Owl give ya an update…. by Annemarie

Posted in: Annemarie, Baby- Mar 04, 2011 2 Comments

It seems like all I update these days is about BBB….probably because there isn’t too much else going on. As I’m further along in the pregnancy now, I can’t really go anywhere. I can’t fly anywhere, and I can’t really leave town just incase something were to happen. So, I’m staying put in SB. We’ve hung out with friends on some of the last few weekends, ran a few errands in Oxnard/LA, and really enjoyed all of those times/outingst but I just haven’t been in the mood to get out the camera. Not sure what’s going on with that….but I guess I can blame it on the pregnancy.

When I get home from work, if there isn’t food in the house for me to make for dinner, then I get completely overwhelmed and frustrated about what we’re going to eat. From my last blood work results at 28 weeks, I learned that while I did not have the gestational diabetes, my iron levels dropped over 3 points from the last time, and now I have pregnancy onset anemia. I then also learned what anemia was….a deficiency of iron and not enough oxygen in my red blood cells, which means that standard blood loss during pregnancy would be too traumatic for my body as it stands right now.

Frankly, it’s the first time in my life that I really have felt like I have to be conscious of what I’m eating, and now I actually have a real reason for it too. If I don’t get my levels up to where they need to be, then we won’t be able to have the home birth as we’ve hoped. So, I’m taking it pretty serious, and getting as much iron as I can throughout the day. Red meats, leafy greens, and lots of other iron rich stuff.

I start out with a bowl of Cream of Wheat, a glass of OJ, 50 mg of iron, and some kind of egg for breakfast everyday. I never really prepared myself breakfast before, and Brett still doesn’t eat it, so it’s been a change to plan a routine to make this happen every morning. For those people that already are on some kind of routine, it sounds silly that this would even be a challenge at all, but for me, it totally is. I’m used to just waking up, showering, getting ready and then going. Now I have to plan for the extra time to take care of myself.

I am also supposed to be doing at least 40 minutes of exercise every day to get the oxygen in my blood up too, but this too, is completely overwhelming to me. Between getting up early to eat, working all day, then coming home to figure out dinner, I just don’t know where I’m supposed to find the time, or the energy to do this. I am going to Prenatal Yoga twice a week, and am not only enjoying it for my body, but the community of pregnant mommies to be is really great for my spirit. I did get myself a tankini for swimming, but I still haven’t figured out when I can make time for that between getting up early to make breakfast, work, baby appointments, birthing class, making dinner, keeping up with family and friends and everything else that’s going on. I am succeeding (I think anyways) in not stressing about it, but if I do start to dwell on it, it’s honestly so completely overwhelming that it makes me want to breakdown in tears. I haven’t done that……yet….but I still have a few more weeks to start. [EDITED TO ADD : Yes, I realize that I completey wrote the same sentence twice, but that’s baby brain for you….I’m keeping it in there to prove that exact point.]

I’m also drinking liquid chlorophyll in my water every day, taking omega pills in the afternoon, steeping red raspberry tea, taking my prenatal pills, drinking Floradix at night for more iron intake, and also a calcium-magnesium capsule before bed to help with getting rest.

Brett jokes that I’ve turned into a senior citizen with all the pills I’m having to pop now….but after watching Food Matters (finally) the other night, I actually feel good about putting all of these vitamins into my body. I am hoping that they do what they need to do so everything can happen as we are planning…but if it doesn’t work, I’m in complete trust that God knows best and will have us be where we need to be when our baby is born to be sure that both of us are safe.

So, anyways…..that’s what has been going on in my mind and life lately. Brett is keeping super busy with work. And in our spare time, we’re (more so just “I”) probably a little self-absorbed with all of the baby stuff. It keeps me a little sane, and maybe also drives me a little crazy at the same time. I keep listing up myself projects that I want to get done before BBB comes.

For example…..I’ve been saying forever that I’m going to make the bedding for BBB’s nursery. Well, I bought all of the fabric, finally got to wash and pre-shrink it, but hadn’t actually started yet. But tonight, I started this task.

Before I got too far into it though, I did get a nice break. A long time friend of my sister and I, Eva, was in SB for her grandfather’s birthday, and she was kind enough to take some time to visit with me while she was here. I have loved reading her blog about her adorable babies, Presley and Marshall. I picked her up after their dinner, and she and I grabbed a nice warm cup of decaf joe, and took a stroll down State Street. It was just us girls, which was probably for the best since we talked about babies the entire time. I was so thankful to spend some time with her, catching up, and seeing what a beautiful Mom she has become.

After getting back, I was ready to really dive into my first project – the crib sheet. I found another material that had some owls on it, and it matched, so I had picked it up at the craft store a few weeks ago. I thought to start with that one, just incase I messed it up, it could be a test one. Well, I followed the instructions, which were really pretty simple, and what do you know…..it turned out just as it was supposed to!

As soon as I was finished, I had to put it on the mattress.  It fit perfectly, and it looks super cute too!  I put all of the little things back into the crib, and snapped a quick picture.  I still have to make the crib skirt, the other sheet, and the changing pad cover too.  There are also other projects lined up and I couldn’t be more excited to tackle them now too!

Ok, that’s all for now.  I’m pooped and my muscles ache from typing so much.  Stupid anemia.  🙂

2 Responses to “Owl give ya an update….”

  1. Elisabeth says:

    You’re doing great! Keep the positive spirit that you have….your body and God will put you exactly where you need to be for your birth!

  2. Marisa says:

    hang in there friend!! only 7-ish weeks left (yay yay yay) and that sweet baby boy will be here! can’t wait to see the rest of your baby bedding…and as a fellow mom-to-be, i pretty much am consumed with baby stuff. all the time. and have no desire to pay attention to anything else :). so you’re not alone!