Thirty-Five Weeks

written on

important date update:

not very long after posting about our June 28th date last week, the doctor called us back and changed everything!

she didn’t realize that baby girl is in a breech position. since she’s big, the chances of her turning are unlikely. so our doctor wanted to schedule a c-section instead if we were okay with that.

(note: we are okay with a c-section! I’ve been mentally prepared for the idea of a c-section from the beginning. I know genetics plays a part and my mom had to have them with both of us and many of the women in my family have also had to have them. AND gestational diabetes babies are often section babies.)

she said we’d keep checking her and if she moved or didn’t get too big we might reconsider the induction, but she wanted to have an operating room booked since it seems like c-section will probably be our best option. and as you will see below in the normal updates, she keeps getting bigger!

so the new date is July 2nd! 

outfit: non-maternity Torrid dress from Belk. 

how far along: 35 weeks and 5 days.

size of baby: 7 lbs and 14 ounces says the ultrasound lady from this week..

maternity clothes: yep.

symptoms: I had a crazy night of braxton hicks one night this week! literally, I had them all night and didn’t sleep at all. I haven’t had any since thank goodness. and then the normal stuff – exhausted, crazy carpal tunnel, swollen, etc. amniotic fluid is back to a normal level and everything is looking great as far as the babe goes though.

cravings/aversions: ALL THE BREAKFAST FOODS THAT I CAN’T HAVE! seriously, the things on my list of things I must eat after baby and before we go back to healthy eating are mostly breakfast related: banana bread, chocolate chocolate chip muffins, blueberry muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, french toast, pancakes, waffles, cheese grits, egg in a basket, sausage cream cheese crescent roll casserole. I want it all!

movement: she moves from one breech position to the next. literally her head flips from above my belly button on my right side to above my belly button on my left side. and her feet dangle and play soccer with my bladder. she has no interest whatsoever in going head down thus far haha.

sleep: other than the braxton hicks night, I’ve slept great this week. I usually sleep in the bed until my first or second potty break, decide getting out of bed for said potty break is too difficult and move to the chair so it is easier, have third or fourth or fifth potty break way too close to when the alarm goes off, and get back in bed for the last few minutes of sleep to cuddle with hubs.

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: holding my baby!

worries: currently I’m not experiencing any major worries to speak of. judge me if you want, but finding out we were having a c-section actually made me feel a bit relieved about some of my worries.

milestones: the nursery is officially finished!

best moment this week: a few stand out. it has been a good week!

first, some of my forever gospel family even if I don’t see them on Sundays anymore had us over on wednesday night. in general it was just so good to be with them, but they also took intentional time to ask us everything we were worried about and stressed about regarding birth and life with a newborn (and didn’t just let us give a “we’re fine” answer). then we prayed. I always love prayer, but there is something so special and powerful about hearing a room full of people pray over you and your baby and your life. I cherish moments like that! and then they let us ask all the questions we wanted about bringing a baby into the world and imparted lots of practical wisdom. it was a special night. AND there were some very much appreciated gifts! including her door hanger from one of my besties that I’m so in love with!

second, two girls nights! one last Friday and one last night. I know I’ll get to have girls nights after the babe gets here too, but it felt important and special to have one (or a few) girl nights before she gets here.

third, in general I’m a VERY emotional person. I was kind of scared I was going to be a complete basket case while pregnant, but I really haven’t been! I mean sure, I’ve cried about some irrational things, but I haven’t been that much more emotional than I normally am. this week, the reality that I’m about to be a mom and have a baby has hit me in the emotions like crazy! and it’s been a good feeling. I’ve cried more happy, overwhelmed with goodness tears this week than I have the whole pregnancy. I can’t believe we’re about to have a baby!

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Thirty-Four Weeks

written on June 7th

WE HAVE A DATE!! today’s weekly appointment was an eventful one. I was just expecting another quick scan and biophysical profile update followed by the doctor saying see you next week.

NOPE!

my appointment was at 10:30. I didn’t get to have a sonogram until 11:40, so LOTS of waiting, in three different waiting rooms. one woman in the third waiting room started crying because it wasn’t her turn yet and I didn’t judge her at all. I was feeling it too.

when it was finally ultrasound time, the scan was pretty quick and great. she got 8 out of 8 on the bpp again. she’s measuring 6 lbs and 5 ounces this week. gaining about 1/2 lb a week which is average.

on to the doctor’s office for more waiting, except not!

the nurse came in quick and said my doctor was going to be checking my cervix (wasn’t expecting that to start for a few more weeks) and would be doing the group b strep test (also wasn’t expecting that yet).

the test was less scary than I thought, cervix check was quick and everything looked good (no dilation yet).

she told me my amniotic fluid was a little high but it wasn’t something to worry about yet. she said she’d talk to the high-risk doctor about it and we’d just check it again next week. (high-risk doctor wasn’t concerned either.)

and then she started talking about scheduling!

she has vaguely mentioned 38 weeks, but then less vaguely moved back to somewhere between 38 or 39, but didn’t seem interested in scheduling any time soon as of last week.

she said she for sure do 38 weeks since it looks like she’ll be over 8 lbs by then, but said she wanted to check with the high-risk doctor first and make sure labor and delivery was available for the potential date she wanted (July 2nd). she said she’d call me and let me know when it was officially scheduled.

about 30 minutes later she called! she said my high-risk doctor said between 37 and 38 weeks, the 2nd was booked, and so she officially scheduled it for Thursday, June 28th.

AHHHHH!

3 WEEKS Y’ALL!

It definitely feels very surreal and like a whole different level of real now.

WE’RE HAVING OUR BABY!

Okay, on with the normal updates. I just obviously had to share that huge update.

how far along: 34 weeks and 4 days.

size of baby: 6 lbs and 5 ounces as of today’s scan.

maternity clothes: YEP. I just keep getting bigger. I don’t think my belly button is going to pop out ( I feel like that only happens with skinny people?), however, it is definitely getting smaller and smaller.

symptoms: achy, tired, swollen, carpal tunnel woes, etc.

cravings/aversions: can’t wait to use my Buttermilk Pie Sky Shop gift card on one of their new peach pies after the baby arrives!

movement: sporadic! one day she moves more than she ever has, the next she’s chill, but I always feel her moving.

sleep: more and more sleep time spent in the recliner. I still really can’t complain about sleep though. I’ve slept well.

gender: baby girl (they reconfirm it each week at the scan haha).

looking forward to: the birth of our baby girl!

worries: all the birth process stuff haha.

milestones: WE HAVE A DATE!

best moment this week: WE HAVE A DATE!

overkill? haha. it’s just so exciting!

other best moment of the week was our church shower! it was beautiful as are all of the showers my sister-in-law plans, but it was so sweet and special. this is the church family who has prayed so much for her, who will be there her first time at church and the day she gets dedicated, and the ones who will teach her and guide her. AND some of my best friends came! one from Texas, one from Georgia, one from 3 hours away on the coast, and some of my local besties too. it was a special day for sure.

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Thirty-Three Weeks

written on June 1st

outfit: decided to wear this 4th of July maternity shirt that I got on sale for $8 at Motherhood Maternity for Memorial Day just in case I’m not still with child on July 4th. maternity jeans also from Motherhood Maternity. classy swiffer mop in the backgroud. also featuring mirror that needs to be cleaned. #keepingit real. baby shower outfit below: non-maternity Torrid dress from Belk + non-maternity cacoon cardigan from Target.

how far along: 33 weeks and 5 days

size of baby: 5 lbs and 11 ounces as of yesterday’s checkup.

maternity clothes: all the yep. HUGE.

symptoms: on Sunday morning I woke up with a mild headache and feeling a little extra swollen. I decided to check my blood pressure, which I don’t do often because it has been great. it was pretty high, the highest it has been since pregnant. I sat, rested, waited, and it lowered but was still high/borderline. I called the on-call doctor and they wanted me to come in just to run some tests and check on the baby. long story short – everything was fine! it was still borderline high when I arrived, but as I laid on the bed to be monitored it lowered and was actually great. we were there FOREVER because the hospitalist had two emergencies and we couldn’t be released without him signing off, but all tests (including the awful one involving a catheter) came back fine and they got a couple hours worth of good bp readings. he told me it seemed like it was elevated by activity and emotional stress, so told me to stay calm and be a couch potato as much as possible.

other than that little scare, the normal symptoms – tired, swollen (the labor and delivery nurse called my swollen feet hamburger feet…), achy, carpal tunnel.

cravings/aversions: everything gestational diabetes says I can’t have – coke, fancy coffee, sweets. but making it!

movement: I think she’s starting to get crowded because movement is a little more sparse, but I still feel her and she always gets to the proper fetal movement count before time is up anytime I do a check.

sleep: definitely sleeping more in the recliner this week than the bed.

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: meeting her! we have our church shower this weekend and I know that will be sweet and special.

worries: WHEN. that’s all. haha.

milestones: the hospital scare pushes us to finally get the hospital bags packed and nursery finished!

best moment this week: I have a few! first, at this week’s appointment, she FINALLY passed the breathing test! since week 30, each week they have to do a biophysical profile test (bpp) on me. the bpp measures four things – fetal breathing, fetal movement, amniotic fluid, and fetal muscle tone. You can get 0-2 points in each category. the last two times she didn’t pass the fetal breathing part (there has to be one episode of rhythmic breathing for 30 seconds or more within a 30-minute window) which resulted in having to do a non-stress test, which she did pass both times. but this week she passed and got a score of 8 out of 8!

another definite best moment – our family shower! it was so sweet, fun, and beautiful! we felt so loved and celebrated! our baby girl is blessed with a wonderful family who already loves her dearly.

a finale favorite moment was when we were watching our neice and nephew so their parents could have a date. since the nursery is done and has a rocker in it now, I took my sleepy 3-month-old as of today nephew back there to rock him. something about rocking a baby in her room brought on all kinds of emotions! I can’t believe we will have a baby soon to rock and sing over and pray over. I didn’t even tell William about the moment, but an hour or so later when he went to go rock our nephew he had a similar moment! he said as he was singing worship songs over him he got emotional thinking about getting to have those moments so soon with our baby girl.

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Thirty-Two Weeks

written on May 25th

outfit: non-maternity favorite dress that I call my Belle dress that was purchased for wedding showers/engagement pictures from Lane Bryant.

how far along: 32 weeks and 5 days.

size of baby: over 4 lbs and 11 ounces (her size at last week’s checkup).

maternity clothes: yep. they need to make maternity shoes… I have two pairs of flip flops I can sort of wear. that’s it.

symptoms: swollen, huge, achy, carpal tunnel like whoa, tired, etc.

cravings/aversions: really dreaming about honeybuns lately. and tomato sandwiches. (not supposed to eat bread and/or sugar, so this is problematic.)

movement: lots!

sleep: still making it in the bed most of the night, but sleeping in the room recliner for some stretches.

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: this weekend! we have our family shower tomorrow and have a goal to get the nursery finished and all hospital bags packed.

worries: all the unknowns of delivery, particularly the WHEN part.

milestones: we finally figured out the right dose for the gestational diabetes numbers (had to go up again) and now my numbers have been great!

best moment this week: some of our friends had us over for a fancy high tea in honor of the babe. it was so fun and fancy!

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outfit: non-maternity empire waist dress also purchased for wedding showers from Ross.

Thirty-One Weeks

written on May 18th

how far along: 31 weeks and 5 days.

size of baby: according to the doctor today 4 lbs and 11 ounces. the medicine is working and her growth has slowed down!

maternity clothes: yes yes yes. and empire/swing dresses and shirts. I’m huge. finally got to wear the maternity swimsuit! I didn’t think it was possible to feel cute in a swimsuit while pregnant, but I felt kind of cute.

side note – being in a pool while pregnant is AMAZING! I didn’t feel like I was pregnant at all. until I got out… and then all the aches and pains and huge belly returned.

symptoms: mostly the same (growing belly, hurting parts, exhausted, gestational diabetes woes, swollen, carpal tunnel, emotional, etc.) + more Braxton Hicks and nesting.

cravings/aversions: I tried watermelon to see how it did with my blood sugar and it feels like manna sent from Heaven. SO GOOD.

movement: lots and lots.

sleep: still can’t complain about sleeping! carpal tunnel and bathroom breaks wake me up a little, but not terrible.

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: meeting my baby! (also, not being pregnant and eating things on the list.)

worries: my doctor said not to worry about the tiny cervix thing yet!

milestones: hospital bags are mostly packed! that feels big. we have 6 weeks or less!

also, my husband had to help me do my toes. I feel like that’s a pregnancy milestone/right of passage?

also, now we’ll be seeing the doctor once a week. time is flying by!

best moment this week: being in a pool was as glorious as I thought it would be! but by far the best part of this week was my husband. he was so sweet and kind on my birthday, cleaned our whole house this week, AND as mentioned, helped me fix my ratchet feet.

also, we got to see her again today! she wouldn’t show her face, but all three people who did ultrasounds (yes three, high risk doctor is no joke) talked about how much hair she had! she definitely is getting that from her daddy since I had no hair until I was 2.

 

outfit: non-maternity empire waist dress from one of Belk’s plus lines. 

 

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Thirty Weeks

written May 11th

gestational diabetes update:

first I would like to say, the motherhood community is AMAZING!

if you have ever had gestational diabetes, you probably had a moment where you blamed yourself or something of the sort. at the very least, you were probably disappointed.

all the fellow mamas out there have been SO encouraging and supportive. you hear a lot about moms judging other moms, but all the moms I know are so full of encouragement, support, and love that it makes me even happier to be getting the title of mama soon.

biggest gestational diabetes update is… NO MORE 2 AM CHECKS! we finally got the night medicine figured out, from 1/2 pill, to 1 pill, to 1 1/2 pills, to 2. but we finally figured out the proper dose and no more 2 am checks!

everything else is as normal. just counting down the days until I don’t have to prick my fingers anymore.

on to the normal updates.

 

outfit: non-maternity maxi hi-low dress from one of Belk’s plus brands (acquired on clearance for $9!) + non-maternity cacoon cardigan from Target. 

 

how far along: 30 weeks and 5 days.

size of baby: big. we have two new appointments next week, so we’ll have an update on how big then, but we already know she’s definitely ahead in the size department.

maternity clothes: as per usual, I can wear swing/empire dresses and shirts that aren’t maternity, but anything else has to be maternity.

symptoms: rash is pretty much gone! however, carpel tunnel, swollenness, growing belly, gestational diabetes, tiredness, soreness and achiness, etc. remain. I’m also starting to have some braxton hicks.

cravings/aversions: I want a hot brownie with molten fudge sauce and ice cream so stinking bad. that is all.

movement: every time I think she’s not moving a lot, well, first I pray. usually, she moves pretty quickly after that. if not, I use a fetal movement tracker and without fail she gets to 10 movements way before an hour ends.

sleep: starting to get woken up by kicks. and braxton hicks. but when I sleep, I sleep GOOD. especially not having to wake up a 2 am to prick my finger.

gender: sweet baby girl.

looking forward to: meeting my baby! and also birthday cheat meal…

worries: I saw a doctor who wasn’t mine recently who mentioned that I have a small cervix. his exact word was “tiny.” small cervix + big baby sounds scary. ready to see my doctors next week to ask them about this.

milestones: not a baby milestone, but a mom milestone… I FINISHED MY CLASS! AND RESEARCH PAPER! I haven’t written a research paper in 9ish years, and when I did write the last one I was a full-time student. I definitely was NOT working full time, pregnant, married, etc. I’m pretty proud of myself AND happy to be done until next spring!

best moment this week: not having to do school work has been pretty spectacular.

other life updates: my birthday is in 3 days and I’ll be 35! that doesn’t feel super exciting. also, we decided to cancel our babymoon the best part of vacation is eating and I can’t eat all the stuff I want to eat. and saving money isn’t a bad idea since unpaid maternity leave is on the horizon.

bring it on week 31!

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Twenty-Nine Weeks

written May 4th

gestational diabetes updates: 

as requested, I sent my high-risk doctor my blood sugar numbers and food log after a week of tracking. she called me on Tuesday and said my daytime numbers were looking great and I was doing a great job of controlling it with diet. BUT… my morning fasting blood sugar number was consistently high and there was nothing I could do to fix or help it.

she put me on a medicine to take half of the smallest dose possible at 9pm at night with a snack and instructed me to wake up at 2 or 3 to test my blood sugar. if it was under 70 I was to eat a snack, then test it again in the morning, hoping it would be under 100. I started this on Tuesday and for my middle of the night testing, it was 106 (so no snack) then 125 for morning fasting numbers. I sent her those numbers and then she upped me to the whole dose vs. half and said to just have milk or a protein only snack. since then numbers have been better, so I’m hoping soon I won’t have to do the middle of the night checks.

y’all, I will admit, I was not/am not happy about this new adventure in gestational diabetes. nighttime testing is what it is. I’m hopeful we’ll figure out the right dose and I can stop night testing. even if we don’t it’s not terrible. I get up around then to pee anyway AND I look at it as newborn prep. however, the worst part if it is scheduling! to take medicine and eat a snack at 9 means I have to have done my dinner testing prior to that which means that I have to be FINISHED eating dinner by 7 at the latest… this means going to dinner with friends is pretty much impossible and that meal prep/cooking has to be quick and has to happen right after work or the window is messed up. THAT. IS. STRESSFUL!

And I feel high maintenance with all my eating restrictions and like a hassle to eat with/around/etc.

I’ve cried a little, pouted often, and complained A LOT.

here’s an example of my dramatics:

one morning this week after a day of all day bad numbers (and nothing indulgent!) William asked if the green beans I left out were for our lunches.

I said yes.

he assumed we’d cook them.

I sulkily said, “it doesn’t matter anymore, just put them in my lunch. flavor doesn’t matter. food isn’t fun anymore. I just need to eat it.”

because he’s basically a saint, he cooked them anyway with Tony’s and butter and said I deserved to eat tasty green beans.

this was after unloading and reloading the dishwasher, packing my lunch, making my eggs, filling my water bottles, and being sweet and encouraging to me all morning.

I’m telling y’all, he’s a saint.

BEST.

HUSBAND.

EVER!  

so yes, I’m dramatic and complain-y and frustrated sometimes.

BUT, every single day I’m reminded that this precious gift from God known as our baby girl is worth it.

and I’m also compiling a list of all the things I will eat once she’s born and contemplating telling anyone who wants to visit us after her arrival at the hospital or at home that having some sort of dessert in hand is mandatory haha.

some “fun” things I’ve learned so far: 

  • my body HATES potatoes. I’m supposed to be able to have 1/2 a baked potato or 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes or a small portion of french fries, but anytime I’ve had any of those things my sugar levels were way up.
  • sweet potato fries are my friend! no blood sugar spikes at all so they are a nice side to have instead of salad at restaurants.
  • burgers without buns and lots of toppings aren’t too bad and can be ordered at almost any restaurant.
  • traditional bone-in wings are totally low carb and feel like an indulgent cheat.
  • cottage cheese is cool. helps fruit cups (in coconut water, no syrup) work for snacks. helps spaghetti sauce with just a tiny bit of whole wheat noodles feel bulked up and have more protein so numbers aren’t too terrible. blends together with frozen fruit and a little stevia for a nice sweet treat.

on to the normal updates! 

outfit: non-maternity swing dress from one of Belk’s plus brands. 

how far along: 29 weeks and 5 days.

size of baby: big.

maternity clothes: yep yep yep.

symptoms: carpel tunnel like whoa. swollen ankles. so tired. pregnancy brain. belly growing pains. gestational diabetes. walking hurts. getting out of bed, off of couched, etc is not easy.

cravings/aversions: craving everything on the list of things I’m going to eat after birth.

movement: she’s a wiggle worm late at night and after I eat.

sleep: in between bathroom breaks and blood sugar testing I sleep great, just never enough because I could literally sleep all day.

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: babymoon! less than 10 days away.

worries: I’m feeling all nesty and like I need to pack our hospital bags and have ALL the things done because in the last two months I’ve known babies born at 32 weeks, 35 weeks, and 36 weeks.

milestones: surviving 2 weeks with gestational diabetes? oh also, I got the TDAP shot. my arm currently feels like it is going to fall off.

best moment this week: the best moment of this week is not a moment, but lots of them, and a person really. my husband is wonderful. we fight, we have flaws, and we aren’t perfect and neither is our marriage. but he really is amazing and wonderful. the patience he has with me in all my pregnant-ness is astounding. the way he serves me and helps me and never complains about it makes me want to cry. the list of things he does for our home and family far outweighs my list right now. even though I feel huge, he makes me feel pretty and cute on a daily basis with his genuine compliments. pregnancy, and all of its good and bad glory, really takes your marriage to the next level. I love him so much more now than I did in the honeymoon stage of marriage and I know that my love is only going to increase more and more as I get to see him be a daddy.

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Twenty-Eight Weeks

(written April 30th at 29 weeks and 1 day but for the 28th week)

outfit: non-maternity chambray shirt from one of Belk’s plus brands, maternity white jeans from motherhood maternity plus, striped nursing talk from motherhood maternity plus.

another late post! I usually write/post these on Fridays, but this past Friday we were on our way to Georgia for a weekend visit to a friend and I didn’t get to do it! so all this info will be for the 28th week even though I’m currently in week 29.

week 28 was a big one. my first week in the 3rd trimester and my first week figuring out the ins and outs of gestational diabetes. as I mentioned last week, I failed the first test so badly they went ahead and diagnosed me and said to keep seeing the high-risk doctor. I saw her on Monday of last week and the nutritionist on Tuesday of last week. high-risk doc/nutritionist said to check my blood sugar four times a day, once in the morning and once 2 hours after each meal, eat low carb, keep a food log, etc. doctor wants me to send numbers in after a week and then she’ll decide if I need medicine.

it hasn’t been as terrible as I thought, but it has had its moments. the first time it was my turn to prick my finger it took me four tries to get it right and I wasted 4 test strips (which are expensive!). eating out, which we did a lot of this weekend, is a challenge. wanting sweets while pregnant and not being able to have them is a challenge. figuring out the scheduling of it all (have to test two hours after eating and eat snacks after testing and eat early enough to not have to stay up til midnight to wait to test, etc) is a challenge. but all in all, it has not been as terrible as I thought, even though I have shed a few tears over the frustrations.

also, I cannot say enough how amazing my husband has been through all of this. eating easy things for breakfast is no more! and every single morning he’s gotten up and made me eggs and filled my water bottles with lemon water and been SO supportive. when he indulges in the things I can’t eat (which is rare, he’s trying too!), he doesn’t do it in front of me and always reminds me this is temporary, will fly by, and is worth it for our baby girl. he just really is the best!

now on with the normal updates!

how far along: writing for the 28th week, which ended on Saturday, but currently 29 weeks and 1 day.

size of baby: 3 lbs and 6 ounces according to the high-risk doctor (aka ahead of schedule!). I gave up on the veggie/fruit comparisons since MJ is obviously bigger than those comparisons.

maternity clothes: yep.

symptoms: gestational diabetes and all its quirks. swollen ankles. carpal tunnel. TIRED.

cravings/aversions: this doesn’t even matter anymore as I can’t have most of the things I want haha. just eating for nutrients these days, not enjoyment or pleasure. I do happen to like meat and most veggies, so that’s helpful! but NO sweets allowed.

movement: kicks and rolls and flips galore.

sleep: sleeping good, just can’t get enough!

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: the list of things I plan to eat after she is born, most of which are desserts haha.

worries: none to speak of. having to see doctors more often brings extra comfort. I was worried about not being able to drink juice or soda to make her move if I wasn’t feeling her move, but cold water seems to work just as well.

milestones: THIRD TRIMESTER! time is winding down.

best moment this week: technically this didn’t happen this week or last, but it has happened since I last wrote so it counts! the first two showers were so fun and sweet! I definitely felt all the feels about the sweet gifts, generosity, and kindness people showered us with for our baby girl.

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Twenty-Seven Weeks

written April 19th

before we get to the normal updates, let’s go ahead and get the big one out of the way… I had my glucose test today and MAJORLY failed. so badly that I don’t even have to do the second test… I officially have gestational diabetes. 

my doctor was super nice and encouraging. I also have several friends who have had gestational diabetes and had perfectly healthy babies. I was slightly discouraged at first, but I’m feeling much better now and definitely am not defeated by this!

the details:

I’ll continue seeing my normal OB, every two weeks now due to being in third trimester.

in addition, I’ll keep seeing the high-risk doctor. not sure how often yet. I already had what was going to be my final appointment with her scheduled for Monday, so I’ll know more then (and obviously it won’t be my final appointment with her).

the high-risk doctor will be managing my gestational diabetes and will report info to my doctor, who will still be the one who delivers our baby.

the baby will for sure come early, the latest they will keep her in is 38 weeks.

she wants me to try and manage it with diet first, and then later I may have to do medicine. she wants me to see if the high-risk doctor has a dietician on Monday, if not she will set me up with theirs.

she said until I meet with the dietician, just try to stick to a low carb/no refined sugars diet. HOWEVER, she did say I could enjoy my two showers this weekend haha.

she assured me that this happens often, that it isn’t my fault, that I didn’t do anything wrong, and that the baby and I will be fine.

William is a champ and ready to dive in head first into the new diet with me.

one of my cousins has had it with both of hers and been super helpful (I suspected I might have it because she did and we are both predisposed due to our grandfathers having diabetes).

I have three very close friends who also had it with their babies and have been encouraging and full of tips.

AND!

a. it’s only for 10 weeks. I can do anything for 10 weeks!

b. we both wanted to start some sort of better eating plan after the baby came, and we’re just looking at this as a head start.

c. WE GET TO MEET OUR BABY GIRL EARLIER!

now on with the normal updates. 

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outfit: maternity plus maxi dress from PinkBlush.

how far along: 27 weeks and 5 days.

size of baby: according to apps – fennec fox, a bunch of bananas, eggplant. BUT, probably bigger thanks to the gestational diabetes. 

maternity clothes: yep. can’t wait for the weather to stop switching seasons so I can wear the maternity swimsuit!

also, since we’re talking about clothes, I went to Belk to see if I could find a cute shirt to wear to the crawfish bowl shower and scored THREE dresses for less than the price of one shirt! they aren’t maternity, but they all will work as maternity dresses.

all shower outfits are officially planned!  

symptoms: my blood pressure went back up for a couple days, but finally went back down Wednesday night.

my belly is feeling and getting huge and as a result getting up from the couch and/or putting on pants is not the easiest!

I’ve been off steroids for the rash for two weeks and the itch is manageable, but it sure is pretty visible all over my neck which is somewhat annoying, but also manageable. after seeing the rash again today, my doctor wants to put me on topical steroids. 

I’m getting to the stage that the only thing I like about pregnancy is feeling her move. my back hurts, my belly hurts, my hands hurt, my face is broken out and ratchet, I’m covered in a rash, walking hurts, other parts hurt…, I waddle.

BUT, I know she is worth it all!

cravings/aversions: because I was afraid I might not be able to eat sugar anymore, I wanted ALL the desserts all week. I mainly, sort of resisted, which was good practice since my fears were correct! 

movement: she moves A LOT! for the most part, she stays pretty low though.

sleep: I’ve mostly slept well all week, but my hands have been hurting and that has started waking me up. 

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: third trimester! just a couple of days from that milestone. but I’m only looking forward to just knowing I’m it. I’ve heard it’s the worst, but it means I’m closer to meeting my baby girl!

even though I wish I didn’t have to keep seeing the specialist, I really do enjoy that doctor though and how much time she spends looking at our baby and I’m looking forward to seeing her AND our baby again on Monday. 

and I know I’ve said it every week for the last few, but showers! one today and one tomorrow.

worries: with the third trimester being right around the corner, it makes labor and all that closer, and I’m all kinds of worried about that haha.

milestones: this is my last week of the 2nd trimester! that feels like a milestone for sure.

we also had our breastfeeding class this week.

AND the dreaded glucose test is behind me! even though the results aren’t ideal, IT’S DONE! 

best moment this week: I felt the baby have hiccups for the first time this week! that was such a fun feeling and made me a little teary-eyed.


I made pregnancy progress collages!

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Twenty-Six Weeks

written April 16th

how far along: I’m writing this post [late] about the 26th week which ended on Saturday. currently, I am 27 weeks and 1 day, but all the responses below will be about the 26th week. 

size of baby: head of lettuce or cauliflower OR a pack of oreos (obvi went with that for the pic).

maternity clothes: the white maternity jeans arrived and I wore those this week. they are baggier than I’d like, but it’s fun to be able to wear a classic seasonal item. ALSO, the maternity plus swimsuit came in and I LOVE it!

symptoms: my blood pressure and swelling were up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and didn’t get any better until this morning. I called the nurse this morning to report the blood pressure issues. she consulted with my doctor who said I didn’t need to come in yet since it seemed to be going down on its own, but she wants me to monitor it this week and write down everything I eat so we can try to figure out why it’s spiking when I come in for my appointment this week on Friday.

cravings/aversions: loving fresh fruit right now, especially grapes and strawberries. also loving ham sandwiches (with microwaved ham of course).

movement: SO MUCH. I actually was a little worried this weekend because she didn’t move a ton (our house was full of people and noises). but last night after things were calm again, she kicked me so hard she bounced my phone off my belly! and she kept wiggling for a while. William got to feel a lot of it!

sleep: we picked up our rocker recliner this week for our bedroom! I’ve still been trying to do most of my sleeping in the bed because I like being close to hubs, but if I woke up and felt back aches or restless, I’ve been getting in the recliner to sleep and it has helped!

gender: baby girl.

looking forward to: being done with the glucose test! it’s happening Friday. also, two showers this week! William’s work shower is on Friday and a crawfish boil shower on Saturday!    

worries: slightly worried that the blood pressure/swelling issue and writing down my food is about to result in a bland diet… and also slightly worried that I might fail the glucose test and will also end up on a no sugar or carbs diet… dear Lord please no?!

milestones: we got nursery stuff hung on the walls and bought a rocker recliner and a changing pad. not huge milestones, but nursery progress! 

best moment this week: seeing my phone bounce off my belly from a baby kick was pretty fantastic! also, my family was at our house all weekend for a Harry Potter marathon to introduce my brother to our obsession. it was a blast! 10 adults, 2 toddlers, 4 dogs, 6 bags of doritos (which we didn’t even eat half of), and 8 movies. my home and heart were full!

 

outfit: way too flippy hear curtsey of pulling it down from the messy bun I slept in and trying to look a little less ratchet + non-maternity sized up Danskin yoga pant leggings from walmart.com + non-maternity blue swing top from one of Belk’s plus brands.

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