Factbomb Friday – She is NOT JUST A DOG

She is NOT just a dog.

She is my baby. Soon, she won’t be the ONLY baby, but she will STILL be my baby. The very night I told Dave I was pregnant, I made him promise me we’d never be those people who cast their pup aside. It will be hard, the baby will need a lot of attention… but we will make it work because Roxy also deserves love, affection, and attention.

She will STILL be a priority, her needs will still matter, and we won’t love her ANY less. In fact, I’m pretty sure we will love her even MORE watching her fiercely protect that tiny little human.

Yesterday, two different people I am friendly with had to put their fur babies down, and my heart broke for them, of course. But one of them had tons of love, support and understanding, and it warmed my heart, and I was grateful she had that… the other one had people left and right telling her it’s just a dog, and it made my heart break for her even more so.

Why are we telling people how they should feel? Why are we minimizing their loss?

If you think it’s “just” a dog, maybe you shouldn’t have one… just my .02, and since it’s Friday and I’m feeling generous, you may keep the change 😉

 

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Adventures in Pregnancy – 17 Weeks and Shaun T!

A 17 week bumpie…

You can’t see this, but my child is probably looking at the man who has had me doing all sorts of crazy moves the last 5.5 weeks.
And you can’t hear it, but baby is also probably asking “what the heck, man? Can’t a baby grow in peace?!”

What, did we expect my child not to be sassy and opinionated?! 😉

Life is Short – Eat the Zeppole!

We are having our yumminess a day late, because I was too full yesterday!

Baby will enjoy his or her first zeppole, and so won’t mom and dad!

Would I eat this every day? No (but I could, easily!) but I look forward to this splurge every year and I enjoy every bite with absolutely ZERO guilt.

I’ll take some extra insulin and enjoy every morsel – Diabetic or not, life is short; you DO have to live a little, dontcha know?! 😉

Did you enjoy a zeppole this year?

Diabadass Life

I cried today.

Happy, relieved, grateful, prideful tears.

My diabetic specialist came in during my appointment and was remarking at how perfect my numbers have been the last few weeks. She said she’s never really seen such steady, controlled numbers from a type 1, and she loves the variety of the nutritious foods I consume.

I don’t get much positive feedback regarding my diabetes whatsoever… not because my regular doctor is negative or anything, but because unfortunately, his praise was always followed by a ‘but…’ because my numbers have NEVER reflected my efforts, ever.

So he would encourage me, and when he’d listen to my eating and lifestyle habits he would always say I’m doing everything right… but again, my numbers never reflected that, which is honestly one of the more frustrating things I’ve experienced; this continuous, years-long hampster wheel loop of hard work but getting nowhere.

So today, to get such good news, kind words and sweet praise without a ‘but’, it went right to my heart, it sung to my feelings… it felt SO good.

It was a VERY welcome boost, a feeling I’ve been chasing for some time now… not so much the praise, but more so the feeling of my Diabetes being controlled… that is a feeling that has eluded me for so many years… TOO MANY years.

So today, I cried. I fought them, but they slipped out. And my gratitude actually caused her to get misty eyed, too.

And I know, as she said, there will be elevated numbers with no rhyme or reason; no explanation, nothing I did or didn’t do… that’s just the relationship between diabetes and pregnancy hormones.

But now I know how to “fix” that; now I feel capable and {{sorta}} in control – it’s been forever since I felt that way! 💕

Monday Mood Boost – Gratitude Never Goes Out Of Style!

A while back, I shared my gratitude for my medical team, and mentioned we’ve added some new members…

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was gonna be seeing a high risk ob gyn, in addition to my regular endocrinologist, and he really wanted me to see a nutritionist too – not because my eating habits are poor, but because managing blood sugars with surging pregnancy hormones is VERY complex.

Now if you do some math, that’s a lot of appointments, and while I have some flexibility at work and can make up hours as necessary, that’s still a lot.

When my endo was reviewing my numbers, he felt it best I switch to the services of an ob gyn who specializes in Diabetic pregnancies at Maternal Fetal Medicine, and alongside that, I see two Diabetes specialists who get twice weekly blood sugars reports, and I see them plus my nutritionist every other week.

Yes, it’s a lot… but the beauty of this switch is that it’s become “one stop shopping” – all of these services are located in the same place and all happen at the same appointment, which in addition to being a lot more convenient, SIGNIFICANTLY helps my brain keep track – something I was struggling to do between the sheer number of appointments in varying locations and the very real concept of pregnancy brain (folks, it’s the realest. thing. ever.)

I’m where I need to be, for my health and the health and development of my baby, and while at first I was frustrated at the idea of switching to yet another doctor (I’ve certainly had no shortage of them in my life), I understood WHY the switch was best, and I remained open minded and willing to do what’s best for myself and my baby.

And still, I’m so grateful for this team – they empower me, encourage me, make me feel capable and confident (I had a rough beginning to my pregnancy as we struggled to get my blood sugars under control and that definitely caused some insecure moments…) and I’m just grateful to have such a solid team guiding me through one of the hardest, but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve gone through.

Gratitude never goes out of style 💕

Saturday Sweat – LUCKY

I know my St Patrick’s day workout shirt says LUCKY… but it should say blessed! It’s so cute I couldn’t resist.

I know I’m blessed and that’s why I’m soaking this whole pregnancy in – the challenges and all. It’s all part of a blessing this size.

I know SO many worthy men and women who are trying and trying and haven’t gotten their blessings YET, and my heart continues to go out to them as I send out baby blessings. I hold out faith it will happen for them, as it happened for me and so many others. I BELIEVE.

So today and all days, I will continue to feel so blessed and continue to spread that forward.

Adventures in Pregnancy – 4 Months!

Holy bananas – I’ve passed the 4 months/16 weeks mark, which is CRAZY – that means I’m almost halfway there!

On the one hand I feel like it’s FLYING by, on the other I’m SO ready to meet this little baby that I’m like c’mon, how am I only halfway there?! So weird how something can go so quickly YET so slowly at the same time!

But there’s still so much to do, so you keep growing, little baby, and we will keep preparing for your arrival! 😍

Did you feel like your pregnancy went by super quickly or agonizingly slowly?

Tasty Thursday – Taco Salad

I don’t always make taco salad for dinner, but when I do, I really do! 😍

Do you like taco salad? I love it… we have it more in the summer, but we were in the mood, so why not?

I haven’t had too many cravings with this pregnancy, so when I do get them, I indulge, because the rest of my stuff is so balanced, it won’t hurt me.

It was delish!