Apologies for all the mini hauls I’ve been posting this week. I’m now eight months pregnant, and frankly, the onslaught of visitors has begun and I am having a hard time keeping up!
Our peanut is doing very well—he talks non-stop, now, and narrates his entire life, all the while demanding that we acknowledge his every utterance.
Thanks to YouTube Kids, his vocabulary of vehicle-types now far surpasses mine. Just yesterday, he told me about an “air tanker”. I don’t know what that is. A plane that carries fuel? (OK, I just Googled it.) He’ll gab on all day about city buses, school buses, double decker buses, police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, mail trucks, pick-up trucks, taxis, helicopters, cola trucks (a Coca-Cola truck drives by our window at least once a day), excavators, forklifts, cranes, cement trucks, and so on. He’s two. I honestly just called all those yellow ones construction vehicles until recently. Now, I know what a skid-steer is, because he has a toy version of one. Also, there’s so much construction going on in our city that he gets to see the real thing more often than not.
Another fun thing I’ve had to deal with over the last month and a bit is gestational diabetes (GDM). Basically when you enter your last trimester, your body becomes increasingly insulin-resistant. It doesn’t affect most people too badly, but I unluckily fall into the 3–10% of pregnancies that need to actively manage it. I had it with peanut’s pregnancy, too, so this wasn’t unexpected. It is, however, slightly worse than it was the first time around, mostly due to me being two years older and ten pounds heavier, since I hadn’t yet dropped all the weight from the first pregnancy. The risk of having GDM is also higher with older mothers (35+), which is a group I fall into. If GDM isn’t controlled, and blood sugar levels are allowed to remain too high during the pregnancy, the following can happen:
- The baby becomes too large, which can cause complications during delivery
- The baby can suffer seizure when born due to blood sugar levels dropping
- The baby can end up at higher risk of developing diabetes and/or becoming obese
- The mother can develop diabetes post-pregnancy
Luckily, both times I’ve been able to handle my GDM just by getting more exercise and observing strict diet control, which also entails having to test my blood sugar levels four times a day. (FUN. But better than taking medication/insulin!) So, this means very little sugar intake, and as few carbs as possible (apart from fiber), with six small meals spread out evenly throughout the day. Now, I am not normally one with a sweet tooth—I’m typically into savory foods—but the second and third trimesters of my pregnancies means I developed a crazy carb-y tooth. Bread! Pastries! Fruit! Awwww yeah. But no. Sigh. Seriously, I can’t even really have a banana! That spikes my blood sugar pretty easily.