17 April 2012

Life in Crazyville

This place is aptly named. It's been crazy here, and not in a good way.

As much as I appear to complain about how these pregnancy-related things annoy me, I deal with them. The things that drive me the craziest are when they start to affect Kaydence. And we had one of those in the last few days.

I am supposed to meet with the diabetes educator. I was told she'd call me, but she didn't. We'll set that aside, I called her on Friday to make an appointment for after my monthly U/S, because Left-brain was with me, and, if my head starts spinning too much, I can't deal with the information and it's good to have a backup person in him. She said she'd be out til this oming Thursday, so I've been kind of maneuvering this brave new world as best I can for a week and half. I even Googled the topic of what I can eat, and that didn't help. All it did was make me scared to eat anything. And, no one ever told me that I should be eating before those U/S appointments. I usually stopped and got milk or chocolate milk on the way down and then got a real breakfast afterwards, and she was hopped up for our visits, but then this happened and I was scared to drink that.

So, anywho, I ended up at the U/S appointment with no breakfast. And Kaydence wouldn't practice breathing. She took two single "breaths" in a 10-minute interval. And the tech said she had to let the doctor know. Which had me FREAKING OUT and in tears. They said it was "probably" because of the lack of breakfast, but, when it comes to Kaydence, I am Worst Case Scenario Wendy, and I was worried it was something else. Left-brain didn't say anything except, "You need to eat", but I could see he was more concerned. He hates the hospital anyway, since his last experience with it was a month spent there while his first wife was being diagnosed with liver failure. I was getting a little frustrated, because everyone keeps saying, "You need to eat," but no one was willing to say, "This is what you should be eating. The nurse finally told me to eat an egg sandwich.

Which I did do this morning. And she loved it. She started flipping and wiggling going down the road. I told her to make sure that she saved some of those flips for the U/S room, which, for once, she listened to. She did exactly what she needed to do, "breathed" well, moved well. She "breathed" the entire time they were monitoring her, the tech said she "breathed beautifully." She even said that she could look and see my baby wasn't sick. She was perfectly fine. It was such a relief, I started crying (I wish I could make money as easily as I make tears lately). We even got really cute shots of Kaydence. She has the chubbiest cheeks, I can see them even though it wasn't a 3D US. And she's so pretty. I texted Left-brain to tell him we make pretty babies!

I'm glad we got through that today. It was a pretty rough night to worry. I tried to remember that, prior to U/S, they didn't test to see if she was practicing breathing, and that she has good guardian angels in my aunts and my gramma, and that we do have people who pray for us, but, in the moment, it was scary. I hope the next 11 weeks go quickly for us, I can't wait to see my girl.


stitcheranon said...

Our imaginations are our worst enemies sometimes especially when it comes to hospitals etc.
Sounds like you have been through the mill..I hope the remainder time is more enjoyable. We too are looking forward to meeting your little girl: chubby cheeks and all!

Melanie said...

So happy to hear that Kaydence is "breathing" well! I used to feel my son hiccupping, and the nurse said that was good evidence of "breathing", as well.

I'm sure you're getting all kinds of advice, but just wanted to let you know that when the doctor told me we were going to induce labor at 37 weeks (due to preeclampsia), I asked about a steroid shot that is supposed to help the baby's lungs develop. I got one that day, and the second one after 24 hours; even though my son only weighed 3lbs. 15 oz. at birth, he never needed any help with breathing. :)

Hope the next 11 weeks go smoothly , and quickly!

valerie said...

Hang in there Rachel. Kaydence will be here in no time! Glad to know she's ok!

Nancy said...

Sorry you are having such worries, know pregnancy makes it worst what with the hormones making you crazy. I remember such highs and lows and tears that came in a second with pregnancy. Glad baby is doing well!

Mother of Mayhem said...

Boy, I'm glad that they didn't do those kinds of tests when I was pregnant with my son and daughter; I would have been worried sick. It is amazing how sophisticated ultrasounds are now. I know Kaydence will be a healthy and beautiful baby girl. Keep the faith!

Karen in Maryland

Shanda said...

So glad she did all her breathing and flip flopping for you!!

Meari said...

Glad to hear everything is fine, which I wasn't worried ;-) My coworker had gestational diabetes both times she was pg.

mbroider said...

Hugs dear Rachel. I was a bundle of nerves in the first trimester...

Love and angels too, your way

Erin said...

I didn't have gestational diabetes, but I've had Type I (juvenile) diabetes since I was 4, and I had a healthy pregnancy 2 years ago. I'm not a diabetes educator by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know a little bit about the effect of various foods/types of calories on blood sugar! So yes, eggs are good - high in protein. Same goes for lean meats, and even things like bacon. Whole grains are better than processed ones - they are complex carbohydrates, which take longer to break down into sugar. Veggies are always good, fruits can be kind of iffy (also peas, as my mom learned when I was a kid). So much about blood sugar control has to do with individual stuff, though...things like just how your metabolism works throughout the day, if/when you exercise, things like that.
Try to relax, I know you can handle this. And feel free to contact me if you have a question or just want to "talk"!

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls