Monthly Archives: April 2013

35 Weeks!

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Well it’s a relief to make it to this point. Wednesday marked 35 weeks of the pregnancy that I thought would be smooth compared to the others. This was an adventurous week – a hospital visit for premature contractions, maternity photos, and husband out of the country.

On Monday, I saw the perinatologist. On the plus side, my amniotic fluid decreased below the polyhydramnios levels to 23.5. On the negative side, my insulin resistance seems to be getting worse (so they increased my glyburide intake to 7.5mg 2x a day), baby no. 3 is still on the big side (39 week abdomen size), the NST test was pretty unreactive, as usual, my blood pressure is creeping up, and I have trace amounts of protein in my urine, and to top it off, I gained 4 lbs in four days (potentially due to getting nearer to Pre-eclampsia).

I had a non-resting day and took an adventure to see some maternity pics at photographer’s studio. When I got back at night, contractions started at 6pm, with 14 the first hour, 16 the second hour, and 15 the next hour – this after only resting, and taking Procardia. Finally I called the Doctor on call. When I heard the Dr. from the last visit was on call, I knew he would send me to the hospital before he even called me back.

On a side note, Michael was leaving for Hong Kong the next day at 7AM. I was hoping not to have a repeat of the last visit, where the aforementioned doctor kept me overnight. By the time they released me, we had an hour to get Michael on the way to the airport. I think that there is something psychological going on. My husband is headed out of town for 7-10 days on both trips and the night before, I have contractions every 2-4 minutes. I think it’s my head asking my body to act up so that I can be reassured that everything is going to be fine. By the way, my mom has been here on both trips, which has helped immensely.

Anyway, at the hospital, contractions were still pretty close, so they gave me a shot of terbutaline (my third this pregnancy), and when the contractions slowed down, they sent me home. This visit lasted less than 3 hours, whew.

On Thursday, my visit to the OB/GYN went very well! Blood pressure was great. NST was reactive in 10 minutes (one one visit I was there for 2 hours waiting for the baby to react!), and cervix remains closed.

In the meantime, I’m mostly still resting (well physically) for the contractions and the blood pressure (lots of headaches now). I managed to do a lot of filing, taxes, and worked on our architectural projects. I revamped three websites, foxlin.com, this one, and biomimetic-architecture.com. The week before I redid our portfolio. The kids and I have been having a lot of fun with sticker books and origami, as well as discovering some great phonics apps for our screen time devices.

Women in Architecture – Please sign petition for Denise Scott Brown

The Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee: Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Prize

 

 

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I  just signed this petition - https://www.change.org/petitions/the-pritzker-architecture-prize-committee-recognize-denise-scott-brown-for-her-work-in-robert-venturi-s-1991-prize#share. Hope you will consider signing it. I know we will never receive a Pritzker, but if we received any architectural accolade, I would be quite disappointed if it just included my husband /partner and left me in the dust.

I found out about the petition after reading this interesting Architectural Record article.

Gestational Diabetes – Trying to make the most of it

JL-Blog-GDFood-01So, it took three pregnancies, but I’m finally getting a hang of the GD diet. I was recently moved back from strict bed rest to modified bed rest, so I am happy to spend some time in the kitchen, not much mind you. I never like to cook anything that takes longer than 10 minutes. My lunch today was perfect. There was no change in blood sugar after one hour. Using Dreamfields or wheat pasta will improve the numbers even more. The trick is to have the noodles be less than 1/4 of the ingredients, just pile veg and meat to make it look like more. We have also been making fried rice like this (extra eggs, veg, and meat) and have managed to stay within allowed blood sugar levels (140 mg/dL after meals).

So here is what went into it:

  1. cooked noodles stored in tupperware (cook a box and keep it for fast meals)
  2. left over rotisserie chicken from Costco (another great bed rest meal – send hubbie out to get it though)
  3. whatever veggies you have (I have used spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and broccoli)
  4. pine nuts would be great, but I didn’t have any
  5. two cloves of garlic
  6. half and half
  7. real Parmesan cheese (shredded/grated, etc.)
  8. 4-cheese or any cheese really

Throw them all in the frying pan with some olive oil on high heat until it looks ready. Sprinkle with some red pepper flakes. It was delicious to cook  for myself after two weeks of eating what is around or what people make for me. The process is less than 10 minutes to make and basically is heating food you have lying around.

Alas, a bump pic

Finally, a bump pic for Juintow …

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