It’s been quite a year…(TW pandemic)

One year ago, we went into lock down. I found that I could do something to help some people, by making masks. I made my kids masks because, why not? But also this is their first time out with me IN LOCK DOWN, because my son needed to go to urgent care. It’s been a crazy year… since the start I have lost a grandmother to COVID, I have created close bonds with family online, made some amazing friends on Twitter, and I have gotten pregnant with my last baby. The last one was planned. We can’t stop living forever.

I actually need to pull out my sewing machine to make a few new fabric masks. I have KN95 and N95 masks now that they are more available, but we use the double mask method. We use our fabric over the medical masks and I now can make these masks with ear loops! Getting materials when this first started SUCKED, getting stuff mailed took MONTHS, all the local stores were OUT of stuff and for a short while, the sewing stores weren’t considered important so they were closed!

This photo was taken a few days before New Mexico went INTO lock down.

The first time I knew this pandemic was finally getting serious here in my state was when I went to get toilet paper. And this was what I saw…

To make things clear, I knew it was going to get bad, but it hit fast and hard at our local stores. You never know how unprepared these stores are for a disaster or a pandemic until it hits. I had been watching the news in China and across seas for a few months at the time and saw how bad it was there but we were still not prepared for this. Yes I got the LAST pack of toilet paper too on this trip. I was scared someone would take it from me, but I think with a toddler in cart people were a little nicer. I remember getting out as soon as I could, found there was little to no soap left and got some before I left, there was no bleach ALREADY. We had to make what we had last…and I ordered stuff online that took over a month to get to me.

A year ago, my husband and I decided to do something for the kids that we kept putting off for years. We finally tore out the rose garden to make a backyard play area. This was the start…after I ripped out about 20 rose bushes. It was hard work but It was worth it.

My husband started working from home a year ago as well. He is still working from home right now, and we don’t know how much longer he will continue to. But we are enjoying this time, since my daughter grew up with her dad at home the last year, she visits him when he isn’t in meetings. He gets to see how much I go through in the day. He’s home to eat lunch with us. And I am happy and so thankful we both kept our jobs during these times. YES, I did lose hours but I still have my career so I am so thankful.

So much has changed in a year…going to the vet with your dog is now like waiting for a delivery…. they come out to your car…get your dog and go inside with out you. Which… might be okay for me from now on. Because my dog seems less nervous about going in with a stranger… she stopped fighting me on going into the vet, once I hand them the leash, she just goes in now… the first two times, she fought me.

To EVERYONE who supported me, by making donations or fabric for masks. THANK YOU. This is what I ran into A LOT at the stores. EMPTY. Together we made OVER 1000 masks. After 1000, I stopped counting. I literally couldn’t anymore.

I am thankful now…that a year later I have gotten both of my Moderna shots. My mother is getting hers THIS WEEK. My oldest sister is scheduled for hers as well this week. My BIL should be getting his. I know my husband’s aunt and uncle have gotten parts of their shots. I am seeing some hope and am feeling better lately. I know it isn’t over but it’s a start. We lost my grandma Inez to COVID back in November… a few days before I found out I was pregnant with my last baby. It was heart breaking because we still haven’t been able to have a funeral. No one could really see her, we were actually IN a lock down in my state at the time of her death.

Getting to see more friends and family get their shot is helping me. I don’t really care if family can see my baby when it’s born but knowing more people are vaccinated makes me feel safer. I will have a new baby and if my husband goes to the store and more people are vaccinated, hopefully we will see the #s drop. So far the numbers in my state are dropping again… I am so thankful. But we are still on alert.

Now to leave you all with this.

I am so thankful for you all. I had such an amazing support system during the pandemic. I had a platform to chat, to complain, to listen… yes I got depressed, yes at times I felt hopeless. I don’t forget that. But to my friends on Twitter and FB. To the tribe that helped me this last year, thank you. You have done so much for me and my family. You have helped me be a better person through this last year and continue to support me.

I hope you all stay healthy. I hope you get the vaccine if you want it. I hope you are not struggling and if you are, I am here. I try to follow, and respond, sometimes Twitter hides tweets from me, but reach out to me if you need support. I’m here.

We are going through this life together. Don’t suffer alone. Especially if talking to someone can help you.

ps. If you’re new here and noticed I didn’t mention being affected by homeschooling my child…or digital schooling my child… it’s actually because a year before the pandemic hit, we started homeschooling. So we weren’t affected in that manner. I am so thankful we were displaced BEFORE the pandemic, instead of during. We chose to homeschool because my son has ADHD and other issues that the school couldn’t deal with. We personally like homeschooling. But I do admit, a ton of resources did appear during the pandemic, so we did benefit during this time as well. We found more free stuff, and better programs, so we are thankful for those resources.

COVID-19 vaccine, 2nd dose

So, I am 19 weeks pregnant and received my 2nd dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. I will be very honest with you, I felt sick. So, my Dr. and the person administering my shot both said I would probably feel pretty crumby after my 2nd shot, #1 because I am under the age of 65 and #2 I am pregnant. So my immune system is just on high alert.

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Anyways, with my 1st shot, I felt really sick, head ache, body aches, joint pains, and chills. The symptoms popped up with in 2 hours of the shot and only got worse. I took Tylenol because that is what I am allowed to take as a pregnant woman. This second shot was a little different, my arm hurt and for the first 6-8 hours that is all. But then I started to experience joint pain and body aches along with chills at night time. My hip hurt AGAIN like last time, so it hurt to walk. It hurt to lay on my arm that I got the shot on and over all I just felt like I was coming down with something.

Eventually after 1 am, I fell asleep. I woke up feeling A LOT better. I feel great now at 2 pm the day after the shot. So the symptoms only seem to last 24 hours for me. My baby has been kicking and moving normally, so there are no concerns. I see my OBGYN on Wednesday, so I will hear her heart beat then again. Over all, I know people are concerned for us pregnant women who decide to get the shot during pregnancy, but I would like you to think about the women who GET covid during pregnancy and lose the baby or die . It’s a very personal choice, but my husband and I made an educated decision together. And yes I will update you all on how my baby is doing AFTER she is born.

I will remind you all that I am a high risk pregnancy, due to my age and medical history of Pre-eclampsia. So I could go into labor early and have a premature baby, AGAIN. I would not blame that on the vaccine at all. I have had that happen TWICE in the past. I am being monitored by two amazing doctors during this pregnancy.

Also, if you don’t feel comfortable getting the vaccine during pregnancy, you are NOT ALONE. A lot of us soon to be moms discuss this online and it’s a valid reason to be worried. You care not only about your own health but your unborn child’s. I did my research online and my husband and I made the decision together. I don’t regret getting it, even though I felt really sick for a day afterwards. But don’t let anyone push you into doing something you don’t want to do. You can get the shot after you give birth if you are more comfortable with that.

I am getting really excited because more of my family are getting their shots . So by the time I have my baby this summer, I am hoping that my family has a line of protection for our little girl. A wall of defense would be great.

Another year older

Welp, yesterday I turned 36 years old. I am not feeling any older, honestly I am not that phased by it right now. I am too preoccupied with my pregnancy, which is going great by the way. I am getting my second Moderna COVID-19 on Friday of this week. I am hoping I don’t get MORE sick than I got with the first shot. I felt pretty lousy when I got the first shot last month, but after a day of feeling like crap, I started to feel better.

I spent the day doing NOTHING. And I loved it. Today my mother came over and cut my hair for me, I haven’t had a hair cut in over 2 years….half of that time was due to COVID. The other half was just due to me being a person who doesn’t get a hair cut but once a year. Not sure if it’s the best hair cut ever but it will do.

My husband went out and got me a smothered burrito for my birthday dinner. Why a burrito? I am pregnant and craving it. I don’t eat a bunch of my cravings all the time so I told him I wanted that, at least. He bought me my favorite cake and we have been enjoying it all weekend/week.

Other than that information, I have nothing new to share. I see my dr next week for my monthly and I see the high risk dr at the end of the month for my anatomy scan. We are waiting for my daughter’s new bunk bed to be delivered on April 1st. And then we will transition her to a big girl bed so we can prepare her room for the baby. Yes she will be sharing her room eventually. But we want to make sure to have it ready when the baby arrives in the summer.

Any tips on transitioning a toddler to a big bed? It’s been so long since we transitioned my son.

Pregnancy Update!

As I exit week 16 and enter week 17, my baby has just been DOUBLE confirmed as a girl. Our DNA testing came back as being a girl, and today’s ultrasound was pretty clear that the DNA testing was correct.

So today was the date I got to meet my high risk doctor. If you don’t know me, I am 35, which makes me “advanced maternal age”, and I have had pre-eclampsia TWICE, and preterm births in both of my labors so far. So the doctors watch me a little more closely. So that means more scans and blood tests. This is my 4th ultrasound, I will get another in one month for a full anatomy scan.

Here is a shot from my ultrasound today. Baby’s head is on the left, and she has her arms and hands near her face. Growth wise they said she looks to be 7 oz so far and her brain, heart and kidneys look great. My doctors have been very supportive of our choice to get the COVID-19 vaccine and were excited I have already gotten my 1st shot earlier this month.

We picked out a name for our baby girl a few weeks ago and have been calling her the name and my daughter LOVES it. So far my mother and a few close friends know, but we won’t be announcing the name fully until baby girl is born in July/August.

We have a ton of baby clothes, so we are focusing on getting other items for baby girl. I do have a registry on Amazon and Target under my name. So for friends and family, if you would like to help us prepare and welcome our baby girl to the family, here are the links.

TARGET BABY REGISTRY- tgt.gifts/hamlet

AMAZON BABY REGISTRY- https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/donna-hamlet-benjamin-hamlet-august-2021-albuquerque/1RXBPX66C3VNY

We won’t be having a formal baby shower due to COVID-19, I am still not sure I will have an online one yet either. So this may be my baby shower, but its okay 🙂 As long as my baby is healthy we are good.

My doctor is watching my Blood Pressure though due to my past and we are just trying to take it easy. I really hope I don’t get preeclampsia in this pregnancy. It’s very stressful but I will keep you all up to date!

COVID Vaccination during Pregnancy

This topic is very controversial for so many reasons. And here are my views on the vaccine so far.

I am 15 weeks pregnant this week. And my husband and I looked into the vaccines and I discussed my options with my TWO doctors. I see a regular OBGYN for a visit every month and I also see a high risk Dr due to my age (over 35) and my previous pregnancy issues of preterm labor and pre-eclampsia. I see both my doctors every month, one at the clinic and the other is at a hospital.

I tend to get sick very easily and we were worried about me getting exposed to COVID while going to all of my visits, and as some of you know, if you are high risk you see the doctor a lot more often. I have also had pneumonia in my past, and tend to go into labor early. So we decided getting the vaccine would be my best route to avoid any serious illness.

This is a personal decision and if you are pregnant or have an opinion, please consider that you have rights over YOUR body, so make the choice for yourself. Don’t tell others what to do with their bodies.

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That being said, I decided to get my vaccine yesterday. I have been offered it by my work AND by the NM DOH a few times already but my husband and I decided to wait until the 2nd trimester before making any decisions about a vaccine.

I ended up getting the Moderna vaccine , since that is what my DOH in NM was offering this round. But Donna, you aren’t 75 or older… how did YOU get the vaccine. Well, pregnancy is actually on the list of HIGH RISK items that qualify people for shots. That’s right.

I could also get the shot through my work, which is a hospital system. So I honestly could have gotten the shot in December but I wanted to wait. It was a personal choice and I waited until I felt comfortable. I was nervous to get the shot but over all I believe we made the right choice.

How did my body react to the Moderna COVID vaccine? Here were my symptoms: Reminder I am 35 and pregnant. And not everyone reacts the same.

At the shot clinic I got the shot and sat down for 15 minutes per their suggestion. While sitting I felt pretty good. Once I got home I started to feel some joint pain about 1-2 hours later. But only in my LEFT arm and HIP. I did get the shot on my LEFT side, so it made sense. The joint pain got so bad I was limping so I laid down. I started to get a head ache 3-4 hours into the shot. So I took a tylenol. About 6-8 hours into my shot I started feeling like I was coming down with something, I felt fatigued earlier in the day and took a nap, I felt chilled, and ended up going to bed early. At that time I noticed how much my shot site hurt, I could not lay on my left arm anymore.

Today I woke up and felt GREAT. The shot site is still sore but I feel fine. I don’t feel chilled, or any pains otherwise.

I am a bit nervous about the second shot since I heard more people react to THAT shot, so my plan is to not work the week of my 2nd shot just in case. I reported to my doctors that I did get my shot and they were excited for me. I have told pretty much all of my friends and some family about the shot but I am keeping it off my FB bc I don’t want to deal with the backlash of some anti-vax family right now. Many people suggested I didn’t care about my baby, but that’s just stuff they say. I care about this baby. We just found out this week that it’s a girl. I will see her on ultrasound again on the 22nd of this month. I know there are risks into getting a vaccine that has not been tested in pregnant humans, but I also know there are risks with getting COVID while pregnant as well.

And if you do your research, you can make that decision for yourself if you should get the vaccine or not. If I was not pregnant, I would have gotten it sooner. But I had to consider the little person inside of me first this time around. I am thankful for the vaccine and I am hoping that it helps us get back to a point where we can start to get our lives back.

I will keep you all updated on my progress during this pregnancy and when I get my next shot. I know some of you may be moms as well, and you may be waiting to see how things go for other pregnant women before getting a shot yourself and that’s OKAY. I get it. I was scared too. But after research we decided to go with it.

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