Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's been a while!

Apparently me posting consistently on this blog is impossible.  I was super excited to get it back up and running back in July and then POOF, the month was over! My mom came to visit right around 13th and she stayed until this past Tuesday.  She needs to come back ASAP - we got so much done while she was here!  The nursery is done, the newborn clothes are washed, and my hospital bags are ALMOST packed. I have a few more things to put inside and then I'll be all set.

JB's bag on the other hand isn't nearly ready. I still need to get outfits together and in plastic ziplock bags (mama finds it necessary to be completely organized).  I have to take her going home outfit this week to get it embroidered with her monogram, because monograms are a necessity, even for a newborn. 

I cannot believe I'm 36 weeks already. Time is just *flying* by, which is perfectly okay with me!  I had my 36 week check-up yesterday and everything is looking good! Mama's belly is measuring right at 36 weeks and baby JB's heartbeat is in the 130s (went up to the 140s when she changed positions), which is perfect.  My GD seems to be under control with the way I've been eating (well DUH, it should be given the limited foods I'm eating) and I asked if I can test my blood glucose twice a day instead of four times and she said that is perfectly fine.  AMEN to that! It's not the pricking that bothers me, it's having to pay attention to the clock to remember to do it 2 hours after eating the first bite.  Yes, that's right - I have to test after first bite, not when I finish.  I did an experiment back in June about the difference in numbers between first bite and last bite and it can be up to 20 points! That is insane! Again, I don't care about pricking. I just don't like having to rush into a public restroom if I'm out and about running errands because it's just so gross in there.  But, I have 27 days left (give or take) and I got this.  God bless the women who have GD at holiday times... Christmas cookies? Pumpkin Spiced Lattes? I wouldn't able to handle not having those holiday treats! 

Having GD has honestly been a nightmare. I spent the majority of June and the beginning part of July completely stressed out over it. I wasn't sleeping, I was a crying mess, and I constantly blamed myself for getting it.  But, something happened, I don't know what, and I just stopped freaking out over it.  I was mostly worried about my fasting numbers (when you first wake up in the morning) because they were getting too high, but luckily whatever clicked in my brain has worked and I've been okay.  I belonged to a GD group on FB and I had to delete myself from it because I found that it was adding to my anxiety and making things worse.  I am fully aware that there are so many other issues that are 100 times worse than GD. BUT, until it happens to you, it's hard for anyone to understand.  As I've said before, it has nothing to do with the foods I can't eat, but it's just the idea that I could be harming baby JB and there wasn't much I could do about it.  

Do I miss certain foods? I'd be lying if I said I wasn't.  I'd love a bowl of freshly cut pineapple.  A vanilla bean frapp from Starbucks sounds divine. And I'm still craving a hot fudge sundae. Oh yes, and I'd love to eat some french fries off of my own plate, not steal a few from my mom's plate or from Shaun's plate.  But, in the bigger picture, most of that food is CRAP anyways.  Except the fruit. Gosh, I love fruit but it shoots my numbers up to the sky and that's no bueno. So, if you're going to be visiting me in the hospital after JB arrives, please bring a bowl of freshly cut fruit.  And a sundae.  Just not together because that's gross. Haha! :)

So, with me being 36 weeks, I now have weekly appointments so the doctor can examine me and see how I'm progressing.  Yesterday I found out I'm 1cm dilated and 60% effaced. Woot woot! I know I can be stuck there for a while, but I'm hoping since I'm so active, things progress much more quickly.  That's right - I'm still active. I'm still going to the gym almost every day but now that it's getting to the end, I'll probably start going every day since workouts will be far and few between for a while after JB arrives.  I am proud of myself for continuing working out throughout this pregnancy.  It is my stress reliever for sure and it honestly makes me feel amazing.  I haven't once driven to the gym with the "I-don't-feel-like-working-out" attitude.  I'm like the energizer bunny walking through the doors and I manage to knock out some pretty good walks on the treadmill.  My days of walking 2 miles are over and in fact, I only did a mile today but that was because I only had 20 minutes to work out.  But, exercise is exercise and it makes me feel so happy.  Not to mention I got kudos from two fellow gym goers this week and it seriously made my day.  Too many pregnant women use pregnancy as an excuse to sit around and not be active.  I'll be quite thankful for doing these workouts once JB is here because I'll have less weight to lose for sure! :)

Tonight we're off to dinner with Shaun's mom.  I think we're going to Red Robin which is fine because they do have some healthy options. And YES, no doubt, I will be stealing a few of my husband's french fries. After dinner, I'll be getting started on the thank-you notes from my baby shower last weekend that my friend Brittany threw for me.  In fact, if I can be productive tomorrow, I'll post about it and maybe throw in some pictures of our darling sweet pea's nursery! Stay tuned! :)

Simply Blessed,
Lauren
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