June Showers

The month of June isn’t going to give me any breaks, but I’m not complaining!

When I got married, I opted for one big bridal shower that included both sides of the family and a whole scope of friends. While this was convenient in several ways, I wasn’t able to spend intimate time with the guests. Other than sending out thank you notes, I felt like I seemed ungrateful and impersonal. I hated that feeling.

So for Baby Girl, I decided that I wanted to be able to interact more with the people who are helping us out and are celebrating us. It means a lot to have people involved in our lives. Therefore I am having several, small showers. Let’s put it this way, I’m booked solid for the month of June.

This past week was our first shower and we are SO very grateful that we were able to celebrate with my momma’s side of the family. My aunts went all out with woodland animal decor and fun games to play. To say we were spoiled is an understatement. Everyone got us amazing stuff that will be used over and over again. For example, my mom (a.k.a. Grams) got us the high chair that we were really wanting. This is a big deal because we selected a fancier chair that would last us through more children. It will have great meaning when we all sit down as a family and have dinner for the first time ❤

Other than spending time with family, my favorite part of the shower was seeing all the cards addressed to “Baby Lemonade”. Even without a name, she has a strong presence and it’s neat to see everyone getting to know her 🙂

Every day, my belly seems to grow a little bit bigger, and every night I feel a little more uncomfortable. I expect this trend will continue until Baby Girl decides to pop! At our checkup this week, we saw that she’s measuring perfectly and her heart rate is still around 140 bpm.

I also had my glucose test where they check for gestational diabetes. This is when they give you a bunch of sugar and then test your blood an hour later to see how your body reacted. I took my “sugar drink” home with me last month and drank it before going into my most recent appointment. I chose the fruit punch over the orange flavor and am glad I did. I have heard one of two things when it came to these sugary drinks:

1) “It’s awful”

2) “It’s tolerable”

My doctor’s face was priceless when I told her that I actually enjoyed it! She said she’s never had someone like it so much and offered me more as a joke. She said I might need more sugar in my life, but I highly doubt that, what with my irresistible cravings for Starbursts and Skittles.

Anyway, I am super proud of myself because it was the first time in about two years that I was able to have my blood drawn without being laid down and rigorously distracted. I had a spell a couple years ago that sort of “traumatized” me and now I fight panic attacks every time I need to have it done again. This time, all it took was diverted eyes and some small talk with the nurse. Small victory for me!

Results will come in early next week. Fingers crossed that I pass so I can avoid the dreaded 3-hour glucose test. This is where I’d have my blood drawn four times in four hours. I would rather burn my tongue on hot coffee while sitting in stand still traffic on my way to a dentist appointment.

….No, really.

Besides upcoming baby showers and doctor’s appointments, we have the nursery prep to keep us busy. We are FINALLY getting started! We have plans to refinish her dresser this weekend and hopefully we’ll get time to put the crib together too!  I’m excited to see it all set up. We’ve got a hot, busy weekend ahead of us, but I’m so happy that it’s Friday!

 

 

3 thoughts on “June Showers

  1. I have a son who has Down syndrome and 10 years ago I was in your shoes having a prenatal diagnosis. I just came across your blog today for the first time, I can’t wait to read more ❤

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