I am so far behind. I really need to catch this blog up because I use it to make my pregnancy scrapbook which is incredibly far behind and needs to be finished very soon! I have to get it finished before Baby Keytar arrives or I know I will never get it done!
My parents have been here for the last 12 days, so between that, a baby shower, gestational diabetes, and birth classes/homework, I have had no time to update. I am ready to sit on the couch and do that now though.
So, since my last update A LOT has happened, as you can probably imagine. I’m going to try to get it all down without making it super long and boring. The best part is probably all the photos at the end 😉
First of all, we switched Perinatal offices and what an incredibly HUGE relief that has been. The Perinatology office we had been going to is very conservative and not individualized AT ALL! Every time I went there everything was perfect with Baby Keytar, but I left there feeling unsettled. The last time we went there they hooked me up for a NST and would not answer any of my questions about what they were doing or how it worked. They left the room, the baby was sleeping and the monitor kept turning off and a red light kept flashing, leaving us to think the baby’s heart had stopped, and then the paper ran out, which we didn’t know so then it really seemed like the baby’s heart had stopped. It triggered some pretty awful memories. I cried to the midwife there, telling her I felt unsettled and that I didn’t want to have BPPs and NSTs every week. She confirmed that the baby was fine, rehooked me up to the NST machine again and we got a good reading that time. We got a 10/10 on the BPP & NST, but I still left there feeling like my baby could die at any moment. Not cool. In addition, the gestational diabetes educator/ dietician was not very helpful and had a reputation for just putting people on insulin because “it isn’t a big deal”. Well, maybe not for some people! But for me, if I get put on medication, I cannot have my baby at the birth center. I had been testing 4 times a day, 1 hour after eating, for 5 weeks and my numbers were really good. I was exercising 30 minutes minimum after each meal. Between cooking, eating, exercising, and testing my entire day was completely filled and I could barely get anything done. I was basically on house arrest, because I refused to test outside of my home, because the one time I did I got a high number. I didn’t know if a couple numbers a few points higher than my 130 cutoff was going to put me on medication or not and each and every day I was so incredibly unhappy and stressed out 4 times a day watching the countdown on my meter to my blood sugar number. (Not to mention the fact that this whole thing is so absurdly unscientific – you can get a number that is 20 points different from different fingers at the same time testing!) It was horrible. We discussed this all with our midwife the following day and she sent all of my records, and I mean ALL, (dating back to Dr. C’s office from the beginning of our journey!), to the Medical Director/ Consulting Doctor/ OB, Dr. L, who I will have IF for some reason I have to transfer from the birthing center to the hospital. He was on vacation in CA but he went through all of my records on Friday and called me first thing Monday morning to reassure me that everything is fine and I do not need that much monitoring. The midwives and Dr. L all thought it would be a good idea if I switched perinatology offices because the one I had been going to is known to go way overboard on interventions that are unnecessary. So we happily switched.
Our appointment at the new perinatal place was amazing! The ultrasound tech was wonderful! It was obvious that she loved her job and made the experience so personal. She confirmed over and over again that Baby Keytar is growing perfectly. The OB was amazing as well. He told me everything was perfect. He told me that I have “skinny white girl gestational diabetes” and he doesn’t even think it’s a real disease, just how my body is handling pregnancy but that the baby is entirely fine. He did not want me to come in every week for BPPs or NSTs and thought it was ridicuolous that the other place wanted me to. He scheduled me for one last ultrasound at 37 weeks, and as long as everything is good, said that would be it. The diabetes coordinator was also incredible! She looked over all of my numbers form the previous 5 weeks, my meals I had written down so obsessively, and my exercise routine. She said everything was perfect. She told me to keep doing what I’m doing and only test 2-3 times a day. She said as long as everything stays the same that I don’t even need to meet with her again. Everything has been wonderful! Before I met with her my fasting numbers were creeping toward the cutoff at 90. She said if I get more than 3-4 readings above 95 then to call her. I have been eating celery before bed each night and a cheesestick at 2am each night and all of my fasting readings have been in the 70s since. I also put connamon in all of my milk and in my oatmeal each morning. I don’t know if it’s the celery, the cheese, the cinnamon, the combo, my hormones evening out, or the lack of stress, but everything on the gestational diabetes front is fine and I am no longer worried about that being a reason for needing to transfer to a hospital birth. What a HUGE relief!!!! My life is so much better now!!!! SOOOOO much better! I have gone back to enjoying pregnancy. (Well, I still have days where I get extremely sad and frustrated because I am eating the same handful of meals over and over and over and over and over…..)
So in addition to all of that, my parents came out to visit for the past 12 days. They were very helpful! My dad fixed our broken kitchen window, fixed our broken lawnmower, helped hubby move the woodpile out of the driveway, fixed the door to our shed, put together a birdhouse my Pop Pop made and sent out with them for us, took some beautiful photos of us down by the Rio Grande, and did some other odds and ends around the house and property! My mom scrubbed the crap out of our house from top to bottom. I don’t know if hubby’s bathroom has ever been so clean! She made some food for us to freeze, although that plan got pretty squashed because the two days we had planned to make a ton of food were this past Saturday and Sunday and hubby underestimated the amount of propane in our tank and when I asked him to check it we were only at 7% on Saturday morning! So, we did not cook using the stove and oven this weekend. (We used our camping stove and grill, lol) In addition, my mom also took me shopping and bought me some nursing pjs that will be good for the hospital, IF we are to end up there, and for after the baby is born. She also helped us stock up on some groceries to freeze, groceries to cook with for meals to freeze, and some supplies for the house so we don’t run out and have to go to the store after the baby is born. I feel very prepared. There’s a few more things to get done now but I can handle it all. Hubby and I pretty much finished packing our bags this weekend also, which feels good, but kind of crazy!
What else? Oh, my friends threw me a baby shower a couple weekends ago, when my parents first arrived. It was super mellow and relaxed – just my style. Everyone just hung around eating, drinking beers, and mingling. It was wonderful. People decorated onesies and prayer flags. They bought me a ficus tree and friends there and from afar wrote little notes/wishes to us and the baby and then they were tied to the tree. One of our dear friends made us an unbelievable gorgeous quilt that I just can’t get over! It is so us and so perfect! It looks incredible in the nursery. The entire shower was very special and we absolutely loved it!
Wow, so much has happened in the past month…. what am I forgetting? let’s see……
Oh, hubby did a beautiful job on my henna for my belly! It took like 5 hours because he drew it all out with a marker first so he could trace it with the henna. It’s just starting to fade now, 2 weeks later. I’m hoping we can do it again before the birth! Next weekend we plan to do my belly cast, which I am excited about! Well, excited for the result, not the standing while he does it part, lol.
We have been going to our hypnobirthing classes each Wednesday night, which have been great! Although we haven’t had nearly enough time to do our homework throughout the week, which has been disappointing, but we are determined to do more of it starting this week. We only have one birthing class left! We also took a newborn class, which we walked out of feeling like we we were already super knowledgeable and ready for baby, so that felt good. Next week is our last birthing class and the following weekend is our breastfeeding class and then we are done with pre-birth classes!
We had a midwife appointment yesterday and are now on the weekly schedule! Baby is head down and heartbeat was 145-150, with a great rise, so that’s good news. I did the Group B Strep Test Swab yesterday (Ewww! and kind of Awful!) and my blood was tested for anemia. I’m pretty worried about my iron levels because they’ve tended to be low in the past, and I’m pretty sure that’s a reason to get transferred and not be able to have the baby at the birth center, but I’m just praying they’re ok. Knowing my luck, they’re not. I’ve been taking iron pills and trying to eat a lot more red meat. So, if they’re too low, there’s not much more I could have done. Fingers crossed for good news on that front!!!! The midwife asked us if we were all packed and actually said, “You’re in the green zone.” Eeek! 🙂
Oh, something pretty cool… As you probably already know, I do acupuncture each week. Well, there are a few massage therapists at my acupuncturist’s office and I have been getting weekly prenatal massages right after acupuncture and only having to pay my $30 copay! So one hour of acupuncture, followed by one hour of massage, and it is only costing me $30!!!! (Well technically costing my mother – who is paying for it. Thanks Mom!!!!) I love New Mexico for this reason! Alternative therapies are mostly covered by insurance, which is amazing! The massage has really helped with my sore fingers (carpal tunnel) that I get at night while sleeping, so I am very grateful for that! It is also making a difference in the knots of my back, although they are still there and annoying.
I guess that’s enough for now. I’d be surprised if anyone is even still reading this, lol!
So I will do my 36 week update and then post a bunch of photos from the past month.
How Far Along: 36 weeks
How Big is Baby: At our 33 week ultrasound Baby Keytar weighed in at 4lb. 15 oz. (70th percentile) and the projected birth weight at 39 weeks is 7 lb. 12 oz. We have another ultrasound at 37w2d, so we’ll see how baby is growing then.
Gender: Not finding out (but we’re pretty sure it’s a boy.)
Baby’s Milestones This Week: Moving further down and still plumping up!
Total Weight Gain: 26.5 lbs
Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: Most people know by now. A photo after our recent baby shower was posted by someone on facebook, so most people who didn’t know, know now!
Maternity Clothes: yup, and they are S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D!
Stretch Marks: not really. the ones I got on my breasts at the start of my pregnancy have pretty much faded (weird) and still no sign of anything to speak of on my belly! Hoping it stays that way!
Sleep: has been pretty bad on and off. the last few nights haven’t been horrible, but it’s not wonderful.
Best Moment of the Week: the past few weeks have had some great moments: henna belly! baby shower! parents visiting! baby’s ultrasound and heartbeat! But by far, the best moment since my last post was finding out I only need to test my blood 2-3 times a day AND my numbers are all super low! My dad also took some great photos of us this weekend at Coronado State Monument. That is one of the places we went to the day after we found out my hcg wasn’t doubling and we thought this pregnancy was doomed. Remember our Celestine Prophecy day? You can read that post here Beta Hell and Living Through Our Own Celestine Prophecy
Food Cravings: I’d love some pizza or pasta! Pretty much anything other than what I eat over and over again: eggs, oatmeal, veggie wraps, quesadillas, tacos, chicken or steak/potatoes/broccoli, BLATs
Food Aversions: none
Symptoms: big belly; baby pushing butt out to one side and feet out the other side causing a very sore left side of my uterus; gestational diabetes; getting more tired
Labor Signs: NOOOOO!!!! Stay away for at least another week PLEASE! I can’t give birth at the birthing center until I hit 37 weeks.
Belly Button In or Out: OUT!
Wedding Rings On or Off: Off for awhile now but it still feels weird. I can’t wait to put it back on. My fingers aren’t really swollen, but I’m just leaving it off because after I exercise or if I get hot then it does get tight.
Mood: pretty good i guess. I am getting a little more irritable and I’m super bored of the food I eat over and over again, so that ruins my mood many days. But, overall, I’m very grateful to be this far along!
Movement: Lots of pushing his/her butt out to one side of my belly button and a foot or hand out the side of my belly. My left side of my uterus is sore.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Meeting Baby Keytar and becoming a mommy!
What I Miss: I miss not having to count carbs and test my blood and being able to eat whatever I want.
Nesting: Still checking things off the list around the house! Took out the co-sleeper, pack-n-play, and rock-n-play last night to set up so the dogs and cats can get all of their smelling out of the way before Keytar arrives. Nursery is ready! I’ll take photos soon! House is pretty much clean and ready for the new addition. Going to make a bunch of food to freeze this weekend!
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