Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pregnancy FAQ

Everyone has been asking me the same questions lately.  I've gotten tired of repeating myself, so I figured I would collect all of them into a post:)

1.  How far along are you?
As of today, I am 29 weeks.  This basically means I have to be pregnant for about 8-11 more weeks.

2.  When is your due date?
December 11.  Baby B is full term on November 20.   I am hoping to make it to December, but boys in my family do tend to come early, as manifested by Bug, who showed up at 37 weeks 5 days.

3.  Can I come visit you in the hospital?
Absolutely!  I have been really touched by all the people who have asked if I want hospital visitors or if they can bring me anything.  If you are interested, I will gladly provide the information about where I am to you (I'm not going to do it on this blog, for obvious reasons).  I will also gladly welcome all taboo foods, because seriously, I WANT DELI MEAT SO BAD.

4.  How's your heartburn?
Awful.  Seriously awful.  Not as bad as with Bug, though, but hey, there's still time for it to develop.

5.  Are you excited?
Yes.  No.  Maybe.  Petrified, more like:)  I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that Bug isn't going to be my only darling anymore, but that's tempered with extreme excitement because I can't wait to meet B.  However, he has to stay in for at least 8 more weeks.  I hope you're listening, kid.

6.  Do you have any concerns?
Um, well right now B is breech.  He needs to get his cute little head down.  But it's too early for that to be a problem.  Thankfully, my placenta moved so as long as B puts his head down, I can have a vaginal delivery.  But life has been good--my weight gain is fine, I passed my glucose test (no three hour test for me!), and I don't seem to have any major issues:)

7.  Are you going to try that natural birthing crap again?
YES!  I'm actually going to try hypnobirthing this time:)  My goal is no epidural.  Hopefully I will have a shorter labor and it will be easier.

Bug has been very cute lately.  He knows that I'm worn out, so he will come and cuddle with me a lot during the day.  The other morning, in fact, he and I were sitting on the couch and I pulled him close and gave him a kiss.  "Oh, Bug," I said.  "What am I going to do with two little boys running around?"

He looked at me knowingly and very sagely said, "Uh oh!"

I guess that sums it all up:)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Feeling Like I'm Treading Water

I have an addiction to sugar.

I love sugar.  I love chocolate.  I love Oreos.  I love...well, you get the point.

But.

My glucose test is on Wednesday.

I failed it with Bug, by four points, and that was probably because of something I ate.

So, I am doing my best to stay away from sugar and carbs at the moment (although not whole grains and stuff, just bad carbs.  Like pizza.  Oh no, now I want pizza).

Unfortunately, sugar, much like caffeine, is one of those things that your body goes through a withdrawl period from, which I learned the hard way in the summer of 2010 when I was doing the Candida Elimination Diet to get rid of my horrible bout of thrush.

But I don't really have a choice.  I don't want to do the three hour test again (which is actually a four hour test, and I emerged from the last one looking like a heroin addict thanks to all the bruising on my arms), because not only is it stressful, but I have an 18 month old to deal with, after all.  So either I'll have to get a sitter (which probably won't be easy since the test is always early), or Jon will have to burn up some leave and stay home and watch him.

But God willing, I won't have to do it.  ::fingers crossed::

So I've been trying to eat as well as I can, and avoid sugar and stick with protein-filled stuff, and I feel like I've been doing pretty well.  Not perfect.  Monday and Tuesday will probably be the worst--I am not allowing myself any sugar on those days (no fruit, no nothing), so I probably won't be the most friendly person to be around.

Anyway, not a lot exciting going on here.  I'm 26 weeks pregnant today, Baby B is busy kicking the crap out of me, and Bug is peacefully snuggled against me as he slumbers.  He didn't want to take a nap today, in spite of the fact that he was exhausted, but now he's good and conked out and I hope he wakes up feeling a bit better.  These teeth he's currently getting in seem to be giving him a really rough time, and he's been really up and down as of late.  My poor sugar.

Oh, sugar.