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Old Aug 8th, 2018, 17:20 PM   3001
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Krissie - Aww, what a cutie! So sorry to hear you were so sick, that's awful. Is everything back to normal now? No residual problems?



 
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Old Aug 8th, 2018, 20:57 PM   3002
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So far my bp has remained slightly elevated but not enough to medicate. My blood sugar has been average since I started the keto diet a month ago. And I've lost 17 lbs down to my pre pregnancy weight. I'm hoping my bp will follow as I lose more weight.



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2018, 13:51 PM   3003
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So far my bp has remained slightly elevated but not enough to medicate. My blood sugar has been average since I started the keto diet a month ago. And I've lost 17 lbs down to my pre pregnancy weight. I'm hoping my bp will follow as I lose more weight.
Ooo, I've been wanting to do the Keto diet! Is it really hard to stick to? My doctor said not even to bother with the supposed "PCOS Diet" and to just stick to a low carb one, as that would work best for me. The problem is that I get such horrible carb withdrawal, I find it really difficult to stick to the program!

Metformin REALLY helped with those carb cravings, knocked them almost down to nothing, but it also caused me to develop an erratic heartbeat, complete with breathlessness. Sooo unfortunately I had to stop taking that. What a bummer, I felt like a whole new person while I was on it!

And, thinking "out loud" here, I just remembered that I had been taking Myo-inositol a few weeks before I got pregnant. I had lost 5lbs while I was on it, so maybe I should get back to it since I'm not breastfeeding any more!



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2018, 15:12 PM   3004
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I found once I got past the first week I had almost no carb cravings. And I had some serious sugar addiction going on before starting. I did just go straight to less than 20g carbs and it has been great. I have can honestly say I have not felt this good in ages. I sleep deeper and need less sleep to function clearly. I would highly recommend it. The first week I drank a lot of smart water to keep my electrolytes up. I have only had one episode where I felt like total hell but I think I was dehydrated after spending all day in a hot office and running around. My biggest piece of advice would be to keep it simple. I do a lot of meat with a veggie for my meals. One of my favorites was a "bourbon chicken" with cauliflower rice. It was so good but it totally tasted like general taos. The best thing you can do is track everything for awhile. I use an app called cronometer which breaks down net carbs. There is so many hidden carbs in stuff so it is good to get use to knowing what is in your food. I plan to track for a couple months and then if I want the break see if I can keep it up without tracking.

The best websites for recipes that I like are Two Sleevers and I breath, I'm hungry. I think they use a lot of real ingredients that are easy to find. I also shop sales on meat and freeze a lot because it can be spendy. But overall I would recommend it, especially to help sort through hormonal issues of PCOS and insulin sensitivity. I currently have normal blood sugars all day except fasting which is running 101-115 still. I swear that number is never going to down.

When I started keto I joined reddit and have found some great subs that are very helpful and encouraging to see such great progress. I lost 17 lbs in my first month and I have decided to not weigh in this month since it was starting to stress me out. Hopefully I can see some great results this month too.

I loved Myo-inositol when I have taken it.



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2018, 20:08 PM   3005
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Krissie - she is sooooo cute!!! can't believe she is already 6 months.

I can't wait to get back to dieting and exercising honestly lol, I'm just soooo hungry this pregnancy. I've tried to do some yoga and low energy work outs but i end up getting so dizzy and nauseous after it didn't feel worth it. I had to break out my maternity scrubs today for work booo I wasn't quite ready to make that change lol. I really need to stop eating like crap though I think i'm gonna get back to using myfitness pal and just watch my intake.

Have a wonderful rainbow baby story to share. my BFF found out in july that she was pregnant. Went to her OB and they pretty much told her to expect a new miscarriage due to her HCG levels being low and no fetal poll found. However she ovulates like 1-2 weeks later than normal. I insisted that she wait, ask for a follow up hcg test (we all know 1 means NOTHING!) and another scan in 2 weeks if no bleeding. HCG more than doubled in 48 hours. today her scan showed a beautiful wiggly 7 week 2 day baby with a strong heart beat! I'm sooooo excited for her! After her horrible ex husband left her "for not being able to have kids" she has wanted this sooo bad.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2018, 12:09 PM   3006
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Krissie - she is sooooo cute!!! can't believe she is already 6 months.

I can't wait to get back to dieting and exercising honestly lol, I'm just soooo hungry this pregnancy. I've tried to do some yoga and low energy work outs but i end up getting so dizzy and nauseous after it didn't feel worth it. I had to break out my maternity scrubs today for work booo I wasn't quite ready to make that change lol. I really need to stop eating like crap though I think i'm gonna get back to using myfitness pal and just watch my intake.

Have a wonderful rainbow baby story to share. my BFF found out in july that she was pregnant. Went to her OB and they pretty much told her to expect a new miscarriage due to her HCG levels being low and no fetal poll found. However she ovulates like 1-2 weeks later than normal. I insisted that she wait, ask for a follow up hcg test (we all know 1 means NOTHING!) and another scan in 2 weeks if no bleeding. HCG more than doubled in 48 hours. today her scan showed a beautiful wiggly 7 week 2 day baby with a strong heart beat! I'm sooooo excited for her! After her horrible ex husband left her "for not being able to have kids" she has wanted this sooo bad.
Ooo, Swimmy, I didn't know you were pregnant again! Congrats!

Also, what wonderful news for your BFF! I hate when doctors immediately jump to the miscarriage diagnosis, that's what they told me about Gwen, even with healthy HCG levels. Turns out it was just their crappy ultrasound machines. When I went elsewhere for a second opinion, there she was, a little bean with a heartbeat! So glad your friend didn't lose hope after that misdiagnosis.


AFM - We're going to my little nephew's birthday party tomorrow. He turns 7 and specifically asked that I attend. He's my little buddy. For a long time, I was the only one who gave him any real attention. I'd sit down with him one on one and play, ask him about his day, things he likes, etc. It means a lot to me that the first thing he asked about for his birthday was if I would be able to make it. It's a 3.5 hour drive, but worth it!

His mom has basically just flaked out on his party. She's putting in the bare minimum in terms of effort, which also made me really sad. Benjamin is the middle son and she acts like she just can't be bothered to try. Her only plans were to serve some PB&Js and a cake.

You guys might remember me saying so, but I have always been overlooked on birthdays because it's so close to Christmas. I remember feeling absolutely worthless when I was little, because no one remembered me or went to any effort.

SO when I heard how little my sister was planning, I decided to do something about it. My youngest sister is planning some games (musical chairs, limbo, etc), and I went out and bought a face painting kit with some easy stencils so all the kids could get their faces painted. My mom (Ben's grandma) got party decor and toys.

I don't know if my sister had planned it like this in the hopes that everyone else would handle the party, but we weren't about to let her drop the ball on this one! But I'm going to be so exhausted wrangling 9 first-graders. lol!



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2018, 00:40 AM   3007
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IRYM - way to go!! that is so wonderful that you are going to make his party special. you are a great aunt. It sounds maybe a little silly but I feel really bad this next baby is going to be born so close to Christmas. I think as they get older I'm going to actually have them celebrate their 1/2 birthday. That way if they want to have an outdoor party they can. Or we would do an indoor water park or something if they want to keep their birthday in the winter. It's not fair that December babies get skipped over because of the holidays.
Thanks for the congrats! this one caught me a little off guard we were looking into ivf or a donor. I would have liked a little bigger age gap but I'm not gonna complain lol super thankful. Def will be done after #2 though



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2018, 02:23 AM   3008
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i scanned myself at work last night, soooo I think the 1% chance of having another girl is gone lol.



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2018, 16:27 PM   3009
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Aww, that's like what happened to us with Gwen. I was actually on BC to regulate my ovaries before IVF when we got pregnant with Gwen! How exciting!

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Okay, I have to vent. We're at my mother's house, visiting with mom and my sisters. Gwen got hungry, so I asked DH to feed her. Now, bear in mind, DH went to bed an hour earlier than everyone. He slept through the night, even when Gwen woke up crying at 5am and wouldn't go back to sleep for 45 minutes. He took a nap yesterday, too. He was served food, we went out to breakfast, and basically had a vacation day despite me wanting to visit with the family we're here to see.

But how dare I make DH feed Gwen, he's tired! Why can't the poor man take a nap? Why aren't I caring for the baby myself? Poor DH WORKS all week!

As if being a SAHM isn't work. And as if I don't do any work!

I said, uh - he gets 8+ hours solid sleep a night, wakes up and has a leisurely breakfast alone, showers without interruptions, spends 30mins on the toilet. Then he goes to work where he's being PAID for the stuff he does, gets an hour long lunch - again, uninterrupted - which is sometimes followed up by a nap in the car. Then he comes home, I fix dinner, do laundry, dishes, all the housework, care for the animals, etc and he plays with Gwen maybe 2hrs tops before she's in bed for the night. I think he can handle sometimes caring for HIS child on weekends!

My youngest sister said, "But then he doesn't get a break!" What about me? When do I get a break? Is asking DH to help care for his kid 2 out of 7 days a week that horrible? Especially when I still handle naps, bath time, bedtime, etc? And when I end up spending my whole weekend running errands or doing house maintenance?


I'm pretty peeved right now. My husband sees Gwen so infrequently that she's beginning to treat him like he's a stranger!

If he wanted weekends off and zero responsibility for a baby, he shouldn't have agreed to have one. And how dare my sisters insinuate that I ask too much of him.



 
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Old Aug 13th, 2018, 12:54 PM   3010
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Swimmy-- Such sweet news about your friend. I hope the rest of her pregnancy goes oh so smoothly. Congrats also on your little girl being 2 years old now! Man, time flies. It does feel like you just had her a couple months ago. Lol. And here you are expecting her little brother!

Krissie-- Oh my gosh, she is such an adorable little chunk. Love the photo! And love hearing that her big brother is getting along well with her. That stresses me out about the idea of having a second (if we even can)... how will my son take it. He can't even tolerate the cat sleeping on my lap... he climbs up and sits on top of the cat. Lol. Definitely a mama's boy. Dad's great and all and he's crazy about him, but he wants to be on me non-stop.

IRYM--- Oh my goodness! Look at you and that little girl! Such a beautiful duo. Congratulations on getting her here safely and soundly. I'm sorry things didn't go as you hoped. Not that it helps you feel any better, but I had a 4th degree tear with my natural delivery of a big baby, and healing from that was oh so awful. Most women do an elective c section for subsequent children when they tear that badly, so if we have a second baby, there's a good chance a cesarean is in my future, due to risks of repeat tearing. And that stresses me out and makes me sad, but the idea of tearing like that again majorly scares me. Not sure it was worth it, even though it went perfectly otherwise. I still don't feel "right" down there post tearing... over a year later and I still have pain. So perhaps it's good your 9 pounder didn't come out vaginally! And breastfeeding, I'm still nursing my 15 month old and for me, it was DETERRENT to weight loss, not a helper. Up until about 10 months of age, I felt non stop ravenous due to breastfeeding... couldn't eat at a deficit at all. Like at all. Now that my milk supply is super low I can finally restrict my eating a bit and am finally starting to lose the baby weight... from 15 months ago (can I even call it baby weight anymore, lol?). With Krissie saying she thinks formula feeding contributed to not getting PPD with her second, I can totally see that. Breastfeeding was such a hard fought journey for us. Painful, he nursed every 45 mins, I had back to back clogged ducts and mastitis, off and on undersupply where I had to pump every 2 hrs plus constant nursing to get it back up each time, he had a tongue tie that had to be repaired. Just, whew. It was not easy. We trialed formulas and I kept a canister of the one that worked best for him in case we ever needed, but surprisingly we made it through. But if we have a second, I think I'd be less nutty about it, and more willing to just use the darn formula. I bet that process is much smoother, once you stop mom-guilting yourself.

Your body made and carried that beautiful perfect baby, so it's definitely doing plenty right!!

About your nephew, that's really sweet that you're making his bday special. What a disappointment that his mom isn't. It's nice he'll have you there to celebrate with him.

And the comments about your husband... screw that. And those stupid comments. I hate the idea that anything a dad does is automatically deserving of accolades, but it's the default expectation that mom does those things. I hear all the time how lucky I am that my husband cares for our son as an involved parent, but that's because he's his freaking father. And I set that expectation. That both of us are parents. I of course do more of the work because we nurse, and when there's a problem, little one wants mama, but I totally think dads should be dads and not "bonus" parents. So silly that you got flack for asking him to feed HIS child. And I don't even know your husband but I'm mad at him that he botched your first mother's day and didn't think of it as important, yet made his mother have a special day. That's pretty clueless of him.
Congrats to you on not strangling your husband, and for doing nearly all of the baby care on your own. Those first months are so hard.


As for me, I ovulate tonight or tomorrow. I'd say this is the first month since we've been trying that we've had good timing with intercourse. The past cycles we've only BD'd once in the fertile window, at the very end of the window. So maybe we'll get lucky this time. But if we don't it'll give me time to lose a few more lbs hopefully before trying again the next cycle. Still about 6ish lbs away from being at pre-pregnancy weight. Getting close though!



 
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