March 28, 2011

So very close to hospital...

(written on Friday)
Ok, so I hear that the 3rd trimester is the miserable one. First trimester is filled with the nausea, vomiting, stress of miscarriage, etc. Second is the best and, well, the third is miserable.

I started to feel the hip pains and waking up every 2 hours due to pain or pee. I struggle to roll over, get into, and get out of bed. Ok, so this is annoying, but I'm doing ok... until... stomach virus.

I'm going on day #3 of this horrible sickness. I suffered through day #1 in hopes that it was just a 24 hour bug, but nope, going on 72 hours now. At least I can bear to type and focus on the computer monitor today, without becoming horribly nauseated.

I had a regular OB appointment yesterday, so I know I'd be able to talk with him about the virus and hopefully go home with miracle meds. Well, my urine was nonexistent, it looked like Ziegenbock according to his nurse! He said if I didn't see improvement I'd be spending the weekend in the hospital. I was really surprised he didn't send me straight there.

(finished today)
Thankfully, I avoided the hospital vacation. I am finally 99% all better!! I can finally eat, but only tiny/small meals. I guess my stomach shrunk so much or baby took over the available space!

Here's a picture from our baby shower last weekend:

March 21, 2011

I had my first "Oh Shit!" moment yesterday.

Maybe it finally hit me??

Our baby shower back home was this weekend! We were so excited to see everyone who was planning to be there! I was so overwhelmed by the "attention" and the "showering" of graciousness, that I completely forgot to take individual pictures with some of my long time friends who attended. :( I don't think I forgot to say "Thank You" though! I must of said it to each person 3-5 times, because I meant it!!

DH and I don't come from the most wealthiest of families. None of us were born with silver spoons in our mouths. We all work very hard to support our families, most without formal educations. So when the gift table was completely full and the floor below it as well, I was soooooooo overwhelmed with emotion. Everyone who surrounds me, family and friends, were there giving gifts to us and our baby. I've been given so much already and now I'm being given MORE!? Wow. How will I ever repay these people?

Thankfully, we weren't able to come home with everything. My in-laws will bring the rest of the gifts up to Fort Worth when they come to our local baby shower in a couple of weeks.

So last night after we got home I went through all of the babies things that we were able to bring back with it all organized and ready for washing or put away... and it hit me. I looked around the nursery. The shelves are full, and I'm running out of room in her closet. I started to think of other ways to create more shelving or storage space. I said to myself "Oh Shit! We're really having a baby!" So I guess it finally hit me.

I expected the preparation for this baby to be so difficult for us. We don't have a lot of extra money to spend on baby things. That's just all there is to it. I expected to be shopping at garage sales and other used/consignment shops for items. I can't believe we're 'almost' set and it's been so easy... and FUN!

And I'm having another "Oh Shit." moment.... I'll be 30 weeks tomorrow..... oh shit. :)

March 16, 2011

A Riot?!

If my math is correct, I haven't blogged in nearly 2 weeks. Wow. Time is flying, and unfortunately, I've been kept very busy with school. This week is Spring Break, but last week I had a comprehensive exam in Chemistry, a midterm in Chemistry Lab, a paper and exam in Drama and tons of homework and assignments due for Pysch. I was so stressed out! Thankfully, I made it through all of that... now I wish my professors would just post my grades!!

So I'm in the THIRD TRIMESTER!! It doesn't feel any different. Just a heart getting bigger and bigger to hold all the love I share for the LO inside!

I'm still experiencing some minor hip pain at night, and it's becoming more and more difficult to function with a big belly. I do feel her in my right rib sometimes, but if I sit up straight the pain goes away! I can't say I'm miserable yet.

Movement has definitely increased this week. One night I was convinced she was auditioning for the circus, and last night she was either rioting or trying to break out of there! She moves so much sometimes that it freaks me out a bit. Like how can she move soooo quickly with her limbs a flailing like that!? I'm enjoying it though!

And BOY has the belly grown. It wasn't until I took a belly pic today and looked at my last belly pic that I noticed a difference!

Baby Shower #1 of 2 is this weekend. We'll head south to Austin after work on Friday. I'm so excited! It seems that MANY of my friends, some whom I haven't seen in YEARS, will be in attendance!! I can't wait!

March 4, 2011

Dear Gestational Diabetes, I kicked your A%$!!

Wahooooooo!!! I'm so thankful to be able to say this... I PASSED MY ONE HOUR GLUCOSE!!

With my insulin resistance, I was certain that I'd fail my 1-hr glucose and have to
take the 3-hour. I guess this Metformin stuff really works!! :)

So how did I do it?

Well, I give total credit to the Metformin and my body.

Some doctors require fasting, but my doctor actually said it was ok for me to eat before. They advised that it wouldn't be smart for me to eat a carb and/or sugar filled meal though. I contemplated fasting after midnight and taking the test first thing in the morning; however, when a friend told me that with our IR our bodies may actually hold onto the sugars in the orange drink MORE because of the "fasting", I totally rethought that decision.

So, at about 8:00 am, I ate a breakfast consisting of 2 eggs, a yogurt, and a glass of milk. I drank the orange drink at about 9:30 am.

My test result gave me an 85. Abnormal is 141. My result wasn't even slightly high! ...maybe the Metformin is working too much!

So so, thankful!

This pregnancy has been so wonderful to me. Now, I can't help but to think... what will/can go wrong? Maybe a difficult delivery? Maybe a c-section? Maybe she won't latch on? Maybe my milk won't come in?

March 3, 2011

27 weeks 2 days

How far along: 27 weeks 2 days

Growth: Per DH, baby girl is as big as a head of cauliflower! My uterus is as big as a basketball! I think she weighs a little over 2 pounds.

Symptoms: heartburn and indigestion is lessening; hip pain; possible braxton hicks (still not 100% on these); leg cramps; swelling in ankles

Total weight gain: 11.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: The first maternity shirts I bought are becoming very faded and tight, so I've bought a couple more that are more comfortable and that I can grow into to! My scrub pants are very tight and very uncomfortable!! Eeck!

Stretch marks: No new ones, but thinking that I need to start using some creme or lotion again, just in case.

Movement: She has her days. Some days she's super active and others, not so much. Some days I feel her kicking towards my back and some days towards the front! I haven't grasped her size yet, so when she gets the hiccups, I'm totally surprised that I can feel her hitting both of my sides at the same time.

Sleep: Not the greatest. No longer sleeping on my back. Sleeping with a pillow between my legs to help with my hip pain, so rolling over and changing positions is getting more difficult.

Best moment this week: Did lots of shopping and booked our maternity and newborn photography sessions!

Food cravings: Still thoroughly enjoying my Biscuits and Gravy!

What I miss: Drinking! Ok, I said it. Yes, this week I've wanted to have a cold dark beer so bad! Or a mixed drink... yumm. After a stressful day, I just want to be able to go to happy hour with my hubby, drink a cold one or two or three, and RELAX! I miss those days!

What I am looking forward to: Getting my 1 hour glucose test results back. I'm nervous that I failed. :(

Milestones: I guess I've hit the 3rd trimester! Some say 27 weeks, some 28 weeks. You know me, I always go with the later of the dates, so I'll do my official celebrations next week! :)

How is daddy? He told me this week, he's ready for her to be here. Awwwwww! I melt when I hear him talk like that! Men are so funny. You never know how they are really feeling, and FINALLY after 3 years I know he wanted this as bad as me!! -- He has also read that he can hear the baby's heartbeat by placing his ear on my belly. He tried it the other night and said he only heard the gurgling of my stomach!

How are the grandparents? Still busy, but so ready for May! MIL and FIL addressed, stuffed, stamped, and mailed off 90-ish baby shower invitations this week! Wow.

Last week's belly pic.... 26 weeks 4 days.....