Sunday, October 31, 2004
The end of October has finally arrived, and the 6th month of my pregnancy has come to an end. Only 3 more months now (13 weeks) before our baby will be here! We're excited.

Landon and I woke up pretty early due to changing our clocks back (we were up and about by 7am). I made pancakes, we finished watching Supersize Me, then we got ready and went downtown to do some shopping. We got some new maternity clothes for me at Meier & Frank (there was a big sale, of course), then we went to Camera World and got a new camera. By the end of the day, we had both decided that the camera we got wasn't what we were looking for. We're going to take it back on Tuesday, and continue to shop around for something better. If we're going to get a new camera, it needs to be noticeably better than the one that we already have. If it isn't that much better, then what is the point in spending the extra money? Does anyone have any recommendations? Canon? Olympus?

Karli
Saturday, October 30, 2004
After working all day, I was SO tired! I came home, and Landon, Mike, Susan, and I went to George's down the street for hamburgers (I only had chicken noodle soup). Afterwards, Mike & Susan went to play music at a dance in SW, and Landon and I rented Supersize Me and watched it before falling asleep after a long week.

Karli
Friday, October 29, 2004
Today I went to DEQ to get Landon's car's plates renewed, then picked up a Denon mini-stereo system that he wanted at Magnolia Hi-Fi. Landon got off work a couple of hours early, and we went around Portland looking for a book-shelf to put his new stereo on in the living room. When it came down to it, we ended up using one we already had, and it looks fine. It's a really nice stereo, and Landon has been listening to music a lot more than he had been.

This evening, Landon played at Mississippi Pizza, and Damien & Laurie came, so I sat and talked to them all night. By a quarter of 11pm, I knew I had to leave if I had any intention of going to work the next morning. So, I left, drove home, and before I knew it, it was 7am, and it was time to get up for work.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Another long day at work. I'm so glad I'm not going to be doing this for a living, because I really don't like the work that I do at Providence. Karli
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
I realized yesterday that I'm feeling better than I have since the beginning of my gallbladder problems. So, I volunteered to put in some extra hours today, since I need to get in 800 hours by the end of the year to get vested for this fifth year in the retirement program. I only have about 175 more hours to go, and I think I can get those in before the end of the year. Anyway, today was another long day spent at work. When I got home, I watched TV for awhile, then went to bed.
Karli
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
I worked all day today. I felt better today at work than I have in weeks, which was encouraging to me. I volunteered to work tomorrow, too, so I'll be working 32 hours this week. Next week, I'm covering the linking job for Millie, who will be on vacation, so I'll be working 32-40 hours next week, also. This is good, though, because I need to make up about 24 hours from when I had the surgery in order to get 800 hours in this year, and get vested for the 5th year in my retirement plan, so that when I leave, I don't lose all the retirement that has accrued since I've started working.

Today my boss approved my request (after 3 months of waiting) for me to take January off, which is the 9th month of my pregnancy. Turns out that after 3 months of waiting, it turns out he had lost my original request. At least he finally approved it. So, the day before my 28th birthday (Jan. 6) will be my last day at Providence. I'll take 3 1/2 weeks PTO, then start my maternity leave with EIT the day I deliver.

Karli

Monday, October 25, 2004
25 Weeks Pregnant
(Information taken from Americanbaby.com)

Our unborn baby now weighs almost 2 pounds! The baby's head-to-buttocks length is just over 9 inches. My weight gain is probably between 16 and 22 pounds, and my uterus is about 2 1/2 inches above your navel.

I only gained 2lbs the first trimester, but in the second trimester, the weight has been coming on very quickly. By the 25th week (2 weeks from the start of the third trimester), I have gained 21lbs. I was shocked to find this out at my appointment today! My uterus measures 26cm, and the baby's heartbeat was in the 140's. Everything looks great, and is right on track. My next prenatal appointment won't be much fun. I have to get a shot of Rho-GAM, a blood test for anemia, and take a one-hour glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes.

Karli
Sunday, October 24, 2004
We went shopping all day, but didn't buy anything. We're looking for a new CD player for Landon, as well as a bookshelf for the living room that we can put our new CD player on, as well as all of our CD's. Even though the trip was unsuccessful, it was fun being out and about. We went to Starbucks two different times, Pizzacato for lunch, and also went to the Rhodedendron Garden. The weather was pretty nice today, so I was glad we went to the garden to take advantage of some fresh air and sunshine.
Karli
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Worked all day long. Felt painful from surgery, and some pains from stretching ligaments. I don't really want my abdomen to get much bigger, because it is already pretty uncomfortable and cramped in there, but I have 3 more months of growing to do, so the uncomfortable feelings will only get 3 x worse in the next 3 months. If I eat very small portions, I feel like my belly is going to pop.

Right now, I'm just really tired, wishing I wasn't at work, and killing time at work by typing this into my blog. Okay--back to work.
Karli
Friday, October 22, 2004
Today I tried to catch up on rest. I took a long nap, and when Landon got home from work, we went out for Mexican food and celebrated Landon's promotion from associate engineer to engineer. Landon got a margarita, and I got a pumpkin milkshake, which was REALLY good! I slept horribly last night, though, because I ate too much at dinner, and the reflux and movements from the baby kept me up long past when I wanted to be asleep. It's going to be a long day at work tomorrow, which starts at 8:30am. Karli
Thursday, October 21, 2004
I worked all day today. I was not as tired or feeling as badly as I was on Tuesday after working all day. I hope that means that I'm getting better.

Karli
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
I rested today, and tried to take it easy from working all day yesterday. I still have pain internally from the gallbladder surgery.
Karli
Tuesday, October 19, 2004

(Information taken from Americanbaby.com)
This week our baby weighs around 1 1/2 pounds and measures almost 9 inches from head to rump. The uterus continues to grow upward, and at this point in my pregnancy I should be able to feel it approximately 2 inches above my navel.

Today is my first day back to work after two weeks of recovery following my gallbladder surgery. I'm not looking forward to going back, but I only have about 11-12 more weeks until I start my leave. I plan to take the 3 1/2 weeks in January off before my due date, which is February 6, 2005. I'm definitely starting to mentally prepare for labor & delivery, and starting to get excited in anticipation of our baby's birth.
Monday, October 18, 2004

Our bagless vacuum cleaner from Target burned up and died, along with our garbage disposal on the same day and in the same hour--Sunday afternoon. So, tonight we made a trip to Sears after looking on consumer reports and finding out that Kenmore was the brand of choice. We got a new Kenmore garbage disposal that Landon will install this weekend, and a new Kenmore vacuum cleaner. I vacuumed our floors, carpet, and furniture until I ran out of things to vacuum. It is self-propelled, and has an indicate light to show you the amount of dirt it is picking up. It works great! I love my new Kenmore vacuum cleaner!

24 Weeks Pregnant
Our beautiful baby at 19 weeks, 4 days. This 4D picture was taken a month ago. Almost through the second trimester now! He or she will be here before we know it! -Karli
Sunday, October 17, 2004

Priscilla doesn't recognize Felix, because of his haircut, so she keeps hissing at him. Here, she is trying to escape him, I think. He is confused by her hissing, because he doesn't really understand why she is treating him differently.

Tonight we celebrated Shelly's 23rd birthday at Newport Bay. I liked my dinner alright, but thought it was way over-priced. I don't really like chain restaurants in general. They are okay once in awhile, but I much rather prefer independently owned restaurants, because I think the cuisine and atmostphere is better overall. After having salmon for dinner (served with bread & salad), I ordered a NY Cheesecake with decaf coffee. I was the last one eating at the table. It was a big meal for me. I've been experiencing reflux--it started during the 2nd trimester (about 3 weeks ago, actually). If I eat a lot at one time, it takes a long time to digest, and keeps me uncomfortable for hours afterward. That was how it went last night after I got home. Barbara & Landon were practicing for their gig at the end of the month, and I laid on the futon, unable to find a position that was comfortable. Landon gave me a couple of Tums, but they did not help at all. There is a reason why it is better for pregnant women to eat 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 larger ones--it really helps with digestion and lessens reflux!

I can't believe it is October 17th already!

-Karli
Saturday, October 16, 2004

Felix
It is hard to believe that the baby is going to be here in just 3 1/2 months. It is already mid-October! Where has time gone? I'm hoping to finish the pregnancy like it began--with little to no problems. Lately, I have been experiencing swelling in my hands. It began about a week ago, and happens most frequently when I'm on my feet a lot, or have not drank a sufficient amount of water. As I'm typing right now, I cannot bend my fingers all the way, because of swelling that has not gone down in the past few days. My fears at this point are developing gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia. Both run in the maternal side of my family. I'm hoping for the best, though, and trying not to let a little swelling let me worry about pre-eclampsia.

Today I went to a pumpkin patch with my mom & sisters in Canby. Because I had been in the car for over an hour prior to going (taking Felix to the vet in Clackamas), I was in some pain, so did not enjoy myself very much. Kaenan went on the pony ride, jumped in the hazel-nut house, and jumped in the blown up balloon. He did not do very well with the other kids who were also jumping in the house and the balloon, though, and spent more time crying then enjoying himself. After two hours, I left to go get Felix from the vet. He needed to be groomed (I was unable to do a sufficient job last night), so I took to the groomers after picking him up from the vet. He did excellent. He laid there and let them shave him, which made me feel really good about it. I stayed the whole time, and then took him home. I'll post a picture here to show what his new haircut looks like.

My friend Jen came over at 4:30 pm, and we talked and played with her baby Dylan for a couple of hours. In the evening, Landon and I went to Lowe's to get some things for the house, then went out for Mexican food. After that, I fell asleep watching that 11 o'clock news.

Karli
Friday, October 15, 2004
I woke up hungry at 7am this morning. I got up and ate some cereal, then realized that I was incredibly tired. I laid down on the futon, and Landon was talking to me why he was getting ready, but I felt like I was in and out of consciousness. Landon had to drive to work today, since his bike tire went flat yesterday. After he left, I must have fallen into a deep sleep, because the next thing I knew, I woke up from a deep sleep, and it was 10am. I worked on my photo journal for awhile, took a shower, cleaned the house, did the dishes, some laundry, and sent some e-mails. Landon msn'd me and asked if I'd like to come see him at work to go get some coffee, and it sounded good to me. When I got there, we decided to walk to Border's, and we split a chicken salad wrap and got iced blended coffees (decaf for me, of course). Landon bought a few books, and a journal for his music, then we walked back. Tonight, we went out to dinner at George's Hamburgers in Tigard, and are now taking it easy watching OPB. Landon isn't going to go to session tonight. I've been working on cutting off some of Felix's knots, because he needs to looks his best for his vet appointment in the morning. He doesn't like it when he gets low scores for his matted coat on his comprehensive exam, especially since it is not his fault, as he relies on Landon and I to keep his coat combed nice. We've cut off many knots tonight, and I'm giving him a break since getting scratched on my left foot. Now that he is getting sleepy again, he is in the perfect mood to start cutting away again. When he is tired, he lays on his back with his eyes crossed and his tongue hanging out, and looks mentally disabled. When he is in this state, he lets us do almost anything--so, I'm about to start grooming him again. The cats have taken a lot of work from me the past couple of days! It is important that they are up to date on their vaccines, however, which is why it is worth my while.

Okay--that's it for my second week of recovery. I'm still suffering from internal pain intermittently, but it is getting better with time. Next week, I go back to work, but if it is too much, I may do 4 hour shifts instead of 8. I also work every other day, so will get a day in between shifts to rest.
Karli
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Today was a stressful day for me. I took Priscilla to the vet, and she had an accident (maybe it was on purpose) inside of her cat carrier, so now my car smells faintly of cat urine, which makes me very, very unhappy. After cleaning my car for a couple of hours, Landon called me to tell me his bike tire was flat, and he needed me to pick him up. I drove back and forth on 72nd for about 20 minutes, before giving up and coming home. I couldn't find him. I had forgotten my cell phone, so was unable to call him. By the time I got home, I was crying and stressed out. I called Landon, and he said he started walking home after I hadn't shown up after 15 minutes. I don't know where he was waiting or walking, but I could not see him. I was so upset by the time dinner was over that I told Landon I needed to either get out of the house, or do something. We decided to go to Fred Meyer to get ingredients to make smores over a campfire in the backyard. We stayed outside on a blanket for about 2 1/2 hours, then came inside. It was a good way to end a stressful day, but I still don't know why after three years Priscilla did what she did in the cat carrier in my car. I am still annoyed at her. Maybe after a few more days, I will forgive her--that is, if the smell in my car goes away--and by that, I mean COMPLETELY goes away! I'm just glad today is over, and that it ended better than it went throughout the day.
Karli
Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Well, here is a picture of a tiny olive tree in my kitchen window.

I thought the presidential debate tonight was lame. The majority of the problem, in my opinion, stemmed from the moderator and the questions that were asked. There were a few questions that I thought were completely unrelated to the race. The debate tonight will probably have little effect on the race, and there are less than 3% undecideds anyway, so there isn't a lot of room for change in the poles. The debate tonight was pretty much a repeat of the prior two. Most of the debate consisted of shooting statistics back and forth. I'm glad the debates are over, but sorry that they had to end on such a repetitive note. It's too bad the candidates didn't come up with some fresh material, and that the moderator did not come up with some new questions.
--Karli
Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Today something really good happened to me! I went to get a 2nd estimate on my car (I dented the side in when I was in a lot of pain from my gallbladder and wasn't paying attention), and the guy at the auto-body shop fixed my car for free! He grabbed a tool, popped the siding back out, and I was able to open my passenger door again (because of the dented siding, I was unable to open the passenger door). The first auto-body shop swore it would cost over 700.00 to fix it. The guy at Kegal's fixed it in one minute for free, and said as a pregnant woman, I deserved to spend my money someplace else. What a nice guy! He totally could have written me out an estimate, looking to make some money, but instead, he put my best interests ahead of his own. I'm going to send him a card and a Starbucks gift card to reward him for being such a nice and considerate person. Karli
Monday, October 11, 2004
23 Weeks Pregnant--16 Weeks from Our Due-Date
(Information taken from americanbaby.com)
At this point, our unborn baby weighs just over 1 pound and measures almost 8 1/2 inches from crown to rump. The uterus is getting more cramped as our baby grows, so it doesn't have as much room to move around--but our baby will still try!
Sunday, October 10, 2004

Landon and I went today to Segal's and picked out the crib & bedding for the baby. It was fun shopping for these things. This evening, Landon put the crib together, then we went to see Ladder 49 with Mike, Tracy, and a couple that they are friends with. It is exciting to have such a nice crib and bedding! I'm really happy with our purchase! --Karli

Landon putting together the crib Sunday evening.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
I wanted to get started on our day right away this morning, so Landon and I started by moving the bookcases into our bedroom, and rearranging our room so it looks nice. Then, we emptied the desk that we are planning to give to Robby. Most of what was in there was old and useless, so we threw a lot of things away.

After that, we went shopping for a crib, but after three hours, didn't have any luck at any of the department stores. Most stores didn't even carry cribs, and Sears had a catalog you could flip through which carries low-quality brands.

We ended up coming home, because Damien & Laurie were going to pick us up at 4pm to go to a birthday party for one of Damien & Landon's co-workers named Chris. He and his wife Andrea had a little baby in February, and she is really cute. The four of us went out to dinner, then went to the party. We left at around 8pm, and Landon and I were in bed and asleep by 9:30pm, and slept for about 10-11 hours. It was a long day, and I think I over-did it with the shopping & the party, plus neither Landon nor I had slept well the night before.

KK
Friday, October 08, 2004
Today was a long day at home. I still haven't been released to go back to work, so Landon and I are going to do some things around the house this weekend to try to get the house back into order from when we moved everything out of the 2nd bedroom during the remodeling. In the evening, we drove over to Mike & Susan's to watch the Presidential debate and have some dinner. It was my first time out of the house since the surgery. We ended up sitting in traffic for over an hour, so it ended up being a nightmare until we got there. After dinner, we came home. Landon went to session, and I went to bed.

Karli
Thursday, October 07, 2004

Changing colors on hydrangea by the front door of our house.

Today is a nice, sunny, fall day. It is dry outside, and the leaves are falling from the trees. Since I've been pretty much house-bound all week, I've had time to observe the falling leaves and changing colors on the trees and plants outdoors. Here is a picture of the front entry-way to our house, and following is a few pictures of trees around our property, as well as our hydrangea, which has changed from lavender to a deep red color in the past couple of months. --Karli

Changing leaves on trees bordering our backyard.

Front of our house with oak tree in background.

Oak tree bordering our backyard.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004

We have a problem with fruit flies in our kitchen and in our bathroom. I found a recipe online to trap them. Take water, sugar, white vinegar, and dishwashing soap, and mix it altogether. I had no sooner put it in the bathroom, and I already trapped one. If you look on the left-hand-side of the glass, you will see another fruit fly (it is the black speck on the glass), that is about to join the one already floating in the glass. Today is fruit-fly extermination day at the Kuhn house, and it seems to be working. --Karli

Fruit flies clustered on a glass of fruit-fly poison.

Fruit fly shown alive here, but he won't be for much longer, as he crawls up the side of the glass, and into the brew that will snuff out his life. Karli
Tuesday, October 05, 2004

22 Weeks Pregnant
(Information taken from IVillage.com)
Our baby is now 11 inches from head to toe or about 20cm crown to rump and hovering around the one pound (500g) mark. Our baby's lungs have begun to develop surfactant, a substance that will help his or her lungs to expand after birth. The fingernails are now completely formed.

Today will be another day of recovery. The last of the surgical tape came off today, and my incisions are slowly healing. I have a good murder mystery to keep me occupied today. I'm just taking this one day at a time.
Karli
Monday, October 04, 2004
It is hard to take it easy sometimes! After trying to drive to Landon's work to take him some pregnancy magazines for one of his co-workers who is expecting, I realized I had over-done it by even leaving the house. I spent the rest of the day in bed, trying to relax my sore abdomenal muscles, and it was so boring! It is kind of depressing to be in bed, especially on such a nice day. It hurt to walk around and move about, so I didn't really have a choice. Anyway, I have to hope that I'll never be put on bed-rest, because it is hard to stay put! I'm getting better every day, though, and I didn't have to take a pain pill today, so was happy about that. I'm hoping I won't need them anymore. --Karli
Sunday, October 03, 2004

Landon mowed our lawn today. In this picture, the blackberry bushes from the yard on the other side of the fence grabbed onto his shirt and caused him a little pain. He'll have to use the edger to get the grass along the fence.

Every day, I feel a little better. The part that hurts the worst right now is the site where my gallbladder used to be. It hurts internally. The incisions are very sore, but not as painful as the other. Out of the four incisions, the one near my bellybutton and the one near my sternum hurt the worst. I know that as long as I continue to take it easy this week, the sooner I will be back to normal. I plan to use Vitamin E & Neosporin on the incisions for optimal healing. --Karli

Our beautiful backyard--freshly mowed and looking great. Today was a beautiful day, and the temperature outside was just right--not too cold, not too hot--blue skies, and falling brown leaves from the oak tress surrounding our property.

Felix--out for his afternoon walk in our backyard.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Landon came to the hospital at 9am, and I told him that the nurses & doctors said I should stay until the early afternoon or evening until I was feeling better. I was still pretty uncomfortable, and not feeling ready to go home yet. Landon started reading his book, then at around 9:30am, went downstairs to get some coffee. They brought me breakfast, which was chicken broth, tea, jello, and apple juice, and I was able over the course of two hours to finish all of it. I still had an IV drip, though, so I was still getting plenty of fluids for the baby. By 11am, I asked for some more pain medication, and I was starting to feel better. By 12:30pm, they brought me some lunch, and I ate a roll, some raspberry sorbet, and a little stew & chicken noodle soup. By 2pm, I decided I was ready to go home. Landon carried my things out to the car, I slowly got dressed, and the nurse discharged me with instructions to call the surgeon on Monday for a follow-up appointment, and to wait until tomorrow to take off the surgical dressing. I was given a prescription for percocet, and left for home. When I got home, I started to feel pretty uncomfortable again, and was having a hard time finding a place I could lay down. Landon finally helped arrange pillows on the bed to make it more comfortable for me, then left to go get some things I could eat at the store. I slept for about 2 hours while he was gone, and while he was cleaning up the kitchen and making me jello and pudding. When I woke up, I felt in pain again, so I took another pain pill, then laid down and rested. Landon left again to go pick up his coat at Mike Beglan's that he had left there, and while he was gone, I got up and walked around, because that was more comfortable to me than laying in bed. I ate some soup and some jello. When Landon got home, we watched Scary Movie 3 together (very lame, do not rent it!), then went to bed. I woke up about every 2 hours again, and sipped some water, went to the restroom, then was able to go back to sleep. I slept from about 10pm-8am, so I got about 10 hours of sleep in, and I was pretty happy with that, because I had fully expected (like I had when I was in the hospital) to not sleep well at all, and to be generally uncomfortable all night. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised with two nights of good sleep and much-needed rest.

Happy 21st Birthday, Janssen!

Karli
Friday, October 01, 2004
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
Landon and I woke up at 4:30am, so that we could be at St. Vincent's at 5:30am. The early morning surgery meant that I did not even notice the eight hours without food or water prior to the surgery. I was fine until the nurse brought Landon and I back to a pre-surgery waiting room where I was told to get into the surgical gown. When they put the IV in my arm, I started to cry. I was so worried about the baby. The anesthesiologist chose to not give me a sedative, because she wanted to make sure she didn't give me anything that could potentially be harmful to the baby. I cried until they took me into surgery. Landon tried to reassure me, but I was really scared, especially because I had never had surgery before. When they wheeled me into the operating room, I kind of went into shock, and I wasn't crying anymore. It felt like everything was a blur around me. They let me know when they gave me the pain medication in my IV, and it made me feel light-headed. The next thing I knew, I was in a recovery room, and a nurse was standing over me, holding my hand, and reassuring me. My mouth and throat were so dry. I kept asking for ice chips. I overheard the nurses saying to each other that my baby was okay, and that my surgery went well. I heard myself asking if they thought I could have something from Starbucks later. They just laughed. I was really groggy. They decided after about 40 minutes that I was ready to go to my room. When the transportation CNA started to pump the table I was on to raise it higher, I started to feel nauseated, but was able to contain myself so I did not throw up. I felt really dizzy as she was wheeling me up to the 8th floor. When I had to move from the surgery bed to the hospital bed, I did vomit. It was so painful, because my abdomen had just been operated on, so using those muscles to vomit was extremely painful. Finally, I was settled, and within about 10 minutes, Landon came and joined me. I slept all morning, and around 12pm, Landon told me that Mt. St. Helens erupted--well, let off some steam & ash. I listened with my eyes closed to the news, then drifted back to sleep. By 3pm, I started to feel a lot of pain, and the nurses were waiting on an order for pain medications. By the time I finally got it, I was in a lot of pain. They gave me morphine, and an anti-nausea medication. Tracy was visiting me at the time, and she left shortly after they gave me the medications through my IV. I fell back asleep. Landon read in a chair next to me all day, and I slept most of the time. By about 5pm, I was awake, and talking, although I as very uncomfortable, and was having trouble catching my breath and breathing normally, because of the carbon dioxide still in my abdominal cavity from surgery. I tried to get up to go to the bathroom, but I was still very weak, and ended up throwing up again. At 7:30pm, Mike, Susan, Miriam, Mark, and Sylvia came by. Miriam & Mark brought me a magazine and a card, and Mike & Susan brought me a plant. My Mom arrived at around 8:15, and got me a really nice hand-made willow wood carving of a pregnant woman that I really, really like, and also she brought me a balloon and some roses with a little stuffed frog for the baby. Sharla & Jen came at about 8:30, and by this time, I was in need of some more pain medication, and was in a lot of pain. By 9pm, everyone left, except for my Mom, and then my Mom left at about 9:30pm. They gave me the pain medication, and I went to sleep. Landon had gone home to go to sleep. They woke me up every 2 hours, but I slept in between pretty soundly. I was surprised I was able to sleep on my side for 2 hours, with only suffering from swelling in my feet. Sleeping on my side helped me to breath better with the carbon dioxide gas in my abdominal cavity. I slept on my back for the rest of the night. By 7am, I was awake, and I looked out the window in the hopsital room at the trees and the rising sun, and felt happy that the baby and me pulled through surgery so successfully. Now, the hard part is over, and I only have to get better.

Karli
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