31 weeks

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How far along: 31 weeks 2 days –> we’re into single digits! Eek!
Total weight gain: +32 lbs (+0.4 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a coconut (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: french fries (I think it’s b/c on GD diet I can’t eat it *sad face*)
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes
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Best moment last week: Baby Shower #1 was on Aug 25th. My BWWF (Best Weight Watcher Friend) was the hostess and it was so great to see all my old WW friends since I haven’t been to a meeting since I was about 4 months pregnant. Technically WW does not allow you to be a “member” while you are pregnant. We played the “decorate a onesie” and “guess Baby Osborn’s birthday” game, had great conversations, ate delicious food (see picture for Funfetti Onesie Cupcake), opened presents etc. I can already tell how much Baby Osborn is loved from everyone’s generosity. It was such a fun day!

30 weeks

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How far along: 30 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain: +31.6 lbs (+1.6 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a large cabbage (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: apples and peanut butter
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes (*sad face*)
Activity: Running and walking dog
Best moment last week: We met Baby Boy’s new pediatrician last Thursday (8/15). His name is Dr. Showalter and he reminds me of Todd (white, skinny and bald) except about 6 inches taller. We talked to him about vaccines, circumcision, dr visits in baby’s first year etc. When we mentioned that this is our first child but we have twin nieces, he said his sister had quadruplets! Whoa!! o_O Both Todd and I felt really at ease with him and we can see why he was recommended by our OBGYN, Dr. Chong. You can read more about Dr. Showalter (HERE). Doesn’t he look like Todd??

Nursery Part 2: Paint paint and more paint!

We picked the colors and now it’s time to paint!

954833_10151526436031770_474162718_n Step 1: Tape off the edges and lay down plastic so you don’t get paint on the carpet. We used Green Frog tape on the recommendation from various friends and DIY websites. Hopefully it gives us the clean edge we (I) want!

1173756_10151526436571770_1745513843_n Step 2: Get to painting! We chose Behr Refreshing Pool (aqua) for the accent wall opposite the closet. The nursery room only has one good wall space since the other 3 walls have windows, doors and/or closet along it which makes it hard to configure furniture. Everything might end up on the one wall. lol

1176368_10151533848391770_862827046_n Step 3: We painted the other 3 walls with Behr Gentle Rain (gray). I love the neutral contrast with the bright aqua.

1185227_10151533848491770_717173401_n Step 4: Just when Husband thought he was done, Wifey tells him that now it’s time to tape the stripes. The look on his face was priceless. We used THIS website to help us figure out the best way to do it. Her post is actually called “The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips for Painting Wall Stripes”. The “lazy girl” part totally appealed to me! lol. Her tip about taking the wall measurement and dividing by the number of stripes you want to nearest whole number was awesome. Our wall was 92.5″ so we measured the first 6 stripes at 13″ and the last stripe was 14.5″ but can you even tell from the picture?? I think it was WAY EASIER to use whole numbers and not worry about decimals. We didn’t have a laser level like she did so we just did it the old fashion way with a pencil and straight edge level and drew lines.

1004521_10151533848606770_1604635481_n Step 5: Step back and admire your taping skills. They actually look straight! Hint: Add some little pieces of tape to the stripes you ARE NOT painting. Just makes it easier in the moment so you don’t have to think about it. Since our walls are textured we sealed the tape with the base coat paint (aqua) first to minimize any seepage, let it dry overnight before we added the white paint stripe.

1003533_10151535639116770_1668601906_n Step 6: Time to paint the white stripe! We used Behr Frost (white). We painted 3 coats even though 2 coats probably would have been fine too. But after we finished the second coat, I read on Pinterest (I’m addicted!) that it’s better to remove the tape while the paint is still slightly wet to maintain a crisp straight line so we added the third coat b/c I think we started getting “remove tape” paranoia.

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Step 7: Moment of truth! Time to remove the tape. I was excited and scared! I kept telling Todd, “Go sloooooooooow…” and holding my breath with every inch of tape that came off. Lemme tell ya! Removing the tape was the best part. Aaawww… look at those stripes. I am so in love. I am beyond proud of us! We did it all by ourselves.

1097946_10151538070756770_1641039070_n Step 8: Once the tape is all off, admire your work. Because YOU did that. No professional help needed. I’m pretty sure Todd is thinking “Wow. I can’t believe it really worked. Maybe I should trust my wife more often especially if she found it on Pinterest.”

My thoughts exactly. 😀

Stay tuned for Part 3!

29 weeks

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How far along: 29 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain: +30 lbs (+0.6 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a butternut squash (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: In-And-Out double double
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes (*sad face*)
Activity: Running and walking dog
Best moment last week: We took our maternity hospital tour at Kaiser La Palma Kraemer. It was fun (and scary!) to see where Baby Boy will be born. You can read more about it HERE.

Baby Boy 3D/4D ultrasound

Today we got to see our Baby Boy again. He’s got chubby since the last time we saw him 2 weeks ago!

The ultrasound tech took some measurements for me. Baby Boy is measuring 3lb 20z @ 29 weeks. Tech projects that he’ll be about an 8lb baby. Oh my… o_O

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Loved watching him smile and wiggle around.

Stinker covered his face with his hand a few times. Guess he’s a shy one like his Daddy.

28 weeks

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How far along: 28 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain: +29.2 lbs (+0.4 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of an eggplant (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: kale chips and peanut butter (but not together!)
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes (*sad face*)
Activity: Walking dog
Best moment last week: Since Kaiser doesn’t offer 3D ultrasounds, Todd and I decided for our anniversary gift we would go to the third party ultrasound place to have it done. I found one in Buena Park (about 10 minutes from home) that wasn’t crazy expensive. Even though our ultrasound tech was really nice and patient, Baby Boy would not move! We saw his sweet face for a few moments but then he decided to flip and all we saw was the back of his head the rest of the time. Silly boy! Thankfully our tech offered us the option to come back (free of charge) on Aug 12 (when I’m 29 weeks) for better pictures. Awesome! We did take one picture home with us. I gave you a sneak peak on THIS post.

Nursery Part 1: Picking paint colors

Screen shot 2013-08-06 at 7.36.26 PM My inspiration for Baby Boy’s nursery is the “retro cars fabric” that I found on a THIS website. I love the aqua, gray, orange and white together. Seems so bright and refreshing yet calming for a baby. I already had someone via Etsy make me a crib blanket from it. I just adore it. 1012370_10151448205896770_986788554_n

Now the fun part! Picking paint colors. I ordered some swatches that coordinated with the fabric and brought them to Home Depot. Agnes, our HD paint consultant, Todd and I poured over thousands of paint chips to narrow it down these aqua and gray colors. My plan is to have a feature aqua wall and the other 3 walls gray. I keep going back and forth between Gentle Rain and Porpoise when I look at my gray fabric swatch. I feel like the true color is something between the two.

Now to figure out WHICH gray??

I have a feeling Home Depot and Agnes will be my new best friend in the weeks to come…

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Maternity Hospital Tour

Labor & Delivery Room.  Todd is trying out his "bed".

Labor & Delivery Room. Todd is trying out his “bed”.

August is a busy month for me and Todd. Every Monday or Wednesday through September we have some class or informational seminar to attend. Yesterday was our maternity hospital tour. Even though I see Dr. Chong at the La Palma Kaiser, I’ll be delivering at the Anaheim Kraemer Kaiser. It’s the brand new hospital right off the 91 Freeway ironically not on Kraemer Blvd. (Am I the only one that thinks this is funny??)

Our tour started at 4pm and there we met 5 other couples and Lisa Wilson, our tour guide and nurse for the next 45-60 minutes. She showed us exactly what we’d be doing starting from the parking lot. There’s a loading zone in the front where Todd could drop me off but eventually he’d need to move his car to the parking structure. The parking structure has a designated spot for L&D patients so I thought that was nice that he wouldn’t have to circle up and down the rows and levels looking for parking. Then we went on the elevator up to the third floor. Lisa explained that as long as we remember the number 3, we’d be fine! Third Floor and L&D is area 33. The picture above is the L&D room. It’s big and private and doesn’t have that “hospital” feel. I’d be delivering Baby Boy there unless I needed a c-section in which case I’d be delivering in the Surgery. (I guess since I have GD could be a real possibility. Eek!) I really like how Lisa stressed “skin to skin” contact within the first hour of delivery. Unless Baby Boy needs to go to NICU, he stays with me the whole time.

After Baby Boy arrives we’d be moved to smaller Post Partum room. I like that all the rooms are private and you don’t have to share with anyone. In Post Partum, I thought it was cute when Todd asked if children are allowed. Yes they are as long as they are over 3 years old. Yay! Allison and Whitney can come visit me then! They can be under 3 years old ONLY IF they are the sibling of the baby just born. Lisa said depending on how I deliver (vaginally or c-section) will determine how long I’ll be in the hospital. Vaginally is typically 24-48 hours and c-section is 48-72 hours.

The last part of the tour was the cafeteria. Lots of things that Daddy Todd could eat while there.

Overall I was impressed with the facility. Seeing the rooms makes this VERY real to me now. Would you think less of me if I admit that I’m scared…?

Took a GD class today

After I found out I had gestational diabetes, I went through a range of emotions from crying to anger with my body to guilt.

Even though today’s class was an overwhelming amount of information, I can feel my negative feelings slowly subsiding which is a good thing. Thankfully since I’m borderine GD, I am focusing on controlling it with diet, exercise and monitoring blood glucose 4x per day. There were a few women in my class that also have to take insulin/medication to control it along with diet, exercise and monitoring.

I’m no stranger to “dieting” even though I don’t consider Weight Watchers to be a diet. I have lived by their motto “It’s not a diet! It’s a lifestyle” for the past 2 years and have lost 62 lbs. But I will say that it’s gonna be a mental shift to think of “fruit” as the enemy since WW’s program is geared towards members reaching for fruit/veggies. There have been many times I’ve used “free fruit” as a way to get over a craving or boredom eating. Now that is not an option with GD diet. It’s a little stricter.

Here are my guidelines. I need to eat every 2-3 hours.

My glucometer.  Dorra doesn't seem too impressed.

My new glucometer. Dorra doesn’t seem too impressed.

BREAKFAST:: 15 g carbs
0 servings milk
1 serving starch
0 servings fruit
Unlimited vegetables*
1-2 servings protein**
1-2 servings fat

SNACK 1
1 serving starch + 1 serving protein

LUNCH:: 45-60g carbs
1 servings milk
1 serving starch
1 servings fruit
Unlimited vegetables*
2-3 servings protein**
1-2 servings fat

SNACK 2
1 serving starch + 1 serving protein

DINNER:: 45-60g carbs
1 serving milk
1 serving starch
1 serving fruit
Unlimited vegetables*
2-3 servings protein**
1-2 servings fat

* Exception carrots (1 cup), peas (1 cup), potatoes (1/2 cup), yams (1/2 cup), corn (1/2 cup)
** If still hungry, add more protein

I think the hardest thing about this is that I’m still in denial. I keep thinking… They made a mistake! The test is wrong! I’m healthy. I don’t have diabetes …and it doesn’t help that Carl’s Jr’s new commercial for the Pop Tart ice cream sandwich is ALWAYS on the tv!! I miss sugar already.

27 weeks

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How far along: 27 weeks 2 days –> Omg! Third trimester!
Total weight gain: +28.8 lbs (-0.8 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a cauliflower (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves the left side of belly bump, loves to flip, kick, roll, punch and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: kale chips
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, gassy (tmi?), cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes (new, *sad face*)
Activity: Running and walking dog
Best moment last week: Saturday, July 27th was my 6 year anniversary and to celebrate I ran my 17th 5K! This was Baby Boy’s 4th race with me. It was more wogging (walk/waddle+jogging) than running… ok more walking… but I was still proud when I crossed the finish line. And Todd was there to take pictures. I am so lucky to have his support and devotion these last 15 years (9 years dating and 6 years married). I love you Todd.

Me and my run ladies Me and Todd at Echo Park Lake