Sunday, July 31, 2005

This morning, we went for a walk in Multnomah Village and in the surrounding neighborhood, treating ourself to iced coffees from Starbucks. Samuel seemed to really like the walk, but in the middle of it, he started getting fussy, so Landon picked him up from the stroller, and he fell asleep. We decided to head down to McMinnville a little early, since Samuel was asleep. He slept the whole way down. We celebrated Tracy's 27th birthday with the whole family. Several of Tracy's fellow nursing student friends came to join in the celebration. Kristi & Zac did not come, because they went to a Dreyer family reunion. Shelly & Erick were there with Kaenan, although left early. Landon and I took off around 4pm, and came home and watered the plants & took it easy. Karli
Saturday, July 30, 2005

We slept in until about 9am this morning. I kept nursing Samuel back to sleep every 20 minutes or so in order to get in some more rest. Before I knew it, it was 9am! Very rare for anyone in our household to sleep that late! We got groceries today, watched some television, watered the plants, and tried to relax after a stressful and busy week preparing for the home addition. We have also been doing a lot of walking in the evenings. Samuel loves it! He leans forward in his stroller and holds onto the bar as if he doesn't want to miss one thing! Karli
Friday, July 29, 2005

What a great day! After last night's stress of not knowing if the city was going to make us pay about 10K to get the sewer problem fixed, I didn't think things could get much worse, and did not expect them to get any better, either. But, first thing this morning, we got a call from the guy at environmental services saying that we are cleared and they are approving our building permit. They are letting sleeping dogs lie. That was great news to hear! Today, I'm staying home doing household chores and getting ready for our meeting with Bob Steele tonight. We get the designs tonight, and can go pick up our permits downtown once we approve JD's estimate. Breaking ground is not far away! Financing went through smoothly, so at least we didn't have any curveballs coming at us from that direction. Samuel is sleeping right now, and I am enjoying a quiet house. He has been pretty fussy and demanding lately. Probably due to teething...--Karli
Thursday, July 28, 2005

These dusty millers are growing in every which way. Kind of resembles my stress at the moment. It is shooting around in all directions. I am stressed because the city is saying that the sewer for our house never underwent a sewer assessment. They are not even showing any records that sewer was ever hooked up to city lines on this property. We might be looking at about 10K to get this problem resolved. All we could do was go on a walk with Samuel and hope for the best. We are very stressed tonight, and so far, a lot of money is going out on this project for the designs, and more might be going out to resolve this sewer problem, and we haven't even started building yet! A second problem came up, also, when the current addition on this property came up on city records as showing that it was never inspected post-construction. Just great! We might have to pay to have it inspected now after all these years. This is something I'm going to be going after our title company for, because they should have caught this (I think) when we bought the house. :( So, my stress resembles these dusty millers tonight! Karli
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Samuel was really fussy today, and it was difficult at one point, because I was trying to talk to our broker about financing, and he was really fussy. I ended up asking her to call Landon at work to discuss options for financing the upcoming construction project. In the evening, we went for a walk to Fred Meyer, and that really helped me to feel less stressed out. I watered the plants when we got home. It was already after dark by that time. Landon made stir-fry tonight. It was really good! Things are starting to move along with the construction project. And, all this has happened within less than one week! Karli
Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I spent about an hour this morning looking for my cell phone, only to find out that it is in McMinnville! Has been since Sunday afternoon. Goes to show you how much I even use it. Landon and I are going to discontinue service on our cell phones when the contract expires this fall. Neither of us really use our phones, and it is a big expense. It's also so dangerous to use the cell while driving. I really don't need one. I'm at home now so much that the landline will work just fine. It was useful, however, when I was going to school f/t. Anyway, Samuel and I are now off to a playgroup. He was wide awake from 11 to 12am last night. He got up again at 1am, then at 2am. I didn't look at the clock the other times he awoke last night. I'm so tired! That's all I know at this point! Karli
Monday, July 25, 2005

Another interesting plant in our garden. I don't have the name/variety of this one. For some reason, I am missing the tag. Today I have been getting information together for the loan we will be needing to do the construction project. I am also trying to get the house cleaned up (never stays clean for long w/ a baby!), because Bob & JD are coming over tonight to discuss design plans. At least I am home with Samuel during the day, so I can help get the information together that we'll need. It is much harder for Landon to do it from work. Karli
Sunday, July 24, 2005

Here is a picture of what started out being a little shoot I brought back from San Francisco two years ago when we were there. Now, it is a big plant. It is a variety of hens & chicks. I think it is a sedum succulent. Today we visited my parents in McMinnville. It was a nice visit, but it was short. We went out to lunch at Mazatland, but for some reason, the food made me sick, so I didn't feel good for about four hours afterwards! I don't know why. I'm getting to where I don't like Mexican food anymore. I also dislike Chinese food. I think my favorites is Thai followed by Italian. I think Thai is the only Asian cuisine that I do like.

Anyway, Landon and I watered the plants while Samuel napped this evening, went to Trader Joe's for groceries, did the laundry, then we watched a few episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David and The Sopranos with James Gandolfini. Karli
Saturday, July 23, 2005

We got off to a slow start today, but ended up spending about two or three hours outside mapping out where we want the windows, what the dimensions of the two additional rooms will be, where we want the door to exit from the back, and any and all other details we could come up with. It's going to look great if all goes well with the financial aspect of this. We weeded, watered the plants, mowed the lawn, tended to Samuel, grilled some chicken w/ tomato & basil, and ended up going to Gay's house at about 8pm to see her baby canary. It was very cute, but super delicate and small. Samuel loves her dogs (Boston Terriers). Here is a picture of Samuel at Gay's house smiling at her dogs. Karli
Friday, July 22, 2005

Here is a picture of a giant weed (I think) growing in our backyard. Gay calls plants that start growing in her yard volunteers, but none of her so-called volunteers seem to be weeds. One of her volunteers is a butterfly bush, for example, and I had to buy mine at A-Boy. I don't have any thing nice that volunteers to grow in our yard other than weeds.

We met with the contractor tonight, and that went really well. For more on our building project, go to the following blog: http://www.kuhnfamilyhomeaddition.blogspot.com/
Thursday, July 21, 2005

I went to the early morning moms' group and had a good time. There was a good discussion time. One Mom had an accident with her 5 week old, and it fell on the concrete, and she really felt like a horrible mother about it, but the baby was okay. That sparked others talking about accidental drops or falls with their babies. It was interesting, and I think it really helped those moms that did share stories to feel better and encouraged about what happened in their particular situation. It really goes to show, though, that you can't turn your back on an infant when they are not on a flat surface! This evening, we went to a BBQ at Jen & Carlo's in SE Portland. It was fun, and we only stayed for about 2 hours. Afterwards, we dropped some things off at Mike & Susan's, who are just around the corner from Jen & Carlo, and said goodbye, since they are leaving for Steen's Mountain in SE Oregon until Monday night. I was glad to get home & to bed tonight! It's been a long day, and I'm still losing a lot of sleep due to Samuel's erratic sleep schedule.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tonight was a little disappointing, because the contractor double-booked, so didn't show up at 6pm, like we had anticipated. He felt really bad, so we have now rescheduled for Friday at 6pm. Landon made a really good pasta dish tonight, and then we watched a couple episodes of Twin Peaks (1990). I didn't really like it, so I gave it 2 stars, and I am going to take it off the Netflix list. Other than that, I spent about an hour tonight digging up the rhizomes of the physalis that in one year so aggressively started taking over my yard. I didn't know it was an aggressive plant. I saved the mother plant, and am going to keep it in a pot until I can bury a pot underground to prevent the rhizomes from spreading. Karli
Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I stopped by Gay's house today to look at her garden, and get some bulbs. Samuel loved her cats, her Boston terriers, and her parrot, Paco. It was a nice visit seeing her garden, and it was fun to see Samuel giggle when the dogs licked his feet. Everything is so new to Samuel, and now that he is so alert, it is fun to see his reactions to sights and sounds for the very first time. It was a nice afternoon, and the weather was gorgeous today. Only got to about 80 degrees, which is perfect for me! I made deep-fried chicken nuggets for us tonight, breaded in non-fat plain yogurt and flour. They turned out really good! Landon and I finished watching "City of God," which is a good movie in Portuguese, then I looked at my gardening book after I got Samuel down for the evening. I was reading all about physalis--chinese lanterns--and why they are taking over my yard! They work better as potted plants, because they are super invasive. This is kind of too bad, though, because they are so pretty in the fall when the paper lanterns hang down! I'm going to try to get them out of the ground, even though they have spread like wildfire, and then control them by burying a pot in the ground and taking the bottom of the pot out. That way, the runners can't run. Karli
Monday, July 18, 2005

I called the contractor today, and he is going to come by on Wednesday at 6pm--exciting! Other than that, I spent the afternoon at April & Olin's playgroup on the east side. Samuel had a good time, and I had a nice time chatting with the other moms. Joel & Andrea came over this evening to work on music with Landon for their wedding, and Samuel and I went for a drive so we didn't add stress to the situation while they were trying to work on music. Landon and I had an argument tonight, which was not fun, but we ended up working everything out. Karli
Sunday, July 17, 2005

Landon and I spent the morning weeding our yard. We are both excited, because I am going to call the contractor tomorrow morning and arrange for him to stop by to see our property and talk about the addition. This is a much cheaper way to come up with more living space. The real estate market is crazy expensive right now, and there is no telling when prices might even out with the income ratio. I think our location isn't the ideal for raising a family, but we have a lot of positives in living here, also. We have a big backyard, which is uncommon for east-side lots, we are close to Landon's work, which makes for an easy commute, and we are almost within halfway distance between my parents and Landon's parents. With good traffic, it takes only 45 minutes to get from our house to my parents' house, and it always takes about 30 minutes to get to Mike & Susan's house. Pretty weird, considering the mileage is about 35 miles to my parents' house, and only about 10 to Mike & Susan's. Anyway, I like the aspect of living a little closer to my parents. It used to take about an hour and a half when we were living on the east side to get to McMinnville. Anyway, I'm trying to focus on the positives. I had a nice time weeding with Landon this morning. Samuel slept almost the whole time, so it was a peaceful weeding experience. Karli
Saturday, July 16, 2005

We spent a lot of time today shopping for an area rug. We had a nice time, though, shopping at Bridgeport Village and spending time together with just the three of us. The looking paid off when we stopped in at Marion's Carpets in the afternoon. We had just eaten lunch at Tony's Bento, and Samuel slept the whole time we were there, which meant for a positive shopping experience. Plus, I'm glad we had the foresight to eat beforehand. No one likes to shop when they are hungry! Marion's Carpets had cheap area rugs of good quality--finally, a break in the situation! Afterwards, we went to Home Depot and got some carpet padding to put underneath it. When we got home, I put Samuel down for a nap, and we got the area rug all set up. We pushed the coffee table out of the way. Voila! We now have a safe play area for Samuel, and a more comfortable living environment, which makes a big difference when you have an 890 sq. ft. house! Karli
Friday, July 15, 2005

Today was a little stressful. I have been shopping around for an area rug, but everything is either overpriced for the quality or priced according to the high-quality, which means everything quality or no quality is very expensive. I don't want an expensive rug, because it will be Samuel's play area until we add on, and he will inevitably daily spit-up and maybe even poop on it. We went out shopping for one this evening after having dinner at Mike & Susan's, and I got upset, because Landon was less than enthusiastic about it, and I really wanted to get the rug situation solved right now. Anyway, it ended up being a stressful evening, we didn't get the rug, and I went to bed feeling tired & stressed out. Why does something like an area rug have to be so complicated? :( Karli
Thursday, July 14, 2005

Samuel and I dropped off the floor-gym, the Graco bouncing chair & infant tub at Tim, Logan, and Heather's house this morning. Thanks so much for loaning us that stuff! It saves so much money to be able to pass baby-related things along. Afterwards, we walked around Multnomah Village (Samuel and I), bought some thank-you cards, had lunch at Harvest Fresh, then we were off to Moms' group. It was a fun day! Karli
Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The keyboard is working just fine now. Good thing, because it was a $50.00 natural keyboard. When the water was spilled on it, I took a hairdryer to it, which probably wasn't a good idea, since there is a risk of overheating the parts, but I did, and it still works, so I'm glad about that. I gave Samuel the $9.99 one to play with.

I went to play-group at Robin & Natalie's today with Samuel. She lives all the way out by Hillsboro, so it was quite a drive, and I didn't get home until after 4:30pm, which means most of my day was spent going to the play-group. It was fun, though. There was only one other mom besides myself, so it was good to be able to chat and have a smaller group. Samuel is starting to interact more and more as the weeks go by with the other babies. It is so cute to watch.

On another note, Landon has been using the BBQ now about 3 or 4 times per week. It really feels like summer, now!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Samuel is growing more and more each day. He is sitting very well by himself. Here he is playing with our keyboard. I spilled some water on it, and I thought it was officially broken, and even went to get a really cheap one at Fred Meyer to replace it for $9.99, and gave it to Samuel to play with. I might check it in a few days to see if it is working again. One exciting thing that is happening right now is that we are discussing adding on to our house. It is scary & exciting all at the same time. Karli
Monday, July 11, 2005

I was super tired today from Samuel's new sleep schedule, which has of late been waking up every hour (or less than an hour) throughout the night. Landon has been sleeping on the futon, leaving Samuel & I to toss & turn throughout the night. I really think Samuel is getting ready to cut two teeth, and the discomforts are waking him up. Right now, he has been sleeping for about 45 minutes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed he'll make it for another hour. One fun thing we did today was go to Robin's playgroup. There was only one other Mom that came. Samuel seemed to enjoy interacting with Austin & Natalie, who are both about 2 months older than him. Karli
Sunday, July 10, 2005

So tired, but life must go on! It has been nice this weekend having Landon home to help watch Samuel so I can have more naps to make up for lost time during the night. Still tired, though! We went to a BBQ at one of the Moms' houses today. It was supposed to be at the park, but it rained (only in Portland!). It was a good turn-out, and it was good for the dads to meet each other and see all the other babies. Samuel turned 5 months today, and to make things extra special--he decided to sit up for the first time--yay! Karli
Saturday, July 09, 2005

I was sooooo tired today. I got very little sleep last night. Samuel woke up every 20 minutes until 1am. After that, it was about every 45 minutes to an hour. Landon was on the futon again. I slept in between feedings this morning until 11:30am. It feels like I have a newborn all over again! Help! :(
Friday, July 08, 2005

I stayed home all day today, because I was so dead tired! I took a morning nap with Samuel, but was too tired to take him swimming. He is keeping me up SO much at night now! Something has definitely changed. I don't know if it is teething, a brain developmental period, or just restlessness. I'm trying everything! Co-sleeping or crib sleeping doesn't seem to make any difference--he wakes up the same in both locations. I should rename this blog "Diary of a Sleepless Mother." One of the other moms signed a recent e-mail to me "Sleepless in Suburbia." I thought that was cute. Karli
Thursday, July 07, 2005

We had a good conversation today at the Moms' group about separation anxiety and changes in sleep patterns. Luckily, one of the other moms is going through much of the same thing. Safety in numbers! Or, at the very least, support in numbers! I don't know what is with this change, but it is very tiresome! Also, Samuel is wanting to keep me in his vision at all times, which is kind of frustrating when I'm trying to get things done. He screamed for all of 20 minutes when I ran to Fred Meyer the other night. The minute I took him back from distraught Landon, he stopped crying and smiled back at me. I know all this is normal, and will pass, just like everything else, but it doesn't feel like it when you are going through it! Meanwhile, the moms' group is very supportive! Karli
Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Samuel and I went to a play-group today, which was a lot of fun, but getting there was another story! You'd think since it started at 1pm, that we would have had plenty of time this morning, but no! I explained yesterday how Samuel has become more and more demanding. I had to do the dishes this morning in shifts! Every 3-4 minutes, he would cry for me, even though he was on the floor at my feet. He wanted to be held non-stop today. I don't think he feels good. I gave him some baby Tylenol for his teething. I don't know that he is painful from teething, but he definitely acted today like he didn't feel good, and wanted me to hold him non-stop. I got a lot more accomplished once Landon got home and was able to hold Samuel. For some reason, Samuel wouldn't have the floor, his Exersaucer, his swing, or his crib. He only wanted to be in either my arms or in Landon's. Mary, the facilitator at my moms' group, says to hold them as much as you can now, even if it is wearisome, because they are not always going to want to be held, and you should treasure this time. I'm trying--I swear! Karli
Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I don't know why, but I was SO tired today! Actually, I do know why! Hmmm, I have a 5 month old, and lately, he has been a lot of work! I've been wiped out! I can't do as much as I used to, because he requires a lot more attention than he did when he was a newborn. Samuel has developed separation anxiety, which is a good thing, because it shows he is very attached to his mommy, but I am having a hard time getting anything done. He wants to be in the same room as me at all times. This means that even when I run to the bathroom to brush my teeth, he will start to cry. If I put him on a blanket on the floor in the bathroom while I take a shower, he will start to cry, since he can't see me. I slept with Samuel during his morning nap. I was too exhausted to do anything else!

My shoulder was bothering me tonight, also. It felt like it had a knot in the muscle. Landon tried to kneed it out, and it felt better afterwards. I am trying to stand up straight, but my shoulder muscles are weak from all the breastfeeding and months of pregnancy. Anyway, not a lot accomplished today aside from trying to do an excellent job of caring for Samuel, which I'm learning more and more is like having 3 full-time jobs!!
Monday, July 04, 2005

Having a Five Month Old = Bedtime at 9:30pm and No Fireworks
We packed up late this morning and drove to McMinnville, where we had a very nice time with my family. Everyone came, and the weather was beautiful! It was my parents' 29th wedding anniversary. Samuel was a good boy and everyone took turns holding him, so I was able to get a long break. Samuel slept all the way home, and traffic was clear! I thought it was going to be terrible, but we were home within 40 minutes, which is great time! We saw some fireworks from our porch, but it wasn't nearly exciting as our annual tradition of watching them downtown. We decided not to do it, since Samuel is so small. Maybe next year when he is 1 1/2. Happy 4th of July, USA! Karli
Sunday, July 03, 2005

Isn't he a fine looking boy? Landon had an early-morning haircut this morning, then we had to go to the nursery with a sampling from our mountain ash tree, because it is sick. They diagnosed it as having a fungus, so we bought some organic anti-fungus spray, and Landon came home and treated it. I hope it gets better, because I really love that tree!

Later this evening, Landon and I BBQ'd Atlantic salmon with garlic, butter, olive oil, lemon wedges & pepper. It was the BEST salmon I have ever had! I loved it! I also treated myself to a glass of wine since I had just fed Samuel before dinner. It was a very nice evening sitting out on our porch and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having! Karli
Saturday, July 02, 2005

Today we started digging a hole in our backyard for a future patio! Since the circle in the middle of the yard is on a hill, this means digging into the side of it, which means removing a LOT of sod & soil. I had a peanut butter & honey sandwich for dinner, because neither of us felt like cooking. We watched a movie which I thought was boring called Finding Neverland. It's okay, but kind of slow. Karli
Friday, July 01, 2005

Goodbye, June. Welcome, July!
I didn't feel very good today, and I'm not sure why! We went to a BBQ tonight at our friends Matty & Jody's house. It was a lot of fun, and they had invited a lot of their neighbors, which included Mike & Susan. We knew some of their neighbors through Mike & Susan, but also met some new faces. Landon plays music with Matty--and they just so happen to live around the corner from Mike & Susan. I didn't feel well at all at the BBQ, and almost left early a few times. I had my own car, because I had gone over to the east side early to hang out at Mike & Susan's before the BBQ. I had been up since about 6:30am, because I had been up doing things since Samuel had woken me up. I had gone to Trader Joe's, and also gone to see Landon at his work. There was a baby raccoon there that had literally wandered into the office! I don't have a picture, but in a perfect world (a world where raccoons were not vicious and rabid), I would have wanted to take a picture of Samuel holding the baby raccoon. :) Karli
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