Yesterday I had my 28 week check up even though I am 29 weeks plus…it was the lovely appointment where you get to drink a cup full of stale 7-up to check if you have gestational diabetes. My test, as always came back low…72…Normal range is 70-140. I don’t need to worry about that.
I am a tad low on iron so that means steak for me! I am looking forward to Carl grilling and I will be able to eat all leftovers while children eat P & J.
I am measuring a little big. Surprise, surprise…everywhere I go people ask when I am due and I tell them Sept. 10 and almost always their eyebrows go up and then they look down. Yes, the 5th pregnancy will do that. My abs are shot and I am more than likely growing a 10 lb baby because he is already much bigger than Jack was at this stage. Remember I flew to Ethiopia 32 weeks pregnant and I really didn’t look that big. I could never pull it off this time around.
The biggest shocker for me was that I gained 10 lbs. I was really okay with it most of the day because my weight gain for almost every pregnancy is around 35-40 lbs. I have gained 31 thus far so pretty much right on track. But then when I was going to bed, I thought about how many extra calories I must have eaten to gain that much weight….35,000. Umm…did I really eat that much extra? Oh my goodness! And the really scary part was that I didn’t think I over ate by that many calories. Hopefully next month I will only gain a pound a week like normal. Wowzers!
I just finished “Loving the little years: Motherhood in the Trenches” by Rachel Jankovic.
It was a great quick read for me (which of course is a bonus these days). Even though she never specifically talked about word pictures – she uses them all the time with her children and I was reminded how much more I could do with my kids. Instead of saying, “Stop that” five hundred thousand times, I could artfully come up with a word picture to explain what they are doing and how it could be better.
She has 5 children ages 5 and under so I could actually relate to her on a personal level. She isn’t writing about a bygone era with rosy glasses – and I love that. She is real and honest but doesn’t let you sit and have a pity party about yourself or where God has placed you in this season of life.
So, if you are feeling a little burned out or just need a refreshing dose of reality go and pick up this book. I promise you will take a away a few nuggets of gold from it. It would be the perfect gift for a mother who just had her 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or even *gasp* 7th child.
This is our “crazy”, and we love it.
She looks just a little like her mommy when she was a girl. Couldn’t be any prouder of her!