Again, another two weeks between posts. It’s actually been pretty crazy over here. Between work, Christmas shopping and family stuff it’s been pretty busy.
We got our tree
My father was in the hospital for about a week so that was very stressful and scary for us. He had been acting a lil odd at work and I sent him home for lunch and called my mom to let her know to keep an eye on him. A few hours later she called me to tell me she was taking him to the ER. We was just not all together there.
Over the course of the week we learned he had a blood clot in his leg, two in his lungs, pneumonia/infection which caused a fever we couldn’t detect on the home thermometer (which caused the stand by mode/stroke like daze) and he had a biopsy on his lung because there was a ring showing up on Xray and MRI. Luckily, it’s only an abcess.
He’s not out of the woods yet, but he’s home now and I see him nearly everyday to make sure he’s walking a bit and he looks better every day. He’s also doing physical therapy which is great. I feel so much better knowing he’s improving every day.
While he was in the hospital, the storm of the decade happened and just so happened to flood my aunt out of her home in Salinas. She managed to save some clothes and a few heirlooms, but lost everything else. From shoes to furniture to the Christmas tree she has just gotten. Everything gone. A levee broke and septic water poured into 15 houses in her area, contaminating everything and making the place unlivable. The firemen had to help her out of her home as the water rose around them. We will be setting up a FundMe page for her, to help her get some necessities for her and her grandson, who she takes care of. I’ll be posting it soon, once my uncles put it up.
In other news, Eric and I went up to Sacramento to visit his side of the family up there for our Christmas celebration. A lunch, presents and a some fun stories. It’s always nice to see them. Wish we can go up more than once a year. We might have to once the baby is born.
Speaking of which, here’s the update:
How far along are you? 28 weeks!
Total weight gain: 8lbs, so about 20lbs total. My doctor said I gained a little too much over the month and try not to gain too much anymore. Whoops.
Baby bump: Cauliflower size. 16 inches, 2.5 lbs.
Sorry for the weird photos. Was at work taking them.
Sleep: Usual once or twice a night wake up. Other than that, not too shabby. Snoogle is working well, but I’m getting the hip pain again. I am just so achy getting out of bed.
Movement: She loves spicy food. I have been on a spice kick lately and have been throwing chili pepper into my dishes and it gets her dancing. There are times she’s quiet but I get movement throughout the day letting me know she’s there.
Best moment thus far: Two actually. One, we decided on a name. I won’t be spilling the beans on the blog until our little runner is born, but we’re happy with it. Eric and I narrowed our top 50 down to 12 each and whatever was on both of our lists, we would chose from. Turns out, only 2 names matched from both our list. We both called on saves for one name each but after a while picked the one name. The one name to rule them all. bahahahaha. I like it.
The second best moment was just this week when Eric had his hand on our girl, feeling her move as I was lying in bed. Lando snuggles up next to me and puts his head gently on Eric’s hand. And then he sighed and closed his eyes as the lil girl kicked. Gaaah. I wish I had a camera to capture how sweet the moment was.
How have your workouts been? Water aerobics, walking, swimming and prenatal yoga are keeping me sane. Swimming was tough this past week. I felt very out of my element, which is funny because I LOVE swimming. I felt like a seal that had forgotten how to swim and trudging along with injured flippers.
My walks have been well though. 2 miles. Woo hoo!
Food Cravings: Spicy!! I dash Tapatio on everything and have been putting New Mexican Hot chili powder, California chili powder and some other chili’s all over my food. And no heartburn! Yay! And a whole lot of cheese. Hence my weight gain. lol.
Give me all the tamales by the way. Made some with my mom.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still the chicken. It has to been hidden or well flavored. I gag at the thought over plain baked chicken.
Gender: Still a girl. As far as we know. If not, we are in for a big surprise!
Symptoms: Hips. IT band. Those are my complaints. And the random calf pain in the middle of the night. Damn cramps! I immediately upped my potassium, magnesium, calcium and fluid intake. That has helped so far. Oh, and a sore left arm. Got the TDAP vaccine and have to sleep on my left side so my arm no likey the pressure. Ah well.
How have you been feeling: Still feeling overly large, but the body issue it getting better. I’m more accepting and understanding of it. I still feel horribly unfit, but I know that will come back in time.
My yoga instructor was telling several of us ladies in the same mind frame to freaking LET IT GO. Focus on what we can do with our own bodies, focus on the training that our bodies are pushing us through in the pregnancy, to focus as the labor and birth as our finish line. (she was using metaphors since several of us are runners and sidelined).
It’s hard looking out and seeing the #fitpregnancy mama’s out there running 7 miles a day or #crossfitpregnancy #beastmode ladies going nuts in their boxes (crossfit lady in my class), and not compare our pregnancy to theirs. It is difficult. But I remind myself every day: I do what I can and it will be enough. To be grateful for what I can do.
There are many women out there who are high risk and can’t enjoy the luxury of a simple 2 mile walk or yoga and just want to make sure their babies stay in as long as possible. Knowing this makes me realize all that I can do and still have a healthy pregnancy (knock on wood) and am thankful for that.
Anything else: All good news from the doctor from last weeks appointment. Iron levels are great, passed my glucose test and blood pressure is looking fine. Hoping to keep this up for the remainder of my pregnancy. Things can change day to day.
What I’m looking forward to: Childbirth prep class. That shall be interesting to say the least.
Last but not least. . .
Hope everyone stays warm, safe and has a very lovely Christmas, however you celebrate! Much love from the Mexigarian household to yours.