Weekend Links & Updates, 11.16.13


That’s not my belly. I told you. I don’t really DO pregnant belly pics. Maybe before this is all said and done. But not today. STILL, I thought it was time to update you on a few things pregnancy-related, and this lovely photo seemed fitting.

[Over-explaining, party of one!]

Yesterday I spent three and a half hours at the doctor’s office, taking the long glucose test. That’s because last week – in the midst of a sinus infection, insomnia and plumbing problems from hades – I failed my initial test. So it’s quite possible I’ve developed gestational diabetes – something I’m going to blame on going into pregnancy overweight, genetics (turns out my mom had it with all three of her pregnancies) and FINE, a months-long love affair with Little Debbie Cakes.

I should find out Monday or Tuesday if I’m spending the next two months without carbs. Until then, I’m assuming I need to make some diet changes regardless and avoiding [most] carbs. Well, maybe not MOST. But way more than normal.

Other than that, though, this pregnancy is going really well. I think I’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief on December 10 when I hit 34 weeks – one week longer than I made it with Annalyn. But so far, my blood pressure and weight have stayed stable – both good signs after my scary experience with pre-eclampsia last time.

I’m scheduled for a C-section in mid-January, which – to be honest – terrifies me! We haven’t picked out a name yet. And I’m dreading how much laundry I need to do to wash up all the bedding and clothes we saved from when Annalyn was a newborn. But I cannot possibly complain about any of that when so far, baby and I are relatively healthy. (Diabetes thing aside, because I don’t know for sure yet and because it can be monitored and controlled.)

This past week was about a trillion times better than the three before it, as I finally got rid of the sinus infection, as well as the insomnia and heartburn. I realize those last two might return before this is all said and done, but I am incredibly grateful for a reprieve!

I don’t know if it was nesting, procrastination, my control freak tendencies or simply a reasonable reaction to 10 days without proper plumbing, but I was CRAZY productive this week. I caught up on laundry and dishes and then – surprise! – stayed caught up for the most part. It’s like a housekeeping miracle up in here.

Just in time to decide to take our house off the market, funny enough. With the amount of money we now owe the plumbing company for repairing our collapsed sewer – not to mention the very low interest buyers have shown in our house this fall – it just doesn’t make sense to keep the sign in our yard and the uncertainty hanging over our heads. So, we’ll try again next spring – and we’re converting our tiny third bedroom back into a nursery!

Yeah. Nesting might be going on here.

So there you have it. Not a totally comprehensive report of this insane past month and exactly earth-shattering to anyone but me, but I thought I’d share a little in case you all were wondering!

Now, let’s talk about the great posts we’ve read recently! (And tell me what’s going on in YOUR life, too, if you’d like!)

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway!! Get Ready for the Holidays with GIVEAWAY DAY.

What are the best posts YOU’ve read – or written – in the past week or two? Share them with us in the comments!

Photo by xlordashx

7 Comments Weekend Links & Updates, 11.16.13

  1. emily wierenga November 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    So honored, Mary, thank you friend!

  2. Lyli @ 3-D Lessons for Life November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Mary, hugs and prayers…. #LittleDebbiesAddictsUnite

    Robin Dance shared a post this morning about marriage that is gold. You must read.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. May the magical laundry fairy come to your rescue (send her my way next). :)

  3. Dinner at Christina's November 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I didn’t know you were pregnant!! Congratulations!

  4. Shelly W. November 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary, you HAVE had a lot going on. I’m so sorry about your plumbing issues and all the stuff with your house–that’s so stressful. I have not read many blogs, nor have I written a word since October 9, so I have nothing to share. Just wanted to say hi and tell you that I’m still here. :)

  5. Lis November 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Sorry about your home, but probably for the best anyway! You did say you were liking it more now that’s it’s getting all fixed up! :)

  6. Leigh Kramer November 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    What a whirlwind of updates, Mary! Keeping you- and sweet baby- in my prayers.

  7. wedka castingowa January 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Excited to be in lily pad or weed cover in the shallows angler 22 versses the vast deep waters.
    Use a very long rod, because when the fish are having a difficult time getting over the shallow river mouth at Betsie Lake.

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