Wednesday, April 2, 2014

the pregnant life

Pregnant life is going pretty great. So far, I've gotten off pretty lucky as far as those terrible symptoms go. Mostly just very tired... but the docs have been on top of my thyroid medication so I think that's helping. At the beginning I had some food aversions, but those are starting to go away. That's a very good thing.

I was feeling "adverted" from anything remotely healthy. Potatoes, salsa, and ketchup were my form of vegetables. Today something very strange happened though. It happened in these last few minutes actually. I feel a craving for the salad bar from Jason's Deli!!! Could it be? Could my pallet be opening up to the concept of vegetables once again? Let's hope so. Boy it would get my strict doctor off my back!!

Speaking of my strict doctor, this is my endocrinologist I'm talking about. She is helping me mange my thyroid during the pregnancy. She's informed me today that I need to start regularly testing my blood sugar. I thought I was going to cry today as the nurse was teaching me how to use the thing-a-ma-jig to prick. (I have a serious problem with needles.) So far, everything is coming out in healthy range. I'm praying it stays that way of course! This is just a precaution to watch out for gestational diabetes. Nothing will get past this gal! She probably thinks I don't like her... I really do... it's just that every time I see her she is telling me things that I don't want to hear!!!

I suppose it's a blessing to be checked on to such extent. It can be really discouraging to go through all the tests and appointments and now the regular finger pricking... but I'm trying to remember that's it's all a good thing!! This will keep me and our little pumpkin healthy as can be!

Next week (on Tuesday) we've got a first trimester screening where they will be doing some genetic testing. I was really on the fence about doing this but decided to go ahead because my doctor recommended it. If you would, please lift up a prayer that all goes well!

I haven't been doing my bible studies as diligently because the reading and writing really give me a head ache right now, but I'm realizing how much I need to continue to cling to God's presence. There are so many opportunities for worry or frustration when you're pregnant, but I remember that God offers such a beautiful peace. I'm reminded of an older "contemporary Christian" song, When I Praise, by FFH. One of the lines said, "I throw my hands up in the air and I know that you will find me there, find me when I praise."

Sometimes we just gotta lift our hands in the air (LITERALLY!) and say, "God, You are so good! You've got this!"

If you're in the mood for an upbeat tune ... here's the song! :) When I Praise by FFH (released in 2000)

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