Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mountain Biking at 7 Months Pregnant

Yesterday Steve and I went to Oleta River State Park. Here they have some great mountain biking trails. Steve wanted to get in some more riding on his new bike. I went along, but rode on the flat, dirt roads around the park. It was good fun for me since I haven't been on my mountain bike in some time. Here I am wearing one of Steve's jerseys and my own maternity bike shorts.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Boating with Mike and Serena

This evening our neighbors Mike and Serena (and baby Stella) took us out on their boat. We drove by some of the most expensive real estate in the country including Shaq's house.

new bike for Steve

I recently got a new mountain bike. I got a Specialized Epic 2008. It is very cool. I took it out for the first time today at Oleta River State Park.

We also saw No Country for Old Men with Kristin tonight. Kinda good but very odd pacing. Kinda long.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fishing with Alligators

This is from a while ago but I finally uploaded the video. When you are fishing in the everglades you have to make sure you are not right next to an alligator. Many are small but still could bite your toe off!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A lovely sunrise.

This morning Steve decided we should go for a walk. It turned out to be a beautiful morning at the beach. I decided it was time to have a good picture of my belly. We are at 28 weeks (7 months!). I'm feeling pretty good, though I've slowed down significantly. Here's a picture of me, Sammy, and the sunrise.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Got gas?

This is kind of a long story: It all began Wednesday night... wait, actually, it began more on Tuesday night. We went on a tour at the Miami Maternity Center. (Pam had recently developed an interest in birthing at a less-hospital-like more-home-like environment.) We loved the center and Shari Daniels the head midwife. (The center and Shari are where the show House of Babies is filmed for Discovery Health Channel.) We got all our paper work including the form to give Pam's current obstetrician to have her records sent. They warned us at the center that some doctors react poorly to the news that their patient is moving to a birthing cent. "Not my doctors!" Pam thought. "They are always so nice to me." So Wednesday, Pam went to her appointment. She met with Dr. Blachar. (There are three doctors at Doral Beach OB/GYN. This is a doctor Pam doesn't remember ever seeing before this day.)
Pam: The appointment went fine. Then the doctor asked if there was anything I wanted to ask or mention. (I had originally planned to just give the desk person my form for the records transfer.) I prefaced everything by telling the doctor that it had nothing to do with the care I had been given up to now at his office, but that I wanted to birth at a less hospital-like environment. I told him I was transferring to a maternity center. Then he went from Dr. Blachar to Mr. Hyde! He was completely rude and made many comments that made it sound like I was going to give birth in an alley using some random person off the street! I was so stunned that I had to hold back from laughing out loud at this guy. He wanted to make sure I was sure because if I have any problems in the future that I could not come back! What a moron. Then he just walked out of the examination room! He was very unprofessional. So I went to the desk and got copies of my records.
On to Wednesday night. I did an easy 30 minute workout on the stationary bike. Walking home I felt some pain in my upper abdomen. As the evening progressed, the pain spread down my left side and into my lower-back abdomen. It was extremely painful - I found that if I held perfectly still and tried not to inhale too deeply, I would have almost no pain. Thursday morning, after no sleep, I called in sick. Then I felt stuck- I had just left my doctor and hadn't had my initial at the maternity center. Steve said to call the center. I called and they said to come on in. Steve went to work. As I was lying there on the couch, I was realizing that I was in enough pain that I wouldn't be able to drive. So I had Steve come back home and drive me. 
It turns out it was all a BAD CASE OF GAS! ACK!!! By Saturday was feeling better. I guess that's what I get for eating all those whole grains and vegetables. Now I take a digestive enzyme with everything I eat. 
I've also been experiencing "stitches" cramps. This is fun! 
On the good side, the baby is totally fine!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Ocean Drive 5k

On Saturday I ran the Ocean Drive 5k. It started out cool and rainy but it was an excellent day for running. I haven't been running at all so I have very bad shin splints the day after. I did it in an okay time of 22:40.