One of those days…

It’s actually been a pretty awesome day, what with it being Joseph’s birthday and all… except for the fact that I woke up with a blood sugar of 263 and this headache has been nagging at me on and off.

Last Friday when I went in to see Katy about the headache and the diabetes, she gave me a barbiturate to try for the headache (apparently, it’s too late to try a blood patch) and adjusted my diabetes regimen to include a shot of Lantus (a long-acting insulin) at night before bedtime. I don’t know what the fuck is going on, but apparently I’m going to have to knock out my last snack before bedtime – that 263 was AFTER 10 UNITS of Lantus, up from 5 units the night before. Can two pieces of bread and some vinegar really jack me that much? Apparently, it can.

But looking for a diabetic-friendly diet is kind of a joke for me because I can’t afford to lose any weight at all. I am in the ultimate “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. If I follow the standard diet, there won’t be enough caloric intake to justify living, let alone breastfeeding.

Oh, and there’s no guarantee at this point that it’ll even go away. It should be getting better every day, and instead, it seems to be getting worse. In a small number of women who develop gestational diabetes, the condition triggers a full on-set of EITHER Type I or Type II Diabetes. Well, bloody fucking hell. All conditions point to a full-blown Type I condition for me – which REALLY pisses me off because I don’t know how to cure it – but there’s no way to even address it until after the first of the year because no endocrinologist would bother looking twice until the six-week mark has passed.

Did I already bitch about this? Am I being redundant?

In other news:

What do you think of the new haircut? I just did it today, myself. I layered it to give it more body, but it’s still just long enough to tie back if I want. I did this after I cut Joseph’s hair and Nana’s hair.

This is the full view of my new haircut:

And we cut Nana’s hair, too – ALL OFF! It was about half-way down her back. I won’t post a picture of the front until we finish dying it and I fine-tune the bangs.

But, most importantly, Joseph doesn’t look like a complete ragamuffin anymore!

Of course, I know that you REALLY just clicked to see pictures of the baby… Here is the Ellis-Lopez Family Traditional Baby-in-a-Basket picture.

Daniel was trying very hard to communicate something here… I think it ended up being a need for a clean diaper. He is such a strange, amazing child – he actually tries to communicate a need BEFORE going to the crying and screaming. There are times I wonder if I’m up to the challenge…

Then comes his very first bath at home! Sorry, I didn’t get any “in the process pictures”… maybe tomorrow. He’s such a messy eater with the bottles that we definitely need to keep him bathed every couple of days or so.

This was so awesome: The night that I was converted from “patient” to “boarder”, I realized that I didn’t have ANY of the medication that I needed, and after a stress-filled hour or two, I called Joe to go pick up my meds and bring them to me in the hospital – at 12:30 at night. Not only did my awesome and amazing husband do this, but he also stayed there with me that night, and here’s the proof, with Daniel sleeping on his chest. (That little wire-looking-thing is the gavage tube that was used to feed Daniel at the time.)

And now, the cutest thing ever – the Three Amigos!

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  1. December 6, 2007

    those are such great pictures. 🙂
    and I *love* your haircut. I wish you were close enough to do my hair. :p
    I can’t even pick a fave pic.

    • December 6, 2007

      You DO owe us a visit up here, you know. Make some time, and I’ve got a seat and some scissors ready for you. 😉

  2. December 6, 2007

    You haircut looks really good! The baby is, of course, super-adorable! And Joseph… I really can’t get over just how big he is now! If my teeth weren’t still hurting from my walk in the cold today, my law might have literally dropped. Such a cute family. 🙂

    I hope you get things figured out soon and feel better quickly!

    • December 6, 2007

      Here’s to hopin’…

      Did you ever get your crafty stuff from the movers? Are you still in need of yarn/knitting needles/crochet hooks/accessories?

      • December 6, 2007

        We won’t have our stuff from the movers until March. :

        I did buy some yarn and a couple of needles but for some reason I am having a lot of trouble re-learning how to knit. I knew some basic stuff when I was young. I’ve looked at illustrations and videos and for some reason, I’m just not ‘getting it,’ you know? My mind does this to me sometimes… I’m very much a person who learns by doing and being physically shown rather then reading or just watching. Even in school I learnt so much better with teachers that were very interactive.

        My sister-in-law is supposed to come over show and me how to start and after that lend me a knitting book she has that is made for children. Hopefully, once I start it’ll start coming back to me and I’ll be able to move on from there. It is just so frustrating and I feel so stupid so I haven’t posted about it. I need to get a move on with it though, we’ve already had a few 5 degree days and I am so not used to that… and winter has barely begun. I’m going to freeze! lol

        And I just wanted to comment again that you do look absurdly good, not at all like you recently had a baby! And Joe looks happy. Hopefully that means Daniel is being an ideal baby and letting his parents get some rest. 🙂

        How are the other kids reacting to Daniel?

        • December 6, 2007

          “The Knitters’ Bible” is a good one to procure to start with, as well as some of the little 32-page pamphlets you can pick up for $3 at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores. And, of course, if you need any help, just ask! (Did I mention I can call Alaska for free now? 😀 )

          Daniel doesn’t sleep through the night, which is good at his age – he’s really not supposed to be “born” for another week, remember – but he sleeps well between his feedings. He’s pretty awesome, all things considered.

          And the other kids? Dear gods, but it’s almost impossible to pry Daniel AWAY from them when they get the chance to hold him… They dig the whole baby brother thing, a lot.

  3. December 6, 2007

    wow, you’re really beautiful.

  4. December 6, 2007

    Hair looks great! And what a cutie pootie pie!

    Seriously, check into the GI of foods. Then you can eat as much as you need, but of the right foods. Here is a website with some info on the GI of foods (a lower score is better) and how to substitute. It’s really made a world of difference for me.

    Enough preaching. 🙂 Can I re-post that mantra you put in my comments? I have a friend who is having a hard time now who could benefit from it.

    • December 6, 2007

      I just made it up on the spot (seems to be a talent for me), so feel free. As long as the spirit of the thing is intact, it’ll work.

      And, really, for knitters, it should be as natural as breathing: we already know that “patience” is an illusion because a thing will take exactly as long as it takes for it to be finished, and there’s only so much control we have over that. We take life one stitch at a time, and the first row is not the same as the tenth, thirtieth, or hundredth row…

      I’m not sure what to really make of the Glycemic Index thing. The diabetic educator I saw said that it worked okay for people who were pre-diabetic or Type II, but Type I and gestational was still kind of an up-in-the-air guess. (I got the impression that she thought the whole thing was hooey, but who knows?) I’ll definitely look into it – it’s gotta be better than the “lose 30 pounds” approach (and it seems that ALL of the diets have that in mind).

      • December 6, 2007

        You could try the GI thing in increments, anyway. For example next time you have bread and vinegar, try a dark rye or whole wheat, then see what it does to your blood sugar. Dark breads take longer to be digested, so the sugars don’t get to your bloodstream as quickly. And it’s not about weight loss, either, like most “diets”, it’s about sugar control. (Of course I just ate a big ol cinnamon roll so it’s not like I’ve stuck to it that well!) Good luck whatever you try, it must be such a PIA to deal with that on top of everything else.

        Daniel is too darn cute to be allowed. So is Joseph, for that matter. And Miles, and Lilith.

  5. December 6, 2007

    Cute kids.
    Damn, you’re still pretty.

  6. December 6, 2007

    Daniel in the basket is really cute, but makes him seem smaller than he is already. and for your new picture ~ beautiful as always!

    • December 6, 2007

      Actually, that’s EXACTLY as small as he is! Remember – he was only 5 lb 3 oz when he was born. He MIGHT be 6 lbs now. Preemies are like that. 😉

  7. December 6, 2007

    Absolutely gorgeous, all of you 😉 I still need to get those freakin’ sweaters in the mail, I finished them nearly a month ago! Argh…they’ll be on the way no later than Saturday, promise!

    <3 <3 <3

    • December 6, 2007




      OH! Where did you find that Fibonacci pattern? When I searched for it, all I got were these really tacky horizontal stripe cardigans. XP

      • December 6, 2007

        Yes, I made Daniel a couple of baby sweaters, and finally got around to sewing up the seams and putting buttons on. Now I just need to mail them before he gets too big to wear them!

        I saw the Fibonacci ribs sweater pattern in the KnitPicks paper catalog, but wasn’t able to find it on their website either. I actually called their 800 number to ask about it, and the person I talked to was able to find it in their system. So I don’t know what’s up with that. But it’s a really great pattern, and it gives tons of information on how to make a custom-sized sweater. If you can’t get it, I’m pretty sure I still have my copy (though rather bedraggled), I’ll see if I can copy it and send it to you.

        • December 6, 2007

          I’ll give them a call, but if you have a copy, that would be awesome! I wanted to make one for Miles, actually, but I may have to go with a completely different pattern for lack of time… 🙁

          • December 6, 2007

            Well, as I remember it’s pretty ratty and marked-up, but I’ll dig it out tonight and see about sending a copy along with the sweaters, since I have to send ’em anyway. I think the only knitted gifts this year are a pair of Knucks for Brian (which were supposed to be for his birthday in June *cough* ) and a couple of Mobius baskets. Oh, and Mom said she wants “something crafty” this year, but left it up to me what that would be, so now I have two weeks to think something up and make it. I guess the sweater insanity of last year got it out of my system a bit, because I’m not driving myself crazy with impossible knitting deadlines this year. In fact, I haven’t done ANY Christmas shopping at all yet @_o I think I’m in some sort of denial.

  8. December 6, 2007

    Just keep repeating to yourself: Diabeetus will never beat us!

    I got my hair cut too. Totally buzzed — top, sides, everything clipped to within an inch. My mom is going to hate it but I think it looks cool.

    • December 6, 2007

      Your mom doesn’t have to wear it – you do – so it’s definitely your opinion that will matter more.

  9. December 7, 2007

    rockstars, the lot of you.

    and I’m calling Daniel monkey-fawkes, even if it’s only going to amuse me only.

  10. December 7, 2007

    Cute pics and awesome haircut! Beeuuuteeeful! Hope that diabetes thing gets straightened out soon; it really Hoovers that you’re having to deal with that on top of everything else you have going on.
    BTW, is Ginger still there? How is that working out?

  11. December 7, 2007

    Hey! It’s Patty/rockstarprr. When I changed my LJ name, I accidentally kicked everyone off my friends list. >.< Add me back? <3

  12. December 8, 2007

    He’s just so adorable. I’m glad to see that you and Daniel are both well.
    I have Type 2 myself.
    And I call it “livebeeties” because I don’t like the whole “die” part.
    I use a sugar substitute now, drink only diet drinks.
    It’s definitely a change and unfortunately large and small it affects.
    If you have to live with it, from what Kira tells me you are strong enough to wrangle it into behaving.
    Elizabeth & Bobby

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