Weeks 32 through 39

Okay, so because I was a slacker I kind of completely abandoned my pregnancy updates. At the time, I didn’t really care too much (more on that later), but I’m really starting to regret it because now I enjoy having something written down to look back on. Let me tell you…”pregnesia” is a real thing, and in my experience it does not get better once the baby comes! I feel like I have mommy-brain big time, and it would have been nice to have kept track of things a little more closely instead of just thinking I would remember. But, oh well. It is what it is!

I’m planning on writing a more detailed post later, including the story of Evan’s birth, but for now, I think I’ll sum up the pregnancy in pictures…

The culmination of the week by week chalkboard updates:

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My maternity photos! I haven’t had a chance to post them anywhere yet, but I love the way they turned out. A big thank you to my very talented husband and our friends Tami and Darren for helping us out! (And to my mother-in-law for editing them!!!)Image

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One final look at the before and after. 8 weeks on the left, and 39 weeks on the right.

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And then, on August 26, 2013, we had a baby. 

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Baby Bump: Week 32

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Week 32! A few weeks ago I started going through the nesting phase of pregnancy and was super gung-ho about cleaning and organizing everything in my house…sometimes until the wee hours of the morning when I definitely should have been sleeping instead. The crazy organizer in me was subdued for the past few weeks, but the fire was rekindled this past weekend when I realized how soon baby was going to be here. We finally (mostly) finished putting together our online registry–amazon makes everything so easy!–and when I realized all of the things we don’t have yet compared to how much space our tiny apartment has to offer, I knew we had to do some serious sorting, cleaning, and downsizing to make it all work. So, like I said in my last post, this weekend we began to tackle one project at a time, starting with our closet. Today after blogging but before work I am going to sort through all of the baby clothes people have generously been giving us, and then tomorrow I am going to take all of our clothes and the unusable baby clothes to be donated. Sidenote: I cleaned out my closet probably about 10 months ago and have had 2 bags of clothing sitting and waiting to be donated…why are they still in my house? I don’t know. We live like six blocks from a goodwill and go to church every week. You would think I’d have taken care of it by now…but nope. It’s shameful, I know.

Anyway…pregnancy update: My back is killing me. It’s always in the same spot, and it’s up a lot higher than I would have expected it. I have almost no lower back pain, but the right side of my back kind of in the middle (almost bra strap level) aches like crazy. We just got one of those roller ball massage things, which helps a little, but not as much as I would like it to. I tried one of those maternity belts I mentioned a few weeks back to see if maybe that would help, but the two days I wore it my sciatic pain came back full force. I don’t know about you, but I would take an aching muscle over sciatic pain any day. So, off the belt came, and back to the store it will go. I’m sure they work wonders for some people…but this one at least did not work at all for me. This week too baby’s movements have become a bit more…forceful, might I say? Sometimes when he moves I’ll get a sharp, quick pain, and sometimes when he decides it is soccer time his movements will kind of stop me in my tracks. My OB says it’s completely normal though as he starts to drop and orient himself as he needs to. Other than that, my belly just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Brinton and I look at each other sometimes and wonder how much bigger I am really going to be able to stretch with 8 weeks left to go! I guess we will see…

Diabetes update: Since I have started testing my blood sugar my results have been fantastic. I have to email my weekly results every Sunday night to the nurse with the Sweeter Choice Program who monitors the GD patients, and each week she has said that my numbers look perfect, which is really encouraging. The nurse even told me that I am doing so well that I don’t have to do the testing as often if I prefer not to. I was having to test 4 times per day, every day, but now I only have to test 2 times per day Monday through Thursday, and the regular 4 times per day Friday through Sunday. I still need to take my fasting levels every morning, and then I just need one other after meal test sometime during the day. Over the last few weeks I have started to learn what kinds of foods (and how much of them) will make my blood sugar spike and what meals will work just fine for me, so it’s nice that I don’t have to prick my finger each and every time when I know my levels are within range. I’ve even figured out how to indulge in some of my pregnancy cravings (burgers and fries are pretty much guaranteed to make me happy), I’ve just had to change the portion size and be aware of what I’m eating. For example, Brinton and I decided to treat ourselves to Wendy’s this weekend, and this is what our tray looked like:

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We laughed pretty hard, because it really looked like someone had shrunken his meal down a few sizes for me…like a daddy burger and a baby burger! Portion control isn’t ever something I’ve been mindful of before; I never really needed to be. Plus, I’m Italian…the entire culture revolves around eating, and eating, and eating…and then eating some more. I’m grateful that I’m required to be aware of it now because in the long run I think it will come in quite handy as I try to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight postpartum, and it will help me establish a healthier lifestyle for my kids. My only struggles this week have been trying to find meals that are filling enough. I haven’t done the best job menu planning…I plan out my carbs, but then sometimes I max out on what I can have then struggle to find “free foods”–protein, cheese, veggies–to finish filling me up. I have a few more recipes I have stumbled upon which have been really good though, so I’ll be sure to post them over the next few weeks.

And there you have it folks! 32 weeks pregnant and still loving every minute of it, aches, pains, and kicks included.

Baby Bump: Week 30

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Week 30! In the blink of an eye, it’s here! The weeks no longer start with the number 2…which means these last 10 weeks are sure to fly by. My pregnancy is already three-quarters of the way over, which makes me both sad and excited. Being pregnant is something I am really enjoying (even with all of the aches, pains, and diabetes), but I am beyond excited to be able to hold our little boy and see his sweet face. Yesterday we finally got a box in the mail of a bunch of Brinton’s old baby clothes and blankets. He was so cute as we looked through all of his old things and tried to imagine baby boy wearing them. Our apartment isn’t big enough that baby will have his own room or nursery, but I am so excited to start decorating his corner of our room! We are still putting together our baby registry, but I realized just the other day that it’s starting to get close and we need some stuff! It will be really fun to see it all start to come together so we can have everything ready before baby makes his big debut.

Pregnancy update (physical stuff): this week, just tiredness. I physically get tired by the end of the day, even just working my normal shift. Also, I am carrying baby pretty much only right in front, so it’s starting to make my back ache. Yesterday was the first day that my belly felt heavy, like it was pulling my upper abdominal muscles down, which made them feel pretty tender by the end of the day. I’m feeling better today, but I’m considering looking into getting one of those pregnancy support bands since I still have 10 weeks to go. Have any of you used those before? Did they help?

Also, baby gets the hiccups all the time…usually several times a day. At first it was really cute because I could watch my whole belly twitch, but now I can’t help but just feel bad for the little guy! After he has had them for a while he always starts squirming around, so I can’t help but think that they are making him uncomfortable. Who wouldn’t be? I’ve also heard that babies who get the hiccups in utero a lot have a greater tendency to have acid reflux issues as newborns, so I hope that isn’t the case here. I’ve had my first experience with heartburn during this pregnancy and it’s not fun. I wouldn’t want my little guy to have to deal with that!

Anyway, that’s the update for week 30! Our next appointment is Monday morning, and then the appointment after that we get to have another ultrasound. Hopefully this time we can see him a lot better than the first ultrasound we had!

Baby Bump: Week 28

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Week 28! I am officially in my third trimester, which means that in 12 weeks (or possibly less!) we will be able to welcome our little man into our family. It is an extremely exciting, overwhelming, fantastic, nerve-wracking, extraordinary feeling. Baby J has be so active over the last few days that I swear he is swimming laps in there…complete with the flip turns from side to side. People ask me all the time now when I am due, and when I say that I’m due at the end of August, they always respond with, “You’re so small!” I don’t feel small though. I feel like someone placed a basketball in my belly. Haha. Bending over is increasingly difficult these days…

This past week we also found out that unfortunately, I have developed gestational diabetes. I’ve been researching as much as I can about it in the last few days, and from what I have read it looks like it effects about 18% of women during pregnancy. The day I found out, I was really, really, really upset. Now that I have had a few days to pull myself together and wrap my head around it, I’ve realized that everything is going to be okay, and this is something that I will be able to control and overcome. I’m going to blog specifically about my experience (I know the first thing I did when I got home was tried to find other women’s blogs who had GD as well), so you can follow along with me for the last trimester of my pregnancy. If any of you reading this have experience with gestational diabetes, please feel free to comment or email me! I would love to hear about your experiences, as well as learn any tips or tricks for meals and how to stay healthy. My first consultation at the hospital isn’t until next week, so until then, all I really know is that I need to be watching my carbs and sugars, and maintaining an exercise routine.

Other than that, everything is going really well with the pregnancy. Baby and I are healthy and happy, and Brinton is enjoying  talking to him and watching him squirm around.

Later this week I’ll write about my initial reaction to finding out I have GD, and I’ll give a brief explanation regarding what gestational diabetes is and what it means for me and baby. So stay tuned!

Baby Bump: Week 16-26

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As I was putting these photos together, it suddenly struck me that TEN whole weeks had passed between the first picture we took and the last. Time has just been flying by. Everyone says that the older you get the faster time seems to go…and I definitely believe them now. I know as soon as this little baby boy makes his entrance everything is going to speed by even faster!

Since I’ve been completely lax about updating the blog  at all, let alone regarding my pregnancy, I figured I would put together a quick compilation of the last few months of baby bump photos to try and catch up. I’ll post them regularly from here on out (along with updates!), but as for the ones we have taken so far, this will have to do.

I got this chalkboard idea from pinterest, but the one pin that really stuck out to me was from this blog. Brinton and I searched high and low, near and far to try and find a chalkboard. Um, it was pretty much impossible. Maybe it is because we live on an island without any kind of real craft store, but the kind of chalkboard I was looking for was NOWHERE to be found. So, we improvised and tried to make one. It came out okay (I was somehow able to subdue the perfectionist in me and not start over), but I probably wont use it again after baby is born. When I have time to sit down and write a review of my experience with making the chalkboard, I’ll link it right here.

Anyway, I’m 28 weeks on Saturday and Brinton and I have a date night scheduled to create our next board. So exciting!