Hallelujah, my friends, we have entered the week of the lasts. The last pregnancy related appointments I will ever have to endure. Wahoo… I mean, I’m so sad this is ending… note the sarcasm 😉
1. Blood work: After two years of monthly blood work, which involved more than one year prior to getting pregnant to ensure my blood sugars were perfect pre-conception, and then nine months of once-a-month tests to ensure BG perfection throughout the pregnancy, I held my pin cushion of an arm out for the pretty little vampires one last time last Monday.
When you get blood work done this much, you learn which labs are the quickest and which ones have the best (and by best I mean least painful) blood suckers on staff.
2. Diabetes in pregnancy clinic: Last Tuesday was the last time I will ever step foot in that god-forsaken, numb-skull driven place again. When you have a nurse who works in a pregnancy in diabetes clinic who asks if you might be pregnant – one month after regularly going there! – and when you’ve got an evil hag of a dietitian who makes you want to go and vomit every time you eat, I’m thinking you got a problem.
3. Eye exams: Each trimester of this pregnancy I have required an eye exam to ensure the pregnancy hormones and pregnancy blood sugars haven’t caused diabetic damage to my eyes. And you know, I figured, given that I had to endure those blinding eye drops, the eye gods could have done me a solid and granted me my wish of finally being sentenced to a life of eye glasses (when a girl looks as great as I do in glasses, she should NOT be deprived!) but nooooo, the eyes continued to be the epitome of sight perfection.
Not even pregnancy could mess with my sight 🙁
4. Non-stress test: As of Monday, the one-and-a-half months of twice-a-week non-stress tests, which at times were actually quite stressful, were no more.
5. Obstetrician: Today, I went in for my last obstetrician appointment, which means no more freaking the crap out of me, no more poking and prodding, and other evil things to me (in the office that is) and no more peeing all over my hands. Oh happy day.
This book in the obstetrician’s office always made me laugh, but nine times out of 10, I left not feeling like a hot mama.
6. DINKs: Tonight could very well be the last night Big Ring and I are a Dual Income No Kid family.
Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap!
The reason for the lasts: My due date is Sept. 20. It was suspected I’d be induced around Sept. 6 (the day before my grandpa’s birthday; the most amazing man I ever knew). But following the results of my last ultrasound last Thursday, which showed a long-legged, pot-bellied, eight-pounder with a highly visible “layer of fat,” it was decided I’d be induced on Monday. Labour Day (how appropriate!). But today, that all changed. After complaining of an incessantly itchy belly last week, I was sent for some blood work, and it turns out my liver enzymes have elevated (yet another pregnancy side effect I’ve been plagued with) and they figured it would be best if we start the process sooner rather than later.
Cue the freak-out session!
12 thoughts on “The lasts”
All the best tomorrow Katie.
What is so exciting is all the “firsts” that are about to happen to you and Big Ring. You are about to begin the most amazing journey of sheer love and pure delight. Having a baby on Labour Day is the most perfect Day (and you know I speak from experience). I’ll be sending tons and tons of positive loving thoughts on Monday. Just sayin….Love to you bits!!!! xxoo
We are all so excited for you guys! all the best in a speedy and safe delivery for all. Can’t wait to see the pictures of tsab for REALS!!
Full moon rising and all the stars aligned! You and Mario are about to experience a wide left hand turn onto a life path of joy and love…enjoy the ride : )
So excited for you and Mario as you embark on your journey of firsts.
Woooo hoooo!! All the annoying things that have plagued you over the past months will be so so worth it!! Promise!!! Good Luck Katie! You are a tough chickie and you’ll do awesome! Can’t wait to see pictures of this beautiful alien baby you speak of 😉
Now you get to meet the person you have done all of this for. Pretty amazing!
OMG!! SO SUPER EXCITING.I will be thinking of you until we here the news. Sending you lots of good labour love.
I am so excited for you! I’m looking forward to some new photos and new stories, and hearing of new-found happiness.
(Lets start with the “can I photograph you sticking that blood-sucking needle in your arm?” story)
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