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Week 18
~ What . . . No Chocolate???

Fun in the mud!We started out the week with a visit to the doctor. My mom was able to go with us so that made everything a bit less stressful. It is always nice to go and hear that little heartbeat and be reassured that everything is still okay. Baby's heart rate was at 148-150, so my doctor still suspects a boy. Our baby was very active though and we could also hear a lot of movement. That was fun. My blood pressure was also good.

About a month ago now, I went to see a naturopathic doctor that I see when I am pregnant and also when I am not. He was concerned that I was on the road to gestational diabetes. Ugh! We decided that the best thing to do for right now was to control it with diet. He said that I needed to avoid sugar, too many carbohydrates, and try to up my protein intake a little bit. He might as well have said, "Could you please stop breathing?" Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration. We did not eat tons of sugar before this, but there is certainly room for improvement. But no chocolate . . . ever? Well, at least until baby is born. Seems kind of like forever right now. I think the hardest times for me are birthdays or family get-togethers. But, when it gets difficult, I just have to remember the health of my little one and it definitely helps. I am not too worried about the diabetes since I know my OB will also be checking for this later on. Hopefully the diet will just take care of the situation.

This last weekend we were able to take the kids to the mountains for the afternoon and cool down in the creek, seeing how the high that day was 102! The temperatures we've been having have been insane. The worst part of it all is that it hasn't been cooling down good at night. I have to keep reminding myself we don't live in Arizona. Our trip was very nice and relaxing though. The kids had a blast playing in the water and then in the dirt. I suppose we should have done it the other way around so they could have a "bath" afterwards. Oh well. It's fun to see them get that dirty. Only problem was the mosquitoes came out in droves towards the end of the day so we decided it best to pack up and head home.

I hope you have a wonderful week. Until next time . . .
~ Emily

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