Happy 2015!!… with some bullet points.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!… 13 days late….

So, apparently I have a thing now for only blogging twice a month? Well, rather than overwhelm with a very long post, I’ll just use some bullet points to bring out the most important things.

  • Diabetes is being rather weird. Some days, it seems I’m very insulin resistant, others I’m super sensitive. I don’t know if it’s simply diabetes being itself, or if pregnancy has a hand in it, or if my thyroid being wildy off recently plays a roll. Or it could be all three.
  • Speaking of the thyroid thing… my TSH came back above 5 on New Year’s Eve, up from a usual 1.3-1.5’ish. Not sure of the reason other than being pregnant, as this happened when I was pregnant with E, but either way, my Synthroid has been upped yet again, and we’ll recheck in a few months.
  • I’m now 14 weeks, 2 days today. Baby bump is in blooming, and while I’m excited, it’s also freaking me out. The whole going from one to two kids… The further I go, the more freaked I get. I’m sure it’s just a thing I’ll get past soon as my emotions are EVERYWHERE. We’ve also decided to go for an early gender ultrasound, so we’ll (hopefully) know on the last Saturday of this month. I’m excited.
  • School started back this week, and it will be my last semester. I have 3 classes left, two of which I’m taking this 8 weeks. After that, it’s one more 8 week class and I’m dooooooooooooone! Yay!
  • Lately, I’m getting frustrated with my Dexcom being really off. I didn’t have this problem before the new 505 upgrade, but it’s been more and more inaccurate. And, after reading Stacey’s post, I’m beginning to wonder if I may need to change meters. After all, it’s not a secret to me that the Verio isn’t very consistent when tested back-to-back. So I’ve ordered a Contour Next USB meter, which is supposed to work with Diasend (though not the Medtronic Link version of this), so I’ll update as soon as I know something… or at least within two weeks of testing and finding out things for myself.
  • Oh, and the news of Tandem’s t:flex gaining FDA approval this week was also pretty awesome as well. It’s their larger pump, the only one that can hold 480u per cartridge (but knowing what I know about my t:slim, I wonder if you’ll only have 430u available for use per cartridge since I tend to average about 50u loss per changeout). I think it’s great as I do love my t:Slim pump and have had a pretty good relationship with it over the past year or so since getting the whole bad cartridge thing behind me. I still hate the insulin waste, but on a daily basis and for my needs now, it fits perfectly into my “diabetic” life, and I’m happy with it. I can only be that much more excited that others who have needed a much larger capacity pump (some type 2’s, teens with type 1, and some preggo people) will now have an option to help them be able to use a pump without having to change out so frequently.

So, that’s about it. Not much going on, but a lot at the same time. I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying your January.

Letter To The Little One–18 Weeks

18 weeks18 Weeks.

Wow.

It really doesn’t seem that long, little one.

You’ve grown from this little thing, barely even a peanut, all the way to be big enough for me to feel you moving and rolling from one side to the other. I listened to you kicking me last night with my stethoscope. You must have gotten bored with me playing with you and, at last, you hid from me.

I’m starting to learn things about you. You wake up and move around after I get settled at work and again after lunch. If I’ve been active that day or haven’t been able to feel you move around, I know I can sit still and play some music on my iPhone and you’ll start dancing. You’re like me… you love to move to the music. Whether it’s from the iPhone or from me singing in church or in the truck on the way home, you’ll start moving your little body around… like you’re singing with me, just with you’re hands and feet. Don’t worry, you’re cousin loves music too, and I can’t wait to see you guys playing and dancing in the floor when the family gets together.

And even though we don’t know if you’re a boy or girl yet (two more weeks till we go to find out, so please don’t be shy!), I’ve started getting your room together. Of course, the cats, especially Sophie, don’t know what’s coming. Your dad and I think they think we’re redecorating for them. Sophie loves to run and sleep under your crib we have put in there for you. I can only imagine what they’ll do when your grandpa gets done refinishing the rocking chair for the room for those nights when you wake us up to be changed, fed and rocked back to sleep. Or when we start getting gifts from showers and they think it’s theirs to play with… or when we get the mattress to put in your crib… oh boy.

Little one, even though God has given life to you inside of me, you have given my life so much already. I never thought I’d ever get to see that plus sign on a pregnancy test. I never thought I would be the one laying on the examining table getting an ultrasound to see if there’s really a baby inside of me, let alone see the little tiny heart beating. I never thought I’d get to feel what it felt like to have a baby moving inside of me. It’s amazing. Every little bit.

We’re only half way through and I love you so very much.

I can’t wait to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love,

Mommy

Taking Shape

I am well into my 11th week of being pregnant and things are really starting to change and take shape – the shape of round.

bumpAs of this morning, I officially weigh 10 pounds lighter than I did before pregnancy, yet, I measured my belly and I have gained 1.7 inches around my “bump” (I used to be 33” around that area, now, as you can see, I’m almost at 35”). How exciting! Also, my pants are really starting to get tight, and they’re not like jeans where you can just loop the rubber band around the button, these are the hook closers, so I am going this weekend to look into getting some work maternity pants. Right now, the ones in the picture are my favorite ones. My red holiday sleep pants with penguins. They are so comfy. But since those aren’t allowed at work, I need to look into other, more professional, sets of pants.

My morning sickness? It’s mostly at supper time (or dinner time for you northern folk). And it’s sort of hit and miss. Most days, I’m okay. My worst times are when my BG is dropping, which can happen anytime. When it starts to drop, I’m in fully icky mode until it levels off. I think that will probably be one symptom that won’t go away. But the general non-BG induced sickness is starting to go away, and for that, I am so, so, SO happy about.

I will have my follow-up appointment at Dr. C’s, the endo, on Thursday of next week, and I can almost guarantee you there’s going to be some carb ratio and basal changes. I know this may sound silly, but I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but somehow knowing it’s because of the pregnancy makes me not stress it as much. I seem to have a more “Okay, let’s fix this” attitude than a “Ugh. WTFH is going on here!?”, which is a good thing I think. Granted, that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about the highs or the lows potentially harming the baby, because I do, but it helps get that mental road block, if you will, that I’ve always had of absolutely needing to know the reason WHY before acting to FIX. Now it’s a “fix it now, worry later” kind of attitude.

Saturday, I’ll be making my “official” 12 week photo to put on flickr. I’ll let you guys know when it’s up. Oh, and did you notice my pregnancy status bar at the top? Pretty cool, huh? That’s complements of WhatToExpect.com

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