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37 Weeks Oct 03

This is it! I’m now officially considered full term, and in my opinion, DD2 can arrive any day now. Sure, it would be a LOT easier if she’d wait until her scheduled date, but that seems so far away. Let’s do the “stats” and I’ll throw in a few other opinions…

*How far along?: 37 weeks 2 days

*Total weight gain: About 18 pounds

*How big is baby?: Textbook is 6 pounds, 19-20 inches. According to my ultrasound this past Thursday, she’s 6 pounds 12 oz.

*Sleep?: Erratic, but still getting what I need. Hopefully this will help once the baby arrives in keeping us all on schedule!

*Best moment this week?: Ummm… Yeah… Not the best week. Today we went to Downtown Disney with a friend and walked around. It wasn’t super exciting, but we got to see all kinds of things that were cool to the toddler and she got to run around outside for awhile, which we rarely ever do at home anymore.

*Movement?: All the time. She’s pretty quiet in the morning, but after I’ve been up 2-3 hours she starts moving around and doesn’t seem to stop until I fall asleep at night.

*Food cravings?: Donuts. Or anything with a pound of sugar since I’m not supposed to eat it

*Stretchmarks?: Ugh, new and ugly ones around my belly button since she likes to poke out there. 🙁

*Labor signs?: Maybe? I have no idea what labor feels like, but there are some new weird feelings. Today’s Non Stress Test (NST) showed no contractions.

*Belly button in or out?: Disturbingly flat and occasionally partially protruding. I don’t like it. Or the new stretch marks around it.

*What I miss: Freedom of movement!

*Complaints: Everything. Let’s just leave it at that. 😉

*What I’m looking forward to: Her arrival! Scheduled for Oct 19th 

*Nursery Progress: As complete as it’s going to get

*What items do you still need to buy for baby?: She doesn’t NEED anything else, but it seems like every time I leave the house I find something that I want for one of the girls. 😉

I’m not so thrilled that this past week has involved so much more discomfort, or that I was put on insulin to regulate my gestational diabetes. I’m still trying to be positive, because it’s almost over, and I’ll have another adorable baby girl to snuggle, but it is much harder, and I can’t remember another time in my life when I wanted time to pass as quickly as I’d like it to right now. It won’t be much longer, and we can learn our new routine as a family of four.

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34 Weeks Sep 11

*How far along?: 34 weeks today

*Total weight gain: About 17 pounds

*How big is baby?: about 17¾ inches, almost as long as an American Girl Doll and weighs about 5 pounds

*Sleep?: 3-4 hours at a time, with a short intermission for bathroom break and drink

*Best moment this week?: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte after my regular OB appt on Friday 🙂

*Movement?: All the time. She’s pretty quiet in the morning, but after I’ve been up 2-3 hours she starts moving around and doesn’t seem to stop until I fall asleep at night.

*Food cravings?: Donuts. Or anything with a pound of sugar since I’m not supposed to eat it

*Stretchmarks?: Nothing new 😉

*Labor signs?: Negatory

*Belly button in or out?: Disturbingly flat

*What I miss: Being able to play on the floor with my daughter. There is no good position for me on the floor. And trips out with my daughter for coffee and scones. Both are to be consumed at a minimum thanks to the gestational diabetes diagnosis

*Complaints: I’m going to skip this question, because it seems like I’m constantly grumpy about the general pregnancy problems. And I’ve already vented once this week.

*What I’m looking forward to: October. I can’t remember another time in my life when I so wanted to fast forward time.

*Nursery Progress: Almost complete!

*What items do you still need to buy for baby?: A laundry hamper and diapers. Hopefully that will be taken care of this week!

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Nesting and Noise Sep 09

I’ve been going a little crazy since I entered my 3rd trimester a few weeks ago, resulting in a definite lack of blogging.

I’ve been attempting to nest like a crazy woman, and I guess it’s not working? Let me attempt to explain.

Nesting for most expectant mothers involves cleaning, cooking, buying, assembling, washing, folding, organizing. I despise all forms of cleaning, although I can enjoy some organizing and have made a good attempt at it. The problem with organizing is when I am physically incapable of reaching either things that are needed, need to be organized, or need to hold the things I’ve organized, I can’t complete the organization and then leave piles of mess everywhere that drive me a different kind of crazy.

Due to my diagnosis of gestational diabetes, cooking no longer amuses me. Every thing I put in my mouth is supposed to have a carb count associated with it, and it has seriously decreased my pleasure in food. I usually LOVE to cook and bake and do so far more often than I should (based on keeping the husband’s and my weight in check), but the diagnosis just leaves me frustrated with my seeming inability to enjoy all the fun fall foods that are starting to make their appearances. I’ve replaced cooking/baking with crocheting, but progress is far slower there than with cooking/baking.

Also on the food front, I’ve gone a lil crazy planning meals for the fam while I recover from my c-section. As I realized yesterday as I started making their grocery lists for my husband, I easily have enough meals planned for two weeks, and there are still other things I had planned on. Food has become a financial drain and I need to get a handle on it.

When it comes to buying, I’m “hindered” by the fact that this is my second daughter, so there really isn’t much to buy. Sure, she got her own crib, sheets, and blankets, as well as a new activity center (DD1’s was cheap and no one enjoyed it much), but that’s about it. There have been some random clothing purchases so she doesn’t look like a clone of her big sister and because her first Halloween and Thanksgiving outfits need a much smaller size than her big sister did. But other than that, there isn’t much to be purchased.

Assembling is left for the husband, cuz he needs more work to do. 😉

Washing and folding all the baby clothes is a necessity, but still a chore that I hate. Although they are easier to fold and put away than the piles and piles of toddler clothes for DD1.

So I mentioned noise in the title of my post. All these nesting things create noise in my head, sure, but the even bigger noise inside my head is a form of anxiety. At 33 weeks, this baby is head down and low, something my older daughter never was. I worry that all our careful and necessary planning is going to get tossed out the window and leave everyone scrambling to make adjustments or other arrangements, including what to do with my older daughter, WHILE I’m being prepped for surgery. As of this writing, I don’t want DD1 at the hospital with me. I think it would be scary for her to see mommy poked, prodded and hooked up to a half dozen machines. And while I have several people who are willing to help with the toddler, food, chores, and my general care, they all need time off work to do so.

Oh, and have I mentioned that I don’t WANT another c-section? That the only reason I’m not fighting for a VBAC is because we need the schedule more than I need to avoid surgery?

While I’m not the most positive of people on a good day, I do what I can to keep my bitching to a minimum because people don’t want to hear it. We all have problems and don’t need to air every single thing to the world. But some times, like now, we all need to vent and possibly get a little reassurance that it really will be ok. And it will be, but sometimes the noise is just SO loud…

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Gestational Diabetes Aug 23

So after three frustrating days of carb loading, four blood draws, and 27 hours of waiting, it was determined that I do indeed have gestational diabetes. What is gestational diabetes? Basically it means that my body, due to the changes of pregnancy, no longer produces and/or processes insulin like it should. This is not uncommon, I believe the American Diabetes Association says 18% of pregnant women are affected. It normally goes away along with the other side effects of pregnancy at about six weeks postpartum.

For most pregnant women, this is only a nuisance. For me, it’s step 2 on the road to actually being diabetic. There was a time about ten years ago that I was hypoglycemic – prone to strange drops in blood glucose levels. This leveled out and disappeared, but I was warned that this could be an issue in the future, especially since my mother is diabetic (and started with gestational diabetes while pregnant with my younger brother). Now there’s a bump in the road with the label of gestational diabetes.

While no one asks for this and it’s very easy to make the modifications to live a life where no one would know you were diabetic unless you told them, my issue, as it is with many things, is that it’s something that was forced on me through genetics. Despite my attempts to eat a relatively healthy diet (because of my own family history, my husband’s family history, and his high cholesterol), I am STILL going to carry a label that I’ve worked to avoid.

Now that I’ve received the diagnosis and accepted it (really, I have, I just don’t like it), where do I go from here? I’m not sure yet, my records have been sent to a specialist who will be calling me to set up a consultation and education session. I know for a fact this will involve learning how to use a blood glucose meter, making dietary changes and getting more exercise. What else? I haven’t a clue. My biggest concern is the effect that this is having on my unborn child and what we can expect at her birth. Extra testing? Observation in the NICU? I guess we’ll find out when my consultation is scheduled.

29 Weeks Aug 07

*How far along?: 29 weeks today

*Total weight gain: About 17 pounds

*How big is baby?: Roughly the size of a loaf of bread, approximately 15 inches and weighs about 3 pounds.

*Sleep?: Still very inconsistent. Some nights I sleep 8 hours fine, others I’m awake every 3 for one reason or another. I’m still getting sleep though, and that’s what’s important!

*Best moment this week?: I don’t recall anything fantastic, but we did have a great time stacking blocks as high as the kid could reach at the library, and wandering through Target playing with everything.

*Movement?: All the time. She’s pretty quiet in the morning, but after I’ve been up 2-3 hours she starts moving around and doesn’t seem to stop until I fall asleep at night.

*Food cravings?: Potato chips, chicken salad, and bagels.

*Stretchmarks?: Nothing new 😉

*Labor signs?: Negatory

*Belly button in or out?: Still in, thank goodness! Definitely flatter though. 🙁

*What I miss: Being able to play on the floor with my daughter. There is no good position for me on the floor.

*Complaints: I’m going to skip this question, because it seems like I’m constantly grumpy about the general pregnancy problems.

*What I’m looking forward to: 3d ultrasound on Wednesday!

*Nursery Progress: After the new carpet was installed, we set up the new crib in the girls’ room. I forgot about a mattress though, so it’s pretty plain so far! 😉

*What items do you still need to buy for baby?: Crib mattress and diapers. I still WANT a zillion new clothes for her, but we don’t NEED them, nor do we NEED any new infant toys, but I’m sure we’ll get some anyway. I’m having a lot of fun putting together registries with as many “silly” items as serious ones since we still have most of my older daughter’s stuff!

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26 Weeks Jul 17

Things have been busy around here for such a laid back summer. I still intend to post my thoughts on our stay at Animal Kindgdom Lodge and some notes about visiting Disney World with a toddler, but it’s taking me far longer than I expected. Oh well, useful information is always welcome in the blogosphere. 😉

We also decided to replace the carpet in our house, so we essentially have to move out while it’s done. It’s a ton of work and being pregnant makes the job harder, but I’m excited to get rid of the nasty carpet we have and hopefully have something that will last and clean well.

Also, the toddler has done a bit of regressing as she hit the 2.5 year mark and we spend a lot of time snuggled on the couch with stuffed animals and books. I LOVE the snuggle time, but I hate the lack of things getting done as a result. It’s even more annoying when my to-do list each day is so small, but things aren’t getting checked off. Oh well, it will eventually get taken care of, I have faith.

On to the pregnancy update…

*How far along?: 26 weeks today

*Total weight gain: About 13 pounds

*How big is baby?: The size of an eggplant, 12-14 inches and 16-20oz

*Sleep?: Very inconsistent. Some nights I sleep 8 hours fine, others I’m awake every 3 for one reason or another. Still getting sleep though, and that’s what’s important!

*Best moment this week?: Normal checkups for both my daughter and I. We’re both growing well. 😉 It’s always a relief and a little stroke to the ego when a professional confirms that things are going right!

*Movement?: Lately it’s been a constant dance party. She’s quiet first thing in the morning, but after that she seems to move all day long.

*Food cravings?: The cravings seem to have disappeared. Now I’m hungry all the time.

*Stretchmarks?: Nothing new 😉

*Labor signs?: Negatory

*Belly button in or out?: Still in!

*What I miss: Mobility. It’s getting harder and harder to play with my daughter because I simply can’t move like she wants me to.

*Complaints: Nothing big, I’m just a lil whiny about the general downside of pregnancy. Back pain, fatigue, not being able to pick up and carry my daughter as often as she’d like.

*What I’m looking forward to: The less cluttered feel of the whole house after the new carpet gets installed. I really hope we can optimize our (lack of) organization so we can all feel less stressed about the mess.

*Nursery Progress: None this week, but with luck their room will look totally different once it’s put back together next weekend. Cross your fingers!

*What items do you still need to buy for baby?: Still everything. Once the carpet’s done and the new crib is assembled I’ll start working on the smaller stuff. Oh, and I need to double check that our car seat is still in date. If it is, we can handle anything as long as we have a crib and a car seat! 🙂

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Changes Jun 14

The past week has been very frustrating for me. As we get closer to the birth of DD2, the more I want to just sit and cuddle DD1. I also want to keep the house in a non-embarrassing state of mess as well as give in to the organizing/nesting urge and take care of some of the clutter. But I can’t seem to DO these things. When I sit and cuddle, I feel guilty that I should be doing chores or organizing. When I try to keep the house in some semblance of order, I end up with all kinds of random aches and pains and am then stuck to the couch. It seems like every time I try to organize or otherwise nest, there is a distraction of some kind (and I have shiny object syndrome horribly) and it doesn’t get done or gets half done and looks worse than it did before.

I try to remember, as Joanna so elegantly pointed out, that these moments that I have left with DD1 are fleeting. Our days of being a family of 3 are numbered, and we need to enjoy them, because it will be awhile before we achieve this state of peace again. And when we do? It will really be time to take the world by storm with all the fun we’ll have.

I’m also amazed at how much quicker time is passing now that I’m pregnant. Sure, it seems like DD1 is racing through toddlerhood, but it’s become even more obvious since I hit the halfway point of 20 weeks. And, as Grace said, 20 weeks?!? Where has the time gone? I can now feel the babe move every day, at least one extended period plus some other small reminders of her presence. It won’t be long before others can feel her too.

I was lucky over the weekend to have my mom take DD1 for a couple hours so I could begin re-organizing the closet in her room to accommodate DD2. However, due to just way too many things (many of them not as important as I make them out to be) on my personal to-do list, we only got the shelves installed and DD1’s old clothes organized. But hey, baby steps. There are still a minimum of 17 weeks until baby arrives. 😉

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Week 21 – A Pregnancy Update Jun 12

A quick update on how #2 and I are doing, with a little inspiration from Joanna and Victoria. 😉

*How far along?: 21 weeks today

*Total weight gain: About 6 pounds

*How big is baby?: The size of a banana, approx 10.5 inches and 12.7 oz

*Sleep?: Still waking up a couple times each night, but it’s only a minor inconvenience

*Best moment this week?: My big girl’s pool party with some of her classmates from last year. It was so cute to see them all together again (even if it’s only been 2 weeks), and really showed that I need to suck it up and register her for a SafeStart swim program instead of Parent/Child classes. The other kids are MUCH better swimmers!

*Movement?: Every night, and a few random flutters during the day.

*Food cravings?: Always carbs. First trimester was baked potatoes, and now it’s bagels. I can’t remember the last time I ate this many bagels…

*Stretchmarks?: Nothing new 😉

*Labor signs?: Negatory

*Belly button in or out?: Still in!

*What I miss: The ability to go out AND get things done at home. It seems like I have to choose one over the other thanks to fatigue. 🙁

*Complaints: Nothing big, I’m just a lil whiny about the general downside of pregnancy. Back pain, fatigue, not being able to pick up and carry my daughter as often as she’d like.

*What I’m looking forward to: Our Disney weekend! We’ll be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. SO excited to have a Savanna view room so the animals can come visit us. 😀

*Nursery Progress: None. I just figured out a new layout for their room (the girls have to share), and now I need to get organizing and shopping for either a crib for #2 or a big girl bed for #1.

*What items do you still need to buy for baby?: Everything. I can re-use a lot from my older daughter, but there are a few things that either can’t be re-used, can’t be shared, or are just better options than what I did the first time around. That will get sorted out in the coming weeks as well.

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It’s A Girl! May 26

For those of you who didn’t see my announcement on Twitter (@Midnite592) or on Facebook (family only), baby #2 that is due the end of October is another girl! I’ve been doing so much daydreaming and window shopping (I dragged the husband to Babies R Us as soon as we were done with the ultrasound ;)) that I haven’t made the announcement on the blog. So there it is, another girl for the family! I welcome any and all suggestions for decorating, organizing or just handling 2 girls. 😀

Now on to our “regularly” scheduled programming, 5QF with Mama M!

1. Do you apologize to your kid(s)?
If I do something wrong, yes. And sometimes if her feelings are hurt because I told her no for whatever reason, because I AM sorry it upsets her, but that won’t change the outcome.

2. What color are your nails right now?
Fingernails are always au naturale. They take such a beating it’s not worth my time to do more than trim them. My toenails have been every color under the sun, and are currently a glittery rust/gold combination.

3. When you were growing up, how difficult was it for you to stay home from school sick? (As in, did you have to vomit or just say “I don’t feel good”.)
If I stayed home sick, I had to go to the doctor. And even if I went to the doctor, it often meant I’d be home alone afterward, and that doesn’t go over well with me. I prefer people to be around in case I decide to kick the bucket. Yes, I’m being overly dramatic. 😉 So unless there was vomiting, I suffered through school.

4. When is the last time you bought a new comforter for your bed?
We upgraded to a king size bed when we moved into this house 3.5 years ago, so there had to be a new comforter. Is it sad that now that it’s time to replace that one (the cats have beaten it up), I’m seriously considering buying the exact same one? I really like it and sleep with it all the time…

5. Favorite website(s)?
Ummm… my WoW guild message board? Various WoW gear and dps sites? Google? Target, Publix, Amazon, WDW. I think those are my most visited types of sites.

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Pregnancy Update May 22

I’ve seen a couple other bloggers do this (most recently Joanna) and thought I’d give it a whirl. I’m always looking for inspiration for posts so that they might be interesting to read. 😉

18 Weeks

*How far along?: 18 weeks

*Total weight gain: Approximately 3 pounds. Don’t be jealous, I gained a ton of weight at the end of my first pregnancy. My time will come.

*How big is baby?: Sweet Potato (Average size: 5.6 in, 6.7 oz)

*Sleep?: I find myself waking every couple hours for no apparent reason. No extra bathroom trips so far.

*Best moment this week?: The fabulous morning I had with my daughter on Thursday. I baked blueberry muffins, which she loved, and she amused herself while I did a few chores. She’d always been very independent – until I got pregnant. 😉

*Movement?: I’m starting to feel like the baby is a fish and I’m the fish bowl. Whenever I’m still I can feel flutters.

*Food cravings?: None now. First trimester it was potatoes.

*Labor signs?: No, thankfully.

*Belly button in or out?: In

*What I miss: The energy and ease of movement I had before I got pregnant. I really didn’t realize how good it had gotten until it was gone.

*What I’m looking forward to: My gender ultrasound on Wednesday!!!