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Week 32
~ Painting Alainna's & the Baby's Room

Hello Everyone,

Dad and brother paintingI hope you all have enjoyed your week and the weather was great for you all. We have had some nice summer weather, but I do wish it was a little warmer, and we have had a few thunderstorms, which I thought was great. However, I don't like the little bit of humidity that we have had with it. I would love for the temperatures to get into the upper 90's though, but unfortunately that hasn't happened here so far. Ok, so about my week, well it had some wonderful moments that were just so much fun and it some not so wonderful moment as well. The not so wonderful moments involved that glucose test I had to take again.

painting over the greenOn June 28th, I finally retook my glucose tolerance test. I made sure I followed the fasting rules and so I didn't have anything to eat and scheduled an 8am test time. I went in and made sure I brought my backpack with things to keep me busy. Anyhow, for those of you who do not know how these tests work, you have to go in after 8 to 12 hours of fasting. They told me not to eat for twelve hours before the test. Then when you get there, they draw your blood. After that, you have to drink the glucose drink fairly quickly and an hour later, they draw your blood again. After that is done, they draw your blood two more times, each following another hour of waiting. I was glad to be done! I got the results when I went in for my check up with my doctor. My first blood draw came back normal, my second came back and read 181, but the cut off is 180, so I missed it by one number. The third test came back three numbers off and the fourth test came back normal. All that equals, a gestational diabetes diagnosis. I was ready to cry! My sister had gone with me to the doctors that day and I was so glad because she had even driven.

Mickey shadowI was just emotional the entire rest of the day. This was not the news I wanted to hear, and quite honestly, it scared me. I asked my doctor what the percentage of people that have gestational diabetes during pregnancy develop diabetes later in life. He replied with 25%, that is a pretty significant amount. I worry about it a little because my grandmother had diabetes. I just do not want to have to deal with it. I do not want to be in the 25% that will develop it later in life. My doctor was great and tried to be comforting telling me it was going to be ok, but I just wanted to go cry. Maybe I was more emotional than I should be, but diabetes can be a serious disease. I know mine is just gestational, but I just wasn't prepared to have those results given back to me. I really thought it was going to be fine and I don't want to have to deal with any form of diabetes. In a few days, I should be getting a call from a nutritionist (I think), that person will go over how to manage my diet and finish out my pregnancy in a healthy way. Oh and I also have to start doing regular blood sugar monitoring. I'm not excited about that either.

Crib set upOk, I am going to be done whining about the gestational diabetes diagnosis and focus on the wonderful things that happened this week. We painted Alainna and the baby's room. Actually, my husband and oldest son Jacob painted the room, but they did a fantastic job. It is beautiful and so pink. My husband even added a Mickey Mouse shadow on the wall for Alainna. At first, I did not want him to add that because it was not going to be the theme of the bedroom, but it turned out adorable and Alainna loves it. I am attaching pictures. Then we even got to put together the crib. Jerry and I did that together on Monday, July 2, the same day I had my doctor appointment. Needless to say, I was emotional putting it all together and kept on crying. However, the room looks so cute. It is a small room, but my guys did a fabulous job. I am so proud of them! Now, I am going to start on some decorations and try to be creative. I want some beautiful pink butterflies going up on the wall, so I need to look up some crafty gorgeous butterflies that I can try and replicate. It should be fun.

Ok, I am going to be going for now, but I hope everyone has a great week and thank you so much for taking the time to read my journal entry. Have a great day!

Until next time,
Barbara

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