Fox and Broom

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I have not abandoned you!

I have been busy. Also, I have not been able to get on my regular computer very much at all. If any of you have ever tried to type a full post on an iPod or iPhone, then you may forgive me for not giving more updates. I have been stewing in a few ideas these past few months. I like my idea of posting about healthy, cheap meals and that idea + my pregnancy have led to posting about healthy, cheap, diabetic-friendly meals. I have not been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, yet, but it is on my mind. I will be tested for it at my next prenatal visit. *crossed fingers* I have tried to be healthier for this pregnancy, but I am also aware of the stats. Once you have already had gestational diabetes, you are more likely to be diagnosed with it in your next pregnancies. So, I have been munching on protein-rich foods and have tried to curb those dumb cravings for chocolate… Not too successfully. And dammit, sometimes you just need a candy bar.

This pregnancy has been very uncomplicated and is going smoothly, so far. No bleeding, no cramps, no scares. The ultrasound pics showed us a very healthy baby and proved my due date to still be around Nov 10th, 11th, 12th area. I have been doing mostly good with keeping up with exercising. Until 2 weeks ago, I had been able to make regular trips to the gym for swimming, and I have kept up with walking and hiking. I had to stop running about a month ago. My lungs couldn’t keep up with me, even on easy jogs. I will just keep up with my walking and restart the C25K program after baby is born.

Now for a bit of controversy. I am planning to home birth this baby. Before I start getting nasty comments, I have done the hospital birthing with my 2 older boys. I grew weary of the rushing to get that baby out with the last one. They were not overall terrible experiences, I just started to put a little more thought into how I wanted my birth experience to be. I also discovered I do not feel comfortable in a hospital setting for more than a day. I had thought I wouldn’t mind it too much as I practically grew up in a hospital (mom was a nurse), but I just want to get home as soon as that baby gets out of me.

So, after thinking through these thoughts, I started to do some research on home births. Home births are, for the most part, extraordinarily safe. Midwives, at least the ones in my area, will NOT consider working with mothers who have high-risk pregnancies, most will not work with twins, and most will not work with mothers who are having very large babies. These are cases where a doctor’s care is needed and quite possibly a hospital setting. Midwives are not against hospitals and doctors, hospitals and doctors just have their place. So, I now have a wonderful mid-wife who is also a naturopathic doctor. As a doctor, she is also able to bill my insurance, which is one less thing for me to worry about. She has set my husband mostly at ease with the idea of a home birth. We do live only about 10-15 minutes from our hospital and she is prepared in case of any emergency that may require us to rush there. A WA state midwife also has a pretty extensive list of what to bring to a birth:

I have also heard the “what if the cord is wrapped around the neck?” question. Yes, it happens. No, it is actually not always an emergency. An experienced midwife will quickly and efficiently take care of that.

“What about the pain?” Well, pain is a part of it. Even with a hospital birth, there will be pain. Get over it, accept it. There are ways to ease it without the use of an epidural (I still feel pain in the area my last epidural went in, btw): warm baths, back rubs, using a yoga/pilates ball, meditation, and in one of my favorite birth stories, singing. I am actually looking forward to experiencing the pain. I was induced with both of my previous births and the pain from the pitocin was pretty unbearable. I had experienced natural contractions with my 2nd kiddo, until the docs wanted it to go faster. The natural contractions were uncomfortable, but not even in the same class as the forced contractions. It was this second birth that really made me look at what I  wanted. If I had been more educated and maybe even a little more willful, I think I would have told the docs to wait. Baby was getting ready on his terms, there really was NO need to rush it. However, I was tired of being pregnant and I was excited by the idea of finally meeting this new one face-to-face. I just need to exercise patience.

Hmm. This blog post has taken me 3 days to write. Mostly because I can not type when Sammi is awake. He is such a button-pushing monkey. He is no longer allowed in the office heh. I had a lot more to write about, but those things will have to be put into a blog of their own.

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The Big Check-In

So, last Saturday I had my 6 week check-in for the Gold’s Gym 12 Week Challenge. Not great news, but not terrible, either. I lost a few pounds and a few inches. However, I also lost some muscle. Doh! Not at all what I was going for. However, I will go into more detail about how that came about later on. For now, I will post my stats:

Before:

Weight: 170.8 lbs
BFI: 30.1
Waist: 36
Hip: 42
Thigh: 20

Now:

Weight: 167.8
BFI: 29.5
Waist: 36
Hip: 41
Thigh: 20
Not a huge difference, but a little.

Now, the reason this bit of difference doesn’t bother me is because it would appear that I am pregnant. Yay! I found out a few days after my weigh-in. I have decided to stay in the Challenge, not for weight loss, but to remain on a healthy schedule. I want this pregnancy to be healthier than my last one. I am hoping to keep diabetes away with a healthy diet and exercise regime. I really want to have a home birth with this one. I have done the hospital birth with my other two. I want to experience it on a more personal level. The healthier I am, the fewer complications I should have during pregnancy. Now, I will need to cool it with some of the classes in the near future. For now, here is my current work-out plan:

Mon: 9:30 buoyancy Burn/9:30 BodyPump/swimming (Sammi usually has therapy at 11, so I will most likely be swimming laps)
Tues: Running
Wed: weights + cardio/11 am Yoga
Thurs: Running
Fri: 9:30 BodyFlow/weights + cardio/swimming
Sat: 9:30 BodyCombat/Running
Sun: Hike/Walk

I want it noted that I am not just starting up on this exercise routine! I have kept up with my exercises 3 – 5 times per week. A pregnant woman should NEVER just start-up a physically taxing schedule if she is not used to it. It is harmful to her and to her baby.

I also plan to keep up with MyFitnessPal. Also, as mentioned above, not to lose weight, but to keep myself on a healthy diet. I will be changing my settings so that I will be getting slightly more calories. I have NO intentions of starving or harming this little baby in way, shape, or form. MyFitnessPal is able to tell how much more I need of certain vitamins, proteins, etc., and it will at the same time let me know if I have had too much of something. Love that app/website.

I also have an idea that has been brewing in my mind. I am going to start a page listing healthy, inexpensive recipes. Preferably easy ones. I got the idea from One Hungry Student. This blog is a group of college students posting cheap-o eating ideas. I remember my ramen days. Too well. I really wish I had had the knowledge then that I have now regarding cooking. And nutrition. So, that will be a future project.

While I am checking in, I will also give an update on my boys:

Sol is really making me proud. He is doing AWESOME in school. He reads about a book a day. I am loving it. Right now, he is in a challenge to read 10 hours to win theme park tickets (to a theme park we are already going to this summer – woot!). He has already read over 8 hours and there are still 20 days left in the contest. He has really become a great big brother. His little brother looks up to him. They both have a lot of fun playing games.

Sam is making strides in his therapy. He was recently given new goals since he has way surpassed his old ones. He still has a little catching up to do, but he is working on it. He has finally broken out of the 2% range for weight. He is now in the 10% range. He still looks too chubby to me to be that low, but whatever. He is healthy and he is happy.

Counting down to the finish line.

Within the week I will need to change the name of my blog as I will no longer be a “Preggo Chick.” My doc decided that I am ready to deliver and even set up an induction date for Thursday, November 11. The baby is small, but not too small. According to the ultrasound I had today, the baby is approx 6lbs, 11oz. I was relieved that he/she is not 9 or more. I was a little worried that may be the case as that is usually what happens with gestational diabetes. However, I had to wonder about it since I have gained a total of 13 lbs myself (not counting the 4 lbs I lost in my 1st trimester). If you had read my blog before I found out I was pregnant, yes, I was overweight to begin with. I have tried to keep active and eat mostly healthy. The eating healthy went into overdrive after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I suppose I should admit that I “cheated” a few times. Eating fast food or a piece of candy here and there. It is amazing how it can really change your mindset over these things when it these things affect someone else’s health as well. I have come to realize that I did some of this in order to keep myself healthy, but mostly to keep my baby healthy. I know I would not have been so stringent for my own sake.

So anyways, I had my last ultrasound today and an exam. Both revealed that baby is perfectly healthy and doing well. The doc decided, based on my gestational diabetes, the fact that I am on medication for it, I have been experiencing an increase in discharge (TMI I know), I am dilated at 2 1/2 cm, and an increase in Braxton Hicks that it would work in all of our favor to attempt to get this baby out into the world this week. He ruptured my membrane in an effort to get labor to start on its own. I have to say that since he did it, I have been getting more severe feeling contractions. In fact after this blog, I fully intend to sit in a bath for a little while. I have heard that a bath helps with the pain. I didn’t get to try that when I had my first child.

Baby Shower

I had my baby shower yesterday. It was fun and really very exhausting. Then again, a lot of things are very exhausting for me lately. My friends, Genn and Kim and my mother-in-law, Bobi, really outdid themselves. Everything was beautiful and delicious. Even though I unknowingly gave them quite a few challenges. Heh. They had to go with neutral colors since I do not know if we are having a boy or a girl. I also told them that I was looking for owl-related items for the baby. I didn’t realize this would be the theme of the party. Cutesy owl decorations are pretty hard to find. Genn’s 13-year-old daughter made my cake:

I think it is a pretty amazing cake. She made the top layer with Splenda instead of sugar, so I would also be able to enjoy it with only a little guilt at the carb intake. She based the owls on the owls that had been used for the invitations. She is so incredibly talented. I really think that she has found her calling as a pastry chef and I believe she will do very well in that field.

The fruit platters were also incredible. They were created by my mother-in-law:

I received a ton of wonderful gifts and gift cards. There are only a few more items that I really need which I did not receive. The hubby and I are pleased and touched by our friends’ and family’s generosity.

Yesterday was ugh. And other things.

I think my glucose levels were really affecting me yesterday. I was having trouble concentrating and felt like I was in a fog for most of the day. They evened out as the day went on and I felt pretty good by the time I went to bed.

I have created a few new pages. You should be able to see them at the top. The content on these pages will change as I add more recipes or think of more things to add to them.

I guess that is it for now. I feel pretty good today and will probably pull weeds from the flower garden. Yay! I know that sounds super exciting hehe.

It’s the small things…

I found “no sugar added” ice cream. I am in heaven. It is sweetened with Splenda© and only has 17g carbs and 3g of sugar. It is seriously wonderful. Ice cream is my biggest weakness in regards to junk food. I can only have a 1/2 cup at a time (and I have limited that to once per day), but ohhhhhhhh. I will take it.

7 Weeks to Go

A month and a half left. Where did this pregnancy time go? My baby shower will be held in 3 weeks time. I still feel pretty unprepared. Then again, I don’t think that anyone ever really feels ready to welcome a new person into this life. If they say they are prepared, they are lying. Even with getting the baby stuff organized, there are so many other things that are impossible to organize: when the new baby wakes up and wants food, when the parents can sleep… Yeah. I am dreading the sleepless nights, but I know they will not be forever and I know that I can handle them. Maybe this is why people say the first kid is the hardest and the 2nd/3rd/4th/etc. are easier. The parent(s) now have an idea as to what to expect.

I think the hardest thing that I am having to deal with is the fact that I have so very very little in the way of baby gear. We’ve moved so much and had to get rid of so much. My son is 5 and we just had no reason or space to keep all of the baby stuff. My mom bought me a new crib. I haven’t been able to put it together, yet. I want to clear out the crib space, first. It is going to have to go in Sol’s room, for now. It will be nice when we can get our own house and each kid can have his/her own room. Sol is being a good sport about it, but I think that he has been acting out about the big change in his own way. He has been whiney and crying about small things. I am working with him on it. Having a new addition to the family is a huge change for the entire family.
I am purchasing what baby gear I can find at yard/garage sales, but I have also become very picky about certain items. Like strollers. I just KNOW what I want to get out of a stroller. I want a good reach with the handles. I want a cup holder. I want it to fold up nicely. I want it to be light and easy to handle. I haven’t found the stroller I want at a yard sale, yet, but I have purchased a Pak ‘n Play and a high chair. The high chair is actually an extra chair as a friend has given me her old one. I figured one of them could live at a grandparent’s house.

On the subject of blood:

I have had some strange bleeding issues lately.

I had some spotting, nothing serious. I did report it to my doctor and was told that if it started up again, I would need to come in. It didn’t. Phew.

The other issue happened yesterday. I was driving my son to meet with his aunt and uncle. It is about a 10 minute drive. Before I got out of our neighborhood, I felt something weird on my chest. I wiped at it with my hand and my hand came up seriously bloody. At first I thought it was a bloody nose, which is common in our area at this time of year. No… my nose was not bleeding. It was a little dot on my chin. This little dot (which I have not recollection of scratching) was gushing out a waterfall of blood. I bled the entire way to our destination. I soaked 2 tissues (the only 2 in my car) and 2 random papers I found in my car. I had blood all down my neck and chest and covering my hands. I looked like I was dressing early for Halloween or an accident victim. It freaked me out not only a little bit. I haven’t had any other issues like this. I have to prick my fingers a few times a day for glucose tests. They definitely do not gush like this. I will be seeing my doc this week and will be bringing this up to him.

Other than this, baby seems to be doing great.  Baby is moving constantly. I have been able, thus far, to control my blood sugar with diet. My dietician was very pleased with my progress. I was worried because I had lost 4 lbs, but was told this is normal in the beginning of a new diet plan. I have mostly cut out sugar and cut waaaaay down on carbs. I make sure not to have any fruit or fruit juice with breakfast. I eat a lot more protein-packed foods.

I will be relieved when the gestational diabetes is gone. This will also make me work harder to be in better shape. I have no desire to regain diabetes at a later date. I have mentioned before that I will be restarting the C25K program in Feb. I have already mapped out a weekly routine with some form of exercise everyday. For now, I am walking. I am starting to have problems walking too much, so the walking is just for a few blocks. More than that gives me a very uncomfortable stitch in my side.

Bleh. Bleh I say!

So, I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Not sure what that means entirely at this moment, as I will be talking with my doctor next week and a dietician the week after that. In the meantime, I have been given a blood tester and am keeping track of my food intake. I am hoping that I will be able to skip medication by eating well. I am already starting to hate my blood tester.

So far, my blood has not been too high. I am also starting to learn to listen to myself a little better when I need a little pick me up snack. The hard part is that people seem to constantly throw junk food at pregnant women: “you MUST be craving this, right?” or “just have a little, it can’t hurt anything.”

No, I do not need to be craving that. Yes, it can hurt. Mostly what I crave when pregnant is beef. I know this, because I do not eat a lot of beef when I am not pregnant, and now I always want it. Ice cream is something I do not crave, but always want. I love ice cream. I haven’t had ice cream in weeks. I will be eating it when it is safe for me to do so again. Hopefully I can control myself with that same ice cream as I hope to do a better job of losing the baby weight this time around.

As my blood tests have shown me, in the day that I have done them, a little bad thing can do harm. I tried very hard to portion out my dinner so that I could enjoy a little desert. I haven’t had desert in over a week, when I found out I may be either borderline or over the border for gestational diabetes. I tested 2 hours after eating and my blood sugar was still high. Not high enough to be concerned, but it still concerned me. I have learned my lesson.

It is sometimes funny how we learn about things. I knew practically nothing about diabetes, now I am trying to live with it, even if only for a few more months. I very much hope that I will not come down with diabetes later in life. It is a pain in the ass (and finger). I will definitely be doing my best to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan as soon as the bump is born. Well, as soon as I can start to exercise. I have already committed myself to restarting the C25K program by February. I figure that will give me the cold months of December and January to recover from labor. I will also probably start doing small things in those months such as yoga and some cardio that will help me to prep for jogging.

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