Archive for 2009

Avocado episode, part II.

Posted 19 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much, other people are morons

I ended up calling the nurses again yesterday about my pain, and they had me come in.

Before the midwife made his decision as to what was ailing me, he heard my complaints and aches and whatnot, then had me lay down so he could measure me and hear the baby – the old ute is 29cm long (grew by 5cm from a month ago) and he was BAFFLED at how short waisted I am. He said I have less than a foot between my hip and the bottom of my ribcage. (That’s not normal?) if I’m not already having aches in my ribs and back, they’ll be starting soon because there’s no where else for the baby to go. Great. Thanks mom! Just kidding. I know you didn’t choose this short-waisted-ness either. Do we blame my grandmother?

Anyway, he said in the end he thinks that it IS my gallbladder being a jerk, but doesn’t suspect stones or anything, just acting up with higher fat intake, less space to function and good old hormones throwing off the delicate balance of my organs. He said I just need to officially change my diet and cut out all high fat (or relatively fatty) foods. He wasn’t too concerned with the itching (my feet and hands were kind of itchy over the weekend), but said if it’s more constant and consistent that I should call in. (See the concern about itchiness of hands and feet here.) But he’s pretty secure in the thought that with a lower fat diet that I should be feeling better in no time.

The state fair starts next Thursday. So much for everything on a stick! (He said I can have a pickle on a stick, but what I really want is deep fried pickle slices dipped in ranch dressing. Nom nom nom.)

So, after all that, I ended up getting my Rhogam shot so I don’t have to go back in again tomorrow.

I’m hurting again today…just in that spot under my ribs, but dealing. It just sucks…and watching what I eat is REALLY going to suck. Not to sound like “that girl” – but I’ve never had to watch what I eat. Reading labels is very foreign to me. Although, I discovered that the donuts I bought at the grocery on Sunday may have been hurting me – 55% of daily value of SATURATED FAT in EACH ONE. Ooops. I suppose I could cut those out.

(look at that frosted goodness)

But seriously? Entenmann’s chocolate devil’s food cake donuts?! They are SO GOOD…eating one is almost worth the pain. Almost.

This is what I found on a website of what to avoid when you have gallbladder issues. It’s laughable.

Eggs, pork, onion, fowl, milk, coffee, oranges, grapefruit, corn, beans, nuts, in that order.
Trans fats
Hydrogenated, partially-hydrogenated oils
Fried Foods
Saturated fats(even coconut oil until feeling better)
Red meats
Dairy products
Coffee, regular or decaf
Ice cream
Black tea
Alcohol, beer, wine, liqueur
Fruit juice
Carbonated water
Tap water
Raddishes and turnips
Cabbage, cauliflower
Colas and all sodas
Oats (for some people)
Rye (although the sour German ryes seem to be less troublesome)
All legumes (beans) as they tend to increase the cholesterol in the bile.
Avoid all artificial sweeteners, sugar, preservatives, refined and bleached foods (like white flour)

So, I can’t drink water, juice, milk, tea, coffee or soda. That leaves….what? This list is ridic.

WebMD’s article makes more sense. Maybe I’ll pay attention to that one instead.

Hypochondriac, party of one.

Posted 18 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much

So, all weekend I’ve been experiencing what I’ve written off to be rib pain. Rib pain is to be expected when you have a tiny human burrowing in your uterus, which is slowly expanding into your abdomen and rib cage.

However, I’ve realized in the past two days that it’s really only in one location – my right upper abdomen. And after MORE consideration, it’s the same spot I experienced discomfort during my “avocado” episodes – aka Gallbladder attacks.

I pretty much just sit at my desk all day, holding onto my ribs on my right side. It’s not SUPER painful, but enough of an ache to me EFFING ANNOYING and is getting to be a bit of a worry. Today I made sure to stay away from high fat foods, and unless dinner from last night is still somehow plaguing me, I don’t understand why I’m in pain today.

Now the decision making time – do I call the doc’s office again (I did yesterday and the woman just said to avoid high fat foods, or thought maybe it was just plain old rib pain) and try to have them get me in today or tomorrow? Or just wait it out and talk to the MW on Thursday during my regularly scheduled appointment? I’m leaning towards waiting. The pain isn’t stopping me from working, and I’m not nauseated or anything. It’s really just more aggravating than anything. Fingers crossed it IS just rib pain and isn’t my gallbladder.

28 weeks.

Posted 18 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, paparazzi

How far along? 28 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: About + 22 lbs, give or take a pound.
Maternity clothes? Uh huh. Although I’ve aquired a couple dresses from American Apparel that do the trick.

Stretch marks? Thighs are beginning full rebellion. Stomach is still safe.

Sleep: Lots of weird dreams, waking up on back and needing to roll over every time.

Best moment this week: Getting the crib assembled, our 2nd anniversary.

Movement: Oui. Lots of rolls and occasional pokes.

Food cravings: FRUIT.

Gender: Still thinking girl. (Although the room looks more boyish…)

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks chilled out this week a little.

Belly Button in or out? Flattening more and more.

What I miss: After a couple sips of the hub’s High Life – REAL BEER.

What I am looking forward to: Getting the nursery finalized…which could take the next 12 weeks.

Weekly Wisdom: Be prepared to stand on public transit. Most people could give two shits you’re pregnant and carrying an extra 20 pounds…which is super sad.

Milestones: The final 3 months begins now…

The camera is taking crappy pics…sorry it’s so damn grainy. I blame lack of flash. Boo is showcased in this photo as well. More finalized nursery pics are up here, as well. Enjoy. (the last 4 photos, to be exact.)

Correction. I WAS a blogging machine.

Posted 17 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, marriage

Yeah – not much for updates here all of the sudden! Our anniversary dinner was GREAT, I hit up yoga for the first time in like, 2-3 weeks on Wednesday night, and on Thursday night we put together the crib. (It looks super nice!) Over the weekend, we saw a movie, went to the Twins game (and left early due to boredom) and ran some errands on Sunday.

Exciting, no?

Right. No.

Anyway, this week will be busy in it’s own respect – tonight, cleaning and laundry. Tomorrow – work and more of the same. Wednesday – work and Yoga. Thursday – work and doc’s appointment (rhogam shot – boo!) and Friday morning, leaving for a cabin for the weekend.

28 week update later tonight, with a new picture (and maybe some more nursery pics to go with it).

I’m a ball of creative juices today, can you tell?

I’m a blogging machine.

Posted 11 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, marriage, paparazzi

Okay – seriously, I know I don’t usually post this much. You’ll have to deal with not being able to catch up just for now. I’m sure this won’t stick for too long. :)

Anyway, I have to be an attention whore for about 3 more minutes and announce two things. One, HOLY CRAP I’M IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER. Do you know what that means? I’m almost done with being pregnant. As in, in 3 months (or less) we’ll have an outside baby. I started to think about that last night as I was laying in bed and started to panic. But then, the 5 hours of sleep I had gotten the night before got the best of me and I fell asleep.

And two – it’s our second anniversary today! (Everyone breathe a collective “AWWWWWWWW!”) That’s right, I’ve been married to my wonderful hubs for 2 years now. I know it’s cliché, but it really feels like it was only a few weeks ago that we got married. It’s funny too, the weather this week is mimicking the weather when we were married – 90s and hot, sunny and humid. It’s a good thing I love this kind of weather. I can’t say the same for our wedding guests.

Anyway – what a different two years can make.

August 2007

August 2009