Hello!

I'm Kristen. Mom to Luke and Zoey, two-year-olds extraordinaire. Trying to keep a foot in the advertising world (I freelance part-time as a writer/creative director out of San Francisco and Boston). Recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM for my husband's job (I love it). Trying to do the creative stuff I did before babies, but it's hard. Hoping to be an outdoorsy/backpacking/ snowboarding/surfer girl again someday, but fear that may be in the past. Really, just trying to embrace change and find balance--and to be grateful for all the things big and small that are good in my life.

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XOXO

 

 

 

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Monday
Jan092012

Pregnancy: Week 26

Hi Everyone! Happy Monday!

I'm 27 weeks pregnant today...the last week of the second trimester...yay! And I don't have a picture for you today because honestly, I haven't been able to make it out of my PJs. But I had some maternity photos taken last week that I'll share tomorrow to make up for it! :)

Here's how the past week has been:

  • Gestational diabetes has been the big news (you can read about it here and here and here). I'm doing pretty OK with it, fingersticks and all. My blood glucose levels have all been within the normal range, except for last night after Thai food. Probably no more Thai food for me for a while, which is OK because the Thai food in this town sucks
  • Felt a lot of stretching this week, and now I feel like there is baby everywhere, way up high in my abdomen (like right up under my breasts), my sides feel like they are growing out, way down low. My belly button's still in and no stretch marks yet...
  • Sleep has been OK most nights, horrible a couple nights. I'm wondering if my blood glucose levels have something to do with it, because last night was a bad night and the only time since I started testing that my levels have been elevated. Or maybe it's just a coincidence, I don't know
  • Getting harder to breath. A lot more heartburn. A little nausea still, but not too bad. My back's OK generally, sometimes it hurts though
  • Lots of movement from the babies
  • Did lots of little baby prep things this past week. Had our hospital tour/paperwork appointment so we're all ready to go with labor and delivery. Dealt with the whole diabetes thing. Had maternity photos taken. Started on the quilts my mom and I are making for the babies, and I started on the sweaters I want to have as part of the babies' going-home outfits. Got and framed a few pictures for the babies' room. Made a list of what we have left to do (I want to be totally done by the end of February). Just doing a little each week we'll get it all done
  • I've been a little fearful this week, I think a combination of the fall I took last week and the whole gestational diabetes thing. While the diabetes is not in and of itself something to be overly concerned about, I guess it's just kind of reminded me that things can and do go wrong...even thought I've been feeling a lot of movement and have been growing, I've still been feeling a little bit afraid that something--who knows what--is wrong with one or both of the babies. I'm also worried about pre-term labor...every little twinge I wonder if it's something I should call my doctor about...I haven't called about anything yet, but I don't want to look back and say, I wish I'd taken that thing seriously. Ugh...I'm really hoping these bouts of fear go away once the babies are born...and I think they will...it's just so hard for me to trust that things going bad during a pregnancy is the exception, not the norm. Stupid infertility and IVF and chemical pregnancies and miscarriage...it makes me sad I'm not just a blissed out pregnant woman, oblivious to anything that could go wrong. I do have an OB appointment on Friday...will feel better once I get to see the babies and hear that they're doing OK...

Hope everyone has a lovely week!

XO

Week 25

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Reader Comments (7)

It's hard not to be afraid. But your babies seem to be in for the long haul :) You'll be begging them to come out looong before they make an appearance, mark my words.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

I'm sorry that fear has crept in this week. Since you are more mature / aware of things in life, I suppose that makes you a little more vulnerable to normal - type fears. You're doing such a good job with the glucose testing. Maybe eating the Thai food and then testing your level was a good thing. Not many people have the opportunity to see such results. Glad you're feeling better overall. I agree with chickenpig... towards the end of your pregnancy you'll be VERYanxious for them to make their appearance. Chickenpig, how did you come up with that name?!
Can't wait to see the pregnancy photos.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermom

I'm sorry you've experienced the fear again. I've been so impressed with how well you've been doing, I think you should be proud of yourself. You may never be the blissed out pregnant woman, but you've come a really long way.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I'm sorry you've experienced the fear again. I've been so impressed with how well you've been doing, I think you should be proud of yourself. You may never be the blissed out pregnant woman, but you've come a really long way.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Everything is going great! The babies are just fine. And you know what? Something going wrong IS the exception. Just because you had trouble getting pregnant does not mean there's anything wrong with this pregnancy. Still, I understand that it's hard not to get freaked out sometimes. Sounds like you are doing everything right with the new diet, and that's awesome! I can't believe you're so far along already! How did time fly so quickly? I really feel that you will carry these babies right up until the end and they will both be healthy and beautiful, amazing blessings at the end of a difficult journey that has shaped who you are in some big way. And then you will start a whole new journey with fears and worries of its own.

I think we never escape fear. We just have to learn how to manage it and keep it from controlling us and dominating our thoughts. Try reframing your thoughts when you start to find fear creeping in - that's what has helped me most. When you think, "What was that twinge? What if I go into pre-term labor and something is wrong?" say to yourself instead "My babies are perfectly fine, and this is a beautiful sign that my body is doing what it needs to do to grow and make room for them." I think when/if something is really wrong, you will know the difference. I hope I don't sound too preachy, just sharing what has helped me deal with fear!!

Can't wait to see your maternity pics!!!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarra

Happy 27 weeks! You look great in the maternity photos! It is totally normal to have fears related to the pregnancy & the babies health! It sounds like your sugars are well under control & you are getting plenty of exercise. These babies are going to be here before you know it!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I think your fears are perfectly normal (at least, that's what I tell myself lol!), though I'm sorry you're feeling this way. Who knew that pregnancy could be so nerve-wracking?? Sheesh. Anyway, I'm glad the GD stuff is going well, finger pricks and all. I can't wait to see your maternity photos. I'm sure they're beautiful--and I'm so jealous that you still have an innie!!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. E

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