One final update before the big day

We’re down to just a weekend before the big amnio. If all goes as planned, this might be my last post for a little while. I’ll do my best to at least post a couple of pictures once Baby NoName finally makes his big debut, though.

In the meantime, here is an update on my and baby’s health over the course of the last couple of weeks.

As has been the case throughout this pregnancy, Baby NoName and I are healthy. Neither of us has an diabetic complications to speak of, although I continue to struggle with “real people” pregnancy symptoms like swelling, heartburn, and round ligament pain. These have mostly improved now that I am on my “staycation” and resting more.

For the last three weeks, though, I have really struggled with my BGs. I’ve averaged about 100 throughout the entire pregnancy until these last couple of weeks. Now my average is up to 120. I’m seeing an alarming number of post-prandial readings in the 170-180 range and an occasional number in the 200s. Of course, I do my best to bring these numbers right back down, but they are alarming after all of the great numbers I saw up until this point. I have no idea how much of an effect this new development will have on baby’s BG when he is born, but you can be sure I am worrying about it. Hopefully all of the good numbers I’ve managed to accumulate throughout the pregnancy will offset some of these higher ones.

It seems that my basal and bolus rates are increasing every two to three days. And the needs are not consistent. One day this week, I used a 140% temp basal all day, and the next day, my numbers dropped back down into the normal range.

My average daily insulin intake is up to 82 units, up from 35 units pre-pregnancy and up from 75 units a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve gained about 17 pounds over the course of this whole journey. Given that I came into this at a less than ideal weight, I was hoping to keep my weight gain to about 20 pounds or so, so I am pretty happy with this number. Still, I am not exactly thrilled with my new, flabby and water-logged figure. I do my best to avoid seeing my rear end. It has widened considerably. And my arms and legs look increasingly like stuffed sausages. Yikes.

Psychologically, I am a bit of a mixed bag. I am so excited to finally meet this little guy. But I am scared and nervous, too. Can I actually do this? Childbirth? Breastfeeding? Childcare? What if it turns out that I am not “mom material?” I’m sure we’ll figure it all out as we go along, but that doesn’t mean that these thoughts don’t keep running through my head.

Spending the last couple of days at home has not helped. When I was always running to work and appointments, I didn’t really have time to think about what was coming up next. But now that I’ve had a chance to relax and regroup, it’s given me time to think about these types of things.

Tip of the week: Avoid the TLC channel and the shows Baby Story and Bringing Home Baby during the last couple of weeks of your pregnancy. I’ve seen all sorts of births on TV this week: c-sections, at-home births, natural births, medicated births. In one episode, the mom was in so much distress that the doctor asked the camera crew to turn off the cameras so that they could deliver the baby. My mind made up all kinds of scenarios for what happened while the cameras were off.

My life is about to change in ways I can’t even begin to imagine. And this is something that I’ve always dreamed about. The journey has been long and stressful but oh so worth it. But I realize now more than ever that this journey is not even close to over. In fact, you might say that it’s just beginning.

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11 Comments on “One final update before the big day”

  1. Jacquie Says:

    Your watching TLC baby stuff at this stage in the pregnancy? You’re brave! I know that I don’t even know you in real life, but I’m very excited for you!

  2. Alyssa Says:

    When is your due date?

  3. Saffy Says:

    Honey, you ARE mom material. You were the moment you planned and managed this whole T1 pregnancy lark. I feel all emotional for you – happy emotions – you’ve come a long way, and very soon a fantastic reward will be snuggled in your arms. All the very, very, very best and keep that camera close by! (lesson from us – don’t leave camera at home because you never quite know when the little monkeys are going to choose to arrive 🙂 )

  4. Sweets Says:

    How exciting!! So looking forward to your next update. You have done so great so far, hope the birth goes splendidly! I was nervous and scared myself, still wonder sometime whether I am doing it all right. You’ll be great!
    forward to the next update. You have done so great so far, I hope the birth goes splendidly :).

  5. Kaitake Says:

    So exciting! Wishing you all the best from New Zealand 😀 I’m sure you will be a fantastic Mom.

  6. Alison Says:

    Wishing you all the very best, can’t wait to hear your good news.

  7. Mom Says:

    Although the medical advances in treating diabetic pregnancy are amazing, the apprehension of us mom’s remains unchanged.

    You are correct, you will figure it out as you go along.

    But remember, you have a lot of experienced loved ones to draw from.

    What most folks(healthy) don’t understand is you not only have to manage your diabetes and recover from the birth, but you now how this wonderful bundle totally depending on you and dad. You will do just fine.

    Just know I am only a phone call away whenever you need me.

    I have lived every moment of this experience with you. Remembering all the feelings I had when I was expecting you. I am so grateful for all the medical advances available to you and Baby NoName.

    I love you.

    Mom

  8. Mom Says:

    It is 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9th. You are in the
    hospital, hopefully sleeping. Obviously, I am not.

    I wish I could be there for you. This is one of those
    ‘big time’ letting go experiences for me. I know you are in capable hands, but I will still worry.
    I just want to see you and know you are ok.

    For those of you checking this blog, the amnio on
    Monday confirmed developed lungs. Mom, dad and Baby No Name went to the hospital tonight (Tuesday) to get the process started.

    I know you are all waiting for news. I hope the next
    update will be posted by the new mom and the name of this much anticipated bundle.

    Not so patiently waiting,

    Mom (soon to be Omah, German for Grandma)

  9. Saffy Says:

    Thanks for the update, soon to be (possibly already!) Omah 🙂


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