Thought it might be time for another pregnancy update...well an update of any sort would probably be welcome at this point. sigh...
To clarify things for the random strangers who will probably never read this:
1. I am due in mid-May
2. Yes, I can, and will in fact, get bigger (and that's okay!)
3. I am quite sure I am not carrying two, but thank you for asking.
Okay, now that we've cleared that up, we can move on to other news. Many of you can relate to that ever pleasant glucose test that is one of the downsides of being pregnant. For those of you who are not aware (and who missed my status update on facebook last week), let me splain..
You go to the lab, you drink some nasty extra sweet stuff that tastes like orange soda on steroids, and then they take your blood an hour later to see how your body digested the sugar. This is a screening tool, and if you don't pass it, you need to take the LOOOONG version. I did not pass. Don't panic, I didn't pass it with Adeline either. Ahem, this leads us to how I spent my ENTIRE Friday morning. The long version takes almost 4 hours. You have to fast, so I ate nothing after dinner on Thursday evening. I got to the lab only to find MANY other people who felt a need to come to the lab on that particular morning. I waited about 20 min for them to call my name. Then, they take a fasting blood sugar level. The results from this test took almost 45 min to be done. Once again, I was given another even larger dose of said orange nastiness. They then take your blood after 1, 2, and 3 hours to check how your body processes the sugar. That means after 4 blood draws, feeling like I stole too much candy from grandma's candy jar, and having only enough time between the hour stretches to run the shortest of errands, I was finally released at 12:45 only to find I had grabbed the WRONG tupperware container out of the fridge and was NOT finally going to devour the delicious lunch I had packed for myself. On a positive note, I got quite a bit of my book read in the waiting room, and I PASSED THE TEST!
This baby is quite active...kicking all over the place! I love it.
We are in the process now of deciding where we want to give birth. We would like to try to have a natural, unmedicated birth again. Adeline was born in the military hospital, but she was delivered by a family practice doctor who knew and agreed with our birth plan, and we happened (after a lot of prayer and knowing the master planner) to get the best nurse in the world. Family practice is no longer doing deliveries there, and my nurse is in midwifery school, SO that would leave me with whichever OB happens to be on call the day I go in labor. We decided we would like to try going to a midwife practice, and we went to tour one last week. We were pretty excited about it, but we have heard some stories since then that were a bit disconcerting. We found another place that is across the street from a hospital, but they said they don't take our insurance. After making a few more calls, they will take our insurance, but we need the referral to be approved by Tricare (military insurance). Please pray that God will give us clear direction and wisdom over which facility to choose, and that He would work out all the financial details.