Friday, March 13, 2015

No New Friends

Let me tell you about the friends I got! I can really count them on my hands. These are the woman that I most important to me... This is not in any order and I didn't put their real names because the nicknames I gave them are special...

1. Tiner Tot- She is relation... More like a sister. She helped raise me even though she isn't much older than me. She is a Super Woman to me! An inspiration to me. She is selfless and always available. I enjoy talking to her EVERY day. (Known her my whole life)

2. Cathy (Pink n Blue)- I have known her since 5th grade. We evolved together. From sharing lockers and doing hair to clubbing and then to motherhood. I can call her and tell her anything... And not feel bad. She likes her space and I don't mind. (Going on 20 years)

3. Shak- This lady was a co-worker. Everyone expected us to hate each other since we were both so strong minded... But the opposite happened. I spent a lot of time with her in Iraq after work. I haven't seen her in a long time but I sure do miss her and she still holds the title! (Almost 10 years)

4. Moni-  met her on the internet... Not in a freaky way but I was looking to lease an apartment at the complex she worked for. Things fell into place and we became instant friends. (7 years)

5. Yanny- We met when we were pregnant. She was having a boy and I was having Mimi. We were due around the same time. Her brother was my next door neighbor. I talk to her weekly and when we get together, time just flies. I love spending time with her. She is well versed in the Bible and cooking. (10 years)

6. Gabba- She is my newest addition... She is real, she is raw... She is loyal. I like that we are honest with each other. I do not judge her and she doesn't judge me. I can be myself and say crazy things without thinking. I like that.
(Our friendship is 3 years new)

7. My Demanding Dominican!- I used to work with her and do her hair. We always ended up at the same places. It is funny because we are a lot alike but so much different. I think I get to see a side of her that not many other people get to see. She rattles my cage and I rattle hers too. I give it to her straight and she does the same for me. I like that. (6 years)

Now- Understand that none of my friends live too close... So what to do? How do you find quality friends in your 30's? I am still feeling my way around the idea. I will continue trying to figure it out.

Seems like more and more Gustavo is becoming my MVP... He is getting better at being my husband and the man that I need him to be. That is only making me love him again. I guess our life has been a novela but thankfully it's starting to get to the good parts.


Fun in the Sun

Ok, It is Spring Break for us right now! YAY! I was planning to do something EVERY day but guess what? We are sick! Head colds are the worse. The twins are sick, Mimi is sick and Me too:(

We went to Busch Gardens and a Yankees vs. Red Sox game... But that was about it. Baseball Season is starting up so I am busy with DJ. We spend a lot of time at the field and I love it. I am actually, "TEAM MOM" Can you believe it? I am so excited about it.

The Twins are now 6 months old! I am loving them more and more everyday.

My sweet Mimi is now 9 years old. It breaks my heart that I do not have friends... Not many people showed up to the B-Day party... Her class mates did though. Next time I will not plan a party at a venue the beginning weekend of Spring Break. (NOTED)

DJ is growing up so fast. I love to see him playing ball and being excited about it.

Gustavo is making me proud with awesome ideas. He is building up his business and helping me with the twins. He really impresses me with the care he is showing the babies.

That is the update on me... And my life. I promise, I will do better and write more! In a way, I kinda wish I was anonymous... That way I could really say and write what I want... But sometimes that is no good either. I never want people to think that I am fake.

I do not have pictures on this computer so I will try to post some later.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Banegas Babies

I know that I haven't written, but I have been busy! I had the twins at 36 weeks:) They were born healthy!!!
Xander Justice was 6.10 lbs and Xylia Marie was 6.6 lbs. They were both 18 inches long! Pretty good size twins for 1 month early huh? Xylia was having some breathing problems, but I got her after a couple of hours! I did go into pre-term labor once, at 33 weeks but they stopped it, I did get the steroid shots for the twins lungs though... Here they are!!!
 Me getting BIGGGGGG... I was 34 weeks here.
 Xylia and Xander
Xan the Man and CeeCee
 I can't believe I have 4 kids! I love them
Xylia and Xander

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amber has been GHOST

Yes, I just spoke of myself in 3rd person... I have not been on the BLOG in a long time. I love love love to blog and I have just let life get in the way. I can't say that things have been good... I can't say that they have been bad either... And that is only because I am trying to be optimistic! I will start writing more soon though!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cervical Cerclage and Gestational Diabetes

Day 0: I went in to the hospital with both of the kiddos in tow… I had them stay up all night so they would be tired:) I got a room around 0815 and then was prepped… I didn't go in for the operation until about 1030. I was wheeled upstairs and straight in to the OR. I remember being put onto the OR table and my arms being put out like a cross onto lil jelly like pads for my wrists. It was now time to put my legs into the slings. I looked over and saw someone putting meds into my hand… And then… looking back at the lady who was struggling to get my left leg secure… That was it. LIGHTS OUT. The rest of the day was really a daze. I slept through the WHOLE day and Night. I remember seeing Gustavo…He helped me up to the bathroom and I got sick. I remember Mimi sleeping… And DJ leaving… But not much else…

If you DO NOT know what a cervical cerclage is… It is where they stitch up your cervix. It will help prevent pre-term labor.

Day 1: Not too much was going on. I moved rooms and had a little bit of pain.
Day 2: Same… None eventful
Day 3: I had to FAST… I was going to have a the Glucose Tolerance Test. I was woken at 0530… My blood was taken…. I drank the NASTY orange drink… And again my blood was taken. Again and Again! The doctor said if everything was good, I could leave… Well- That wasn't the case. My first results were high… And my second results were 12.5… I had to had insulin and begin having my blood drawn SEVERAL more times! I swear… If you were to look at my veins… You would feel SO Sorry for me! It looks like track marks! They were doing a sugar profile to ensure I was given the right dosage of insulin. That night, I gave myself my FIRST insulin shot and learned how to use the glucometer… (Maybe that is what it is called)
Day 4: I finally get to leave the HOSPITAL!!! YAY!

How do I feel about having Gestational Diabetes???
I am upset. It sucks. I have to poke my finger 6 times a day and take two insulin shots. I do not to eat any AWESOME ice cream… I have to CHART my pricks for my doctor… And honestly- I just feel crumby! One great thing… We got to see another U/S before I left the hospital and… Our shy baby… Looks like a GIRL! The doctor said he isn't for certain… But… It looks like we have a B/G set! I have to go back to the hospital tomorrow for an injection and then another appt on the following Saturday.

More to follow...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

22 March 2014 Appointment

I took Mimster to the appointment with me today! I thought that it would be a great way for her to bond with her twin siblings! She is always kissing my belly so… Why not! She was very excited to see them on the screen and could recognize their body parts! Very cute! They told me that the baby on the LEFT is a BOY! This is the baby that is always moving around! The babies keep switching from A to B and B to A… So it is getting harder to keep track! The other baby didn't want to be bothered and even turned it's back to us! Their HBs were strong and steady! The baby boy's HB is 146 and Shy baby is 158!  All in all… A great scan! Maybe we will see the sex next time!

When I saw the doctor, we discussed my weight loss… My Blood Pressure and I told him I think that I might have a UTI! I drink so much water but it is like it is NEVER enough! I was given meds and sent urine to the lab… I will hear the results in a day or two.

My doctor told me that I will be getting a Cervical Cerclage… WHOA, What!? And that I would be staying in the hospital for 3 days! I am REALLY not looking forward to that! It is now more than EVER… time that I start looking for some part time help around the house. NO MORE LIVE INs though!

I will be sure to blog about the experience! I always hate going under! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome 2nd Trimester, I have been expecting you!!!

Being pregnant is NO easy tasking! When I was pregnant with Dj and Mimi… I do not remember feeling so crumby or sick… Perhaps the twins were the reason… I took time to remember all of these symptoms because FRANKLY… Everyone makes pregnancy seem like such a "WONDERFUL" experience! I will tell you how it has been for me without all the FLUFF!
Firstly- Everything was great until… January 24th 2014… That is when my life changed! I could no longer eat CHICKEN! (Seriously, eating chicken made me feel DEATHLY sick!!!)
I went to the doctor when I was about 5 weeks pregnant and complained to my doctor! I explained that I was losing weight and I could not eat anything! He told me it was in my head… (I had to Woosa and try not to cry! I wanted to punch him "in my head" I did!) I got him back though at my next appt! I told him I was still sick and it wasn't in my head. He asked, "Where is it then?" I said, "In my belly" in my Fat Bastard voice and rubbed my tummy! Well played, I think so! LOL

In the FIRST trimester… All kinds of FUNKY things are going on. You are farting and burping like a man… You smell everything! Basically- You are NASTY! At least I was. I was disgusted by myself! And I swear I smelled like grapefruit all of the time:/

My biggest pet peeve at this moment is… People breathing on me! Yuck! The kids have learned not to breathe on me! LOL

Week 1: I am not even technically pregnant at this time, so nothing to report
Week 2: I am not even technically pregnant at this time, so nothing to report
Week 3: I was in the hospital for spotting and Betas! First positive pregnancy test was 14 January 2014

Week 4: My first U/S was done! There was ONE sac and "A dot that could be something"… She was kind enough to circle the TINY sac!

Week 5: Morning Sickness is here… No- You do not like ANY food Amber! And if you try to eat it, You will pay! That was how my body was treating me! :(

Week 6: I was getting ready to fly America and went to the doctor before the flight… As soon as she started the U/S you could see TWO tiny sacs!!! And we heard 2 heartbeats! Gustavo's face was priceless and I basically screamed! Everyone in the waiting room knew we were having twins! The flight was HORRIBLE and I got sick several times. One of Gustavo's boss's was on the flight and taking care of me… (EMBARRASSING!)

Week 7: I went to the ER in America… Waited for hours but finally got some medicine to relieve the AWFUL morning sickness! My HCG was 191,000! That is a HUGE amount!

Week 8: I was still sick but found a lot of joy in eating cereal! It was what made my hunger pains go away. I would wake up in the middle of the night and eat a bowl of cereal! Chili cheese burritos, I love you American TACO BELL!

Week 9: I was in HONDURAS!!! My morning sickness is all day sickness and much worse at night. I found that eating a lil bit at a time was helpful… But then it was hard to always eat! Shortness of breath too!

Week 10: I was tired, constipated (TMI) and still had nausea! GAS! I ate a WHOLE jar of Dill Spear pickles...

Week 11: Vomiting, Indigestion, Gas, Nausea, All day TIRED! I swear I felt my babies move… It was NOT gas!

Week 12: Lower back pain, tired, emotional, crampy (Not sure if this is a word, if not… I invented it RIGHT now! It feels like period cramps!) , sleeplessness at night, and round ligament pain! It is NOT easier having to deal with all of this SO early! I am hoping that I will find relief soon. Sometimes I get jittery, which I think means that I need sugar. I can't be out too long or I will feel like I will pass out!

I will keep track of my symptoms the best I can… It is hard to remember to do anything! LOL
I am still not showing AT ALL… I have actually lost weight… So let's see what the 2nd trimester has in store for us!!!