Archive for March, 2006

31 Weeks Pregnant

Today I got disappointing news… the birthing class we had signed up for was canceled. I was really looking forward to meeting other like-minded expectant couples in Pasadena. But because we’re due in 9 weeks, there’s not much time to find another class that will finish before our due date that’s not already full. And I’m not willing to go to just any ol’ class. Because we’re planning a home birth and will be attended by midwives rather than doctors and nurses, regular classes aren’t designed for us, and the people who attend those classes tend to have different ideas about childbirth than us. It’s not really the information that we need or want anyway. We’ve done plenty of our own research, and I attended both my brother’s and my sister’s births. What’s the difference hearing what someone says versus reading what someone wrote down? It is the interaction with other like-minded couples and the personal nature of a class-like atmosphere that’s so appealing, and thus so disappointing now that the class is canceled.

On a more positive note, my second blood-sugar test came back with a very normal glucose reading. My diet has completely controlled my glucose levels (and my weight gain! I only gained 1 pound over the last month!), so there’s not really anything to worry about for the rest of the pregnancy as long as I continue to eat right. My midwives even said that I didn’t have to be as careful as I’d been and gave the thumbs-up to eating a slice of cake at my baby shower(s), and even some Girl Scout cookies now and then. But because Diabetes runs in my family, a low-carbohydrate diet is recommended for the rest of my life.

Dan and I have been talking a lot about our budget for after the baby is born and our income drops. Though we’re both a little nervous about the shift in income, I think we’re in pretty good shape. We found out that our tax refund will cover two full months of work for me, and our insurance reimbursement should cover another full month. So we’re actually in great shape until September. But that’s when I’ll start working part-time from home, so even then we’re in decent shape… and perhaps our condo will gain a little momentum in the housing market over the next year (there are several building projects going on within a 2-block radius of us).

Still no stretch marks!

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29 Weeks Pregnant

There’s not a whole lot that’s new or exciting going on this week.

We met our back-up doctor on Monday and really liked him. He’s an Irishman with bushy, pointy eyebrows. He wanted to do an ultrasound to see for himself how the baby is doing. The baby is still in the head-down position and is facing my right side. The doctor estimated from his measurements that the baby is about 2.5 pounds now. He really likes to stretch his legs out straight so I get a mighty jab. Strong legs, I’m told by my dear husband, are necessary for good pitching. So the mighty jabs should be appreciated if we hope to see little Daniel on the mound.

I’ve stopped the rapid weight gain since I’ve been on this diabetic diet. I’ve gained and lost one to two pounds over the last two weeks, maintaining my weight.

While I’m still impatient waiting for the baby to be born, the edge has worn off a bit. I’ve been quite busy with work these days so my focus has shifted. I’ve been working two days per week from home this month, which is great. Next month, I’ll be doing three days from home, and for the first two weeks in May, I’ll be working four days from home… then NOTHING for three months. I’m a little nervous about how it will work out financially since we just bought a very expensive condo. Finances will be tight for the first time in our marriage–Dan’s not looking forward to it. Hopefully the work-from-home option will be satisfying for both me and my company so that we’re not relying on credit cards and generous family members in order to cover our expenses. Dan’s monthly income only covers our mortgage and our groceries… mine covers everything else. We’re expecting a nice tax refund, as well as an insurance reimbursement once the baby’s born to help cover my three-month absence. I’m still holding out for that miracle that will allow me to be a full-time stay at home mom and wife. Anything is possible.

Still holding my breath for a strech-mark-free belly.

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27 Weeks Pregnant

Last week a preliminary test showed high levels of glucose in my blood. This may mean that I have developed gestational diabetes. Just to be safe, the midwives put me on a diabetic diet until the next test can be performed in a couple weeks. So long as I can maintain a steady glucose level through diet and exercise, there are no real health risks, except that I am at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the future. If I didn’t take care of myself, the high glucose levels in my blood would mean high glucose levels in the baby’s blood which would be stored in his body as fat, making him unnaturally large and potentially requiring a c-section. It would also mean that he would be used to having a lot of glucose in his system, and therefore producing a lot of insulin which could cause him health problems. Needless to say, I’m sticking to the diet and exercise plan. It’s not so bad overall–in fact, it’s probably the best type of diet for anyone to be on–portion control, low carb, low fat, no refined foods (white flour, white rice, white sugar, etc.), lots of exercise. I wouldn’t be surprised if I stayed this weight, give or take a few pounds, for the rest of the pregnancy. I had been indulging in sweets and was quite obviously growing in places other than my belly. The only real bummer with this diet is having to cut out ALL sweets for 3 months.

Last week I discovered that my breasts are already producing colostrom. It is bizarre. Dan is completely wierded out by it.

At my last appointment with the midwives, it was confirmed that little Daniel is in the head-down position. Since it’s getting pretty cramped in his little house, I imagine he’ll stay that way until delivery. He’s been kicking a lot the last few days. Since we know what position he’s in, I can sometimes tell which body part is moving across my belly. Usually it’s his little feet. The movements feel different all the time since he’s growing so rapidly. He should be about 15 inches tall now and about 2.5 pounds.

Dan and I will finally be getting a digital camera this month, so I’ll be able to post photos of my belly (so happy it’s still stretch-mark free) and the baby when he comes. Stay tuned!

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