Healthy(er) Cats and 26 Week Prenatal Appointment

Happy MONDAY! And Happy Late Thanksgiving! I had planned on making a blog post last week about all the things I’m thankful for, but really, it was just a crazy week with all the vet happenings last week.

After being super emotional on Wednesday night and Thursday morning on my drive to work over Tom still being lethargic, I got home from work on Thursday night to a cuddly Tom! I really think it was like, the happiest moment of my life. Even better than my wedding day. Is that sad? I think it just really makes me officially a crazy cat lady, but I don’t even care.

I don’t know if you can see the complete and utter happiness in that top left photo, but I cried lots of tears of joy over him acting like himself! I had just been so worried that because his labs were so incredibly high and he didn’t seem to be getting better, that it would cost us tons of money to get him better. I think I was just making a mountain out of a molehill and was worried we’d have to put him to sleep if he cost much more, especially with having baby costs too! His cuddles haven’t stopped since Thursday night. I think he’s happy to be feeling better too!

Friday morning I went to my Elevate Interval Cardio class (my usual Saturday morning class) and felt like dying. An hour is just too long to work out now. I can do CrossFit since the hour isn’t consistent and we warm up, do some lifting, and then only work out consistently for 15-20 minutes, which I can do. A whole hour is killer these days.

Tom and I ran up to the vet right after to get him an antibiotic injection and then I napped real quick and headed to my mom and dad’s for our Thanksgiving celebration.

Unfortunately, Jon was in Florida all weekend for the holidays since I had to work, so it was just my mom, dad, brother, and me. It was still nice to hang out over there and eat my favorite meal of the year, but I missed having Jon with me!

Saturday and Sunday were work days! Jessica, my old travel buddy, stopped by Saturday night to sleep over here on her way back home. It was so good to see her but I wish she had been able to come when it wasn’t my work weekend! Hopefully I’ll see her again sometime soon, but who knows when! Babies make this type of stuff sort of unpredictable!

Jon got home last night and he was a good husband and rubbed my tired feet! They were killing me from work. And work was stressful yesterday because I really had my first taste of needing a central line put in a patient and not having an ER doctor to just pop one in. Almost four hours and 32,098 phone calls later, I finally got a central line. But really… The ER is so quick about things like that and it was just eye opening. Anyway, I also watched Jon put together our new stroller (and infant car seat) that Jon’s parents bought us while he was in Florida. They bought us 7 or 8 newborn outfits too!  So nice of them! Of course, Tom has to be right in the middle of the action… Then I went to bed at 9:30 last night. It’s not easy to work two 13 hour shifts in a row while pregnant, especially when I spent both days almost entirely on my feet.

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This morning was my OB/GYN appointment. I haven’t talked much about pregnancy lately. An odd thought which may be too much information, but want to know what nobody tells you about being pregnant? There is no room in your vagina to have sex anymore. I always heard that you have to get creative with positions because your belly gets in the way, but really, the belly is the least of my problems. I’m assuming because your huge uterus ends up so low in your pelvis, there is just literally no place to put anything else. And not only does your vagina end up being 2″ deep, but with all the extra fluid, it just feels swollen inside of there. I asked my OB if this was normal today and she said it is completely normal. I’ve had people tell me that sex is still great in the second trimester but I have no idea where they’re putting things to make it so great. But a fun part of this stage in pregnancy is watching Jackson move! I can see my belly moving all the time, even through my clothes. And when I look at my bare belly now, I can see what is probably a foot or elbow pushing out on my belly instead of just seeing the big rolling movements. It’s so fun to watch!

Anyway, my appointment went well. I’m 26 weeks and 2 days and have gained 19lbs. My OB warned me today to “watch what I eat” over the holidays because I started at a normal weight, so I should only gain 20-25lbs for the whole pregnancy. Personally, I’m giving myself 30lbs because I started at the extreme low end of a normal weight (5′ and 98lbs) and I’ve also started doing CrossFit a little more, so I feel like I may have gained 2-3lbs in muscle because I typically do. But I have been eating a ton of sugary stuff lately that I never, ever ate before getting pregnant, so I guess I really do need to try and cut that stuff out again! Not just for my weight gain, but because that food is just bad for me. I also had my glucose test and had glucose in my urine after it, so she said I may have failed it, but we’ll know in 2-3 days. I feel like having glucose in my urine isn’t all that abnormal for me, regardless of pregnancy. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. The sugar drink made me have so much reflux though and it hasn’t really gone away. Which, by the way, is another fantastic part of pregnancy. There is nowhere for your food to go, so it constantly feels like you have undigested food just sitting there, waiting to come up every time you bend over and move around too much… Back to the appointment though! At the end, I had to schedule my next few appointments and my doctor was saying, “Okay, in 3 weeks, you’ll come back so you’ll be 29 weeks, and then you’ll come back in another 3 weeks at 32 weeks, and then you’ll start coming every 2 weeks so 34 and 36 weeks.” And then it was really like, oh shit, I’M ALMOST 30 WEEKS! I mean, I have another month, but time is just flying by. I can’t believe that my appointments will go to every two weeks after my December 23rd appointment. I flipped through my calendar to write down the dates and it almost puts me into a panic just thinking about how close we are to having a real live baby at home, taking up all of my time!!!

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I had planned on coming home and going to the gym, but instead I had terrible reflux so I ended up laying on the couch, propped up on pillows, and crashing. I have to seriously recover after two workdays anymore. I mean, I slept from 10-8am, solid. Like, didn’t wake up once. And I was still exhausted when I got home from the OB!

Tom and I had to run to a specialty vet today for his ultrasound, which was insanely expensive and I didn’t feel like he really needed it since he’s been acting normal and has been eating a little bit on his own now. But on Friday, the vet tech told me to keep the appointment so I did. And of course, they said he has pancreatitis. Which I already knew.

I’m home now… Just relaxing! I was going to go to the gym after the vet, but I still am having horrible reflux and don’t want to. I have all week off to get my last grad school paper of the semester done, so I’ll have plenty of opportunity for gym time! Apparently I just need to stick with morning workouts cause once I eat, it just goes downhill from there!

Jon and I are planning on doing something together tonight! Maybe going to a movie or something. We’re not sure… But it’ll be nice to spend some time together!

Mmmkay, hope you all have a good day!

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Getting Dressed and Getting Beer!

Another lazy day down in the books! I woke up at 9am and started doing business from bed! Jon called me with some current updates, which affects my job situation come January! Then I talked to my recruiters about my January job (I’m wanting to go to Santa Fe, NM!) and then called Jess to talk to her! Then I called Jon back to talk to him again! My hold up now is that Jon may have to travel coming up, and if he does, I don’t want our cats to be alone all week long! Our cats are not independent at all! They follow us around, get ready in the morning with us, join us in bed, and sit with us all the time! When it was just Kitty and me living alone, she would eat the fur out of her back when I was working a lot as a stress response! And Tom pees on the carpet when he gets angry (luckily, we only have one entry rug in our house now- but only cause he peed on all my other rugs and we have hardwoods in the whole house now- also why he can’t go to my parent’s house, which was my usual solution in my pre-Tom days).

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Things are still unknown as of this time, so I may have to hold off on applying for jobs in Santa Fe and put my traveling on hold for the time being. I’m not ready for the traveling days to be behind me, but those little furballs have my heart and I could not leave them home alone for 4 days at a time for a few months! I would feel like such a guilty, horrible mother! I don’t think I could even enjoy traveling as much if I was worried about them at home! (My love for cats is serious business.)

After my business was complete, I fell back to sleep till 2pm. I’m getting in a bad habit of sleeping all day, but I’m calling this “resting my hip.” I woke up and headed out to the gym after eating a little something, but ended up skipping it and getting coffee instead! I decided to be smart and give my hip some more rest since it’s been a little achy lately.

Tonight I went out for beer with Adam! I got dressed for the third time in 6 weeks tonight!

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Sometimes I forget what it’s like to wear clothes and have my hair down (this was only the second time having my hair down in 6 weeks)! I actually kind of enjoy it at times, especially because lately it has happened so infrequently!

We went to Base Camp Brewing Co downtown and got smores stouts!

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I’ve really come to like stouts lately! I’ve still had my fair share of stouts that I don’t prefer, but there are definitely some good ones out there! This was a good one! And the toasted marshmallow (mine was the perfect one, Adam’s was the burnt one) was a bonus too! Adam reconfigured my external hard drive in about 5 seconds and then my computer spent an hour transferring pictures! I still need to transfer the photos from my other external hard drive over to the new one too!

Tomorrow is back to work for three days! I’m going to see about extending my contract by a week and I’m really hoping they let me! It would give me a chance to work another week before Jon gets here and that money would definitely help us out since both of us will be taking over 2 weeks off of work in December! I have no idea what is happening this weekend, but probably a lot of sleeping and being lazy! Seems to be my thing lately! And I’m just going totally enjoy it while I can and not feel guilty about laying in my nice, fleece sheets till 2pm anymore! I have a feeling these lazy days are only going to last for a few more months and I might as well soak it in! Those grad school days are coming!

I was hoping to curl up on the couch and catch up on some TV, but there’s no cable right now! I don’t even know why! It’s not even raining!!! Frustrating! I get tired of watching everything on my computer!