Three-quarters of the way to baby! My spirits are getting a little better this week, and I'm encouraged by what seems to be (knock on wood) a good response to my new diet and low and stable blood sugar readings. Reading all of your sweet comments on my post about being diagnosed with the lovely gestational diabetes also lifted me up big time. Once again, thank you!
Pounds gained: 27.
Time spent at prenatal appointments: way too much, which you've already heard about. I'm set up for weekly non-stress test appointments starting in two weeks, midwife appointments every two weeks, and ultrasounds every four weeks from here on out. Guess we'll be hitting that insurance deductible earlier than we thought. Thanks, diabetes!
Cravings: Ha! What's funny about not eating a lot of sweets is that the sweets you do eat taste amazing and you really appreciate them. After dinner tonight I realized I had enough room left in my carb budget to have TWO THIN MINTS. They were probably the best two thin mints I've ever eaten.
On my nightstand: I'm in the middle of two books. On my Kindle- Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's curious about the facts and figures behind what's wrong with today's maternity care. It's written by an OBGYN which I think is interesting because he's pretty much whistle blowing (and in some cases really attacking) his own peers. Book number two is one I purchased in the old-fashioned format- Heading Home with Your Newborn by Drs Jana and Shu. The reviews on Amazon varied between saying it was great and saying that it was really really basic. I agree on both counts, and as a first-time momma to be, I really appreciate that it spells out the things that some might consider to be common sense. It's reassuring to read things and think "oh, that's really all there is to it?!", and it does have some helpful tips.
Most ridiculous thing heard: "Wow, you are really waddling now!" Seriously, that came out of a sane, usually very polite, adult's mouth who is only a semi-acquaintance. What it is about the sight of a pregnant person that causes people to lose all sense of decency I will never understand.
Best time I had all week: My best friends in Annapolis, Carrie, Becky, and Nina, threw me an AH-mazing baby shower on Sunday. So many of my friends and family traveled from all over to come and I couldn't have possibly felt more loved. Plus we got some crazy adorable things. Add in the best cake I think I've ever tasted (and you better believe I tasted it, per my nutritionist's strict instructions to eat my baby shower cake), and it couldn't have been more perfect. I'll be blogging about it as soon as I get some pictures together.
The nursery: ahhhhh it's looking so good! It makes me so happy just to go in and stand there. Here's another sneak peek... there's still a lot of work left before the big reveal. Duncan approves of the new rug:
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