Glucose update: I passed! I was feeling a little unsure about my gestational diabetes test because I've known so many mamas (on & off the blogs) that have had to deal with borderline or full on GD. I had no idea what to expect, but my levels were way lower than I even anticipated. So grateful! I also wanted to say thank you for all the good luck & well wishes during this time, I really appreciate the support!!
Otherwise, to be honest, this week has been kind of a low week. I'm doing my best to choose happiness every day, but some days are easier than others! One year ago, I made a promise to myself to never stay down for too long, and especially to avoid falling into depression (been there, done that), but it's difficult to be in this transitional state. Ironically, I'm not at all afraid of labor or becoming a mom or breastfeeding. I'm a little down because my life feels so "up in the air," and I'm too much of a planner to deal with that! I like change, but I also like knowing where I'm stepping before that change occurs.
After our little one arrives, my husband (who has been working at a job that requires him to stay waaay too late at work) plans to apply to jobs back in Vermont. We're hoping to move back when our baby is just 6-8weeks old. But nothing is certain yet! And that's a little stressful for me, especially when I have no control over the situation at this moment and we have little time to talk it out because of his current work schedule. I know everything will work out in the end and I just have to push through and give my baby good, happy vibes. It just takes a little more effort than usual! It's that mid-winter struggle. Maybe I should just forget about my to-do list for a few hours each day and wrap myself in a good book. :)
Week: 30 weeks along! Ahh!! 10 weeks left!
Total Weight Gain: Just a smidge under 15lbs total! Getting there!
Exercise: I've been getting back to being better about my yoga routine this week! Although I still have hip & rib pain regardless. I like to think that the yoga still helps, but I also have to make time to lay down throughout the day now!
Nutrition: Throughout most of the week, I've been really good. Bananas as snacks; homemade smoothies; lots of tomatoes, garlic, and spinach based dishes. But I did make chocolate chip banana bread yesterday... ;)
Food cravings/aversions: Craving all sorts of things this week. Today its pancakes. Yesterday it was chocolate chip banana bread. Earlier this week it was Sesame Peanut noodles. I just love food!
Signs of Stretch Marks: Nothing new since last week. Still using Burt's Bees Belly Butter!
Maternity Clothes: Well, I really can't stretch my shirts enough to fit anymore. :/ I've done a lot searching over the past couple weeks and have been pretty disappointed by the options. It feels like all the cute maternity clothes are ridiculously expensive. Any suggestions, mama friends?!
Sleep: I sleep well as long as I stay on my left side. If I sleep too long on my right side, I wake up with that rib pain, which is not a fun way to start the day! I can't imagine sleeping without my body pillow at this point.
Feeling: Again, up & down. Physically, my ribs & hips hurt most, but I just have to listen to my body & take a break when necessary. Emotionally, I am so ready for springtime: for my husband to not work so late anymore; for flowers to start blooming & for warm weather to arrive so I can spend more time outside; to move back to Vermont and to hold this little guy in my arms!
Baby Movement: Oh yeah! He was definitely most active between 25-28 weeks, but he still moves around all the time. I can tell he's gaining weight too - his movements not only feel stronger but they just look bigger!
Belly Button In or Out? In - soooo ready to pop though!
Wedding Rings On or Off? On - but I have experienced some mild swelling in my feet if I stand up for too long.
What I miss most this week: Spending time with my husband! He's been getting home around 9pm every night and leaves before I wake up. :(
Best moment this week: Eating lots of food this weekend with my husband!
Looking forward to: Honestly, just looking forward to getting this week over with and knocking as many things off my to do list as I can. Next week my husband will be on a different client in Vermont and I'm going with him!
Please leave me any maternity clothing suggestions! Love hearing from you all. :)
xo kristen genevieve