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.
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.
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.

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.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tonight, I semi-organized the things I have so far for the baby. I spent some time folding the clothes I have been accumulating (I have already washed them with Dreft), packed the diaper bag with what I have so far, and put the exersaucer & swing out in the living room for Landon to put in the Tuff Shed until the baby will be ready to use them. Today I made a trip to Woodburn to check out the Carter's outlet store. I spent a chunk of change on a bunch of sleepers for the new baby up through 3 months of age. Only a little over two months, and the baby will be here! With the holidays quickly approaching, the days get busy, so I'm happy to be getting so much done while I can.

My glucose test came back normal. My anemia screening came back low, so I am now on iron supplements.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004

I'll be working all day today. I plan to bring Landon a triple grande soy valencia latte before I go to work, since he's been so tired lately. Since I don't sleep well a lot of nights, it keeps him up, also. I think this weather makes one more tired, also, since it is dark when we wake up, and dark when we come home. Here is Priscilla enjoying a nap.
Monday, November 15, 2004

November, 2004

28 Weeks
My 28 week appointment was today, and it was a long appointment, because I had to do a one-hour glucose test, an anemia screening, as well as receive a shot of RhoGam, since I am Rh-. For some reason, the blood draw hurt a lot. Usually, when I get blood drawn, I don't even flinch, but I almost cried today, because it burned so much when they put the needle in. They had to draw 3 viles of blood. Then, I went back downstairs to the MD office to get my shot of RhoGam, and that was very uncomfortable. They jabbed the needle in, and that DID make me cry. It was a long morning, and by the time I got home, I was emotionally and physically exhausted, so I laid down for a nap. I'm feeling better now, and glad that the majority of these tests is over.

On another note, the reflux I was experiencing has seemed to improve a lot over the past few weeks. My abdominal cavity around the site where my gallbladder was removed continues to be painful and uncomfortable for me due to my enlarging uterus. The muscles have not healed yet, and it is causing pain to have them re-stretch during pregnancy after having them stretched out during the surgery. I don't think I'm going to heal completely from the surgery until after the baby is born and my abdomen is able to resume its normal position.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Today we drove down to McMinnville for Kaenan's 3rd birthday party. His actual birthday is on November 4th, but we celebrated it today. The picture above shows my sister Shelly, Kaenan's mom, and Kaenan.

Earlier today, we went to an art show put on by a friend of ours and our realtor, as well as a few other artists. I bought a necklace, and our realtor gave us a baby hat she had knitted with all different colors. We stayed for about an hour, then left to go to McMinnville.

When we got home, Landon and I watched A Baby Story on VHS that my Mom has been taping for us from the TLC cable channel.

We've had a full weekend, so we both were in bed and asleep by 10:15pm.


Saturday, November 13, 2004

I worked from 8:30am-12:30pm today, then went to Amy's baby shower, which lasted until about 5pm, then Landon and I met Tracy & Mike in Tualatin for dinner at Outback Steak House, then we met Amy & Monica @ Paddy's Irish Pub downtown. At 10pm, though, they started to allow smoking, so I immediately exited, and we went to Rimsky's in SE Portland, which I haven't been to in years. We had this delicious raspberry chocolate dessert, and I also had some carmel apple cider.

Earlier today, Landon went for a long walk around our neighborhood and took some pictures with our new digital camera. Here is one of the pictures that he took of a tree with changing fall leaves.

Today was a long day. I was out and about from 8:30am until 11:30pm, but it was fun, and I'm glad I had such a fun day. Karli
Friday, November 12, 2004
I felt much better today, and worked all day from 12-8:30pm. When I got home, I did some laundry, then went to bed. Tomorrow, I have to be back to work at 8:30am. Karli
Thursday, November 11, 2004

27 Weeks, 1 Day pregnant. This picture was taken on 11/9. Still not feeling well. I had to leave work halfway through my shift today to come home and rest. I'm pretty sure it is due to getting very little sleep each night. My immune system is getting low. Today is Veteran's Day. Too bad it isn't a holiday at most places of employment! --Karli
Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Japanese maple @ Mike & Susan's house.

Landon came home sick from work today, and I wasn't feeling well either, so we both took it easy all night. I did go to Fred Meyer's to get about $100.00 in groceries, though, while Landon slept at home. I bought Landon a $1.00 lottery ticket (he won $5.00), a bookmark, and some rice pudding. I didn't sleep much over the night, due to restless leg syndrome (I've had this most of the 2nd trimester and up until now), which is described as the following in What to Expect When You're Expecting:

the restless, creeping, crawling, tingling feeling inside the foot and/or leg that keeps the rest of your body from settling down. It's most common at night, but it can also strike in the late afternoon--or pretty much anytime you're lying or sitting down. Experts aren't certain what causes RLS in some pregnant women, and they're even less sure of how to treat it. None of the tricks of the leg cramp trade--including rubbing or flexing--seem to bring relief. Medications are out, too, since those that are currently used to treat RLS aren't safe for use during pregnancy. It's possible that diet, stress, and other environmental factors may contribute to the problem, so it may help to keep track of what you eat, what you do, and how you feel each day so that you can see what lifestyle habits, if any, bring on symptoms (267).
Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Landon took this picture when I was talking on the phone to Jen. Last night was pretty rough. I only slept an hour or two here and there. I've officially gotten to the stage of my pregnancy where it is nearly impossible to get comfortable and get through the night without waking up multiple times. Last night was especially bad, and I was awake for most of the night. I have to work today, so I'm about to lay down for about an hour this morning to try to get some sleep before I get ready to go to work.

Below is some information taken from americanbaby.com regarding this stage in my pregnancy.

27 Weeks, 1 Day (12 weeks from Due Date)
Now our unborn baby weighs almost 2 1/2 pounds and measures close to 16 inches in length. Baby is becoming rounder and the hair on its head is getting longer. In addition, baby may have eyebrows and eyelashes now. My uterus is a little more than 3 inches above my navel and my weight gain is probably somewhere between 17 and 24 pounds (over 25lbs for me, which is surprising, considering I only put on 2lbs through the first trimester and half of the second). By the end of this month, baby will fill the womb, so I may not feel its movements as often.

Monday, November 08, 2004

27 Weeks Pregnant
Today I am going to register at Babies R'Us for my upcoming showers, and will run some errands. My muscles ache today from cleaning up leaves yesterday, and I didn't sleep very well last night, so I'm hoping to get a lot done this morning and in the early afternoon, so I can take a nap before Landon gets home from work.
Sunday, November 07, 2004

Eating peanut butter ice cream and relaxing after a long week at work, and a long weekend of working outside in our yard. We've got our front yard & driveway looking great, but still have a long way to go in our backyard. We already have about 300lbs of leaves bagged from our front yard, and the trees have only dropped about half their leaves, and we haven't even started getting the leaves off our lawn in the backyard. We'll work on it some more next weekend. For now, I'm content to relax with my bowl of peanut butter ice cream and spend the evening watching brainless television. Karli

Landon outside Imago Dei Church. We were on our way to the service. Afterwards, we went out to lunch at a burrito place on Belmont with Sharla & Jen. A picture of the three of us is below.

Karli, Sharla, & Jen outside Laughing Planet, where we had lunch. Landon and I had burritos, while Jen & Sharla settled on corn chowder. Both Jen & I had hot chocolates, and Landon and Sharla had water. Karli
Saturday, November 06, 2004

Foggy Saturday morning--we're on our way to Multnomah Village for Starbucks coffee. It's about 8:30am right now--no sleeping in for us! Actually, the baby had me up quite early this morning, and had me sound asleep at 8:30pm last night. Now, when was the last time I was in bed & asleep at 8:30pm on a FRIDAY night?? This baby is already changing our lives!

Here is a picture of the oak tree that drops most of the leaves on our roof. Today, Landon got up on the roof with our leaf blower to clean out the gutters and clean off the roof. He was scared of heights while up there, so he stayed seated most of the time, but was still able to successfully clean off the roof & clean out the gutters. Cleaning up the leaves from all the trees on our property is going to be an annual chore that requires lots of hard work! Karli
Friday, November 05, 2004

Picture of my Chinese Lantern plant--small white blossoms appear before these paper-like lanterns appear in late fall. I can't wait until it gets bigger. Hopefully, by next year, I'll be able to take some cuttings from it for decorations in the house.
Thursday, November 04, 2004

Lots of leaves all over our 1/4 acre yard that will need to be raked and bagged. We plan to work on it this weekend. It's hard work being homeowners sometimes! Deciduous trees isn't something you think about when you shop for houses in the spring! I don't think we have one conifer tree on our property! Karli
Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Foggy November morning.

It is hard to believe that our baby will be entering our lives in 12 short weeks. With the holidays approaching, time is known to fly by quickly, so February will be here before we know it. I'm looking forward to starting maternity leave, and getting well rested before labor & delivery. I'm trying to pray that everything will go naturally, and that I will be able to labor without pain medications or an epidural. On the other hand, I am trying to keep an open mind, in case something does go wrong. I need to prepare myself for the possibility of a C-section. I need to remember that when all is said and done with, we will have a healthy and beautiful baby son or daughter to love. It is going to be challenging to undertake the job of parenting, but the rewards will far outweigh the challenges. I can't wait to see what the baby looks like--I picture it, though, having curly dark hair and big brown eyes like its Daddy.

Here is a picture of me taken last night with our new Canon camera.

Getting ready to leave for last night's election party at Jennifer & Carlo's house.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Notice Felix in the corner of this picture--he's one funny looking cat!

Election Day 2004--Measure 36 passes, and President Bush will serve as President for four more years.

I am pretty discouraged about Bush getting re-elected, considering both Landon and I have been Kerry supporters for the past year. Personally, I think highly of John Kerry, and had convinced myself that he had a good chance of winning. I watched the Frontline special on both Bush/Kerry that covered biographical information about their lives. I had a lot of hope that John Kerry could bring about some changes with his administration that we really need in this country. His stance on oil reliance, the environment, the economy, taxes, not to mention his position on the war, were hopeful considering the current situation in this country. However, we live in a country where the people choose, and the majority of the population (however close it was) have chosen George W. Bush to continue serving as 43rd President. For me, being on the losing side is hard, but I can only hope that somehow things will improve over the next four years, and that things won't get any worse--because, truthfully, I don't see how they can get much worse.

Monday, November 01, 2004

November is here, and the beginning of the seventh month of my pregnancy has begun. As you can see from the nursery, we have been given many things from family & friends for the baby. We have a boppy, a bassinet, a swing, a vibrating chair, and many other things. Right now, we are looking for a glider & ottoman for the nursery. So far, Baby's R' Us seems to be the only store that carries them. If anyone knows where I can get a good one, let me know.
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