Growth: “Baby's energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he's growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for mommy: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs.”
My Symptoms: I got my glucose test results back on Monday, and honestly was BLOWN away. My sugar was 137, and my practice’s cut off for retesting is 139. With Jase, my number was 115. It really caught me off guard because last time they told me it’s usually only an issue if there is a weight-related problem or a family history of gestational diabetes. I was at a healthy weight prior to getting pregnant and have eaten pretty good (not as clean as normal, but still pretty good) while pregnant. Of course I’m not sure about family medical history since I was adopted, but my mom said she didn’t remember my biological mom having issues. I talked to a few OB friends and they said it’s all about how your body breaks down insulin. They said every once in a while they’ll get a normal weight/healthy mom who has higher sugar levels and it’s most likely hereditary, but I am going to work on cutting back sugar and carbs (a little) just to be on the safe side.
Monday afternoon we went to Costco, and I was running/playing with Jase and fell. To the ground. Landed on my bottom. It didn’t hurt, and I didn’t really think much about it because I am pretty clumsy and falling is not abnormal for me. After thinking about it a little more though, I started to get nervous. I texted my OB friends again (think they’re sick of me yet?? Hah!) and decided that as long as I didn’t land on my belly, if there was no leaking/bleeding, and I still felt plenty of normal movement, everything was probably fine. I didn’t notice as much movement for the rest of the night, so I decided I’d call the next day if I still wasn’t feeling my wild man like normal. I took Jase to story time at the library Tuesday morning and decided to go ahead and make an appointment. They put the monitor on me and praise the Lord, everything looked GREAT with Kade. I wasn’t sore at all and we are both totally fine, so it was more of a lesson than anything. (I’ll write about that in thoughts.) I posted on IG about it, but then felt really weird about posting that for some reason so decided to just delete it and post it here. Thank you for everyone who left a concerned comment. We are both fine, and I was really sharing more to give God the glory for what He is teaching me through this pregnancy.
Wednesday morning I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment. I haven’t been in pain really, but there has been some discomfort in the bottom left side of my back. The discomfort went away immediately after the adjustment and he said everything went back into place nicely.
I also started having CRAZY Braxton Hicks on Wednesday pretty much all day. Lots of tightening in my belly. It was so uncomfortable at one point that I decided to come back early from our walk. I think it was from not drinking enough water? I recently read that it’s NOT a good idea to drink ice cold water (or anything) WITH a meal because it diverts your energy that would be used to digest your food towards warming up the drink (and also affects natural saliva, which helps with the breakdown of food). SO, I’ve been trying to avoid drinking while eating and drink between meals instead. It hasn’t been going too well and honestly I probably haven’t stayed as hydrated as I need to be. Back on the water grind tomorrow! I never really had many Braxton Hicks with Jase (that I remember??).
Oh, and I discovered a gross skin tag. I remember reading somewhere (last pregnancy) that your skin can do weird things during pregnancy and sometimes they will go away. I didn’t have anything too too weird last time that I remember, so we’ll see what happens.
Pretty sure I’m going to have stretch marks this time. I didn’t get them last time till the last week or so and they were fairly light (so you couldn’t really see them a couple months after I delivered), but I feel like I can see where they are going to pop up this time.
Weight/Baby Bump: Carrying much lower this time. My belly doesn’t feel too huge from the front, but it looks like a torpedo from the side! Hard to imagine I still have a 10-11 more weeks! I was up about 16 lbs from pre-preg weight at the appointment on Tuesday.
Maternity Clothes: Yep. I have about 3-4 pairs of pants I rotate out, and I just wear whatever top. Every once in a while I wear regular pants with a long tank top so I can leave them unfastened under my belly.
Movement: Kade is WILD!! I wrote in blog posts with Jase that he was a big time mover too, so I can’t tell if Kade moves more or if I’ve just forgotten how much Jase moved. But Kade is STRONG. You can SEE him moving from the outside all over the place. We could barely get the monitor on him because he was getting so crazy. (Of course he picked up all of his movement when I went in….but I was still thankful for the peace of mind and have never been so thankful to feel those strong jabs!) My mom got to feel him a good bit this weekend while we were at a women’s retreat. He is right behind my belly button and pushes there a lot. Sometimes I worry my belly button is going to bust!
Sleep: I have slept in our guest bedroom a few times because I sleep like a ROCK in there for some reason. Sleep has been fine though. The tart cherry juice definitely helps.
Cravings/Aversions: I really wanted shrimp one night.
Appointment: I went for monitoring on 3/24 just to make sure everything was okay. Kade’s heart rate was mostly in the 130’s and 140s and he was moving all over the place. My blood pressure was 106/67.
Accomplishments: Finished taxes. Ordered nursery furniture. (Got this from Target) Ordered fabric samples for bedding. Nailed down a date for a ‘sprinkle.’ Had carpets/couches professionally cleaned.
Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Definitely Beth’s baby shower!! Such a blast and LOVED seeing the college softball friends. (Such GREAT memories with these girls.) I am SO excited for Beth and Will. They are going to be great parents, and I can’t wait to meet Inman!
I hadn’t seen anyone in a while, so it was funny that 5 of us are pregnant right now. 4/5 of us are having boys (Annie just doesn’t know yet, could be a boy), and between us we also have 5 boys already at home.
Work Outs: Pretty much non-existent this week. I know I should go to the gym during Jase’s nap, but usually I want a nap then too. Trying to listen to my body, but definitely need to get back on it. I took body pump once this week & went on a short walk.
Goals for next week: Jase’s baby book. Yoga. Start some Bradley stuff.
Thoughts: I can have a tendency to struggle with fear anyway, but that has definitely been my biggest battle of this pregnancy and I know the Lord is trying to teach me to have FAITH that is bigger than my fears. I have had fear about a healthy baby, fear about labor/delivery and having another c-section, fear about traveling, fear of being around people with illnesses, fear that I hurt the baby when I fell, etc. That might sound silly, but those are all legitimate concerns for me and I have been battling those thoughts. My (very wise) mentor keeps reminding me that our thoughts come from one of three places- the enemy, ourselves, and from God. We have to train ourselves to take every thought captive and learn to recognize whether each thought is one of FAITH or one of FEAR. Fear- the type of fear I’m experiencing- is not from God. I KNOW what the Word says and need to trust that and cling to His promises.
Comparison: Jase is 29 Weeks