Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Finally into my third trimester. Things seem to be going better. I've gained 15 lbs, which the midwife seemed pleased with. After failing my first glucose screen I passed the dreaded 4 hour glucose tolerance test! Yeah! No Gestational diabetes! My Asthma is not improving, but not holding me back or hurting the baby, so I just tell myself it could be so much worse!
I've been trying to walk 4 night a week (or more if we're ambitious) with my friend Grace. When I walk with her consistently and watch my sugar sweet intake I consistently maintain or lose weight. The longer 3-mile walks are a little difficult, I get this tight feeling in my stomach like cramps that are just irritating, no really painful, but bad enough I have to stop and breath a little. I finally got some maternity clothes I like, after returning some hideous flowery things I had bought earlier that never quite fit. I got some nursing tanks and a nursing bra from gap maternity, after trying on like 10 nursing bras at the fancy maternity store her in town.
My friends are throwing me a shower at the end of May and all the invites just went out so I'm excited for that too. I finished TA'ing today and now the summer is mine! Hopefully I will get lots of work done with no teaching/grading etc to do.
Franco and I signed up for a birthing class that's 4 evenings in May. He isn't very happy about it, and I know parts of it will be boring, but I'm excited to ask questions and hopefully get more comfortable with the whole hospital thing.
We bought a new camera this weekend at Super Walmart, we got a Canon EOS Digital SLR camera. F has been playing with it nonstop, he'll be the official daddy photographer I guess! Hope everything is good!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Man oh man did the 2nd trimester fly by! Tomorrow I am 27 weeks pregnant. I went for a prenatal appointment today which was fun. I failed my initial glucose test by 6 points :-( so I have to go for the glucose tolerance test this Friday. This is really going to suck. You have to give blood 4 times and sit there a total of 4 hours. Not cool. I'll have to grade some papers. I have gained 14 lbs so far, which the midwife said was very good. My blood pressure is normal and my baby his head down. His/Her heartbeat was good and my fundus was measuring right on track. Now is I could just kick the bronchitis and write my dissertation I woudldn't even have anything to complain about! Well, I'm sure i'd find something. F has been working so many hours lately keeping up at work and his grad class. Hopefully the break between semesters will be good for him.
I think i'm begining to nest. I have this overwhelming urge to cook, clean and organize. Today I cleaned our patio, posted used furniture listings on craigslist, emptied all of the carboard boxes out of the garage, and now i'm making meatballs and 4 loafs of banana bread at 9:20 at night. Where did this energy/urge to organize and clean come from?
Well it's back to banana bread and meatballs! Oh, and I walked 2 miles today! Go me
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Yikes has the time flown by. Junior is kicking like crazy these days. I had read somewhere you feel the most kicks between 24 and 28 weeks, because the baby is big enough for you to feel but still has room to tumble around in there. F and I were laying in bed Saturday morning before breakfast and jr. was kicking so hard F felt all of them. He was so happy to feel so many in a row. Pregnancy has been a not-so-fun experience, but little moments we get to share like that almost make it worth it. I'm sure it'll all be worth it when we see our little baby as well.
I had my glucose screen done this morning. Not as bad as the preggo ladies let on! It was like drinking watered down orange kool aid. I mean the fasting part stunk because i'm a HUGE breakfast person, but other than that, it wasn't too bad. They also retested my antibodies and my iron levels. Please let me pass the glucose test so I don't have to do the 3 hour one! I hate having blood drawn, it freaks me out. Yes i'm a big baby, we all have our things that freak us out though.
Another grad student at my department has "come out of the closet" about her pregnancy. She's about 8 weeks along due in November. I personally waited until I was 14 weeks to spill the beans at work, but to each their own. I gave her a bunch of pregnancy books I had already finished and told her she can complain to me anytime she wants. It'll be good to have anther phd student having a baby, that way I don't get the mommy student label all to myself.
Had my 25 week apt. last Thursday. I have gained a whopping 12 lbs! Geesh louise, I better watch the treats. I'm trying to keep my overall weight gain to 25 lbs and I have 14 weeks left! Better watch out. Grace comes back from her trip today, so we can get back to our walking. Anyway..back to the apt, my midwife was delivering a baby so I got to see a different one, which was fine. She was WAY more thorough then my midwife. She says I have bronchitis again and it's not normal to get it twice in 2 months, lol. She referred me to a pulmonologist. She also lectured me on choosing a birthing class. I explained to her my husband wasn't really into it and I was trying to get him to want to go, not just do it because I said so. We'll see if we do one or not. I might just do one myself.
Not much else going on, busy grading my students paper for the end of the semester. Hope all is well with everyone.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I've been so bad about updating my blog. Things have been seriously busy. I've been taking and teaching a class, working on my research and battling constant irritating illnesses from sinus infections to UTI's to migraines. My kid is sucking the life out of me! F has been taking a class too, he keeps getting stuck with deadbeat group members who don't do any work on their group projects and he doesn't have the balls to let the professor know. I guess he doesn't want to get confrontational! I hate tattle tails, but I also hate people that leach off of others work and get away with it.
Baby seems to be doing fine! We're getting really excited as the months tick away. I have my 25 week midwife apt. this week, I know she's going to harp on my weight, I've gained 6 lbs in the last month, for a grand total of 14 whopping lbs. Geesh. Baby kicks all day and F can really feel them now too. I've been eating like crazy feeling faint after 2-3 hours without food. I keep walking and taking my swim class, so hopefully the baby just had a growth spurt in utero! lol
The semester is almost over and I can go back to working on my research fulltime until the bambino makes his/her appearance this summer.