Thursday, November 21, 2013

"The Jam" Thursday and blowing a little steam

It's Thursday again my friends, one more day until the weekend. WOOHOO!! Anyone else as excited as me? I'm just looking forward to sleeping in this weekend. I'm sooooo tired. This baby is really zapping my energy lately. I'm usually good through the day, but once I get home all I want to do is sleep, then getting up in the morning is super tough, thus starting the cycle again.

This weekend is also my baby shower! SQUEEEEEEE!!!! Can I just tell you how ridiculously excited I am about it? I'm so excited to see my lovely friends! That's what I'm most excited about, is spending time with some great ladies I haven't seen in a while. You know how it is, life is busy for us all and makes it tough to get together as often as you'd like to, and you don't get to spend as much time with them. I may only get a couple of hours with these ladies, but it will make the occassion that much more special. Besides, my house is only a couple of minutes away from the party, so if they want to continue to visit afterwards the party can move to my house! Woot!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in one week?!? Where has the time gone? It feels like this month didn't even exist, it went by so fast!!! We are just over a month away from Christmas and less than 6 weeks away from the New Year!!! Goodnight! quickly this year has passed. So many things (good and bad) happened this year and still so many great things in this year to come.

Part of the things that weren't good, but not really bad just an annoying part of life that happened this year is kinda what spurred on today's jam selection. Time to get a bit frank here. My friends, family and myself included have encountered lots of pressure of different kinds and judgement from people who have no business in judging others. I know this happens to everyone in everyday life, but I feel like this year has been especially bad. I don't know if it's because of my current state (pregnant) or if it's society norms in general, but it seems that everyone has an opinion on how I should run my life and telling me what is best for me. Same thing goes with instances my friends and family have encountered too.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bumpdate: 30 weeks

This week marks 30 weeks into the pregnancy, only 10 more weeks to go.

Wait...did I just type that out? Only 10 more weeks until the lil pumpkin is out of me and introduced to the world! Oh boy...panic is starting to set in now. Am I ready? Is anyone ever really ready though? Probably not, but it's coming whether I'm ready or not!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"The Jam" Thursday

It's kinda crazy how some weeks can fly by, some weeks can crawl by and some weeks are both those at the same time. I am currently experiencing the latter, it's a short week for me, I had Monday and I have Friday off. So I've only worked three days this week and boy am I feeling it! The days are long but it feels like the hours are short and I'm still not getting through everything I need/want to. So here I am, the last day of my work week struggling to get caught up and concerned about making sure everything is covered, but in the same stride, cannot wait until it is time to leave here. Le sigh...

I struggled with today's jam selection, after last weeks which was one I had been saving up for a while, I didn't know what to put up. I thought maybe I shouldn't do it every week and maybe space it out or maybe do one once a month? I debated it, but on my way to work this morning, there was a throwback jam that was playing and I figured, what the hell! I'll put it up today.

So today's jam is:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

So this morning while I was getting ready for work, I came up with the idea of giving an update on my pregnancy once a week on Wednesday, hump day. Yeah, not so original, I know but I thought it was kinda funny, humor me here. I'm not training for any running races, but I am training for another event in my life, parenthood. Now THAT'S what I call a marathon! :)

So Wednesdays for the next 2 1/2 months will be Bumpdates, where I will share information about how my pregnancy is going and open for discussion topics or issues I'm encountering.

I wanted to thank everyone for reading and commenting about my GD story, it was heartwarming and I'm thankful for all the support! It is something I deal/struggle with everyday and is no doubt shaping how my pregnancy goes!

Even though I have GD, it doesn't prevent me from having a treat now and again. It is not a bad thing to have the treats you want, you just have to have things in moderation. Today...I needed coffee in the worst way.

Okay, let me address this now as I know I get lots of questions about this. Yes, I have coffee during my pregnancy. It is advised that you not go over 200mg of caffeine a day during pregnancy. I used to drink large drip coffees which would have upwards of 300mg of caffeine, if I drank the whole thing. Now that I'm pregnant, I have decaf americanos, which have two shots of decaf espresso at a whopping 8mg of caffeine each for a total of 16mg of caffeine per cup. WAY under the limit that is advised and I get to enjoy a decent cup of coffee and get a bit of a caffeine fix. It's not much, but because I haven't had much caffeine over the past 7 months, a little goes a long way!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

"The Jam" Thursday

Okay, so I probably say this every week, but damn, Thursday is such a tease!! So close to the weekend, yet so far away! I get a three day weekend coming up because I took Monday off, woohoo! I get some time to recover from my weekend, which is always busy, and I get some time with my hubby because he has Mondays off.

Speaking of my hubby, can I just say how wonderful he is and how lucky I am? (okay, having a mushy moment here.) I came home last night and changed out of my work clothes to some house clothes, per normal routine and while I was doing that my hubby remarked, "I'm making dinner tonight, so we aren't having what is scheduled for tonight." (because yes, I meal plan for the week and buy ingredients during the weekend so there is no thinking when I get home, I just make dinner.) Okay, I thought, that's cool with me. So he showed me what we were having and got right to work on cooking because I was hungry already, or rather baby was hungry!

So while dinner was cooking, he had me lounge on the couch while he had some of my favorite music playing and some picture slideshows going on the tv while, get this, he gave me a leg and hip massage!!! I just stared at him for a while wondering, what is going on, is there something wrong and he's just trying to butter me up? But nope, he just wanted me to relax and take the time off my feet since I usually make dinner and cleanup the kitchen each night. Such a wonderful treat, it was fabulous and I'm such a lucky lady to have such a great hubby. Thanks sweetie!

So onto Thursday's business, sharing my favorite jams, the songs that get my legs pumping and my booty bumping. Today's jam is a special one, I've been holding onto this sucker for months because I knew the perfect week to post it and it's this week! This is for all my Team @runDisney family that is there or on their way to Disney World for the big Wine and Dine Race weekend. Tonight is a very special occassion for some of my BRF's, they are participating in the first ever night runDisney meet-up, so cool! I can't wait to see the pictures and read their tweets as this event officially starts the race weekend festivities and the events will go strong until the wee hours of the morning on Sunday. So jealous.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dreaming of Wining and Dining

I wanted to start first off saying thank you to all that came by yesterday and read my blog post about my GD. It was a tough one to write but I felt that I wouldn't be honest on here if I didn't talk about that and how it affects my daily life. So thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and for people who shared their stories, it meant a lot to me.

On more upbeat news, the social sphere I'm a part of is swirling like CRAZY with talk about the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend coming up this weekend. I have wanted to be a part of this race weekend for the past two years and both years I've been sitting at home reading the posts, looking at the pictures and reading the blog updates on how much fun everyone is having. It literally is "the runner's night out", it looks like SO MUCH fun is had the whole weekend.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gestational Diabetes: My Story

I think I've probably written this post a thousand times in my head before I even had the ability to sit down and type it out. I didn't want it to be something that is self-serving or trying to evoke any type of sympathy from those who read it, but that is unavoidable when you blog publicly about your life. I feel very vulnerable talking about this situation in my life, but it is one that I feel I need to let go of and "exercise the demons", so to say.

My story begins a lot sooner than most when people talk about being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, or GD for short. I was at my normal check up with the Midwifery clinic when we went over my blood draw results from my intake appointment a month earlier. Everything looked good and normal, however my blood glucose level was on the borderline of the pre-diabetes threshold. The Midwife knew that both my mother and father were Type-2 diabetic, so she ordered the two hour glucose test for me, just to make sure that everything was going alright. If I passed they wouldn't test me again until my 3rd trimester.

Alright...sweet, awesome. Yeah, I was not looking forward to this.