Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
For my snack today, I'm going to have a few leftover potato fries and my one piece of a Chic-fil-a chicken strip I have leftover from last night. I had an emergency protein need, so we went and got the 4 count chicken strips (not the meal, since I didn't need fries or a sugary drink). I still have one left!
Friday, September 28, 2012
|Pumpkin flavor in there!|
Super excited to be celebrating fall with pumpkin! Rachel came with me (she had a free one too), and took this picture for me.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Since being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I've needed to eat more food overall, and food that is more protein to help with blood sugar levels. More food+more protein=more expensive. I used to be able to get away with a banana and peanut butter for lunch, and maybe another snack sometime throughout the day. Now I'm eating breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner, and then another snack. All have some form of protein included. Granted, my meals are usually a bit smaller, but I'm still trying to reach a healthy 1800 calories a day, which is costing more in groceries.
Alex and I had talked about increasing our food budget once kids come, but I was hoping that meant once the kid was eating real food. Not so. This mama's gotta eat to regulate blood sugar (and feed the baby of course), so we went ahead and increased our weekly budget by another $25. In case anyone wanted to know, we budgeted $100/week, so now we're going to budget $125 per week. That seems like a lot to me, but any diet consisting of mostly non-processed food with plenty of meat, eggs, nuts, and yogurt, just costs that much.
I've included my mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks in my meal plan, which can be seen by clicking here. In the top right hand corner, you can change to view the plan by weeks instead of the whole month. If any of y'all have some suggestions for me, feel free to comment!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Apparently people don't call to ask about meeting the doctor before choosing her, because everyone I talked to on the phone seemed super confused about setting up an appointment for me to come meet her. They said that I would have to pay for the appointment. I was kind of bummed, since I didn't have to pay to meet the other doctor, but I wanted to give this doctor a chance.
Even when I got to the office, the nurse was about to weigh me, and I explained to her that the appointment wasn't for me, it was an interview to try to find a doctor for my daughter. I said that they put the appointment under my name since my daughter hasn't been born yet. The nurse got a confused look on her face and asked me to wait while she found out what to do. She came back and brought me to a room to wait.
The doctor came in and was very nice. However, she was interrupted by a nurse and left the room to talk to another doctor over the phone. She apologized when she got back, and was only gone for a few minutes, but I was still a little annoyed. We discussed some of my family health history, and gestational diabetes briefly. I asked if she does OB/GYN care, and she does not. I asked just in case I decided to switch after this birth to another doctor, and then Adara and I could go to the same one. She also does outpatient work only, and works with the hospitalists-they are part of the same group, and have access to my medical records as needed. I do like that she is already familiar with the hospital and the process there.
Access during and outside office hours: They have 24/7 on-call. They are a part of 6 family medical physicians, and there is always someone on call after hours. During hours they answer by priority, and call back non-urgent calls during the afternoon/evening hours.
I asked her perspective on vaccines. I need to work on not being defensive with this issue, especially when I'm the one bringing it up. She highly recommends them, says she knows there are some concerns with autism, but emphasized that there are no conclusive studies. I fudged and said that we wanted to wait until our girl was at least two years old before considering shots, which is only sort of true. As of right now, we're not planning to give her any at any time, but I do know that the risks decrease with some vaccines as the child gets older. Plus, if she goes out of the country (like for a missions trip), she will likely get some vaccines. The doctor said that some vaccines need to be started early, and I said it's fine if she doesn't end up getting them. The doctor was okay with this, but emphasized limited exposure when the baby is first born, and the fact that she may be exposed to all kinds of worldwide dangers since we live in a global society.
The appointments would be one week, one month if there are concerns, and then 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, etc. She said at two months is normally when they start vaccines, but the appointments for us would be a physical and checking for growth, since our girl won't be getting vaccines. The doctor said that the appointments follow the vaccine schedule, but she recommends following the schedule even if our daughter isn't getting shots, to document growth and other progress.
She did say that breastfeeding is important, especially since our daughter won't be getting vaccines. She said to keep trying even if it is tough, because it is very helpful. She said she did with her three kids, even working full time, and she can count on her hand the number of times her kids have had to have antibiotics. This impressed me, because some doctors don't seem to have a problem with antibiotics, and this doctor seemed so proud that her kids hadn't needed them.
The doctor said that she didn't know how to chart/document the appointment, and the people she needed to ask weren't in the building. I left not having to pay anything at the time.
I'm not sold yet on either place. This office was so close, and the doctor was friendly and easy to talk to. She introduced me to her nurse practitioner, who has a one year old daughter with the middle name Grace. I like that this doctor has kids. The office building is undergoing some kind of renovation so it's messy, but that isn't the doctor's fault.
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I also went to another OB appointment today. Baby's heart beat 143, and I'm measuring 32 and 1/2 weeks. Blood sugar is good as long as I eat right, so that's the plan for now. I saw the doctor for maybe two minutes today. She came in, said everything looks good, explained that they will continue to regulate only with diet for now, but will also monitor my pregnancy a little more closely. She said that since my fasting levels were good, that indicates that the gestational diabetes is diet-related, so it can be diet regulated. She mentioned another ultrasound, which would be no disappointment to me. She also said that after week 36 they'll start checking something twice a week, but I don't remember what she said. I'm to continue checking my blood sugar levels and bring them in again in two weeks to my next appointment. She was in and out super fast. Good thing I didn't have any questions this time.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
|32 week photo update|
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Tomorrow I'm meeting with a pediatrician in the morning, and with a dietitian in the afternoon. Looking forward to some good information all around!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Blood sugar update: Alex and I slept in super late so I didn't eat breakfast until 11am. Blood sugar was below levels so far today (3 measurements so far, one left)! Yesterday my second two were super high-both around 150 (supposed to be below 120)! Today I was much more careful, and you know what? I feel better. Tonight for dinner I made breakfast food: bacon, eggs, and chocolate chip pancakes. In an effort to cancel out the sugar from dinner, I had a small pancake with some syrup, and then had two pieces of bacon and three scrambled eggs. I'll find out in an hour and a half if it actually worked.
Friday, September 21, 2012
but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected."
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I was at the hospital, and I'd waited a while before showing up. Although not in pain, I'd obviously had a rough time by the way I looked when I walked by a mirror. The nurse who checked me said I was progressing well, and was already pretty far along-exactly as I had planned. However, she didn't tell me how far along I was; I wanted to know, but didn't ask.
(In real life, I told my doctor that I don't want to know if I am dilated during my weekly appointments, but I do want to know when I am actually in labor!)
There were some strange things about the hospital- multiple beds per room, and at first there wasn't even an open bed for me, so when I had a contraction I just knelt on the floor and waited for it to pass. There were so many people there, and it was noisy. Nobody thought it was unusual to make me wait in some random hallway. A nurse finally checked up on me, and told me that there was an open bed.
However, by the time I followed the nurse to the bed, she told me that I was no longer in labor, that all the progress I had made was reversed and that I would be going home soon. I was allowed to stay the night, but I would be going home the next day still pregnant.
I was so frustrated! I had just done all that work, and now the baby wasn't coming for who knows how long! The dream pretty much ended with me feeling exhausted and getting ready to climb into a very comfy looking hospital bed.
What a relief it was to hear my wonderful husband laugh and remind me of the impossibility of this happening.
Maybe it's the feeling that I've been pregnant for what seems like forever, and sometimes it seems like she'll never get here. Thankfully she will get here! Even if my labor is long, it won't be forever, and it will be totally worth it.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I've started being the second adult (two are required for every kid class) in the middle school class. I like helping out, but without the responsibility of teaching. With a baby on the way, I can miss a Sunday if I need to, and the kids will still have a teacher.
Today is also Homecoming at church. I always enjoy church potlucks :)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
This morning I woke up and decided to make the healthy muffins. I wanted to use up the leftover carrot pulp from juicing, and so I used them in this recipe. I substituted coconut milk for the regular milk, Greek yogurt for the oil, and flax seed meal + water for the egg. When they were done, I cut one in half and smothered it in peanut butter:
Friday, September 14, 2012
We also went to the Walmart and Aldi, since Lacey needed to get some groceries. It's actually fun to go when I don't have to get anything. We joked around about how I can't really bend over, and how I usually squat to pick something up.
Since someone had given us some money for Adara, I decided to buy some diapers:
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Today, however, was a different story. I finished feeling great, and was without stress and tears. So here are my tips for making it through the stores and checkout without falling apart in the process:
1. Start the day out in prayer and thanksgiving. Seriously. This makes THE BIGGEST difference in my shopping day. Asking God for help and thanking Him for His abundant blessings changes my attitude and makes everyone else seem nicer.
2. Have a plan, and stick to it. I make a meal plan on my google calendar (click the words to see it), and then write out my grocery list. I divide my list into four categories: Proteins, Carbs, Fruits/Veggies, and Other. I try to stick to what we've decided are necessities, because when I start adding treats, I go over budget.
3. Shop early, and don't be in a hurry. I used to try to go as fast as I could through the stores, in order to avoid extra food temptation, and so I could get home and put the groceries away. Shopping at the same time as the grandparents and parents with young children means that aisles are clogged and people don't move quickly. The experience is much more enjoyable if I'm not trying to get around the 90-year-old lady trying to decide between Raisin Bran and regular bran cereal.
4. Bring and/or buy a drink and snack. This not only helps avoid other (not on the list) food temptations, but also makes being patient a lot easier. I bought a snack size bag of peanuts at the checkout at Aldi, and then got a giant water at Sonic:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
|Minnie Mouse cake!|
The church has been such a blessing to us! We got a lot of clothes, some diapers, a cute Minnie Mouse umbrella stroller, a Minnie Mouse portable high char seat, and some other adorable baby things. Our girl will definitely be dressed up every Sunday for church!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Today we went to the pastor's house. He and his wife live in a log cabin and have some land, and it is beautiful! Alex and the Pastor shot some guns at the pastor's firing range:
Friday, September 7, 2012
|Works best with a good food processor|
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I received a call later that evening, and Angie was headed home. She thought maybe the baby had just squished her bladder in a major way, so they were going to wait a while before deciding anything for sure. We chatted a bit on Facebook that night about the uncertainty of her situation, and how nerve-wracking that can be.
The next morning she called and said that her water didn't break-that it must have just been some squished bladder issue. Angie said that she was in the hospital being monitored, but that if nothing else happened she was going to go home within a couple of hours.
I got a phone call a couple of hours later saying that they did an ultrasound, that her amniotic fluid was dangerously low, and that was only possible if her water did break.So baby Jenna was going to be born later that day! Angie said she'd let people know when the baby came, and I promised we'd be praying.
I didn't hear anything before going to sleep last night. I checked my phone first thing this morning, and I had a text message with a picture and an announcement that Jenna was in the world! She was born around 10pm last night, and looks like Angie!
I got to go see this perfect little girl today a little before noon.Alex walked over to the room with me. Jenna is so cute, and Angie looks so great too! This was very encouraging to me, as I'm also planning to birth a child in the same hospital.
Congrats to Adam and Angie on the birth of Jenna! So excited for them, and so happy that I got to see her today!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
They had a ton of Calcium supplement type things, all of which said to check with the doctor if pregnant. When I called the office, the recording said the office was closed. I called during office hours, so maybe it was their lunch break or something....
I went from the Pharmacy area to the natural food area. I've seen on the carton of coconut milk that it has 50% more calcium than milk, so I check to see how much it actually has. The nutritional information says that coconut milk has 45% of the daily recommended value. I already drink coconut milk in my coffee in the morning, so I went ahead and bought another carton (on sale!) and decided I'll just drink more instead of trying a supplement. This is the kind I got-I actually have the original in my fridge right now, but I've also had the vanilla and it is good.
I actually went to the Silk website and was going to get a coupon, but it's that coupon printer that I can never get to work on my computer and always end uninstalling it. Bummer.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The DVDs are all about healthy pregnancy-and although I'm sure I won't use all the herbs listed, it is fun to watch and I'm learning a lot. It's helpful with some ideas for food, and I like watching the girl cook-she's very charismatic and seems to enjoy what she is doing. She says things in a way that are easy to understand-and I think I could easily cook the meals that she talks about. It's called "Making Babies" which I think it a funny title-although it does cover fertility as well as pregnancy health, so it makes sense.
Thought about swimming for exercise, but just waded around with Angie. Now looking forward to Alex being home! That's all for today!
Monday, September 3, 2012
Then people came over for the afternoon and we played "Just Dance" until we were all tired. It was fun. If you are friends with me on facebook, you can see a video of me dancing....preggo belly and all, haha. Then we all headed to church for the youth service. My wonderful husband led worship (with youth in the choir and helping with sound and PowerPoint) and then preached the sermon. It's really neat to see God working through Alex and the lives of all of us.
Today marks week 29! only 11 weeks left! That really doesn't seem too far away!