Sun., Nov. 23rd â€“ Jorge and Tommy came over, equipped with a trailer and an extra truck, to help Mario and I pick up Mary’s furniture and my ottoman. We were all over at Mary’s house most of the day watching the guys take out the old furniture and bring in the new. Andy and Noelia came by in their truck with Mary’s new dresser that she ended up finding at Big Lots, solid wood. After I’d made some lunch and cleaned up a bit I left to Target with John, who needed to return something and then to JC Penny for myself for some new maternity pants since they were having a huge sale and I had two awesome coupons: one for $10 off and one for $15 anything $10 or more. I *had* to go before the sale was over on Monday. I didn’t want to fork out any more money for maternity clothes but I only had 3 pants and now that winter’s coming I absolutely had to get some. Plus, I’m justifying my purchases by keeping them in good shape to give to Noelia for when she finally decides to have her babies.
After I’d found a pair of khakis and a pair of jeans in size small (it was quite a hunt, let me tell you), we paid and then we went to Best Buy to look around. John was looking around to see what games he’d buy the boys for Christmas and then we went into the instruments section and messed around with some drums. He wants to get Alaethia a small drum set, can you believe that?
John said he was hungry and asked if I wanted sushi. Um, yeah! You don’t have to tell me twice! I called in the order and then we drove a few shops over and picked up our take-out from Kumori. I couldn’t wait to get home and devour my yummy rolls.
We got home and everyone was over, like they usually are at least one night during the weekend. Mario and his Nino had been bar-b-q’ing. I unfortunately had to share my sushi with whoever wanted to try it because I’m polite like that, so I didn’t have my fill at all. Needless to say, I hunger for more, as John would say.
Monday, Nov. 24th â€“ I didn’t go to work (Alaethia had a cardiologist appointment ) and since I already knew I’d be absent and had signed my sheet I got a little extra sleep. But I hadn’t realized how long it would take me to make breakfast, get myself and then Alaethia ready so I was running late. I was down the street when I called into the office to tell them I’d be late. The girl said they’d only gave me 15 minutes to get there. How nice. I managed to get there in 17 minutes and prayed for both my and the nurse’s sake that they’d still see us. They did, only to call me up when I was almost done filling out the paperwork and told me they didn’t accept her insurance, which is CHIPs. Lovely. I was so pissed I tore up the referral in front of her face and told her they should let people know about these things before they show up to the appointment. Shouldn’t things like insurance be confirmed during the whole appointment setup? I called Laura, one of our nurses, and asked her what was up, what happened? She said they didn’t say anything about not accepting her insurance during the appointment setup at all and that she’d try to get her another appointment at a place where they did accept it. Of course I didn’t get one for that day.
I collected all of Alaethia’s things, scooped her in my arms and buckled her into her car seat. Once she was busy watching her Care Bears cartoon I silently wiped at tears of frustration. I cry for everything these days and keeping my daughter from an appointment she needs is the ultimate tear-jerker.
Once I calmed down I called Furniture Row to see if they’d do a few changes to my account. One of Mary’s couch pillows had a teensy hole and she wanted two more chairs for her dining set. The guy I spoke to was a total moron and couldn’t tell me anything about anything. All he said was, “When you call back at 10, someone else can help you out.” Umâ€¦okay.”
I called Mary to tell her about my morning and how the guy at Furniture Row was not helpful and she told me to go to her office and chill out for an hour before going to Furniture Row. So I did. The girls hadn’t seen Alaethia in a long time and were head-over-heels for her. I talked to Yvonne for a while and showed off my belly. After Alaethia had been paraded around the office and collected a handful of lollipops and sticks of gum, we got in the car and left to Furniture Row. Thank God they gave me no problems what-so-ever.
I got a few groceries on the way home and was so relieved that Alaethia was in such a good mood. She’s at the age where it’s actually tolerable for her to be in town for a long time without getting tired. She was great.
When I got home after picking the boys up from school Mario texts me and says he had lunch at Kumoriâ€¦could my day get any worse? He doesn’t even LIKE Kumori that much!! He promised me Kumori on Friday. He was forgiven.
Tues., Nov. 25th â€“ My first and last day of work for that week, woo! I couldn’t believe the Thanksgiving holiday was already here. When we started work again this fall and I made the decision to stop working after January it felt like it’d be forever before the Thanksgiving holiday would come. Now that it was finally here that only means one thing: my last day of work’s going to creep up in the blink of an eye.
I kept on top of everything so that I wouldn’t have anything waiting for me when we got back the next Monday. Mrs. V. wasn’t there most of the day; she’d gone shopping for Christmas decorations at Walmart and other places. I actually had a chance to loosen up and read when I had nothing else to do. Usually I feel like I need to BE busy with something or else someone (Mrs. V.) will see me and think I’m slackingâ€”even if I don’t have anything to work on.
Mrs. Ruiz arrived after lunch and we started putting up the 12 ft. pre-lit tree she donated. Yes, she donated it! One of our students, who calls himself Chocolate, and Jorge D. helped. They were glad to get out of ISS LOL. The kids were having their Good Life Celebration and were having a Jamaica (festival). We were so busy with the tree that I completely forgot to go out there and see the rides and games and buy my nachos. I heard it was awesome, though.
I couldn’t believe I was going to have 5 whole days off! I was finally going to get everything in the house organized and cleaned and I was going to update my blog once and for all!
Wed., Nov. 26th â€“ I had my doctor’s appointment in the morning. I could go in anytime in the morning. I should have gone in much sooner than I did. I made it there at 9:30 and was there well into 12pm. I was supposed to take Mom in for an appointment, too, but they were closing after 2:30 that day until Monday.
I weighed 138â€”not bad at all! That’s only 1 lb. in 2 weeks. Elizabeth (the nurse practitioner) told me taking Robitussin DM for cough and congestion was okay to take for my dry cough. I didn’t end up taking it at all anyway. The doctor asked about my sugar and told me just to keep monitoring myself. She almost wanted to do the 3-hour test but she spoke to Dr. C. and he said no, we’d agreed to monitor my sugars. Elizabeth did say that the baby’s full turned over, which is insane because at the time I was only 26 weeks! The other three didnâ€™t turn over till at least 28 weeks!
I asked her, as I usually do, to check if she’s still a girl and she said, because the way her legs were positioned, that she couldn’t really tell. Although she and Dr. C. have already told me countless times that she is a girl LOL.
We left the kiddos with my in-laws while John, Mom and I went to visit Gramma. She was eating dinner and watching one of her novelas when we arrived. She spent most of the time shushing us and waving us out of the way when we’d get in front of her TV–she was really into her show! We stayed a while and then went home.
Mario came home at night and got into a discussion with his uncles and he became a bit peeved/upset and decided to leave the house at 10:30pm. I’m usually pretty lenient about stuff like that, but I was actually hoping to spend time with him and watch a movie or something now that I didn’t have to be in bed by 9:30. I expressed my thoughts which sent him barging out the door. I stayed up on my own watching TV and right when I was going to go to sleep around 12:30, he walked through the door. He lay next to me and put his arm around me and asked if I was upset. I kind of shrugged and that was the exact moment that I heard a weird sound coming from Alaethia’s crib. I practically pushed him off me so we could check on her. She was throwing up, completely out of the blue. Nobody was sick so she couldn’t have caught it from someone. I figured it was that she’d been eating a mixture of stuff.
Mario changed her sheets while I washed her up in the shower. Poor thing was falling asleep the whole time. I dried her up and got her dressed and Mario sat with her in our bed while I put everything in to wash. When I got back, she’d already thrown up again all over our pillows and sheets. So we made a new pile to wash.
She’d coughed on my face while I was carrying her, so I figured I’d get sick. I just hoped it wasn’t the next day, Thanksgiving! And I hoped Alaethia wouldn’t be sick the whole time, either. How unfair that would be :(.