27 Weeks

Weeks: 27 . . . The countdown is at 13 weeks until due date!
Weight Gain: now at +9 lbs. from pre-preggo weight! I'm determined to stay within the recommended 15-25 lb weight gain for this pregnancy!
This Week's Cravings: Yes, cran-grape remains a staple in the house, although after the glucose test sitch {more on that later}, I have been watering it down more. I did have a craving for gyros late Wednesday night after our Hospital / Maternity tour, and yesterday {Sunday} I craved calamari. Bizarre, I know. I don't even know where those cravings come from, but I do have to say this: I thank God everyday that I have a husband who allows and supports and is always willing {although sometimes reluctant} to go out and pick up whatever craving I have. 
New Maternity / Baby Purchases: We purchased an extra base for Camden's car seat this week. That way, we have bases for both J's and my cars. We also got a Boppy pillow with two different covers. I swear, each week our baby registry gets at least two more things knocked off, so you know what this means: more room for clothes and shoes on the registry! Hooray for our little fashion plate!
Moment of the Week: This week has been choc-full of great moments!
[1] After one of my now regular sessions of complaints regarding J's obsession addiction hobby of playing war games on his Playstation 3, he turned it off one night {after his 26th hour of playing that week, by the way} and decided to lay next to the belly, put one hand on it, and the other on a book which he started reading aloud. As if to thank her Daddy for taking a break from his game to spend time with her, Camden let out two very strong kicks, and proceeded to move and dance around for her Daddy to feel!
[2] We went to our Hospital / Maternity class & tour this past week. Sounds boring, I know, but we actually learned a lot {and had a lot of material to make fun of afterwards, thanks to the other quirky couples who were in our group) and made us look forward to the other classes we are signed up for. On a different note, it was a little tough to walk by the room where I went into labor and delivered Aubrey & Finley. What a heavy feeling, but J was right. He said that it was good to deal with it then, because he knows that the next time we come back will be for good news, and he didn't want to go through both emotions {the good and the bad} for that time. It wasn't necessarily closure {I don't think there is such a thing with a situation like ours}, but more like a coming-to-terms with both sides of our very unique situation. 
This Week's Pregnancy Cheat: I so had to be good this week because I was so petrified of the glucose test results. What a good momma I was!
Things to Look Forward To: Quite honestly, I'm really looking forward to next week, when we cross over into the 3rd trimester and we also will be officially 7 months along. Each day, each week that Cam is safely tucked away and growing in my belly is one day closer to meeting her and is one more day and week of relief that she is right where she is supposed to be. We do have our Childbirth / Lamaze classes in a few weeks {we go on week 30} and after those 5 weeks of classes are done, we will be 35 weeks along! I feel that with many things in life, it's always best to look forward to the next small event, no matter how small it is, and next thing you know, your big event is finally here. 
Sleep Pattern: Boy, I feel so incredibly pregnant. Same as the past two weeks, my sleep has been constantly interrupted by my almost 5 trips to the restroom throughout the night. Now, J and I are both in agreement that with my severely segmented night sleep, it's a good idea for me to just not fight any urges to nap {hence today's almost 2 hour nap}. No more fighting it -- time to embrace it. We've also now agreed {okay, okay, I have now agreed} to quit being so hyperactive in taking on so many projects and just relax now. It doesn't help my case any that I think my sciatic nerve is now pinched and my backache is so severe that I can barely walk {I HATE losing arguments! Even by default!}. I am, however, doing exercises and stretches, which provide me some relief, albeit temporary, to help make the pain more manageable.
Things I'm Really Missing: I'm not really missing anything outside of being more mobile and active. To be honest, I really enjoy pregnancy -- even the backache doesn't bother me so much because we are just so thankful to have made it thus far. God knows I am right where I want to be. 
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OH, the glucose test. I mentioned in last week's post that I was particularly anxious {although not too nervous} about my upcoming glucose test, which I had done on Wednesday. As if to remind me that I shouldn't be overconfident about anything, my glucose came back at 171. Generally, glucose levels should be less than 130. To make matters worse, I turned off my phone during my nap that afternoon so I missed the nurse's calls to let me know that the results weren't ideal and that I needed to take the dreaded 3-hour version of the glucose test thereafter. Not knowing what she had wanted, I, of course, freaked out, and researched everything I could find out about glucose levels. 
Although not to be taken lightly, elevated glucose levels are not bad, as long as they are less than 200. Sometimes, elevated levels {especially given the fact that I was not instructed to fast the night before} are a result of food whose sugars have not been broken down yet. As my luck would have it, I had a piece of decadent baklava and an ice cream bar the night before. 
On Friday, after fasting for 12 hours {no easy feat for an almost 7-month pregnant woman} I went back to take the 3-hour test. The orange dextrose drink had twice as much glucose as the one from the 1-hour test two days prior, and it almost hurt my throat to drink. To make matters worse, everyone who knows me knows that I have the attention span of a preschooler {perhaps worse}. On that cold and rainy morning, I armed myself with a fully charged Nook and my new issue of Real Simple as well as some issues of Good Housekeeping and OC Family that I had snagged from various areas of the waiting room. I have to say, along with many encouraging text messages I received from my husband, mom, and friends, I made it through the hours of waiting without wanting to gouge out my eyeballs. Adding insult to injury, however, I never do well on only sweets on an empty stomach, so throughout the arduous 3-hour wait, I weebled and wobbled in nausea from having nothing but some orange syrupy mess in my belly. I whine, I know, but all in all, I survived. 
Later on that evening, my much-anticipated test results came in my email and J and I were so relieved to find that they were normal.
Suffice it to say, we breathed a collective sigh of relief, and I had no qualms in celebrating with some much needed sweets for the weekend!

1 comments:

Ruby Agustin said...

So much blessings . . . and therefore so much to be thankful for!!

'love you, my honeybee!

-mom-

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