Category: Pregnancy

The Weekly Bar-B-Q

Well, I didn’t end up boiling the bottles and pacifiers that last night I blogged. I think I finished with laundry that night, then washed the rest of the dishes, and then Mario finally woke up and actually helped me clean up Alaethia’s room. We re-organized her little toy drawers with the proper toys and it took us much less time than if I’d tried to do it on my own. While I was sitting on the floor with Alaethia we played with her My First Dollhouse for a while and then she got bored, put her toys away and started playing with her baby and stroller. It’s so cute; she walks around with her Cinderella cell phone in her hand while pushing her baby (who actually sucks on a pacifier). I can’t wait till Emily’s big enough to walk around and watch them play together *sqee!*.

Alaethia, once again, didn’t start nodding off till almost 2am, so needless to say, she endured much poking and prodding in the morning and didn’t budge an inch. I boiled all the bottles (which all fit perfectly on the spinning drying rack) I tried going to sleep but I was hot so I kept tossing and turning, and then John came over quickly followed by mother. Oh well.

John and I’d opened up the playpen to test it out yesterday…and I hated it. We couldn’t close the darn thing back up if our lives depended on it. The pad was awful, too; it had 2 inch gaps between each padded part, where it folds. I asked Mario to help me fold it back up at night and not even he could do it. So yesterday afternoon, John and I struggled with it until the damn thing let us fold it back up and took it back to Target. I don’t even think I’m going to bother getting another one. The only reason I’d want to get one would be for Mary’s house, but then again we have the monitors and can just set those up when we have get-togethers and stuff.

I wanted to go to a thrift store, but John didn’t want to. He said I’d tricked him into walking around with me to induce labor, just like the day before LOL. So we just went straight to Walmart, where Mom asked me to pick up 3 more skeins of yarn and some bread for her, and I needed a few things, like detergent, TP, and milk. I seriously can’t wait till they open up the Walmart in Peñitas…it’ll be so much closer!

We got home and I unloaded everything. John was walking around the kitchen, eating whatever he could find and said he’d wait for me to start on the banana bread I’d asked him to remind me to make. I figured it was a good day, since the bananas probably wouldn’t last another and Mario was going to bar-b-q outside anyway, so I didn’t have to worry about dinner. Maggie, Jorge and the kids were going to come over that evening, so it would be a nice dessert.

I got everything started as the guys (Mario, Jorge and Adan) were getting here. The bread would take approximately an hour to bake, so I joined them outside. I laughed at their jokes and Jorge filled me in on some family drama that’s going on. It’s crazy.

My Mom and dad-in-law were out there and so were the kids for a while. Well, Jaylen was, anyway. Eenan was inside entertaining himself with his tons of Legos. Jaylen was outside being a boy, asking Mario to wrestle with him every 5 minutes LOL.

Aide and Belle got here and much later Maggie and the boys and then Jason, Mirella and Brianna. They’d brought food, too, from Golden Chick, but I only got a bite and waited for the wings the guys were making. Once we ate, I brought out a loaf of the banana bread. Almost the whole pan was gone by the end of the night (I was surprised the other pan made it!).

The guys got all crazy by the end of the night, playing jokes on each other and just being guys and I was exhausted. Mario actually went straight to bed after we cleaned up and everyone left. Alaethia was so exhausted from running around that she crashed out almost immediately, too. I was the only one having trouble falling asleep…and it was because I was sweating up a storm (yes, the fan was pointing directly at me, too).

So this morning I woke up and made Mario a quick breakfast and a quick lunch. I really wanted some eggs overeasy, like I made him, but I don’t want to risk it. I already had a queso fresco quesadilla last night, and although I’m not supposed to eat quesso fresco at all because I’m pregnant and it may contain the Listeriosis bacteria, I did ask for it grilled and toasted, just in case.

I ate breakfast (Rice Crispies cereal and some decaf coffee) and chatted with Mario online for a while. I helped him set up his Flickr account and started getting sleepy again. I felt fine in the morning, but I got tired really quickly. I tried sleeping but Alaethia woke up. When I gave her breakfast and tried taking a nap while she sat next to me and watched Noggin, mother showed up. It’s not enough that she was embarrassingly out there with us while all the guys were being gross and making their jokes (she didn’t leave till almost midnight), she shows up early the next day. Grr. And all she’s doing is nodding off on the sofa.

I’m 38 weeks today and I totally feel it. My feet are killing me and I haven’t even washed dishes yet. I need to vacuum, sweep, mop, clean up the kitchen table and counter, clean up my bedroom, and tidy up the living room. I don’t know if I can do it. Maybe once I’ve just sat for a while I can. Mario warned me again about over-doing it I just never listen. I guess I’ll listen today.

Lady In Waiting

Hmph. I’m so bored right now. Well, I wouldn’t be bored if I were up and doing the cleaning and laundry I have to do but my back, belly and feet won’t let me.

I just spent about 15 minutes washing dishes and I didn’t even get to finish because my back and feet hurt so much. So I’m taking a break. I still need the pans (3), 2 containers with old food in them (ew), and a bowl and spoon. I’m assuming I won’t get to that darn banana bread again today.

I was also going to tackle the mess in Alaethia’s room (she got out of hand one day and just threw all her toys everywhere. I’m amazed there are still some in the closet!), but again, my body just won’t work with me. My mind says, Yes! Let’s do this! and my body screams, No, please, no more!!

I got up in the morning and amazingly, didn’t feel as tired as I thought I would. I was tossing and turning all night but I got up when the alarm went off and got Mario’s lunch and breakfast ready. He, on the other hand, was rushing around since he woke up 15 minutes later than I woke him up.

Although I didn’t get to do every last thing (like getting my bag and diaper bag ready, washing the bassinet stuff, and sterilizing the bottles) I did finally put the car seat back together and put the new head support in it. I’m going to have to ask Mario to remove the canopy though, because it looks dingy.

I went to Old Navy, Target and to pay John’s car payment with John this afternoon. Mom came over to watch Alaethia, so I figured some exercise would be good and I needed to exchange something and use the girls’ gift cards before I can’t go to town for a while LOL.

When we were waiting to turn in to Old Navy we almost got into a car accident and it probably would have been my fault. Well, sort of. Everyone but one or two people kept blocking the darn entrance to the store and when I finally got tired of waiting I just stepped on the gas and went. We may have seen it much closer than it actually was because we freaked out at my stupidity, but we made it across just fine. When I parked and looked at John his eyes were the size of dinner plates and he says, “You go ahead. I don’t have a change of pants.” LOL

I took a bit picking out a few things for Alaethia, whose gift card I was using there. I got a cute dress for her, a pink polka-dotted blouse (for $2.50!), and some really cute hot pink jelly sandals. We went straight to Target after that, where I exchanged the shopping cart cover Sally had gotten her for a girlie one. (I’m not ungrateful, I swear. She told me to exchange it for a girlier color.) So I found one that’s actually a 3-in-1 that works in the shopping cart, restaurant high chairs and as a play mat.

I also got Emily two cute dresses, got one for Alaethia and some breast pads for me. I’d totally forgotten I’d need some of those.

I felt really weird when John and I were about to leave Target. I guess since I’d been walking for a while I started to feel a weird…tingling when I walked. Then my stomach felt really hard and I felt a lot of pressure as I was driving. When I stopped at Auto Zone on the way home to pick up some wiper fluid John told me to hurry up because he didn’t want me to end up delivering at the store LOL.

So we got home and I unloaded the stuff. Alaethia (who is quickly becoming boogery–great!) wanted to put on her blouse and jellies as soon as she saw them LOL. I dressed her and then she stayed playing with Mom and John while I picked up the boys.

Eenan gave me such a cute Hershey’s kiss rose–a belated Valentine’s Day gift, aww :). I reminded them that they weren’t playing games during the week anymore and they actually didn’t fuss about it. I dropped them off, called the office to make sure Dr. C. was there and he was, so I went in today instead of tomorrow morning.

I spoke to Elvira about a book she was reading for a history class. I took a seat afterwards and read New Moon while I waited. I didn’t get very far since the office was almost completely empty! A new girl was taking my vitals today instead of Erica or Laura. I lost two pounds, strangely enough; I weighed 138.8. My blood pressure was fine and I told her how my feet were swollen yesterday. I found it strange that she didn’t ask me to give a urine sample.

She took me to my room and I waited for Dr. C. He shook my hand and asked how I was doing, how I felt. I said okay, except for the annoying YI that I probably got from the antibiotics I’m taking. He said yes, that was most likely what happened; he’d call in a prescription for me to the pharmacy. He did a quick sono, where he checked Emily’s head, heart, spine, and legs–and I finally got to see her little privates again! She’s most definitely a girl :).

Another thing I found weird about this appointment was that he didn’t check if I’d dilated or effaced at all. I hate pelvic exams, but I really want to know if the funniness I feel down there is that my body’s getting ready for birth. I have an appointment again next Monday. I’ll be sure to ask him about another annoying problem I forgot to tell him about and to have him please assure me that everything will be okay with Emily and this GBS thing.

As I was picking up my prescription, Mario texted me that he was out, but if it was okay if he waited for his friend Raquel to get out of work at 6 so he could check her car. Well now. It was 4:30. Had I asked him to wait around for me somewhere for an hour and a half he’d throw a fit. I let him know how I felt about that even though I said it was fine. Actually, I said “I guess”.

I get home and make chalupas out of the ingredients we had left over from yesterday. I was starving, since all I’d really had for “lunch” was a Rice Crispies treat. So I ate and then went over to Mary’s with John and the kids to print out his report for school. It took a while since I had to install Microsoft Office. The boys and Alaethia were playing ball in the living room and I was so sure they’d break something. Alaethia stayed over there for a while. When we came back over here, Mario got here. I made him some chalupas, too, since he didn’t have a lunch hour today.

And then he came to the living room and fell asleep, even through Alaethia’s protests about staying here when Mary brought her back. We were supposed to be cleaning up Alaethia’s room and putting her toddler bed together but I guess not.

I guess I’ll start boiling those bottles now.

Unexpected Outings

I woke up several times throughout the night and then the morning. I stayed up till 2:30am reading. I finished Twilight a few days ago (finally) and started on New Moon yesterday. I’m thinking it’ll take me about 2 months to finish this one LOL.

I was sweating up a storm most of the night and it didn’t help that Alaethia was tossing and turning because she was hot, too. I kept thinking how wonderful it’ll be when her toddler bed finally comes in.

Sally called around 9:30 to let me know she was making the banana pancakes she had when she’d come over last month. We chatted a bit and agreed to meet sometime today. She said she didn’t want me to have the baby and not give me my baby shower gift yet LOL.

I tried sleeping more and then when I finally woke up, started making banana pancakes, too. We had 5 bananas that desperately needed to be eaten so I used one and saved 4 for some banana bread later.

I checked my e-mail while I was cooking and got the notification about Alaethia’s toddler bed coming in to Walmart. Sweet. Mario woke up around an hour later after I told him to get up (he’d been outside drinking beers with Adan till 4am!). Mary invited us to go watch Coraline. I so wanted to watch that movie so I got ready, Mary got Alaethia ready and Mario got ready. We learned about some drama going on in the family, so we stood around talking about that for a while.

The movie was SO darn cute! Alaethia made it a little difficult to watch, since for most of the movie she refused to sit down. She spent the rest of the time jumping from lap to lap declaring loudly that she wanted to go to the car. She was really scared at the end. I was too far from Eenan to see how he was reacting, but during a sad part towards the end Jaylen lifted his 3-d glasses and wiped at his eyes with the back of his hand. My poor dude!

It was such a good movie that even Mario enjoyed it. I could have watched it all day. I love that type of Intru 3-D.

Mary took all the kids with her and we went to meet Sally at Las Tiendas. I set up my e-mail properly on my Centro finally, while we waited. We stood around talking for a while and she gave me her and Pete’s gift: one of those shopping cart/high chair covers. Too cool. They didn’t even have those around when Jaylen and Eenan were babies and we didn’t get one for Alaethia, though I really wanted to. I’d told her about how cool those were when we had breakfast with her and Pete at Le Peep a while back and she said not to let anyone get it for me ’cause that would be her gift to me, and it was!

We talked a while more about house renovations she and Pete are making and told her to get a hold of us if they need help again. That type of stuff comes second nature to Mario and his dad; they hadn’t remembered and poor things forked out a lot of money.

After we met with Sally, we went straight to Walmart. On the way there I figured out how to upload pictures from my Centro to my Flickr account! I’m hoping I can upload a pic of Emily from the hospital, if I have the strength and time, of course.

We picked up some pillows Jorge asked us to and picked up Alaethia’s bed. It’s so cute.

I dropped Mario off at Jorge’s since he had some stuff to help him with and I came straight home to make dinner. I’d been wanting chicken chalupas for a while so I began to make them. Mario texted me to go to Yadira’s, where everyone was, and I told him I’d just started making dinner so I’d be there soon. He came over to pick up his beer an hour later and that’s when I was finally done. I made him eat–because he hadn’t eaten all day–and I ate and so did the kids. Mary stayed with the boys and Mom stayed with Aly while I went over.

The girls sat around the table, as usual, and we shared gossip and were all just stunned with the news we’d heard about earlier during the day. Yazmin asked to see my belly, as in bare belly, so I lifted my blouse and showed them my beautifully round, stretch-marked belly. Everyone came over and rubbed it LOL. I need to take pictures of my bare belly, stretchmarks or not. I need to chronicle everything I can since this’ll be our last lil’ one.

After everyone started slowly leaving, Mario and I hung out with Yadira, Tommy and the kids. I forget why our initial visit to Yadira’s closet happened, but we were looking through her things and she showed me her box of Hannah’s tiny baby things she’d saved from when she was born/passed away. I still don’t know how you word that. I felt a little…apprehensive, I guess, while she was taking each tiny thing out and describing it. I was afraid it would be too hard for her to talk about it but she seemed fine. I think it was a bit therapeutic for her.

Mario and I left around 10:30 and had a conversation on the way home. We were talking about the girls’ room and the toddler bed and sleeping arrangements for the girls and me and my hormones started getting the best of me. I felt like he was telling me I basically sucked at training the kids with sleeping but he wasn’t. He was just trying to tell me both the girls would end up sleeping in our room like the boys did for a really long time. Then the conversation steered into one about our relationship and how we’ve really come a long way. I’m glad :). It’ll be 10 years next month!

So now I’m here, blogging with a tiny, curly-haired girl climbing all over me. She hasn’t had a nap all day and still isn’t even nodding her head. I told Mario I need to get the rocking chair back from Mom and get her on a schedule.

And tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the day I get all the final baby things ready. I told Mario earlier, imagine how funny it would be if I go into labor tomorrow after being at Yadira’s today. When I went into labor with Alaethia 2 years ago we’d been at Tommy and Yadira’s the night before for Angela’s birthday. I really hope she waits till Friday, though–if today’s even the week it’ll happen. That way Mario doesn’t have to miss work!