Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tonight Landon and I walked around in the Pearl district for about two hours. It was a nice walk, and I was even able to get a couple shoots of an interesting groundcover from a groundcover garden near some condos. We got some coffee and Starbucks and had a nice evening walking around the Pearl district and looking at all the old houses with interesting architecture and trim. Karli
Monday, May 30, 2005

We had some friends over this evening for a BBQ. It was an enjoyable evening. Priscilla decided to sleep in one of my pots filled with soil (used to hold mother-in-law tongue or swordplant, but it didn't fair so well in our sunless house. Karli
Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Gilliam girls--today Landon and I left early in the morning and headed for Seaside, where my sister Tracy, her husband Mike, and step-daughter Hailee were staying with my parents. It was a fun day. They were staying in Gearhart. The beach at Gearhart is pictured in the background. There were SUV's and pick-ups on the beach along with campers. I didn't think those two should mix, personally! I felt like it would be easy for some drunk late at night to ride wrecklessly and accidently run over a tent! I don't think I could sleep peacefully if I knew there were vehicles driving around me!! Anyway, in the afternoon, my Dad BBQ'd sausages, and they were good! We chopped up onions, had relish, ketchup, and mustard. It was a fun day. We didn't get home until almost midnight. Karli
Saturday, May 28, 2005

Here is a picture of our path. Today, we went to Lowe's and bought all different kinds of groundcover for our garden path. Here is a picture of the finished result. It took us a few hours to put all the lavender, sage, and groundcovers into the ground, and more than a few hours to put all the stepping stones into the ground. By the afternoon, we were pretty tired! We ended up gonig to The Olive Garden for dinner. It's amazing how much we have gotten accomplished in the past two days! Karli
Friday, May 27, 2005

Landon took today off & we worked REALLY hard! Last night, we went to Fred Meyer and stocked up on energy bars & bottled water. Starting at 9am, Landon shoveled the garden mulch while I raked it in between taking care of Samuel. It was really hot today. It was about 97 degrees, and we worked for 8 hours. We didn't stop until 5pm. It's amazing how much work we actually completed. Tomorrow is going to be another full day, because we have to lay the path. Karli
Thursday, May 26, 2005

I had an arborist come over today to look at our pine tree, which we want to have removed. It is growing really close to the house, and we need to have the stump & roots grround up so that we can level the soil by the house. The arborist said the oak trees on our property and the property next door are 350-400 years old. He said they were here since before the time of Lewis & Clark. Pretty amazing!

Today I went to Starbucks to get Landon a frappacino, but I spilled it in my car just before I got to his work, and I started crying, because it was a lot of effort on my part to go get that, then it got all over my car. There was chocolate all over!

This evening, I put one coat of the new paint on the bathroom, and Landon helped me with the edging. Karli
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Our property is really starting to take shape. It helps that the property next door has been completely remodeled. The days fly by so quickly, because I have so many projects going on in addition to taking care of Samuel. Karli
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The rain has been very persistent. I went and got some paint today at Home Depot for the bathroom, and I also bought five Spanish lavender plants. I have a lot of projects planned for this weekend. Karli
Monday, May 23, 2005

Today was a beautiful day outside, but started out in a nightmarish way when in my fogginess of before-morning-coffee I downloaded a worm into our computer, which e-mailed itself to everyone in my MSN contact list! For more information about this horrible worm, go here:
Samuel was very fussy all day today. He is asleep now, but I'm wondering if his extreme fussiness may be the beginning of some kind of movement within his gums from his baby teeth. We went to playgroup today, but I had to stop for 30 minutes on the way to sooth him, and he was fussy while we were there. Out of about 9 women, Samuel is the only boy! He's going to have lots of female playmates. In the other playgroup we go to, he is only one of two boys, and the rest are all girls. I guess there was a string of girls around the time Samuel was born, so there are only about 3 boys in the moms' group that I go to. I'm going to have to work harder to find Samuel some other boys to play with! Karli
Sunday, May 22, 2005

We got a new charcoal BBQ!! Landon calls it a grill, but I grew up calling it a BBQ, so that is what I will call it here. I not only use BBQ as a noun, but also as a verb. Here is an example: Tonight, I BBQ'd (verb) hamburgers for Landon and I. They turned out really good. The BBQ (noun) is a good way to cook beef. The weather today was so up and down. One minute it would be blue skies & sunny, the next dark, grey, and pouring cats & dogs. Somehow, we managed to lay a two stone path that extends from our sidewalk. We bought the two large Arizone flagstones from Oregon Decorative Rock. It sure looks nice. I'll post a picture of the path in tomorrow's entry. Ciao--Karli
Saturday, May 21, 2005

Here is a picture of our driveway. Mike & Susan came over and helped us spread barkdust all day. It was hard work, but the weather held up, and fortunately, it didn't start to rain until we were all finished. Our driveway looks great, as does my other flower beds. I'm so proud! I had all the flower beds weeded before the barkdust was delivered. I've been doing it in between caring for Samuel. It gives me a break from being in the house to get outside. I am really growing to love our property. Unfortunately, the house is too small, so we will be moving within the next year or two. With the cost of housing, I'm hoping we'll be able to afford something a little bigger! Otherwise, we might have to look into adding on. --Karli
Friday, May 20, 2005

Barkdust delivery! Guess what we'll be doing all weekend? You guessed it--spreading barkdust! In the background, you can see how I moved my car over for the big delivery truck. We got all this barkdust for only $115.00! Samuel and I stayed home together for most of today, and didn't go swimming because of the barkdust delivery. We did leave the house shortly after it was delivered, however, to meet Landon for lunch at Taco Del Mar. I had a delicious vegetarian burrito, and Landon had two fish tacos. Samuel slept quietly throughout the entire meal. Karli
Thursday, May 19, 2005

Today was a busy day. Samuel and I started off by meeting Colleen & Cindy at Starbucks in SE Portland, then we headed over to Susan's Montessori School so Susan could show Samuel to her co-workers and students. One little Chinese boy asked, "What country did he come from?" It was super cute. All the kids had questions about him like, "Can he talk yet?" "How old is he?" "Can he dance?" After a short visit at the school, we went to the Moms' group in SW. This evening, I'm super proud of myself, because I was able to successfully leave Samuel for a little over two hours with Landon! It will be a long time before I'm ready to leave him with anyone besides Landon, but for right now, I am proud of myself for being able to take this big step of leaving him at all. I was pretty anxious the whole time, and called several times to check on him, but everything went fine, and Landon did a great job. In fact, when I got home, Samuel was sound asleep for the night. Great job, Landon! Thanks!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

My parents stopped by for a visit today on the way back from my Dad's appointment with the doctor. Other than that visit, Samuel and I had a pretty low-key day at home. Landon made stir-fry with a stirfry sauce that had MSG in it. I had a major headache for about twelve hours. It started about 2 hours after dinner and lasted until about 8am the next morning. Landon won't be making MSG surprise again! Haha!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Well, I moved around the living room & our bedroom today. Lots of work! We moved the computer out to the dining/kitchen area, and I hung up the two pictures Gay gave us when we moved in above the computer. They look nice. We moved the armoir diagonal, and the long futon is now across from the fireplace. The chair is next to the fireplace. Looks better, I think. Landon came home and was surprised. He liked it, too. Anyway, I made pasta primavera tonight. Primavera means "spring." It had carrots, zucchini, snow peas, asparagus heads, thyme, olive oil, and chicken stock. It was super good. There is enough for Landon to take some to work tomorrow. Landon has the other meals this week. I picked out 2, which I've already made now, and he picked out 3. I'm not sure what he is making, but one is a stir-fry, which he is going to make tomorrow night.
Monday, May 16, 2005

It rained almost all day today, but tonight, the showers ceased long enough for us to take a short walk around the block as a family. Samuel enjoyed being outdoors. The birds were chirping and eating all the worms. Samuel and I spent a few hours this afternoon at one of his play-groups. The baby girls sure like Samuel--he is a good looking boy!
Sunday, May 15, 2005

The forecast said today would be a "soaker." Far from it! We had a few showers, but otherwise, it was a nice day! We had 9am appointments for haircuts at Salon in Vogue this morning, then went to Zupan's and spent way too much money on groceries. That place is expensive! Came home and made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, then we went to an open-house next door. The property looks great, and the inside of the new owner's house has been improved 110%. I'm excited to have such a nice neighbor that has improved the property so much. This evening, Landon and I planted some seeds (love in a midst, columbine, and gayfeather), then relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Saturday, May 14, 2005

Landon and I worked in the yard almost all day today. Landon spread our compost piles over the dead lawn bordering the path that will go to the Tuff Shed, and I mowed, weeded, and planted some Irish & Scotch moss. In the middle of the day, we ran to the bank, then went to The Pita Pit downtown, which was super good! We came back home and worked in the yard some more, then watched A Love Song for Bobby Long. We were so tired! It was a long day, but it sure was productive!
Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday the 13th
I took Samuel swimming today for the first time, and he seemed to love it! We were at Children by the Sea for about an hour, then we met some friends (Andrea & VK, Heather & Logan) at the zoo. This evening, Landon had Joel & his fiancee over for hamburgers. I was so tired that I retired with Samuel early before they had even left. It was a long (albeit fun) day today!
Thursday, May 12, 2005

You know what blows me away--to read my '04 Archives for May. My entries are completely void of any notion of having a 13 week old baby a year into the future. If someone would have told me this would be the case, I would have shrugged them off thinking they were crazy. Yet, here I am--watching a 13 week old baby named Samuel sleep peacefully next to me as I type surprised at the miracle of it all.

Within a few minutes, I'm off to hear a nutritionist speak at my Moms' group. Afterwards, I am planning to meet a friend, Amy, who delivered her little girl five days after I delivered Samuel.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Samuel and I went to get some groceries at Trader Joe's this afternoon, and stopped at Starbucks for about ten minutes, during which Samuel fell sound asleep.

This morning was exciting, because Samuel rolled over five times! The first time caught me by surprise, as I was out of the room when he rolled over, but he showed me how he did it four more times, and has yet to do it again.

Tonight I mowed the front yard, which only took about ten minutes, and spread two wheelbarrow's worth of compost on the dead lawn on the way to the Tuff Shed. That was enough work for me.

I've been reading this book by Anne Lamott that is pretty good. I stayed up until 1am last night reading it after I had put Samuel down for the night. The book is called Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son's First Year.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Here is a picture of Samuel & I only two weeks after delivery.

For the past few weeks, I have been losing my hair in clumps, which is common in the postpartum period. Here is an explanation taken from babycenter.com:

During pregnancy, your hair shifts into a growth phase, in which less hair falls out on a daily basis. But as soon as you deliver and your hormones have settled down — usually at about 12 weeks after delivery — you shift into a shedding phase called telogen effluvium when you may be alarmed to find your locks coming out in bunches. Normally, you lose about 100 to 125 hairs a day, but during a shedding phase, you may be losing about 500 a day.

So, that's what my hair is up to these days. Clumps fall out, especially in the shower. I'm trying to brush my hair a lot, but I'm finding it everywhere, nonetheless, and have had to put liquid draino down our shower drain several times already.

Today, I worked on our budget most of the morning, then ran some errands--Annie Bloom's for thank-you cards, Kinko's to make a copy of my driver's license to update my name on my student loans, went to Starbucks to get Landon a drink and take it to his work, and stopped for a hamburger at McDonald's, which was very bad of me! I am losing weight, though, and am super happy, because I was able to fit into another one of my pre-pregnancy pants over the weekend! That's two pairs now that I fit. I just have about 5 more pounds to go, as well as some toning until I'm back to my old self. It feels good to almost have my old body back after a year of major changes!

Monday, May 09, 2005

These trees will be cut down soon by our next door neighbor. Today, I am headed to the Kennedy School for the mommy matinee. Samuel's play-group is meeting there. The movie will be Million Dollar Baby, and I'm looking forward to seeing that! I forgot to say on the blog what we did yesterday for Mother's Day. It was supposed to rain all day, but luckily, the rain held off until 4:30pm, and up until then, it was really nice out! We went down to NW 23rd and walked around for hours. We had lunch down there at my new favorite bento place--a Japanese restaurant called Fuki's Saki & Sushi bar. We had so much fun together as a family. Landon gave me a $20.00 gift card to Coffee People, a new commuter mug, a bag of gummy bears & chocolate covered espresso beans, and a nice card for my first Mother's Day. It was definitely a memorable and special day! Karli
Sunday, May 08, 2005

Today is Mother's Day. It was 12 weeks ago that I became a Mother to Samuel. It was a year ago that I became pregnant with Samuel, and in some ways, it was then that I first began to feel like a Mother. It was the moment Samuel was born, however--when the doctor laid him on my chest, that the love of a mother for her child overcame me. In celebration of that day--which was the happiest day of my life--I have written an account of Samuel's birth story.

Samuel’s Birth Story

On February 8th, 2005, I found myself eating chicken teriyaki with Landon and Damien in Tigard when I felt my first contraction. I had been experiencing contractions off and on for a few weeks, so did not initially suspect that my labor had begun. Fifteen minutes later, Landon and I were in Fred Meyer getting some groceries when an even stronger contraction came and went—strong enough to stop me in my tracks and breathe through it. Every ten to fifteen minutes, contractions continued to come and go and were anywhere between 30 to 45 seconds in duration. For about four hours, Landon kept track of my contractions, and we got ready for bed in anticipation of what the night would bring. I labored all night with no sleep. Contractions continued to come anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes and were lasting up to a minute. At 5am, they became painful enough that I woke up Landon, and he got up and made some coffee. We continued to time them until about 8am, when I called my Mom, who encouraged me to call the doctor and let them know that I’d been in labor for over twelve hours. When I called the doctor, they asked me to come in so they could do a stress test on the baby while monitoring contractions. The OB-GYN, Dr. Thum, who saw me wanted me to get some rest and said I was in the early stages of labor—still only dilated to 2cm, same as I had been the week prior. Since I was unable to rest at home due to consistent contractions, Dr. Thum made the decision to admit me to the hospital for therapeutic rest. They gave me a dose of morphine, and I slept for four hours. When I woke up, Dr. Reindl checked me and to our surprise, I had gone from 2cm. to 3cm., so they made the decision at that time to admit me to the hospital—we were going to have a baby! Landon and I were so excited that the time had finally come for our baby to enter our lives! We were moved to a new room, and I began to walk the halls to get contractions coming more regularly in hopes that dilation would continue. Contractions started coming more frequently—every few minutes—while I was walking, and were very painful! I would have to stop in the hall and lean against the wall to breathe and get through the pain. After a couple of hours of this, the nurse checked me, and I was almost 4cm., but contractions were still pretty erratic, and were not consistently staying close together. By about 8pm, we made the decision to start Pitocin through an IV to keep the contractions close together and keep dilation progressing. My goal was to get through labor & delivery with no drugs—that was before I knew how Pitocin could turn my contractions from painful to unbearable. As they kept increasing the dosage of Pitocin, I got closer and closer to a threshold of pain that I could not tolerate. By 1am, I called the nurse for an Epidural. I knew I was going to need sleep to get through pushing. I was in so much excruciating pain at that point that I did not even feel the Epidural procedure. That moment was very intense, because I had reached such an intense level of pain due to the Pitocin. I was still only 4cm. at this time. I was able to sleep from about 2 to 6am, because they gave me some pain medication to knock me out and let me sleep. The Epidural helped me sleep, also. By 6am, the nurse assured me that my contractions had been strong and consistent all night. Family began arriving again by about 9am. I felt pretty good all morning, but at 10am, I began to feel intense pressure, and began to experience the worst pain I’ve experienced in my entire life. For an hour, I buried my head and tried to think of anything but the intense pain I was experiencing. The whole world around me became silent, and all that existed in my memory of that hour was me trying my hardest to get through the pain I felt. At 10:45, they said I was 8cm. By 11am, I told the nurse to check again, because I was feeling the intense desire to push. Sure enough, I was fully dilated, and began to push at that moment. Minutes later, the doctor came in and took over for the nurse. Somehow, I found strength from somewhere inside myself to push as hard as I did for 2 hours. It was the hardest work I have ever done in my entire life. Not only was the pushing intensely difficult, but my Epidural had had little effect since 10am that morning. I was in so much pain, then pushing 3 to 4 times with each contraction, and each push holding my breath and bearing down for 10 to 14 seconds in duration. I would watch the mirror and see my baby’s dark hair, but for over an hour, it seemed my baby’s head would not deliver. Finally, after the doctor suggested an episiotomy and I agreed, I delivered the head, and minutes later, he was delivered after almost two hours of pushing. It was 11:49—11 minutes shy of what was 42 hours of labor. I had delivered a son—Samuel Landon Kuhn, and it seemed no one was in the room at that moment except for Landon, me, and our new baby. I remember crying and saying over and over, “My baby, my baby…” Landon was crying, too, and we were both so happy and filled with joy and love for our new baby. I’ll never forget the feeling of his warm skin on my chest seconds after I had pushed him out, his umbilical cord still pulsating. It took another hour after little Samuel was delivered before I had delivered the afterbirth and the doctor had sewed me up. Sometime during that hour, it was announced that he weighed in at 9lbs. 14oz., 21 inches long. I couldn’t believe I had delivered such a big baby—especially after my doctor had assured me I would be having a baby around 7lbs! I was so proud, and remember thinking that night while Landon and Samuel slept soundly in our recovery room, and I was awake with thoughts of all I had been through in the past two days, that I had never been more happy—the two people I loved most in the whole world were laying right beside me—my new son Samuel and my husband Landon. The journey hadn’t been easy, and never would be, but the joy and love that I had found along the way had made it all worthwhile!
Saturday, May 07, 2005

Today we celebrated Mother's Day with my Mom in McMinnville. Before we went down there, Landon went to get some groceries and a Mother's Day gift for me, and I went to the mall to get a new outfit at Ann Taylor. We had a fun day in McMinnville. We were down there for about four hours. Robby had planned the day, and each of us girls brought a dish, so Mom didn't have to cook. Robby made a book to give Mom that had a collection of different things that us kids had written. I gave Mom some lotion & bath gel from Bath & Body works. It was a pretty nice day, and the weather was nice, also. Karli
Friday, May 06, 2005

Rose in bloom from the rosebush in front of our house.

I have to clean up the house & get things organized today, because Landon invited some friends to come over this evening. This will be a busy weekend with Mother's Day and all.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Here is a picture of some columbine flowers I recently planted in front of our house.

I went to the moms' group today, and we had a good discussion about various topics, one of which was anxiety disorders as they relate to postpartum mood disorders.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Here is a picture of our newly improved driveway. The adjacent fence was put in by our neighbors just this week.

I met a friend Katie for lunch today in the Irvington neighborhood. I am back now, and Samuel is quietly sleeping on our bed. I'm trying to figure out if I should rearrange our bedroom. Karli
Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Here is a picture of our new wok! Landon will cook in it tonight when he makes a new recipe!

Today has flown by! I've decided not to leave the house, and have been doing things around here. I got our new spice rack from Kitchen Kaboodle put together. It now holds 12 of our spices that we most frequently use. The others are in the cupboard.

Next door, they've hacked away the obnoxious blackberry bushes, and are now working on removing the poplars & dead stumps. Good news is they are gone...bad news is we now have little privacy in our backyard, as the house next door now has a full & unobstructed view. Oh, well. You win some, you lose some.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Here I am getting ready to walk the strip of NW 23rd with Landon & Samuel. We wanted to check out woks at Kitchen Kaboodle. We also bought new bathroom towels at Restoration Hardware. After a bath this evening, I tried one of the new towels out, and have decided that RH's towels are the nicest linens I've ever had in my bathroom!

Earlier today, Samuel and I went to the Mommy matinee at the Kennedy School with one of our play-groups. It was fun, but the movie was super lame (Hitch). Wouldn't recommend it at all! Poor acting, under-developed characters, and minimal plotline. There was one or two funny scenes, but not worth the other hour and a half of lame script I sat through!
Sunday, May 01, 2005

Here it is--Sunday morning. We're listening to David Bowie, and Samuel is now 11 weeks, 3 days. Hard to believe! The little guy will be 3 months old shortly. Well, we're off to get our weekly groceries at Haggen! The picture above is Samuel's first time in the jumping seat. He loved it!
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