The Queen: Michelle

The Queen: Michelle
I am 28 years old. Still a princess but the queen of my family. Spoiled beyond belief. Lucky and truely blessed. A lover. A crafter. A mother. A wife. A friend. This is me.

My King: Junior

My King: Junior
The LOVE of my life! He completes me and balances me out in every way. He's a workaholic. He's loud, blunt, and crazy. He drinks Monsters like his life depends on it. Above all he is the greatest Daddy I could ever ask for, for my children. And he treats me like his Queen (and he calls me that too).

The Model Child: Diego Ray

The Model Child: Diego Ray
9 years old. My only boy. He is the epitome of the perfect child. He is so responsible and independent. Wise beyond his years. He is laughter, he is love, he is compassion, he is simply amazing. He keeps me grounded and reminds me always that I am beautiful. He is a natural born leader and takes care of the household and family better than me!

The Diva: Alayna Danae

The Diva: Alayna Danae
7 years old. She is drama. My fashionista for sure with a style all her own. Sensitive and loving when she wants to be. Thumbsucker. My biggest headache because she is the most like me. She is the only one who can cause me to become uncontrollably angry. She loves to dance. She loves to model. My bookworm and most academic.

The Wild Child: Arielle Marie-Grace

The Wild Child: Arielle Marie-Grace
4 years old. This one is something else. She is pure comedy. Never a dull moment with her crazy antics. She is also the crybaby. She does things her own way. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to be cute to get it. My Disney loving pal. So girly. Her favorite color is pink. Loves Rapunzel. Will wear a dress every single day. Can't leave the house without a bow in her hair. She refuses.

The Munchkin: Atalie Belle

The Munchkin: Atalie Belle
2 years old. My sweet baby. She loves her Mommy above all else. She is a cuddlebug for sure. The calmest most well behaved baby ever! But she has TONS of energy. She is so small and petite. She loves to sing and dance. She so SO ready for ballet and has yet to even step foot in a class. She loves Minnie Mouse and watching Disney Jr. She is hilarious and talks way too much.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gestational Diabetes

A few weeks ago I went in for my glucose test. Fun stuff. I went alone since it would take longer than an hour and there's no way Arielle would sit still in the office long. Jr stayed with her and I went.

They called me the next day and I had failed.

Sugar levels should be under 150 and mine was at 160.

So they scheduled me for the 3 hour test. Oh what fun! Again. Jr stayed with the girls and I went alone... with my phone and ipod touch fully charged to get me through 3 hours.

They drew blood when I got there since I was on an empty stomach. I was then given the nasty little drink. And then I got blood drawn 3 more times afterward. Once every hour.

And again the next day I got a call. I passed 2 of them but I failed two of them. So they told me... I had gestational diabetes.

The next step was an appointment with a specialist and dietician. And I had that appointment on Wednesday.

I got an overload of information. First they explained what GD actually is and how it effects me and my baby. Basically it's like Type 2 diabetes. I have insulin but it's not working correctly. And this could cause the food that breaks down into sugar to sit in my blood stream too long. Causing me to have a high blood sugar level. And that is bad because I give that to the baby.

So they put me on a diet. I have to eat 6 small meals a day now. Instead of three big meals. Reason being... 3 big meals takes longer for my body to break down causing it to sit there giving me high blood sugar. If I eat more consistently and 6 small meals (and I mean pretty small) then the process can work better. Get it?

So this is my 4th day on this diet. I actually thought I would starve since everything I eat is on the restricted list. Pasta, rice, pizza, bread, tortillas, beans. I mean come on these are my staples! Good thing is I do love vegetables and those are free foods that don't count. So salad which I eat a lot of is just fine and I can add that to any meal. Also cheese. Which I add to everything and it's perfectly fine. And they want me to eat more of it since I don't drink milk.

Surprisingly I am doing pretty good. And not as hungry as I thought I would be. I feel after a meal like I can have seconds... cuz I always have seconds! But after walking away I don't feel THAT hungry anymore. It's taking some adjusting... and some willpower (of which I have none of especially when it comes to food). So to help I went out and bought me sugar free fruit cups for snacks, Crystal Light so I don't just drink plain water, sugar free hershey's syrup so I can drink a little more milk, and a lot of healthy already portioned out meals according to how much I can have. So that's been keeping me on track and so far so good I guess.

I have to keep a log of everything I eat, with specifics such as the type of food and quantity. And also keeping a log of my blood sugars. So far I've been under where they want me which is good... but I get pretty close sometimes.

Here's an example of one day of my diet:

8:00 Breakfast - An English muffin with egg white, sausage, and cheese. Water

10:00 Mid-Morning Snack - 1 oz cheese, 6 crackers, 1 fruit cup. Water

1:00 Lunch - Turkey Sandwich with cheese, small salad with carrots. Water or to change it up I can drink Crystal Light.

3:00 Mid-Afternoon Snack - 1 light yogurt, half of a banana. Water

6:00 Dinner - 1 Chicken Breast, 2/3 cup of rice cooked, salad, 1/2 cup of broccoli. Water

9:00 Bedtime Snack - 1 slice of toast with 1 tsp of peanut butter. 1 cup lowfat milk (I add a little chocolate so I can actually drink it.

And I've completely cut out soda (obviously). And so far I haven't had ANY sweets at all... which is what I crave the most. (And pre-pregnancy I am not a fan of sweets at all) I am allowed to have them in VERY LITTLE quantities especially if they are sweetened with splenda. But I've just completely stayed away because I won't have the willpower to just have one bite! Instead I've been getting my daily fix by adding peanut butter either to a slice of toast or a slice of apple.

I check in Wednesday for my first week. We'll see how I am doing. And go in for my weekly ultrasound. Yes... I get a weekly ultrasound from now on too. And I go into the hospital for monitoring once a week as well. So I'll practically live at the hospital or my Dr's office from now on. Good grief!

The sacrifices I must make to ensure my baby is healthy! It'll all be worth it!


Anonymous said...

wow thats a little scary...but glad to see you getting it under control. hope you do good on wednesday! :)


Susan said...

Glad to see you've managing to keep it under control. I'm sure it's hard to do when you're pregnant, but we'll do anything for our babies.