Tuesday, April 17, 2012

hip! hip! hooray!

not to be overly enthusiastic or anything, 
i have my gestational diabetes 3 hour test behind me and the results were 

word to the wise...
don't indulge with Easter candy the day or two before your 1hr
glucose test...
result? fail.
at least i think that is what it had more to do with than anything
i have thanked God repeatedly for the wake up call...
it was almost like i had forgotten that FRESH fruits and vegetables,
or heck, ANY fruits and vegetables should be a regular part of your diet...
so, i have been enjoying, very much, the reminder...
of course, i don't think it could have come at a better time of year!
we have had fresh strawberries, 
pineapple, clementines, apples, bananas, cantaloupe...
all delish!
and my favorite go-to snack/meal has been fruit
topped with yogurt and cheerios.
sooo good!

definitely a great end to a loooong day!
mikey and i woke up very early,
got giles up very early, took him to his teacher's house
{who is a very dear friend too} 
so she could take him to school...
then we headed off to birmingham where mike was able
to coordinate some of his computer work with my appointment time.
then i decided to ride with him to montgomery for the afternoon
for another part of his gig...
thank goodness for panera!
we had a healthy lunch there and then while he was 
busy with his work, i read a book at another panera!
we thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend the day together,
it felt like old times when we used to travel together all of the time!

it was funny, we were driving and not really talking and i told mikey,
"i feel like we should have a serious discussion" and he didn't miss a beat! 
he knew why i said it--- we were alone and couldn't get interrupted!
it was awesome...
and then we did have some great conversation that was productive
and UNINTERRUPTED by a cute little blondie....

that cute little blondie spent the day with his teacher...
no doubt he made her feel like a rockstar because he was so pumped 
to have her all to himself for part of the ride to school...
and then she trumped all by taking him to chick fil a!
she is so awesome and we are so very fortunate to have 
a friend who is a teacher and who loves our boy so much!
she calls to tell me the sweet things he says and does
{and the not so sweet things he says and does too, when necessary :)}
today he ordered fruit instead of french fries, 
which made me smile...
and yesterday, he wore a new bbtn outfit to school...
before he went i talked to him a couple of times about coming home
with a clean shirt... i am convinced he uses clothing like a napkin sometimes...
well, ms cindy put 2&2 together when we were talking today...
yesterday, they were working with stamps...
one boy ended up getting ink on his shirt... giles saw it.
he asked ms cindy for a smock!!!
o how i love that boy :)

well, many prayers have been answered....
having GD would not have been the end of the world or anything even close.
but! just knowing that is something i do not have to worry about, 
well, ... that is just a real blessing for me. 
i am just so very grateful to have had a wake up call,
it was definitely needed...
but to have been spared the diagnosis, i am very grateful...
and i will be praying for all who are dealing with GD and D in general...

Monday, April 16, 2012

the nest...

the nest is coming along...
slowly, but coming...
i could comfortably claim that my first nesting activity is complete.
i sterilized and washed all of the boy's bottles.
i got the correct nipples 
{a lesson we learned the first go 'round...
nipples have different 'flow'... didn't know that...}
on the right sized bottles
and stored the rest for a little later on down the line.

so that was fun to do and fun to check on 'da list'

the list seems to grow daily too :)
lots and lots of 'honey-do's'

i am not sure if mikey got off easy this mother's day or not...
he's got a list a mile long that i asked be completed by mother's day
for mother's day...
hmm... no pressure.

tomorrow's the big day.. the 3hr glucose test.
i have learned from the past 5 days of eating along the eating plan
that came home with me from the drs last week, 
i can do this! 
and i feel good...
well, that's not to say i am not exhausted after all of 5 minutes of activity
but i don't feel gross... just tired.
and not feeling gross and tired, 
well, that's an improvement!!!

i went to the library and got my reading material
and am ready to hunker down for a few hours of downtime with the doctor...
hope i am not too hungry to actually read!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

well, good morning!

i really doubt this would ever become a health food blog,
but i have had a bit of an event in my life 
that i want to make sure to document...
so pardon the boring for you...

as a routine part of my pregnancy, i was scheduled for 
a glucose tolerance test
to test my blood sugar for elevated levels
and the possibility of gestational diabetes
i failed.
so i go back this week for a 3 hour test, 
the first was a 1 hour test.
this time i will fast past midnight 
and spend a chunk of my day with my doctor
getting my blood taken once an hour, for three hours
after i drink a sugary drink.

i like to think i am optimistic about most things
and this is no different.
for too much of this second pregnancy of mine i have been lay-Z!
i have every excuse worked out perfectly in my head
and they aren't all untrue
but, i could have been better 
at eating
and at exercising.
one thing that i have learned from my research about gd is 
there isn't really a proven way to prevent it
exercise, unlike with non-gestational forms of diabetes,
hasn't proven to be as effective, if at all
in prevention
and mostly, it seems to increase with age, 
second + pregnancies and being overweight...
so, 2 out of 3 are really not things i can control....

so, all that to say, at this point- this has been a welcomed 
wake up call.
i am glad that i had something to kick-start me 
into making better food choices
and eating less.
i do hope and have been praying that
is not my diagnosis on tuesday
i don't want that for many reasons...
gd can be scary stuff!!!

but, a wake up call, .... i am all for that.
here is what i have been looking at multiple times a day
for the past 3 days
it is the suggested meal pattern
to be eaten if you are required to come back for re-testing

i have seen what they send you home with if you are 
diagnosed with gd. it is MUCH more detailed :(
and that is not going to be much fun at all...
plus you have the pressure of getting it perfect 
so that your child, who is completely dependent on you,
is well taken care of...
and while that should always be the case, 
and too often i was lax in my food choices,
something about knowing all of the ramifications of gd
makes it scary instead of just being about making the best choice.
i thought gd was just about babies getting too large en utero...
but it isn't just that and for that *i scared!*

this is the most common disease among pregnant women and many
have gone before me and faired just fine... 

i have every intention of continuing to eat more well-rounded,
consistent, smaller meals with foods from all food groups...
it feels better,
and it has already set a better example for giles!
he got himself a snack of 4 plain strawberries yesterday 
afternoon, instead of asking me for a snack cup of starchy 
treats like he does most every other afternoon... 
and for our dinner the other night
which was zucchini, squash, onions in marinara sauce,
he exclaimed,
"mom! you're the best dinner cooker ever!"
as he identified zucchini and proclaimed how much he loves it!
{while that may be true, he still only ate about 6 bites of his entire dinner! lol...} 
it was rewarding to hear
*and* learn he knew what zucchini {and squash!} were
without me telling him!

so, here is to hoping that this was just a wake up call
a chance for me to rethink what, how, when i eat
and not a precursor to a new to me disease
but whichever it is, 
all will be fine...


Monday, April 9, 2012

a glorious weekend recap

o boy.
this baby is very much already a part of my life!
we enjoy each other's company a lot!
most recently we've enjoyed watching The Voice together...
it's my current favorite show
and he seems to agree! 
he gets so active when i turn up the volume 
to listen to all of the great singing!
i love it!
the other part he's very much a part of is my sleep!
or lack thereof.
we've definitely entered that stage in the game
where a really good night's rest is just out of reach.
and last night i had a realization of just how long it will be
until a good night's rest is possible!!!
it was a moment of anxiety, that is for sure.
but then i talked myself into remembering 
just how fortunate i am to be in this situation...
and i got over it.
but i do miss my sleep...
especially with snory mcsnore so close...

Picture of your developing baby
here's where we are at 30 weeks!
gives me a headache to see him upside down like that!
doesn't all the blood rush to his head???

so, 10 weeks to go...
really 9.5, but who's counting?
um, that would be me.

we are recovering from my house becoming a train wreck
while my den became my art studio for several weeks
yesterday mike and i hammered down and got some
things organized.
so much, much more to do, 
but just getting started felt sooo good!
i am certainly no multi-tasker i have come to realize!
i just couldn't focus on getting the house ready for baby 
with all that was going on with Pink Peeps!
it was a glorious year though,
my orders were doubled from last season!
i'd take that progression any day :)

we've had a great Easter weekend.
i can't believe i am actually updating in such a timely fashion!

on thursday giles had his school party
 this was before the party started and giles was playing with friends
 here is mrs cindy working with the boys to dye their eggs!
brave woman, she is!!!
 from a sweet classmate and his precious mama
these might have been the hit of the day!
 giles' easter egg hunt bag he made himself! 

 another precious classmate and his mama made this bunny cupcake cake
 giles' wrote his name on his egg!
a little easter egg art... love this!!!

giles had a great time! 
they hunted eggs on the playground... it was madness!
i thought i got a cute video of the mayhem
but it was only about 3 seconds long...
not sure what happened there!

on saturday we dyed eggs at our house!
being that we are only 3 folks, 
i decided we'd stick to just 1 dozen eggs.
that was plenty!
i only wanted to use 6 of the several colors
that came with it- it was hard to tell what color was what
so we ended up with 2 shades of pink and green...
i was hoping for maybe a purple and yellow, 
but no one else seemed to notice so we went with it!

we had a vibrant blue 'giles' egg, an orange 'dad' egg
and you can see part of the 'hoppy easter' egg with the bunny i drew
not sure what happened to my pictures of them???
maybe my pregnant brain just *thought* i took them!

sunday was a very busy day for us!
gilesy woke up on his own pretty early
i wasn't in the room when he walked in
so mikey had him sit down and wait for me
which was only about 1 minute, 
but i was impressed! 
he was sitting so sweetly waiting for the 'go-ahead'
to go to town investigating all that bunny had brought!

 some of the big hits were the honey bee tees,  spiderman thermos, 
the bath water tub tints, the 'electric' toothbrush, 
the three eggs with Leapster games & 
of course the candy!!!
 this paint set was MY favorite!
lots of bright, fantastic colors!!!
first seen on one of my favorite blogs whatever
i agree with meg, how can this NOT make you happy???
 my sweet, sweet little boy...
4.5 years of joy have surrounded our house
since his arrival!!!

so after all the fun of Easter bunny bounty
we loaded up the car with meals
and delivered meals on wheels
to 8 families around town...
they love when giles comes to the door 
and he loves to go!

mass was next on the agenda.
it was standing room only and fabulous from start to finish!
what a glorious celebration!!!
being pregnant and sitting in church has not been my favorite combo
i constantly feel like i need to go find the potty,
giles wants to sit on my lap- huh?
excuse me?
what lap???
it's just not the most comfy hour of my week...
but then you think about what Christ did 
and it sheds that much needed perspective...

after mass was a FUN egg hunt!
giles got a basketful!
i wish i would have had a brain cell to remind me
to get a family picture on Easter morning??? 
what happened? it did not cross my mind :(

we enjoyed the day at home, just the 3 of us...
it was a much needed home day.
no fancy meal, 
just eating leftovers and getting some headway on a few projects
with PERFECT weather!!!
it was truly a perfect day...

and since we'd had two hunts already, why not a third???
actually, if the bunny hadn't already stuffed the eggs, 
we might have skipped this one, but giles enjoys it so!!!

sweet finn was trying to enjoy it too! as was echo... 
they are so funny... here is finn trying so hard to be a good, good boy
{which he totally was!!! despite how the pictures portray him -lol}

so, that concludes our beautiful Easter weekend!

and before i forget... i haven't done any regular pregnancy posts like
lots of mamas-to-be do... it just never happened...
but, at 30 weeks, here is how it is going...
definitely wearing maternity clothing, tops and bottoms
except when i am at home... so, if you were ever the kind
to just 'drop' by, do us both a favor... call first.
no particular food is more appealing necessarily...
i definitely don't enjoy 'discussing' food, giving it much thought,
or waiting for it. hunger comes on like crazy fast!
in the past couple of weeks i have enjoyed salads a lot
and we worked through my new aversion to the texture of grilled chicken breasts
we have bought tenders instead!
i really can't explain it, there just became something about it
that started bothering me... tenders seemed to do the trick!
baby B2 does LOTS-o-wiggling around,
which i just *love*
yesterday i got what i think of as a real 'kick' for the first time
all the other movements are some kinds of flutters
and wiggles and pressure and ripples
but i really felt a good ol' kick yesterday!
giles is very excited about brother.
he's pretty fixed on the fact that when brother is 5, he will be 10.
i have tried to get him to understand that there 
will be A LOT to go on between now and the time
brother turns 5! 
i think it's all a little over his head...
as for the nursery... i am thinking of a medium-ish shade of gray.
it seems like such a soothing color
and we have some yellow and green accents from 
giles' nursery to use again...
i think the gray will make them standout in a different way, 
which is exactly what i am looking for...
a way to reuse without feeling like we're doing 
a complete re-do...

well... that about sums up all that is on my brain
this monday morning...

i do plan to post very soon about my sweet baby sprinkle
given to me and two other expectant mom friends by our church group...
they called it a sprinkle...
pictures will show they were a little off in that title!
coming soon...

have a wonderful week!