Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day date with my mom

I spent almost the whole day with my mom yesterday and we had the best time!  It was beautiful outside (68, I think?) so it really felt like Spring.  It was magical.  We spent the afternoon in Lawrence, grabbing lunch at Milton's, browsing around a few stores-including Wild Man Vintage (love that place!) and explored Oakland on our way home.  We were driving by a Mexican grocery store and my mom spontaneously asked me if I wanted to get out and look, and I shouted, "Let's go in!"  We giggled like little girls while parking the car and got just a few stares walking around the tiny store.  We tried finding guava paste but had no such luck.  I'll have to look up more Hispanic markets around Topeka.  It was a lovely adventure day with my mom.  She is the most fun to hang out with.  :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Menu Monday: 2/20-2/27

Menu Monday is back!  Meal planning and cooking has been all over the place since the pregnancy.  In the first trimester, it was "grab whatever to eat because I feel too sick to cook," and since living with my parents in November, my mom and I sometimes alternate with the cooking.  I would like to become even more organized with a grocery list and a budget goal each week!

Monday:  Chicken Stir Fry with rice

Tuesday:  Brats & Peppers

Wednesday:  Picadillo with rice

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Marinated Chicken with broccoli and brown rice

Saturday:  Leftovers

Sunday:  Gonna wing it

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

be mine

My love surprised me with my favorite kind of flowers for Valentine's Day a couple days ago and I've been enjoying watching them bloom.  I started out the day with a doctor's appointment.  It was pretty cool hearing my baby's heartbeat on this particular day.  :)  

Now I really can't see my toes anymore!

Spent the afternoon at Blue Planet at a sunny table by the window

I really love the charm and eclectic feel to this place.  I will happily support local coffee any day!

I treated myself to a sugar cookie and the baby and I loved every bite!  I guess that means I'm really over my sugar turnoff!  

Now I'm waiting for Israel to come home from work so we can celebrate!  He's planned a few surprises for the evening so I have no idea what we're going to be doing.  :)  Hope you all have a great Valentine's with friends and loved ones.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Glucose Screening Test

On Friday morning, I went in to take my glucose screening test at the hospital.  I had been dreading this for a few months but I knew once I entered the third trimester this would not be far away.  They're testing to see if you have developed gestational diabetes during your pregnancy which isn't all that common but does happen and can be a serious issue.  Many places have different ways of testing for this, but most hospitals will make you come in and drink something with 50 grams of sugar in it and will test your blood levels an hour later to see how you respond.

My OB had instructed me to fast from midnight until the morning, so I came in with an empty stomach and was already not feeling too great (depriving a pregnant lady of her food is just cruel).  I was surprised to learn that at St. Francis, instead of the typical one hour, they would draw my blood for two hours, once each hour.  The first thing they did when I went back into the lab was take my blood to see what my fasting level was.  They're looking for a number anywhere between 80-120 and mine was an 88.  After the tech was satisfied with my number (good job me?), I was given the choice between lemon lime or orange.  Having never been a huge fan of orange sodas, I went with the lemon lime.  The tech said I only had five minutes to drink it (about a 10 ounce cup) and I downed it pretty fast, more so to just get it over with.  By far, this was the nastiest thing I've ever had to drink.  It did taste like lemon lime, yes-- but also with a splash of bitter grapes.  It was so sweet it actually burned my throat.

They told me to come back an hour later, so I went to the cafeteria to try and read the book I brought with me.  Not long after I sat down and attempted to read, I was just overcome with nausea.  I couldn't focus on anything, let alone the words on the page, so I just watched people and tried not to think about how horrible I felt.  I've always had a sensitive stomach and I just knew I wouldn't be able to handle this well.  I came back when the hour was up, had more blood drawn, and wandered into the waiting room to wait for the next hour to go by.  This was when I really started to feel miserable.  I began to sweat and tried to concentrate on just not throwing up-- that had been my whole goal for the day.  About twenty minutes before the second hour was up, I barely made it into the restroom before I threw up about three times.  As soon as that was out of my body, I felt instant relief.  Even Baby Girl started moving around more once that stuff was gone.  I felt horrible for having to put her through that, too.  :(

I went back to the lab when the hour was up and told them I had just gotten sick, but they couldn't take my blood again because that would have affected my levels.  They told me to call my doctor and see if I would have to do the same test again.

I felt awful, weak and extremely sick and hearing that, just made me feel worse.  I didn't want to have to go through that again, knowing I would probably just get sick again.  I went home and researched some different alternatives to the test and was getting prepared to have to fight for those alternatives if it was needed.  After talking to Israel on his lunch break, I crashed in our bed for a couple hours.  Even though I did feel better after some rest and saltines, I just felt off the rest of the day.  I swore off any form of sugar and wanted nothing to do with it that day.

After getting lots of rest that night and drinking a ton of water, I felt much better on Saturday.  I just heard from my doctor earlier today and received some good news!  Since my levels looked pretty good from the first two blood draws (even though I couldn't complete the test), I won't have to do it again.  I am so relieved to hear that, and it gives me more respect for my OB seeing that she's a reasonable lady.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

28 weeks

I am finally in the third and final trimester!!!

This week has been about being even more tired, breathlessness, backaches, constipation, a more intense appetite and a ton more trips to the bathroom.  Little Girl is now almost 16 inches long and could weigh about 2.5 pounds!  This is the trimester when she (and I) will really start packing on the pounds.  She's also starting to hiccup (although I'm not quite sure if I've actually felt that yet) and practice breathing.  

I will start seeing my doctor every two weeks instead of once a month from here on out.  One thing I'm not excited about is the dreaded glucose test I'm going in to do on Friday morning.  It tests for gestational diabetes and to do this, you have to drink a very concentrated sugar drink (with 50 grams of sugar- yikes!) and they take your blood afterwards to see how your insulin levels respond.  My doctor said I shouldn't eat or drink anything before the test, and I'm dreading the nauseousness afterwards.  If I don't pass this test, I have to go back in to do a more intense test where they test your blood over a period of three hours.  Hopefully I will pass!  

I'm getting excited for several things coming up in the next couple of months:

-our first childbirth class which will be this weekend
-two baby showers, one in March and the other in April (just a few weeks before my due date!!)
-having Renae in town for one of my showers and she will also be taking our maternity pictures next month

I can't believe we're going to meet our little girl in a little over two and a half months!  Although I'm anxious to meet her and shower her with kisses and cuddles, I think it definitely became more real to me this week how much our lives are going to change.  I'm excited and nervous and scared all at the same time.  

Friday, February 3, 2012

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I've been wanting to make this recipe for a long time and when I found out my small group was making breakfast for I-Mom this morning, I knew I had to make them.  The general consensus is that they taste like banana bread with chocolate chips.  How can that be wrong?

They come together pretty quickly and the trick is not to overmix too much.  They're not fancy but they're more of a comfort muffin.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins:
Adapted from Eat, Live, Run
Makes about 24 muffins


3-4 very ripe bananas

8 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 1/2 C. sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

3 C. flour

1 1/2 C. chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas with melted butter and sugar. Mix well. Add the eggs and beat well.

Sprinkle in salt, baking soda and flour.  Then, gently fold in chocolate chips.  Be careful not to overmix!

*Divide amongst greased muffin tins and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden.

*- I think it was just the dark tin I used but when I checked the muffins at 15 minutes they were already very golden, almost burnt.  So just make sure to check them early.  Cooking times may vary.