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28 & 29 Week Update [Glucose Test + Childbirth Class]

I can’t believe that I am already in my third trimester and that in less than 3 months, we’ll be able to meet our Lil Bean in person! According to The Bump, at 29 weeks – Lil Bean is about the size of an acorn squash. Over the next couple of months, he’ll double/triple his weight!

29 Weeks | Taken this morning

My doctor’s office recently offered a two-session childbirth class at our local hospital that went over sort of what to expect during the labor process. Robb was unfortunately out of town during the first class and had to miss it but I was glad to have him home and able to attend last week. As last week’s class dove more into actual labor/what to expect after giving birth, it seemed more important. Robb had lots of questions so it was nice to have an environment where those could be asked. We also had the opportunity to visit the maternity ward upstairs to see where I would actually be giving birth. The delivery rooms were nice (and big) while the recovery room was surprisingly on the small side!

I also had my glucose screening test last week. The glucose screening test checks a woman’s blood glucose (i.e. sugar) level to see how the body processes sugar and is a preliminary test to check to see if I might have gestational diabetes (high blood sugar that starts or is found during pregnancy). If my blood glucose is too high and I test positive, then I’ll have to go back for an additional test. A lot of women, especially ones who are wanting a natural birth, are starting to forgo this test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me so if I’m susceptible, I want to have an idea now so I can make the appropriate changes.

At my 24 week appointment, they gave me this sugary drink that I needed to drink about 45 minutes before my glucose test. I kept it in the fridge so it was nice and chilled. I was offered either Orange or Fruit Punch and I went with the fruit punch. The flavor wasn’t so bad during the first few sips (it tasted like a thick HI-C Fruit Punch) but as I kept drinking, I could feel it turning into acid in my stomach. That being said, some of the side effects of drinking the beverage included nausea, diarrhea, lightheartedness, etc. but thankfully I had none of those.

My appointment went well and since my mom was off work, she was able to come with me. My weight was good, my blood pressure was great, my belly measured right on par, and most importantly, Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong. The phlebotomy technician who drew my blood for the glucose test was just as gentle as can be. This was only the second time that I’ve EVER had blood drawn and she makes it so I don’t feel it at all. So now we wait for the results of the glucose test.

This past Sunday, Robb and I went up to Morris Farm Market to pick up some pumpkins for decoration (and to enjoy the abundant free samples that they offer). It was also their annual Fun on the Farm event which featured lots of activities for kids, hay rides, a petting zoo, live music and more. We had a great time and it made the perfect “date day” for us. I think that we are both excited at the thought of being able to take Lil Bean to events like this one day!

I love the variety of pumpkins/squash offered at Morris Farm Market – Black Futsu, Cinderella, Fairy-tale – I can find varieties here that I might not normally find anywhere else.

Look at all of those gorgeous pumpkins!

We’re so adorable!

Even after purchasing a ton a pumpkins, I wanted a few just “regular” ones, so we stopped to a small patch down the road and pick up a couple of pumpkins that would be great to carve.

Our fall display is almost done but I still need to pick up a few mums to complete the look and will hopefully do that in the next day or so. This is what our front porch looked like last year:

11 Comments

  1. Congratulations. You look amazing and I think it is wonderful that you’re journaling your pregnancy experience. I wish I had done that with my 2 kids. Love how the porch looked last year and looking forward to see what you do this year.

    • emielli

      September 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

      I like the idea of being able to look back at my journey but even more so – most of my boyfriend’s family only get to see us 3 or 4 times a year due to distance so I want to make sure they feel included as to everything that’s going on as well. 😀

  2. I love all the fall feels! You’re in the home stretch now!

  3. You’re looking so cute! Glad momma and baby are doing well!

  4. Ahhhh – the glucose test…great memories you are creating with your blog.

  5. Congratulations on your healthy pregnancy!

  6. Expedition Motherhood

    September 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

    You look fantastic! I looked like an elephant by my third trimesters with all 3 of mine! I threw up after I drank that glucose drink and had to drink it again! That was the worst. Your fall décor is beautiful too!

  7. You know, I never minded the glucose test. It’s not that bad! Anyway, your porch looks gorgeous! Our pumpkin patches don’t open until next week and I can’t wait!

  8. I love your decorations and you look adorable!

  9. What a fun time! Your pumpkin decorations are great.

  10. I always forget how many check ups you need and have when you are pregnant! Ugh, I always hated the glucose test!

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