29 Weeks

Lots of news to share with you all this week.  I had my 1-hour glucose test done, and I failed it :(   After drinking the Glucola drink (that has 50 grams of sugar in it) they tested my blood an hour later.  The normal range of sugar content in the blood should be 70-139 … My number was 169.  So…. tomorrow I have to go to the hospital for my 3-hour glucose test to find out if I have gestational diabetes.  I have to drink Glucola that has 100 grams of sugar within 10 minutes.  I read that’s the equivalent to 1 liter of Coke!  I really hope I don’t get sick.  There can be side effects after drinking that much sugar.  Dizziness, fainting, puking.  If I become really sick, they will probably have to give me an insulin shot to quickly lower my blood sugar.  After I drink the Glucola,  I will have my blood taken 3 times… once every hour for 3 hours to see how my body is handling the sugar on its own.  You all know how much I hate needles, but I’m more nervous about getting sick from the Glucola.   Say a prayer that everything goes smoothly.

I also found out that I have anemia.  The normal range of iron in your blood should be 14-18.  Mine is 10.  So now I’m on iron supplements.  Iron causes constipation.  You may have read from my past posts that I am already severely constipated.  So… now I’m also taking Colace to help with bowel movements.

My blood pressure is climbing now, too.  It was 134/76.  My doctor is not too worried yet, but she wants to monitor my blood pressure more closely.  If it climbs to 140/90, that’s when it’s time to worry.

Needless to say, the 3rd trimester is not being kind to me.  At least I am now finding out why I am SO exhausted.  I mean terribly exhausted.  The other morning I woke up, got out of bed, made breakfast for Faith and then went straight to the couch to lay down.  I was very out of breath.  My heart was racing and I felt light headed.  Pure exhaustion… even after sleeping about 10 hours that night.   I do hope the iron supplements help with my energy level.  So far it has helped a little.  I can stand longer without feeling faint or out of breath, so that’s good.  I can’t say I have energy though.

 

29 weeks belly pic….

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What baby girl looks like at 29 weeks…

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Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

Today is Valentine’s Day!  Happy Valentines day to all my readers!  Last night we went out to Cracker Barrel for a Valentine’s dinner.

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Our Valentine’s day started out well, but then ended up with lots of crying and tears :(  Aaron brought home two Nerf guns for Faith and a small box of chocolates.  She was so happy running around the house shooting Daddy.  Then, Aaron and her went into the office to make a Valentine’s card for me.  A few moment later, I heard Faith begin to cry louder and louder.  She came out of the office and said to me, “I don’t want to make a card for you!”  And she just bawled and bawled.  Aaron came out to show me a small lock of hair in his hand.  Faith cut her hair :(   And she already knew that was wrong.  We talked about that with her.  Aaron said he only turned away for a second to grab another sheet of paper, and when he turned around he saw she had cut her hair.  She said, “This hair was too long.”  So she cut it.  Well,  immediately after cutting her hair, she realized what she did.  She knew she made a mistake.  She cried for about an hour simply out of guilt.   We didn’t yell at her.  I think her regret was enough to break her heart.

Once she calmed down, I asked Aaron where the hair was because I had an idea.  He said he already did something with it.  He put the lock of hair in the Valentine’s card she made me.  That was exactly what I was wanting to do.  Great minds think alike :)

Let me mention something here before I go on…  Faith is obsessed with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  It’s a cute PBS kid’s show that teaches children basic life lessons and they sing little tunes.  For example, one song Faith likes to sing from the show is, “When you feel so bad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.”   Then there’s another song she loves to sing…

So once she was calm, I set Faith on my lap and asked her, “Do you remember that song from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood… “When something seems bad turn it around and find something good?”  She smiled and said, “Yes.”   I opened up the card she made me and showed her the lock of hair that Daddy taped in the card.  I said, “See, you cut your hair, and that was bad, but now it’s in the card you made me so I can keep it forever and ever.  Every time I open it, I’ll remember Faith’s little curl when she was 3 years old that was given to me on Valentine’s day.”  Tears were still wet on her cheek and I was trying not to cry (damn pregnancy hormones.)  I asked her again, “How does that song go again?”  She smile and sung it word for word, “When something seems bad turn it around and find something good!”

God I love her, and her Daddy so much.  We turned something bad into good.  I hope she’s learned her lesson, and most importantly I hope this experience has showed her that with love and patience, everything will turn out fine :)

I think that lock of hair will be more precious to me than the hair from her first haircut.

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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  1. I love that her lock of hair was used this way to remember good. I would have done the same! Hope your iron supplements continue to help your anemia. Very sorry to hear about your gestational diabetes. Praying for you and baby! Xoxo Take care. 😘 Lidia.

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