I cannot believe we are already to week 22. We are past the halfway point! When did that happen? I am proud to announce my A1C is down to 5.8 and I am determined to get it lower. In the meanwhile I am trying my hardest to keep my blood sugar below 120 within the two hour mark. When you are pregnant and just wanting to eat everything around you this is extremely difficult. I do not always succeed, but I take comfort in my husband who reminds me that I am doing good with my levels and that high blood sugar will happen sometimes. I had recently a higher level and I did nothing different. I had the same breakfast all week long, but on this day I cannot explain it. I went almost to 300. I was not happy. I kept giving myself more insulin and I was not going down. It took over 3 hours for my levels to drop below 200. The only thing I can think of is hormones from my pregnancy affecting me randomly or it is the cold I am currently experiencing. I have increased my basal rate on my pump and that does appear to be helping. I might need to increase it more, but I am watching closely! I am so happy to be on a pump and CGM. I’m not how women handle pregnancy without a pump and CGM.
I have begun to feel what many women call flutters. It is such an amazing feeling. Joe cannot wait until the baby starts kicking so he can feel the baby too.
My latest appointments showed our baby to progressing nicely. Its the size it is supposed to be and its heart rate it spot on! It’s an active little one too. Doc said she could hear it flipping and rolling around in there. I just need to keep my levels good.
Joe and I are so excited for this little one. We cannot wait to hold him in our owns.
Today we cracked open our Hello Baby Box that we received when we signed up at babylist.com . We go through its contents and also talk about the Welcome Bag we received when we signed up at Motherhood Maternity.
Joe and I are happy to announce we are finally pregnant!! We are currently 17 weeks and baby is very healthy! Heartbeat is at 138 and baby is growing at a healthy rate. We waited to tell until the second trimester because it felt right to keep it for us the first trimester.
The first trimester went great. I was thankful I did not get any morning sickness. The unfortunate thing is I was incredibly hungry all the time. Being a diabetic, this was problematic. Per my dietitian I am to have my glucose levels back at 120 within 2 hours of eating food. This is so hard when you only want to eat very bad for you food all the time…like french fries. I want french fries so bad!
But I have been doing very good. I still allow myself the occasional treats while maintaining a lower A1C. According the Clarity app my A1C is at a 5.8, but I will know for sure in January.
The one nice thing about being a pregnant diabetic is seeing the doctor every 3 to 4 weeks. Joe and I get to experience more ultrasounds than most couples. We already got to see 2 ultrasounds and hear the baby heartbeat twice. It was amazing! I may have cried more than once. I can’t wait until our next appointment in January.
Oh…and we are already working on the nursery in our tiny house. We are completely reorganizing the house to make room. It is a long process! And a tiring process for someone pregnant. I keep needing to take breaks…it is so annoying!! I am going to be happy that we did it early vs later in the pregnancy. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who is also going into overdrive getting everything ready. I am so happy to have such an amazing husband.
I’ve been watching lots of videos about solar power lately. One YouTube channel I’ve found super informative is DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse. He has forums which people post their setups and I found this slick idea.
Obviously it folds with the panels facing outward, which I’d like to reverse to protect the panels. Shouldn’t be too hard to do. Putting it on my winter projects list.
In other news it sounds like we will be purchasing and installing a large solar array at my dad’s house with an all in one grid connect with battery bank for power outages. I’ll be sure to document that when we get firmer plans.
I’ve worn the Dexcom G6 for about 4 months and I can tell you it has been a game changer. I went on the Omnipod pump first due to working at a school and not being able to give myself insulin when I needed to. Unfortunately that also meant I could not check my blood sugar when I needed either. With switching to only Novalog this proved problematic. My blood sugar was going higher and staying higher for longer than I was used to. I was not happy. My A1C was raising. However, once I was able to get started with the G6 I was able to see what my blood sugar was in real time. I had control and it felt great.
Now, here is the thing no one told me. Your blood sugar will still go high. You don’t see your levels during the first two hours after eating without a continuous meter so you don’t know. You bolus correctly, but as you watch your sugar goes higher and higher. You will want to correct it, but don’t! I made that mistake. It ended with my eating a lot of candy to pull myself back up. Wait the 2 hours before correcting.
I still find it incredibly hard not to correct and I catch myself correcting at the hour and half mark. I do find if I correct around this time it does not cause my sugar to drop hard, but I would not recommend this for anyone else.
Along with the Dexcom G6 comes what is called the Clarity app, which is a cool app! You set your time in range and it will give you a percentage of your time in range. I set mine to between 70 and 180. My goal is to be at least 70% in range. Thus far I have almost succeeded. I only have 3 days where I was at 65% in range. It will estimate your A1C and it is very accurate. It also creates charts and other cool things you can forward to your doctor.
So far I love the G6!! My A1C is trending back down and I have control over my blood sugar. The one thing I will recommend is a patch to go over the G6. The G6 does not stay on well. I use grifgrips and they work pretty well.
I was made aware that there are programs in place to help you out financially if you create monarch butterfly and honey bee habitat. Seeing as Katie and I are looking to reclaim 6 acres of gravel pit back to fields this seems like the perfect opportunity to try and leech from the government which is the ultimate rich man/poor man move.
Bay Furnace Campground : It was very neat and clean. The facilities were also freshly updated and well maintained. Plenty of beach to go around even if you don’t nab a spot directly on the lake shore. 5/5. We stayed here Labor Day weekend 2019 for our second anniversary!
Here are some photos :
Firstly : The furnace itself! Yes, this is named Bay Furnace because it is a bay where there was a giant blast furnace where they made pig iron. IMHO Furnace Bay makes more sense but what the hell do I know?
It was pretty odd to think that where we were camping was a developed town built up around a giant blast furnace at one point. Kind of humbling to think that in 200 years any evidence of my ass being here could just be wiped away. (This is called foreshadowing, kids. You may have to be a bit of uh inteleckshual to understand it.)
Campsite and Beach Views! That land mass across the water is Grand Island.
The following photos were taken along the beach just off of the Sand Point Marsh Trail where it connects with the North Country Trail.
Post Nap Asshattery!
*Models Booty* *realizes it’s a video she’s taking*
“There’s something wrong with you. I’m normal.”
“I’m normal, but there’s something wrong with you.”
“What’s wrong with me?”
“Well, you married me for one so that’s like the biggest mistake you could make.”
“I see. What’s my second problem?”
And the look I was given after the video was taken and her phone got nabbed!