Sunday, April 27, 2008

World's Largest Baby Shower

For those in the Austin area, come join us next weekend for the World Largest Baby Shower with the Round Rock Express. It benefits a local pregnancy help center, Agape Pregnancy Resource Center. All you have to do is bring a new baby item, and you'll get a free ticket to the Friday, May 2nd game. What could be better!

See y'all at the ballpark!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

31 at 31...

We here I am, 31 years old and 31 weeks pregnant! yea!

Had my appointment with my dietician today. We are doing well on the gestational diabetes diet, so no need for insulin at this point! yea! It has been easier to manage then I thought, especially with such a supportive and helpful husband!

We were able to have a tour of the hospital today too. The birthing rooms were great, but the post-birth rooms looked kinda small. May have to splurge and get a suite or mini suite. Hopefully they will finish the construction by the time pumpkin arrives...

Lastly had our doc appointment. I'm up 20 pounds with this pregnancy! yea! Everything else looks good. Now on to 2 week appointments...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pumpkin's Dallas Baby Shower...

This past weekend, we had our first baby shower in Dallas! It was lots of fun! We did some traditional games, like "guess the chocolate bar in the diaper" and "clothespin game" - where you can't say baby, pregnancy or cute! Amy also make a cute bingo game (kinda like at our wedding shower). She also asked the guests to bring a pack of diapers or wipes, and they were entered into a drawing for a cute basket (and we got lots of diapers and wipes! yea!).

It was hosted by 3 great friends from my time in Aggieland, Traci, Amy, and Bernice.

Both grandmothers also made it to the party (my mom on the left, Ry's on the right). Amy was sweet to give them each a present - a grandmother's brag book!

Also had our token baby at the shower (hi Andrew).

And a few of us Aggies (check out those cool rings!).

And our token Longhorn. Thanks for being such a good sport Dawn.

We stayed the night with my friend Amy and her family. Here I am with her daughters Ashleigh and Michelle, our goddaughter. Thanks everyone for such a great weekend!! Pumpkin's room is getting nicely stocked!

Friday, April 18, 2008

got the GD...

Well, looks like it is confirmed that I have Gestational Diabetes. They test you for this around your 28th week of pregnancy.

According to the American Diabetes Association:
Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood sugar (glucose) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year.

We don't know what causes gestational diabetes, but we have some clues. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother's insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother's body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin.

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.

Luckily, my levels weren't too high, so it looks like I may be able to deal with this through diet. I do have to check my levels 4 times a day with this handy device.

As well as document what I eat, I have to eat 6 smaller meals (what my doc has been telling me all along), and limit my carbs. My wonderful husband is doing this with me - so hopefully we will both be healthier for the process. If this is what I need to do to have a healthy baby, I can do it!

We are also off to Big D this weekend for my first baby shower! Soooo excited to see my friends and family up there!

PS - Thanks for all the suggestions, comments and prayers! We really appreciate it!

Monday, April 14, 2008


Looks like my glucose levels are high, so I probably have gestational diabetes. I am meeting with a counselor this week for management.

If you could say a little prayer for us, it would really mean a lot. I'm a little worried about it all...

Any advice, prayers, suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

30 weeks...

TODAY!! Whoop!

Also, if you could say a little prayer for me and pumpkin tomorrow. I failed the glucose test, so we've been on a restricted diet these past 3 days, and go in for a 3 hour glucose test tomorrow. I don't really want to have gestational diabetes, but if that does happen, we want to do what is best for me and pumpkin. Will keep y'all (stalker and blog posters) updated!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

My sweet husband...

Last night Ry was giving me a hug. Then he said "Family hug". So true, we were all there! What a sweet thing to say!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

the nursery transformation...

Okay, well it started like this...

And then my painters (my sister and cousins) came for spring break (thanks Tessa, Monica, Allison and Corey)...

And we celebrated Easter by putting up the chair rail (all that hard work Justin)...

And the in-law's came and helped touch up the place...

And now it is home to the crib! Whoop!

Ry is still finishing the closet, so I'll post those when he is done. Then we will move the furniture back in. Planning to order the rocker/glider this week! So, check back for the final product!

Monday, April 07, 2008

my former roomie...

This past weekend I made a short jaunt to Aggieland - Whoop! I saw one of my former roomies, Mary (who married one of my other former roomies Rich). Well, Mary is expecting baby #3, little William! He will join his brothers Richie and Andrew. Only fitting that we should take a photo of our increasing tummies! And the crazy thing is, we are due just 3 weeks apart! How great! Happy gestating Mary! Can't wait for our little ones to meet!!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

28 weeks!

Here I am at 28 weeks (already at 29 1/2 now). Ry and his parents (as well as my sister and cousins) have completely transformed Pumpkin's room. Photo progress to come!