December 20, 2010
I got a glimpse in to God's mysterious hiding place today... the womb of a weak and very human woman. Amazing to me that He would have chosen such a place to begin the salvation of His beloved... the children He longed to bring home and hold close.
This new tiny dude looks like a twin; just like his big brother... my Viking man. So we have the Viking and the Gladiator (or maybe we should call him Linus - because he was really fond of his "pillow", the placenta). His head is up under my ribs and he frowned when we pressed against his face to get a clear picture.
Mama has been on a gestational diabetic diet since last Friday night. Flunked my 3 hour test last week (the third time I've had one of those - "third time's a charm"). I felt my heart racing yesterday and took my sugar... it was 225. Now I know it isn't blood pressure or caffeine sensitivity (which feels the same way). I suspect I've had gestational diabetes since around the 22nd week at least... and possibly have had it in past pregnancies... and sadly, I am not sure if I have even had borderline symptoms between the past pregnancy and this one. I'm praying I don't have diabetes because the diet is no fun; although I am certain that I'm predisposed for it with my mom and sister being Type 1.
Just three days on this diet (VERY little carbs, high protein, no sugars) and I have lost two pounds. The little chipmunk in my belly looks pretty healthy regardless... and that's wonderful. They are guessing he's almost 5 lbs. now, and I have somewhere in the neighborhood of six weeks left to go.
Want to guess on a due date? Original due date was Feb. 11 - doc said she would induce during the 39th week - and baby K was 2 weeks early and over 9lbs. - and every one of my babies has been about a pound heavier than the last one (7, 8, 9). My money is on the last few days of January. I'd love it to be the 21st, though - naturally and without Pitosin this time. The 21st was Stonewall Jackson's birthday... and we have a lot of January babes in the family.
Want to see what mama looks like at around 31 weeks (I'm 32 weeks as of last Friday):
Thank the Lord for winter clothes and colder weather. Amen.
If you have some great diabetic-friendly recipes, I'd love to have them. Feel free to email me suggestions for food so I don't go crazy over the holidays. I'm hoping that even after the baby comes and my sugars regulate, I'll probably adopt some of these dietary changes as a New Years Resolution and hopefully a lifestyle for the future of our family. I certainly agree that sugary pop, white breads, and eating too much junk food is a horrible health practice for anyone - whether they are diabetic or not.
Thanks so much to those of you who have left prayerful comments on my Facebook page through all my dietary whining status updates and questions. I may miss my chocolate and sweets this holiday, but I'm cooking up a wonderful little sweet thing for the family; baking it at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for the next six weeks or so.
Can't wait to hold him and kiss those fat cheeks.