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Oh Hai

It has been forever since I have written a blog. Well, almost a year. Which is pretty much forever in internet time.

With my last post, I had started the Couch 2 5K program again. Which, to be honest, I did not keep up with very well. I do my best at the gym if I go in the morning. I also like to take it easy in the morning with a cuppa and some Daily Show from the night before. Sooo. Yeah.

Anyway, on to May. My husband and I found out we were expecting our next baby the day before Mother’s Day. We made the decision to keep it quiet due to the miscarriage from the year before. It was really pretty traumatic for me to have to tell everyone about that. I know that for some people, it is a healing thing to be able to share experiences like that. Not so for me. In fact, it took me nearly a full year to even be able to mention the loss.

We told our close family when we were about 8 weeks along and we made it public at about 12 weeks after my first midwife appointment. I am now 31 weeks along. This new baby is due in January. And has caused me issues every. single. step. of the way. I am not sure if it is because I am considered an older mom. Or it might be because this is baby #4. Or it might just be because every pregnancy is different.

Just after we found out we were expecting, I had to set up a doctor appointment to figure out what was going on with an extreme headache. It was so bizarre. I started to call it a head pain because it was not a typical headache for me. The focal point would move around my head and radiate out. I called my general practitioner when the pain moved toward the front of my head and made eating difficult. As I was pregnant, there was not a lot he could do for me. He was concerned enough that he contacted the women’s clinic to see if it was safe enough for me to go in for an MRI. Doing my bit of research, I used my mom to contact an OB from the Mayo Clinic to be sure an MRI would be ok. I went through with it. And I now have proof that my brain is normal.

Along with the head pains, I got to work through some food aversions. My morning sickness was more acute than it usually is, but since I had so many food aversions, my trips to the toilet resulted mostly in dry heaves. I survived mostly on salad and protein shakes. I couldn’t even look at eggs, pizza, cheese, milk, tomatoes, and the list goes on. All sorts of smells would send me running to the bathroom. I lost somewhere around 11 pounds. At 31 weeks, I am still dealing with some of these aversions. Sometimes I can eat scrambled eggs, sometimes I can’t.

Once the morning sickness started to fade, I guess my body decided I needed some other inconvenience. So, my relaxin hormone production went into overdrive. It took me awhile to figure this out. I had a cold at the end of August, early September (back to school crud, yay!). That incident led to me actually sneezing so hard that I popped a rib out-of-place. It was so painful that I went into the ER. I honestly had no idea what was going on. I just knew that I suddenly couldn’t breathe and was in huge amounts of pain. That was a particularly pricey visit just to have someone tell me that my rib was knocked out and the pain was from muscle spasms. I got it under control with heat, ice, and a chiropractor.

The first rib incident was actually a clue for me about the relaxin. My rib has now popped out 3 times and my hips are trying to disconnect from my leg bones. If you are not totally sure about what relaxin does, it pretty much matches its name. It relaxes the ligaments connecting the bones to allow movement for childbirth. Why my body is prepping so early, I have no idea. It has made it very uncomfortable to walk and I am on a lifting restriction. Sitting, standing, and laying down are all also very uncomfortable.

The good news for this pregnancy is that Baby is doing incredibly well. We found out at my 20 week ultrasound that Baby is a boy, so this will be boy #4 in our family. He will have no lack of clothes. Though they may be a bit worn. He is super active and is constantly pushing out on my belly.

Other good news is that I do NOT have gestational diabetes. Not that it matters since chocolate and some other sweets give me massive heartburn. I joke that this baby is forcing me to eat healthy. Well, I mostly joke. I would kill for a doughnut. This whole eating healthier has been beneficial seeing as how I am not up for pretty much any exercise. I have not gained back much of the weight I lost during my morning sickness. Baby is still growing very well, so he is definitely getting the nutrients he needs. If I did not have the constant pain, I would actually feel really good. I’ve even been enjoying the onset of the Braxton Hicks contractions. Well, except for the one that hit me when I was grocery shopping. Whew. That was came out of nowhere and left a lingering pain. My body is prepping to bring this guy earthside. After all the issues I have had, I am really looking forward to meeting this new person.

and… still pregnant.

The hospital could not get me in yesterday. We are pretty disappointed, but I should be able to get in today. There were 4 people ahead of me to be induced and they were very busy.

I was starting to think that I might naturally start labor last night. I was experiencing contractions that were getting stronger, until they stopped. Baby has moved around a lot more today than usual, at least for morning movements. Baby usually seems to move a lot more in the evening. He/she also had hiccups this morning. Those always amuse me. They certainly put me in a better mood.

Not much else that I feel like writing about. Hopefully my next post will be all about my new baby boy/girl.

Arrrrgh!

Baby really needs to come out now. I am tired of all the walking I have done. Well, it was too cold and rainy to do much walking today… Anyway, it would be really awesome if baby made an appearance tonight. I am serious. Labor would be a huge improvement to the discomfort I have felt since Friday.

Along with the discomfort, I have discovered that I now have trouble bending and squatting. The bending was difficult before, but pretty much impossible now. This has put a damper on putting away dishes from the dishwasher and getting laundry out of the dryer.

I did have a pretty big contraction last night that woke me up. However, it did not last and I did not get anymore. Bleh. I’ve read up on ways to naturally help induce labor, but I know that Baby will come when Baby wants to. Even with the scraped membranes (which was one of the inducements I came across). One suggestion was to relax to a romantic movie, so I watched Valley Girl. It did make me relax and laugh, but no baby…

I’ve felt a lot of back pain today, which makes me wonder a bit if I am starting to have back labor. Of course, it could be from all the fricking walking I have done. I am very cranky tonight. I was very cranky just before Sol decided to come too. Maybe it will be tonight??? One can hope.

Two and a half more weeks to go.

Or there-a-bouts anyway. I was starting to think I was going to have the baby this past weekend. Braxton Hicks were getting pretty painful, but have hardly had any of them today. I think I am mentally (and a bit physically) done with being pregnant and am ready to meet my new human face-to-face. Maybe more walking is in order. I should start walking more anyway to prep myself to get back in shape after the baby arrives.

I guess that is it. It is late and I am tired.

Bring it on, Braxton!

I don’t remember having Braxton Hicks with my son. I may have and never realized it. They can be sneaky that way. I’m feeling them this time. The discomfort factor is rising daily. I am at the point where I hope I really do not have to wait 3 more weeks (slightly less than 3 weeks now). My next doctor appointment is in a week’s time and it feels like it is soooo far away.

I have taken a tour of the hospital’s birthing center. I didn’t do that with my boy heh. My husband and I wandered around the hospital for about 10 minutes trying to find the correct elevators. Now I know right where to go. My bag is almost done with being packed. I just need to put in an outfit for me and for the baby to wear home. I have 2 infant car seats all cleaned up and ready to go. I’ve been nesting like mad. Nothing is safe from getting a cleaning. I am going to clean the kids’ room again today.

I am also going to bake a pumpkin pie for my son’s kindergarten class. I forgot that parents will also get homework from school. I don’t think that I put my pumpkin pie recipe on my Pumpkin Recipes page. I will have to add it later today. I think I just didn’t think about adding it since pumpkin pie is so easy and common.

4 1/2 weeks left…

Well, give or take a week or two. I am feeling it. I feel so tired all the time and nothing I do feels comfortable: sitting, standing, walking, laying on my left side, laying on my right side, and forget about trying to lay on my back. When I am laying on my sides, the baby will kick the crap out of whichever side is down. Not comfortable at all.

I have my baby shower on October 24th! I am excited. It sounds like there will be some fun games and I am hoping to see a lot of my friends. I know everyone can’t make it, but I am looking forward to seeing those who can.

I guess that is it for now. I thought I had more stuff to write about.

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.

Pregnant in the woods.

I have discovered camping while pregnant is not exactly comfortable. I can normally sleep on anything: hard ground, soft bed, hard bed, lumpy mattress, egg carton on the floor, etc. Discovering that I can not do this was a little bit of a surprise. I know I should not have been surprised. After all, I am definitely at the point where I can only sleep somewhat comfortably on my side.

Other than the sleeping, our camping trip was tons of fun. I am looking forward to more trips this summer.

Bottomless Pit

Last week, I experienced the most incredible sense of hunger that I have ever felt. Seriously. I would a eat a pretty good meal and still feel like I was starving. There was even a morning where my body made me wake up an hour earlier than usual because I was so hungry. I have been trying to think if I had experienced this with my first one, and I don’t think I did. At least not in the 1st trimester, and I know I never woke up early because I needed to eat. I remember I was just fine at work with a baggie of Cheerios or Kix and a pear or an apple, along with a normal lunch. I also seem to require more meat than last time. I feel really off-balance if I don’t eat something with beef in it during the day, preferably at lunch.

My hunger hasn’t been quite so severe the past few days. I think the bump was just having a growth spurt. Which is another difference. I am already wearing maternity clothes, while with my first pregnancy I did not wear maternity clothes until I was in my 2nd tri.

My first doctor appt will be this upcoming Thursday 😀 I am really excited about it. I have learned that setting a doc appt in this area is not an easy thing to do. I know there is not much they can do before 12 weeks, but I had hoped to see someone before I was 12 weeks along. Especially since it will be with a doc I have never met and will have to go through the whole LOOOOONG preliminary process. Bleh. I will just have to be as prepared as possible so I can shorten that part of it. I just want to hear the heartbeat. I want my son to hear the baby’s heartbeat.

So. Now for the part of pregnancy that annoys me. Other people. “Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?” “Are you going to have more?” “Are you going to breastfeed or bottle feed?” Now, I have been guilty of asking the 2nd question. Once. The lady in question is an awesome mommy and I was curious as to her future intentions.

The first question is just dumb. I really hate it. What does it matter? Personally, I just hope my kiddo is healthy. Sure it would be nice to have 1 boy and 1 girl, but I have no problems with 2 boys. I have known enough people who have had problematic pregnancies that I am just thankful for a healthy child. I have also known people who had actually gotten too into this sort of subject, and were then bitter towards their children for not being the opposite gender. I know it is crazy, but these people were crazy.
I suspect it is my disdain with this very question that makes me happy to NOT find out if I am having a boy a or a girl. I also think there are too few mysteries left and I love surprises. It also drives people NUTS . Hehe. I do get a kick out of the surprise it gives people when they ask what I am having and I tell them I am not finding out.

The second question is just kind of personal… and people have been asking me that question since before my first son was a bump in the belly. It just annoys me.

The third question…. grrrr. If you do not really want to know, then do not ask. I will breastfeed if possible. If that disgusts you, then don’t ask that kind of question. I am not militant about it. I do not flaunt it. I believe nursing a baby is a special moment between the 2 of you. I treasure the memories I have of nursing my son and am looking forward to doing the same with this one.

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