I hardly ever indulge in drinks during meals out - especially not caffeinated beverages. Tuesday however I decided an iced tea sounded pretty good at lunch thinking that noon was plenty early for any caffeine consumption as it tends to keep me up at night. Apparently I was wrong.
I’m not sure if it was the caffeine alone or that paired with a bout of anxiety that kept me from being able to fall asleep. Sure I was exhausted but sleep would not come to me. I hate that feeling of insomnia.
I was worried about our little man. I’m not sure if I’ve just been too busy to notice or if movements truly had decreased but either way I was unsettled and enough so to make an appointment with Dr. Case. Luckily they were able to get me in bright and early Wednesday morning for the first appointment.
Since I had to take my glucose test this week I also decided yesterday morning would be a good time - get it over with and jump start any movement with the sugar rush. I drank the lemon-lime sugar drink at 7:45am and was in to get blood drawn at 8:45am. Of course I took my own test right then as well so I could know my results immediately - no surprises this time. My blood sugar was 171. Not great. I tested another hour later and this time it was 84 which was excellent. (Note: 1 hour after eating it should be less than 130 and 2 hours after eating it should be less than 120 for non-diabetics.) I had to go straight to my appointment with Dr. Case after my test then directly to a meeting so by the time I got done with that I really felt my sugars crash and needed to eat ASAP. Not great meal planning on my part!
One reason I chose to do my glucose test yesterday was because if anything would get baby boy moving it would be a sugar drink. I was right but I am also wondering if my results were skewed because of the anxiety causing my insulin to be irregular. Heck, maybe that’s why I had gestational diabetes with Vivian’s pregnancy! In fact after dinner that night I had chicken, beans, a little sweet potato and a glass of tangerine juice (which would be tricky to get good numbers with) but my blood sugar was only 93 so I am really hoping Dr. Lacy will allow me to continue monitoring myself and not do all the hubbub of going in weekly to talk to a nurse - I think I know the drill by now and have already been quite diligent in monitoring myself.
Anyway, after my blood test I headed in to see Dr. Case to get to the bottom of the lack of movement concern. My blood pressure was high - go figure - and that always starts comments of concern about me from the nurse but I assured the nurse (who was new) that it would probably be fine at the end of the appointment and that it was pretty typical for me before getting the reassurance and she joked that it better be or I wasn’t going to work today… if only! Spoiler, my blood pressure was rock solid by the end and I was free to go on my merry way.
So to the fun and hugely reassuring part. Little man is perfect. He has huge chubby cheeks that Viv never had and huge kissable goldfish lips just like his big brother.
The reason he has not been moving much - no, it was not in my head, I am not entirely crazy - is because he is FRANK BREECH!!!!!!!
I just laughed when I found out. Of course he is. Why wouldn’t one of my children follow the rules of the womb and stay head down?
I felt a huge amount of relief knowing that the movement changes were for a perfectly fine reason. Sure, this may alter the whole plan for a VBAC - assuming he doesn’t move which is still very much possible - but I could care less. He is still perfectly healthy and thriving!
Thriving so much so that he is currently about 2 lbs 5 oz which is right on track for his gestational age (27 weeks today) and estimating to be around 8.5-9 lbs if he goes at this rate to full 40 weeks.
So that is the excitement going on with me these days. Now time to relax again and enjoy this silly little man who is playing tricks on mama. Boy are we in for it with him!
- Size of baby: About the size of a head of cauliflower (measuring about 15 inches from head to rump and about 2.3 lbs according to the ultrasound)
- Weight gain: I am now up 13.9 pounds total this whole pregnancy.
- Symptoms experienced: My coccyx pain is now under control from regular twice weekly and finally decreased to just weekly chiropractic appointments. Now my only woe has been charlie horses (leg cramps) that wake me up and make me shoot out of bed like a fat ninja to try and bend my foot before it gets stuck in the most painful position ever. Unfortunately I am not as quick as a ninja when it comes to getting out of bed and when I get a charlie horse the muscle pain tends to last a few days.
- How I feel: Dry. My face has been extremely dry and irritated lately - lots of flaking, redness, tightness and just general uncomfortable and not pretty. Everyone keeps saying “it’s the pregnancy glow” but I sure as hell don’t feel glowing especially at the end of the day when my eyes are burning and I am exhausted too. But knowing my little man is healthy and perfect makes feeling anything good or bad totally worth it.
- What I’ve been craving: Sour. Lemon-lime (heavier on the lime) like virgin margaritas or sour limeade.
- What I miss: All the crazy jabbing from my little man. Now it is dull bulging every once in a while and pressure up in my ribs. Now that I know he is breech I can’t help but realize that DUH this is the exact same as Viv. In fact two nights ago he got hiccups for the first time and I thought to myself how it was strange that they were in the same place as when Viv got them and that I thought they would be located somewhere else since he was head down… hindsight.
- Best moment: Seeing little man on the ultrasound and looking at those chubby, kissable cheeks.
- Items purchased: Vivian got some new boots for next fall but little man still has nothing. I did wash up the infant car seat in preparation for him though. It’s amazing how it looks like brand new now!