Thursday, September 30, 2004
Today I worked again for 8 hours. I worked an earlier shift, since we have to be at the hospital at 5:30am tomorrow morning. I'm anxious about tomorrow. I just want everything to go well for me and the baby. Karli
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
I went to work today for eight hours to try to make up for some of the time I will be gone due to my surgery. I was pretty uncomfortable off and on all day today, even though I am being careful to only eat low-fat foods with little to no cholesterol. I don't think the reality of surgery has hit me yet. Right now, I'm taking it day by day, trying to stay positive, and remind myself that I am making the best decision for me and the baby.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
My surgery was scheduled today--it will be Friday, October 1st, at 7:30am. I have to be at the hospital no later than 5:30am. I won't be going home until Saturday. I hope me and the baby come through this safely. I am glad I have such a supportive husband--Landon--to help me get through this. He has been helping me a lot lately. My family and friends are also being very supportive. I'm glad the surgery is this Friday, because the sooner I go through this, the sooner I can put it behind me and focus once again on pregnancy and birth, instead of gallbladder pain and what foods I can eat that won't send me over the edge with the pain.
Monday, September 27, 2004
21 Weeks Pregnant
This week our growing baby measures about 7 1/2 inches from crown to rump and weighs slightly more than 12 ounces (350 grams). Also at this point, our baby's eyelids and eyebrows are well developed and his fingernails have grown to cover the fingertips.

I met with a surgeon today at PSTV, and we discussed surgery. If I wait and hope my gallbladder pain gets better, the risks of doing a 3rd trimester laparoscopic cholectomy are much higher. I don't want to take the risk of getting a blockage in the 3rd trimester, which would mean a high-risk surgery. I think the best option for me and the baby is to have my gallbladder taken out now, when the risks are low, rather than wait and take the chance of dealing with higher risks further on. This is a stressful time, but I am trying to be strong. Karli
Sunday, September 26, 2004

Here is a picture of Landon as he leaves for work in the mornings. Today, we celebrated Ashton's 1st birthday in McMinnville. Unfortunately, I had a hard time enjoying myself, because I was in pain from my gall bladder. As the evening has wore on, however, the pain has decreased. It is good that the pain is not constant like it was the first two days. The pain now comes and goes, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is a good sign. Right now, I am not showing any evidence of blockage, but I will meet with the surgeon tomorrow to find out what I should do, as a decision will need to be made before I am 24 weeks pregnant. Okay, I need to get to bed--I am really tired, and need rest for the baby and for my painful gall bladder, not to mention for myself. Karli
Saturday, September 25, 2004
My gallbladder pain felt better this morning--that is, until I ate something! Overall, I am physically feeling better than I have in the past two days. I am so relieved to see some slight improvement, and it gives me hope. I plan to work a full 8 hours today, then go home and rest. Landon is going to finish the baby's room today, and I'm excited to see the results of his hard work when I get home.

I'll probably just take it easy tonight and get some much-needed rest after two days of working with a gallbladder attack.

Friday, September 24, 2004
I struggled to go to work today, even though I was in a lot of pain. I made it for six hours, then came home. Landon made me a low-fat burrito with lean beef, and I went to bed and slept long and hard until the morning.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Today was a horrible day! I spent 9 hours at PSTV until I finally received a diagnosis--something I was sure of when I went in. After a series of hassles--not being believed, being told that it was probably just indigestion, or maybe just the baby's foot causing discomfort, having the wrong test ordered for me, enduring medical staff who forgot about me, making me wait in rooms for an unnecessary amount of time--and, mind you, this whole time I couldn't have anything to eat, and was suffering a migraine headache from it, I was finally told I have a gallbladder full of stones. What will come of this, I do not know, but right now, I'm hoping a diet minus fat and cholesterol will cause the attack to go into remission. I really don't want to face surgery when I'm pregnant--in fact, the thought of having surgery when pregnant scares me a lot. I'm in a lot of pain, but I'm hoping it will get better if I watch what I'm eating.

Today is Ashton's 1st birthday--my sister Kristi's son.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
20 Weeks Pregnant + 3 Days--More than Halfway There

I got some art supplies today at an art store on Burnside for the scrapbook I am putting together of my pregnancy. I got watercolors, markers, and pastels. I went to Children's Exchange to get Ashton a birthday present. I also got Kaenan a new coat when I was there. Hopefully, it will be of use to him this winter. It is a raincoat, insulated with cotton.

I also spent about an hour and a half at Tracy's this afternoon. We got Subway, then watched a baby show on cable. I left at 3:15, because she had to leave to pick up Haelie from school in Canby.

I'm glad that Landon is getting home tomorrow. I'll be at work when he gets home, but I'm sure he'll be happy when he sees that I didn't forget to carry out the trash and the recycling to the curb. Last week, we forgot to put out the recycling, so it was really piling up. Sometimes, I think we have more recycling than we do garbage. This is good, though, because it is that much more that we are not putting into the landfill. We recycle glass jars, all cans, plastics, cardboard, and other things. There are few things we throw into the garbage can. Every little bit we can recycle helps.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

This picture was taken before Landon left for PA. I worked all day today, then came home and read/watched TV until I fell asleep. I don't like being in the dark house all alone, so I left all the lights on in the house except for the bedroom light so that I would not be scared. I'll be glad when Landon gets home. Karli
Monday, September 20, 2004

Landon just left for Pennyslvania. Since I'm sad, I'm posting a picture of him on my blog. He won't be back until Thursday afternoon. I'll be at work until Thursday night, so I won't see him until then. I know it won't be too much fun, because it is a business trip, after all, but I hope he has fun anyway. Now, I'm off to my 20 week doctor's appointment! Karli
Sunday, September 19, 2004

The sun is setting in the west, and another day is almost over. We spent most of today indoors, cleaning the house, reading, watching movies and TV, and enjoying each other's company before Landon's trip to PA tomorrow. I left the house earlier this morning to get us some Starbucks and breakfast (Starbucks pastries), and return a 10' primed slab of casing to Lowe's for a $14.08 credit on our debit. Pretty much covered what I spent at Starbucks! Anyway, we left the house later in the day to get some groceries for me while Landon will be away. Since I took this picture 2 minutes ago, the sun has already sunk out of sight. Another day is gone. Tomorrow, I will be 20 weeks, and halfway through my pregnancy. Karli
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Last night, I was so tired that I fell asleep by 10pm watching Barbara Walter's 25 on 20/20. It was okay, and definitely helped me fall asleep. By 7am, I was NOT ready to get up and get ready for work, so I ended up falling back to sleep, and overslept. I had 15 minutes to take a shower and get out the door for work, and ended up being 7 minutes late to work--oh, well! I've been dealing with some new side effects in pregnancy--esophegal reflux and bulging, painful veins in my legs that cause leg cramps. I'm trying to keep my feet elevated, but even when I get out of bed in the morning, there are blue veins around my ankles that are visible and slightly uncomfortable.

After work today, we went out to celebrate Mike & Landon's birthdays. Landon is the same age now that Mike was when Landon was born (25), and Mike is now 51. Their birthdays are 10 days apart. We went to a new place on Division in SE Portland--Thai food, my favorite! The restaurant was new to us, but we all thought the food was excellent, and the price was right. Afterwards, we walked to an ice cream parlor and had ice cream. Then, we went and rented a movie, The House of Sand and Fog with Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley. It was really good, but very sad. I would highly recommend the movie when you are in the mood for a good drama, because it is excellent. All in all, it was a good birthday celebration. When we got home, Landon showed me all the finished trim work that he and his Dad had worked on all day. Looks so nice! I can't wait until I can tell our baby some day how Landon and Mike put up all the trim. It looks so nice, and a lot of love is going into the baby's room. Right now, it is the only room we have worked with in our house, so it is now my favorite room in the house to be in. I think we might work on our bedroom next.

Friday, September 17, 2004
20 Week Ultrasound
Landon and I got up this morning for a 10am appointment at Salon in Vogue to have our hair cut. After the appointment, we went to Starbucks, then we went to Lowe's and bought the rest of the trim for the baby's room. We stopped in Multnomah Village to eat at Aculpulco's Mexican Restaurant. While we were eating, it was raining HARD! We got soaked making a mad dash from the restaurant to our car, then we came home for an hour before our ultrasound appointment. My sister Tracy called at 2:15pm saying to go to OHSU (she works in the perinatal department), because one of the perinatal doctors had agreed to do our ultrasound, and was going to use the 4-D ultrasound machine, which is one of their newer machines, also. We arrived at OHSU 15 minutes later, and were seen at 3pm. The ultrasound lasted for two and a half hours, partly because our baby was so active that it took longer than usual to get all the pictures of its organs, and partly because the sonographer was having fun using their new machine, and was taking lots of extra pictures for us. The 4-D pictures are amazing. You can see our baby's face and features. We have a few pictures of the baby's hands, and all fingers are visible, including the thumb. All of our baby's organs are normal. Some of the organs they took pictures of were its bladder, heart, kidneys, liver, genitals, arms, legs, parts of the brain, the lungs, and the diaphragm. Although I was really tired, and my belly was a little sore from the 2 1/2 hour ultrasound, I was so happy to see our baby on the screen, and to be assured that our baby is healthy and its anatomy has formed perfectly. We chose not to know the sex of our baby, but there is one person in the world that knows our baby's sex, and that is the doctor that did our ultrasound. It is kind of weird that someone out there knows what our baby's gender is, but we do not know. I'm glad to keep it a mystery, though--after all, the process of conception and pregnancy is one of the greatest mysteries in life!
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Today I was at work all day, and the day went by pretty quickly. I'm really looking forward to the ultrasound tomorrow. Landon is taking the day off from work, so we're going to spend the whole day together.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Landon is painting the end-table for the baby's room. I got it for $5.00, and it is in good shape. He's painting it white--right now, it is a lavender color.

Nearby, Priscilla stares into a blindingly bright light. Why she does it, we can't figure out, but if we did that, I don't think we'd be able to see again for hours. Karli
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
I worked all day today. There was painting going on in the suite next door, and the ventilation system was carrying the fumes into our suite. A couple of times, I almost got sick, and I was thinking about leaving, because I don't think it is good to be exposed to paint fumes over a long period of time, but I stuck it out, and as the day got better, so did the fumes.

Today is Mike's 51st birthday--Happy Birthday, Mike!

Monday, September 13, 2004
I got a new book called Birthing from Within that is excellent. It is written by a midwife. I'm reading some of it whenever I get the chance. I slept for three hours this morning! I laid down for a morning nap, and woke up 3 hours later. I must have needed the sleep, but half of my day was gone! I woke up, spackled the nail holes in the new window frame, then did the dishes. Landon came home to work from home, and I left to go to Multnomah Village to get some thank-you cards, a new book (mentioned above), and some coffee for Landon and a decaf for myself. When I got home, I made tacos for dinner. After dinner, we went for a walk for about thirty minutes. Then, I called my friend Amy in San Francisco. We compared pregnancies. We're only about 10 days apart on our due dates, which is pretty exciting. After I talked to Amy, I read my new book for about an hour, then watched the news, then went to sleep. All in all, today was a good day! It's nice with my new schedule to not have to work Mondays! It takes the edge off of the week.

Today is Mike & Susan's 30th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mike & Susan!

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Mike came over bright and early today to help us with the trim in the baby's room. After a two hour trip to Lowe's, Mike & Landon have been working steady all afternoon on the room. The window frame looks great! Now, all it needs is some paint. Right now, they are starting on the floorboards. Here is a picture of Landon. Mike & Landon built the saw horses that you see pictured here. It is going to look really nice when it is all done, although it takes a LOT of work to get there! While they have been working, I've been doing chores around the house. --Karli
Saturday, September 11, 2004
I got off of work at 8:30pm last night, and had to be back at work at 8:30am this morning. There is only 12 hours between those two shifts!

After work today, Landon and I met over at Mike & Susan's, and then the four of us went to David & Inge's for a dinner party. Miriam & Mark were there with Sylvia, and Inge had made lots of excellent food. It was so good! The little kitten, whose name is now Lily Juliet, is doing great, and was playing with the toys that I had brought over when I gave the kitten to them. She is so cute, and I can tell she is really happy in her new home. We didn't get home until 12am, and I fell asleep reading People Magazine's 50 Best & Worst Dressed.

Today is September 11th. I tried to stay away from the TV today (I didn't have much choice, considering I was at work!), because I really don't like to relive the images from that day every year.

Friday, September 10, 2004
Worked all day again today. When I got to work, I was starting to get a migraine, and it got progressively worse. Finally, I was able to get some mint decaf tea and some soda crackers, and it slowly went away. By 3pm, it was completely gone. I was really glad about that! When I got home, I took a bath, then went to bed. I suffered from leg cramps last night. It wasn't the full-on Charlie Horse that I had experienced a week or so ago a couple of times, but it started to grip my muscle in a Charlie Horse, and I spent the better part between 5:30am and 7:30am flexing my leg to avoid a Charlie Horse. My calf muscle keep twitching and aching, so it was on the verge of fully cramping up. Needless to say, it is going to be a tiring day today since I didn't get much sleep.

Thursday, September 09, 2004
I worked all day today, and it was a tiring day. After work, I came home and went to bed. Karli
Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Today I am working hard to prepare the site where I'm going to plant 40 bulbs. Come next spring, when I'm a new mommy, I'll be able to enjoy the flowers that come from the hard work I'm investing now.

In the other picture, you'll see the trench I've begun to dig for all the bulbs.

In other news, I got some new maternity clothes today at Motherhood Maternity. I got three new pairs of pants, and a couple of new shirts. They are WAY more comfortable than my other two pairs of maternity pants that I have been wearing. In only three weeks, I outgrew them! I bought a different style that I'm hoping will fit me until at least the seventh month.

Okay, I have to get back outside to finish my project! I came in here to eat lunch, and now that I'm through, I need to go finish what I started, because I have a feeling it will rain tomorrow. Even though it is nice out today, it still feels like a fall day.


Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Landon painting the baby's room. Notice the two different shades we are using in the room. One is Gooseberry, the other is Luna Moth from Martha Stewart's Signature line.

Tonight I cooked dinner. Here it is, and let me tell you, it looked much better if you would have seen it in person. Also, here is a picture of Landon eating his dinner--he looks funny! Tonight, Landon is working on painting the baby's room. This weekend, we will work on the trim, and Mike plans to help get us started on that.

Posted also here is a picture of the antique dresser I bought in the Sellwood area two weeks ago. I will use it as a changing table, and bought the changing pad and cover today--it is also shown here in this picture.

Other than that, today included getting groceries, going out to lunch with my sister, and taking Landon coffee cake and Starbucks coffee at around 10am. The end of another Tuesday...Karli

Monday, September 06, 2004

Good Morning, World!

Labor Day, 2004. Landon is at work, and I'm about to leave the house to run some errands. I have to pick up more paint, return a couple of items at the mall, go to Fred Meyer to get some non-food items, take the little kitten to the vet to get scanned for a microchip & kitty AIDS, then take her to her new home in SE Portland. Landon hopes to finish painting the baby's room today. I'm happy with the color scheme we have decided on.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Here is a picture of the little lost kitten. We found out from Miriam last night that he is a she. So, here she is, playing in one of her favorite spots--underneath a bamboo plant stand in our kitchen. Right now, it is even more fun playing under the bamboo plant stand, because there is a phone wire under it, because our computer is now in our dining room. We are in the middle of a remodeling project in the soon-to-be baby's room, and everything that was in that room, including our computer, is now everywhere else. So, here is the little lost kitten that I like to call Baby, and she is playing here. Her other favorite spot to sleep is in our of our kitchen cabinets. She found a hole under one of the cabinets, and she crawls inside and sleeps. I would block the hole, but I don't have the heart to deny her her favorite sleeping spot. Right now, she is playing on the floor with a toy that has feathers on it. At night, she sleeps in between Landon and I. She is a cute kitten, and I love her. She is lucky, because I will make sure she finds a good home.

Here is the cute little Baby posing for a picture. Notice how long her tail is. Her tail comes in handy as a toy when she is really bored, and can't find her other toys.
Saturday, September 04, 2004

Happy 25th Birthday, Landon!
After work today, I went to Fred Meyer to pick up the cake, some decorations, and some wrapping paper for Landon for his new parka from Eddie Bauer. By 6pm, my Mom, Mike, and Susan had arrived. Everyone else came around 6:30pm. It was a nice party. Landon had a good time, and everyone else did, too. The party was perfect in the amount of people that came and the way the party went. It was a lot of fun. Mike & Tracy stopped by for awhile. Mark & Miriam came with Sylvia, and Gay came, also.

Here is a picture of Landon blowing out his twenty-five candles.

Here Landon is opening up his new waterproof parka.
Friday, September 03, 2004

Felix and the little lost kitten make friends. This is Felix's favorite spot to sleep. Now, it is the kitten's favorite spot, too. The kitten has put on some weight. When Landon found him, he was skin and bones--a scrawny little thing! His new home might be with Patrick Fuller. By the time he goes to his new home, he will be a plump kitten.
I am working all day today. This morning, I have repotted a lot of plants, and brought them inside from being out on the porch. They will have to be mainly clustered around the sliding glass door, because I am at a loss for window space in this tiny house. If we add on, I'll have lots of room for plants again. I can only hope that we either add on eventually, move to a bigger house, or that my plants will cling to life over the winter months until I can move them back outside again. I really like my plants, and don't want to get rid of them, so I'm hoping I'll come up with some creative ideas to utilize the window space that I have to work with.
Even though this is Friday, it feels like Thursday to me, because I have to work 6 hours tomorrow. :( Tomorrow is Landon's big day! The big TWENTY-FIVE!
Thursday, September 02, 2004
I worked all day today. It was a long, tiring day. On the way to work, I ordered the cake for Landon's birthday at Fred Meyer's. I hope it is good! I still have to buy the paper plates, cups, forks, spoons, drinks, ice, ice cream, and toppings, not to mention straighten up the house. I have a busy 36 hours ahead of me. I wanted Landon to open up a few of his presents last night, so he opened up 3. He got 3 new pairs of shoes. A pair of Tivas, a pair of Sketchers (tennis shoes), and a pair of Timberline work boots. He doesn't know what to do with so many new shoes!

Today is my sister Tracy & her husband Mike's 4th anniversary--Happy Anniversary Mike & Tracy!
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
September already?!
A friend, Patrick, is interested in the little lost kitten. No word yet from the original owners. I worked all day today. The first part of the day went by quickly.
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