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  • The Silver Lining of Gestational Diabetes

Welp…. I haven’t blogged all week, because life has just been crazy around here! About two weeks ago we found out that I didn’t pass my second glucose test. Out of four blood tests, two were too high and so that puts me in the category of having Gestational Diabetes. I’d be lying if I said that I handled this well. In the midst of packing up our life and trying to finish up a house I wasn’t prepared for something else to worry about. I had several meltdowns and part of that was because we didn’t get a lot of info when we first found out. We basically got the call that I didn’t pass and I needed to start perinatal (high risk) appointments. That’s it.

So what did I do? I googled it. Bad idea. That’s why I’m blogging about our experience because for others who have to walk through this journey, it doesn’t have to be as awful as it sounds online. Yes, it’s going to double your number of doctors visits and you have an additional aspect of your pregnancy to be on high alert about, beyond the normal nerves and unknowns….. but there are some positive aspects to this.

Now, before I continue…. I want to be sure that I emphasize that what we’re experiencing is insignificant compared to what others have to walk through, and I’m so very aware of that. I don’t ever want to come across as ungrateful or unthankful for this season that we’re in, because I know that this little girl is the greatest blessing of our life thus far!! We’re so grateful and I would never want a post like this to somehow discredit other’s pain. That would never be our intention. Our goal is to help people and encourage others in our current reality.  If I can provide some POSITIVE google search results for Gestational Diabetes… I think it’s worth it to share our experience! It’s never a good thing to have your body struggle to process sugars and there are risks that are associated with having GD. I’ve found that when you search about being pregnant and having GD, it can be a little scary, and you only hear about risks and warnings. Well, maybe this can be a little light at the end of the tunnel for those who are trying to figure out what this will mean for you.

PRICKING MY FINGER : So I’m pricking my finger four times a day to check my blood-sugar levels… this isn’t ideal and it takes a lot of planning to make sure I don’t miss my time frames! Every time I prick, I’m just praying my levels are good, and I’ve finally learned how to prick my fingers without having to do it twice! Ouch! So that’s the down side…. here is the silver lining:

  • Learning to remember to do something on a schedule, two hours after every meal, is preparing us for newborn life. We’re not used to segmented scheduling, and so I’m trying to view this not-so-fun new aspect of my routine as training for February when I’m hopefully on a nursing schedule.
  • Even though I hate the prick, it’s nice to know what my levels are multiple times a day, because if more unnecessary sugar goes to the baby then the bigger she can get, and she’s already measuring really big!
  • Michael and I are taking “teamwork” to a whole new level. I’m not the best morning person, and I have to prick my finger as soon as I wake up.  So Michael sets an alarm, gets the lancer ready and basically does it for me because I’m half asleep. Good husband status.

COUNTING EVERY CARB : Michael and I just went to a two hour nutrition class for Gestational Diabetes and I honestly walked in with a chip on my shoulder, because I did NOT want to be there. I’d rather be at home blogging our “Behind the Scenes” post for 2016, but instead I was in a room with a dietician and samples of plastic potatoes, fruit and beans scattered across the table and giant workbooks to read through. More on that experience below. I know how to read nutrition labels but adjusting carb and protein levels down to the exact GRAMS for EVERY meal is a lot of work…. however, here’s the silver lining to that:

  • During our nutrition class, we met a couple who is running a business that is WAY more demanding than ours, and she was diagnosed with GD at week 11. That means that she’s going to spend 3x the amount of time dealing with GD than we are. That put things in perspective, and we left with new friends and a new attitude of gratitude that I was diagnosed so late in my pregnancy.
  • I’m eating well. I never had a POOR diet, but I did crave cereal and chocolate milk…. not together… but those were my favorite treats. I now have a big reason to track and monitor everything I eat, and I’ll be healthier because of it. The truth is, I feel better and have more energy when I’m balancing my carbs and proteins and so that’s allowing me to get more done!
  • Because I’m monitoring my carbs and avoiding sugars, I’m hoping this will mean that the weight loss journey after giving birth will be slightly easier. Not only am I counting carbs, but I’m also exercising more because that helps my levels too. I know this isn’t promised, but since I’ve gained 25 pounds and I have 8 weeks to go, this new change in lifestyle is MAKING me take the steps needed to be healthier for delivery and recovery.

MORE DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS : I hate doctors appointments, and we literally just doubled them because of this new diagnosis. However, there’s a silver lining here as well.

  • Every week we get to know that our little girl is doing ok and if something changes, we’ll know fast.
  • More ultrasounds! We’re getting to experience ultrasounds almost every week just to make sure she’s not growing too fast! Last week her measurements were a little startling considering how far we have left to go, but the doctor isn’t worried and I’m trying not to be too! I’m thankful for more chances to “see” her these last 8 weeks even though the reason for the ultrasound isn’t ideal.

So overall, we’re trying to be positive and focus on the silver linings and not the new demands of this diagnosis. The other news is that apparently I have a cyst/weird bone growth/tumor-like thing in the knuckle of my index finger…. on my right hand. It’s incredibly painful to shake people’s hands, pick up anything using that finger and last but certainly not least, that’s the hand I use to hold my camera! So that’s not good, but we’re seeing specialists about this issue too and thankfully, we don’t have a wedding for several months because of maternity leave. So we have plenty of time to get this fixed!!!

Whew! What a week right? It’s been a little crazy over here! Michael and I are living in our apartment with just our BED (that now serves as our couch) and our desk and a TV. That’s it. We have about 5-6 outfits that we’re cycling through for the next little while, but our parents have helped us pack up our life the last two weeks so that we’re ready to move when the house is done…. which is hopefully next week. The OTHER crazy thing is that we’re sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to hear from either my sister or our best friends ANY DAY now. They are BOTH having babies in the next two weeks so we have our bags packed just in case!

COULD. DECEMBER. GET. ANY. CRAZIER?!!!!!!

We’re thankful, we’re grateful and we’re trying our best to not have mini-meltdowns when the emotions get the best of us….and when I say “we” or “us” …. I mean ME. Michael is wonderful…. the ultimate silver lining in all of this is that I’m not doing it by myself! So all of this is why you haven’t heard from us this week and may not hear a whole lot from us next week depending on how things go! I hope this is encouraging for those in our situation with GD . . . and now we’re off to continue packing!!!!!

xoxo, Katelyn
27 Comments Personal
  1. Lauren Swann reply

    Love you!!! <3

  2. Rachel Hegarty reply

    Hang in there! Everything will work out as it’s supposed to and at the end of it all, you’ll have a precious new baby, beautiful new home, and a new nephew/niece!

  3. Sarah Fredenburg reply

    Love your positive light on all of this chaos! You’re almost there and you’ll get to meet her soon! Can’t wait to see the behind the scenes post! I need to make ours, too! I was just going to say “and what’s my excuse!?” but we just bought a house and moved in not even a week ago. Boxes everywhere. Unpacking trumps my business right now. haha. We’ll get there. <3

  4. Jill reply

    Sending major hugs and prayers Katelyn! I hate to be cliche- -Mandi you know it already- but one lock of her eyes and it will all be worth it! My 4 days of active labor with baby 1 says so!!! ;-) ❤️

  5. Terri Baskin reply

    You’ve got this Katelyn and Michael! Also, if you prick the side of your finger next to your finger tip but still on the meaty part its less painful since there are fewer nerves there. Your journey has been so insightful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Marie reply

    Try to relax and not too worry too much. Everything will be fineThis is a single childless woman you’re talking to… ah!ah! I’m sending you strenghs love encouragement from my home country (France)

  7. Destinee Jackson reply

    Awww Katelyn – it seems you just can’t catch a break lately! You have such a positive outlook though, and I look up to you for that. I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and that you won’t be too overwhelmed during this process. <3

  8. Jamie Delaine reply

    Aw. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this! It’s so hard! One of my closest friends didn’t just experience G.D…. she has Type 1 Diabetes. Her pregnancy was so high risk and rough! And dealing with her levels constantly while nursing/middle of the night, etc, etc. CRAZY.

  9. Kristina W. reply

    Oh no, sorry you were diagnosed with GD! Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it though, even if that handle includes a few mini-meltdowns. Good luck!!! Only 8 more weeks!

  10. Kalina Duck reply

    Hanging in there I also had GD 18 y ago it was hard on me because I went from 130 pounds to 199 last time I want to know about my gain weight, had to be testing the levels 4 x a day plus Been monitoring by a nutricionist every week…. but in Feb 7 1998, our daughter was born and very healthy and the best news she was not diabetic Yaaaa also as soon you have your baby you also are clear, they do the test again and your numbers are back normal!!
    Not that we don’t learn our lessons on how to eat healthy, you know I would eat raisins like crazy, did love Diet Coke, chocolate OMG my weakness, but I now control my intakes. I would say I have my cheat day of the month!!☺️☺️
    May God keep blessing you and your family
    Merry Christmas

  11. Janelle reply

    Thanks for sharing! The glucose test is no fun, but I’m glad you’re taking the diagnosis and making it work for you! We’re at 30 weeks and have had to have extra ultrasounds (to make sure babe doesn’t have Zika) — it’s amazing how different they look than at the 20 week ultrasound!

  12. Didi reply

    Oh Katilyn & Michael. We are so very sorry you are having to go through this, but you will get through it. God is with you every step of the way to help you both and to protect that precious little girl! Our love and prayers are with you every day along with your parents and your many other friends! Hugs to both of you and to the little Princess! Pets for Bokeh, too. Hold on to each other and smile those wonderful smiles. Love you guys so much. Didi & JT

  13. Kat reply

    Oh man girl!!!!!! You are such a light even in the crazy! Praying for y’all!!!!

  14. Rhonda Lee reply

    Bless your heart, adding you to my prayers. When that precious bundle comes it will fade all of this away and be worth every single struggle and extra effort it requires!

  15. Sarah Heacock reply

    Aw Katelyn! Y’all have a ton on your plate! I’ll be praying for you these last 8 weeks for sure!

  16. Jeanette Eggerman reply

    Katelyn – first off can I just say how much I love you and your positive outlook on life!! Hang in there – as you know, it will all be worth it in the end. And as far as that thing on your finger – I just had a cyst removed from that same finger 6 weeks ago. This is my slow season so did the finger and rotator cuff surgery within 2 weeks of each other. The finger was a piece of cake and is healing nicely so don’t even worry about that one. Just hug that baby girl as much as you can – oh and give your husband one too!!! And I’m sending you hugs from me. Hope that’s not too weird!

  17. Marianne Lucas reply

    I just love all the positive, team work , and adventures you guys share. My fav part is Michael pricks your finger when your half asleep. I’m not a morning person too so I can relate. You two are amazing people. I feel like I’ve known you for years. I absolutely cannot wait to come there for an in person workshop in a few years. Prayers for your sweet lil family. Can’t wait to see her precious face and everything smooth out for you two. Have a great Christmas !

  18. Carissa Kennedy reply

    Praying for God’s perfect peace and protection over this season! Love you guys!!

  19. Mariann Kovats reply

    Katelyn, I am sorry, you have all these diagnoses one after the other!! Your positive attitude is very important! You and the baby will be fine, the doctors keep a close eye on you both! Try not to worry about it, I know, it is easier said, then down, but worrying and stress about it will increase your sugar level. I keep you in my prayers! Everything will be fine and soon you will post pictures of this little Princess on the blog, so we can meet her too. :)

  20. Allison Parker reply

    Thank you for sharing! I hope the next couple of months go by as smoothly as possible! <3 I love how you are choosing to see the good in a less than ideal situation; you and Michael are going to be amazing parents– baby Alsop is one lucky little girl!

  21. Jacinthe reply

    I’m sorry to hear about this Katelyn! But I know you’ll be alright! A close friend had GD and she said that after the first couple weeks, the adjustment was made and she kind of “got used” to her new routine. So it’ll get easier within the next several days, most likely! We also haven’t had the best news recently, but it’s so comforting and encouraging to know that our babies are healthy, and that specialists are there ready to react if anything changes all of a sudden! :) I’ll pray for you to be at peace and content — and I’ll thank the Lord for our good husbands who do make it all so much easier on us! We’re spoiled girls. :)

  22. Abbie reply

    Awwwww so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! I have two beautiful daughters and had GD with both of them. I completely understand how scary it is when first get the diagnosis! I also HATE going to the dr so those extra appointments caused me so much dread. But now being on the other side with these two girls it’s amazing how I would go through all of that again in a heartbeat to bring them here safe and sound! Praying for you and Michael! Praying for peace and great numbers for you. Also if you ever need someone to chat with about it you are more than welcome to message me :)

  23. Beth reply

    Way to be positive girl! I had gestational diabetes with my son (who is now 2) and I felt all those things! I was a mess with an awful attitude at that nutrition class! But my little guy was healthy and I learned a lot about nutrition and self control. All I wanted those last few weeks was a milkshake :) I’m proud of myself for the sacrifces I made those last weeks with him in my belly and I would do it x10 if it meant he needed me to! Be encouraged and thank you for the post! I could’ve used the positive info online when I was diagnosed! Oh and I didn’t end up gaining any weight after I was diagnosed (I’m assuming because I was losing weight and my baby was gaining?) but I then lost all the rest of my baby weight within the first month by sticking to my diet moderately! That was a perk! I can’t wait to see more of your home and your little girl! I’m a photographer in Columbus, Ohio and have loved your blog and webinars! Praying for a healthy pregnancy and delivery for you!

  24. Emily reply

    Like you said, try not to worry the baby is measuring “big”. I got to have extra ultrasounds to measure baby’s growth too because my doctor said she was measuring far ahead and everything turned out fine. But along the way I worried about it, and if they would push me to have a c-section. Yes she was a big baby (9lbs 3 oz) in some people’s book but that’s fine! It took me awhile to realize there was nothing wrong with birthing a 9lb baby. I eventually was pretty darn proud about it. Turns out my mom, sisters and I grow big babies. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  25. Karen reply

    quick tip: when doing blood sugars, prick your finger on the SIDE of our finger, not the pad of your finger. the fingertips/pads are thicker and so you might have to stick twice – the sides have less “thickness” to them … which means you’ll get more blood faster … and hopefully w/ a little less sting (I’m from a family of 3 who have type 1 diabetes – I’ve grown UP with it! Diabetes sounds scary, but it’s definitely something that can be managed. Hang in there! You look amazing!)

  26. Madelyn Insley reply

    You are going to be a fabulous mommy! You are already completely desdicated to your little angel. She is one lucky miracle. (And, since I found you because I’m pursuing my hobby as a career, I can NOT wait to see the love you have for her reflected in the photos you will take.)
    God bless you – all three of you.

  27. Julia Weaver reply

    So I’m super delayed with this comment, but all of my prayers are with you! And if you ever need more diabetes advice, (not from a doctor :) ) I’m here! I’m a senior in high school, and I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 2 years old. Spreading a positive light on this disease is so important, through all of the injections and finger sticks, diabetes can somehow be a blessing in disguise through the chaos. Dysfunctional pancreases unite!!!!

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