31 Weeks

Pretty sure this happens on a daily basis in there.

I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks because I haven’t been feeling well. The out of control blood sugars was a huge factor in that, and now that they are under control again; my energy is returning, my moods are balancing out (well, sort of…) and I’m feeling a lot better overall. It’s a good feeling!

While I would never wish for my baby to be born too early, it would be amazing to have a fast forward button to April. The last trimester is ridiculous and hard, each day seems to get longer and longer.

I have two NST’s scheduled for this week and then my baby shower is on Saturday, I can’t wait!!!

Pretty boring around here, just trying to keep up my energy, keep up with my kids and get things ready for a new little person to join our family. Here’s a comparison from 21 weeks to 31 weeks.

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Baby Girl is Grounded

I had every intention of going to my Non Stress Test this morning, leaving the hospital by 10, running errands and then spending the rest of the day catching up on laundry and other housework that’s been neglected lately. That didn’t happen.

The nurse hooked me up to the monitors and immediately noticed her heartrate was pretty high (175’ish) and after 10 minutes, it was still that way. After 2 hours of IV fluids, me drinking cup after cup of water, the heart rate was still high. It went down a few times, but not enough and not consistently enough for them to send me home without further testing.

The on call OB came in and did a Bio Physical Profile which I had never had done before and was a little nervous, but it was pretty quick, painless and because it’s an ultrasound, I got to watch her in all her glory. So cool to see those little feet kicking instead of just feeling them. I ended up scoring a 10.8, under 10, they admit you.

What does this mean? I have another NST Friday morning and we’re hoping that today’s was just a fluke and her heart rate stays in normal ranges as it has been for every other appointment, ultrasound and NST. Obviously, the ideal course is to keep me pregnant as long as possible (I’m currently just over 30 weeks), but it may come to a point where we have to decide on delivery and NICU or possibly losing her if the pregnancy continues. I’m doing everything that I can and will continue to do so. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Even though she is grounded, she is still pretty cute 😉 Here is a profile picture from the ultrasound this morning. She was moving around a lot and is head down, so it was hard to get a good profile shot.

30 Weeks

Some days I feel like I’m going to be pregnant forever and it will never end, and then I realize how little time there is left and I start to get sad. This is it. This is the last time I’ll feel a baby move inside of me, the last time I’ll have a newborn, the last so many things!! Apparently I’m feeling sappy today. 

Your baby’s the size of a cucumber!
Your 15.2- to 16.7-inch, 2.5- to 3.8-pound baby continues to grow.
 
 
I had an appointment with my OB this morning and if I wasn’t having all of these blood sugar issues, it would be my best and easiest pregnancy of them all. My blood pressure is great, no swelling, growing right on track, strong heartbeat, etc. But then he looked at my blood sugars and said “it’s a good thing this is your last one, another baby might kill you.” I am to continue twice a week non stress tests at the hospital and to see my Endocrinologist as needed, but since baby girl is doing so well, I don’t need another OB appointment for 3 weeks. 
 
I talked with my Endocrinologist on the phone this afternoon and we are trying something new with my night time dose of insulin. Currently, I take 100 units right before bed, but I’m still waking up with blood sugar readings near 200 – they should be under 90. And then my body is trying to catch up all day and I’m injecting a LOT of insulin all day long, only to start the cycle again the next morning. Starting tonight, I’ll take 60 units right before bed and another 60 first thing in the morning. Fingers crossed. 
 
That’s all for now. Here’s a fun bump comparison, 20 weeks to 30 weeks. Pretty big difference, no wonder I can’t find shirts that fit!!!
 
 
 

Five Things Friday {10}

1. I feel sorry for everyone in my life or that I come into contact with lately. My mood swings are pretty well “swung” over to the bad side and I am one cranky son of a gun. Sorry.

2. I find myself giving this look to almost everyone and everything all day long. #cantcontrolthesnark

3. I miss sweating. Not sweating from trying to put my shoes on, which is a daily occurrence now…but sweating from a good old fashioned butt kicking workout.

4. I want cake. Lots and lots of cake. And I don’t want to have to inject a bottle of insulin for that to happen, so I’ll just dream about it. For now.

5. Because I’m trying to keep myself motivated through these last few weeks of pregnancy, I’m running a Spring Biggest Loser Challenge. It starts on Monday, $10 to join and winner takes all. If you want to join, let me know!!

What I Ate Wednesday {9}

I had every intention of getting this post published last night, but exhaustion set in and I went to bed instead.

Love your veggies- didn’t happen. It’s clear I need more vegetables in my life!

Breakfast:

Since my blood sugars have been so insane lately, I’m trying to change things up with my meals in hopes it will bring my sugars back to down to normal levels. It’s not working. No matter how much insulin I take, no matter how little carbs I eat, the levels keep rising.

Snack:

Delicious and crazy juicy orange, along with roasted peanuts.

Lunch: 

Hey, look! Vegetables! My all time favorite soup.

Dinner:

A low carb wrap filled with cheese and salsa, dipped in spicy guacamole

And a new to me yogurt. Not bad, but I wish the cup was bigger!

Don’t forget to check out all of the other submissions for this week’s WIAW!

29 Weeks

Your baby’s the size of an acorn squash!
Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. Right now, we weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds but he’s still got a ways to go — can you believe he’ll triple in weight before birth?
your baby at 29 weeks
  • He’s getting a little cramped in there, since he’s growing so fast. But you probably already realize that, since you’re getting all those jabs and kicks.
  • He’s growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his energy is surging because of it.
  • Feel a subtle twitch? It might be baby hiccupping.

Life has been somewhat of a roller coaster the last few days. My blood sugars have been all over the place and becoming harder and harder to control. As many times as Dr’s have told me this could happen, now that it IS happening, I don’t like it.

I had an OB appointment yesterday – and an ultrasound-. Good news is that baby girl continues to thrive and is doing great! She is growing right on track and even though my body is going nuts with all of this blood sugar nonsense, she continues to be unaffected. But, because my numbers have been so high, and when that happens, I note decreased fetal movements, it’s time to watch things a little closer.

Starting this morning, I will be at the hospital having Non-Stress Tests done twice a week and I’m also seeing my OB weekly now until delivery.

The first test was done this morning and we passed with flying colors. While it was a little boring sitting there clicking each time she moved, I loved being able to just sit back, listening to the heartbeat and moving around and I did a little reading as well. Next test is Saturday morning.

And that’s that! I’m trying to stay positive and just focus on one day at a time right now. It’s really all I can do!

Five Things Friday {9}

Good morning…even though it’s Noon in 4 minutes. Having all of these snow days is totally throwing me off, I never know what day it is anymore. It’s taken me all morning to realize it’s Friday and not Tuesday.

Total random of 5 things for today, here we go!

1. 78 days until my due date! Until I have the c-section scheduled, this is the date I use. I can’t believe that it’s getting so close.

2. My youngest is turning 6 on Sunday and he LOVES all things Captain America (or really anything like that really), he’s going to be so excited for this present.

3. Speaking of his birthday; here is my little snow minion. So excited to be able to play in the snow yesterday after school.

4. The husband celebrated 5 years at his job this past September and was able to pick a gift from a list of things; I love that instead of getting whatever he wanted, he told me to pick. Cuisinart griddle/grill/panini maker for the win! We tried it out last night with pancakes. Loved it!

5. This book. It’s out of the Teen section (don’t judge…), but it was REALLY good. It really makes you think about how 1 single moment in your life can impact so many people. I highly suggest reading it, I finished it in about a week, it was hard to put down.

Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family’s yacht, where she’d been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.

That wraps up this week’s edition of Five Things Friday. Have a great weekend!