Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mark Montano made me a winner!

So excited!
Several years ago I made my first trip to Urban Outfitters, and due to not really fitting in their clothing, I was instantly drawn to their collection of books for sale. I found a book that has been one of my favorite craft books ever since!

He's also put together more Big A** books!! Check them out at his blog

Then just a few weeks ago I began following Mark Montano's blog... again... Awesome! 

He has some wonderful giveaways and I got an email this morning saying I won his Tuesday Glitter Blast giveaway!

I'm sooo excited. This means not only do I win some great glitter spray from Krylon, but I also win another one of Mark Montano's books!! 

What a great start to today! 
Can't wait to get my goodies and share all of the wonderful things I will do with them! :-) 
Thanks Mark Montano and Krylon! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Camera Bag 2 entry

There is is this great new app out there that lets you play around with photos and make them look spectacular. They are doing a giveaway of an amazing camera. This is my entry! 

My entry to win a free Canon 5D Mk III via @CameraBag 2 ( #cb2giveaway

or enter yourself or download a trial of the app here: 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

It's been a while - Update #2

To the hospital:
I ran home to pack up a bag and say bye to my dog Stevie, then hopped in the car with my husband and headed to my first hospital stay. 
In my time there we went from, "I want you to stay 2-3 days," to "You'll need to stay through the weekend" (which would have been 5 days) to "I heard a rumor, you are probably getting out today" (after being there for just 3 days). Thankfully, the rumor the nurse heard was correct and I was able to get out on Saturday, after only 3 days in! 
While there I learned how to poke myself many different ways! I knew how to take my blood sugar, but I was taught how to shoot myself with a pen needle (easy) and also with a syringe (not so easy). In my time there I was able to hear the baby's heart beat many times, and even got another ultra sound... and the coolest part of that, is they had 3D!! 

It was so neat, and kinda creepy! My husband thinks the baby looks like an alien, I just had to blink a few times to figure it all out! 

The rest of the time in the hospital was fairly boring. I had a few terrific visitors and my sister and husband attempted to keep me company as much as possible, which was great! 
By the time I left I was feeling pretty confident about my blood sugar levels and being able to give myself insulin, so I was ready to go home! Since getting out a week ago, I have been actually doing really well with my insulin and my eating all the right stuff. I went to see my OB on Tuesday and she praised me for doing so well. They also weighed me and I had lost 4 pounds since getting admitted! For most pregnant women that wouldn't be a good thing, but for me, it's not so bad! Now, do I feel any way! Here is me a few weeks ago... 

I've only gotten bigger! 

Oh, now back to the paranoia about not being able to get a job... ah!! 

Due to the joblessness, I've decided I can try to blog more and restart my Etsy shop!! Fingers crossed it can pull in a few extra bucks! 

Stay tuned to more baby info, being pregnant with diabetes and nursery decor! 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's been a while - Update #1

Well, it's officially been over 6 months since I wrote last. 
What a bum... or really busy! Yes, that's what we'll say! 

About a month after my last post I found out I was pregnant! 

Talk about exciting, scary, real, nerve racking, joyous, did I say scary?! 

Well, timing is always fun....
I figured out that my approx. due date would be the beginning of August.
Now, normally one wouldn't think anything of it, but I hadn't mentioned yet that I was finishing up my licensure program by May and would ideally be starting a new teaching job just weeks after I'd have the baby. Ugh! 

Needless to say, I went ahead with my student teaching that started in January, and just finished it up last week. Boy is that a whole other story! 

I'm currently jobless, 6 months pregnant and having a tiny pity party for myself and my husband who is working 3 jobs (because he didn't want me to get a job while student teaching)! I'm just not sure who's going to hire me in my current state. So at this point everything that I can cross is crossed, hoping I can find some sort of job soon! 

But, back to the being pregnant and it being scary thing. May 2nd I went to my OB to discuss my blood sugar levels, which have been an issue for many years, but prior to being pregnant had been handled with a pill or two each day. On that day, I showed her my "numbers" and she gave me a look and said in as sympathetic voice as she could, "I want to admit you to the hospital." 

Hospital?! What?! 

She went on to explain that due to my levels she wanted to get me set up on insulin, and admitting me to the hospital would be the easiest way to regulate it quickly. I shook my head and agreed with everything she told me. She then went on to say that if we didn't get this figured out my chances of a "still birth" were very high. 
The tears then started. Granted, tears come so very easily in my pregnancy, but still! I'd never been in the hospital before, and the chances that this precious baby I am carrying making it to 9 months moving around inside me, then nothing.... I couldn't even think of it. 

She wanted me to go in that night, the night before my last two days of student teaching! So on top of being horribly scared about the whole situation, I loaded on the stress about how this would affect my student teaching. But, in leaving out all of my student teaching details, I didn't mention that my cooperating teaching (my "supervisor" while at the school) was the coolest lady ever! She has 3 kids of her own, 2 of which were born in the last two years. Understanding didn't even start to explain how she was with me and my pregnancy. Thankfully, my call to her put my mind at ease and let me have a little celebration that I was finished with my student teaching that very day!! :-)

(Details about hospital stay and how the baby and I are doing now to come tomorrow.)