Friday, December 31, 2004
Goodbye, 2004--It's been a great year!
Landon and I both had today off, and it was nice to do nothing but relax all day. We downloaded SIMS onto our computer, and played that for awhile, as well as Mario Bros., watched some episodes of Alias, then took a nap before going to Jen's New Year's party, then to Damien & Laurie's New Year's party. It is amazing to me how much my life has changed since last New Year's, where I was out until 3:30am. We woke up the next morning to "winter blast." This year, I was content to drink juice, snack on crackers, and sit on the couch all night talking to friends.

2004 was such a great year for us. Landon was promoted to engineer at Qualcomm, I completed my B.A. in English at PSU, we purchased our first home in SW Portland, and we got pregnant with our first child. I can't think of anything negative that happened in 2004. It was a great year!

Although 2005 is still a mystery to me, since it is in the future, there is one thing that I do know--that is, our baby will be born sometime in early February, and that alone will make 2005 a year that will never be forgotten.

Karli
Thursday, December 30, 2004

Christmas Day--Sylvia & Rosie in the kitchen at Mike & Susan's house.

After working all day (12-8:30pm), I came home, and realized my ankles were pretty swollen. I took a quick bath, relaxed a little, then Landon and I played Mario Bros. for awhile before falling asleep.

Karli
Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Slept all morning, worked all day, played Mario Brothers with Landon in the evening. My fingers are pretty swollen--diffiicult to even bend them. I only have four more days of work, then it is a waiting game until the real work begins--the baby! Karli
Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Here is Sylvia Christmas Day.

It is bad enough having to get your teeth scraped and drilled on, but to have to experience it at 7am in the morning is just wrong. Dentists offices shouldn't even have appointments at that hour. I couldn't even tolerate the appointment. We decided to have most of the work done after I have the baby. I'm actually going to go to another dentist for a 2nd opinion, because my current dentist is making me feel like he is trying to make some money. He went from telling me he would be able to take care of the problem today to telling me I had to go on a 3-visit treatment plan which includes replacing four more fillings, and 2 possible root canals. I definitely think he's after a dollar. My dentist left her practice due to personal reasons over the summer, and this guy who has taken over is fresh out of dental school. I don't trust him. Plus, he is going off of x-rays that were taken over a year ago (I refuse to have them while pregnant), and my dentist never mentioned once the problems from those x-rays that this dentist is claiming are possible root-canal scenarios. Either A) my dentist did not think these teeth were problems or B) she didn't see the problems. I tend to think A is the truth. Anyway, a second opinion is what I will be getting, and I'm definitely waiting until after the baby is born to have this work done. Already, the one tooth that broke off is now very sensitive (even with the porcelain crown), and can hardly tolerate chewing on that side, let alone, extreme hot or cold beverages or food. This morning was very overwhelming, and most of the overwhelming feelings came from the dentist changing his stories from appointment to appointment. He'll be lucky if I ever visit his office again.

After he put the porcelain crown on, (this took over an hour), I came home and slept for about 2 hours, then went to work from 12-8:30pm.

5 more weeks until the baby will be here.

Karli
Monday, December 27, 2004

34 Weeks Pregnant
Here is a picture of me in my new Christmas pajamas that Landon bought for me at Eddie Bauer. They are really comfortable, and I like them a lot.

Today, Landon and I went to the doctor for my 34 week pregnancy exam. It was only a 10 minute appointment. My blood pressure looks great (118/70), I've gained another 3lbs. in 10 days (I've now gone from 141lbs. at pre-pregnancy to 182lbs), the baby is head-down, and its heart-rate is in the 130's. Our baby's heart-rate has decreased from the 17o's in the first trimester to the 150's in the second trimester to the 130's at this visit. This is normal, because the heart-rate gets slower the closer you get to delivery. We were given instructions today on when to call the MD when you go into labor. Basically, it says to wait until the contractions are 5 minutes apart, lasting 45 seconds in duration, and at the level of pain that you cannot talk during a contraction. Receiving these instructions with the phone number to call makes delivery-day seem so much more real--it is coming up within the next 5 weeks or so! We can't wait!

Karli
Sunday, December 26, 2004

New microfiber down comforter that was a gift to us from Mike & Susan for Christmas. We ended up exchanging this one for a chocolate brown one today. We had to go to Target, Meier & Frank, J.C. Penney, Sharper Image, and Mervyn's for our exchanges/returns. The mall was SO crowded. I'm so glad Landon came with me to help, because I could have never got it all done without him. There was one time where he had to go pick me up in the car, because it was too far for me to walk, and he also helped to carry things into the stores. We ended up exchanging some things for a baby monitor at J.C. Penney, got the chocolate comforter for the tan one, returned one of the two alarm clocks that I bought for Landon (I wanted him to pick which one he wanted) at Sharper Image for cash back, exchanged the martini set (we got one from Mike & Susan, and one from my parents) for some socks & pj's for Landon, and exchanged the crock-pot (my Mom had bought me one when I moved into my first apartment) my Mom got us for Christmas for some nursing supplies at Target, which is all stuff that we needed. Anyway, I would not recommend doing returns or exchanges on December 26th if you want to maintain your sanity, but after the three hours it took us to do this, I was glad it was all done. We ended up coming home & playing Mario Brothers on Landon's new Nintendo until about 7pm, when we left to go meet Colleen & her family at the cinema. We saw The Life Aquatic with Colleen, her parents, and her brother Patrick. After that, we stopped at Albertson's to get a few groceries, then we came home and I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow, which was about 10:30pm.
Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas Day, 2004
Christmas morning, Landon and I got up at around 8am, checked out of the hotel, and headed down to Sheridan to visit my Dad, who had decided to open the store Christmas Day with Robby. We got a couple of things for my Mom while we were down there, and also got some coffee from my Dad's deli. It was pretty good. We then drove to my parents' house for Christmas breakfast. My mom made a huge dish of quiche, and also another big platter of gourmet French toast. It was enough for our whole family, but the only people who came for breakfast were Landon and I, my Grandma, and my mom. Kristi was briefly there, and had a small plate, but she was rushed to get out the door, so did not even sit down. We left the house at around 11am, drove to Portland & picked up the food & presents for Landon's parents' house, and arrived at their house by about 1:30pm. We opened presents, and by 3pm, Miriam, Sylvia, Inge, David, Gay, & Leslie arrived. We had dinner around 5pm. I especially liked the smoked turkey, and was a little disappointed when Mike put it away for stew before I was able to have thirds. I guess I'll have to wait a whole year before I'll be able to have it again! Actually, maybe longer, since next year, I am planning on having Christmas dinner at our house. --Karli
Friday, December 24, 2004

Christmas Eve, 2004
Here is a picture of my Dad with the clock Landon and I bought him for Christmas. We got the same one for Landon's dad. They are pretty good quality desk-clocks that were being sold this year at Pottery Barn. We had pizza for dinner on Christmas Eve with my family, and everyone showed up at around 6pm. Landon and I were in McMinnville at 3:30-4pm. We checked into our hotel at McMenamin's on 3rd street (Hotel Oregon), then headed over to my parents' house. My Mom and Tracy both got things for the baby, which I was not expecting, but was happy about. This is the last Christmas for Landon and I before the baby arrives. We're looking forward to its arrival.
Thursday, December 23, 2004

I worked all day again today from 10:30-7pm. By 7pm, I was really glad to be off, and am looking forward to Christmas break. Tonight was a sleepless night due to back pain & swelling. I moved out to the futon at around 4am, but tossed and turned until morning. --KK
Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I slept better last night than the night before, but gosh--this swelling is really starting to feel uncomfortable! It will be a long day today of working 10:30-7pm--my least favorite shift. --Karli
Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I've been sleeping really well the past couple of weeks, but last night, I was once again plagued with back pain, which prevented me from 1) sleeping in our bed and 2) sleeping for more than one hour at a time. I have to sleep on the futon with pillows between my back and the back of the futon to support my back when I have back pain. Another side-effect of pregnancy that has really been bothering me during the night is that my finger joints swell up and ache, and if I try to bend them, they pop. My friend Jen said this is due to water retention, and when I'm laying down, the fluid is unable to drain out of my fingers. Joint pain in the fingers is not pleasant. Usually, after about two hours of being up and about in the mornings, the pain diminishes, but during the evenings when I'm laying down, it is part of what keeps me awake. I don't have to work today until 12pm, so I'm going to try to rest for a couple of hours this morning to catch up on some lost sleep from last night. --Karli
Monday, December 20, 2004
33 Weeks Pregnant
(Information taken from americanbaby.com)
My uterus now measures about 5 1/2 inches above my navel. Our unborn baby weighs approximately 5 pounds and his/her total length is almost 20 inches.

I had lunch today with my friend Jen Williams. She brought a gift along for the baby--a really cute outfit from The Children's Place.

Only a little over 6 weeks to go!

Karli
Sunday, December 19, 2004

Landon and I stayed around the house today and relaxed after a long week. Mike & Susan brought over tamales at around 4pm, and we had dinner, then watched half of the Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King. After Mike & Susan left, Landon and I watched two more episodes of Alias, then went to bed. It was a very relaxing and non-stressful day. Karli
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Spent more time Christmas shopping today. When I got home at 1pm, Landon and I went to Haggen Foods for lunch & to do our grocery shopping. When we got home, we watched most of Paycheck, then got ready to go to a Christmas party. One of Landon's co-workers was hosting a Christmas party in NE Portland. It was pretty fun. We got there at around 7pm, and didn't leave until 10:30pm. We were impressed with their house, and all the remodeling that they have done. We also had fun watching their daughter Sydney, who is about 22 months old.

Karli
Friday, December 17, 2004
More Christmas shopping...I met Miriam & Sylvia around 1pm, and we went to Tony's Bento to get some lunch. Afterwards, we shopped around on Hawthorne. I left my purse at Starbucks, and didn't realize it until about an hour later. We back-tracked, and finally traced it back to Starbucks, where it was being held behind the counter. I got really lucky. Hawthorne is no place to be leaving purses lying around unattended. It was a stressful experience, and afterwards, I was ready to go home, so I dropped Miriam & Sylvia off, then came home.

When I got home, Landon and I went over to Damien & Laurie's for pizza & a movie. We didn't get home until about 11pm.

Long day!

Karli
Thursday, December 16, 2004

Landon and I almost finished all of our Christmas shopping tonight. I still have to buy for a few friends, but other than that, I think we got it! Landon and I split up at first to buy for each other, but when I walked into Eddie Bauer, I saw him in there making a purchase, and I just knew he must be buying me the red pajamas that I said I liked there the weekend before! When we got home, Landon said I could open my present early, which I did, and now I'm wearing my new Eddie Bauer Christmas pajamas that will fit me pregnant or not!

My 32 week pregnancy appointment was today. I met with a nurse practioner, because my OB-GYN is out of town. She was really nice. Baby's heartrate was in the 140's, and my uterus measures at 32 centimeters, which correspondes with 32 weeks of pregnancy. Usually, the height of the uterine fundus and the week of pregnancy do correspond with each other. I'm going to be seeing the doctor every 2 weeks now until I hit 36 weeks, then I'll be going in every week. D-day will be here before I know it! --Karli
Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Tracy came by at 7:30am this morning to drop off a dying plant that needs repotting, her willow figure to exchange with mine, and also a book that I sold for her online that needed to be shipped today. Because the post office was so busy, I was about 9 minutes late to work. Oh, well. I figured after waiting in line for so long, I might as well keep waiting to avoid coming back later. After working all day, I left work happy that I finally get a break for the next two days. I've worked the past 8 week-days, so I'm a little tired. Plus, I have some catching up to do on life outside of work.

Cindy leaves this weekend for New Jersey. She will be gone for 3 weeks. We only work together one more day before I go on maternity leave--that is January 5. --Karli
Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Jen, Sharla, & Cheryl at our baby shower.

My toothache all but disappeared today--I'm feeling much better and well-rested. I'm glad I went home early yesterday, because it made all the difference at work today.
--Karli
Monday, December 13, 2004

32 Weeks Pregnant
(Information taken from ivillage.co.uk)
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH OUR BABY
Our baby weighs approximately four pounds, five ounces, and measures 20cm crown to rump, or 15 3/4 inches. I may notice rhythmic movements across my belly now. This could mean our baby has a case of the hiccups.

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH ME
I finally fall asleep only to wake with leg cramps. These tips can help to eliminate cramps:
Exercise helps. Get out and walk sometime during the day. Do not stand in the same position for a long period. Increase your calcium intake through diet or supplements. When lying down, keep your legs a bit elevated. When a cramp comes on, flex your toes upward to relieve the spasm and use your hands to apply pressure to the affected muscle.

HEALTHY EATING
A diet rich in potassium and calcium is great for both our baby and I and can help to alleviate muscle cramps, which sometimes become bothersome during the last trimester. Natural sources of potassium include:
Bananas
Grapefruit
Oranges
Sesame seeds
Yogurt
Salmon
Cottage cheese
Almonds
Sardines
Soybeans

I had to leave work after four hours today due to my aching jaw & tooth. The drilling was unpleasant, and the cleaning actually almost made me vomit. The polish & the scraping were too much for me. I'm hyper-sensitive right now due to my pregnancy. When I got to work today, half of my face was numb and paralyzed. I just can't wait until all my dental work is done. I still have another hour to go on the 28th of December. After that, I'm hoping this experience doesn't cause me to develop a phobia about dentists, because it has felt pretty darn uncomfortable and borderline traumatic (it wouldn't have been so bad if I weren't pregnant--pregnancy compounds my reaction).
--Karli
Sunday, December 12, 2004

Today we took some pictures for our Christmas cards, I unwrapped all my gifts and started washing the baby clothes in baby detergent while Landon went to get his bicycle wheel repqired, then we headed over to the east side for lunch before going to Sylvia's (Miriam & Mark's daughter) 1st birthday party. The party was from 2-4, and was fun, but by 4pm, I was incredibly tired from the long week & long weekend, and we headed home. Before going home, however, we stopped at Lowe's to order blinds for both of the bedrooms (lemon yellow & northern lights blue), then went to get some groceries for our sack lunches for the week. We went to bed fairly early--I am very much dreading tomorrow morning's dental appointment--2 1/2 hours in the dental chair with lots of drilling & novacaine. Not my ideal way of starting the week!
Saturday, December 11, 2004

Landon and I are the proud new owners of a Lazy Boy recliner. We decided to get a Lazy Boy instead of a glider, because quality, longevity, and durability seemed more appealing, even though the price of a Lazy Boy as opposed to the price of a glider was less appealing. We are happy with our purchase, however, and made the purchase after spending a few weeks thinking about which recliner we liked the best after visiting their showcase initially back in mid-November.

This evening was my very first baby shower! All of our Portland friends were there, my Mom came up from McMinnville (she also helped us transport the Lazy Boy from their warehouse to our house earlier in the day), and Landon came as well. It was a lot of fun, and we received a lot of very nice gifts. In this picture, I am opening a hand-crocheted white blanket for the baby made by Cindy's mother in New Jersey. My Mom is eating German chocolate cake right next to me. I requested she make this for the shower, because it is my favorite dessert.
Friday, December 10, 2004

Today was the end of a LONG week for me, as I worked 40 hours. I was definitely feeling tired by this evening. I must have fallen asleep around 11pm. Although I had another restless night, I was comforted by the fact that I didn't have to work this Saturday--it's my first Saturday off in about two months. I won't be working anymore Saturdays until the baby comes. My last day is actually Jan. 5th, and I'm looking forward to getting some extra rest the 9th month of my pregnancy.
Thursday, December 09, 2004

It has been two nights in a row now that my sleep (and Landon's sleep) has been minimal. When I can't sleep, Landon doesn't sleep. My back has started to bother me again, as well as my right hip. It pops a lot when I get out of bed. It has to do with the way the baby is positioned. Sometimes it is worse, and at other times, it is much better. Only 8 more weeks to go! It is exciting to think that in only 8 weeks, the baby will be here!
Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I woke up this morning at 4:30am and could not go back to sleep, so I got up, made some oatmeal, drank some blueberry juice, then laid down on the futon and thought about things for about 2 1/2 hours, since there was nothing else for me to do. By almost 7am, my back started aching, so I decided it was time to get off the futon and go lay down on our mattress. Sometime between 7am and 7:40am I had a terrible nightmare, and I woke up at 7:40am crying. I cried for about 20 minutes. The dream was really upsetting to me. I can't even remember EVER waking up from a dream crying, but there is a first time for everything. Landon laid down with me until I calmed down, then I had some breakfast, then got ready for work. Today went surprisingly well, considering I was functioning on about five hours of sleep. I'll be glad when Millie comes back, and I can go back to my p/t schedule. --Karli
Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Yesterday I laid down to rest my eyes for fifteen minutes before I had to get ready for work. I woke up an hour and a half later, and was an hour late to work. This morning, I'm trying to keep myself busy by eating and vacuuming. I'm not going to make the same mistake twice, so I'm not even allowing myself to lay down before I go to work. I'm working 10:30-7pm through the 16th. After that, I work 3 more weeks of 24 hours, then I go on maternity leave. I'm taking the 9th month of my pregnancy off in PTO.
Monday, December 06, 2004

31 Weeks Pregnant
(info taken from ivillage.co.uk)
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH OUR BABY
It may be hard to imagine, but our baby is now 28cm crown to rump or 15 1/4 inches long, and weighs three pounds, 12oz. In the past few months, the rapid weight gain has been due to an increase of fat stores and muscle. Our baby can move his or her head to the side, but now that baby is taking up much of the available space, his or her movement will slowly decrease.

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH ME
Do you waddle? The pregnancy hormone relaxin is responsible for softening the hip joints that cause you to move differently. Your gait is not helped by your large uterus, which can throw your posture off and cause you to have a sway-back appearance. If you'd like to avoid back pain, it's important to stand up straight.

By now, you may long for a good night's rest, and finding a comfortable position may have become a challenge. If you feel like sleeping on your back, don't. This position may allow your heavy uterus to place undue pressure on the vena cava, a vein that supplies the baby with blood and oxygen. Try the ‘foetal position’ and stuff a pillow or two between your knees for added support.
Sunday, December 05, 2004

We met our friend Bob Gluckman for breakfast at the Original Pancake House at 9:15am, and after having breakfast, Landon and I drove downtown to Pioneer Place to do some shopping. We got Landon some new clothes, and I got Cindy a Christmas present. It was kind of difficult shopping 7 months pregnant. I had to sit down a lot and take rests, take lots of bathroom breaks, and walk slowly. It took a lot longer to get around than it would have if I wasn't pregnant. We got the job done, however. I forgot to take a sleeper for Sylvia's birthday party to Meier & Frank and exchange it for Susan, since it was the wrong size, so instead of walking all the way back to the car and then all the way back to the mall, we decided to just drive to Washington Sqaure, which is about 3 miles from our house. It took about 40 minutes between finding the sleeper in Meier & Frank and waiting in line before we finally were able to go back home. Landon washed his new clothes, and we watched an episode of Alias, then we got ready for Qualcomm's annual Christmas party, which was held at Shennanigan's this year facing the Willamette River. They had a harpist that played live music, and the dinner & party were very nice. Damien got a door prize, which was a $50.00 bill. A few years ago, they were handing out fast-food certificates, so the door prizes have definitely improved. It was a fun evening. We finally left at around 9:30pm, came home, and went to sleep after a long day. --Karli
Saturday, December 04, 2004

I worked today from 8:30-12:30pm, then drove to Sherwood to meet my Mom & sisters for a Christmas Tea at Lavendar Tea House. The high tea took about two hours or so. My Mom gave each of us girls a Willow Tree figurine for Christmas. They are really nice. When I got home, it was almost 4pm, so I didn't have much time to get ready before the Aveda party, which was to start at 6pm. Landon decided to go with me at the last minute. When we got there, there was a line out the door, but it moved fast. Once we got inside, we filled out the form to get our VIP cards, which would allow a 10% discount on Aveda products for 2005. It also allows a 10% discount to other business around Portland, like Noah's Bagels, for example. The store was packed full of people, and it was hard to move around. There were models standing on platforms, desserts for all the party-goers, and wine and coffee. Landon and I left after about 30 minutes. We saw Jen, Sharla, Cindy, and her friend Gena there. After Landon and I left, we went to a restaurant called The Italian Joint just down the street. We had great Italian food there. Landon got the spicey angel hair pasta, and I ordered the dungeness crab and artichoke ravioli with cream sauce. It was really good, and under $10.00 a plate, which is a decent price for Italian food. After we got home, we watched Alias for awhile, then went to bed. --Karli
Friday, December 03, 2004

Sharla met us at Mike Beglan's pub tonight to hang out. She has taken up knitting, so was knitting a scarf while we talked. Landon was going to play at the session, but by the time they started playing, it was time for us to go. I have to work tomorrow morning at 8:30am, so wanted to leave no later than 10:30pm. It was a fun evening--the second evening I've been out in 7 months! I drank pineapple juice, and Landon had martinis. --Karli
Thursday, December 02, 2004

Today was a work-day, and I was really tired all day. For awhile, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, but I getting up and walking around the office seemed to help. I was so glad when it was time to go home. I'm really glad I have tomorrow off so I can catch up on some rest.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Welcome to December & the 8th Month of my Pregnancy
My Mom planned a Christmas tea for us girls this Saturday, so I'm working four hours tonight to make up for the four hours I'll be missing on Saturday. My boss comes back from a conference tomorrow, so hopefully he will let me leave early on Saturday, especially since I'm coming in tonight to work some extra hours.

The plant pictured above is a plant that grew from a sickly plant that our previous neighbor who was a drug addict gave me after she was evicted. The original sickly plant was cut off after new shoots started to sprout. Today, it is a fine looking plant, and lucky to have been adopted by me! Trust me, when she gave me the plant, I was tempted to throw it out, it looked so horrible. But, I decided to give it a chance, and the sickly plant produced a nice healthy one.
--Karli
Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Goodbye to November & the 7th Month of my Pregnancy

I worked all day today. By about 4pm every day I work, my tail bone starts to kill me! I think it is the weight of the baby pressing on my lower back, coupled with sitting in an office chair hour after hour. I find that it helps to get up and move around every once in awhile.

The picture above is of a plant that I found in San Francisco in 2003 on the side of the street that had broken off of a larger plant. I put it in my suitcase, and when I got home I put it into this pot. Over the past year, it has grown into this hearty plant you see above. If it doesn't die this year, it will always remind me of Thanksgiving, 2003. This plant sure is lucky I came along that day and adopted it! Otherwise, it would have withered and died.
-KK
Monday, November 29, 2004

30 Weeks Pregnant
(Information taken from americanbaby.com)
The baby is entering a growth spurt. For the next eight weeks, baby will gain weight faster than it increases in length, at the rate of about half a pound a week. The bigger baby gets, the harder it will be to "see" it on ultrasound and get a good estimate of its size--the margin of error increases to 15 percent by the end of the third trimester. But baby is definitely growing fast, and I'll notice that its kicks will start to feel more like squirming as it runs out of room to roam.

I'll need additional stores of iron during the third trimester to help build my baby's oxygen supply. The best sources are dark green, leafy vegetables, as well as lean red meat, dried beans, and dried fruits. It's also important to drink at least eight glasses of fluids--milk, fruit juice, water, and decaffeinated coffee or tea--each day. Fluids are essential for building new cells, maintaining increased blood volume, and (believe it or not) decreasing water retention.
Sunday, November 28, 2004

Before going to the airport this morning--Mary Lou took this picture. From left to right on the first row is Susan, Karli, and Landon. In the back row is Rachel (Landon's grandmother), Larry (Susan's brother), Ken (Mary Lou's husband), Sam (Landon's grandfather & Rachel's wife) and Mike (Landon's dad). Landon and I had coffee (decaf for me) and grapefruit at Larry's before coming to Mary Lou's to pick up Mike & Susan and drive to the airport. We said goodbye to everyone and thanked Mary Lou & Larry for being such good hosts to us the whole weekend.

Home at last on Pasadena Street--boy was Felix happy to see us! Priscilla is laying on her back behind me--both cats haven't left our sight since we've returned. They don't like being in a lonely house without us around! I was so surprised to come back to Portland and find that it is 34 degrees out! Going from 60's and sunny skies in Oakland to overcast & freezing weather here in Portland is a little disappointing, but doesn't change the fact that I'm happy to be home again with our cats, and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight!

After getting home from Oakland, Landon and I went out to the Tuff Shed and got out our Christmas decorations. We set up our faux tree and decorated it. Landon put up some lights and mounted the new light-switch plate cover that I bought in Berkeley made from hand-painted Japanese paper. I'm ready for the Christmas season, and want to get some Christmas CD's (instrumental) to play around the house. --Karli

My favorite Christmas ornament. I was given this at a Christmas party back in 1998 when I worked for US Bank on Glisan St. So much has changed since then!--Karli
Saturday, November 27, 2004

Last day in Oakland--Landon and I came over from Larry's and joined everyone for breakfast. Mike cooked up all the bacon, Ken (Mary Lou's husband) made the Belgian waffles, and Mary Lou & Susan made the yogurt/fruit topping, heated up the syrup, and set the table. We had a big breakfast, then Mike, Susan, Mary Lou, and I went down to Berkeley to do some shopping on 4th street. I got my Mom a Christmas present & a light switch plate for the kitchen that has hand-painted paper on it.

Janssen, Aidan, Ken, and Landon played RISK for over four hours while Mike, Susan, Mary Lou, and I were in Berkeley shopping. We were all amazed at Aidan's attention span--pretty good for a seven year old. Janssen won the game.

In the evening, Landon's grandparents took all twelve of us out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant called Little Shin Shin's in Oakland. Janssen took this picture of us before we left. I'm wearing a new dress I bought for the Christmas season--a dress I'm hoping will still fit in the upcoming weeks! --Karli

Mike, Larry's wife Heather, and Susan at Little Shin Shin's Saturday night. This Chinese restaurant has excellent food! So good, in fact, that we came back this year after going there last year around this time. --Karli
Friday, November 26, 2004

Today Landon and I got up early, went out to breakfast in a town outside of Oakland called Lafayette at a cafe called Millie's, then drove to Modesto (about an hour and a half drive) to see my friend Kerrie, her husband Dan, and their baby (born in April) Abigail Kristine Glenn. She is SO cute. Here is a picture of her and I at Kerrie & Dan's house. We were there for about four hours. During that time, we sat and visited with them at their house, went out to lunch at a nearby diner, then came back and talked some more. Dan showed Landon the original Nintendo, and they played Super Mario Brothers for awhile. Brought back memories from when I used to play that all the time with my sisters on Thanksgiving while all the relatives sat and talked upstairs. Anyway, Kerrie & Dan are doing great, and their baby girl is really cute. They are doing a great job. I was SO glad that we were able to pay them a visit this year while we were in the area.

Landon playing Mario Brothers--this is what he wants for Christmas. --Karli

Landon with Dan & Kerrie's parrotlet. I wonder if Mike & Susan would like one for Christmas? They are very intelligent, and have a life span of 30 years. We thought about getting one, but we're going to wait to add any more pets to our household until our baby is old enough to participate.

After we got back from Modesto, we came back to Larry & Heather's (where we were staying) for dinner with everyone. This is before dinner. There are two board games going, Mary Lou is talking across the room to her mother, Rachel, and I am sitting trying to be comfortable in the easy chair.

Here is a picture of what I looked like a lot of the time in Oakland. A pillow behind my back, under my belly, feet propped up, and hair disheveled. At least I'm comfortable, though! The cat, Curbus, liked to sleep on any lap that was available. Here, he seems comfortable, even though my lap's space is cramped from my big belly, and the way I am laying has Curbus laying at an odd angle. He was comfortable enough to sleep there, though. After my legs started falling asleep, I had to take him off, however. This picture was taken after a dinner of steamed vegetables. I was pretty full, and my belly felt like it was going to pop. I think it is the way I am sitting in this picture, but it looks like my belly is so big that my sweater cannot even cover it all the way. It really can, though, I promise!
Thursday, November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving, 2004--Oakland, CA
Here is a picture of everyone helping to get Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Most of us stayed at Mary Lou's all day and relaxed, played games, and helped with dinner. Some of us went for a walk for about 30 minutes. Mike & Susan went on a walk for about 2 1/2 hours. The picture on yesterday's post is of those of us who went on the 20 minute walk. That group consisted of me--pregnant--Landon, Aidan--who is 7--and Landon's grandparents. Thanksgiving dinner was really good. We had turkey, stuffing, cranberries, yams, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. It was a good dinner, and a relaxing day. Landon and Janssen played some music in the evening, and everyone had decaf coffee or tea with their pumpkin pie. --Karli

Thanksgiving evening
Wednesday, November 24, 2004

We arrived in Oakland safely, and went through the process of getting our rental car without any hold-ups. Our driving directions were just right, and we arrived at Landon's Uncle Larry's house in Orinda within an hour after our flight had arrived. Larry took us all out for Mexican food, including Janssen, and then we went back to his place and within an hour or so, Landon's Aunt Mary Lou, Uncle Ken, their son Aidan, and his grandparents, Sam & Rachel arrived for dinner at Larry & Heather's. They made seafood kabobs with a tossed green salad, and warm rolls. We all had dinner, and by 10pm, we were in bed. I slept really well for sleeping on a futon mattress in a new house, and was really happy about that, since the previous week at home, I had gone through many sleepless nights. I was worried this trip would be really draining on me, because I assumed I wouldn't be able to sleep--but, lo and behold, I was surprised, and was able to sleep through every night I was there.

Above is a picture of Landon's Grandma Rachel and I taking a walk on the trip.
--Karli
Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Today will be another day at work. Landon has taken today off, and has a lot to do around the house & in preparation for our trip. I'll have to pack tonight. I still haven't had a chance to do that. Most of the laundry is done, though, so it is just a matter of putting it into our suitcases. I have to bring a lot of extra things this year for my pregnancy, and to help make me a little more comfortable down there. I hope this trip isn't a nightmare for me! --Karli
Monday, November 22, 2004

29 Weeks Pregnant
I worked all day today. There was a lot of stress going on this morning with my back pain, and I decided I didn't want to go on the trip to CA for Thanksgiving. We talked and tried to figure things out all day regarding the trip, and finally ended up reserving a rental car, since it would cost almost as much as the plane tickets to cancel or change the date on our flight. I'm not looking forward to this trip, but I'm hoping we can make the best of it, and nothing happens while I'm down there that makes me regret that I didn't go with my gut instinct about going. Karli
Sunday, November 21, 2004

We worked in the yard for four hours today raking, leaf-blowing, and bagging leaves. I have counted up to 1500lbs of leaves that Landon and I have bagged. Landon did most of the bagging today, and I did most of the leaf blowing, because it is too hard for me to bend over right now with my back pain. --Karli
Saturday, November 20, 2004
I am SO tired today from being up during the night with back/hip pain due to the pregnancy.

I had to be at work at 8:30am. I'm still here--tired and wishing I were home in bed.

I'm going to go to Subway now for a sandwich for lunch.

When I get home tonight, I plan to go to bed, even if it is only 5:30pm.

Karli
Friday, November 19, 2004
Had lunch with my friend Jen Williams today @ Park Ave. Cafe down at PSU. I used to study there all the time. She brings her little baby to work every day with her. He looks a lot like his Dad.

Afterwards, I picked up some things at Babies R'Us--a hamper for the nursery, and some baskets with liners, as well as receiving blankets & thermal blankets.

Spent the rest of the afternoon doing laundry and cleaning up the house.

When Landon got home from work, we went to Mult. Village for Mexican Food. After dinner, I had a root beer float (decaf root beer).

We went to bed early. I was up all night with back/hip pain.

I ate a piece of pie in the middle of the night, because I could not sleep. I also spent about four hours on the futon, because I kept waking up Landon with my tossing & turning.
Thursday, November 18, 2004

Road near our house.
Today 1/4th of one of my top molars broke off during breakfast. I had to go to the dentist and get a temporary repair until they can go in and completely fix it with a crown in a few weeks. I am really upset that I lost part of a tooth! I was an hour late to work because of the dentist appointment, then worked all day. I'll have to catch up on rest tomorrow.
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