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.
Ridley’s tummy hurt (don’t ask how I found out) so we spent the morning at the vet. She got a little overwhelmed + knew I was concerned about her, so she was being extra pathetic and demanded my lap rather than the floor. . . She should be fine–probably a little stress gastritis or a little parasite picked up from boarding or the dog park (and exacerbated by stress). Bland food for the next few days + a little med to knock anything out >>my pupster will be back in action soon! #lemmerzoo #dariddles #sickpuppy . . . . . #patheticpuppy #sadpuppyface #sadpuppy #chicagopets #dogstagram #cattledog #cattledoglove #cattledogmix #cattledognation
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
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.
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.
How was your week after Thanksgiving?
Anything fun to share from this week?