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  • Rachel Ley Literacy for Little Ones

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    I got to talk to a really cool kid today named Rachel Ley who started "Literacy for Little Ones" in Stevens Point:

  • Gestational Diabetes Test

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    clockI have not heard back from the clinic about my gestational diabetes test yet. I thought I would have heard back yesterday. I'm sure there's nothing to be concerned about as I am not in the high risk category. 

    Maybe it's just me, but no matter how small the test is it seems like whenever I'm waiting for results from the lab I'm on pins and needles. There's no reason for me to be anxious about this test, but I'm sitting here wondering why they haven't called yet. I'm just hoping nothing got messed up so I don't have to go back in and do it again or have to go for the extended test that I think is like 4 hours long!

    Did you ever have a test that you were waiting anxiously for results on during pregnancy or not?

  • Diapers

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    nik and joshCan you believe that in all his life my husband Josh has never changed a diaper? Luckily he is going to the Fathers In Training (FIT) class that Ministry Saint Claire's offers for new fathers. This class is taught by male pediatricians who are also experienced fathers from Marshfield Clinic. It teaches expecting fathers how to take care of baby and mom after child birth. This of course includes how to change a diaper. 

    Mom's are not invited to this class it's for fathers only so I imagine there will be a lot of sports analogies thrown in. As long as he learns something and it's fun for him I'm excited he's going.

    The class is coming up on Monday night so I will get the whole scoop on it and report back to you on Tuesday. Or perhaps I'll ask him to blog for you so you can get the first hand experience.

    I think it's so great that Ministry offers so many new parenting classes. I know there will be lots of surprises and I know I'll learn along the way what's best for my baby, but I just feel so much more comfortable starting this parenthood adventure with a little education on my side.

    For more information on parenting classes offered through Ministry Health Care visit you can sort by types of classes and the location you wish to take them. 


  • Doctor appointment today

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    needleToday is the day for my gestational diabetes test at the doctor's office. All my friends have warned me about how aweful this is. I've actually been dreading it since my first appointment. Not because I think I may be at risk, but because I've heard the test is just gross! 

    At this appointment I will be asked to drink a sugary drink described to me by the nurse as tasting like an extra sugary flat sprite. Luckily I don't have to drink a lot of it. After I've consumed this super sugary drink they'll measure my glucose level. If it's high I will be asked to come in for a longer screening. 

    Gestational diabetes is type of diabetes that 2-10 percent of pregnant women develop only during pregnancy. It's caused by pregnancy hormones messing with insulin levels and the inability of the pancreas to keep up. 

    Some women are at higher risk than others as you can imagine. You're considered high risk if:

    • You're obese (BMI over 30) ~ which I am not
    • You've had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy ~ which I have not
    • You have sugar in your urine ~ which I do not
    • You have a family history of diabetes ~ which I do
    What does having gestational diabetes mean for the baby? It could cause your baby to put on extra weight which can lead to problems during delivery. This can also cause your child to have problems with obesity. Your baby is at higher risk for newborn jaundice and future heart problems.
    If I do find out today that I have gestational diabetes (which I doubt I will) these are the changes I'll have to make:
    • Eat a well-planned diet with the correct balance of protein, fats, and carbs.
    • Don't skip meals
    • Avoid sugary snacks
    • Exercise
    • Take insulin if necessary
    Do you know anyone that had gestational diabetes? How did this affect them and their pregnancy? Did it affect the baby?
  • Baby is running out of room

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    hourglassThe baby is running out of room. Every time I try to bend over feel pressure on my ribs. I think she's pushing on them trying to tell me that I'm crowding her. Her movements are getting stronger now and I'm starting to be able to see her move. I can even feel her move from the bottom of my belly on the left side to the top of my belly on my right side. the majority of her body is on my right side. My belly is always lopsided and Josh thinks it's funny.

    According to my fancy app the baby should be around 3 pounds now and 17 inches long. She probably won't get a whole lot longer, but she's going to plump up though doubling maybe even tripling her weight. 

    I was a pretty normal sized baby 7lbs 6oz and 21 inches long and Josh was a pretty small baby just over 5lbs and 19 inches long. Does anyone know if that is a clue as to the size our baby will be? Or is that decided simply by the way I eat?

    Josh and I were both late too, does that mean our baby has a good chance of hanging out in there an extra week or two?

    My app also told me that it's a good time to start keeping track of kick counts. I guess after a snack I'm supposed to sit or lie down and count how many times the baby moves in an hour. I'm supposed to do this twice per day and I should feel 10 movements in an hour's time. This might be a fun evening activity for me and Josh to do together. The good thing about her running out of room is that it makes her movements more obvious so kick counts will be much easier.

  • Swollen feet

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    swollen footI was going to blog about the things you should never say to a pregnant woman like we talked about on the show today, but I changed my mind when I couldn't put my shoes on. 

    I took my shoes off in the studio today during the show and when I got up to put them back on again to head back to my desk after the show I couldn't get them all the way on because my feet were so swollen. Lee started making fun of me telling me that cankles are perfectly normal, ha ha ha. Which brings us back to the list of things you should never say to a pregnant woman. I'd say that ranks right up there with "Are you sure you're not having twins?" or "Wow! You're so big I can't believe you have X amount of time left" from this morning's list.

    I usually walk at lunch, but today that was out of the question. I've been sitting at my desk for most of the day with my feet up hoping the swelling goes down and I can put my shoes on again to leave work today. 

    I sent my husband Josh the picture above and he first asked me if I'm okay, because he doesn't want to take any chances with preeclampsia, but I let him know nothing else is swollen so I'm fine. Then he said, "I guess you'll be supervising tonight while I move stuff around." We are moving a bunch of stuff out of our office and putting it on shelves in the garage and basement. I will be lazy this afternoon with my feet up until he gets home in hopes of the swelling goes down so I can help. I hate "supervising."


  • It's bound to happen

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    bladderEveryone keeps telling me if it hasn't happened yet it's bound to happen before this pregnancy is over. The baby moves just right, kicks or punches your bladder and oops a little bit of pee comes out. You sneeze and a little bit of pee comes out. It's just one of those things that pregnant women have working against them. 

    It's bad enough we have to pee all the time, but to have accidents happen makes it so much worse. Baby is getting bigger by the day and every kick is stronger than the one before so I'm starting to get really nervous. What does one do if this happens in public? Do kegel exercises help prevent this from happening?

  • Keeping in mind how dad feels

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    baby booksIt's easy to get wrapped up in what's going on with me and sometimes I have to remind myself that I need to try to make Josh feel included. 

    Last night I told Josh the baby was moving and he didn't even look up. When I asked him if he wanted to come feel her move he said, "Whenever I do she stops moving anyway." I forget sometimes how he must feel because I can feel the baby move all the time and he can't and he's right more often than not when he tries to feel the baby move she stops. The other day I told him I got to see her move when he wasn't around and I could tell that made him sad. I want him to be as involved as possible. Besides attending doctor appointments with me and helping me do things that I can no longer do on my own like tie my darn shoes.

    This got me thinking about after the baby comes and the fact that I have chosen to breastfeed. I didn't even ask him how he feels about that I just made the decision because I feel that's the best choice. I know he respects my decision and agrees that it's the best thing for me and the baby, but will this make him feel left out of the feeding process? Will he be jealous of the bond the baby and I develop over feeding times? All things I hadn't thought about.

    I would like some suggestions on how to get him more involved in the pregnancy. Is it stupid to ask him to read to the baby? I know scrapbooking isn't really a guy thing, but should I ask him to create a scrapbook with me?

  • Week 28

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    27 weeksI'm in week 28 now, 3rd trimester and so far not too uncomfortable. I was reading my handy Pregnancy Tracker app today and it was preparing me for the discomforts of the 3rd trimester including back pain, sharp shooting pains from my low back down my legs, swollen feet and fatigue all over again. 

    On a happier note the app also told me about how the baby's doing this week. The baby is dreaming like I mentioned in an earlier blog which I think is so cool. She weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and measures almost 16 inches in length from head to toe. She is learning to blink and cough, and she's getting better at sucking and breathing.

    The good news is that if baby were to be born this week (which we really hope doesn't happen) her lungs are mature enough to handle it and she would have a pretty good prognosis. Of course we want her to stay in there for the next 12 weeks to keep growing big and strong. She is starting to put on some baby fat now so she'll look more and more like a baby and less and less like a prune in the weeks to come.

    Do you know any babies born this early that have happy stories? 

  • Registering for gifts

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    question markMy baby shower is coming up and Josh and I have already registered for some gifts, but I want to be sure we're registering for the right stuff and the must have stuff.

    I know that there are lots of things available out there that are just not necessary and besides being a waste of money I don't have room for stuff we don't need. What are some of the things that are unnecessary? 

    The obvious must have things are a car seat, stroller, crib, crib sheet, blankets, clothes, diapers, wipes, and bottles, but what are some of the other items you deem must haves?

    My friend swears I need a bottle warmer. Another says the microwave sanitizer is a must.

    When registering I had so many questions. What kind of bottles do I need? What kind of diapers will work best? These are the things that the baby book says baby will decide so how do I know what to start with?

    Another big question was do any storage bags work with any breast pump or are they brand specific? 

    Obviously I need a lot of help. 

  • 90 percent of moms judge each other

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    Almost 90 percent of mothers judge other moms for everything from breastfeeding habits to bratty kids. 

    A TODAY Moms/ survey looked at 26,000 moms and found that one in 5 moms will judge a woman for not breastfeeding, but if you breastfeed for "too long" you get judged too, by 43 percent of moms.

    Other ways mommys judge mommys: 66 percent of moms will judge harshly if you hava  bratty kid; 37 percent for an overweight child; 32 percent will do it if you let your child have too much TV/video game screen time; and 34 percent will judge you if you feed your kid junk food.

    WOW! I can't wait to be judged by other moms. I'm already nervous about doing things right the last thing I need on my mind is how other moms are judging my performance. I'll be carefully weighing every decision I make.

    Did you feel pressure from judgey moms?

  • Sore ankles and knees

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    It's Fuddfest week and that means a lot of running around and standing up mingling with our great listeners, the last thing I need is ankle and knee pain!

    I'm at 27 weeks right now just into my 3rd trimester and this ankle and knee pain just started. I know there could be a lot of different things causing this. Loosening of tendons and ligaments while my body prepares to for birth. I read that it could be pregnancy arthritis which is a build up of fluid in the joints that will go away once the baby is born. Or it could be something else all together. 

    The soreness I'm feeling isn't painful enough to keep me off my feet, it's just uncomfortable. And there's no swelling to go along with the pain. Today I'm going to focus on drinking lots and lots of water and snacking often as well as sitting and putting my feet up as much as possible. 

    I'm writing this down on my handy Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital note pad to talk to the doctor about at my next visit. 

    Did you have any joint pain when you were pregnant? What did it turn out to be?