Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bumpdate: 31 weeks+

Friday night we were finally, finally prepping to paint the nursery (and I of course wanted a commemorative belly shot with the paint and other room inspiration). J was all ready to paint on Saturday while I worked and BB went off to Nacky's house.....and then poor BB was up all night with a fever, and while I went to take care of sick people at work, J took care of sick BB at home. (I hated that.)

The nursery mid-prep - yes, those are stripes, just like on the inspiration-bookcover!

So today Mama is back on duty, and J is donning his coveralls and wielding roller brushes - IF IT KILLS US. Seriously, I'm 32 weeks tomorrow. It's TIME to get the nursery together. We painted BB's nursery at 30 weeks and I felt like that was WAY too late to finally be getting the nursery together and vowed that we would never do that again. (Awkward pause.....) Especially because this time around we have a lot to do in BB's room too, adding a big boy bed (aka a mattress on the floor with a faux headboard to make me feel less like he's sleeping on a matress on the floor) and adjusting his clothing and toy storage (since his dresser is part of the changing table). But here we are. The good news is that other than paint and new baby linens and a few accessories (just for fun), we aren't really buying anything for the nursery, so it is an economically-friendly redo. And while I say that we haven't done anything, that's not true, because we have cleared the room out, which means that we have found new storage for a lot of stuff. My favorite is the dresser we redid - other than the hardware (for which I need to do some serious googling), it has been complete and fully functional for a couple of weeks now.

I can't wait to accesorize the top (ignore the stuff piled up there right now) - I already have a few books and a picture and an idea for a painting I want to do in mind. And yes, the drawers are the same color that the office is painted. I love that color and was a little sad we are painting over it, so now it lives on in the hallway. Plus, it was free (leftover) paint!

Other good news is that so far I love all of the changes - I love the dresser in the hall, I love the desk in our bedroom, I love how convenient the storage in the linen closet is. Our home feels cozier with those empty spaces filled in.

And now for the pregnancy update - not so good news is that Friday they called to tell me that my 3-hour glucose tolerance test came back abnormal, which I guess means I have gestational diabetes. Two of my three blood draws were elevated, but both were elevated only 2 measly points above the cutoff. And I did the 3-hour test the day before BB's birthday party, so I had some added stress, which makes your blood glucose go up, and I think that is part of the reason. 2 measly points seem so ridiculous to worry about. But the logical side of me recognizes that if I had come in 2 measly points under the cutoff instead of over, I would still have been at the very high end of normal, which isn't ideal. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow so I know we'll be discussing it there, but in the meantime BFF Dr. A assures me that because my numbers are so low I will just be diet-controlled (rather than adding a medication). I am going to have to go in for some kind of Gestational Diabetes education appointment - I was like, I'm a Cardiac ICU nurse, I think I know the drill (I'm bratty when I'm grumpy). But actually now I have some questions - like am I supposed to eat NO sugar, or just limited sugar? Day One of Gestational Diabetes was yesterday when I successfully did not eat any dessert all day - or night. I think I will be totally fine during the day, it's just those late night after dinner treats that are going to stretch my willpower to the max - I LOVE dessert - specifically, chocolate. I must have it. And I have CRAVED sweets this pregnancy, which I totally didn't when I was pregnant with BB. Ironic. So this is where you send me all of your best sugar-free-but-you'd-never-know-it-splendarific dessert recipes so that I survive the next 8 weeks. More serious googling ahead.

Otherwise, our littlest is very active, more active than I remember BB being, and I feel like he's bigger than BB was too. I am still having leg cramps and good and bad nights sleeping. I am having contractions pretty frequently the last few weeks, and they are getting harder to just walk through (even though they're not painful yet, just tight). I am SO looking forward to being off in July - Have I told you all that I am going to be off in July? It doesn't affect my maternity leave, I will still have 12 weeks off with Baby Boy, and this way I will have a whole month to nest and just spend quality time with BB. I am hoping to dedicate a few days to potty training, but otherwise I just want to spend some special time with him. And do a few fun projects for the nursery while BB naps.

Okay, I hear a little man stirring...hopefully I will be posting a picture of the painted nursery soon!

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