SUNSHINE192DAY's SparkPeople Blog SUNSHINE192DAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Well... My dad woke up not feeling well and decided not to go get his results of the cancer testing until Friday to keep others from getting more waiting... <BR> <BR> On the bright side though VBS at my church starts tonight! Here's praying some kiddos in need of God or in need of growth in God come! I'm hoping that we can show them God's love in the process! Talk to you all tomorrow! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:14:58 EST Baby and Painting Update! I should tell you all how flattering your concern is in me painting while pregnant. Thank you. I am using latex, low VOC paint that is approved by my doctor and I am taking an extra step in opening all doors and windows and wearing a mask. If I feel the least bit icky someone else will be finishing and I will NOT climb any ladders or foot stools. I have a person for that lol. <BR> <BR> I am painting 1 wall a very pale yellow and the other 3 will be a light gray. Right now the room is light p... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:45:24 EST Update About Appointment! Well Benjamin measured 35 weeks at our 33 week appointment Thursday. However, it took me forever to post this because I had some news to digest so to speak. My doctor and I were talking about the fact that the next birthing class isn't until late August and my doctor turns to me and says, "Um, yeah I wouldn't count on making that. I will be surprised if you last until mid-August..." I told him that months ago and he assured me that nope, Benny wouldn't come until September...jerk lol. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:51:21 EST Oh the Heartburn of it Allllll..... I only got between 4 and 5 hours of sleep last night because of the evil nemesis heartburn...but that's my fault as I forgot to take the medicine my Dr prescribed for that. I've been taking it for a few months so you'd think I'd remember but nope. I didn't remember until this morning. But Benny is doing well! What are the guesses as to how big we'll measure tomorrow? I'll update them and send the closest guesser a goodie and here's a pic to guess by! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 49... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:31:49 EST Almost 33 Weeks! Well I will be 33 weeks pregnant tomorrow by the doctor's count. I'm not so sure I'm not further along because Benny is measuring big. By-the-way, he was measuring 35 weeks 2 weeks ago (he was just 31 weeks really) so I'm taking "bets" to see what you'll think he'll be this Thursday at our next appointment! Put your guess in the comments and we'll send out a goodie, or multiple goodies, to the winner(s)! All in good fun! I'm guessing 38 weeks! <BR> <BR> We got a baby gift today from an inter... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:14:04 EST Sorry about the Lack of Blogs... I have been on here but not long enough to write a blog simply because I have had computer issues that have finally been fixed! My shingles are just about gone and I feel a lot better! I have a lot to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I also got GREAT news about school. As some of you know I am going to school and have been for the last 2 years to get a Bachelor's degree in Psychology for Christian counseling through Liberty University. I've got 13 classes left in school after this subterm (my sch... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:04:07 EST Feeling Better...How are You? I'm finally not hurting or itching and it appears that the prayers for the healing of my shingles are working! Praise God and thank you all for lifting me and Benjamin up! He has been kicking more the last couple days too which is exciting! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: approximately 57 days left... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:38:24 EST LOOOONG Day! Well after just a few hours of sleep last night from helping a friend with a problem and shingles keeping me up I had a chiropractor appointment and a long day afterwards. I went to my cousin's house and played with her kids and kept her company, came home, did a 2 page paper, ate, laid down, did a 50 question test (got a 92%) and now I'm headed to bed a tired girl...Good night! <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: Approximately 58 days left.... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:04:04 EST Rash Issue Solved...It's Shingles... Could you please pray for me and my unborn son, Benjamin? I have the shingles and have to be on meds for it neither of which is supposed to be hard or bad for him but I'm still on edge and in pain...thank you all so much! Also, this is the same meds I have to be on before delivery...I don't think that is a coincidence at all...God knows when this baby is coming and He is making sure every way He can that we're safe and taken care of. Praise Jesus! <BR> <BR> Due Date in approximately 60 days ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:22:52 EST A Rash and Setting up a Nursery... WARNING: The 1st paragraph might be a bit TMI but the second paragraph is ok for all! <BR> <BR> So I noticed yesterday that I had a couple of small bug bite looking spots on my bum which were itchy. This morning it was really itchy and about the size of a quarter, bright red, and puffy. I called my ob/gyn just because I was on that antibiotic for a UTI and thought it might be yeast. However, the nurse basically said if it gets worse after benadryl and hydrocortizone cream to go to the walk i... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:36:37 EST Baby Ben's Check-Up! Baby Benjamin is doing well! Incredibly well actually. He is measuring 35 weeks and we are only 31 weeks and 1 day. I have officially gained a whole 4 pounds during this pregnancy lol. My blood pressure is 118/75 which is "perfect" the nurse said and his heart rate is around 145 which is also great! Thank God for good news! <BR> <BR> However, right now I'm praying I don't go into early labor at all. Mainly because I think they have my due date wrong and I have to be on medication for at lea... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:26:32 EST Bad Night... I kept waking up feeling like I was choking, maybe stomach acid or maybe my sleep apnea. I did finally get some sleep and woke up with sinus issues and now I'm sitting here feeling like I have not slept at all lol. But Mr. Benjamin is moving around a bit this morning and tomorrow we have a doctor's visit/check up. We'll see how much he's grown! I'm so proud of my little boy! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 63 days! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:00:02 EST Anybody Need Prayer Out There? As always Benjamin (my unborn baby) and I are willing to pray for you. I don't believe that it's ever too early to teach a kiddo to believe in, trust in, and pray to God! It doesn't matter if you let us know your exact request or if you just say unspoken, because God knows. So please let me know if you or your family/friends need prayer either below or on a private message! Thank you all for continued prayer for my dad's cancer test results to come back negative in the upcoming weeks. We so a... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:45:42 EST Baby's First 4th (Technically)! Well Benjamin has thoroughly assaulted my insides this evening. He clearly does NOT like loud fireworks. Poor baby! I also wrote 2 papers and, not including my typed notes, they came to over 3,700 words...I'm exhausted! So I'll leave you with the Independence Day bump pic and say good night peeps! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:34:16 EST Well This Week Went Down a Bit... So Tuesday I was not too peppy and I thought I had just overdone it Monday so I shrugged it off. I found out that the little boy at church that had mumps but was vaccinated was diagnosed Monday with leukemia...he's 5 and has 4 brothers and sisters. He's going to have a lot of treatment to get well again so please pray for him! <BR> <BR> Wednesday I was feeling horrible and was having bad back pain so I called my doctor. Long story short I was having contractions, pretty good ones, but I was ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:03:29 EST I MAY be Nesting... I'm going to show ya'll what I got done yesterday and let you decide. I went to the chiropractor and grocery store, the I wrote a 600+ word essay for Philosophy and a 300+ word discussion for Theology plus I got a week ahead by doing my 2 replies for the discussion (100+ words each). I also did a quiz for each class, 2 loads of laundry (even folded them and put them away), cleaned all the furbabies' dishes, cleaned the fridge out, and watered the plants. Then, to top it off, I cleaned the bat... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:10:59 EST Highly Productive Monday! I was up just before 7 am today, bathroom break and Benny usually starts moving between 6 and 7 am and I love laying there and talking to him and watching him move! So far today I have cleaned the fridge out, visited my chiropractor, went to the grocery store, started a load of laundry, and completely cleaned my bathroom! It's only 11 am here lol. I still have school stuff to do and laundry to finish but that shouldn't be too difficult! Praise God for great, productive days like today! <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:07:37 EST Thanks for Praying for Us...Can We Pray for You? As always Benjamin (my unborn baby) and I are willing to pray for you. It doesn't matter if you let us know your exact request or if you just say unspoken, because God knows. So please let me know if you or your family/friends need prayer either below or on a private message! Thank you all for continued prayer over Benny and me being exposed to the mumps and for my dad's cancer test results to come back negative in the upcoming weeks. We so appreciate you all! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Co... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:26:22 EST Doctor's Appointment... Well we had Benny's doctor's appointment at 10:30 am and we didn't get to see the doctor until 12...during that whole time we had to wear a mask because I was exposed to mumps at church and just found out about it. I've been immunized but the child who caught it had also been immunized so out of safety we wore the masks. <BR> <BR> Benny measured 32 weeks again and so he's doing great. I lost just a tad bit of weight though so I am only up 1.8 pounds since becoming pregnant. That's of course... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:35:51 EST Starting the 29th Week! Benjamin has been on earth but not out of momma yet for 29 weeks! He's getting big and stretching a lot, these last 3 days I thought he was going to rip me open though lol. On Sunday he dropped a bit as well. We have another doctor's appointment tomorrow so we'll see how big he is now! At his last appointment Benny was 27 weeks and measuring 32 so I'm praying that they don't want to induce because of his size later on. If they do I'm praying God lets me know what I should do...sending love to... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:36:26 EST Update on Dad... I wanted to tell you that the outpouring of loving support and prayer has been a wonderful help and just to tell you more about my dad. He is not saved and currently he is 6'4 and down to just 136 pounds. He was born just under 2 pounds and has never really been able to gain weight so that's also a huge concern. Please also pray for his salvation. <BR> <BR> We won't know the full results of the testing done today for a couple weeks so please keep us in your prayers. I cannot imagine losing ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:40:32 EST My Prayer Need.... Could you all please pray for my dad? He is in his 60's and he had stage 4 bone cancer that went into remission around 5 years ago. He fell last year and now he has a broken vertebrae in his back. They are testing tomorrow to see if it's from the fall or from his cancer reoccurring...If it is the cancer we would be left with only alternative treatments or experimental because he can no longer have any chemo or radiation. Thank you all! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 79 Days Left! Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:04:31 EST Anyone Need Prayer??? Benny and I are always here to pray for you and you can either let us know to pray for you here or in a private message. You don't even need to tell us specifics, because God knows! Also, if you have had a prayer request update on something that we've prayed for you about, just let us know that! Have a fabulous, blessed weekend! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 82 Days Left to Go! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:27:25 EST Bad Day... Nothing's wrong with Benjamin or I but gosh has this been a bad day. First I had a nightmare about labor and something being wrong and I couldn't sleep when I woke up. Then this morning I was just panicked that I wouldn't be able to parent Benny well enough so I decided to take a nap. <BR> <BR> I woke up in a much better mood and made lunch and took my dogs outside. When I came back inside to eat Chloe preceded to poop in the middle of the living room floor after having just been outside. N... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:14:05 EST So Tired Today... Benny and I started our 3rd trimester today and I've been exhausted all day. I have a/c but I think it's because the last week or longer here in Iowa it's been over 90 degrees. It just sucks... <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 84 Days to Go! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:41:19 EST Last Day of the Second Trimester! My first trimester I was so sick I lost 21 pounds and was almost hospitalized. I couldn't keep anything down and I didn't want to eat anything because it either smelled funny (I never had a sense of smell before) or it made me sick. So, as you can imagine, that time period went by so slowly. <BR> <BR> The second trimester was a totally different story. I've actually enjoyed Benny's movements and most of the experience of the second trimester. I feel like I'm running out of time though. Baby'... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:37:27 EST Glucose Test, Take 2! Ok I went for my 3 hour glucose test this morning. Got there at 8 am and talked to the doctor about feeling so badly last time with the 1 hour. He said they would monitor me closely and if it was getting out of hand they would step in. He told me there would be a total of 4 blood draws, 1 fasting and 1 each of the 3 hours after the glucose was given. I could fail 1 of them. <BR> <BR> So we took my fasting blood sugar and it was 95, which it is supposed to be under 95 so that was failing. I ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:18:06 EST Failed the Glucose Test and Now... Well I failed the 1 hour test. I was 155 in blood sugar after an hour instead of under 135. Now I have to fast from Sunday night at 12 midnight until Monday at 8 am and go for the 3 hour test. This one you get a blood draw before you take anything and then you drink even more of that glucose crap. Then, over the next 3 hours, they take your blood 3 more times, once per hour. You cannot eat or drink anything, even water during that time. I have to be under 135 for 3 of the 4 draws or I fail an... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:34:58 EST A Glucose Test... Yeah, so I didn't expect to feel so awful the rest of the day after my 1 hour glucose test this morning but I do. Yuck. I have to wait until possibly tomorrow to know the results and they are also testing for anemia. I also get a tetanus and whooping cough shot. Ben's heart rate was great and I'm measuring 32 weeks instead of 27 which is where we actually are. But the doctor isn't worried so neither am I. Now to kick back and rest and wait for results. Another appointment in 2 weeks! <BR> <... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:09:37 EST Productive Day So Far... Well let's start by saying this is officially the start of week 27 of Benny's life! So next week will start the 7th month and the third trimester! We are soooo excited! <BR> <BR> So I took the day to take care of myself and gave myself a pedicure (that took longer than normal as I now have to take breathing breaks lol) and did my eyebrows and nails. I also organized a bag to take to the doctor's with me tomorrow for Benjamin's appointment. It's the glucose test and you basically drink a rea... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:11:10 EST Prayer Request Response! I'm just so thankful that you all trust us to pray for your needs. I've been thanked a lot and told I'm so good for doing this and the truth is I'm not! God is good. I just listen to Him when He says there's someone I need to pray for and to ask ya'll. I am by no means a great Christian but I try to follow His leading and prompting and honestly, I'm using it to teach my unborn son to pray for people as well as crazy as that may sound. So, if you all feel led to pray or to post a blog like min... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 16:54:12 EST Prayer Requests? I got a pretty good response last time I asked for the privilege to pray for you guys so I thought I'd ask again. Benny and I would love to have more people to pray for so here are the "rules" lol: If you or a family member or friend need prayer just either post below or sparkmail me and we will pray for you! You do NOT have to tell me the situation unless you feel led to because God already knows. If you prefer not to say just say the name of the person and unspoken request and we'll pray fo... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:29:58 EST Busy Day Ahead! Doing my blog early so I can get my busy homework day done! I hate leaving things to the last minute but I just can't seem to do anything right lately. Anyways, have a great day and weekend everyone! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 96 days! Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:45:46 EST Answering Some Questions Ya'll Had... I'm sorry. The other day I posted about my grades for school and never said what I was going for. I'm getting my bachelor's degree in psychology. I'm going to a Christian university so that I can become a Christian counselor, which is basically a regular counselor that uses Biblical principals and God's intervention to help others. I'm taking more classes right now (2; Theology and Philosophy) and I take 1 more starting July 4th. Then, in August, I'm stopping the school schedule in plenty of ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:36:30 EST Got my Grades for Last Semester! I was only able to take 2 classes last semester because I was very ill in the first trimester with Benny, to the point of losing 21 pounds. But, after I was better, I had Christian Counseling for Children and Human Resource Management. Human Resources was absolutely the worst class I've ever, EVER had. We had to work in a group of 7 on a huge, semester long project and only 2 of us did any work. The instructor was very unhelpful and downright rude at times. <BR> <BR> Christian Counseling fo... Tue, 31 May 2016 23:03:07 EST Memorial Day! I just wanted to take the time to thank every man, woman, and animal that has ever served our nation, is currently serving our nation, or will ever serve our nation as well as their families who also serve! Please know that you are all loved and prayed for daily! Happy Memorial Day everyone! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 100 days! (I'm going to start putting this on the bottom of all of my blogs to keep track!) Mon, 30 May 2016 16:12:51 EST Still a Lack of Energy... I know vitamins take time but oh my. I've slept most of today and yesterday and part of the day before. I guess I'm going to want these days back in the coming months but my to ya'll next week! Fri, 27 May 2016 18:15:08 EST Taking a New Vitamin! I've been put on a new prenatal vitamin. Early in my pregnancy when I took a vitamin with iron my body didn't process it correctly and I would end up with an over supply of it and pass out. I never got hurt because, thankfully, I would sit before I got to that point. However, now with Benny moving and me using more energy the doctor thinks that I need the iron supplement in a vitamin to help with me being to tired and weak. Since I have one of the best ob-gyn's in Iowa I'll go with what he sa... Thu, 26 May 2016 15:29:40 EST No Energy for Me... Today I've had 2 naps and I'm still sleepy. Mainly, I think, because I keep waking up with heartburn. But it's all sooooo very worth it! 25 weeks today and adding my bump pic! It's a comparison pic. On the left is me today at 25 weeks and on the right is me in the same shirt at 7 weeks. <img src=""> Thu, 26 May 2016 00:05:46 EST Busy Day! Had school work, counseling appointment, went to get our tires rotated just to realize there was a huge oil leak. Found out my dad didn't tighten the oil filter well but that is soooo unlike him. I worry about him. Then went to the next town over and now finally home. I'm about to have some popcorn lol. Have a good evening everyone! Tue, 24 May 2016 17:14:18 EST My Furbabies! So, as many of you may remember I LOVE animals. Right now I have 4 furbabies; 2 dogs and 2 cats. My mom also has 2 fish. But I don't have pics of them lol. <BR> <BR> My cats are Zeus, age 8, and Piper, age 2. Zeus is bigger at almost 21 pounds but he's a bigger breed than a regular tabby. When I got Piper she was a stray little bitty kitty and she was breathing hard so I immediately took her to the vet. They told me that she had either been shaken by a dog or kicked by someone and she has a... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:46:44 EST Prayer Requests? I got a pretty good response last time I asked for the privilege to pray for you guys so I thought I'd ask again. Benny and I would love to have more people to pray for so here are the "rules" lol: If you or a family member or friend need prayer just either post below or sparkmail me and we will pray for you! You do NOT have to tell me the situation unless you feel led to because God already knows. If you prefer not to say just say the name of the person and unspoken request and we'll pray ... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:17:24 EST School Talk! Well Monday I started more classes. In case ya'll don't know I'm pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a major in Christian counseling. I am about 1 year from getting my degree! If you don't know what Christian counseling is you're not alone. It is basically just like being a regular counselor but practitioners approach psychology through the lens of the Bible and use the Bible and God in all counseling sessions to help their clients. <BR> <BR> This subterm (intensive 8 weeks of 2... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:33:09 EST Monday...and a prayer need... So this really has nothing to do with Monday lol. Last week I had some issues with low blood sugar. It seems that Benjamin is so active, even with no caffeine, that I need to be taking in much more food than I was. I was struggling to maintain the normal pregnancy intake of 2300 calories a day because all I want to eat is veggies and fruit really. So now I have restrictions on movement, again, only around a half hour up and active and then an hour downtime. Then I have to eat something with c... Mon, 16 May 2016 13:24:49 EST Friday the 13th! Does anyone else have fantastic luck on Friday the 13th or is it just me? But then again, when I did community theater for the first time, right before I was to go on, I accidentally broke a mirror and I did wonderfully! I ended up breaking several more, one for each show that I performed in's opening night! Today my mom got a huge, unexpected bonus at work today. I was able to shower first thing this morning and brush my teeth without my little one, Benny, rebelling like usual lol. Overall, ... Fri, 13 May 2016 17:24:04 EST Any Prayer Needs Out There? As some of you may know, I am a big God girl and I will pray for you anytime you need it! I'm also teaching my unborn son, Benny, to pray so I thought what better way than to take requests? If you or a family member need prayer just either post below or sparkmail me and we will pray for you! You do NOT have to tell me the situation unless you feel led to because God already knows. If you prefer not to say just say the name of the person and unspoken request and we'll pray for you! Also, even ... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:01:21 EST My Night Time Ritual With Benny! Tomorrow Benny will be 23 weeks old in gestation. Since I found out at 6 weeks about him I have always spoken to him. We always say our prayers before bed out loud together, I know he can't say anything but I do remind him to say, "Amen," because he can at least think it lol. Then I made up a special song for him (only 4 lines) and I sing it. Then I tell him what was good about the day with him and how very good of a baby he is. It's our little thing but you know what's odd? He calms down aft... Tue, 10 May 2016 21:42:22 EST Baby Details! So, as I announced yesterday, I am 22 weeks (almost 23) pregnant with a baby boy named Benjamin! I am over the moon happy especially because last Thursday at our last ultrasound they showed that he was perfectly healthy and growing well! He is in the 55th percentile in weight, weighing 1 pound 3 ounces approximately! I am so proud of him already! <BR> <BR> Friday we went to a Lee Brice concert (country music) and he enjoyed almost all of it. Except he did not like it when the electric guitar... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:08:03 EST I'M BACK AND BRINGING SOMEONE ALONG!!! Well everyone it's been quite awhile! I got engaged (December 2015) and then unengaged (December 2016) but then I found out the BIG news, I am now expecting my first child! I just found out the additional news last week that IT'S A BOY! His name is Benjamin and he is due in September! I can't tell you all how excited I am to have this blessing join us but I am trying to be patient! I just wanted to update you all and I will be on here periodically but way more often than I have been so mail m... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:24:39 EST Prayer Needs? Do any of you guys have prayer needs? I'd love to pray for you! Just leave them here or private message me! I'll keep everything private if you do it that way or you could simply say "Unspoken" and God will know what you mean! Thanks guys and gals! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:41:44 EST