Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I Don't Have Gestational Diabetes

What good news I received today! I had my 29 week appt with Dr. Salamon and my test results from the 4-hour glucose tolerance test were just fine. Only one number was high and it was the 3-hour number. She said it just meant my system slowed down and there was no reason for me to test my 3-hour blood sugar. Her only recommendation was to watch my sweets. I can do that. I really didn't mind following the low-carb plan anyway as I was getting more protein and felt full for longer. I do need to get more fiber incorporated into it though.

Thanks for reading my blog about this little thing. It is nice to have a way to share my ups and downs. On another note, the doctor checked me out after I explained the abdominal pain and some spotting and said everything was okay there as well. She said I probably just overexerted myself getting ready for this weekend. All's well though. No need to be concerned now. Have a good night! I'm going to bed early tonight!

Baby Meets Daddy

I am so happy to report that Baby Sabin has formally introduced himself (or herself) to Daddy! Today, while we were watching TV, I had Bruce just sit with his hand on my belly until he felt Baby Sabin kick. Once that happened, he got a little more into it and actually got to see my belly moving around when the baby kicked me. This was the first time (after several attempts) that he was able to feel Baby Sabin moving. He of course gave me some good natured teasing because it felt subtle to him. I explained that it was very different from the inside. :-) I really like watching my belly move when I get a chance to just sit and stare. There will be a lot of time to do that this summer.

I am feeling better today after having quite a bit of lower abdominal pain since Thursday. I am still planning to mention it to my doctor during today (Tuesday's) appointment. Yes, I am still up. I haven't stayed up until midnight for quite a while and am just about ready to call it a night. We have a big day planned tomorrow, ending with a special anniversary dinner at Texas de Brazil. This is probably the last time we will be able to enjoy such an expensive dinner for many, many years!

The other night, at the rehearsal dinner, my parents and their friends were taking friendly bets on how long it would take us to get pregnant with baby number two. They all think I'll be pregnant again by the time Baby Sabin #1 is 12 months old. We'll see. I do want my babies close together since I want 3-4 (possibly, this is still up in the air) and need to get them done before I am 40 years old, but I am not sure about spacing them 1 year apart when I have time for 2 years apart. Like I said, we'll see.

And now, I am 29 weeks pregnant. Here is what is happening with Baby Sabin, from BabyCenter.com: Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to accommodate his brain — which is busy developing billions of neurons. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Wedding Photos

As promised, here are a couple of pictures from my brother's wedding. I know the official photographer's photos will be way better, but you will have to wait for those. The ceremony was very long, but the minister had a good sense of humor. I think this was the first wedding I had been to where the whole audience laughed more than a couple of times. While he did talk a lot, he had an interesting idea for making peace in marriage. He gave Nick and Michelle each a red rose and asked them to use the red rose as a reminder of their love. (At this point I thought the rose thing was a bit cheesy myself, but he went on...) Next, he said if they ever got in a situation where they were upset or had argued but couldn't find the words to say "I'm sorry," they could bring home a single red rose and put it in a designated place of their home as a message to the other that they were ready for reconciliation.

Nick & Michelle - They had those smiles all night and were truly excited to be "official."

Nick & Michelle

Bruce & I - It was the end of the night and we were tired, but we still found the energy to smile for the camera one more time.

Bruce & Jennifer


I've been having some lower abdominal pain for the last couple of days. It started on Friday. I don't notice it until I am trying to get up from sitting or laying down. The baby's activity hasn't changed during this same time so I think I am just experience some round ligament pain. I have been running around a lot to get ready for the wedding so I am probably just worn out. Hopefully, after a day or two of rest I'll be feeling better. If not, my next doctor's appointment is on Tuesday. I'll discuss this with her then.

Oh, and someone sent this poignant video to me. I hope you enjoy it. It is called "Children See, Children Do."



Saturday, May 26, 2007

My Brothers's Wedding

Today, my brother is getting married. I am so excited for him and Michelle (his fiance). She is great and is like a long lost sister to me. We get along very well and she is perfect for my little brother. Last night was the rehearsal and dinner. My parents did an excellent job picking the place and the menu. I can't wait to tell you more about the wedding once I have some pictures to post. The ceremony isn't until 6 pm, so it will probably be tomorrow or Monday before I get a chance to post anything.

I am also happy that Michelle asked me to be a bridesmaid, but sad to report that I had dress issues. When I tried the dress on in February, David's Bridal gave me a maternity belly to wear and everything fit perfectly. Unfortunately, the belly didn't take into account any other areas that might gain some weight. Fortunately, I have a friend who is a great seamstress and she was able to take care of the problem for me since there was no way to exchange my dress for another size (the nearest one was in TX). She corseted the back where the zipper wouldn't close and now I should be good to go. I still have a separate dress to wear during the reception because I don't know how comfortable the corseting will be for all night, but I am very grateful to Amy for helping me out of this situation.

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Glucose Tolerance Test

Well, today was the big test. I began fasting last night around 9 pm and then was at the lab by 7:15 this morning. They were able to take the fasting blood sugar level fairly quickly. However, it took over an hour to get the results back. Apparently, they won't give you the glucose solution to drink until they verify that your blood sugar is in range for a fast. Mine was and I quickly drank all 10 ounces of the stronger, 100 gram orange flavored syrup. It is so sweet it almost stings the back of your throat as it goes down. But I get it over with quickly.

The first hour passed just fine. I was able to work on my Daniel Bible study and listen to some music on the iPod Bruce lent me. By the end though I was feeling sleepy from a restless night and possibly from all of the glucose now in my system. They stuck me again for the 1-hour test and then I went out to my car to take a nap and listen to a HypnoBirthing CD. It was very relaxing and I am looking forward to learning more about this birthing method that is free from all drugs and minimizes medical interventions.

Finally, after being stuck, waiting another hour, then being stuck again I was free to go home. The only real side effect was an upset stomach from putting all of that glucose into an empty tummy. I guess I'll find out my results when I go to my regularly scheduled doctor's visit on Tuesday. I'll let you know how it turns out! In case you want to know more about the test, here is a very thorough website: Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

2 Days late

Good morning! Today is my last official day of work (at school at least) until after my maternity leave. Since there are no students, I am going in just a little later than usual.

I realized as I fell asleep last night that I didn't tell you about Baby Sabin's progress now that we are at the 28 week mark. Here is what BabyCenter.com says:
"By this week, your baby weighs a little over 2 pounds and measures about 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can open her eyes — which now sport lashes — and she'll turn her head toward a continuous, bright light from the outside. Her fat layers are beginning to form, too, as she gets ready for life outside the womb."

I've noticed that, as I've tried to eat low-carb, I can feel Baby Sabin more regularly. I don't know if it is related to what I am eating or if I am just at the point in my pregnancy where the baby is stronger so I can feel him or her more often.

Old Wives' Tale:
I was told on Monday that I am having a boy. The reason? Because apparently, I still have a waist from behind. Truth be told, I was more excited to hear I had a waist from any angle than I was to hear Baby Sabin would be a boy. :-) Of course, Bruce's Magic 8 Ball also said we were going to have a son. He was right about Clay & Julie having a girl, so he is holding out that the 8 ball will be right about Baby Sabin. We'll see... 12 weeks to go!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Third Trimester

As of today, I am now in my third trimester, 28 weeks. There are only 12 to go if Baby Sabin is as punctual as his or her momma. I decided I'd give you all a treat and let you see how pregnant I look. This photo was taken before school this morning, and more importantly for you to know, before I put my make-up on!
Good Morning 3rd Trimester!

I have only 2 days of school left, then one planning day! My first school year is over. I am very excited that I made it through and did so well, but I am a little sad about not seeing my students again (except in the halls and in 4 years at their graduation).

I want to tell you more, but I'll have to do that later. Right now, I have to get ready to leave for my last week of school!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Ho hum... its Saturday

I have had a very pleasant day so far. Try as I might, I could not sleep past 6:45 am. That was rather disappointing given my summer vacation is only a few days away. But, I woke up happy and well-rested so there isn't much to complain about here. After a while, I met Bruce out at our lot to check on the progress of our Dome Home (site last updated 5/19/7). We came back for a quiet lunch and I took a nap. Nap is over now and I am wasting away my afternoon browsing the internet. I'll probably work on my Beth Moore study of Daniel in just a little bit as well.

Since finding out that I need to take the 4-hour glucose test, I have decided to try and practice with the gestational diabetes diet. It hasn't been the hardest thing I've ever done, but well, let me tell you about it.

One thing I hate about trying to learn a new way to eat is the amount of time it consumes. On this particular diet (approved by a dietitian) I am to consume no more than 180 grams of carbohydrates a day. This is a vast improvement of Phase One of the South Beach diet plan. I can have no more than 30 of those carbs before lunch. For someone who typically eats cereal for breakfast then sometimes adds an English muffin with strawberry jam (homemade I might add), this is tough. My typical breakfast was probably close to 80 carbs, and fairly healthy by most standards because I choose high-fiber cereal, skim milk, and a whole wheat English muffin. Trying to find quick alternatives has not been easy. I ended up eating eggs (or egg beaters) every morning since Thursday, when I started trying to go low-carb. Preparing a breakfast with eggs takes more work than preparing cereal. Of course, as summer vacation is quickly approaching, this will be less of an issue.

But, what I was saying about time... I have become accustomed to choosing low fat foods. Making the switch to low-carb foods is a lot of work for someone who has never paid attention to carbs. I have to read every label or look things up online just to decide if I can eat them or not. Fortunately, I was able to turn to a favorite website of mine from long ago called FitDay. Here, I can plug in all my food choices and be able to instantly track my calories, plus my carbs, proteins, and fat grams. Hopefully, if I need to stick with this eating plan, it will get easier. I am going to have to restock my shelves and freezer though. They are not currently low carb friendly.

If anyone out there has any easy suggestions for low-carb meals, please leave them in a comment or e-mail me. I think I have an old copy of the South Beach Diet somewhere around my house... if I could only find it. I remember some good recipes in that book. I would especially be interested in any recipes that can be made in bulk and then frozen. I have time this summer to do that and plan to, just not with any of my old recipes.

I do want to tell you about my first baby shower, but this post has dragged on for a while... check back in a day or two for more information about how wonderful my friends and co-workers are!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Test Results

I went back to the ObGyn today for my monthly appointment and was able to get my GCT results. Turns out they did come back higher than expected, so I will be taking the more involved, Glucose Tolerance Test. I am a bit bummed about that, but mostly on account that it has been scheduled for my first day of summer vacation, Thursday, May 24. I have to be at the lab by 7:30 AM that morning which doesn't exactly thrill me. I had such dreams of sleeping in that day and then lazily getting up to head north for my brother's wedding. Oh well.

Everyday I start my class with a writing assignment called "Prime Time." The students have five-minutes to give a written response to a question posed on the board. Today's question was, "What advice do you have for Mrs. Sabin as a new mom to be?" I only got to read over their shoulders a little bit since they won't turn in journals for a couple more days, but it was interesting to say the least. I'm going to tease you with the ideas of what a bunch of 13 & 14 years olds might say until I post... use your imagination. You can check back later this week to see some of their responses.

To end on an actual funny note, a friend sent me this cute Mother's Day story that I thought many of you would find hilarious, or at least ringing with truth.

"So, we had this great 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died. Jack was a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit on him and nothing ever bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day long on this mat in our bathroom. Well, we have 3 kids and at the time of this story they were 4 years old, 3 years old and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loves chapstick. LOVES it. He kept asking to use my chapstick and then losing it. So finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom I keep my chapstick and how he could use it whenever he wanted to but he needed to put it right back in the drawer when he was done. Last year on Mother's Day, we were having the typical rush around and try to get ready for Church with everyone crying and carrying on. My two boys are fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I am trying to nurse my little one at the same time I am putting on my make-up. Everything is a mess and everyone has long forgotten that this is a wonderful day to honor me and the amazing job that is motherhood. We finally have the older one and the baby loaded in the car and I am looking for Eli. I have searched everywhere and I finally round the corner to go into the bathroom. And there was Eli. He was applying my chapstick very carefully to Jack's . . Rear end. Eli looked right into my eyes and said 'chapped.' Now if you have a cat, you know that he is right--their little butts do look pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn't seem to mind. And the only question to really ask at that point was whether it was the FIRST time Eli had done that to the cat's behind or the hundredth. And THAT is my favorite Mother's Day moment ever because it reminds us that no matter how hard we try to civilize these glorious little creatures, there will always be that day when you realize they've been using your chapstick on the cat's butt."

Monday, May 14, 2007

Contact Me

Mother's Day and a Big Test

I apologize for the long wait between posts. I really did mean to post something this weekend in honor of Mother’s Day, but I was very busy. Fortunately, most of what I was busy at on Saturday was spending time with my own mother. We had a nice breakfast together at Mimi’s Café and then saw a movie and did some shopping. She picked out Georgia Rule all on her own. I am glad it was not a movie I picked out for Mother’s Day! It was a fine movie, just not the feel-good, chick-flick we were looking for on Mother’s Day. I did receive my first Mother’s Day card from Baby Sabin. Though I must confess, Daddy Sabin did most of the work, as Baby Sabin’s fine-motor skills are not all there yet, along with many other skills needed to pick out and buy a card. J It was nice to think of this as my first Mother’s Day, but I know next year will be even sweeter when I actually am holding a baby of my own on this holiday.

Now, about the Big Test I mentioned in my subject… Today, I am feeling as anxious as one of my students preparing to take an exam. I have the Glucose Challenge Test to take after school. I think the results will turn out okay, but I am taking no chances. I am trying to not add any extra sugar to my diet (which I have been working on for a few weeks now) so that my insulin levels are not high going into the test. In addition, because I do not want to wait for a couple of days to get the results, I am bringing along a blood-glucose monitor of my own that I can use right after they test me. This way, I will have an idea of what they are going to tell me when they call the day or two after the real test.

I am now 27 weeks pregnant. There are only 13 weeks or so left until Baby Sabin makes his or her grand entrance. I find the further I get along the more my students like to use my pregnancy as a topic of conversation to distract me from keeping them on task. I usually will indulge 1-2 questions then have to remind myself that they are in my room to learn something about English, not about my baby! Did I ever mention the fun game I play with my students when they ask me about baby names? Whoever asks me, I always tell them that their name is at the top of our list. They usually believe me until another students asks and gets the same answer.

Oh, and one more thing… I have my first baby shower this Wednesday. Many people have asked, so in response to the popular demand, you can view both of my registries by clicking the links on the top right side of this page. I have some items on both lists, so make sure you check them both out (at least online), since there have been various sales and discounts at different points that make one site cheaper than the other. And, if you have any suggestions for anything else I need, feel free to comment and let me know. I am always looking for feedback since this is my first time picking baby stuff out.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Giving Birth

Have I mentioned yet that I am trying to become more familiar with the birthing process by watching videos of births online? I won't overstep your comfort zone and post any of those videos, but this video on CNN.com made me wonder, what would happen if we got stuck in traffic and Bruce had to deliver our baby? I think he might faint, kind of like this guy:
BREAST FEEDING ALERT:
If you don't want to know anything about breast feeding, stop now!
Since this is supposed to be a journal of my experience as a pregnant lady, I think that I would be remiss if I did not include a comment or two about how my breasts are changing during this time. Now, before you get visions of Victoria Secret models in your head, you should know, it isn't sexy. It's beautiful in a natural way, but this is not titillating stuff here. Of course, my breasts are getting bigger. This is what happens to pregnant ladies, but that is only because they are having to accommodate breast milk, which will be used to feed my baby. What I really want to describe is the first time I physically realized that my breasts were meant to provide nourishment to Baby Sabin. I didn't expect it, but a flood of emotions washed over me. I actually found myself crying thinking how wonderful it was that my body knew what to do, and was doing it! To most people, that probably sounds nuts, but as I have been spending more time considering a natural birth process, I have been trying to become more confident in my own body's ability to do what it is programmed by God to do. This experience just increased my confidence in my own body. I found a lot of information about how this God-created process works here.

As for a progress report on Baby Sabin's growth... I am now 26 weeks pregnant, which makes Baby Sabin 24 weeks old (because of how they count the weeks from ovulation, which 2 about 2 weeks before conception). Here is a picture of Baby Sabin:

26 Weeks


You can read about how Baby Sabin has grown here.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Changes

It has been said that a baby changes everything. I don't think whoever said that first meant I would have a thicker head of hair either. Each day however, it becomes more clear to me how our life will change once Baby Sabin arrives. Bruce and I were talking about camping gear tonight, since this is one way we think we will be able to take affordable vacations once our income has to be stretched further. He was looking at a 3-person tent that is on sale right now at REI and suggesting we go ahead and get it now, while the price is right. I looked at him and pointed out that a 3-person tent really won't accommodate 2 adults and a baby while camping. We need to just go straight ahead into the full-size tent that includes a family room attachment. They aren't much more expensive and will last much longer as our family continues to grow. Either way, we won't be camping anytime soon! I don't think sleeping on the ground right now would keep this momma-to-be happy.

Another change I know I'll have to get used to is more personal. I really am a very selfish person and value my "down-time" very highly. Once there is a baby in the house though, I'm going to have to put my own needs aside to make sure Baby Sabin is well-cared for. Not that I think this will be a major problem... I really am looking forward to meeting and caring for Baby Sabin, but still... I will miss having a Sunday afternoon stretch out before me with nothing more than a massage, nap, and movie planned (like today).

I am feeling a little down though because I don't look as pregnant as I want too. I know it sounds silly to want to look pregnant, but when I see pictures of other women who are as far along as I am and they look more pregnant it makes me sad. Not for them, but for me. I guess I just want everyone to know that I'm not just fat, but that I have a little human inside of me. I have had women comment to me twice this week that I don't look nearly as pregnant as I am telling them I am. I understand when my students say that, they just don't have any perspective, but when women who have had babies and are older say it, well, presumably, they know what they are talking about.

On a happy note though, I already know when my first baby shower will be. I am so excited that the teachers at my school want to do this for me. It will be on Wednesday, May 16, after school. I know it might be a little early for a shower, but we only have 12 days of school left before summer break begins. The invitations are really cute too. They have a black-and-white photo of a tiny baby hand inside the mother's hand and say, "Pink or blue, we have no clue."

There were a few other things I wanted to journal tonight, but I have already rambled on quite a bit so I leave you with this little joke:
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.

Friday, May 04, 2007

The Mommy Test

Not sure how true this little joke is, but it made me laugh so I thought I would share it with you as well.

I was out walking with my 4-year-old son. He picked up something off the ground and started to put it in his mouth. I took the item away from him and I asked him not to do that. "Why?" my son asked.

"Because it's been on the ground, and you don't know where it's been; it's dirty and probably has germs," I replied. At this, my son looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Mommy, how do you know all this stuff?"

"Uh," I was thinking quickly. "All moms know this stuff. It is on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but he was evidently wondering about this new information.

"OH... I get it!" he beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy." "Exactly!" I replied with a big smile on my face.


Baby Names

Even though Bruce thinks he is being clever by publicly suggesting the name Theophilus, please know, it is not under serious consideration. I know that certain members of my family took it hard when we told them we didn’t want to share the top names, we really had our reasons. I think a name is a very important thing. It has the power to help someone succeed in life because of unconscious activity in brains. Also, I found that the few names I had loved and planned to use for years, have finally lost their luster due to over-thinking them. I want names that are original and reflect a certain degree of classic taste while still allowing for some quirkiness. I think it is possible to find these names so I am open to suggestions. Privately, I have received some very nice names. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas. What do you wish you had been named? Is there a name you never got to use for your own children?

A while back, my friend Beverly sent me a fun website for names. You can find out how many people in the United Stated have your name. I checked and not only are there no people in the US named Theophilus Sabin, there are no people name Theophilus!

As for me:


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are
31
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


An update on my blood sugar – I tested it again this morning and was even further below the 95 mark for a fasting blood sugar level than the first time I tested. Yesterday, I ate so much at school that I was never hungry for a real dinner so I had a bowl of cereal about 6:30 pm and tested this morning about 6 am. I think I should be good to go with the test next week, but I am still trying to replace all of my white breads with whole grains. It is just a healthier way to eat.