Happy New Year Sunflowers! Can you believe it is 2014 already?!
I know I’ve been MIA a lot lately but I’m back and ready to fill you in on my Baby Bump journey. This week marks my 24th week…yes 6 months preggo!!! I hope you’ll follow along as I share my pregnancy adventures each week as we countdown to the arrival of Baby Sunshine
So let’s get started…
Pink or Blue?
One of the benefits of being AMA is that genetic testing now allows for finding out the baby’s gender as early as 11 weeks via blood test. Yes, that’s right. No more waiting to sneak a peek between baby’s legs via ultrasound. Initially I did not want to find out the baby’s gender however Mr. DrummerBoy was not having that. And although he suggested that he find out and I don’t , I wasn’t feeling that. So as a compromise, we agreed to find out together however we will not be revealing it to anyone else….a gender-reveal baby shower it is!
The Name Game
For weeks Mr. DrummerBoy and I could not agree on baby names – everything he liked, I didn’t and vice versa. Noticing a pattern here? Yeah, welcome to my life :-/ I never really considered this before, but I think naming a child is pretty special so there are several things that were important for us to consider: 1) we like it 2) the child will likely like it 3) it bear some significance to us and my personal fave 4) it have glorious nickname potential…ha! And then it happened….one day, Mr. DrummerBoy texted me out of the blue with a first name, followed by a middle name and it was PERFECTION! We can’t wait to share
White Coat Anxiety
As Mr. DrummerBoy and I begin the logistics of prepping for Baby Sunshine’s birth i.e. hospital registration, birthing classes, hospital tour, etc., I have become increasingly anxious about being in the hospital. I’ve only ever been in the hospital as a visitor before. The thought of being a patient and staying overnight is freaking me out. Is that weird?
Despite being in good health prior to pregnancy, Baby Sunshine has somehow managed to hi-jack my body into presenting with a couple of potential health risks. First up, one of our initial genetic tests showed that I was positive for a blood disorder known as Beta Thalassemia which for me has manifested as iron deficiency so in addition to my regular pre-natal vitamin, I also take an iron supplement. This wasn’t that shocking as I have been told that I’m borderline anemic before and pregnancy requires greater iron intake.
Secondly after a series of glucose tests (yuck!), I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. For those who aren’t aware, GD is a form of diabetes that is specifically caused by pregnancy hormones blocking the proper production of insulin. The realization of this diagnosis was disappointing. Determined to not have to take medication, I immediately did everything required to regulate my blood sugar: eating every 3 hours (always pairing carbs with protein), limiting my carb intake to fruit (and only in the middle of the day) and drinking nothing but water. This worked wonders for my post-meal blood sugar levels, however my fasting blood sugar remained slightly higher. As a result, my docs have now put me on medication to assist my body in producing insulin. I was devastated. I have never been on medication for anything before in my life and I was determined to regulate this with diet & exercise. After 24 hours of sulking, research and speaking with my docs, I realized that this was not my fault and decided to press on in my pursuit to optimize the health of both Baby Sunshine & I. So far, so good.
There’s Always The Sun
In spite of the above health concerns, I continue to feel great and Baby Sunshine is doing well. I have even managed to lose weight. Although initially disturbed by this fact, my doctors have assured me that as long as the baby’s weight is on target (which it is), my weight loss is not an issue.
As Baby Sunshine grows, the movement is starting to increase and although painful & annoying at times, it is THE best feeling in the world. As I talk to, sing to and read to Baby Sunshine…reality is starting to set in. In just a few short months, I.will.be somebody’s.mother. AFREAKINGMAZING!!!
So that’s my week 24 update. Can you relate? Any advice? I’m so eager to hear from you…please share your thoughts and leave your sunshine below.
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