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Eating while pregnant or breastfeeding

August 8, 2017

One of the things I craved while I was pregnant (the three times I was pregnant) was burgers and fries. However, living with my in laws during the last pregnancy, it wasn’t easy getting a burger down or even getting close to a burger. My in laws are Korean and they suggested I eat home made food and also made sure I got enough rice on my plate.

However, since I grew up in North America and since I always have a specifically preferred dish in my mind (I literally plan out what I want to eat for my next meal while eating) it was hard spending the two trimesters in Korea.

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37 Weeks 6 Days

April 21, 2017

Okay, so seriously. This baby is literally 3.3 kgs right now and has no sign of coming out into this world. AT ALL.

I have been walking like a crazy prego lady on steroids and doing my cleaning, doing my squats etc etc. Nothing seems to work. I get back pain and a little bit of lower abdominal pain during the night but other than that, I FEEL NOTHING.

Why am I so eager and in a rush for this baby to come out?

Kaden goes on a business trip next Monday and comes back the following Sunday.

I feel like Kaden is going to miss the birth of Tyler and I am afraid I’m going to have to do everything by myself. Which I really don’t want to.

I  did everything on my own with Josh because Kaden was in Singapore at the time. I also did everything on my own (except for the one week that Kaden spent with us) with Andrea and now it seems like I have to do the same thing AGAIN with Tyler. Uh. Makes me mad.

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36 Weeks 6 days

April 14, 2017

My D-line picture for week 36.

I have not been sleeping well. Eating and going to the bathroom has been just okay. Nothing seems to be EASY. I have trouble sleeping, walking, sitting down and getting up. My belly is bigger than it was when I had Andrea at 36 weeks. I have more stretch marks than ever before and my mentality is just… Well.. Let’s just say I’m barely holding on.

I hope we get to meet our baby #3 this week or next week because I am just one physically challenged pregnant lady!!!

I have been swelling up in the legs a bit during the last couple of days. My fingers feel weird when I fold them and stretch them. I have kankles!!!!!

I don’t actually have everything ready, for the baby but in Korea, there’s a great site called coupang and their rocket delivery is “next day” delivery. So… I think I don’t have much to worry about!

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35 weeks

April 3, 2017

35 weeks.

Wow. Already. I’m almost at the finish line and it feels like time flew by in a flash. To be honest. It felt like FOREVER!!!! We took the crib out from the box last weekend and put it together. Actually, Kaden put it together. My belly is the size of a big beach ball and I feel like it could be any day now. I want it to be any day now. I have trouble sleeping, I have trouble walking, and I have trouble eating. I guess the only “no trouble” part is peeing and pooping.

I have my last two weeks checkup on the 11th of this month, then from that time on, it’ll be a weekly checkup. The baby is playing well in my tummy and I feel like it’s big enough to meet the world. Oh, how I wish I could just meet our little on this week.

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Week 28 +6days (3D Ultrasound 입체초음파)

February 17, 2017

세상 많이 좋아졌다. 배속에 아기의 얼굴을 이렇게 초음파로 볼 수 있다니. 정말 신기하다.

Technology these days. It’s amazing how you can see the face of your baby that’s still inside your belly! How amazing, and kind of scary at the same time! Imagine what technology could do in about ten years time from now. Sometimes stuff like this scares me cause I’m afraid that what we see in the movies sometimes really might come true. Robots taking over, humans being threatened by such advanced AI, etc etc. I know I may be overreacting and that I’ve watched too many movies but you never know. You really NEVER KNOW.

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Diabetes Menu | 당뇨식단 | 임당식단

February 5, 2017

So I’ve been trying really hard to stay on this “diabetic diet”. Making sure I don’t take in too much sugar, white rice, and white flour. I’ve also been trying really hard to make sure I exercise and walk for at least 45 minutes. I looked up different diabetic recipe websites to get ideas for my diet and tried to stick to my own meal plan during the past week. It’s been really hard, to be honest. Trying not to eat just whatever is around and making sure I get enough nutrients in every meal is harder than I thought. However, there were plenty of websites and books that I was able to find to get me started.

The first recipe I tried out was steak with grilled veggies.

I first made the sauce.

In a saucepan or a frying pan, caramelize slices of 1/4 of an onion in butter. When then onion starts to turn brown, add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1/2 tablespoon of honey or Splenda and 4 tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil and add 2/3 tablespoons of butter. Mix well turn the heat off.

The steak, just sprinkle some salt and leave aside.

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Care Sens N | Blood Glucose Monitor | 혈당측정기 | 케어센스N

February 3, 2017

Ever since I started to measure my blood glucose levels at home, I used the Care Sens N Voice monitor that the clinic gave me (or more like I rented from them). I found a deal on coupang.com for this Care Sens N monitor for 19900 won KRW.

It came with the monitor, 10 needles, and 10 strips.

I found that most monitors are around the 50000 won – 70000 won range and between the 30000 won – 40000 won range for less expensive ones. They all seem to work pretty much in the same way. You poke the finger tip with the needle/pencil (I call it a pencil) and place your finger at the tip of the testing strip. The strip will literally suck your blood into the testing area of the strip to test your blood glucose level. It only takes about 5 seconds for the results.

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Creating Milestone Cards

February 2, 2017

Right now, with my mother in law helping me with the kids, I have some time on my hands when the kid’s nap.

They seem to like taking a nap together so they both sleep at the same time for about two to three hours.

During that time, I used to take a nap with them but now I try and keep myself busy with things that I won’t have time to do once baby #3 arrives.

I was looking at a couple of websites the other day and found that a lot of people are using milestone cards with their babies.

I went did some research and decided to make my own instead of purchasing them. I started playing around with the layout in Illustrator and decided to make just a couple of the ones I wanted to use with baby#3.

There are so many different cards and ideas out there but I wanted to make my own and play around with the designs so that I could take pictures once the baby arrives with the exact card design that I like. I’m only at stage 1 of brainstorming and trying out different designs. I started with grayscale designs and will now move on to color. Hopefully, I’ll be able to come up with something nice to share with everyone.

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Gestational Diabetes Diet | 임신당뇨 식단

February 1, 2017

Ever since my gestational diabetes was confirmed, I’ve been trying to eat a healthy diet and keep track of my blood glucose tolerance levels.

Trying to eat on a schedule and making sure I’m not eating too much at a time, making sure I’m getting enough of everything and checking time to make sure I keep track of my tests is a hard job. However, I’ve gotten used to the schedule and looking at the clock that it’s become a part of my daily routine already.

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Week 26 + 2 days Keeping Track

January 31, 2017

Over the Korean New Years Holidays, I kind of “let go” of all record keeping and just ate whatever I felt like eating.

This didn’t cause my numbers to sky rocket or anything but it did make me feel a bit guilty.

When I got back from a family gathering at my aunt’s house yesterday, I decided to make a chart and keep track of all my numbers. I don’t have to check every day but it just felt like it needed to be done. If I could keep track at least every other day, then I would be able to look at the numbers, all in one place, and make sure I don’t go over the safety range.

I created a Numbers document and created a sheet with the date, what I ate and the glucose levels that I would take 1 hour after and if, high, 2 hours after a meal. I also put in a column for my daily exercise levels and how many minutes I walk per day.

Hopefully, now that I have this going I can keep track and make sure I don’t go overboard with what I eat and not be lazy with my exercising.

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Week 24 (Glucose Exam)

January 15, 2017

Height: 24 weeks

Thigh Bone length: 24 weeks

Belly Radius: 24 weeks

Ever since last week, I’ve had so many meet ups that considered “eating”. Even my last cooking class was last week. I guess I should have planned out my diet a bit better cause I didn’t pass the first glucose exam and now have to go in again this Friday for a full, second exam.

In Canada, they usually do a full exam the first time. Meaning, you drink the full 100ml syrup and stay at the lab for about three hours for your blood to taken every hour for the glucose exam. However, in Korea, they do a 50ml drink the first time and if you don’t pass that one, then they do the full 100ml syrup. I think I had an empty stomach for too long of time before going in for the exam.

Anyways, other than the yucky glucose exam (that literally makes you feel sick to the stomach for a couple of days), it seems like our baby is doing really well and growing with a strong healthy heartbeat.

We still haven’t decided on a name yet. Well, we did decide on a name, then Kaden changed his mind and we changed the name but then he said that he wanted to go back to the name we had originally decided on.

It’s so hard to choose a name for your child. We had trouble with Josh when we had him, Andrea, on the other hand, it wasn’t as hard cause I knew I wanted to name our baby Andrea if it was a girl. We have an English name, it’s just that we don’t have a Korean name. Uh. So hard!!!!

Everything is well and we are all doing well as a family too. The kids now REALLY know that there is another baby in mommy’s tummy and that it will be coming to see them in about four months.

I just hope I pass this final glucose exam (fingers crossed).

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Week 21

December 29, 2016

Physical changes: 

Stretch marks have increased significantly. I think most of my stretch marks were along my waist line, pretty low but now, they are all over my tummy. I feel like the oil I’m using isn’t working at all or my skin is just prone to stretch marks. Hahahahhaa

I have gained about 2kgs since about a month ago. I am trying really REALLY hard to not gain so much weight. I gained about 13kgs in total when I had Josh and about 24kgs in total when I had Andrea. My pregnancy with Josh was a lot more active and healthy with Josh than Andrea. I think with Andrea I was just too lazy and too addicted to the Costco soft serve ice cream (I literally had at least one every three days).

Appetite:

I’ve been eating a really healthy diet thanks to my mother-in-law. She’s been doing most of the cooking (cause I’m staying at her house) and her meals are all Korean but are really healthy and full of fresh veggies. I do crave stuff from back home (Vancouver BC) but they are things I can eat here too. This “Downtowner” burger is one of the things I crave often.

Images provided by: https://www.instagram.com/downtownerseoul

Another craving is strawberries with whipped cream. I am literally eating this RIGHT NOW as I’m typing. I crave it every day. I also crave BBQ baby back ribs.I also crave my mum’s cooking. She makes the best Westernized Korean dishes. I think my brother misses her cooking more than me but right now I’m going to say I do more.

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Week 20

December 18, 2016

Last Friday, I had my week 20 Ultra Sound. In Korea, they do a very detailed on around weeks 20 – 24.

Checking every part of the baby and making sure the fetus is growing well.

I had the chance to see every little part of our little sweetie pie.

Overall the baby is really healthy and growing well.

My morning sickness went away around week 17 ish.

It kind of came back around week 19 for a few days and then it went away again.

I can eat anything but nothing raw (like every pregnant woman). I’m still a bit more on the Western food than the Korean food.

Sometimes it’s hard to digest rice so I just have a quick salad. Then have a snack afterward.

Usually, I like to have a fruit bowl or cooked sweet potatoes for my snacks.

I can now sit in front of the Macbook and browse the internet for more than ten minutes LOL.

I can also play with the kids without my back and sacrum feeling like it’s going to break.

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Week 8

September 26, 2016

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Week 8

입덧의 피크 지점을 향해 달려가고있는 나. 아직도 신랑은 애가 셋이라는게 믿어지지 않는다며 실감이 안난다고 한다. 나도 뭐 그닥 실감이 나는건 아니지만 입덧은 나의 현실이다.

I haven’t been really able to keep food down. Especially fluids. Water is the most difficult. I have lost an extra 2kgs since week 6. I really haven’t been craving anything and I have not been able to sleep properly for the past week or so.

I still feel the weird cramping like pain in my lower belly. No matter what position I sit in, it feels like there’s pressure. I have had lower back pain when I sleep for the past two weeks and my arms feels like they are going to fall off. Thats how much they hurt.

I have stopped taking folic acid because it seems like it makes me more sick to the stomach when I take it. I still drink one cup of coffee a day if I have a headache.

I gag and throw up every single time I brush my teeth and if I smell something that is slightly off, like Andrea’s #2 diaper, I have to rush to the bathroom.

Hopefully this will all just get better after week 9. Crossing fingers so that morning sickness will only last until week 9 this time.