Project House-Addition & Project Baby-Addition
The house hasn't changed much since I last posted, so we'll make this particular update about Baby Toews...
She certainly hasn't stopped growing in the last couple of weeks. In fact, when I went in for my recent visit at 31.5 weeks, I was measuring at 33 weeks. I'm pretty sure I always measured right on or even a little smaller with my other pregnancies (even though the rest of me seemed enormous). Perhaps this means that I'll deliver earlier than I did with the others?
Ahh, likely wishful thinking.
The real reason I'm making a big baby this time is probably because I've been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes :(
I was pretty shocked to hear that I had "failed" my glucose test at around 28 weeks since I had never had any problems with this test in the past. And after watching my sister-in-law deal with GD a few months back I thought, really, what are the chances?
But it just so happened that my levels were high enough to lump me in the diabetic category. So after a 3 hour diabetes training session at the hospital I implemented a new diet and started checking my blood glucose levels several times a day. Now that I've been at it for a few weeks it really isn't so terrible. I've found some decent replacements for the sugary sweets that I crave. In the grocery store I keep my eyes peeled for items labeled sugar-free or no sugar added. I quickly learned that the diabetic candy is actually kept in the pharmacy section of most grocery stores (go figure!) I've learned to be careful about which fruits I choose to eat (hint: tropical fruits are higher in sugar than fruit grown in North America...) And I've learned to be mindful of the sugar content in things like breads, chips and french fries... It seems strange to be on the prowl for artificially sweetened foods when I've grown accustomed to the idea that "natural is best". But thankfully it's only temporary. And in the meantime I'm grateful for sugar-free options to curb those pregnancy cravings...
The bonus to all of this is that the numbers on the scale have slowed down significantly. And hopefully I will have less to lose when all is said and done. Of course, it could go the other way - when the baby is born and I can have sugar back in my life, I may just pack on all the pounds after all... Oh well. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
It's funny how I thought I was huge 3 months ago. I forgot how big "huge" really is. And I've still got 8 or 9 weeks to grow. I've discovered that my belly has become a bit of an unwieldy battering ram. Silas' head happens to be right at the same height as my rounded tummy and I have 'belly-checked' him multiple times in the last several weeks. Whether we're trying to fit through a doorway at the same time or I simply turn around too quickly with him beside me... It's a bit humorous how many times I've nearly knocked him off his feet with it.
With the 3rd trimester well under way I'm starting to experience a lot more aches, pains and exhaustion. Simple tasks are starting to feel overwhelming and when the days are a little hotter like they have been, it seems like I'm doing everything in slow motion, especially by late afternoon. I've determined that an afternoon nap is vital in helping me function with those school pick-up to bedtime hours.
Thankfully we have a welcome addition to the farm these days that has made both the late afternoon hours and the heat a little more bearable. This previously owned pool has seen better days (and is losing water daily despite our patching attempts) but it has already provided hours of entertainment for the kids. And I may or may not have awkwardly climbed my pregnant self in there and lounged on that green floaty tube.
I can foresee much more swimming/lounging happening here in the next couple of months.
It's hard to believe we're in the home stretch of this pregnancy. School will be done in a few short weeks and then the real countdown is on!