My younger sister is four months pregnant now! These are her first pregnancy photographs. Even though they were taken in our front porch, I still think they came out really nice. The gender reveal planning is coming soon so I have been coming up with a couple ideas and I’m just so excited to be auntie once more. 🙂 At this point her baby is about the size of a pear or an avocado. We’re thinking it might be a boy but another girl would also be nice. I will be posting more photos as the months go by!
Here are a couple photos I took of my older sister & her baby, Luna. My niece is four months old now ❤
This past December I had my tonsils and adenoids surgically removed and honestly it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I want to write about this topic because I was researching like crazy about getting my tonsils removed, the pros and the cons, and others’ experiences about it. Some said it was the worst decision they’ve ever made and there were a whole lot of negative comments about getting your tonsils removed, it got to the point where I was doubting what my Dr recommended and I was just super nervous and stressed out about it. I had a bunch of “what ifs” and didn’t know what to do..
So I’m going to talk about my experience from the beginning. For the past 4 years, I’d get horrible strep throats at least twice every winter time. It was painful swallowing but I feel like I have always been the kind of girl that toughens things out, especially when it comes to colds or the flu so I wouldn’t worry about it. I would literally go to work running a fever for two days hoping it would go away with Tylenol or Advil and I would take tea to help my throat and aching body feel better. Now, getting strep throat twice every winter time wasn’t enough to have to get them removed so that hadn’t even crossed my mind until September of 2016. That’s when I started getting sick ALL the time.
From September to November, I had recurring strep throat and I was constantly sick. I was given an antibiotic and it seemed to be working but as soon as I finished the last pill, my strep throat came back. I was prescribed a different antibiotic and again, it did not work. I was sent to a throat specialist and as soon as I opened my mouth and went “aah” he immediately said my tonsils had to go. They were huge and infected. My tonsils were so swollen that I had visible lumps on my neck. They were causing me problems in my sleep and I had difficulty breathing which caused me to snore louder than my dad. I did not feel like myself at all, my body just felt tired all the time no matter how much rest or sleep I was getting. Thankfully, my boyfriend convinced me and calmed my worries about getting my tonsils removed. He made me realize I had to stop thinking about what other people thought or said and do what was best for me and my body.
Now that I have experienced it, let me confirm the truths about all I’ve read on the internet about adult tonsillectomies:
- An adult tonsillectomy is completely different than a tonsillectomy on a child or underage teen. You will not be back and ready to go after the next day.
- You will be out of work or school for at least 2 weeks.
- You’re going to lose your voice or have a very low voice for a couple days.
- Your voice is going to slightly change.
- Days 4-7 are absolute hell. You’re going to be in pain. I was a freaking soldier about it and I was on pain level 14 on a scale of 1-10.
- Your uvula, tongue, and throat are going to be huge from the swelling.
- Don’t eat acidic, salty, or spicy foods. It’s going to burn like a mofo.
- Resting an ice pack on your neck really does help.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day and night.
- Set an alarm clock to wake you up at night to drink water. If your throat dries at night you will suffer! It will feel like swallowing shards of glass in the morning when you wake up.
- Stay on top of your medication. Don’t wait for the exact time to take your next dose, and if you are running low on pain medication, go get prescribed for more beforehand.
- On days 6-8 there is risk of bleeding so be really careful about what you eat on those days, even if you feel like you can eat more solid foods. Eat soft foods and soups on those days and work your way up after that.
- Popsicles, ice, gelato, and cool chicken broth are your best friends.
- Your ears are going to hurt like no other thanks to your lingual nerve, its directly connected to your ears and throat.
- You’re going to lose weight.
This past Sunday my family and I went down over to Pismo Beach to go ATV riding at Oceano Dunes. We spent two hours there! It was so much fun! We went to celebrate dads birthday and used his new Gopro to record the entire thing 🙂 Highly recommend. My dad loves trying new things and I’m always so excited to take him out; we will go ziplining next. I’ve already done it before but I need to take him & the entire family, they’re going to love it.
Miami is always a good idea
I went to Miami with two of my older siblings and it was amazing
We went paragliding and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who goes to Miami for vacation. The ocean is so blue, so gorgeous, and you can see all of Miami Beach from up above. It is so much fun!
The entire time we were driving around in a rented convertible. I mean what better than livin’ the life riding around in a convertible while in Miami, Florida? Amiright? 😉
We hit up the clubs the night before leaving and it was so much fun! On our last day we hurried on over to the mall and walked down Collins Avenue to find some goodies as souvenirs. We found the Dash store too! Of course we had to go check it out! I bought a Dash beanie and a pocket mirror along with a fabulous Dash pen and some keychains.
This has been one of the best experiences in my life so far.. We wore our swimsuits underneath our clothes everyday, or just walked around in it because it’s a normal everyday thing you see there; you never have to wear a jacket because it is ALWAYS warm, and our skin was glowing from all the Vitamin D it was getting from the sun. We also said “hola” to a slice of Cuban culture and ate some yummy traditional Cuban food when we went to Little Havana and walked through Calle Ocho to buy authentic cigars, oh and can’t forget I got an actual Piña Colada served inside the fruit itself. We traveled all throughout Miami Beach down to Key Biscayne.. so many good memories crammed up into four days
Miami is always a good idea ❤