December 15, 2014

36 Week Update

Don't mind my saggy ass. Only gaining weight in my belly, wouldn't mind some junk in my trunk finally.

This post is coming to you a little late as I was struck with a cold that knocked me out the end of last week. 

Size:  At my 36 week appointment the doc felt baby girl and said they believe she is of average size and probably right around 6 lbs.  How accurate that is only time will tell. 

Weight gain:  Up now 28 pounds. Steadily climbing up the scale.  Even with being sick I still had a major appetite and had to eat for my gestational diabetes so I assume at my 37 week appointment tomorrow that I will be up another pound.  Belly measuring right on the appropriate week.  

Maternity clothes:   Still lucky enough to fit into non-maternity items, leggings and only wearing a few tops and pants. 

Stretch marks:  No new marks!! Hooray!

Sleep:  Improving a little bit. We put our memory foam topper back on the bed and that has seemed to help on the achy legs front.  Only getting up once a night to pee.  

Gender:  Charlotte Jane!

Movement:  Still an active girl. Mostly in the AM and after dinner. Joe got to witness her soccer skills this weekend much more defined now that she is running out of room. 

Best moment this week:   Starting to pack the hospital bag. Shits getting real.  Other than that I felt like poo dollar and spent 4 days on my couch so not a whole lot of great moments unless you count getting through 5 seasons of Sons of Anarchy on Netflix. 

Looking forward to:  Feeling 100% better and some holiday fun this coming week. 

Food Cravings:  Orange juice and cold cereal. 

Food Aversions:  Eggs, peanut butter, bread. oh wait, that's all I eat. 

Labor Signs:  definitely googled to see if I was in labor yesterday. Strong back pain came on suddenly, nausea, cramping.  I went grocery shopping and tried to organize some things and I think it was my body's wall of telling me to slow down since I have been so sick. 

What I miss:  Eating like a normal person  

Symptoms:  back pain, cramping, nausea, waddling, overall running on fumes it feels.  

Mood:  Excited the holidays are here!!! Can't wait to see when Miss Charlie decides to make her debut!

November 28, 2014

34 Week Update

Size:  She is beefing up and is the size of a pineapple this week! I asked the doctor if they could tell how big she was but they weren't too sure at this appointment because she was moving around too much.  They said at my 36 week appointment they should be able to tell more. 

Weight gain:  Up now 26 pounds.  Belly is measuring right on track. Out the window is my hope for a 20-25 lb weight gain.  Guessing I will be closer to 35 around delivery. 

Maternity clothes:   Still a mixture of regular leggings, dresses and tops paired with some maternity pieces. 

Stretch marks:  No new marks!!

Sleep:  Slipping back into my 1st trimester habits where I fall asleep on the couch around 7:30pm and then go up to bed whenever Joe wakes me.  Get into bed and do the toss and turn game all night.  

Gender:  Why do they even put this one on here? She's still a she. 

Movement:  Little Miss is very active still. Except now her movements hit an organ or something and they are painful. I am happy to report she has migrated and is now head down and she has dropped. Getting into position!

Best moment this week:   Thanksgiving for sure. Normally we are up in Ohio and rushing between families but this year we woke up and had a relaxing brunch, took the dogs on a long walk on our greenway, cooked together and then ate when we were ready.  It was so nice! 

On another Thanksgiving note, I allowed myself to eat pretty much whatever I wanted (minus cranberries because of the sugar) and my glucose numbers were right on track! I was so worried about having high numbers even though the doctor said it was ok.  All of that for nothing! 

Looking forward to:  Watching Ohio State beat Michigan on Saturday. 

Food Cravings:  Orange juice and cold cereal. 

Food Aversions:  Eh nothing really. I could probably eat a bell pepper these days with how hungry I always am.  

Labor Signs:  a few Braxton Hicks contractions and pelvic pressure

What I miss:  Not eating on a schedule and not counting carbs. This is the first diet I have ever been on. Don't know how you girls do it on purpose.  

Symptoms:  Now that Charlie has dropped some of my shortness of breath and back pain has gone away, hooray!  Now it is replaced with pelvic pain and pressure. Oh and I about died trying to steam mop the floors. 

Mood:  Thankful for getting to 34 weeks with minor complications.  Anxious for what the next 6 weeks holds in store. Ecstatic thinking about finally meeting our daughter. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Now it's time to decorate for Christmas and get our brains wrapped around another holiday and the end of this pregnancy.  

November 21, 2014

If you really knew me

Taking a page out of Kate's book since I loved her post so much!


I clearly am judging you if you put up Christmas decorations early

But, I am a hypocrite because I condone listening to Christmas music at any time of the year (Mariah Carey's All I Want For Xmas was played at my wedding…. in May).

I am afraid of unmelted cheese.

I wear my heart on my sleeve and when it gets hurt, I take a long time to heal.

I love to dance and while I am not good at it, if there is music on then I am dancing.

I was the lead in 2 high school musicals and to this day wish I would have kept up with singing in some way (outside of my shower and car of course).

I was a pescatarian for 2 years and even though I eat meat again I have a hard time eating it more than once a day.

I avoid confrontation like the plague.

I am an over sharer.  Not much in my life is private.  

I have been going grey since the age of 25. 

I will always been scared to be home alone.

I have never been skiing or snowboarding.

I am a worry wart and while I am an upbeat person, I always look to the worst case scenario.

People think I'm stuck up when they first meet me but it's only because I am super shy around new people and am very bad at small talk.  Once we find some common ground I will warm right up. 

I have always been a Mom at heart and assume the role of caretaker with my family and friends. As we say, "I can't take off my mom pants". 

Avocados are my favorite food, cheeseburgers come in a close 2nd.

I get really uncomfortable being given compliments.

I am very sarcastic, swear like a sailor and have a sick sense of humor. 

I hate feeling left out.

I can quote every line from Dumb & Dumber.

I love Elvis Presley and named my first dog after him.  RIP sweet girl. 

November 19, 2014

I'm Judging You

I am a pretty open person.  I have my faults and tend to not look down on others for theirs. I don't like when comments are made about strangers whether it be about looks or life choices or anything.

But there are a few things you can do where I will totally be judging you.

* Putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving-  obviously this is the first thing as my instagram and Facebook has been blown up this past weekend with people decorating.  Their tree is up, mantles are decorated and their house is now "oh so cozy".  It is too early friends! Did ya'll forget about Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving decor is completely different from Christmas.  And maybe I am more sensitive to this this year as Christmas is only 2 weeks before Charlie's due date.  While part of me wants to speed up the next few weeks, I also like to enjoy the holidays and savor them.

* Giving up your dog because of your chosen lifestyle changes -  When I see the posts or hear stories about people having to surrender their dog to a shelter because they moved where dogs aren't allowed OR they had a baby and the dog needs more attention OR someone else could give them more time… I go mad.  YOU chose to get a dog and now they are inconveniencing you?  These people clearly have no heart and are horrible horrible people. This topic honestly I could go on for days and will raise my blood pressure through the roof so that is all.

* If I hold open a door for you and you don't say thank you.  Who raised you? Is this not common courtesy 101?

* This goes out to my neighbors- people who knowingly leave their dog barking outside all the live long day.  First, it's cold now so bring that poor baby inside.  Second, your dog is annoying as shit and everyone on our street can hear them non stop bark/howling so don't you maybe think you should spare our poor ears and our dogs ears and bring them inside?

At the end of the day, be a good human, treat your animals right, have some common courtesy and for goodness sake take a minute to enjoy Thanksgiving.  Because honestly, we have a lot to be thankful for.

November 14, 2014

32 Weeks | 2 Months To Go!

Pregnant with my best girl Kate. This was supposed to be "bellies kissing" but clearly the only thing my belly wanted to kiss were her boobies. 

Size:  Baby girl is the size of a squash and apparently almost 4 lbs! 

Weight gain:  Staying strong at 23 pounds.  Belly is measuring right on track.

Maternity clothes:   Still a mixture of regular leggings, dresses and tops paired with some maternity pieces. 

Stretch marks:  No new marks!!

Sleep:  What's sleep?  

Gender:  My little girlie girl <3  

Movement:  She is still pretty active. Mostly feeling her in the early morning hours (yes, while I am not sleeping) and in the evenings after a long work day. 

Best moment this week:  Received Charlie's personalized pottery barn stocking and it is precious and I can't wait to decorate and hang hers next to ours.  But not before Thanksgiving. I am NOT one of those people.  

Looking forward to: Nursery is 98% done so hopefully this weekend we can get all the pictures hung and have it ready. 

Food Cravings:  Even this category seems mean. I crave everything because I can't eat it. 

Food Aversions:  Bread because I have to eat so damn much of it. Not really an aversion, just wanted to complain about bread, ha! 

Labor Signs:  a few Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing major. 

What I miss:  While planning our Thanksgiving menu I am already missing the Stuffing, Cranberries, Mashed Potatoes and copious amounts of pumpkin pie.  I will be cheating a little but it just will not be the same.  

Symptoms:  Back pain, hard to breathe, sciatic pain, slowing down in general.  

Nursery:  Almost there friends. 

Mood:  Overall pretty good. I love the holidays and am so excited they are almost here. I get down on my diet but I know it's keeping baby girl healthy so I just keep on swimming.  Only 8 weeks left and I know they are going to go even faster than I think. 

November 7, 2014

A day in the life of Gestational Diabetes

I've had a lot of people asking how my diet and testing has been going these two weeks after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The answer is, pretty well! I had to take a 2.5 hour education class that went through all the medical information around it and then a complete nutrition lesson. It was really informative and after that class, along with my countless hours of online research, I finally feel like I know what I am doing.

I am not going to say it has been all sunshine and roses.  Two nights ago I was up all night with insomnia, coupled with a stressful day after and one intense Charley Horse (spelling it different than my sweet girl because she would never do that to me),  I had to then figure out what to eat for dinner.  Let's just say I almost had a major meltdown. I am SUPER Hormonal and having to constantly plan and think about what I'm eating and remembering to test after is exhausting in itself.

But, I have learned that as long as I am keeping my blood sugars stable and eating when and what I should, baby girl will develop as normal and I should have a regular old pregnancy. This is very comforting as some of the stuff I was reading made it seem like almost everyone was getting induced and ended up with high blood pressure and lots of monitoring.

I thought it would be interesting (maybe only to me) to put down what a day in the life of GD looks like for me.

**Pregnant women with gestational diabetes should be eating 3 meals a day and 3 snacks.  All of these times she needs to have a specific number of carbs (of the proper kind) combined with protein and fat.

The diet consists of foods you should NEVER eat, cautionary foods and free foods.

Never Eat: Cold cereal, bagels, all candy, honey, white bread, pasta, white rice, sugar, soda, juice, smoothies
Cautionary: Complex carbs unless certain portion sizes, fruit, starchy vegetables, milk
Free Foods: Protein, Cheese, avocado, seeds, non-starchy vegetables, dill pickles, water, diet drinks, nut butters. 

Wake up 7am:  Let dogs out, potty myself and then test my blood sugar.  Write it down on the chart.

7:15am: prepare and eat breakfast.  This usually consists of 1 piece whole wheat toast & Peanut butter OR 2 eggs and 1 piece whole wheat toast OR Special K breakfast sandwich.

8:15am: test blood sugar and record number.  At this point either done right before I leave the house or at a red light if I've left already.

Between 9:00am-10am:  Snack time.   Morning snack usually is a protein bar that has adequate carbs and protein to be a perfectly balanced snack.  Usually my favorite part of the day as I can choose ones with chocolate and feel like I'm being bad. That last sentence is so depressing.

12pm:  Eat lunch.  Lunch can be a combination of things.  Chicken salad with crackers or on a sandwich OR cup of soup and salad with toast OR bag of frozen veggies with protein and a piece of fruit.

1pm: test blood sugar and record number

Between 2pm-3pm: Snack Time.  This time around I may have a Key Lime flavored greek yogurt OR handful of almonds and piece of fruit (I can only have fruit in the afternoon and before dinner so lunch or snack I try and get it in) OR peanut butter & apple.

5pm-6pm: Worst time of my day. Trying to figure out dinner.  Dinner these days has been usually a protein (tofu or chicken) and vegetable (broccoli or asparagus or mix veg) and either a super small sweet potato or 1/4 cup rice or pasta.

7pm: test blood sugar and record number

9pm: Snack time.  Nighttime snack is either a Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bar (carbs & protein and only 100 calories) OR 9 Late July lime tortilla chips with melted cheese and salsa.

10pm: Go to bed and dream sweet dreams of all the yummy things I will be eating after Charlie is born

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October 29, 2014

30 Weeks | Dealing with a Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis

Last Friday I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  I crumbled into a mess in my office when reading the news. I spent the last weekend researching everything I could on GD.  Thankfully, I have found that there is absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent this. I believe that the vanishing twin might have only added to my chances due to the double hormones going through my body. I met with a Diabetes Educator and am on a strict diet until baby girl is here. I have to eat a combination of carbs & protein every 2-3 hours and test my blood after each big meal. If I can control my sugars through diet then I will not need to be put on insulin. 

Without a confirmed plan from my doc (appointment this Thurs), I have read that many doctors induce at 39 weeks for women with GD.  Also, many GD babies tend to come early. So while I technically have 10 weeks left, there is a chance that Miss Charlie will be arriving in December. 

Size:  A cabbage. Similar to a head of lettuce like 28 weeks. But baby should be gaining weight and be roughly 2.75 lbs!

Weight gain:  23 pounds. Everyone tells me I have only gained in my belly, which having a girl I am very happy for.  With my new diet I don't know whether I will gain more or start losing. We shall see!

Maternity clothes:   Mixing it up still. Happy about holding on to some larger pieces over the years that can now be worn to fit baby girl.   

Stretch marks:  No new marks. 

Sleep:  Sleep is still ok.  I fall asleep easily but end up tossing and turning for a majority of the night. Had the whole 2nd trimester with no nighttime pee breaks but that streak is sadly over. 

Gender:  Girl Girl Girl.  My house has lots of pink in it, which I am slowly coming to terms with.   

Movement:  Home girl is super active, especially at night. Some of the recent movements have actually been a little painful. Guessing she and I will both be going through a growth spurt here shortly. 

Best moment this week:  Having my Mom come into town and bring lots of goodies for us and Charlie. 

Mom made this artwork for Charlie's nursery. I love all the colors!

Looking forward to: Joe finally finding time to finish the nursery. HINT HINT. I am nesting big time and with only 10 weeks to go (maybe less) it is really stressing me out that it is not done yet and my living room is a storage locker. 

Food Cravings:  Being told everything I cannot have with this new diet only makes me want it more. Right now what I want most is a huge glass of orange juice and chick Fil A. 

Food Aversions:  Still bell peppers. And now with how many carbs I am required to eat I dread eating bread.  Oh how things have changed. 

Labor Signs:  a few Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing major. 

What I miss:  Being able to eat when I want and what I want.  I never thought I would complain about having to eat every 2 hours but it is really tedious and it takes so much effort to plan my meals and snacks for the day before work. I would kill to sleep in and roll to brunch around 11am for some pancakes.  But, it's only 10 more weeks and little girl is worth every finger prick, bread, english muffin and protein in the world.  

Symptoms:  Back pain, sciatic pain, slowing down in general.  

Nursery:  Soon, I really really hope. 

Mood:  I have my ups and downs and the past few days I have been super emotional. The diagnosis was a lot for me to handle emotionally.  You feel like you have been through so much to get pregnant and here I am with another obstacle.  Granted, it is totally common and manageable but my hormonal self just wants to enjoy these last few weeks without the added stress of constant monitoring. Soon enough, she will be here and I will have all the OJ and pancakes one can handle.