Saturday, April 30, 2005

We stayed indoors almost all day today! Landon was busy playing around on the computer, since we now have DSL and our connection has gone from 33.3 kbps to over 200 kbps! I only went outside for 15 minutes with Samuel to prune the lilac trees, which have already lost their blossoms. I took Samuel out in the Snugli, and it felt like I was pregnant all over again! Carrying him suspended around my belly in the Snugli brought to rememberance the same back pains and feelings that came with carrying him around in-utero. Later this evening, we went over to Damien & Laurie's to hang out. Landon & Damien played poker while Laurie and I talked. Samuel had an episode of painful gas that was very stressful, but we got through it okay, and by the end of the evening, he was laughing & smiling again. I'm staying away from red onions in the future! This isn't the first time this has happened...KK
Friday, April 29, 2005

I like this blue jay (is it a blue jay?). He's been hanging around our backyard for the past couple of weeks. Today, Samuel and I stayed in, except for a one hour trip to the post office and Starbucks. I worked on things around the house. Landon was home from work before I knew it, and he made dinner. I watched "Closer" and "Saved." Before I knew it, the day was over. I struggled today a little with being down. Going to the post office & Starbucks was an attempt to alter my mood. I guess some days are just harder than others to stay chipper.
Thursday, April 28, 2005

Today was moms' group, and it was a small group of us that met today, so each of got the chance to ask a question and relay how things were going. Landon made burritos tonight that were pretty good! Today flew by! Samuel is smiling so much now! He's so cute!
Wednesday, April 27, 2005

My parents visited our house on their way back from my Dad's doctor's appointment. It was a short visit, and I was glad to hear my Dad had his feeding tube removed! Good news!

Later this afternoon, I took Samuel to The Picture People to have his pictures taken. One, in particular, turned out really nice! I was really excited about it.

Landon sprayed Roundup on our lawn this evening. We'll see how that goes...we are trying to build a path to the tuff shed (yes, tuff is spelled 'tuff' on this label).

This evening, Landon took Samuel & I to Dairy Queen for blizzards. No, Samuel did not get one. We ate them at Gabriel Park.

Tonight, there was thunderstorms at around 9pm. Very soothing to the ear.

It has been a good day all in all.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Today was super productive! I had dinner on the table (cream of broccali soup & rolls) when Landon got home from work, most of the yard mowed, and had given Samuel his first bottle! It was just a matter of finding a nipple that he liked, and Dr. Brown's level one nipple seems to be the brand! After dinner, Landon and I went to Lowe's to get some Roundup concentrate to kill the grass on the path to the tuff shed. We're going to lay stone surrounded by groundcover. We'll get a load of soil delivered and put it on top of the dead grass. We're going to kill the grass from the path to the fence, and plant a bunch more plants in there. Big job, but I'm excited about it!

Monday, April 25, 2005

I made chocolate chip cookies last night and they didn't turn out, because I added too much margerine. Oh, well. Today, Samuel & I went to a play-group at one of the Mom's homes. It was fun, and 2 1/2 hours flew by before I knew it. I didn't get much accomplished today--seemed like I was constantly changing a diaper or feeding Samuel. Some days are just like that. I did make it to the play-group, though! Karli
Sunday, April 24, 2005

We spent the afternoon down in McMinnville today, which was bright & sunny in comparison to Portland, where it was grey & rainy today.

My Dad looked pretty good. He is fighting an infection, but otherwise seems to be doing great.

In other news, my friend Jen is expecting her second baby! I'm so excited for her and Matt!

I made chocolate chip cookies tonight, but put too much butter in, so they ended up flat & buttery. I don't know why I tried to use up the rest of the butter in the tub. Something inside me didn't want to put the tub back into the frig with only a small amount of butter in it. So, I deserved flat & buttery cookies, because I knew what I was doing when I did it!

On the other hand, Landon made a delicious shrimp curry this evening! I prepared the shrimp (cleaned, de-shelled, & de-veined), and he did the rest--it turned out great, so we have yet another good recipe to add to our growing collection of favorites!! Karli
Saturday, April 23, 2005

Landon and I made and early-morning trip to Lowe's to make a couple of returns, then went to The Home Depot to buy a 5th solar-powered light for our driveway. We ended up having to stop our errands there to breastfeed Samuel & change a very dirty diaper before proceeding. Fred Meyer was our next stop, and we dropped $88.00 on what I thought was just a few things for dinner. Groceries are pretty much out-of-control expensive these days! Anyway, Landon invited his parents over for dinner, and I made a bean & pasta soup, and Landon made homemade garlic butter which we served on freshly baked bread. Mike & Susan brought over a salad with hard-boiled eggs, walnuts, and cranberries, which was very good. It was a nutritious meal that I think everyone enjoyed. Landon and I have since been watching The Soprano's. It's now 9pm, and I think we'll probably watch one more epidsode before going to bed. Samuel is quietly sleeping in his swing right now. --Karli
Friday, April 22, 2005

Friday! It was beautiful today! First time since last summer that I turned on the a/c! It got pretty hot today--probably mid-70's. Samuel was outside in a onesie in his vibrating chair. I bought 10 lavender plants this morning at Fred Meyer at $3.50 each. Pretty good deal. I'm going to line the path to the tuff shed out in our backyard with lavender plants, then plant different stepable ground covers around the stepping stones. It'll look great when this project is finished!
Thursday, April 21, 2005

I went to Washington Square this morning to get a new pair of jeans, because I pretty much want to burn my maternity clothes! I was really depressed to buy the size I did, which was two sizes larger than my normal size, but I told myself that this is only temporary--I'm not going to be this larger size for long! I intend to begin working out very soon! I'm going to join a gym and start burning calories VERY soon! It is really important to me to get back down to my pre-pregnancy size and feel good about how I look!

Mom's group was fun today--I sat closer to the instructor by some new faces, and enjoyed the topics that were discussed. I go every week, and it makes a big difference! Plus, Samuel is starting to notice the other babies, and I think as time goes on, he will begin to enjoy seeing the other babies and playing with them in playgroup.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I got a horrible headache today, and was unable to get much done, but did do some work in the yard in the evening. I edged the front yard, and mowed the front lawn. I weeded the circle at the end of our driveway. It was another beautiful day! Things are really starting to look nice around our yard, and the property next door is looking great, too!
Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I bought a bunch of plants at a garden store nearby our house & got to work putting them into the ground. It was beautiful weather today! Samuel sat in his vibrating chair while I worked outside, and we had a nice afternoon together.
Monday, April 18, 2005
The best thing about today is my Dad went home from the hospital! I am so happy about this! I know my Dad will be better off in his own home, and I'm glad for him that he was able to leave the cancer ward today. I'm hoping for the best with his continuing recovery from this major surgery!

Today was a busy day! Samuel and I went to two different playgroups--both in NW Portland. We left at 10:15am, and didn't get home until 4pm. So, we were gone all day visiting with other Moms & babies. We had a nice day together. Samuel is learning so much now every day. He is very alert and has different cries to signify different needs. He is vocalizing a lot now, and making sounds like eeeeee oooooo uuuuuu. He is drawing out vowel sounds and making different shapes with his mouth. He likes laying on the play-mat, and is demanding more and more visual stimulation than he did before. He enjoys laying in his crib and looking at the different colors on the mobile, bedding, and the animals. He still loves his froggy above his changing table best of all, and never ceases to coo and smile at it whenever we change him. Landon has been taking him from 7-8am each morning while he is getting ready for work, and Samuel tends to be in a good mood during this time, and I'm able to stretch out in bed and sleep soundly for an hour each morning. Samuel is growing fast, and is already 9 1/2 weeks old. We're enjoying every minute, but they go by so fast!
Sunday, April 17, 2005
This afternoon, we went to Katie's photo show in SE, then headed over to NW to see my Dad. He looked so much better today. It was very encouraging. When we entered his room, he was sitting up in a chair, and looked 10 times better than the day before. Afterwards, we went to Haggen to get groceries, then came home and I made a bean & pasta soup. It was made with onion, tomatoes, pasta, garlic, olive oil, chicken stock, rosemary, white kidney beans, and parsley. It was very tasty, and there are lots of leftovers for Landon for the week. After dinner, Landon made smoothies, and we watched more Arrested Development episodes until we went to bed.

Saturday, April 16, 2005
Landon and I went to Peri's poncho show this morning. Since I slept in until after 9am, we rushed to get out the door, as her show started at 10am. We got a cute little poncho for Samuel that was gifted to us from Barbara, and another poncho for Kerrie & Dan's little girl Abigail, whose 1st birthday is next week!

We visited my Dad, then went to Mike & Susan's to visit them. We ended up going to The Original Taco House for dinner, and the food was terrible. I'll never go back! Anyway, Mike is back safely from Thailand, and had a great time.

We came home and watched Arrested Development episodes from Netflix (great series, by the way), then went to bed.

Friday, April 15, 2005
I am so sore today from mowing the lawn yesterday. A lot of my muscles are stiff and I'm physically and mentally exhausted. Went to see my Dad earlier, then cancelled my plans with Sharla, because I needed to go to bed early. Slept for 12 hours (9pm to 9am). Of course, I woke up many times during that time frame with Samuel, but I always went back to sleep. I attempted to watch Law & Order: Trial by Jury, but fell soundly asleep with Samuel beside me about halfway into it.

Thursday, April 14, 2005
My Dad was too sick this morning for me to visit, and they are running some tests, so he is in and out of his room.

I'm hoping with some luck to do some more mowing today! Maybe I'll just get the edger out and do that for awhile. It's nice having some extra daylight to work outside when Landon gets home from work at 5:30, because he can watch Samuel while I go outside. It's a little more complicated trying to work outside with Samuel when I'm all by myself.

Okay, I'm off to the moms' group. Gotta go! Karli
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I learned how to mow the lawn this evening! I had a burst of energy, so went outside and started weeding, then did some mowing. I'd like to get the edger out this week, and learn how to do that as well. Landon watched Samuel, and luckily, he gave me about an hour to an hour and a half out there before I came in and fed him. I was able to finish what I set out to do, so I had a sense of accomplishment, which made me feel good.

My Dad wasn't doing so good today when I visited. They re-inserted the tube to his stomach, which will prevent him from vomitting. My Dad was out from a sedative afterwards, so I didn't stay long. I hope he will get some good rest. Karli
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Today was hard! For one thing, it was pouring down rain all day, which made for a pretty dismal day on top of the circumstances that are already going on in my family. I had to go to Babies R’Us to get some more diapers & baby wipes for Samuel, and, of course, what should have taken 5 minutes took over an hour. Samuel started crying in the store, so I had to make my way back to the moms’ room to soothe him. Once I got him to sleep, I got to the check-stand and realized that I had forgotten my purse in the car, so I had to leave everything at the check-stand and run out to the car with Samuel to get my purse. It was pouring out! So, I took Samuel outside, and then brought him back in. It’s a wonder he didn’t wake back up—for that, I’m lucky, I guess! Once I got out of Babies R’Us, I headed to NW to see my Dad. Of course, Samuel woke up and had messed his diaper before I even got into the hospital, so I had to sit in a lobby in the hospital basement and change him, then nurse him, then burp him. By this time, it was past 1pm. I finally made it upstairs to the cancer ward, and my Dad was not feeling well at all. He threw up when I was in there, and I felt so bad for him. He threw up probably a liter (at least) of stomach bile. He doesn’t want the nurse to put the tube back in his nose, because they usually have to try two or three times, and it is very uncomfortable for my Dad, so he didn’t tell the nurse that he threw up. He said he had been up the whole night before throwing up and feeling like he had the stomach flu. My Dad was not in very good spirits. I tried to cheer him up to no avail. I feel so bad for him that he has to go through this. I stayed with him until my Mom got back, then left at about 2:40pm. I’m trying to figure out what I can bring him tomorrow that will cheer him up. I think he needs some good movies, so I might rent a couple for him. It doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to go home today or tomorrow. This is a tough road to walk. I wish there was something more I could do for my Dad. It’s so sad & hard for everyone. Karli
Monday, April 11, 2005

Today was a lot of fun! After visiting my Dad in the hospital, Samuel and I went to see a movie at the matinee for moms, dads, and babies. We saw "In Good Company." Samuel was pretty good through the whole movie, and I had a really good time. I went with a couple of moms from the moms' group that I attend on Thursday afternoons. I felt refreshed mentally after getting out of the house & seeing a movie. Today will keep me going all week! --Karli
Sunday, April 10, 2005

I was so tired today! Samuel has been up a lot the past two nights, so I've had little energy for the weekend. Landon and I went to Fred Meyer's this morning. First thing I did was head to the Starbucks counter and order a venti carmel machiatto! We stayed around the house most of today. Recent April showers have kept us from doing much outdoors the past couple weekends. Karli
Saturday, April 09, 2005

We went to visit my Dad this morning. He seemed to be in good spirits, and had been up for a walk. We brought purple lilacs to replace the white ones that had wilted. He has lots of other flowers from friends & family. After our visit, we went to see Susan, who just returned back from Thailand with Gay yesterday. She was pretty tired yesterday, so we are going to see her this afternoon. I was so tired when she was talking about Thailand that the whole visit seemed to be blurry in my memory. When I got home, I laid in bed and slipped in and out of sleep with Samuel while he was nursing. It's been a long week-emotionally & physically draining.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Here it is Friday already. This has been a long week, and has drained me both physically and emotionally. Looking back, I have a lot to be thankful for, however. My Dad came through the surgery, and Dr. Hansen was able to do the surgery, which is really good news. My Dad is still recovering, but so far everything is going as well as it possibly could considering the extensiveness of the surgery he underwent.
This evening, Landon stayed home from session, and we watched Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Landon made homemade popcorn, and we went to bed by 10pm. Like I said, it’s been a long week. Karli
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Samuel Landon Kuhn--8 Weeks Old Today
Samuel received four vaccinations today, measured 25 inches long, weighed 14lbs. 6oz., and is in the 95th percentile for weight, height, and head circumference. He’s a growing boy! He’s doing great with weight gain while breastfeeding. Formula-fed babies tend to put on the most weight, so Samuel is doing terrific!

Samuel and I went from the early morning doctor’s appointment to visit my Dad. After visiting my Dad, we headed to the moms’ group after having to stop off of Burnside for an emergency nursing. Usually, Samuel does great in the car, but every once in awhile…well, you get the idea.

The moms’ group was a lot of fun, and is a highlight in my week. It’s so good to hear other moms that struggle with the same things. It makes you feel like you are not only alone, but aren’t an atypical mother. Karli
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Samuel was kind of fussy this morning, but at around noon, I packed him up and we went to see Landon at work. We went to a bento place nearby Landon’s work and had some lunch. Damien was there, and held Samuel for a few minutes while we ordered our food. Samuel looked so cute when Damien was holding him that I wished I would have had a camera! Samuel slept while we ate, and then we went to Starbucks. I got a grande carmel macchiato, and Landon got an iced grande americano. Landon and I plan to see my Dad this evening. Samuel is sleeping right now, and I’m catching up on my blog & e-mails while drinking my carmel macchiato.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005
I was so exhausted today. I was still soundly sleeping with Samuel at 10:15am when my doorbell rang. I ran to the door and unlocked it, and it was my good friends Jen & Sharla. They brought me a vanilla latte, doughnuts, and some foot therapy lotions. They stayed for awhile, and I appreciated their visit so much. It really lifted my spirits after being at the hospital all day yesterday. They held Samuel while I took a shower & got ready to go back to the hospital to see my Dad. I couldn’t take Samuel into the ICU, so my Mom stayed with him in the waiting room while I visited my Dad for about 5 minutes. He was really sleepy from the morphine, so I didn’t stay long. Landon and I are going to go see him tomorrow night with Samuel once he’s been moved from the ICU. Once I got home from the hospital, I was so tired & fighting a pounding headache. I slept for about an hour and a half with Samuel until Landon got home. We went to The House of Teriyaki for dinner, then came home and had some coffee. Landon thought it would help my headache, and it did. We gave Samuel a bath and had a relaxing evening. Landon played his fiddle for Samuel, and I folded laundry. We watched Law & Order: SVU right before we went to bed. We all slept soundly. --Karli
Monday, April 04, 2005
My Dad made it through major surgery today. He had to have the Whipple procedure, because he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about two weeks ago. It was a major surgery, and he was under for about 11 hours, but my Dad remained stable throughout the surgery, and did great. He did not even need a blood transfusion, because he did not lose too much blood. My Dad woke up from anesthesia and was making jokes and in good spirits. Samuel and I were at the hospital for about 13 hours. We left before my Dad came out of recovery. I’m so relieved the doctor was able to perform this surgery, because there was a chance that he wouldn’t do it if he got in there and saw that the cancer had spread too far. So, my Dad has made it through the first and maybe the biggest hurdle of this illness. The next step will be chemo.

Sunday, April 03, 2005
Today we went down to McMinnville to spend the last day before my Dad’s surgery with him. We stayed for a few hours, and my Dad was in pretty good spirits. Landon took some videos of my Dad. I had taken some on Friday when I was in McMinnville of my Dad holding Samuel. Our digital camera takes pretty good home videos! Almost wasn’t worth us buying a video-camera, since we use our digital so much for videos.

When we got home, I made rosemary & orange shrimp. It was my first time making it, so I had to learn how to clean & de-vein the shrimp. I did a pretty good job, except for when I broke the dish by burning the rosemary initially and running the glass pan under cold water. Shattered to a million pieces. This added a little stress to my cooking experience, but I was able to get my composure and start over, and luckily the shrimp & other ingredients remained unaffected by the shattered glass. I was afraid glass splinters would be all over, but luckily the food was all covered when it happened, so I didn’t have to worry about that.

Tomorrow is my Dad’s surgery—I’m nervous about it, and feeling like I’m not going to be able to sleep too much tonight. It’s hard not to worry. All I can do is hope for the best possible outcome at this point.

Saturday, April 02, 2005
Landon and I decided we need to cook more, so we both picked out a recipe, and then went to Fred Meyer to get the ingredients. Landon made his own chicken stock with dumplings, and it was super good. He also planted his sunflowers in spirals in the backyard. They will look neat when they start growing & blooming. My friend Jen and her little 9 month old Dylan came over in the afternoon and we chatted about babies and other things for about an hour or so before she had to leave. It was a pleasant day, which was refreshing with all the stress and sadness going on right now with my Dad’s illness.

Friday, April 01, 2005
Friday already—Samuel is now 7 weeks old as of yesterday at 12:49pm. I spent most of today in McMinnville with my Dad. His surgery is on Monday. Today was very difficult, because my parents did their wills. They were both having a hard day, and the whole family is nervous about my Dad’s surgery on Monday. There is a chance they won’t be able to do the surgery once they open him up. It depends on how far the cancer has spread. We’re hoping they can do the surgery, because it will prolong his life. Anyway, today was a hard day. I had a chance to spend time with my Dad, but also cried a lot on the way down to McMinnville, then on the way back up to Portland. When I was around my Dad, I tried to be strong for him.

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