*In a Nut Shell

Presidents Day

Keeping it short and sweet, here is a shot of what happens over a three day weekend that is cloudy yet warm…

Pallet forts, puppy mazes and obstacle courses, and scaling fences (much to the delight of the neighbor’s dog!).

I have pork in the crock pot to have carnitas burrito bowls for dinner. It smells heavenly!

I’ve been doing alot of nesting even though I technically have 8 weeks of this pregnancy left. I look full term and the baby is weighing well into the 5lbs range. My numbers are still in pretty good range, blood sugar wise and amniotic fluid wise. Although I am taking the most insulin I have ever taken in pregnancy, and at any moment my body can decide to quit cooperating in the amniotic fluid filtering department. I meet with both doctors this week, so maybe we can start laying some ground work about what, when, and how this is going to actually unfold.

All of that brings to mind my recent chatter about my new blog. I have started a few posts, but I haven’t begun the development of the actual blog to put the posts on! It would seem like this is something so easy to do, but I am not rushing it, or forgetting it. I just want to do it all right, laying the ground work in such a way that I will stay consistent in posts and getting guest posts as well.

Anywho, I promise to share an update later this week if anything amazing or mind blowing pops up at my appointments.

P.S. I want to thank you all for your love and prayers. Today is Presidents Day, tomorrow is the 20th. It was on Presidents Day, Feb 20, last year (2017) that I suffered my seizure. God has blessed me abundantly with continued good health since then, despite the insurance obstacles we continue to face. His grace is always sufficient and I am still here. Alive and well, still receiving my needed meds and medical equipment.

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The kids are all passing at school! We got their report cards/First Semester reports and I am so proud to report we have all A’s and B’s.

Anastasia got herself ready for Mass yesterday. Don’t be jealous!

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Karolina snuck a few pictures of Anastasia giving me hugs at bed time after taking real pictures of me making faces at her :)

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A most recent set of pictures from my most recent visit to the perinatologist. The not so little baby is in the 90th perce tile over all, it’s abdomen is off the charts huge lol, and is weighing in at 4 lbs 5 oz, as of last week! Doctor said she is going to try to push me out to 39 weeks. I died a little bit inside thinking ahead to the misery of carrying humongous babies… I haven’ carried to 39 weeks since I was pregnant with Felicity! But, she did say it isn’ unheard of to attempt a VBA2C, even for “people like me”, so I am going to talk to my delivery doctor about that today!

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Aren’t these images amazing?!

Update: he basically told me no on that VBAC. Oh well. At least I tried! He says I am measuring 36 weeks. (For the record, I am basically 31 weeks.) Here is a picture from when I was 29 weeks, feel free to fast forward if you’e an InstaFollower.

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That’s a wrap! And an explosive stomach… the kids were talking again about how big I am, reminding me I will be getting bigger and how lucky some mom’s must be because their tummies are usually this big when their baby comes out.

It’s almost like they can read my mind! I never talk negatively about my expanding body, but they are very observant to how I carry so differently than most other women. I have a 4+ finger spaced Diastasis Recti, so that doesn’ help keep things “tight”. I wish I could go tell younger me about the importance of proper ab and pelvic floor exercises, especially after birth of toddlers. ;) If you are child bearing age, make sure you’re exercising the right way!

Okay, okay; That’s a wrap!

*In a Nut Shell

Friday Morning Musings of a Pregnant Lady

I didn’t get the response I was hoping for, in reality I hardly got anything at all! However, the few comments and private reachings out to me about my new blog endeavors about diabetes, pregnancy, and motherhood that I did receive has pushed me in a decision to do it. It’ll be a while before I get things going because I have some plotting and planning to do, so I will keep you posted!

I am 9ish weeks away from delivery. The kids asked me earlier this week if I’d be happy the baby came now, but after my initial thoughts of “YES!!!” I decided that I would much prefer staying pregnant in order to avoid living in the hospital as baby got stronger and bigger to come home after an early birth.

The way the baby responds to certain things reminds me more and more of my pregnancy with Phillip. I’m not going to lie: the thought sort of terrifies me. He is such a good kid now, but my goodness was he an awful baby. I don’t think I can handle a round two right now! Your will be done, Lord, not mine….but, PLEASE! ;)

I was touching base with one of my cousins-in-law who is due any minute with her 7th. We were talking about pregnancy and motherhood and how it has been going in our 7th go-around, in our 30’s vs our 20’s, etc. Pregnancy is definitely not as easy as it was, and like she said, you’d think after so many that these kids would just fall out already! Motherhood is not for the faint of heart; I no longer wonder at how many saints are mothers. Having frequent conversations with my friends about what they’re experiencing really helps me in a moral support kind of way, but it also helps me decipher what I am feeling physically to determine what is “normal” and what is most likely “diabetic related”.

At the end of the day, though, I am grateful for God’s blessings that come in forms of loving whispers as well as painful smacks of a stick*. Even though I can’t fathom why He has intended the path of our Christian lives to be difficult; up a straight, narrow, rocky path; camels passing through eyes of a needle; He reminds us over and over again in the Old and New Testament that it is going to be a struggle to get to Him in Heaven. But, just as many times, if not more, He reminds us to trust Him; to be not afraid; His burden is [actually] light; He doesn’t ask of us what He hasn’t already endured.

My goodness that is so freakin’ powerful! And, scary. But, if I could guess, I would guess God’s intentions are possibly one of two things. Or both. Or more. Or not.

The first is: Maybe God wants our longing for Him in Heaven to be the only thing we hold on to at the end of the day. All of this: our spouses, kids, home, life, can be gone tomorrow! But, we still have our promise of Him and His magnificent, eternal love. I read in a book about Purgatory last year that there are countless souls who have served their final cleansing of their sins, but still aren’t permitted into Heaven because their love for God isn’t perfect or pure or strong enough yet. (side note: Could you imagine?????)

And, second: Maybe God wants us to use our struggles to help the salvation of souls who have nobody to pray for them. We often pray for our immediate family, close friends, and family & friends that pop up in need of a prayer for one intention or another. But, what about the souls who are searching but have, or think they have, nowhere to turn? The lonely. The forgotten. The lost and rebellious. Maybe God wants us to remember to pray for more than our “circle”. We all have free will to choose God, or not, but prayer is never a wasted endeavor.

I am faced with so much being a mom to seven, completely unique little persons, “doing” pregnancy, being a helpful and loving wife to the most selfless husband, and diabetes. My heart is stretched and pulled, and my mind wonders and questions. There is so much that simply requires faith, and taking one step at a time, one day at a time. But, the thing that comes most natural to me is my relationship with Lowell. I use that as a building block for all the other things I am faced with. It is easiest to see, know, love and serve God via my marriage than anywhere else. Having Lowell as my life partner strengthens my love for God and in turn truly helps me with all other points in life. It is so true when you hear that your relationship with your spouse is first and most important and everything else will fall into it’s proper place and order.

What say you, blogosphere? Any interesting thoughts on these ramblings of a pregnant mom?

 

*Thanks for the analogy, Bug!

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Spread the word, or no?

I am a Type 1 Diabetic and have been for 20 years. I use a Medtronic Paradigm insulin pump and have a Dexcom G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). In 20 years, I have only experienced one major, negative affect: a low blood sugar seizure in the middle of the night in February 2017.

I am Roman Catholic, a little “crunchy” and uninterested in chemical contraception. So, in addition to our Religious beliefs, for personal beliefs as well, we are open to life.

Lowell and I have been married for nearly 12 years and are expecting our 7th baby. I end up delivering large babies, but never due to uncontrolled diabetes. I have maintained a1C’s of 6.0-6.5 during my pregnancies, and all our babies are healthy as can be. When I delivered our 4th, all 10 pounds 10 ounces of him, my OB shook my hand and said he believed I was built to build and deliver big babies!

I want to share my diabetic story, including my having more than 1 or 2 kids, as a Type 1 Diabetic. I don’t know any T1D women who have had more than 2 kids, but I know a handful of T1D men who have 3+ kids with their wives and are open to having more.

In all my internet searches over the years, all I can find is mostly info for Gestational Diabetes. And discouragement for T1D mothers to have more than one or two kids and for no clear reasons why. 

Is this something that would be followed? Do you know diabetics, or folks in general, who would benefit from my story? I realize I am probably going to have to dig up some scientific facts or information from time to time, which I can and will do!, but this will mostly be about my experiences and journey as a Diabetic mom.

Based on the kind of response I get, I may start a different blog specifically for that. If there is only a little interest, I will probably just post here and tag it in it’s own category.

So, talk to your friends and your friends friends. Maybe share this post via your fav social media outlets to help me get feelers out there? And comment, comment, comment here. Please. Let me know what sort of things are of interest based on what I have been through.

I have been praying about this for some time, and woke up this morning thinking I should put it out there to see if maybe 2018 will include a new mission for me to shine some actual light on child bearing possibilities for diabetics.