I went to my first doctor appointment yesterday. They confirmed that I am, in deed, in trouble. They are going to monitor me a bit more closely this time since I had my loss last time. The way they put it is that most of it is for my own piece of mind because at this point they have no reason to believe that I will have anything other than a normal, healthy pregnancy. Which I appreciate. I can call late this afternoon and find out how my progesterone and hcg levels were yesterday, and then I go in again on Monday for another blood draw so we can make sure they are going up appropriately. After that, I probably won't have to go back (unless there is a problem) until my 7 week ultrasound. This is going to sound like I'm a total prima donna, and maybe I am, but I think I am going to ask them if I can have another ultrasound or at least let me come in and listen for the heartbeat or something at 9-10 weeks, because last time the baby looked great at my 7 week check up, and then died around 8 weeks. So I just don't know that seeing the 7 week ultrasound is really going to reassure me that much.
The other thing is that they want me to go back on my Gestational Diabetes diet right away. I tested super high when they did the glucose test with T, so they are pretty much assuming that it is going to come back with this pregnancy, and they want me to just start in on it now. Which, I agree, there are no drawbacks to that. It's a very healthy diet, good for me and the baby, so I can't really argue too much. Other than the fact that it's kind of a PITA and pretty mean to tell a pregnant lady that she pretty much can't have any doughnuts or ice cream or whatever for her entire pregnancy. At least I don't have to do my thrice daily blood checks (yet - I'm sure that will come in the second trimester - hopefully at the end.)
So what's on the menu for today?
Breakfast (I actually got up early to cook and eat before work!)
2 eggs, scrambled
1 whole wheat English Muffin
1 slice cantaloupe
CarbMaster Yogurt + 1/8 cup granola
1 cup lentil soup
1 oz cheddar cheese
Whole Wheat crackers
1 cup carrot sticks
2 tbsp hummus
carrot sticks + snap peas
1 boiled egg
1 chicken breast, marinated in lemon pepper sauce and grilled on the grill
1 baked sweet potato
1 cup steamed green beans
1 cup skim milk
Chocolate Brownie Luna Bar
Ah, the Luna Bar. I ate so many of those when I was preg with T because they were an easy and portable way to get the right carb/protein balance, and they were a fairly acceptable substitute for dessert when everyone else was eating dessert right in front of me.
I also got some almonds and raisins and made up a bunch of baggies of what I like to call my "GD trailmix" (GD in this case doesn't necessarily have to stand for Gest Diab. )
I had GD with Pregnancy #2. Mine showed back up again very early in pregnancy #3. You may just want to keep yourself on a diabetic type of diet. It's 13 years later and I developed Type II diabetes. The best bet is to cut back and keep your diet mostly on fruits and veggies and keep the dairy and meats to a minimum and say adios to pasta, bread and potato chips. You'll be doing yourself a huge favor in the long run.
Ryan and Rachael
Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate
~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~
Ugh, no pasta? No bread? No potato chips? Forever? You're killing me here Rachael. I think I need to think smaller for the moment. Like, just getting through the pregnancy, and then working on the rest of my life.
Actually though, things have been going fairly well. It's weird eating 6 times a day, but I will say that I am really never hungry which is good. And at least I am getting lots of wholesome non processed foods.
I'm so proud of T. He is now officially binkie-free! It was about time (he's almost 3!) My mom was of the opinion that I should have just snatched it out of his mouth when he was still a baby and never given it back. I always heard about how she took mine away with no preamble when I was 9 mos old. And honestly, maybe that *is* the better way. A 9 month old can't get out of bed and wander around the upstairs if she is feeling less than sleepy from the lack of pacifier. But, that's not what I did. Instead, I waited until he was old enough to put up a good fight about going to bed, and then stressed about it for months. Then I started making up lies about the "Bink Fairy" which sent him into hysterics (Hey, how would YOU feel if someone told you that someone was going to sneak in your house and night and steal your most prized possesion while you sleep?)
Then, a miracle happened. He gave it up voluntarily, just like the hippy dippy parenting books said he would.
Okay, it wasn't without a small push and bribe. I took him to the dentist on Tuesday, and a) they noted that they could tell where the sucking had made his teeth crooked, which freaked me out even though they practically promised that his lip muscles would push them back once he quit the habit, and that it should have zero bearing on his permanent teeth (assuming he had given up the bink by then.) B) They took him back and showed him an entire closet filled with stuffed animals and told him he could choose any one of them for his very own....if he gave them all of his binkies.
Armed with this, every morning (and by "every" I mean "Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday") I would ask him if he was ready to take his binkies to the dentist and get a present. And wonder of wonders, on Friday morning he agreed to it. So we packed all 6 of them up (when your kid is an addict, you keep lots of binks on hand at all times) and took them to the dentist, and he picked out a blue bear which he named Daddy. Yeah, because his Daddy is the one that stresses over his teeth and his emotional well being, he totally deserves the prized new bear named after him.
I think I was way more worried about it than I needed to be - more worried about it than he was. On Friday night he cried for like half a second when we went upstairs to go to bed, and then that was it. He's cool with no more binkies. He's slept a full 3 nights without one.
I think he's ready to be a big brother. Now if we can just get him fully potty trained!
So I know I'm not exactly TTC-D anymore, but I did some TTC-D type things today, so I thought I would share.
Buy New Shirts
Okay, I actually bought a new dress and a new shirt. But close enough. I needed something fab to wear to future-sister-in-law's bachelorette party, and I think I can also wear it to the rather informal wedding we are going to in July (not the one that I am in.) I made sure to buy something in an empire waist so that I will (hopefully) still fit into it okay in July.
I also cooked dinner from scratch (except I didn't make the pesto.)
Pesto Chicken with Squash, Parmesan Polenta, and spinach sauteed in olive oil with garlic and cherry tomatoes.
Yum! I made extra polenta, so tomorrow I think I am going to cut it into squares and saute them in olive oil with dinner.
Thanks! I *feel* cute in that outfit. I just hope it fits 2 mos from now!
Okay, cooked some more food today.
Apple-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops, Parmesan Polenta sauteed in olive oil, and steamed fresh green beans.
I was already soaking the green beans by the time I thought to take a picture. And I made the polenta yesterday, and then spread the leftovers in a casserole dish to "set up" in the fridge.
Pork chops simmering in the apple/mustard sauce
Frying up the polenta squares. This is my favorite way to eat polenta - it pretty much tastes the same as non-fried, but the texture gets crunchy on the outside. *Drool*
I had a picture of the green beans sitting in the pot ready to be steamed, but I accidentally texted it to DH instead of sending it to my email and now I'm too lazy to get up and find my phone again. DH was like "Why did you send me a picture of greenbeans????"
I also made asparagus wrapped in cream cheese and ham, but I didn't document that process (which is kind of too bad - it was MESSY). I am taking them to my cousin's house tomorrow for a family gathering. Once we get to her house, we will pop them in the oven for about 20 mins and they will be ready to go. Haha, the reason I chose to bring those is that they are low carb, but they sound so freaking decadent. Like those people that used to do Atkins and just gorge themselves on cheese and bacon as a "diet". Take that, Healthy Livin'. I eat my veggies wrapped in cheese and pork!!!!
I just have to say, I am totally reaping the benefits of you guys posting pics of your meals. They all look so incredibly tasty, but I don't have to put the work into making them
Of course I don't get to eat them either. Sad
Keep up the good work! You may peter out here in a few days when m/s and fatigue starts, so enjoy this energy while you can.
DS Austin ~ May '07
DS Jake ~ January '10, a moment in our arms, a lifetime in our hearts...
DD Allyson ~ December 1, 2011
My pg.org journal
Haha thanks Kim. I think I may have petered out today. Soooo tired. We are getting take out tonight.....
So far I still feel pretty good. I think that in general I get tired a bit more easily than I did before, but at least I am not feeling sick yet. As such, Kim I am taking your advice and taking advantage of the fact that I still have some energy. And cook.
I'm super proud of what I cooked tonight, mainly because I was flying by the seat of my pants. I went to the grocery store looking for salmon, but it was wayyy more expensive than I expected, so I ended up wandering through the store without a plan for a while, then grabbing some chicken and calling it a day. I don't know if it was preggo brain or what, but I was really slow to rebound from the too-expensive-salmon thing and come up with a plan B.
Maybe it's just me, but I can't just pan fry chicken breasts. No matter what seasonings I put on them, they just always end up very bleh. I need to do something with them. But what? Think Alissa, think!
Luckily, I got my thoughts together by the time I got home. I would make...Um....Mustard...Something...Chicken. And Jasmine rice, and salad, and broccolini.
I started with the salad, because that was the easy part.
Then to make the Mustard Something Sauce.
Soy sauce, dijon mustard, a little olive oil, minced garlic, and a dash of white wine.
It was good, but the idea was to sear the chicken on both sides and then simmer it in the sauce, and at this point the sauce was super intense for chicken simmering. Then it came to me! Cut it! With chicken broth! Only, I didn't have chicken broth. But I did have some bouillon cubes and water. I'm brilliant!
So I added some chicken broth to the pan with the chicken, and then the mustard sauce, stirred, and simmered.
Then, I took the rest of the chicken broth, and used that for the water to cook the rice. I know! I was inspired!
And I steamed the broc.
It was....AMAZING! Soooooo good! DH commented on it, and T even ate every last bite of his chicken (very rare.) Success!
I also took the other 3 chicken breasts I got and drizzled them in olive oil, and rubbed them with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and garlic. I'll be roasting them tomorrow. I'm on fire!
Alissa, you go girlie for coming up with such a yummy dinner on the fly! The Mustard sauce sounds/looks amazing! I have to make this. Please share the recipe for Alissa's Mustard Something Chicken! haha!