Holly the Pincushion
Yesterday I had to take the "glucose tolerance test" to supplement the earlier test I took for gestational diabetes. I feel like a pincushion.
This test essentially began on Saturday, when I had to start carbo-loading. I was instructed to eat an additional 300 grams of carbohydrates a day for three days (that's 300 carbs on top of what I already normally eat). I felt like a super-glutton, chowing-down constantly. Then on Monday night I was to begin fasting for at least 12 hours prior to the blood tests. The words "fast" and "pregnant" really don't go well together as far as I'm concerned.
During the fast, Victor didn't move too much. There was a little poke here and there, but no strong kicks or series of movements. I started to worry, but figured his energy level was probably low naturally due to the fast. That made me realize just how connected I've become to this little person I'm housing. I've really become attached to him. You know how some people will give "voices" to their pets or anthropomorphize appliances - we are those people (we named our Roomba (robotic vacuum) "Rosie"...), and we've already done the same thing with Victor. Although I don't think it completely counts as anthropomorphism because he is human...Anyway, all of this makes me feel that much closer to him. I'm recognizing his reactions (when I drink something cold, he kicks - when I eat something sugary, he kicks), and get a giggle out of his "independence" - when he kicks me in a meeting, it's like I have a secret "mother-son" moment that nobody else knows about. It makes me think more about how what I do affects him and his future.
Back to my test: It started with a finger-prick to test my starting blood sugar, then a blood draw. Then they had me drink this ultra-syrupy lemon-lime-flavored so-called soda. One hour later, another blood draw. One hour later, another blood draw. One hour later, another blood draw. Can you see why I felt like a pincushion? The hours in between were pretty rough, too. I must say, I have the best husband in the world - Billy sat with me the entire time. I wasn't allowed to go home or have too much activity between blood draws, so we had to sit in the waiting room. At one point, I started to get dizzy and my stomach started to turn. I think it was the combination of not eating, drinking that stuff, and watching all those needles go into my arm - I was seriously "oogy." Billy walked me out to the car, where he gave me a pillow and leaned the seat back for me to nap. What a sweetheart. At the end of it all, Billy had nearly finished the novel he'd started reading that afternoon and I had bandages and holes all over my arms. Oh, and did I mention I was hungry?
We've been packing slowly for our big move into the new house. Moving while 7 months pregnant (I'll actually be closer to 8 months by the time we officially move in) is a little unnerving, mostly because I can't really DO any of it myself. I can boss people around...but that's about it. My sister's husband and a couple of friends from work are going to help with the major lifting (chest freezer, piano, bed, etc.), and I am so afraid that I'll just be in the way. I've tasked myself with picking up steaks to barbecue for all of the helpers so that I can at least stay busy. I've even picked out a recipe to try...(http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_8420,00.html)
Moving isn't quite as daunting as it is exciting right now. I get to start decorating our nursery, which I have been just itching to get started on. The theme I've picked out for the room is "Cape Cod" - very nautical. Babies "R" Us has a fun "Cape Cod" themed set that I really like (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2802714), and a "Beachcomber" one that's not bad either (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2917285). There's a pirate-themed one called "Pirate's Cove" that I get a kick out of (although the colors aren't my favorite), especially the mobile (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2615628). I just can't wait to start decorating!We have to paint the nursery before we do anything with it, and I discovered at the Home Depot a new kind of paint that isn't harmful for me to use (Billy's thrilled - he won't have to do ALL the paint-work right after move in...I can help!). It's called "FreshAire Choice" and it's paint without VOCs (volatile organic compounds - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volatile_organic_compound). They're offering free samples right now, and I'd love to give ‘em a shot - you can too - the link here has a phone number that you call and they send you 3 2 oz. Samples. I'm going to see if it really is all it claims to be. (http://www.freshairechoice.com/contact.html)
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