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Sick Puppy, Happy Baby, Busy Husband (Friday Catch Up 12/1)

What, two posts from me in a week?! WHAT THE WHAT? We hit the ground running (or short stepping) here, as per usual. Sick puppy and everything!

You might have missed: Times Like These: Palmetto Bluff Thanksgiving 2017

Friday Catch Up 12/1

1) We came directly back to the real world upon our return to Chciago. Alex discovered at 4:30 on Monday afternoon that SURPRISE he was on call that night. He already knew that he was on call Wednesday, so let’s just say that he was less than pleased. Guess we aren’t in Palmetto Bluff anymore! He at least was able to come home for a little bit, but he left early the next morning. Tuesday wasn’t a call day, but things went sideways and he didn’t leave the hospital until 8:30. Wednesday…. he didn’t come home, and Thursday (by the time that I am writing this) is due to be another long day. Thank goodness for all the naps he took while we were in SC!

2) While he dealt with patients suffering from GI distress, I got to deal with a puppy dog with GI distress. Our dog walker (injury update in a minute) called me as I was coming home (poor Alex, in his rush out the door Tuesday morning, left his hospital ID at home, so I was coming back from getting it to him) that Ridley had experienced, well, to be as ungraphic as possible, a few less than normal poo sessions. She waited for me to get home, and upon seeing the photographic evidence (this is how you know you have a good walker!), I knew that she would need to go to the vets. I called them to confirm that this was the best course of action, and off we went. 

Poor puppy knew that we were concerned about her, so she was milking sad puppy face for all that it was worth! I could tell that she didn’t feel good though–she was WAY too easy to walk, lol. I’m still not supposed to walk super far, but she had to go to the vets, so I walked the .5 miles their and we took our seats. Before long, she was on my lap. #poorpatheticpuppy


Mama’s foot makes the best slipper. #needydog #lemmerzoo #dariddles #footpillow

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She checked out ok, but we put her on a bland food diet and started her on some meds to help her out until we knew exactly what to treat. I’m happy to report that by Thursday, she is definitely feeling better! 

3) On Tuesday, I hit 32 weeks! I had my appointment on Wednesday (unfortunately, Alex was still slammed), but it was nice to go to the appointment off of crutches! Baby is sounding great, measuring a little small (as she always seems to when I see my main OB!), but overall, things are going well. We started to discuss (again…) whether or not I would be able to nurse, and my doctor things that, with a good calcium replacement, I should be fine to nurse for at least a few months, though likely not long term. I’m happy to hear this–it is such a great bonding opportunity, plus very good for their immune development. Have you ever listened to the How Stuff Works episode on Breastfeeding? It totally changed my view of nursing. Of course, I have NO PROBLEM with not being able to nurse for various reasons, but it definitely made me want to be able to try. So this makes me happy.

I was totally that kid. I would imagine that you aren’t surprised.

4) I had my second PT appointment on Wednesday morning, and it was pretty smooth sailing. We aren’t doing too much during the actual sessions, but really working on my sacral and pelvic alignment (which has never been great and is worse now). We can’t fix things the way we would if I wasn’t pregnant, and we also have the issue of the relaxin hormone potentially letting me push too far, so we have to be careful. But I seem to be progressing well, and she was very very happy with my ability and willingness to listen to my body and not overdo it when it tells me no. (first time ever for that compliment, lol). We also tried on the sacroiliac stability belt, which will help me when I have to do things like walk the dog or walk over a few blocks. The relaxin hormon is going to make things difficult and allow my pelvis to spread out too much, particularly when walking, so this will help my pelvis stay together a bit more. Plus, it looks dead sexy.

I’m just perfecting my waddle early.

From pregnant and on crutches to SUPER pregnant and with a butt belt. #winning #bowchickawowow

5) Every time I get another package from a friend or family member for Yoshi, I get a flood of joy. Not just because it has to do with our kiddo, but because I just feel so much love for Alex, myself, and our family. From blog friends to old friends to residency and med school friends to family, there is just so much love out there. It reminds you of the unconditional kindness that is possible in the world, even when more and more people are accused of doing less than favorable things to each other. It gives me faith in the future–to make sure that Yoshi is as kind as the people that are surrounding us. 

Even when she is making it hard for me to breathe (like right now, as she shoves her head outside of my abdomen). 

Goals for this kid: a) Survive me as a parent B) Love Alex and Me (we know that that the liking aspect will wax and wane) and C) don’t be an asshole. 

Fingers crossed!

How was your week after Thanksgiving?

Anything fun to share from this week?

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  • Reply Emily

    Glad to hear Ridley was better quickly. Hope you have a great weekend!

    December 1, 2017 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Heather

    Poor Alex! and Ridley, ha. I’m so glad you were able to walk to the vets, though. From my standpoint, I don’t think breastfeeding is all it’s cracked up to be, so give it a whirl and don’t feel any guilt if it can’t happen! 🙂 Can’t believe how close you are!!!

    December 1, 2017 at 6:24 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Glad Ridley got some meds! Always a bummer when a dog ends up at the vet!
    Glad you are spending more time off the crutches too.
    Can’t believe how far you are along- it’s gone by so fast!!

    December 1, 2017 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Maureen

    Poor Alex with his crazy schedule and poor Ridley for being sick! I’m glad to hear that everything seems to be getting better with you injury. Hopefully, you’ll be much better in a few months once the baby comes and you recover!

    December 1, 2017 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Louie always gets sick when Rock is out of town. He got a bug when I was pregnant and for several weeks I had to make him boiled chicken and rice for every meal. It was ridiculous! The medicine they gave him also made him a spaz for an entire night. I almost lost it!

    December 1, 2017 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Rae

    Aw, sick puppies are never fun. Glad Rildey is on the mend! Also glad that the crutches are history for now. I can only imagine how irritating that’s been.

    December 1, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Cora

    You are always sexy my dear. You go ROCK that waddle.

    Hope both Ridley and Alex get some recuperation down time this weekend!

    December 1, 2017 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Linda from Veganosity

    Awwww…poor Ridley. Her sad puppy eyes tell the whole story. So happy she’s feeling better.

    Alex was a C-section baby, wouldn’t latch on to my breast, and was bottle fed. We bonded just fine. She didn’t get her first cold until she was 14 months. She’s super smart, super healthy, and super sassy (in a good way) at 25. If you can’t breastfeed it’s not the end of the world. As long as you snuggle her while you feed her, look into her eyes and talk to her, and love her like I know you will, bonding will happen, regardless of how you have to feed her. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or shame you for doing what you have to do. My own mother-in-law made me feel horrible for not breastfeeding. You can only imagine how good it felt to prove her wrong. 😉

    You look amazing and I’m SO excited and happy for you!

    December 1, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Heather

    Yay glad baby is doing well! Aubrey measured small my whole pregnancy, was only 5 lbs 5 oz at birth and is still petite but perfectly healthy. I’m sure our petite ladies will both be just fine 🙂

    December 1, 2017 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    Being pregnant does give a new perspective on a lot of things and gives you hope to believe in the good. Glad you are feeling well this week

    December 1, 2017 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Anna at Pipers Run

    They will be assholes… me! They are cute but as they get older (4,5, 6,7), the asshole comes out sometimes! I’m kinda kidding but honestly, my kids can be jerks sometimes!
    Our last dog as issues but she was 14. Not fun when they are sick.
    Yeah for 32 weeks!!!

    December 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Glad your home safe and everyone is doing well! Have a great weekend!

    December 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (Fit Nana)

    Glad Ridley is feeling better! That’s the absolute worst thing to have to deal with. It always seemed to strike my pups in the middle of the night. (totally knocking wood and crossing my fingers that I don’t get a 1am wake-up call because I wrote that!)

    Man, 32 weeks is sexy. All them pregnant ladies be wishing for a butt belt like yours. 😀 lol

    December 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Katie

    That poor pup but happy to hear he’s feeling better!

    My Thanksgiving was chill. The boy and I went to yoga, but then I decided to forego any gatherings and just took the afternoon to put my feet up and relax.

    December 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I’m glad to hear Ridley is better! It must be a cattle dog thing to need to sit on laps – Ollie does the same thing all the time, although he is not the size of a lapdog.

    December 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    You know that I’m a certified lactation counselor? Let me know if you have questions…

    December 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    What a blessing to see that Yoshi is blessed with SO SO SO many wonderful friends and family. This is going to be a really much prayed for little one. I’m so thankful you’re at 32 weeks; it’s crazy to think about it. only 8 weeks left or less? And that will be such a gift to get to nurse; I know that not everybody can do it. And you are such a sweet doggie mom too Susie; I’m glad that Ridley is feeling better. Ridley is such a precious little pup.

    December 1, 2017 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Waddling for a reason – the BEST reason!!!

    I cannot believe Yoshi will be here soon!!!

    December 3, 2017 at 2:29 am
  • Reply Kat

    Whew – that’s a lot girl! Sorry to hear about Alex’s INSANE schedule as of late. Hopefully it will be settling down some! I guess that’s doctor life though?
    Sorry to hear about your pup not feeling well. I absolutely HATE when there’s something wrong with my furbabies. Glad to hear things are on the up and up now though! 🙂
    And ohmygosh Yoshi is so near to making her grand entrance! My bestie actually just had her baby last week – 3 weeks early!

    December 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Laura

    You are killing it. I’m amazing at how you’ve held it together with all of the curve balls you’ve been thrown. That little girl was a helluva role model!

    December 5, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Neil

    Gah! What are pets like? Our cat Begbie always pulls a fast one when we’re away and our cat sitter gets worried. This time he pretended not to be hungry when we got back from London, not eating his food and we thought we would have to take him to the Vet, but no he was just putting it on and sulking. Right as rain he was within a few days!

    December 7, 2017 at 8:32 am
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