Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm sorry, doggy :(

Last night we decided Kyler was going to clip Chorizo's nails for the first time. They had been getting fairly unruly and we bought some clippers a while ago.

She was squirming, fairly badly, but honestly she could have done a lot worse. With the past that she has with how people have treated her, I'm sure it took a lot for her to mostly lay there. We got to the very last nail, the LAST one, and we heard a small yelp and she yanked her leg back. I don't know if she had yanked before that and that's why it cut lower or if Kyler accidentally just went too low, but we looked down and saw blood on the carpet.

My immediate thought was oh crap we killed our dog.

Some people are so dramatic. I looked online of what to do if you clip your dog's "quick" (the vein you aren't supposed to clip below or else the nail bleeds) and I don't know how many people made comments about how your dog will die if you don't take it to the vet, etc etc. Then there were other, normal people that said don't worry about it, put some corn starch on it, and it will stop bleeding...just don't do it again because it's painful for them.

So freaking out, we took her into the kitchen and layed her on her back. Dipped her paw in a bowl of corn starch and rubbed her belly for about 10 minutes. Wiped the corn starch off and the bleeding had stopped...so we let her run loose. I started a bath for her and was going to bathe her to make sure all the corn starch and blood would get off. We look down and there's blood on the carpet again.

I return to my lifeline on how to do anything aka google and found out that you aren't supposed to let them run around afterwards or it could start the quick bleeding again. So we repeat the entire process and put a band aid on her nail.

No, I'm not kidding...we put a band aid on our dog's nail.

We sent her to bed after that (with a treat because momma felt bad) so she wouldn't be walking all over it and keep it bleeding. I am not kidding, I had dreams all night about how our dog died or I woke up in the morning and her cage was overflowing with blood...pregnancy dreams fail.

I woke up to a much more pleasant scenario. Her nail wasn't bleeding anymore, it looked normal, and she was fine.

So, my life lesson and advice: if you don't know what you're doing, just go to PetSmart and pay the 5 bucks. If you decide to not heed that advice and end up making your dog bleed, just dip their paw in corn starch, wipe it off after 10 minutes, and don't let them walk on it.

Your dog won't die. Don't believe everything you read on the internets.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Operation Don't Gain 100 lbs While Pregnant.

I have been eating horribly. Seriously bad. We end up going out to eat a ridiculous amount of time. This has always been a problem for us...we are two people that just love fast food despite already having watched Supersize Me. Mostly though, it's because by the end of the day I have been so tired and sick feeling that the last thing I want to do is stand by the hot stove for an hour and cook food that smells disgusting. So going out to eat has been our go to thing. This has become very bad for our bellies, and our wallets. Fast food/restaurants get expensive.

Add on top of that the fact that I feel awful that I have been feeding my baby junk. That's irresponsible of me. I could never force myself to eat healthy for long just for me, but I have got to do this for my baby. There is a human in my belly counting on me to make smart choices so it can develop properly. I have to do my job, and I hope I haven't messed up this first 11 weeks so much that I can't repair it in the next 30. I have seriously not had the stomach to be able to exercise, but the sickness seems to have morphed from lasting all day to usually just the first 6 hours I'm awake, so I am going to start taking the dog for a walk since it has cooled off a bit.

So, from this point on, I vow to make better eating choices, eat fruits and veggies every day, add in exercise at least 3 times a week, and make indulgences rare. I also asked the husband if, for 1 month, we could not go out to eat a single time and see how it affects how we feel and how much money we have. Now we are going to have to make a couple of exceptions-his entire class is going out to eat at an Indian restaurant next week with their families also, so I don't want to keep him from that, and next weekend we are going to Folly Beach where there is RITA'S and we don't get the opportunity to have that often, either. So those are the two exceptions.

I figure I can post my meal plan on here and maybe that will be a way to keep me honest, and not to default to bad food when I don't have a plan. So, here is my meal plan for this week:

breakfast-maple nut oatmeal and bowl of grapes
lunch-1/2 turkey sandwich on wheat and a salad with zesty italian dressing
dinner-garlic lime grilled chicken, maceroni and cheese, peas
snacks-blueberries and strawberries in vanilla yogurt, nutri grain cereal bar, veggies dipped in 2 tbsp caesar dressing

breakfast-strawberry banana smoothie, 1 slice of wheat toast with 1 tbsp peanut butter
lunch-1 can progresso soup
dinner-chili made with extra lean ground beef
snacks-fruit in yogurt, nutri grain bar, veggies with dressing

breakfast-Raisin bran extra cereal with 2% milk
lunch-frozen healthy choice cafe steamer meal
dinner-hamburger helper, corn, side salad
snacks:cereal bar with an orange, grapes and blueberries, 1-2 servings low fat frozen yogurt

breakfast-apple jacks cereal with 2% milk
lunch-frozen michelina tortellini meal
dinner-leftover chili
snacks:cereal bar with fruit, salad with veggies, whole grain crackers

breakfast-omelet with shredded cheddar, green pepper, and tomato
lunch-leftover Chili if there is any left, if not turkey sandwich on wheat with pickle on the side
dinner-Shepherd's Pie
snacks: cereal bar, fruit with yogurt, frozen yogurt

breakfast-oatmeal with blueberries
lunch-soup and salad
dinner-baked chicken chimichangas
snacks: cereal bar, crackers, veggies

breakfast-Mango banana smoothie, slice of wheat toast with peanut butter
lunch-Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat, made with no sugar added preserves
dinner-stuffed bell peppers (stuffed with lean ground beef, rice, tomatoes, etc)
snacks: frozen yogurt, fruit and yogurt, crackers

Okay, so there's my plan for the week. I'll attempt to do this every Monday so that I have something set out for me to default to, instead of bad choices. At the end of October I will be blogging about how our no going out to eat plan worked out, and if I notice a difference in how I feel. I feel so much better about this list than what I've been eating the past couple of weeks and I'm actually excited to get cooking again.

I plan to have more options the next week as far as snacks go, but our budget was pretty low this week because of all the eating out and payday coming up. If anyone wants any of the recipes for the dinners, let me know!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mil Spouse Friday (ish) Fill In

So I have seen a lot of the Army wives that I follow do this and I decided to start doing it as well. Mainly because it gives me something to blog about while I can be lazy and not have to think up a topic on my own :) It's supposed to be done every Friday, but I forgot, so it's mil spouse fill in Sunday for me.

1.What characteristic about yourself has either been strengthened or weakened due to your experience as a Military Spouse?
My independence has definitely been strengthened. When we were in college, I relied on Kyler far too much for everything. When he left for basic I had to take care of so many things on my own and be comfortable with just spending time with myself without him around. It took some getting used to. My patience has been weakened, ironically enough, since that's what the military loves to try the most.

2.What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
My favorite vaca spot here would be either Folly Beach or Myrtle Beach, SC. They are both beautiful, and there is amazing food there (namely-Rita's).

3.If you could have any fast-food restaurant in the food court on base/post what would you pick?
Taco Bell, which is what I always do have when we eat at the PX. There isn't a whole lot to choose from at this food court and I am a Taco Bell fiend anyways.

4.Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Branson, MO! We're big rollers. Seriously, it wasn't the bahamas or Hawaii or anything like that, but we had just as much fun. I wish we could go on our honeymoon trip every year. We went to Silver Dollar City and rode rides and looked around all the shops, which me and Kyler both love to do. We went to Ripley's Believe It or Not, and a Showboat Branson Belle cruise that was AWESOME. We had fancy food with a view of the lake at sunset the entire dinner and then got to see a show afterwards. We had awesome food. I loved our honeymoon!

5.If you could have any job in the world regardless of money, degree or experience, which job would you have and why?
Can you call reading books a job? I used to think I wanted to be an author but the thought of writing an entire book makes my head hurt. When you're a librarian you don't get to just read all the books you have to stock them, which is boring. I guess I would want to be a book critic, only I would want to pick what books I got to read.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fail Blog Fails

Okay so I realize it's been approximately 3 months since I posted a blog...

Did I mention I got a job? Or that we had our 1st anniversary and went on an awesome trip? Or that I'm pregnant? No? I haven't blogged in 3 months? Oh, that's right...probably because of the job!

I got hired at Daylight Donuts here in Augusta on National Donut Day. Irony, right? I wake up at 4AM to go to work where I get to smell all of the sickly sweet donuts in my all day sickness glory....it is misery, but it's money.

Let's see, after my last post my In laws and my family came to visit. We basically could do nothing, because it was the middle of summer in Disgusta aka hell, and no one wanted to step outside of our apartment. Then was the 4th of July, which we spent having a cookout and going to the Riverwalk for some fireworks. It was a great fireworks show, that ended with a firework waterfall dropping off of a bridge...it was great.

August 8th was our 1 year anniversary and we took an amazing trip to Myrtle Beach, SC.

Kyler had a day devoted to his nerd love stuff (which, I'll be honest, I actually liked all of it too) and I had a day devoted to dolphin stuff. Sorta.

First thing we did on Kyler's day was go to a place called Broadway at the Beach, because it had a place called Magiquest.

Basically we were the only losers above age 12 that were in there without children. Yeah, we're cool. You pick a wand and then you are given this booklet and you have to go around finishing quests and finding things inside the castle, with your wand, which is interactive. It was pretty cool to flick a wand at a bucket of treasure and it would open. I'm sure I couldn't have just typed a nerdier paragraph if I tried, but oh well, here are some pictures to solidify it.

After that we continued the nerd fest at Medieval Times! It was a lot of fun. They give you messy food and no utensils, like tomato bisque, ribs, chicken, a potato wedge, and a pastry for dessert. You get to watch some seriously bad acting, but the horses do cool tricks, the sword fighting and jousting was neat to watch, and it's fun to boo at the bad guy when he comes and taunts your section.

(By the way...Kyler is too cool and manly to smile in any pictures...it looks like he hates life in all of them but I promise he is just too cool. haha.)

Here is my Strawberry Daqueri, which little did I know would be the last drink I would order for at least 9 months...

Here is me sipping said daqueri, while there was (unknown to me) an embryo preparing to wreak havoc in my belly...

And here is me unknowingly making the face that showcases how the embryo would make me feel for at least the next 3 months.

And here are some horses butts.

The next day was our 1 year anniversary! I can't think of a better way to start it off than by waking up on the beach and being able to go for a swim in the ocean. We started off the day by going to a "dolphin watch tour". Want to know why I call it the "dolphin watch tour" with quotations? Because this is what we saw the entire time.

Endless ocean, and not. a. single. dolphin. Add on top of that the fact that the Captain was an ex-military jerk who was rude to everyone and spent a big chunk of the time going off on a hippy, you're all worthless human beings for destroying the planet tangent, and I wasn't a happy camper. Don't get me wrong, I understand that we are really screwing things up, but honestly, when I paid you 50 bucks to take me to see some freakin dolphins and we don't see a single one and you are rude the whole time, I don't think the best idea is to lecture and complain at us about how we need to do our part. Just sayin'. Wrong time.

Not going to lie, as soon as we got in the car I started crying. I was so bummed. Maybe that sounds ridiculous, but I had really hyped this up in my head and been looking forward to it so bad, thinking I would finally see dolphins and actually be close to them. It was what I had been looking forward to the most on our trip, and I was just really let down and disappointed. Was it too early to blame the fetus for the emotional break down? Anyway, Kyler hugged me and I didn't want to ruin our anniversary so I got over it, and we had a great rest of the day.

We went to have lunch at a restaurant right on the beach, with a view of the beach from your table.

After lunch we went to Ripley's Aquarium. Which there isn't a whole lot to say about it, other than it's an aquarium. There was a really cool section about deadly sea creatures that we spent most of the time in. The rest of it was just kind of...small. But I like aquariums, so I enjoyed it.

We browsed back through Broadway at the Beach, had some overpriced fudge, and stopped in a huge candy store and loaded up on sweets for our drive back. We took a little detour (hour and a half) to Folly Beach to have Rita's for our anniversary dinner, and I am not at all ashamed. I am telling you, please, if you are in SC or anywhere near Folly Beach, please go to Rita's. Please! It's so good. I cannot rave enough about the fried shrimp and fries. This is one of the things I will miss about the South when we leave here. I would honestly be cool with driving 3 hours there and 3 hours back some random weekend if Kyler was game. It is that good.

After that we had to return home...sad panda :( It was a really great trip, and a perfect 1 year anniversary. Either I really like SC or I just really like their beaches, because I have loved both of our trips to Myrtle and Folly Beach.

Shortly after our trip Kyler and I had both of our 22nd birthdays. I made Kyler a kick-A dragon cake. No matter that it took me 4 hours and a ton of stress, because it turned out awesome.

Finally, that takes me to finding out I was pregnant. I was late, late for a very important date, so I took a test. I looked down immediately and there was only one line. I cleaned up and happened to look back down, and a second little line had popped up. We rushed to Wal Mart and the next day I took another..sure enough, 2 lines. I let one of the lovely Eisenhower workers poke me with a needle to confirm there was indeed a baby Colgrove in there.

I was pretty shocked and unprepared. This wasn't exactly planned. That being said, I think God knows when we are ready for things before we do, and if He thinks I am, well the big guy knows best. Whether planned or not, I already love the little booger so much and I am getting excited to meet them.

This is how we told our parents. I didn't just want to call and say "hey, I'm knocked up!" so I made frames for Kyler's parents and my mom and sent them.

The top section has a grandkids poem that I decorated, and the bottom says "we will have a picture to give you to put in this spot in about 7 months!". They were both thrilled and seemed to like the frames, so I was happy.

So, I plan on keeping up with this more, really, because I will definitely have a lot to talk about what with growing a human inside of me and all. I'm sure no one even made it to this point since it was 3 month's worth of stuff crammed into one post...sorry!