Tuesday, July 31, 2012

3-hour glucose test

So I had to take the dreaded 3-hour glucose test earlier last week since I failed {let myself down} and did not pass on the first go-round. I do love sweets, which is why I'm not sure I was so surprised when I was told that my blood sugar was 139. 

Nine measly points!!

 All kinds of thoughts ran through my mind..I should have never ate those Oreo's on Sunday or spoonfuls of peanut butter the day before. But what about all the good food I've kinda/sorta eaten too?  Oh well, ultimately I'm not an awesome eater. Uh sorry Liv..I'm trying! 

I was told I needed to come back in a week for the 3-hour screening, which would be July 25th. Which also happened to fall on our 3rd year wedding anniversary.  I figured It might work out best to move the appointment to the 26th and just take (Thurs & Fri) off work along with Brant. Sounded good to me, we both could spend some quality time together and tackle some projects (packing) since we will soon be moving.

My appointment was set, I was scheduled to come to the office on Thursday, July 26th at 8:00 for the BIG test. I had a week to prepare. However, Brant's birthday was the Friday before and well, weekends are always difficult for me to eat 'proper'. I may have had a little Red Lobster and  strawberry pie (sugar-free of course) from a local bakery but I was determined that I was going to pass. I drank nothing but milk and water the entire week. {Before I was drinking chocolate milk..ha!  I can cut back!} By the way, it's amazzzing how much sugar is in our foods.  A trip to the grocery store made me more mindful to look more closely at labels. 

The day arrived for the sugar test.  I had prepared myself that if I didn't pass, it would be OKAY. I went in a little early thinking maybe I could get out a little early since we had to be in Anderson for Brant's doctor appointment by 1:00. I usually make early OB appointments so I can get in and out quickly before going to work. However on this particular Thursday, the office was packed. My theory on getting in and out might have been a bust. 

I was called back at 7:55...there was
 no. turning. back. 

My fasting blood sugar was 69. That's kinda low for a pregnant woman, but I'll take it. Since I chugged the orange sugary concoction the week before, I figured I better stick with familiar territory. I really did not have any trouble drinking the 10 ounces which is twice as much as I had the week before. It probably took me about 2 minutes flat to drink the entire bottle. Kudos! 

We live about 10 minutes away from the office so I decided to go home, rest, and come back for each sugar check. Brant graciously drove me since I didn't know how quickly my sugar would drop, etc.

The breakdown:
Hour 1 - 143 / had to be under 180
Hour 2 - 128 / had to be under 155
Hour 3 - 105 / had to be under 140

I passed!

Just a few tips I gathered

It's okay to like sweets (I personally LOVE them); just be mindful close to your glucose screening to watch your diet. Don't eat Oreo's and peanut butter..BAD!
Stick with the orange flavor.
 If you have trouble drinking the concoction, ask for a straw.
If you live close by and can go home, go home! I would have been miserable staying in the office for a total of 4 hours.
Side note: On one of my trips to/from the office, a lady had passed out in the lobby. It was a 100 degree day outside and the office was packed. I felt soo sorry for her. But, I heard her tell the doctor she did not eat or sleep well the night before. And she was pregnant. Eat well people! 

What's next for the Anderson's? 

Two words:

{birthing class}

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Weeks 23 - 26

Playing catch up, again!

Your baby's the size of a grapefruit!
At about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces, baby's not just getting bigger, she's getting even cuter.

Sunday July 1, 2012 - marked 23 weeks for Liv. It was a HOT, HOT day. Our church had a 4th of July celebration after worship and I remember wanting to melt. Since the 4th fell on a Wednesday (awkward), we didn't do too much. Liv went for her first swim in her cousins brand new pool!  

    Later that evening we enjoyed BBQ and fireworks at our neighbors. Lot's of fun memories had by all!

    We had a surprise visit from My Brother, sister-in-law, & nephew Elijah on Saturday. They stopped by on their way home from Pigeon Forge, TN. It was so fun to see them on such short notice.  Our nephew is growing RIGHT before our eyes!
He LOVES driving Papa's gator

Your baby's the size of a cantaloupe!
Your 10.5-to-11.8-inch fetus weighs about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces and every week she gets closer and closer to being ready to survive (and thrive!) in the outside world.

Liv received her first baby gift this week.  A sweet pink footed sleeper with ruffles on the bottom and feet. It is precious! Even better, it came in a Gamecock bag! Thanks - John & Jerri!

Your baby's the size of an cauliflower!
During month six, the average fetus measures about 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches and weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.

I failed my 1 hour glucose test by 9 points. Bummer! I guess I didn't prepare myself as well beforehand. I'm dreading the 3-hour test, but this girl, (future MOM) has gotta do what she's gotta do.  Liv has been moving like the Karate Kid. It's amazing to feel and see her move. She had hiccups on Friday and my heart just melted every time I saw my stomach move. She was celebrating her daddy's 29th Birthday..{her own way} stubborn like her Mama!! 

Your baby's the size of a head of lettuce!
She's still growing in the 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pound range, and developing her senses, features and talents!

How far along? 26 weeks

Maternity clothes? Yes. I think I don't have a choice at this point. I might need to move to stage 2 of the maternity clothes...next size bigger. I feel like my hips are expanding along with the belly. 

Symptoms?  Low back pain & leg cramps

Stretch marks?  Still none! Praying they will stay away! I'm religious with the use of my creme..lol

Sleep?  I think I have pregnancy insomnia. Some nights I sleep, some I don't. Liv likes to move a lot during the night hours. I also have to take 1 or 2 bathroom breaks.

Best moment this week?  Her hiccup episode...made my heart skip a beat. I'm in love with her soo much.

Movement? She kicked when we were trying to listen to her heartbeat on the fetal doppler. (I think that was the first movement my Mom has seen.) 

Cravings? I don't have any cravings this week...3 hour glucose screening on Thurs..pray for me!! 

Gender? She's still a girl:) Sarah Olivia (Liv) Anderson

Labor Signs? Goodness no!

Belly button In or Out? So in, but flat-lining a little. I pray it does not pop out! 

What I miss? Being productive, turkey sandwiches, not feeling like I can eat what I want. I'm trying to be mindful of my sweets and diet intake from this point forward.

What I'm looking forward to?  Brant and I have our three year Anniversary on Wednesday. Birthing classes in August, finishing up the 2nd trimester & 4-D ultrasound in the near future!

Weekly wisdom? I don't think I have any...but watching Teen Mom on MTV gives me a lot of 'what not to do' advise. ha!

Milestones?  Brant celebrated his birthday on Friday. Papa Butch celebrates his birthday on July 24th; and 3 year's of blissful marriage on July 25th. 

  • Your baby is as big as an eggplant, and his pancreas is developing now.
    Baby's Length: 11.38 in.
    Baby's Weight: 1.10 lb.

  • Your baby is as big as an eggplant, and his pancreas is developing now.
    Baby's Length: 11.38 in.
    Baby's Weight: 1.10 lb

  • Your baby is as big as an eggplant, and his pancreas is developing now.
    Baby's Length: 11.38 in.
    Baby's Weight: 1.10 lb