Crenshaw Melon

Dear Poppy Seed –

We’ve made it to 36 weeks!  That’s a huge milestone in my book, as next week you’ll be officially full term!  It’s hard to believe that we have 4 weeks to go until your due date.  This time just flew by, at least this whole third trimester did.  The first trimester dragged on and on, mostly because it’s hard for time to fly when you’re throwing up multiple times a day.  At 36 weeks you’re now the size of a crenshaw melon.  I’ve never heard of one of those before, but apparently they’re pretty big.  There’s really no new information on what’s new with you this week.  You’re still plumping up and getting ready for your big entrance.

I had a midwife appointment this morning, and I actually received nothing but good news!  I’ve lost another pound, but my midwife isn’t concerned at all because she knows that you’re growing.  Speaking of growth, my fundal height was at 36 cm today, and that’s the first time I’ve measured exactly what week I am!  Usually my belly measures a week a head.  My blood pressure is still good too.  My midwife was very pleased with my blood sugar readings and didn’t mention putting me on medication at all.  So, I’m to continue my walks everyday and keep monitoring my diet as I’ve been doing too.  I was tested for group B strep today, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.  She also checked my cervix (which was so incredibly painful!) and she told me that my cervix is soft and that I’m about a fingertip dilated, which means that my body is doing what it’s supposed to be doing – gearing up for labor!  I’m now to start taking evening primrose oil and drink red raspberry leaf tea to help my cervix soften even more.

I’ve been experiencing a lot of round ligament pain lately.  My midwife told me to go slower and to rest when it happens because I can bruise or actually hurt myself if I don’t.  Sleep has been ok the past two nights.  I still get up to go to the bathroom multiple times, but I’m usually able to fall right back to sleep.  I’m also getting really tired, and I get worn out really super easily now.  I keep reading that I’m going to get a burst of energy for nesting, but I haven’t felt that as of yet, and I’m starting to wonder if I will.

This weekend is going to be a busy weekend for your dad, you and me.  We’re going to put the finishing touches on your nursery, and I promise to post pictures as soon as it’s complete.  Basically we need to paint and put up some shelves so we have some more storage space, and finish putting all of your clean clothes and diapers away.  We’re also going to Babies ‘R Us to get the final things we need for you before you arrive.  I’m also getting a few things for the hospital bag and I’ll pack that this weekend too.  Our last birth and baby class is tonight and we actually get to learn about what to do once you arrive.  I’m looking forward to that a lot, these classes have been fun and I feel like the smart kid in class because I already know the answers to all of the questions that the teacher asks.

I think that sums up everything so far.  Keep growing and I I’ll see you soon!

Love,

– Mom

My Cloth Diaper Stash!

I believe that my cloth diaper stash is now complete (for the moment anyway)!

This past weekend J and I laundered all of the Softbums diapers that we have – which was 8 shells, 24 pods and 8 mini pods.  We did the washing routine on them twice.  In case you’re wondering, that involved a cold wash with the water level on high and a teeny tiny bit of diaper friendly detergent.  Follow that with a hot wash with the water level on high and no detergent.  Then everything got thrown into the dryer on high for 10 minutes.  After the 10 minutes we pulled the shells out and continued to dry the pods on medium until they were done (which took almost no time),  and then put everything away so it’s ready to go for when the baby boy is born.

Then on Monday I noticed that our local diaper store was having a sale on bumGenius 4.0s – buy 5, get one free.  So, I bought 5 and got one free.  I also got 2 large wet bags and 1 small wet bag to store all of those dirty diapers in.  Since I bought all of that, they gave me a free sized diaper – a blissful booty (the names of all of these diapers are just too cute).  I went in today to pick up my order and ended up also buying cloth wipes and a few more mini pods for the Softbums, which I was told by the charming sales lady that those pods are good for any pocket diaper as well, so bonus there.

So, my entire diaper stash now includes:

  • Softbums – 8 shells, 24 pods, 16 mini pods
  • 6 bumGenius 4.0s
  • 1 bumGenius Freetime AIO
  • 1 Rumparooz
  • 1 medium Blissful Booty.
  •  2 Large wet bags
  • 1 Small wet bag
  • 30 Oso Cozy cloth wipes (I was told that 1 wipe will do for each diaper change, as opposed to the disposables which can take a few)

So, now I have a bit more laundry to do to get all of this stuff primed and ready to go, but that’s ok with me.  I’m excited to get it all stored and stacked neatly put away and have it be ready to use!

Blood Sugar Levels So Far

I mentioned at my last midwife appointment that my midwife was giving me one more week to get my blood sugars under control.  I thought I would put a record of what exactly my blood sugar readings have been over the past week.  The parameters for gestational diabetes are as follows:

  • Fasting levels need to be no lower than 60 and no higher than 90
  • Two hours after meals should be no lower than 60 and no higher than 120

5/24/2012

  • Fasting: 89
  • Breakfast: 89
  • Lunch: 88
  • Dinner: 90

5/25/2012

  • Fasting: 81
  • Breakfast: 94
  • Lunch: 79
  • Dinner: 95

5/26/2012

  • Fasting: 85
  • Breakfast: 97
  • Lunch: 94
  • Dinner: 106

5/27/2012

  • Fasting: 90
  • Breakfast: 91
  • Lunch: 100
  • Dinner: 94

5/28/2012

  • Fasting: 86
  • Breakfast: 118
  • Lunch: 103
  • Dinner: 116

5/29/2012

  • Fasting: 86
  • Breakfast: 107
  • Lunch: 115
  • Dinner: 103

5/30/2012

  • Fasting: 90

Everything so far has been within range, which I can say that I’m really proud of.  There have been some close calls, and to be honest I’m not sure why they happened.  I eat the same thing for breakfast everyday – yet those sugar readings are all over the place which makes no sense to me.  Not to mention that I’ve had a couple of fasting numbers be at the very limit of “ok.”  I’ve found that drinking a small glass of milk and having two hershey kisses at night before bed really helps with my fasting numbers (and it gives me just the little bit of chocolate that I crave).

I’ve been going on at least one walk every day.  During the work week, I can usually fit one in after lunch for about 15 minutes, and then I’ll go on another one when I get home for about 40 minutes.

I’m hoping that all of this monitoring and work that I’m doing will affect the baby in a good way and keep him from getting too big.  I’ll find out tomorrow how my midwife thinks I’m doing.  And I have another ultrasound to measure the baby at my 38 week appointment (two weeks away), and hopefully I’ll only hear good news there!

 

Sleep?

Last night was the worst night of sleep that I’ve had so far.  I think that I got a total of 3 hours of sleep the whole night, and the rest was spent tossing and turning and going to the bathroom.  I think the biggest culprit was that I just couldn’t get comfortable.  My back and/or hips hurt no matter what position I was in, or how many pillows I stuffed underneath me.

I feel miserable this morning.  This is a new level of tired for me.  You know you’re tired when you have trouble staying awake on your drive into work.  Hopefully I’ll be able to wake up soon and subsequently start to feel better.

I kept hearing throughout my pregnancy that in my third trimester I would be feeling even more exhausted than I did in the first trimester.  At the time I didn’t see how that was possible.  Now I know better, and for all others out there, it is incredibly true.  The bright side to this though is that I only have +- 4 weeks left of pregnancy and then I’ll get to know a whole new level of exhaustion that I’ve never experienced before.  To be honest though, I’m looking forward to that.

Honeydew

Dear Poppy Seed –

Today we hit the 35 week mark, which means that you’re about the size of a honeydew melon.  All of the books and websites say that you’re pretty much done growing in length and are just going to be working on plumping up.  It’s now my job to ensure that we don’t go overboard on that front.  You’re also starting to run out of room in there.  When your dad and I first started to feel you move your dad would ask me where you were so he’d know where to put his hand.  Your dad asked me that the other day and I believe my response to him was “where isn’t he?”   Now it doesn’t seem to matter where a hand is on my belly, they’ll be able to feel you move.  Your dad often remarks about how strong you are when he’s feeling your kicks, and I do have to agree with him.  Your kicks can be quite strong and sometimes surprisingly strong.  I also think that you’ve dropped or have started to drop.  My walks for the past week have been so much easier to do since I’m not huffing and puffing all the way through them anymore.  I think that my lungs now have a little bit more breathing room (hehe).

Not a whole lot new with me right now.  I’m sleeping ok, but not great.  I’m waking up about 2 times a night now to pee, but other than those episodes it’s the only time I really wake up.  I’m moving pretty slowly too, and I definitely think that I’m waddling now.  I get tired pretty quickly and I have to take a whole bunch of quick rests during labor intensive task so that I can accomplish them, that is if I even get around to attempting them.  I’ve been having a lot of round ligament pain lately too.  And while those are sharp and can be quite painful, they only last a second or two, so they’re easily manageable.

I’m worried about you and me right now.  I’m worried that I won’t get the chance to carry you until you’re ready to come out.  I’m worried that you might get stuck coming out.  I’m worried that you could hurt or injure yourself during the birth.  I’m worried that I won’t be able to birth you and that I’ll have to have a C-Section to get you out.  I can honestly say that I’m trying my best to have my gestational diabetes stay under control so that it will have little to no effect on you, but I’m starting to get the impression that my best may not be good enough.

On a bright side your dad and I got to see you on an ultrasound yesterday.  I started tearing up as soon as you appeared on the screen.  You’re absolutely adorable!  I may make big babies, but I also make darn cute ones.  Your dad’s side of the family all think that you look like him, and my side of the family thinks that you look like me.  I’m curious to see your newborn photo compared to that of your dad’s and mine, and I only have a little wait until I get to do that.

I love you so much!  Keep growing (reasonably please), and I’ll see you soon!!

– Mom

The Baby Isn’t Breech

And that’s just about all the good news that I got from my midwife appointment yesterday.

According to the ultrasound tech and my midwife the baby is measuring around 6 lbs 3 oz at the moment.  He’s in the 85th percentile for weight, and his chest measurement is in the 90th percentile.  Basically what that boils down to is that my baby is measuring big, and his chest and shoulders are way bigger than they should be.  I’ve been given one more week to get my fasting sugars under control.  If I can’t do that, then I’ll be going on medication to help me get them under control.

I’m also going to be having another ultrasound at about 38 weeks (hasn’t been scheduled yet) to check the baby’s growth one more time.  If it looks like he’s still a barrel chested buddah then I’ll be going the induction route at 39 or 40 weeks.

So, the plan of attack from here until the birth is that I’ll be watching what I eat a whole lot more closely (not that I wasn’t doing that before, as my 2 hour after meals levels are perfect).  I’ll also be upping my exercise during the day so that any excess sugar in my system will hopefully be converted to energy instead of going straight to the baby.  So, that means a 30-60 minute walk every day – no matter what.  I’m going on a walk during my lunch break today since I can’t go this evening because of my Birth and Baby class.

I feel like I’ve failed.  That everything I’ve been doing so far just hasn’t been enough.  I pack a whole lunch box full of nutritious food to bring with me to work everyday.  I only drink water, milk when I can fit the carbs in, or unsweet tea (when I just need something different than water).  I haven’t had ice cream or a real dessert since I was diagnosed with GD.  I have had some sweets at night, after dinner to help stabilize my blood sugar while I’m sleeping – but it’s not every night, and it’s only when my dinner glucose numbers were on the low side.  I’ve been walking about 3 to 4  times a week, and I do have room for improvement here and I’m going to bump that up to 7 times a week, at least.  I’ve done all of these things, and it hasn’t been enough to keep this kiddo from being too big.  So, now I’m trying even harder and trying to remain positive.  I guess we’ll see how I do in a week.

Enough doom and gloom – how about some beautiful baby pictures?!

Those are toes and a foot on the right side next to his cheek.

For most of the ultrasound he was holding his foot up by his head (super cute), but I can’t get those images to load for some reason.  I think he’s absolutely adorable!  And all of these things that I’m going through will be all worth it for him.

Cardiologist Update

I finally got a call back from the cardiologist’s office.  I spoke to a nurse and not the actual doctor who reviewed my results, which kinda irritated me because I now have more questions than I do answers.

The nurse told me that the doctor reviewed my test and that he saw “minor abnormalities,” but that at this time he doesn’t think that I need to be on medication or have any other type of intervention.  I have no idea what the “minor abnormalities” are.  The nurse did say that the cardiologist sent my results to my midwife, so I’ll ask her about it when I see her today and maybe she can tell me what the “minor abnormalities” are.

The next time I see the cardiologist will be when I’m six months postpartum.  He wants to know if it was the pregnancy putting this added stress on my heart, or if this is just the way my heart normally behaves.

I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do with these results.  It’s not exactly good news, but it’s not bad either.  What I take from this is that my heart is doing some funky things (again, I have no idea what), but at the moment it’s not a cause for concern.  However, it could be a cause for concern sometime for me later in life.  Part of me wants to call the doctor’s office and demand a follow-up appointment where the doctor will tell me everything that he saw during the echocardiogram.  And another part of me thinks that if the doctor doesn’t think it’s a big deal then it can probably wait until my next appointment (which will probably be in about 7 months).

I really wish that life was simple and clear-cut, but I’m finding that in the world of medicine that it rarely is.