Welcome to a piece of our sweet journey of life. This blog is about our family life-- my husband, my type 1 diabetic kindergartner, my spunky pre-schooler, my newborn baby girl, and myself! Enjoy!

Friday, October 18, 2013

27 Weeks = 3rd Trimester!

It's so nice to finally be in the 3rd trimester!  I'm on the downhill slope of this roller coaster and it'll only get faster from here!

I treasure every day of this pregnancy, though.  Time is speeding by on its own.  I don't need to help it out by wishing away my days of being pregnant.  This pregnancy is already almost done and it has zoomed by so much faster than my first pregnancy.

Just yesterday, I was wondering if I was within 100 days of my due-date, so I made use of this cool website:  http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html.   As of today, I am 88 days away from my due-date.  --OR--

  • 2 months and 27 days
  • 7,603,200 seconds
  • 126,720 minutes
  • 2,112 hours
  • 12 and a half weeks

Over the past few weeks, Noah has grown in size from a cantaloupe (week 24--see last post) to the following vegetables:

Week 25: Cauliflower

(Source: foodsubs.com)
Week 26:  Lettuce
(Source: whatscookingamerica.net)
Week 27:  Rutabaga
(Source: gridphilly.com)


Last week at my OB appointment, I had to do a glucose screening test.  This is something every pregnant woman must do in order to test for gestational diabetes.  My doctor's office has a very low threshhold on acceptable glucose levels, so I only had to have my finger pricked (as opposed to other OB offices in the area who draw blood for this test).  I had to avoid caffeine the whole day and one hour before my appointment, I had to drink a very sugary juice.  Then at my appointment, they pricked my finger to see how I reacted to the juice.  Well, I had a level that was above their threshhold cut-off.  Therefore, I had to go to a three-hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) on Monday-- during my holiday. 
This was a "fasting" lab, so I wasn't allowed to have anything to eat or drink after midnight on Sunday night.  My test was scheduled for 8:00am on Monday.  I prayed that I wouldn't be hungry and God answered that prayer!  I had to have my blood drawn right when I got there in order for the nurse to have a base-line of my glucose levels.  Then I had to drink that same type of sugary juice as fast as I could.  My blood was then drawn at 1-hour intervals for three hours.  My mom came and sat with me in the waiting area, and this helped the time go by so much faster!  I was really thankful that she got to come sit with me.  After the test was over (around 11:30), I was able to go get something to eat.  The rest of the day, I just felt kind of drained, but I was so happy to get the test over with and was told that I'd get the results later in the week.
Yesterday, the nurse called me and told me that I have gestational diabetes.  Next week, I will be attending a Gestational Diabetes Counseling class where I'll learn how to monitor my blood sugar levels, and I'll be given instructions for how to change my diet.  I've gotten some ideas from family and friends on what to make for breakfasts (since I can't have cereal) and lunches (since high-carb leftovers and Pop-Tart lunch "desserts" are now a no-no).  I am eager to start making healthy changes for Noah's and my benefit. 
I plan to adjust my diet, make use of my Pregnancy Fitness DVD, and actively monitor my blood sugar levels in order to make the remainder of this pregnancy as healthy as possible!  Anything that helps out little Noah in his development and gives him a healthier Mommy is a top-priority of mine!  When I think of how he'll benefit from these changes, I do not even feel like I'll miss the brownies, cookies, and other sweets and carbs. 
So, I'm enjoying my days with Michael and treasuring this time where he's an "only child."  He's such a joy and I'm so excited that he'll be a big brother in January!  He makes me super happy to be a Mommy and I'm eagerly anticipating the day when our family gets a little bigger with Noah's arrival. 
Thank-you for all of the prayers!  They are much appreciated!  Much love, Reba