Hump Day Bump Day – 28 weeks

Happy Hump Day Bump Day and hello 28 weeks!
This past week was fairly uneventful as a whole but I did have another check up on Monday {the start of my every-other-week visits!} that was all too exciting! I mentioned before that I was due for my glucose test and Monday was the day! For those of you that don’t know, the glucose test helps the doc determine if you have gestational diabetes. You have to drink a not-too-pleasant-although-not-entirely-horrific jug of ‘fruity’ flavored glucose shiz {mine was orange} then get your blood taken an hour later. They also test your blood for white and red cell count, platelet count and to see if you are anemic. Basically checking to see if your body is preparing to deliver.
It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever tasted… more resembled a REALLY really flat Fanta.

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The tricky part is, you have to drink it within 5 minutes and be at the doctor having your blood drawn EXACTLY {or as close to} an hour after you finished drinking.
So, at 8:40 I started drinking, finished by 8:45 {go me… you’d be surprised how fast 5 minutes go by when you are downing liquid sugar!}, was in the doctor’s office by 9:30 and had my blood drawn between 9:45-9:50. I think the lab aid was a little out of it because I distinctly heard the nurse tell her “come to the room at 9:45 to take blood for the glucose test” but I watched the clock tick by and had to remind my midwife that I hadn’t had my blood taken yet. She zipped me down to the lab room mumbling that we were late and did it herself. There was no problem with the way she did it… didn’t hurt and was the same as any other time I’ve had blood taken but for some reason at that moment I, being someone who has had a history of getting light headed when blood is drawn or shots are given, nearly passed out. I immediately felt the color rush out of my face and warned her that I wasn’t feeling well and thought I might hit the deck {I was sitting so I guess it would have been more like a slump than an all out HIT}. Luckily Z was there and immediately jumped into action-mode when Diane {midwife} told him to grab my feet and hold them up. Silly me for not warning her that it’s happened in the past but I’ve had good luck the last few times I’ve had blood taken so I didn’t think to mention it. Dumb, dumb, dumb. ANYWAY, I was better in no time, thanks to a few sips of water and some saltines, and was able to continue on with my day.
BEFORE all the possibly-passing-out shenanigans took place, we met with Diane and went over some things to expect in the coming weeks. Any talk of “what to expect next” always gets me so excited so I know I was grinning like a fool the entire time. Even when she was warning me about some not-so-pleasant things that may occur, I know I had a stupid smile plastered on my face! We also got to hear sweet Keelin’s heartbeat on the doppler again… basically the thing I look forward to most at every appointment! It was really cool hearing it this time because, due to the huge sugar rush I was on {Diane said that the glucose drink is basically equivalent to eating 3 full sized snickers bars or 200 jelly beans in 5 minutes} Keelin was going NUTS! Her heartbeat was SUPER fast and she was throwing a New Year’s Eve-style dance party in my belly. At some points it was hard to hear her heartbeat because she was kicking so much! I loved it!
Diane was also able to tell me the general position she was in which is just totally amazing to me. Just by feeling my stomach she could tellΒ  that Keelin is basically laying with her back down toward my right hip and her legs tucked upward toward my sternum. I couldn’t really “feel” anything specific but she would place my hand around and say things like “that’s her femur” and “here is her spine”. Hopefully someday soon I’ll be able to really feel specific body parts! {Yesterday she was really active again and I could gently push where her “back” is and feel something rolling up near the left side of my belly button, I assume it was a knee or foot. TOTALLY AMAZING!} The rest of the day after the glucose test Keelin was either really still or really hyperactive. I, on the other hand, was just fine until about an hour after the appointment when I experienced the worst sugar crash of all time. It was so sudden and so strong I felt like something out of the Walking Dead. Fun times.
Seriously people, why did you let me ramble that much? Here’s the stuff you really come here for…the bump and the stats!

28 weeks 2 days!

*How far along? 28 weeks 2 days today
*Total weight gain/loss: totally healthy πŸ™‚
*How big is baby? “small cabbage” 17 in – 2.9 lbs
*Maternity clothes? Yes indeed. And loving my boppy support band too!
*Stretch Marks? not yet… lathering, lathering, lathering on the lotion!
*Best moment this week? Hearing Keelin’s SUPER FAST heartbeat on Monday. That glucose test had her super excited and throwing QUITE the dance party.
*Movement? all the time! It’s all I can do to keep working every time I feel her move. I’d much rather stop and feel. πŸ™‚
*Food Cravings? Nothing specific this week, although I’ve never been more excited to plunge an Olive Garden breadstick into a boat of alfredo the other night at dinner!
*What I miss: I miss NOT having back pain. I’m generally pretty sore by the end of the day and doing plenty of back curls to try and stretch things out before hitting the sack.
*What I am looking forward to: BABY SHOWER/WEDDING WEEKEND!
*Nausea/Vomiting? nope!
*Labor signs? no way jose!
*Gender? SWEET GIRL!
*Belly Button in or out? in and STILL stretching… getting flatter every week!
*Wedding rings on or off? on!
*Sleep? Still sleeping through most of the night but this past week I’ve been waking up with about an hour left on my alarm clock unable to fully fall back to sleep.
*Weekly Wisdom: Thinking I was over my tendency to pass out when I have my blood taken was a big mistake.
Until next time…

3 thoughts on “Hump Day Bump Day – 28 weeks

  1. Yikes! Glad you didn’t hit the deck! I can’t wait for my next sonogram and hearing how much Keelin is jumping around gets me excited for when it starts for me. πŸ˜€

    • Thanks hun! Oh, you are going to love it. It’s THE MOST exciting feeling. My boss felt her kicking yesterday and asked me what it felt like. I kind of laughed because when I really think about it, it feels like EXACTLY what it is… a tiny person poking away at the your tummy! πŸ™‚

  2. Pingback: Hump Day Bump Day – HOLY CATFISH, 30 weeks! « Life in these times…

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