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Knocked Up!


I’ve been exhausted lately (so much so that my blogging is lacking), and even blogged about it a month ago that I thought I might be coming down with something again.  The gym felt much harder, I had to lower the weights and reps (even my grip got weaker!), and exercising just hasn’t been pretty (but I kept up for the most part, even if my trips to the gym are shorter now and more wimpy).

I came back from Thailand having annoyed the crap out of Michelle because I had to pee every 5 minutes.  Add that to sore boobs (ah, fun!), it made me wonder, hmmm, maybe…

I mean, it’s no surprise that I’ve been having baby fever but couldn’t even think about it before our Palau diving trip in April.  After April?  All bets were off.

So I got home from Bangkok at 6am, kissed Karl good day as he headed off to work, then collapsed in bed.  When I woke up, I decided to check if my suspicions could be right…  So Karl came home that day to Lily wearing this shirt (and yes, it went right over his head…  *sigh*):


Yep, keeping this a secret for the last month has sucked, I’m not going to lie.  It was one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging:  not only I’ve been too tired (I mean it’s like jetlag + time difference + feels like I haven’t slept in days kind of tired, and I have insomnia now on and off, which certainly hasn’t helped), it’s also hard to blog when you have to omit exciting news, no?

Though people traditionally spill the beans after they get through the first trimester, they’re not like me, who cannot keep a secret about myself, ever.  I’ve told some people already, hinted to others, but now at 8 weeks I’m ready to officially announce:  this family of two humans + dog + cat will be adding another human in March 2013!

I don’t think telling the news sooner or later will affect the outcome of this pregnancy (and heck, if god forbid, something bad DOES happen, I will for sure be blogging about it!).  Our goal was to wait until we heard the heartbeat at the 8 week appointment.  Might as well tell folks before I get to the US then have to explain why I can’t drink the Hefeweizen I’ve been craving so bad for the last year, right?  (Sorry, Manila, San Miguel does nothing for me…)

And yesterday, we came home from our doctor’s appointment with pictures like these…


And heard that heart pumping fast at 169 beats per minute!  See that big round thing?  That’s the baby’s head.  The body?  Already sprouting some limbs.  All this and the baby only measures 1.67 centimeters today, crazy, huh?

And on other super exciting news:  yes, it’s true, by the time this post goes live, hopefully we’re on our way to the US!  Crazy to think we leave Manila at 6:30am, fly 18 hours to Detroit (making a quick stop in Tokyo on the way), have a 2 hour layover in Detroit, then fly another 2 hours to Charleston, but still make it to Charleston by 4pm!

I caught up in some of my laziness this week, so some posts will be popping up from my Thailand trip, but I’ll try to update from the US too!


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Earlier today, Cath introduced me to another spouse who’s been in Manila for a couple of months now, and turns out she lives just on the floor below me and can see inside my living room window (which is no surprise considering how our building is set up).

She was telling me that shortly after they moved in, she looked out the window and saw Lily, who likes sitting at the back of the couch, like so…


Anyway, she saw Lily and told her husband…

“It’s weird, I know that dog. I even know her name, it’s Lily! How do I know this?”

Then it hit her: “Carla Runs the World lives in our building!”

I thought that was hilarious, and though I once got the “I read your blog” from Karl’s boss’ boss’ boss (or something to that effect), I never had Lily getting recognize before, and that?  Was pretty awesome!

If you’re still reading, welcome to Manila, Ro!  And hope it treats you as well as it’s treating us!


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Back soon…

Don’t give up on my just yet – it’s been super-quiet around these parts, but at this time tomorrow Tracy will be on her flight back to NYC so all the shopping, eating out, non-working out and non-blogging will cease so normal life can resume.  (I don’t even want to weigh myself:  super bloated, clothes are tight, it’s not looking good…)

More pictures and updates from our trip to Kota Kinabalu and from my trip with Tracy to Coron.  Meanwhile, I’ve posted a ton to instagram lately, and this is what you missed…

Drinking red ginseng tea on my way to pick up Tracy at the airport…  (I was running a 101 fever then – not fun.)


First glimpse at our hotel in Kota Kinabalu (highly recommend the Magellan Sutera – it was wonderful!).


Enjoying the pool, while facing the (tiny) beach.


Karl can’t help but pick up (other people’s) trash from the beach.


Sunday, when my fever was finally gone (without needing to take a fever reducer to function – all gone for real!), we woke up to this (and it was like that ALL DAMN DAY – and it wasn’t just rain, that walkaway flooded soon after):


Inappropriate much?


Yes, the postcard was cute…


Another shot of our lovely hotel!


If you ever wondered:  yep, Starbucks is the same in any country you go to…


Philippines Independence day!  HUGE flag in Ayala Park!


Tracy getting her first foot massage in Asia!


We made it to Coron!  Now it’s dinnertime!


My dinner:  kinilaw (Filipino ceviche – it’s amazing!) and garlic squid.  With rice, of course, this is the Philippines after all.


Tracy’s first halo-halo experience.  Now we keep shouting “halo-halo!” “HALO!” like idiots.  Inside joke, Karl did not get it…


Surprise, surprise!  The view from our hotel (Asia Grand View) was awesome!  Highly recommend it, by the way, super nice people, quiet, a 5 minute, 15 pesos, tricycle ride to town and you get to look at this during breakfast…


Waiting for boarding at the Coron Airport.  And yes, this is the whole thing.


Back in Manila!  Tracy shops at the Mall of Asia!


And buys a ridiculous amount of SPAM at the hypermarket…


Remember our friends who adopted the kitten I found?  Soooo…  They pulled a Carla, and on Saturday I went to help them feed this tiny little kitten.  Here’s hoping he makes it.  Like the one I found, this also had no mom to be found, but was in the middle of the street.  He doesn’t even have his eyes open yet, and the umbilical cord is still attached…


If you have dinner with Tracy, this is what happens:


Lily getting some loving from Karl…


All dressed up, nowhere to go!


Tracy went shopping in Divisoria, and all she got was this huge coffee bun.  Seriously, no purses?  This time, I bought not bags for myself, and was super-proud.  Baby steps.


Karl showing off his Bangkok purchase from January.  May the froth be with you.


Greenhills!  Tracy now regrets not buying the necklace she’s holding in the picture.


Pearls at Greenhills…  Yes, I bought more.  Because you can’t have too many necklaces, right?


Lots of construction noise going on upstairs.  Lily was very scared (but super cuddly, so it’s a win for me!).


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Lily is Pregnant!

No, not really.  But she thinks she is.

Last Thursday, we finally took her to get spayed, after being delayed because of her skin issues and later because a blood test showed low-platelets.  After supplements, she was finally ready.

She didn’t do too well on surgery and Friday spent the morning in pain.  She didn’t want to eat, and we had to give the pain reliever with food, so the vet stopped by to force feed her some canned food with a massive syringe, and then she was fine after taking the meds.

Too fine, that is.  She went back to her jumping, running around all over the place self in no time.  Though she does hate her e-collar…


By Saturday night she was carrying her ugly rubber chicken with her everywhere and whimpering loudly the whole time. 

By Monday morning, it had not improved, so the vet was back (by the way, have I mentioned how amazing it is that a home visit from the vet costs $12?).  As soon as I lifted her up to show him her swollen belly, milk came out of her nipples.

Are you KIDDING me?

So she’s going through an imaginary pregnancy right now, whimpering and carrying her stupid rubber chicken everywhere with her, as if it was a puppy. 


Couldn’t she have chosen a better looking toy to be her puppy?


To make things worse, all her legs are covered up with flaky scabs on Sunday as well.  A fungal infection, maybe?  Who knows, we’re still waiting for the results.  But the stress from surgery probably lowered her immunity and definitely brought something up.


Honestly, this whole thing made me question the benefits of spaying.  It’s more of a convenience for me (not having to deal with bloody diapers once or twice a year) than a benefit to her.  Sure it reduces the chance for some kind of cancers – but give me a break, organs are being removed, if I removed mine, it would reduce chances of cancers on me too.

If I’m a responsible dog owner, that never leaves her pet unattended unless locked inside the house, why is spaying necessary?  I started to think it’s actually inhumane, done for the benefit of the owners, not the pets.  She’s went through such a hard time, I thought I might lose her (I kept checking if she was still breathing as she was so lethargic), and I don’t think I’d do it again if I knew.  I still believe in neutering (it’s just a snip, snip and done), but spaying is such an invasive surgery!

Plus, her acting all pregnant now is also heartbreaking.  Am I being too sensitive?  I don’t know.  Spaying is definitely a cultural thing, much more common in the US than other countries.  (People look at us as if we’re crazy when we say she went through surgery so she can’t have puppies.) 

What is your take on it?  I feel like I caused my baby pain just for my own convenience, nor hers.


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