Thursday, March 31, 2005
Tonight we went over to Tim & Heather’s for an open house party. They just moved into our neighborhood, and it was fun going over and hanging out with them and some other co-workers from Landon’s work. We stayed a few hours. We had pizza & salad. Their son Logan is so cute. We spent some time watching him play with another boy named Ian. We are looking forward to seeing Samuel in another year and a half at Logan’s age when he’s just learning to talk and walking all over.

Today was a little better for me about how I’m feeling regarding my Dad. I tried to keep my mind off it, and kept busy all day. It also helped going out this evening and socializing.

Karli
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
My Mom & Dad met with the surgeon late this afternoon, and on their way back, met my sister Tracy & her husband Mike, and Samuel and I at Newport Bay. My Dad was really having a hard time with what the surgeon had said about his diagnosis. They have decided to have the surgery early next week. The surgery is really extensive, and we are all nervous & scared about it. I’m still in shock about my Dad’s diagnosis. Some days it really hits me, and I have a hard time being strong, then other days, I feel hopeful about it. I’m just trying to take this day by day.

While I was at Newport Bay, Janssen & Landon played Nintendo. When I got home, we all three watched Napoleon Dynamite. It was the second time Landon and I have watched it, but it was just as funny the second time around. It helped having company over when I got home from Newport Bay, because I was pretty upset after seeing my Dad upset after he had just come from the surgeon’s office.

Karli
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Today was one of those days where I didn't get anything done! Well, I should stop saying that. The moms in the moms' group told me that my concept of what a successful day is needs to change now that I have a baby. Let's put it this way--I fed, changed, and held Samuel non-stop today. He didn't want to be put down. He was kind of fussy, and seemed to want to be held. I want to get a baby sling so I can wear him and free up my hands to do dishes, laundry, or vacuuming.

I did manage to get the mail, make a quick trip to Fred Meyer (less than 30 minutes during one of Samuel's naps), and take a shower.

Being a mom is hard work, but, of course, worth it!
Karli
Monday, March 28, 2005
Goodbye, Providence!
Today I quit my job at Providence after five years. The job was always a means to an end for me. Before I got pregnant, I had planned to quit this year after graduation and find something a little more inspiring and challenging. When I got pregnant, I finished out the year at Providence, then made a decision to not go back. When I start working again, I hope to make an attempt at opening my own coffee shop or something. I'd like to be self-employed. The other alternative is to go back to school. For now, I sure am glad to say goodbye to Providence. My new job (being a mother to Samuel) is much harder, but is also much more rewarding. Karli
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Today we went to a brunch at Jen & Carlo's house. Landon and Jen work together. We met some new people, had a nice brunch of bacon, bagels, fruit, and Peet's coffee, and watched the children hunt for eggs on the top floor of their house (it was raining cats & dogs outside). Afterwards, we stopped over at the Dean's house to visit for awhile before heading home. Although today was Easter, we didn't celebrate with either of our families, because Mike & Susan are in Thailand with Gay, and my Dad wasn't feeling well enough to have everyone over for Easter dinner. Samuel sure looked cute today in his Easter outfit. The picture here is of Samuel in the outfit we bought him to wear for Easter. Karli
Saturday, March 26, 2005
It was pouring so hard today! Lots and lots of rain all night long, and all day today. We went to Washington Square this morning to do some clothes shopping for Samuel. We bought a few things, then headed home. The mall was super crowded because of spring break, and since it was the weekend. We made the mistake of going before we had our coffee, so weren't in the best of moods. We spent most of the rest of the day indoors. The sun never really came out today. It was dark, grey, and rainy all day. We've had little to no rain, however, for about four weeks, so it is good to have the rain, even though it is a bummer to have it on the weekend.

Karli
Friday, March 25, 2005
Tonight we went to a bowling alley with Landon's co-workers. Samuel was a good boy, and slept for most of the time. I met some other moms, and we discussed attachment parenting and other topics related to babies. As you can see, Landon has some spit-up on his shirt. I was going to remove it using photo-shop, but then decided to keep it so we can remember the days when Samuel spit-up on our shirts. --Karli
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Today was a HARD day! Found out my Dad has pancreatic cancer at 8am, which was devastating. Then, it took almost three hours to see my gynecologist, because Samuel was super fussy, and I had to stop several times to nurse and tend to him. My appointment was at 10:15am, and since it took me almost 3 hours, I ended up going right across the street to the Moms' group, which started at 1pm. That lasted 2 hours, so I didn't get home until almost 4pm, and Samuel screamed on the way home. I finally got him to stop by rolling two of the windows down to get a breeze blowing through the car. For some reason, that put him to sleep. Basically, today was emotionally and physically exhausting.

Karli
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Spent all day at home. Anxiously awaiting news on my Dad. He goes in for the ERCP procedure tomorrow. I'm worried. He's turned a yellowish color all over. They think he has cirrhosis of the liver.

Karli
Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Landon forgot his lunch today, so Samuel and I stopped at Starbucks and got him a venti americano w/ half-and-half, then took him his lunch. Samuel only whimpered a little on the way, but otherwise slept. After leaving Landon's work, Samuel and I stopped by Fred Meyer. I pushed the stroller with one hand while carrying a red basket in the other. I got a few groceries, a thank-you card for Tracy for taking me to the doctor, then came home. I spent the rest of the evening feeding Samuel, bathing him, changing his diaper, and now Landon is holding him as he is sleeping soundly. Soon, I need to wake him up and feed him one last time before we go to bed for the night. I can usually expect him to sleep for a four hour stretch and a three hour stretch at night. We usually take a morning nap after Landon leaves for work, also. Samuel is a good boy, and is growing fast and strong.
Monday, March 21, 2005

Didn't get a chance to leave the house today. We had chicken patty sandwiches for dinner. Samuel was so cute when Landon got home from work, and was in one of his laid-back awake moods. The day went by so quickly! Some days, it is all about getting through feedings & diaper changes. Not time for much else! Karli
Sunday, March 20, 2005

Yesterday & today were rainy days. Not much to do but stay indoors. Landon has been doing lots of things around the house, and I have been tending to Samuel. Landon has done the laundry, hung our new blinds in the kitchen, done the dishes, made carrot juice & split pea soup, gone to Fred Meyer to get some groceries, and done some reading in a book called The Source. Don't know what I'd do without Landon's help. Guess a lot of things wouldn't get done! It's nice to have his help in the evenings and on the weekends. Samuel has done a lot of sleeping today. Landon and I even had time to watch Seabiscuit during one of his naps. Samuel is getting big and strong, and can hold his head up longer & longer with each passing day. His eyes are still blue. He likes to hold his ear when he is nursing. He can mimic our facial expressions, and responds when we smile at him. He has a big smile. He likes to watch his froggy Kermit while we change his diaper. It hangs from the shelf above his changing table. Karli
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Still felt dizzy today. In the evening, we went over to Mike & Susan's so that Janssen could meet Samuel & we were also to celebrate Susan's birthday. Susan made sandwiches, and we had carrot cake afterwards. I had Chunky Monkey ice cream. Samuel was fussy this evening, and most of the time I was there, I was feeding or changing him. I continued to drink lots of water today, but the dizziness still continues. Maybe I'm still not drinking enough, but it doesn't seem like I should have to drink more than 64 oz. in one day to prevent the symptoms of dehydration. Sigh...
Karli
Friday, March 18, 2005
At 3am this morning, I awoke with my head spinning. Landon had to help me feed & change Samuel, because I was afraid to carry him, since I could hardly steady myself. By morning, I called my doctor, and made an appointment to be seen. Tracy took me to the doctor, and it was determined that my blood count was normal, and that I was suffering from a case of severe dehydration. I was ordered to start consuming a ton of water immediately. By this evening, I was suffering from a major headache, but had consumed 64oz. of water. I have to keep drinking lots of water. Juice & milk do not count. What is important is to consume at least 8oz. of water for every hour that I am awake--especially while breastfeeding. I don't want to go through this ever again! I felt awful all day today, and I need to take care of myself so I can be the best Mom for Samuel.

Karli
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Happy 55th Birthday to my Mom, and Happy 53rd to Susan. Tonight, I travelled down to McMinnville with Samuel to see my Dad and celebrate my Mom's birthday. Samuel was fussy all evening, and I continued to feel dizzy, so the evening was very challenging for me. Landon was not with me, because he was playing a gig for St. Patrick's Day at McMenamin's. On the way home from McMinnville, I had to stop in McMinnville, Dundee, Newberg, and the S end of Tigard. It took me almost two and a half hours to get home. Usually, it is a 45 minute drive. By the time I got home, I was so exhausted that I called my dentist and cancelled my appointment for the following morning. Samuel and I fell into a deep sleep, and the last thing I remember was feeling dizzy before I fell asleep.

Karli
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Tracy came over after work this afternoon, and we went to Washington Square to do some birthday shopping for Mom & Susan, who share March 17th for their birthday. Throughout the day, I kept feeling like I was going to pass out. I would get waves of dizziness where I would need to hold onto something to steady myself. I thought it was a lack of food, but even after I ate, it would get no better.

Samuel was a good boy while we shopped. I did have to stop once in Nordstrom's Women's Lounge to feed & change him.

Karli
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Feeding Samuel on the way down to McMinnville.

Landon and I are practicing attachment parenting with Samuel. Some people advocate for the "crying-it-out" approach, and feel co-sleeping is a mistake. Well, this is not the thought behind attachment parenting. Here is a link to read about some of the highlights of this parenting method. http://www.parentingweb.com/ap/ap_info.htm

Today I caught up on some much-needed sleep. I have been so sleep deprived the past few days that it has affected me emotionally, physically, and mentally. After sleeping some extra hours this morning, I feel much better. --Karli
Monday, March 14, 2005
I am so tired today. Samuel has needed me almost constantly today. Everything I have started to do has remained unfinished, so there is a half-made lunch, half-run bath, half-way done garden project, laundry that remains unfolded, laundry in the washer that hasn't been put in the dryer, a half-way drunk glass of cider, half-way eaten dinner, half-way done dishes, etc. Now, this post will be half-way to complete, because Samuel needs me again. --Karli
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Landon and I got a lot accomplished today! We took the cats to PetSmart to be groomed, went to the nursery to get some shade plants for our walkway, stopped by Starbucks, went to Wild Oats for some groceries, and finally stopped by Babies R'Us for diapers & wet wipes for our growing baby Samuel. In the evening, we went to Mike & Susan's for dinner. Today was a beautiful day out. Hard to believe this is March, because if feels like June!

Karli
Saturday, March 12, 2005

We went down to McMinnville today for a BBQ, and Samuel was a good boy! He slept most of the time. My Dad BBQ'd chicken, and it was really good. My Mom made macaroni salad, vegetables, fruit, and garlic bread. There was also cake for dessert. We stayed for a few hours, and I was SO glad that Samuel slept all the way home, so we didn't have to stop. On the way down there, we did have to stop once to feed him. It isn't too bad, but does take a lot longer when we do that to get to one place from another.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Live Your Best Life
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight. --Rumi
Thursday, March 10, 2005

Today was my first day home with Samuel alone. It was so warm out this afternoon that I was able to garden for about two hours! Samuel was wide awake and looked all around enjoying his first time being outside for more than 5 minutes. I chatted with Monique & her sister for awhile, and Samuel sat there as good as can be the whole time. Afterwards, I fed Samuel, then met Landon & Damien at The House of Teriyaki for dinner. Now, we're home, and Samuel is a little fussy for dinner. Tonight is bath night, too, so I have to get going...Karli
Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Landon and Samuel exercising.
Today was Landon's last day home on paternity leave. We cleaned things up around the house, and went and got groceries today. I'm going to miss Landon being at home!

Karli
Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Here's my baby boy! Landon and I had our hair cut this morning, then went for a walk. We went to Children's Exchange and got a Snugli to carry Samuel around in, as well as another outfit. Samuel received gifts in the mail today from his Great Aunt Marylou & his great-grandparents on the Kuhn side.

Renovation continues on the property next door. They chopped down a small tree/bush last night, and re-roofed half of the building next door. Things are looking really good, and we are excited about the improvements.

Karli
Monday, March 07, 2005

Sylvia loved Samuel's cradle swing when they came to visit last weekend. Today, Landon and I spent all afternoon getting paint & supplies for the living room project. Things take a lot longer when we have Samuel along. We stopped at Fred Meyer's to feed him, then dealt with a lot of Tualatin traffic due to some construction. It took us an hour to get out of Tualatin! It was a nice afternoon, though, and we ended it by getting coffees at the coffee cart at Lowe's. Samuel was really good, and only cried the one time when he was ready to eat. Karli
Sunday, March 06, 2005

Landon finished re-painting the kitchen today. It looks great! Behind the refrigerator, he left a message for someone to discover someday--L.K.S. '05 which stands for Landon, Karli, and Samuel. I would have preferred the blue paint to cover the wall behind the refrigerator, even though no one will ever see it, but Landon didn't see the point. The fact that it isn't painted behind the refrigerator goes against my Type-A personality, but I'm going with the flow, because I'm not the painter, and it's the painter's call, after all. Anyway, the kitchen looks GREAT! I'm really happy with the change in atmosphere in the kitchen. The blue color really brightens the room a lot. Tomorrow, Landon is going to paint the living room a creamish-earth tone called ROPE. He is painting over the reddish-marroon color that is in there currently. This will brighten up the living room a lot, and we're both looking forward to this. --Karli
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Painting Day
Today we started out by making a trip to Sherwin-Williams. I was proud of myself that we actually got out of the house before 11am! We stopped at Starbucks on the way, then went to choose colors amongst the Martha Stewart line. By the way--she's out of prison--yay! I'd like to see her back on TV again. I miss her show. Anyway, we picked out two nice colors--a bright blue for the kitchen and a light, airy, earth tone for the living area. Landon spent all day painting, while I took care of Samuel.

Samuel had a bath today, and loved it. He likes bath time. For more about Samuel's bath time, see his blog at http://www.samuelkuhn.blogspot.com/

Now, Landon and I have to get back to Alias!

Karli
Friday, March 04, 2005
I was pretty happy this evening, because I timed it so I could run to Fred Meyer's right after Samuel fell asleep in hopes that I could get there and back before he woke up. I wanted to take him with me to practice going on an outing with just the two of us. Landon goes back to work soon, and I want to feel confident that I can do an errand or errands without any help. Anyway, I decided to shop as long as he slept. He slept for about an hour and a half. I was home within the hour. I bought two Dicentra bleeding heart plants for our front yard, some groceries, a magazine, a Starbucks beverage, and also came home with some tulip bulbs to plant in some ceramic planters that Sharla bought me for my birthday. It was great to get out of the house. Landon worked on finishing & priming the window frames, which look GREAT, by the way!

Karli
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Landon woke up today and decided he wanted to work on an interior project. Initially, he really wanted to remodel our bedroom, but that seemed a little excessive with little Samuel, so we decided the kitchen was a manageable project that he could foresee completing by the end of the week. He goes back to work a week from today. Landon needed to get wood & framing to frame out the two kitchen windows, as well as a circular saw. He went to Lowe's alone to get these supplies, and by 1pm, was already cutting wood and fitting pieces together. By the end of the evening, the windows were framed out, and looked GREAT!

In the evening, we had hamburgers at George's as a family (Samuel slept), and then I walked next door to Starbucks to get a grande decaf organic milk toffee nut latte.

Today was a good day, and both Landon and I are in good spirits since this kitchen project is going so well.

Karli
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Today we were able to leave the house. Samuel fell asleep, and we headed to SE Portland to have lunch at Tony's Bento. Sharla met us, and we had a nice time having lunch with her. Afterwards, I got a venti iced chai at Starbucks, and then Landon and I went to Powell's, where he purchased a book called Replay. Landon started reading it right away, and found it to be an excellent book.

Karli
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Today was a blur--mostly, we took care of Samuel, watched Netflix, and tried to rest when we could. We really wanted to go out and go for a walk or something, but it was just too difficult to leave the house. The timing never worked out with Samuel's feedings & nap times. So, today was another day spent taking care of our little baby full-time with no other activities.

Karli
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