The Pregnancy Diaries – It’s Flying By!

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Before I get started on my pregnancy update, the darling moms over at Just Spotted (a must-read blog for OC families) posted a little interview I did for them on their blog yesterday.  Thank you ladies!  Click here to read more about me, Tiny Oranges and how it all got started!  Also, make sure to check out their amazing April Calendar to see all the great family events happening this month! 

I realized I hadn’t written a post for The Pregnancy Diaries in awhile and this pregnancy is going crazy fast!  I blink and another week has past.  I have to admit, the calendar turned to April and I had a little moment of temporary panic as I feel like I still have lots to do to prepare.   Deep breaths, deep breaths.  

I will be 27 weeks tomorrow, and have enjoyed the past 10 weeks feeling FABULOUS.  However, just this past week, things have now started to take a bit of a turn into the slightly uncomfortable.   Not bad, just not as great as I had been feeling.   For some reason, I carry my babies HIGH, which I think is inhibiting the space for my lungs, so sometimes I feel like I can’t get a really good breath and it makes me feel anxious.   I had the same thing with Emma, so at least I know what to expect!    I have been trying to walk and continue to do prenatal yoga, which has helped.  But, even walking now is a tad painful.  I get a lot of ligament pain at the bottom of my belly, so I have to slow down and am trying to just listen to my body.  I have started to waddle and have been known to grunt (either internally or out loud) when bending over to pick something up.  Very attractive.   However, even with the uncomfortable moments, I have to say I am really appreciating my growing belly this time around.  It really is such a special time in life, and it goes so fast.  It is a constant reminder to me of how miraculous this whole process is.  Sometimes I look at my husband and say, “do you realize there is a whole little person growing inside of me!?!”  It still amazes me.   

Unfortunately I took the 1 hour glucose screening test last week and I failed!  Do you even know how bummed I am??  I have to go back for the 3 hour test now and I am completely dreading it.  I passed with Emma, so I didn’t even give it a second thought when I went in this time.    I can’t imagine sitting there for 3 full hours on an empty stomach filled with that glucose drink.   I was counting down the minutes for the 1 hour test.   YUCK!    I have read all these contradictory things online as to how to prepare.  Some say to not alter your regular diet at all, some say to cut down on sugar and carbs, others say to make sure to get a healthy mix of carbs.   I guess if I didn’t eat my regular diet, it wouldn’t be a very accurate test.  I think I will just eat normally, however, obviously I will skip the ice cream and Girl Scout cookies the days before!  The Girl Scout cookies killed me this year.  It is impossible for me to consume just 1 or 2 Thin Mints.  I am thinking they might be partly to  blame for last week’s result.  I had to send them all to my husband’s work after I got the results, I can’t even have them in the house!   If anyone has advice for me on this 3 hour screening, please leave a comment below or send me an email (!  I appreciate it!

Other than that, everything is going along smoothly.   My favorite part of pregnancy is feeling all the kicks and movement, and I have been feeling a lot!   During the day, I will get so busy, I sometimes forget I am pregnant.  Then I will be sitting at my desk and feel a little kick and nudge, and be reminded, and go “oh, hello there!”  Then again at night when I finally get to lay down and watch my DVR shows (I am sooo happy it’s American Idol season! Isn’t it GREAT this year??), I feel her moving around lot, and I love that time of connecting with her.    It really has a way of bringing you back into the present moment.

There are times when I have been getting a bit stressed about how it will work with a newborn AND a 3-year-old. Will I find my groove?  Will I remember what it is like to have a newborn?  Those early months were such a blur of sleep deprived delirium!  It’s just some days my daughter is a lot to handle on her own, so I try to envision a newborn into the daily mix, and it is hard to picture how it will work!  That’s when I really wish I could have a glass of chardonnay!  Oh well, all in due time.    I am just hoping that this time around I will be able to appreciate it more, and be more relaxed.   I think I will, and it is good to know first hand, that some day I will sleep again!

That’s about it for now, thanks for listening to my update.  As always, thank you so much for reading my blog!  If anyone else is pregnant and wants to share where you are in the pregnancy, post a comment here!!!  I love to hear from you!   XO Jen  

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  1. 1
    tara says:

    You WILL get your groove, dont stress, you are an amazing mom!

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    I failed both of my first tests- twice by one point- I figured like you to eat what I normally eat and then on to the dreaded 3 hour. It actually was not that bad- just take good reading material, ipod.laptop and you should be fine. It wasn’t enjoyable but having my electronics on hand helped the time go by quickly.

    I was so stressed out about how it would all work out with the transition from one to two. I seriously worried over nothing. It all just seemed to fit into place. It all just seems to work out somehow. It takes some adjusting but you will master it within a couple of days 🙂

  3. 3
    Jen says:

    Thanks for the advice! I wouldn’t have thought to bring my iPod, that is a great tip.

    How old are your kids? What is their age difference?

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    My kids are 18 months apart! I had to do an IVF round with my first and thought for sure I would have to with my second – but 9 months after my daughter was born I found out I was pregnant. I have an almost 4 year old and an almost 2 and a half year old- life is busy!!!I’m not going to lie the first couple of days are hard but all of a sudden it clicks and we got into a routine. I would say it was just a couple of days of adjusting and it’s been great ever since.
    By the way- I passed on your site and your email to Barbara R from NinaR PR!! I think she is going to contact you about a possible event you might be interested in covering and other kid related products,tv shows, etc.. 🙂

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    oh I forgot to add for your 3 hour- my lab in Newport- can’t remember the name had a room specifically for those that were talking 3 hour fasting tests- It was a little lounge. It was perfect- it had one of those patient tables that was actually quite comfy and it had it’s own private restroom. You might want to ask about a room like this . The lab tech told me these are common at labs.

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    Jen says:

    That is all so encouraging to hear…thank you! Not just the stuff about the 3 hour being not so bad, but adjusting to life as a mother of two as well! Thanks for your comments…and Barbara did contact me…THANK YOU!

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    kelly says:

    i had to take the 3 hour test this time around as well. my doctor had me follow a high starch/ carb diet for 3 days before the test. it wasn’t that bad…. just take lots to do! good luck!

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    Vie says:

    Hi, congrate for your pregnant, you know I had pre eclampsie in first pregnant, you know what I do? Just relax and let everything flow…..Everything will be okay….

  9. 9
    Jen says:

    Thanks Vie…I am doing just that…trying to relax and just enjoy!

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