Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bumpdate - 30 weeks

Today was the day.  My three hour Glucose screening. I woke up on time, but feeling a little ill. I find it highly unfair that at 30.5 weeks pregnant I'm still dealing with morning sickness. - anyway - 

We left the house a few minutes late and hit crazy traffic. By the time we arrived I was still nauseated, frustrated and my head hurt. 

They did the first draw (of 4) and I went upstairs to see my doctor. My blood pressure was normal, I gained 2 pounds (total weight gain, 7 lbs) and the heart rate was in the 130s for baby girl. ❤️ 

My husband asked me if I wanted him and our daughter to stay for the second blood draw before going to the park and Starbucks, and since I was still feeling a little icky I said yes, and was enjoying the company.

Our little lady was looking at the fish, and then... I get that feeling... 

Have you ever felt your mouth sweat? What about your entire body sweat all at once? 

I have. 

I jump out of my chair and literally run to the bathroom. Crying my eyes out, I threw up. 

I proceeded to vomit 4 times. 

With tears in my eyes and mascara smudged all over my face, I walk to the front desk and tell them what happened. 

"The test is now invalid, I need to call your doctor" 

I felt like I was being sent to the principals office. I felt like I'd let my husband down... 

I felt awful. 

Still in tears I face my husband in the waiting room...

"What's wrong" he asks... 

I told him the story and very compassionately he says "it's okay..." And we sat in silence. 

The nurse came out and told me to go back and talk to my doctor and reschedule. 

Tears and disbelief as we went back upstairs... 

I ring the bell and the receptionist says "oh sweetheart, come have a seat - she knows what happened." 

So we waited.

Between appointments my OB stopped by and asked if I thought I could re-test on Thursday or Friday. I looked at her and (still misty-eyed) said "please don't make me drink that Glucola again, I just can't" 

She agreed to let me test my blood sugars for a week and report back. As much as I hated pricking my fingers and testing my blood, It was the best option for me. 

I'm still throwing up and the thought of ever drinking Glucola again makes me ill. So, yes... I will test my sugars and pray all is well. 

After that whole mess, we decided to go get some cheeseburgers and walk around a local outdoor mall for some fresh air. 

It was lovely being with my family, and shopping for my girls. During the afternoon my husband did his PIYO and then took our daughter with him for a run. 

We then all took a long afternoon nap. I'm still feeling a little icky, but thankful my husband took the day to take care of me. - as rotten as the morning was, the day wasn't so bad. 

Question: Do you enjoy outdoor malls? 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Valentine

To my Valentine,
St. Augustine, 2008

Somewhere between throwing balls of paper into your backwards visor from Florida to North Carolina, splashing silverware into the bucket through the window of the kitchen and pretending to have the slightest interest in guitar and Third Day... we fell in love.

By the tender age of 15, I'd made up my mind that there was no one else in the world I wanted to spend my life with than you.

Over 15 years later, you are still the one.

Not only do you make me smile, but you make me giggle.

Summer Camp, 2003
You are my best friend. The one I share my hopes and dreams with, the one who wipes my tears and my favorite Disney buddy. 

MGM, 2003
Your love, kindness and respect for me never goes unnoticed, and my hope and prayer is that you feel my love and respect in return. 

Happy Valentines Day my love, thanks for making every day feel like an adventure. 
Key West, 2007

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7 Training & Motivational Tips from Jeff Galloway

I am SO excited to announce that I have been selected to participate in Jeff Galloway's blogger program. I was first introduced to Jeff during the WDW Everest Challenge at Disney. It was my first 5K, and I loosely followed one of his training plans. 

I then followed his training plan to complete my first ever Half Marathon in February of 2013 (Princess Half) Of course, when it was time to train for the WDW Goofy Challenge, Jeff Galloway was my go-to-guy for training plans! (You can read about it here)

Now that I've established, I'm pretty much the number 1 fan. You might still be wondering WHO IS JEFF GALLOWAY??? 

1972 U.S. Olympian, Jeff Galloway can be referred to as "America's Coach", he has helped thousands of people (just like me) train and accomplish running goals with his proven Run-Walk-Run method. Check out his website for additional information. 

On a personal note, he and his wife were among the first two people to know about Baby #2 (sorry mom!) My husband and I were at the Expo for Disney's Tower of Terror 10-miler, and we happened to see the Jeff was there talking to runners, giving tips, taking photos, etc... So, we stopped by, said hello and then got to talking about training for the Goofy Challenge. Our conversation was just started when I mentioned I'd be running the Goofy Challenge at 25 weeks pregnant and would LOVE any tips. Immediately he referred me to his (totally adorable) wife, and we talked for a good 20+ minutes about running pregnant, and following the run/walk method. 

So, I'm VERY excited to be a part of the Jeff Galloway blogger program. Not only because his run/walk method has gotten me to the finish line with a smile on my face EVERY single time I've used it, but because I truly believe his advice is helpful and want to share it with all of you! 

So, here we go! 

7 Tips for Jeff Galloway himself! 

  • When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.
  • A well-paced run enhances vitality for the rest of the day.  Start each run at least 30 seconds a mile slower than you will run at the end.
  • If you have a Run Walk Run strategy that is right for you on that day, it's possible to feel good after every run-even the marathon.
  • Running is the best stress reliever I've found. Research shows that running tends to activate the conscious brain which over-rides the emotional subconscious brain and manages the negative and anxiety hormones during and after the run.
  • Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens.  A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
  • The finishing of a run that is longer than you've run in the last 3 weeks can bestow a sense of achievement that is unique and empowering-due to positive brain circuits that are turned on.
  • You can't run a long run too slowly or take too many walk breaks.  You'll get the same endurance based upon the distance covered.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The results are in...

The results of my Glucose Tolerance test have come back and sadly, I did not pass. 

I will be taking the 3 hour Glucose Test soon, but in the meantime and now that my sisters wedding is over, I have started to eat a more diabetic friendly menu. 

No more cupcakes to share with little lady...😔
I found out I'd failed the 1 hour GTT on Wednesday, but with all the wedding prep and the actual big day this weekend, I'd decided I was going to eat and enjoy myself, obviously I kept a close eye on fetal movement, obsessed about drinking water and making some healthy choices. 

The baby moves and moves and moves all day long, much like her sister did. She even kicked hard enough for her Tita to feel her on Saturday. 

So, here we go again... We are on the road to figuring out if I have Gestational Diabetes again and if yes, what is our plan to manage blood sugars without medical interventions. 

What are your favorite high protein, low carb menu options? 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bump Date!! - Week 28

Happy Monday Friends!

Hard to believe that I'm already 28 weeks pregnant, feels like yesterday I was hearing the news that our family would be expanding.

If you missed my previous bump date, week 20 was the last time I posted about it.


  • 28 weeks along
  • gained 5 pounds
  • blood pressure, perfectly normal
  • Fatigue 
    • Seriously, I can't stay awake... I have been napping when little lady naps. 
  • Morning Sickness
    • Slowed down (thank the Lord!) 
  • Excited
    • I've been organizing the clothes, and making a list of things I'd like to pick up for the baby.
    • We were given some newborn size diapers on Wednesday, and that got me REALLY excited to meet our little love bug. 
  • Anything sweet sounds good. 
  • Barbecue. ... so strange. 
    • I went to the grocery store and bought three bottles of barbecue sauce... what? haha
  • I'm still a little finicky with eggs, but I did manage to cook eggs, feed eggs to my daughter AND myself the other day. 

Looking Forward To

  • Seeing little lady and love bug interact 
  • Paternity Leave? 
    • Is that allowed? lol I'm really looking forward to my husband being home with us for a few weeks after the baby comes. 
  • Baby girl
What are your favorite healthy desserts? 

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