ratios than I thought. Not only have we found several new meals that work perfectly...I have managed to eat out successfully 3 times and even treated myself to ice cream a time or two and kept my numbers well below the recommended target. Now if I could only figure out a way to incorporate candy successfully ;) #CandyOnMyMind #IBlameVDay

Testing

If I had to choose a most frustrating part of this diagnoses, this would be it...while I have gotten really stealthy and good at testing my sugars at work (or in the middle of Hobby Lobby) it's still not ideal. I have had some issues with the testing being accurate...I got a higher number than normal one day after lunch (119-when I haven't had anything over 110 this entire time) and tested again seconds later on a different finger only to get a 100. This is a bit frustrating for sure...but it looks like from what I have read getting a false high number is much more common than a false low number, so at least I can rest easy knowing that.

Another issue I had this week is my poker/stabber (this is the name I have affectionately given it) accidentally got switched to a 4 (this is the depth of the needle) from a 2. I poked myself twice where it was extremely painful and I couldn't get it to stop bleeding and needed a band-aid. I couldn't quite figure out what was going on the first time, but after the second I was like "what the heck, why is this all of a sudden happening?" and I looked down and noticed that the dial had been turned. You better believe I won't make that mistake again #Ouch
All in all testing isn't terrible...it's just the worst part of the whole thing. I do like knowing my numbers...it's reassuring and helpful when I am playing around with what I can and can't eat.

Excercise

I suppose I could have added this to my list of bright spots with this diagnoses...not only has the minimal weight gain made it a little easier to continue running and working out...but the motivation from knowing that regular exercise makes my body more efficient at using the insulin my body is producing helps me to avoid skipping days. Third trimester has left me feeling MUCH more tired and more likely to skip a workout...but like I said, knowing it's beneficial to my body and my blood sugar has been the only push I have needed not to skip workouts. I still take rest days...but on those days I make sure to get in a walk or get my body moving in some way. 

Emotionally

I am probably as emotionally stable as a woman who is 8 months pregnant and filled with hormones can get at this point ;) I haven't cried or gotten stressed or worried about my diagnoses at all this last week...which is a huge change from how I felt initially. I no longer worry about the effects of the GD on my baby...I have been controlling it about as well as one can and he is measuring perfectly, so I have really let go of that added unnecessary worry. I feel confident that I am doing everything in my power to make sure my baby gets the best chance at being healthy and strong come his birthday :)
 
Friday, February 10, 2017

32 weeks: Ice cream is always an acceptable side dish


32 weeks...8 months...holy cow! It's hard to believe we are in the homestretch with only 8 weeks left! I'm definitely starting to feel big and slow...and if something falls on the floor? It no longer exists to me ;) 

How far along?
32 weeks

How big is baby?
A squash or a plastic scooter board
 ~16.6" and ~3.75 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
He is getting ready for his descent and is likely in the head-down position now (if his hiccups are any indication...this is accurate), and he is probably feeling even more cramped (well I guess that makes two of us!)

Symptoms?
3rd trimester fatigue has officially set in along with breathlessness...please don't talk to me for at least 5 minutes after I have climbed the stairs...and if you visit my classroom during read-aloud? Please don't judge ;)

Maternity Clothes?
Besides my tanks I haven't bought anything in awhile...I don't have many maternity clothes, and I just can't bring myself to buy more. I am desperately holding on to anything and everything in my closet that still fits and wearing the handful of maternity clothes I do own on rotation.

Sleep?
Sleeping MUCH better this week! I am counting my lucky stars that I haven't experienced any insomnia or dealt with being too uncomfortable when trying to sleep...I still give Mr. Snoogle all the credit there! I do make a visit to the restroom at least 3 times during the night...but I have managed to get this routine down without hardly waking up ;)

Missing Anything?
Just about everything...when you're pregnant there is a list a mile long of things you can't/shouldn't have...deli meat, sushi, beer, etc....and now with GD my list is even longer. I would say the biggest thing for me is snacking...I miss being able to grab a little something whenever it strikes my fancy. 

Craving?
Milk, milk, and more milk...luckily, this is on my approved list, but I can really only have one 8oz glass with lunch or dinner. I could drink a gallon of this stuff right now, but I will choose to be grateful that I can have it at all!

Aversions?
Not a thing! I finally kicked this nasty cold and my appetite has returned, which is nice.

Emotions?
I didn't cry one time this week...which is a total win in my books :)

Movement? 
My pregnancy app says that he is sleeping 95% of the time now, but I don't believe that non-sense at all. He is constantly kicking, pushing, poking, and rolling around in there...but I can't say that I mind too much :)

Best Moment of the week
This is going to sound really pathetic...but I had ice cream with dinner one night this week and my numbers stayed within range and I was on cloud 9. After a few weeks of figuring out how my body processes different foods I wanted to experiment and see if I could have a little treat. I chose a night where our dinner was high protein and very low carb and instead of adding a carb loaded side-dish I chose to use my carb allowance on ice cream instead...because let's be honest, ice cream is a totally acceptable side dish ;) When I checked my numbers before bed I was pleasantly surprised that they were not only within range, but lower than they have been this whole time! Obviously, I won't make this a habit, but knowing I can treat myself here and there is such a great feeling!

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
Words continue to be hard...especially at school. My kids have gotten used to finishing sentences for me and correcting me without too much giggling ;) I always just tell them "I'm testing them to make sure they are paying attention"

Looking forward to?
Next week is conference week which means a 4-day weekend! WAHOO!

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
We haven't purchased anything, but we got 2 gifts in the mail this week! It's amazing how excited we both got over these items that we won't personally get to use ;) We actually talked about how much more fun it is to get stuff for the baby than it is for ourselves...I think that just means we are officially parents now. 

Running?
 On Sunday, my friend Kala and I ran the Kickoff 5k which was really fun! The weather was nice and the company was even better...I could have done without the massive hills though! We finished in about 36 minutes, which isn't bad considering we walked the uphill portions and took it pretty easy. I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't sore at all afterwards...I might have to try getting back outdoors again :)
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 2

It's officially been 2 weeks since I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, and I have to say that on one hand things have gotten SO much easier...I have a much better understanding of what foods I can eat and when...and mini celebration...I have even eaten out twice! Granted it was Panera and Jason's Deli, but being able to step out of my rigid pre-planned meals is a win in my books!! I have found that as the days go by, I am not as stressed about counting every last carb and weighing out my food #ItsThePerfectionistInMe

However, in a way, I have to say it's also gotten a little tougher. I've had several moments where I have had cravings and have had to stop myself from popping a Tootsie Roll...or three. That first week I was sick and didn't have an appetite so it didn't really affect me...but now I am missing those foods more than ever....and all I want to do is dive head first into all the sweets, all the time! I have a feeling it has something to do with being told I can't ;) I have also had a few moments (brief as they were, I need to be honest) of "it's not fairs" when I get emails from my pregnancy app saying it's okay to give into your cravings...umm...I was specifically told not to! #Rude

The good news is I am in the homestretch of pregnancy...8 more weeks until I am holding my sweet baby in my arms and all of this will be behind me! 8 weeks isn't long...but I have a feeling it will drag...prior to being diagnosed I wasn't feeling like I wanted time to go faster because #SoMuchLeftToDo...but now I am really anxious for him to be here and to be reassured that everything is indeed okay and that he is healthy!

Here is a quick recap of the last week...

Diet

The diet is getting much easier to understand/manage. I already had a pretty good grasp of how to read labels and choose the right foods, but after 2 weeks it feels more natural and I don't feel as overwhelmed when making decisions on the fly as I did in the beginning.

Finding meals got a little tricky at first because I was so worried about having exactly the right amount of carbs and was super strict about this...but I have found that I can eye-ball it and just read the ingredients and determine pretty easily what works and what doesn't.

And for the best news of the week...I had ice cream last night and my numbers were lower than they have been this entire time! I was a little nervous with my experiment...but I figured if I paired my ice cream with a low-carb dinner/high protein dinner...(ice cream is an acceptable side dish, right?) then I could stay within my carbs and make sure it was paired with a substantial protein to help counteract it. I was a little nervous for the 2 hours before I could test...but the minute "86" (I am supposed to stay below 120) popped up on the screen I did a little happy dance! I obviously won't be making this a habit...but knowing I can treat myself safely on occasion was such a freeing feeling...and good for my sanity!

I have also found some really good snacks that a) I enjoy b) are easy to manage on the go or at school and c) are a perfect balance of carbs/protein. In the first week I was having trouble keeping my ketone levels low...and this week I have had zero or trace amounts each day! My diabetic counselor even told me I could stop testing for these #Hallelujah #PeeingOnAStickWhen8MonthsPregnantIsTricky

Testing

I've gotten really good at testing very discreetly at school and I have it down to an art. It literally takes me seconds and no one even notices. This weekend I was with my mom at Target when I had to test and coincidentally we were in the candy aisle...I mean, talk about irony ;)  My numbers have been consistently low (not too low, I asked), and my doctor told me that as long as they stay like this and I am able to control my blood sugar with diet and exercise nothing changes as far as my bi-weekly appointments and delivery! #Wahoo

Exercise

This last week I made sure to get some sort of exercise each night...whether it be running, Jazzercise, or a quick walk. I am extremely fortunate that I have been able to stay as active as I am without being uncomfortable. I told AJ, my body better cooperate, because running is the only thing I have left that brings me joy...obviously I am over-exaggerating, but seriously...you can take away my wine and sweets and treats and I will manage...but take away my endorphins/stress release #WatchOut

Emotions

I'm a totally different person emotionally than I was 2 weeks ago...I didn't cry once this week and I have been sleeping great. I don't find myself worrying constantly about the baby and how this is affecting him. My doctor was so reassuring about the whole thing at my last appointment and told me that as long as I am keeping my numbers below 120 baby will be just fine.

While my worries are so much less, I think I still have the first time mom anxiety brewing in the back of my mind. I think constantly about my sweet boy and pray every day that he is born healthy and strong...but I can't imagine that is all that different from other moms. #ImTotallyNormal

I think that is it for this week...pretty boring huh? In pregnancy though...that is the way I like it ;)

Friday, February 3, 2017

31 Weeks: Putting on my socks is a workout


Rest assured...that is not my belly button popping out, I guess I just didn't get my shirt completely smoothed out. However, my poor little belly button is hanging on by a thread and I can't imagine it will be much longer before it pops out!  

How far along?
31 weeks

How big is baby?
Asparagus or foam finger
 ~16.1" and ~3.31 lbs

What's baby up to this week?
Baby is going through major brain and nerve development this week. All 5 of his senses are now in working order and his irises are now reacting to light.

Symptoms?
The silver lining of GD is that any and all indigestion/heartburn seems to have subsided. It wasn't bad at all prior to this, but eating 6 smaller meals (and completely cutting out sweets) has made it non-existent...Other than that I have just had some shortness of breath and some swelling in my ankles after a long day of teaching.

Maternity Clothes?
I bought a few maternity tanks and they are glorious!

Sleep?
This cold/congestion/ruthless cough stuck around WAY too long #ThanksImmuneSystem and there were a few nights where my cough and congestion woke me up and made it impossible to fall back asleep. The last few nights have been pretty good though, so hopefully I am on the up and up!

Missing Anything?
Being able to put on my socks and shoes without having to take a break to catch my breath or ask my husband for help. My Apple watch has even automatically logged a few workouts while I was putting on or taking off my socks and shoes #SoThatsCool 

Craving?
A good night's sleep? I suppose I am just preparing for when baby is here :) I'm just so bummed because I haven't yet hit the uncomfortable stage, so without this cough/cold I would likely be sleeping great! 

Aversions?
Not a thing! My appetite is still hit or miss...I often struggle to eat all my meals/snacks throughout the day, and I attribute this to the fact that I am eating high protein/high fiber foods that keep me full for longer periods of time...that and a crowded stomach. 

Emotions?
Definitely on the up and up this week...a little over a week into my diet change and checking my blood sugar 4x a day, and I am feeling really confident that I will be able to keep my GD in check for the next 9 weeks and baby and I will be just fine!

Movement? 
This is hands down my favorite part of pregnancy! I don't think seeing or feeling him move around will ever get old! However...I could do with a few less kicks to the ribs!  

Best Moment of the week
Hearing little babe's heartbeat at my doctor's appointment and hearing from my doctor that as long as I continue to be able to control my numbers with diet and exercise that things will continue as normal. I won't need extra scans, appointments, or to think about early inductions.

And, at my last appointment little man had been measuring a bit ahead and this week he was measuring right on track, which was a huge relief because I had been worried that he had been measuring ahead because of the GD and I was on the fast track to a 10lb baby...but apparently measuring ahead and behind by 1 or 2 weeks is pretty normal. 

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
My meals, snacks, and blood sugar checks have taken over my brain, so I am forgetting little things here and there. I forgot to wear my wedding rings to work one day (which hasn't happened in forever) and I can't seem to find the words for things...that thing that holds our clothes is a dresser in case you were wondering :)

Looking forward to?
Last week I said I was looking forward to a low-key weekend and we ended up being pretty busy Saturday and Sunday...so this upcoming weekend is pretty clear thus far, so hopefully we can keep it that way :)

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
We booked our newborn photographer and we are REALLY looking forward to working with Angie at Plank Photography. I have been swooning over her photos for the last year and I can't wait for her to take Baby Smith's pics! I also scheduled our pre-admission visit, our prenatal visit with our pediatrician, and signed up for a breast-feeding class...it's crazy to think how close we are getting!

Running?
 Even with a cold running has been fabulous this week...it seemed to be the only time I was not coughing or struggling to breathe, which doesn't quite make sense...but if I can get some relief I will take it! I am still just sticking to the treadmill because I have zero soreness after...but this weekend I am signed up for a 5k...let's hope I don't have to try and beg Kala to carry me across the finish line ;)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Book Review


Last year I set a goal to read at least 4 books per month...and it was glorious! Most months I ended up reading more than 4 books...and a few months I barely squeaked by! I was so glad I set this goal for myself because it pushed me to turn off the TV earlier and make time for my favorite thing...reading!

I have had reading goals the last 2 years...but before that I would always say "I don't have time" and I was lucky to read 4 books per year...and after reading almost 150 books in the last 2 years I have to say I was definitely missing out...and I did in fact have time I just didn't MAKE time :)

I know that reading once baby comes is going to take a backseat...but I still wanted to set a goal for myself so I didn't get caught in the "I don't have time" trap again. 

My goal for 2017 is 2 books per month...or 24 books for the year, because I know that come April that goal may be a little lofty...so these next few months before baby comes will be filled with as many books as possible!
This month I read 5 GREAT books...I must be out of my bad book slump!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19486412-big-little-lies

I seriously could not put this book down! I was intrigued from the very start (like I am with most of her books) This book follows a group of clique-y parents whose kids are all starting kindergarten at the same school. There is an incident at a fundraiser where someone dies...the book jumps back and forth and slowly weaves the story together. It reminds me a lot of her book "Truly, Madly, Guilty" in that sense. I did figure out the twist about 3/4 of the way through the book, but it didn't take away from it at all! Definitely a book to put on your list!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22859473-the-girls-of-mischief-bay

Oh my goodness...I just love, love, loved this book! It's about 3 friends who live in the same small town, Mischief Bay. They all are going through their own struggles, but manage to be there for each other. It was a sweet book that made the miles on the treadmill fly by!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25986848-the-friends-we-keep

After finishing the first book in this series I was eager for more so I immediately downloaded this one to my iPad for my treadmill runs :) While this is a sequel only one of the characters from the first book is really included in this story (all the others are mentioned, but aren't a big part of the story) I couldn't say which I liked better...this one or the first one...they were both just so good! Definitely a great light-hearted beach read or treadmill read if you aren't lucky enough to be on the beach ;)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25852870-eligible

This was another book I really enjoyed, although I will admit I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I loved the somewhat silly story filled with ridiculous characters and even more ridiculous events that unfolded! It kind of makes me want to read Pride and Prejudice...although, I am not sure that is quite my style of book.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18812405-the-good-girl

I loved all of the books I read this month...but if I had to pick a least favorite this would probably be it. It was dark and twisty...but also VERY predictable (minus a little twist that caught me totally off guard at the end...which definitely redeemed it from it's predictability earlier on) When I looked at the reviews people compared it to Gone Girl (when will people stop doing this?!?!?) but I couldn't see the connection...It was a good book, a little slow moving at times, but one I would still recommend!

That's all for this month! I'm hoping to have as much in February with my books! I'm currently reading "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven on my iPad when I run/walk on the treadmill and hoping that a few of the books I have on hold at the library become available ASAP! I have a few good ones I am dying to read!

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Life Lately: January

 There have been months that we are pretty boring...but this month takes the cake. I blame it on winter hibernation and pregnancy...I can only use that as an excuse for so long, and I plan on using it to it's full potential :) 

 We did get out a little more than the pictures suggest...but I just didn't take pictures...can I blame this on pregnancy brain? #YesICan

I like being lazy...so I won't apologize. This is all you get for January, and hopefully I am better at documenting our "exciting" February #WhoAmIKidding #WeWillBeLazyAgain


 

 We rang in the New Year at home this year...and that was just fine with us! What was not fine was Mariah Carey's performance....I'm not sure if this is what we are turning our noses up to in the picture above, but I like to pretend it is :)
 
 

 This is our 5th New Year's celebration together...and our first at home...and our last as just the two of us :)


Gracie had a really exciting January as well...she started taking her assistant duties very seriously ;) She sure loves the days that AJ is working from home! 


She is still in denial about the new baby joining our family...she seems to think she is the baby...Not sure what gave her that idea ;)


I had my first snow day of the school year...and it didn't snow at all! There was a HUGE storm predicted for the whole weekend and we hardly got anything...but we used it as an excuse to be as lazy as possible :) 


I spent a big chunk of time at Hobby Lobby buying stuff for Baby Smith's room.


I started his on his quilt...and hoping I finish before he gets here ;) 


We purchased an ottoman to go with our glider/recliner. 


We went out in Waldo to celebrate our friend Brad's birthday...one of us had a little to drink ;)


We celebrated Miles' first birthday...he was not as impressed with the birthday cake as everyone else was ;) 


After being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes we started getting really creative in the kitchen and have found several new dishes to add to our permanent rotation!


The month started with an "ice storm" and ended with beautiful weather that couldn't be wasted! 

Here's to hoping February brings us just as much sunshine and laziness ;)