Pregnancy and Birth Story
Decide to Have a Baby
Our Wedding August 23, 1999
In the summer
of 2000, we decided to try for a baby. I was just turning 32 and
we knew we couldn't put off having kids any longer. We always wanted
kids, it just never seemed like the time was right - needed more
money, more time, more wisdom, whatever. The biological clock was
ticking and wasn't slowing down for us!
We were afraid
of the challenge a child might bring and it caused a lot of indecision
and debate on both parts. Around that time we watched Joe Versus
the Volcano starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It's a cute, weird,
funky little movie. I think it's an acquired taste for sure. In
the course of the movie, the main characters are faced with the
prospect of jumping in a hot fiery volcano. They decide to do it.
They'd just hold hands, have faith everything was going to be okay,
and just jump in. They didn't know how. They just knew everything
was going to be okay.
I loved it.
So we decided to jump into the volcano together.
We had been
to Las Vegas a little earlier and took our picture in a coin-operated
machine. It claimed that it could take our images and combine them
to tell us what our child might look like. Take a look at the results
below. I thought it was pretty funny at the time. However, now that
I'm seeing Bubba grow, there is an excellent chance he could look
like this when he enters kindergarten. Except for the hair texture,
I think it could pass for his brother. Who knew you could get this
type of data for two bucks in Vegas?
At this point,
I had type 2 diabetes for about 9 years. When I was first diagnosed
(in 1991), I was about 23 and living on my own with limited resources.
I was diagnosed at a low-income clinic where I did not have a regular
doctor, just whomever was on call. They gave me some information
sheets on diabetes, prescribed some medicine, and told me to lose
weight and exercise. On my own, I contacted my nearest American
Diabetes Association and got a Diabetes Exchanges diet book
from them and a Diabetes A to Z book. The medicine helped
and soon I was able to control my glucose with just diet and exercise
for a few years.
In 1998, I
went back to college at the University of Arizona and got a regular
doctor through their student health plan. My glucose levels were
not the greatest (some of my labs were as high as 9.6) and I was
started on Glucophage.
This was the
extent of my diabetes knowledge and experience. I knew it was a
huge curse on my family. Everyone seemed to have it, my mom, dad,
all my grandparents, some cousins, etc. Because I was around other
diabetics so much I always thought I knew everything I should. However,
none of us had been to see a diabetic educator, a nutritionist or
any other specialist in the area of diabetes management. So, we
really did not know very much, let alone how to take care of ourselves.
In fact, I don't even know if I knew there was such a thing as a
diabetic educator before I got pregnant.
So now I had
been married to a wonderful man for two years and had the best two
dogs in the world. I was attending college full-time, working towards
a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and was a little over
halfway through the program. Chad had a great job at IBM as a programmer.
Things were going great. We decided to ask my doctor about having
1 - We Decide to Have a Baby
Part 2 - Meeting
Dr. Wrong and Getting Pregnant
Part 3 - Finally
Finding the Right Team Members
Part 4 - Going
to the Hospital to Stabilize Glucose Levels
Part 5 - Let
the Appointments Begin
Part 6 - Stomach
Flu - Go Back 2 Spaces, Go Back to the Hospital
Part 7 - More
Frequent Fetal Surveillance Begins
Part 8 - Go
Back to the Hospital - To Have the Baby!
Part 9 - The
Part 10 -
Since the Birth