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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!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Leggo my Eggos

Here is a run down on my Egg Retrieval.


video

We woke up at 0700 to take a couple of pills that are supposed to help with nausea!
We got to the doctor around 0820 and had to fill out a couple papers and what not.
Then I was told to go and sit in an L shaped room. I was told to remove my clothes and put on a gown. I am not modest (Thank You US Army) but the Arab women in there with me, surely were. I felt a bit out of place.
I was the 3rd person up. I was told to tinkle... Then I went into the retrieval room. A man stuck his head thru a window and said, "Amber"... I said, "Yes Sir" I was laying down and then given meds. I also had oxygen or gas over my face. I clearly was having a hard time falling to sleep because everyone was looking at me and waiting. This time I actually got to see the doctor.
I woke up in a LOT of pain. I was moved to my room and Gustavo was there waiting for me. (Thank You Baby!!!) I was having a lot of pain. Gustavo had a nurse come and give me some pain shot. It really didn't help though. I felt like I was going to vomit, and I did. Many times! (I hate Propofol!)
The doctor came and told me that they got 27 eggs! 15 from one ovary and 12 from another!!!
(I think that was a GREAT number!!!) No wonder I was in so much pain! I was given Endometrin to take 3 times a day and Folic Acid as well. (Endometrin is a vaginal tablet!)
I have to take them at 6, 2 and 10! Daily! I am not sure how long I will have to take them!
 I was anxious to leave so I went with Gustavo to give his sample. When I got to that office, I got sick again.
We finally got in the car! Gustavo got me 7 UP and then HOMEWARD bound. We left around 1230.
 I ate some saltine crackers and drank 7 Up! Now I feel a lot better.
If I get pregnant...
Our due date will be 17 JULY 2014
If we get TWINS: 25 JUNE 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Trkk5MFELI
(We did our FIRST VLOG!!!)


Friday, September 13, 2013

50% off on Sunday!!!

I was just looking at the CN World site (http://www.futurekid.com.kw)  and I saw this:

 
This place is fun and you cannot beat 50% off!
Most contractors are off on SUNDAY so this is a place where you can take the kids to have some fun!
Take 30 ALL THE WAY down to 1st Ring!
Exit R on first ring
(Look to your Left you will see the place, but you have to make a U Turn)
Take the 3rd exit on the traffic circle and then BAM... On your R Side!
 
It isn't too hard to find!
 
Now go! Have fun!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blogging Bliss


I met two great Bloggers yesterday before I went to work.

We had a beverage of our choice, smoked shisha and had fun talking. They were both funny and easy to talk to. They were smart and super sweet!

The Canadian, from here on out is dubbed: ‘PENNY’
The American will wear the title of “Ms. Idaho”

Ms. Idaho taught me the proper way to pronounce ‘HERMES’ 
I always called it ‘Her-Mees’ but it is ‘Er-Mez’ LMAO…

Yes EXPAT, we were talking about your new purse! (See it here)

See how great it is to hang out with clever ladies!

Penny told me some great stories of things that have happened to her and had me wanting to know so much more!

I realize that I am a bit ackward, strange, witty, weird, odd, unique, original …. (adjectives continue endlessly) but I am a good person who is loyal, honest and with a HUGE heart… Hate me or love me… This is Amber.

I told myself that I would start getting out there and meeting new people in 2013! And I did! What a great start! Maybe you will be hearing more about Penny and Ms. Idaho! I sure hope so!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday Family Fun! Desert Style

After running errands... I was on Twitter asking, "What should I do with the kiddies?" The ever so wonderful and sweet American Girl gave me a wonderful suggestion! And directions to a spot where I ccould take the kiddies!

 Me and the kids... This is my hair without any heat... You will probably NEVER see this again! LOL
 This man is brave! Mimi is learning how to drive!
 Let me put your hair up!
 She is so cute huh!?
 Dj getting on a 4 wheeler... He was warming this one up for Mary Ann
 I am watching like a good Mommy!
 Me and Mims! I am TOO big for this thing! But... It will do
 Those are my babies! And Mary Ann! Having fun
 DJ- Do not go up that hill!
 Mary Ann and DJ are driving around!
 My Princess!
 Going to where the 4 wheeler area. It was so pretty there... BEWARE of PotHoles!


 Going to get lunch...



Here are the kids knocked out! A sign of a job well done!
I think that we will go out there again soon.
On the way there were so many people selling fireworks and kites! I will get some next time and spend the day out there... Where is the bathroom though? I didn't see one of those... Hmmm

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving...

I will cook for the baby bears tomorrow... This is when I miss family the most.

Another Holiday Season in Kuwait!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Get back to Work!

For some reason, I expected things to feel different when I got back to work, but EVERYTHING was the same. It was like I had only been gone for one day.

In Sri Lanka, time went by so slow, in America... it flew! I only hope that these next couple of months fly by as well.

Working in Kuwait is like a mixture of The Real World... The Office and a pinch of the Bad Girls Club...
Reality at it's best.

Gustavo makes fun of me because I do NOT keep friends long...
There is a reason for that though...
I honestly believe that loyal and self-less people are hard to find. I try NOT to expect too much from people that way I will never be shocked by their short comings... But that is hard.
Sadly- I have learned that most people are only out for their best interests... While I am not. I do not like people who share my business (more than I do) or people who talk about me behind my back.
You only get one shot... My time is far too valuable.
I hate feeling like I am being used...
I have my own family and they will always come first.
I do not care about being friends on  Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Google Circles, ETC... I care about being a good mother and wife... I run on my own time... That is what grown women do.

That is all of my ranting for now:)



Sunday, September 9, 2012

DJ's Bowling Party Pictures!!!

I got the video and pictures that the Bowling Alley provided:) Pretty Cool! As a small disclaimer though... I got home at 0830... Played with the kids until 1030, Slept and woke up at 1332.. (1:32 PM) The party was at 2:00 PM! I thought that we were going to be late... I threw on whatever was close and then... OUT the door. Next Birthday, I will be ready to be photographed! LOL.
All in all DJ had a great time and that is all that matters. His birthday toys keep coming! Thank you to everyone who came out, for everyone who bought him gifts and the Warm Birthday Wishes! We really appreciate it! You know that OUR CUBS/Baby Bears mean the World to US!!!
Gustavo & Amber
 The Bowling Lanes! Happy Birthday DJ!
 The Cake!
 Space Bowling Balls!
 My Angels!!!
 Me and My Babies!
 In Action
 CJ and DJ!
 Dj and Mimi!
 Dj, CJ and Mims!
 Focus Focus!!!
 Mary Ann looking SO professional! LOL
 DJ bowling!
 DJ
 We are singing!!! Happy Birthday DJ!!!
 Me, Dj, Mimi, Kiki and Karina
 Yum Yum...

 This is me... After only 4 hours of sleep... And I SUCK at bowling!
 Mrs. Jackson
HIGH FIVE!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday DJ!!!

DJ had a great birthday! He got so excited when he saw his Skylanders! He got to have his bowling party! I was SO tired! I thought that I was going to be late!
I will have more pictures from the party when they tell me that they are ready for pick up!
I also just received more gifts from him in the mail today! So those pictures will be included also!

 Dennis and Marlyn with DJ. Thank You
 CJ, DJ and Mims!!!
 WWE!!! The Champs!!!
 You cannot get this girl away from her brother! Happy Birthday DJ!!!
 Dj loves to BOWL!
BEN 10! Thank You Jackson Family!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Give Back

Last night I had another dream about GIVING BACK...
So I went to GOOGLE... I found the below blog post at : http://americaninkuwait.blogspot.com/2008/12/volunteering-in-kuwait.html

I will have to add these two "Blogsters" to my reading list!
Here is a well collected list of places you can volunteer in Kuwait prepared by Desert Girl

Volunteering in KuwaitAs an expat in Kuwait, you may occasionally find yourself with free time on your hands. Your spouse and children might need something to do as well. Like being in your home country, there are many people in your local community who could use your assistance.

Volunteerism in Kuwait isn’t terribly different from what we are used to. There are still special needs, elderly, animal rights, and environmental groups. If you worry about a language barrier, when it comes down to compassion, no one really cares what language you speak. You will find that you will get your point across one way or another; and perhaps learn more about the local culture than you thought.

The listings below (in alphabetical order) represent ways in which you can help your local community. Remember that if you are too busy to donate your time, you can always donate resources.

Abeer2. Abeer2 is part of the Kuwait Voluntary Work Center (KVWC) (see below). It is a volunteer program in assistance of children with special needs in Kuwait. The program includes various activities: After school program, summer camp, life skills training, horseback riding, field trips, sports, workforce training. For additional information, contact: Phone/fax: 25382802, phone: 7400062, 7550443, http://www.abeer2.com/ or see their sub-page on the KVWC site listed below.
Al Kharafi Activity Kids Center. The center was developed to help special needs children play with their peers within a safe and enjoyable environment whilst developing their physical, emotional, social, and verbal abilities. We concentrate on training the children to deal with each other and communicate in a nurturing non-discriminatory environment. Volunteers play a vital role in running the center. For information visit http://www.kharafi-akc.org.kw/

Animal Friends League (AFL). “We strive to improve the quality of animals' lives in Kuwait by rescuing animals and providing them with shelter, food and medical attention; educating people about the basic needs and proper treatment and care of animals. We also encourage spaying and neutering to control the animal overpopulation. The need of animals in Kuwait has never been greater. Once cherished family members, pets can now be found in alarming numbers wandering the streets in a pitiful condition. A number of people discovered this need and realized that something had to be done; thus, Animal Friends League of Kuwait was born.” For more information visit http://www.animalfriendskuwait.org/

Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice. A hospice is a program or facility that provides special care for people who are near the end of life and for their families. Volunteers make a difference in a child's life in hospital, bringing about a sense of normality, care, and fun. Throughout the years volunteers have unselfishly given their time by contributing in many different ways, helping provide children in hospital with a friendly positive atmosphere. Whether it is by playing with the children in hospital, decorating the pediatric wards to promote a child friendly environment, helping in the office or at fundraising events, volunteers play a significant role in supporting KACCH in its aims and goals. For information on how to volunteer, visit http://www.kacch.org/ or phone 2246-4723.

Down Syndrome Center. Phone 24821541 or 24824542. Fax: 24821540. Website http://wwww.q8ds.com/
Indian Women’s Association. The Indian Women’s Association IWA is pleased to announce the start of its ‘Spread a Special Smile’ project. The project seeks to provide students with the opportunity to become involved as volunteers, in a summer project during June till August, spending time with the Special Needs Children of the Kuwait Society for the Handicapped. The goal of this project besides the enriching and positive experience of ‘Spread a Special Smile’ will help students explore their feelings, examine their values, discover their own special individuality and promote awareness and understanding of special needs children. Contact the IWA at kuwait@hotmail.com (Note that the IWA coordinates other volunteer projects throughout the year.)

Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital. (See “Bayt Abdullah” above.) Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital (KACCH) is a non-governmental charitable organization registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in 2003. It was founded informally in 1989 to help children and their families cope with the stresses of hospitalization. It is managed by volunteers and funded by donations from organizations, businesses, banks, schools and individuals within Kuwait. Volunteer to play with / read to children in hospitals through http://www.kacch.org/

Kuwait Blind Association. Volunteer to accompany the blind on trips and read to them by calling 25654105 / 25654160 / 25622245 / 25622300 in Maidan Hawalli.

Kuwait Center for Autism. Phone: 22540351 or 22540179. Fax: 22540247. Website: http://www.q8autism.com/

Kuwait Dive Team. The Kuwait Dive Team volunteers regularly tackle marine projects in Kuwait including freeing trapped turtles, installing boat mooring buoys away from coral reefs, adding to the coral environment, salvaging sunken boats, fishing nets, debris and waste. If you would like to volunteer your diving skills in assistance of these endeavors (or provide resources), Visit http://www.freekuwait.org/ or http://www.kdt.ksclub.org/, Phone: 24826777

Kuwait Orphanage. (Department of Family Nursery), Ministry of Social Affairs & Labor. The orphanage is located at the UN roundabout in Sulaybikhat. Director: Dr. Fahad Al-Wardan. Phone: 24878949. Fax: 2487-9636

Kuwait Red Crescent Society. The Red Crescent is a volunteer organization which helps those in need in times of disaster. Membership to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society is open to all persons supporting its objectives and principles without discrimination. Its activities are spread through the following committees: Relief Committee, Social Committee, Info - cultural Committee, Public Relations & Income Generating, International Affairs Bureau, Emergency Committee, Training and First Aid Program, Youth Group Office, " BALSAM " Project, Prison office, Search for Missing Persons, Membership. For information on how to volunteer, visit http://www.krcs.net/.

Kuwait Sea Turtle Rescue Network. Volunteer to rescue/care for sea turtles by calling 2656 6623/4/5. E-mail: kuwaitturtles@hotmail.com
Kuwait Society for the Handicapped.
http://www.kshkw.com/. handicapped@kshkw.com. Phone: 22632343 or 22631277. Fax: 22642630

LOYAC (Lothan Youth Achievement Center) LoYAC is a non-profit organization working towards the overall development of youth in Kuwait. K4K (Kuwait for Kenya) is a project of volunteers will fundraise, promote, and volunteer in order to assist the Youth Counseling Center in Mombassa, Kenya to continue to provide and develop its services and programs to the child/youth community. K4K is a divisional project under the K4W (Kuwait for the World) initiative. In addition to volunteer programs, LOYAC places young Kuwaiti interns through summer programs. Your company may be able to assist. Visit http://www.loyac.org/contact.htm

Operation Hope.
Operation Hope is a mission that seeks to Help Others Practically & Evangelically by providing gifts of coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and socks for those less fortunate during the colder season in Kuwait & to share the love of Christ by serving them as He called us to do.
Operation Hope is a non-profit, non-political organization operating in the State of Kuwait. Founded in 2005 by Sheryll Mairza, Operation Hope relies on volunteers and donors to fulfill its mission.
http://www.operationhopekuwait.com/.

Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS strives to provide assistance to homeless, neglected and abandoned animals by providing veterinary care, rescue and adoption services, to animals in Kuwait in partnership with their rescuers. You can assist Kuwait’s rescued pets in many ways. You can donate your time. Even a hour or two each week or month would help provide comfort to sheltered pets. If you can’t donate time you can help us with donations of money, food or supplies. For information on how to volunteer, visit http://www.paws-kuwait.org/index.php?vol.

Kuwait Voluntary Work Centre (KVWC). The KVWC is Chaired by Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The KVWC works on various volunteer projects including work with children with special needs, protection of the environment (desert and sea – including desert/sea clean-up activities). The group is often in the local media working with His Highness the Emir on environmental protection activities. (Arabic website – Google translator) http://www.kuwaitvolunteers.com/. Phone: 24750746 2فاكس:4768443 Fax: 24768443. البريد الالكتروني:info@kuwaitvolunteers.com E-mail: info@kuwaitvolunteers.com

The Ultimate Volunteer: Become an Organ Donor
God forbid, but accidents do happen everywhere. Consider becoming an organ donor in Kuwait by contacting the Kuwait Transplant Society and requesting an organ donor card. Phone 22520147, 22520230, Fax: 22560751.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bon Qui Qui

Last year I was outside talking to a friend of mine and she introduced me to "A chick with a HUGE forehead" whose first words to me were, "OMG- You are the BLACKEST white girl I have ever met...." For those who know me... You know I did not take that well. I ignored her after that :0)

1. What is acting BLACK?

2. White Girl... Really???

One day I was sitting in the office and Sally came to me with a video...

Bon Qui Qui....




I DIED of laughter! Sharing is caring...

***Now when I am a work... I do the "Bon Qui Qui"...*** It is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 6: Breakfast Today


O.J., Scrambled Eggs w/Cheese, Fried Potatoes and Bacon.
I work nights. It is hard to adjust to and it is difficult to see the family. When I say that I am hungry, Gustavo makes me some killer breakfast. I decided to return the favor:) I usually make breakfast every morning after my off night. The kids and Gustavo seem to love it. Plus- It gives the Nanny a break.