Thursday, May 14, 2015

30ish Weeks

30 weeks have come and gone which is really crazy but super exciting. 
Baby Messmer is getting BIG! I know this because every time I stand up it feels like she is going to fall out. TMI? Probably. But extremely accurate. 
Basically she is the size of a cabbage and like 3 lbs. At least that is what the app says. 

Weight Gain: Still staying strong between 12-13 lbs. This diabetic diet has done wonders to stop the weight gain but still help me feel full throughout the day. I think I might keep parts of it around after she is born. 

How I'm Feeling: Excited. Nervous. It seems more real these days. I love going into her room. I also love daydreaming about what she will look like. Gosh I hope she has Erics eyes and cheeks. 

Sleep: I am getting a deeper sleep these days but I am up every morning at 7am no matter when I go to bed. I just have to get up and eat.
Hormones: I have them. They are annoying and swoop in at the most awkward times.

Food: I go through a Costco size case of strawberries on a weekly basis. I eat them for my 3 forced snacks throughout the day. I also just want tacos. I get low carb tortillas and go to town. 

Best Moment: Finishing up Addisons room. Finding out that Eric is going to be home for our child's birth! If you hadn't heard, Eric was supposed to go through a 4 month long military training from the beginning of June to September. In other words, right when the baby is going to make her arrival. I had mentally prepared myself to not have him around for the first few months but I am THRILLED to tears that he is going to be around to see our baby come into this world and help me through it. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Addison's Purple Airplane Nursery

When Eric and I found out that we are having a little girl we were a tad scared. I would be lying if we weren't freaking out a little inside worrying about the future, and the differences between having a boy and girl. One thing Eric had liked about having a little boy was the idea of an airplane nursery. When I brought up the topic of nursery themes for girls and he mentioned airplanes, I thought "why not?" I mean we are freaking out about what having a girl will be like before we even have her! 

So over time I have realized that our girl will be who she wants to be. Maybe she will be a princess loving, dress wearing toddler. Maybe she will be obsessed with horses, or love the Avengers like her mother. Maybe she will want a career that serves others, like her father. Maybe she will love a certain instrument... I don't even know where that would come from but I would be totally supportive. 

So this nursery is us telling our child for the first time that she can be whatever she wants to be. The sky is the limit. The places she will go in life, wherever they are, will be amazing and her dad and I will be right there watching. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

28 Weeks

27 weeks have come and gone which is really crazy but super exciting. 
Baby Messmer is getting BIG! We saw her in a 3D/4D ultrasound on Friday and she was weighing in at about 2.5 lbs. She is in the 58% for weight and has all sorts of recognizable features! My Iphone app says she's the size of a large eggplant whatever that means. 

Weight Gain: Well I was up 15 lbs before the gestational diabetes diagnosis. Now I am now down 3 lbs. So I am holding strong at a 12 lb weight gain.

How I'm Feeling: Good! This past weekend we had our baby shower. It was a very busy event! I had no idea we knew so many people! It was fun though, and the baby is loved so much already by so many people. We are lucky. 

Sleep: I don't do much of this these days. I have never had a charlie horse in my life before pregnancy. Holy moly they hurt! I get them a lot when I am sleeping. I also am having a harder time getting comfortable every night because you aren't supposed to sleep on your back or stomach after a certain point and so now I am just basically out of options. 
Hormones: We asked for people to bring books instead of cards to our baby shower and a lot of people wrote these cute messages inside that made me cry my eyes out. 

Food: I had to give up most sweets with my diabetic diet but I find myself missing them less and less. I am starting to get into a routine with my diabetes and while it can be extremely annoying at times I understand why it is important to make sure I follow the rules. 

Best Moment: The 3D/4D ultrasound we got at the high risk doctors office on Friday. It was the first time I cried in an ultrasound appointment. She is getting so stinking big! The tech showed us her brain, her tiny heart beating, and every little piece of our daughter. They didn't rush us and answered all of our questions. It was perfect and amazing. Baby must have thought it was amazing too because she kicked the technician the entire time. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

And Sometimes You Get Gestational Diabetes

On Monday I was told I have gestational diabetes. I wasn't thrilled. Just a quick Google search will pretty much scare you to death. Honestly, I'm worried about the birth process for a normal sized baby but the idea of having a large baby is a tad frightening. When I got the call that I had failed I was pretty upset. I felt like a total failure at being a mom before this baby is even here. It turns out though that genetics are basically the only risk factor I actually had. My mom was a gestational diabetic when she was pregnant with me, and there have been a few other cases of GD and other types of diabetes in my family.

My score on the one hour glucose test: 156 (should have been under 135)

My scores on the three hour test were: after one hour 195 (should have been under 180),
                                                        two hours 190 (should have been under 160),
                                                        three hours (scary) 47!!!!!  (Should not have been under 60)

After a sad afternoon I decided that I am going to make the most out of the situation. As far as pregnancy is concerned I am now considered "high risk" because of my diagnosis with GD. First of all, this means that I get a high risk doctor checking on my baby pretty often to make sure she is growing well. I also get a brand new office to go to that only takes between 40-60 women at a time, so the baby and I get a ton of personal attention. Finally, I got to meet with a dietician and come up with a meal plan that will keep my blood sugars normal as long as I follow it. The best part about it is that it keeps me accountable for my diet which means I won't gain unneeded weight. The bad part about it is that I want sweets every moment of the day.

I probably saw between 40-60 women go in to my normal OBGYN's office just in the time I was taking my 3 hour glucose test so to get the personal attention I get at the perinatal center has been great. I called them yesterday because I was having trouble with my pharmacy and they quickly asked for the number and handled the situation I had been trying to solve for 48 hours.

So I assume you are wondering what my diet is like? Maybe you are pregnant and don't have GD but want to have the best diet you can for a growing baby? It is a good thing I am here to share all the knowledge I got yesterday!

GD is all about carb counting (notice I didn't say carb cutting). Baby/Mom need carbs so cutting out carbs is not a good idea! The goal is to proportion them so you are getting the right amount at a certain time of day.
  • Veggies are free any time of day (besides starchy veggies like potatoes, peas, and corn which have to be measured as carbs)
  • Protein are free and this includes nuts, eggs, and meat choices
  • Fruit is counted as a carb and should be avoided at breakfast but can be consumed with any other meal.
  • Carbs can be things like Oreos or candy but you only get like 2 Oreos per 1 carb serving so that's not super exciting. I don't think a normal person has ever eaten just two Oreo's much less a pregnant woman.

15grams Carbs = 1 Carb Serving
2 carbs
Morning Snack
2 carbs
4 carbs
Afternoon Snack
2 carbs
4 carbs
After Dinner Snack
2 carbs

I plan on sharing some meal plans soon because there really are not many gestational diabetes meal plans out there. This is really new to me right now though, so even though my numbers are good when I test after eating things I want to make sure I have a lot to share and that it all worked for me.

The Finger Pricks
Right now I have to test my blood sugar 4 times a day. When I wake up (before food) and then an hour after each meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner). They gave me a lovely blood sugar testy thing that has all I need to poke myself and test my blood sugar level. It doesn't hurt really, it is more of an annoyance than anything. Since getting the kit yesterday Eric has asked me to test his like a million times so I see that happening in the near future.

Overall I know that this is just a short term thing and it is the best thing for our little girl (and for my health)! So I will continue to stick to the plan they gave me as best as I can! More on this topic to come in part 2!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How To Properly Respond to Pregnancy Questions

If you are or have ever been pregnant, you are not surprised by the random questions that absolute strangers ask you in public places. I was actually caught off guard in the beginning but now it is just getting kind of fun. Most of the time I am alone and I enjoy making people feel as uncomfortable as I do. So I have decided I would take some time for those who are newly pregnant, because I want you to be prepared for what is to come.

Below I have put together some fun Q&A's for you because sometimes you are just so caught off guard by how "normal" it is for strangers to approach you and talk to you about the intimate details of your pregnancy. 

"Do you have a birth plan?"
"Yeah. My plan is to eventually give birth to this baby."

"Are you sure it's not twins?"
"Does it count as twins if one is a baby and the other is a dinosaur?"

"Do you know what you are having?"
"Not yet. But we are really hoping it's a baby."

"Are you going to do it all natural?"
"By natural do you mean like in a zen garden surrounded by wildlife?"

"You look like you are just done. When are you due?"
"Done with this conversation maybe. Due several months from now, thanks for the reminder!"

"Oh it's a girl? Are you going to try for a boy next?"
"Well this one is still cooking so I haven't thought about it yet. But if it's another girl can I just give it to you?"

"What does your husband think about you being pregnant?"
"Was I supposed to tell him?"

"Are you planning on breast feeding?"
"Before we start talking about my breasts why don't we have a casual conversation about yours?"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

24 Weeks

Has it really been 24 weeks? I guess I believe it.
Baby Messmer is the size of a large zucchini. Shes about 1.4 lbs and 12 inches

Weight Gain: Holding steady at an eight pound weight gain. Feeling good. The baby is supposed to be gaining about twice her body weight in the next few weeks, and I can really feel her getting bigger.

How I'm Feeling: Hungry all the time. Some would say I am "nesting" because I am just throwing everything in our house away. I hate clutter even more than I did before (if that's possible) and everything has to have a place. I also have started preparing for my maternity leave at work because there is always work to be done!

Sleep: I don't really know what this is. Gone are the nights with 12 hours of sleep and I don't think I will see them again for a really really long time.
Hormones: Up and down and all around.My husband is a saint. That's all I can really say.

Food: Give me all the food. I have been obsessed with green beans lately but I also really love sandwiches. Plus 50% off Easter candy. Enough said.

Maternity Clothes: I think I am going to live in maternity clothes for the rest of my life. I am digging them. I am looking forward to my first Stitch Fix maternity box here in about a week or so.

Monday, March 30, 2015

23 Weeks

Baby Messmer is the size of an ear of corn. Shes about 1.1 lbs and 11.5 inches

Weight Gain: 8 pound weight gain so far. The emotions of being pregnant give me mixed feelings about my weight gain but usually I am pretty positive about it.

How I'm Feeling: The past week or so has been rough. For some reason I hit a wall. I am so tired all the time. Its almost like the first trimester all over again.

Sleep: Sleep is rare. I think it has to do with not being able to sleep on my stomach anymore. I sleep about an hour or so at a time. Maybe this is why I am so tired?
Hormones: So many hormones. I don't really know what to write here.

Food: I am so hungry that I don't even care what I eat anymore. Although I have been really enjoying sandwiches (toasted for those who are concerned with my eating habits).

Maternity Clothes: I am officially in maternity clothes all the time. I am starting to really enjoy them though! So comfy! My maternity clothes have never felt tight so I can see the appeal to some people.