Robby and Sara's Wedding

Saturday, June 30, 2007





Long day when you're a bridesmaid in a wedding and pregnant! I actually almost vomited during pictures. It might have been a combination of not eating enough and the bright, hot lights pointing on the wedding party on the church stage. I also got a sudden wave of nausea during the ceremony, and had to sit down on the front row during the closing prayer. No one noticed, though, since their eyes were closed for the prayer, and I was back up on stage before anyone knew the difference, and we exited shortly thereafter. Above are some pictures of the wedding. Congratulations, Robby & Sara! --Karli

Wedding Rehearsal

Friday, June 29, 2007




We headed down to Lebanon/Albany this evening for my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law's wedding rehearsal. Here is a picture of my sister Tracy & her husband Mike at the rehearsal dinner, me walking out with groomsman Matt, a pic of the bridesmaid line-up (from left-to-right, Melissa (friend of the bride), the 'Gilliam girls', which are me, Tracy, Kristi, and Shelly, and maid-of-honor was the sister of the bride, who is not shown in this picture. Last is a picture of me with my sister Tracy & Mike before the rehearsal (Mike wasn't ready for the picture, obviously!). After the rehearsal, my parents treated everyone to dinner @ Izzy's. Heading back to the hotel, I was looking forward to a night of deep sleep as I had to be at the church for hair/make-up at 8am sharp. Unfortunately, Landon, Samuel, and I couldn't sleep very well in the hotel room, and were up between 3:30am and 5:30. After that bout with insomnia, I overslept, and Landon woke me up at 7:15. I was supposed to be in the hotel lobby by 7:30. I've never showered & dressed so quickly in my life! Fortunately, hair and make-up weren't an issue as that was to be done by the professionals.

Off to the Wedding

We're off to the wedding! 3 weeks ago, I was at our local seamstress questioning whether my bridesmaid dress could be altered. I had to order a size 12 (I was a size 10 pre-pregnancy) to accommodate my growing abdomen. So, as of 3 weeks ago, the dress was an inch too big on either side, and is strapless & sleeveless, so was falling down. Unfortunately, w/out paying a tailor to disassemble the entire dress, which would have cost more than the dress did, the dress could not be altered easily by my seamstress. I decided if worse came to worse I would pin it to my strapless bra and hope for the best (although strapless bras have a history of falling down as well). I'm happy to report that thanks to my pregnancy and the ever increasing size of my bust, the dress now fits perfectly. So, we're off to my little brother Robby's wedding. I will post pictures tomorrow evening.

--Karli

Shopping for the Wedding

Thursday, June 28, 2007
What takes me an hour by myself, takes two with a toddler. I spent the morning and early afternoon shopping for all the accessories I need for my bridesmaid dress for Saturday, as well as an outfit for Samuel. He's not in the wedding (too young!), but will be in family pictures. After browsing The Children's Place, Gymboree, and Baby Gap, I finally broke down and spent the extra money to buy him a French blue shirt & tie @ Nordstrom. By 1:30, we were both tired and hungry and made our way home to an afternoon of naps and taking it easy.

Karli

Happy 5th Anniversary

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Samuel's teacher came over tonight to babysat him, and Landon and I had a 5-hour date! This has never happened since we've had kids. We had a great time! Started out with dinner reservations at The Veritable Quandary, browsed the BodyWorlds 3 exhibit at OMSI, and finished the evening off at Pix Patisserie for dessert. We came home to a sleeping toddler. We really need to do this more often! Here's to another 5 years!

Karli

Getting Home

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Lots of errands and appointments today...still managed to squeeze in a 2 hour nap with Samuel. Finally mustered up the courage to go in tonight and have my hair colored. I've been nervous about doing that while I'm pregnant. It was over before I knew it, though, and they had lots of air blowing around in there, so the fumes weren't bad at all. Plus, 98% of Aveda's products are plant extracts, so their coloring products are probably the safest around.

My brother's wedding is on Saturday, so I have lots to do this week to get ready.

July will be much less busy...
Karli

Travel Day

Monday, June 25, 2007
After spending a leisurely morning going to Starbucks, then walking around Merritt Lake with Landon and Samuel, we headed back to Marylou's for lunch, then left for the airport. It was a pretty uneventful travel day, but long, since we had to take Max & bus home from the airport. I'll never do that again! Not worth the few dollars you save on parking. We had way too much luggage and a toddler in tow to make that a worthwhile endeavor. I was so glad to get back home. California is fun to visit, but always feels a little too crowded to me, and I miss the trees and green foliage of Oregon.

I had originally planned to visit my friend Kerrie and her new baby boy while in the area, but she went two weeks overdue, and with my cold, I felt it best not to visit afterall. I received a wonderful little video of the birth (edited, of course), and her new little boy is adorable!

So, we're home, unpacked, and now preparing for my brother's wedding at the end of the week. It's been a busy June, and I'm already nearly 18 weeks pregnant. How did that happen? I hope July & August are much less busy, because this pregnancy is flying by, and I haven't even started getting ready for the new baby!

Karli

Rachel's 90th Birthday

Sunday, June 24, 2007
After yesterday, Landon and I decided to stick around Marylou's until Rachel's party @ 3PM. We headed down at some point to pick up some Starbucks, but other than that, we stayed home all day. Marylou has a play-structure in her backyard, so Samuel and Aidan played on that. I laid down for a quick nap around 11am, then Samuel went down for his nap at noon, and Landon and I spent a couple of hours reading. It was a nice, relaxing morning and early afternoon.

Just as Rachel was arriving for her party, Samuel started gagging, then threw up his lunch. Convinced he had the flu, I took him downstairs, and felt pretty sad that I'd be spending the evening with a sick boy instead of at Rachel's 90th, which is why we came down here in the first place! After about 40 minutes, Samuel seemed to be feeling better, and we decided to try and bring him upstairs for awhile. He seemed fine, but during dinner, he got down at some point to play with Aidan again in the play-room, and not even 5 minutes later, he came running to me gagging again and crying. Both times, he had been pointing to his throat, which he never does before he throws up. I ran him to the bathroom, and he started dry-heaving, but didn't throw up his dinner, thank-goodness. I was feeling pretty distraught, but then Aidan came up and said he had just realized that the toys Samuel was sucking on had been sprayed down with Bitter Yuck to prevent their dog from chewing on them. I inspected the product, and it was non-toxic, but tastes AWFUL, which explains why Samuel was getting sick from the taste in his mouth. We gave him some chocolate and soy milk to wash away the flavor, and spent the rest of the evening having a pretty enjoyable time. Rachel had a great time, the catered food was delicious, as was the cake, and Rachel received some really nice gifts from everyone. After dinner, Aidan and Janssen played some music for everyone. Aidan played a couple of pieces on the piano, and when he was finished, Samuel got up on the bench and played a song softly, then bowed for everyone. It was really cute! After Janssen played banjo/sang a song, then Landon played fiddle with Janssen on the piano. Rachel felt tired after that, so all the guests headed home, and the Kuhn's stayed up awhile to chat with Marylou & her husband Ken. At some point, I headed downstairs and put Samuel to sleep, and fell asleep myself. Landon took Janssen to the BART station, then came home and fell asleep himself.

San Francisco

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Today we got off to a late start. Everyone slept in until about 9 or 9:30am, and we didn't get on the road until 10:30am. We were going to start off at the Oakland Farmer's Market, but parking was a nightmare, so Mike, Susan, Landon, Samuel, Aidan, and I all decided to skip the market and head down to the city. Unfortunately, we didn't plan ahead, so we arrived at Golden Gate Park w/out snacks and water. Originally, we were going to BART down, which would have dropped us off downtown, and I had planned to buy stuff there. But, when we decided to drive, we bypassed all the shopping areas, and ended up going to the park w/out any food/water. So, we left the park w/in 30 minutes in search of a grocery store or lunch. Mike thought we should have lunch at his old favorite restaurant, The Cliff House, which overlooks the ocean and the ruins of an old bath house, and since everyone was hungry, we decided to go straight there. Unfortunately, the restaurant had been completely remodeled since the 70's, and appetizers started at 25.00, entrees were way more. A parking attendant suggested we head down the hill to the building w/ the red roof which had affordable food. But, no such luck--this place was still over 20.00 a plate. No one wanted to spend that much on lunch, and by now everyone was getting cranky, I was fighting a migraine, and we were all pretty hungry. We finally found a pizza place in a main drag, but by now it was after 2pm. We had to be back for dinner at Larry & Heather's by 5pm, and we had to pick up Janssen (Landon's brother) in the city somewhere on our way home. So, we ended up parking and going for a walk on Telegraph Hill and seeing some of the wild parrots there. It was beautiful, but I couldn't shake the headache, and I was pretty tired from the whole excursion. Group travels just don't turn out the same way it does when you're just by yourselves. When Landon and I go, we usually BART downtown, get coffee, breakfast, walk around, wander up into neighborhoods, or hang out down on the Pier and visit some of the attractions there. Anyway, this trip to San Francisco was definitely interesting, but not really what I expected!

By the time we got to Larry & Heather's, Samuel was pretty tired, and my headache was getting worse. Everyone headed down to the pool before dinner. Samuel and I were on our way, but he had a complete melt-down, so I took him back to their house to try and lay down before dinner for a nap. When I got back to the house, Samuel started going diarrhea, and went through the only two diapers I had with me and all the wet-ones. My headache was pounding, and Samuel would not go to sleep! I tried to get a hold of Landon, who was at the pool, but he wasn't answering his cell, so at this point, I started crying. I didn't even feel up to doing dinner. Finally, I got a hold of Landon, and he drove me down the hill to get all the supplies I needed for myself and Samuel. Within another hour, I was feeling much better, had consumed a 36 ounce bottle of Gatorade, which really helped my dehydration from our day in the city, and my headache got much better. Samuel's outfit was washed & dried from his earlier blow-outs, he had snacks, clean diapers & wet-ones, and was happily watching cartoons with Aidan. We had a delicious salmon and rice salad dinner with mango and strawberries over shortcakes and vanilla ice cream. I met Landon's uncle (his mother's oldest brother), who came for the weekend with his daughter Jennifer. They live in Maine, and I only briefly met them at our wedding five years ago. It was nice to meet them once again, and the evening turned out pleasantly, despite the earlier mishaps. I was never so glad to lay my head down to sleep tonight! It was a long day...Landon and I had the whole lower level of Marylou's colonial house, which is basically a guest suite with a living area, bedroom, pull-out futon, and bathroom. It's very nice, and equivalent to staying in a 4-star. Landon let me have the futon in the living area, and he and Samuel slept in the bedroom. It was nice to stretch out and have the bed to myself. I slept very soundly! When I woke up, my headache was gone. No more trips w/out water for the ride!

Oakland Zoo

Friday, June 22, 2007
Landon and I took Samuel to the Oakland Zoo this morning, and he had a lot of fun. Landon and I are fighting a cold/cough that we picked up from Samuel, so we had low-energy during the day, but we managed to walk around the zoo and take Samuel to the small fair for young children, where he rode several of the rides. Here are a few pictures from that outing:
In the evening, we went to Sam & Rachel's--they live in an assisted living center, and there is a restaurant downstairs. They treated everyone to dinner, then we all went out by the pool. Samuel and I went swimming with Larry, Marylou, and her 9 year old son Aidan. Samuel loved Aidan, and they had a lot of fun in the pool together. It felt good for me to swim as well, and I plan to do more of it throughout my pregnancy.

Trip to Oakland

Thursday, June 21, 2007
This morning we set off bright and early for our trip to Oakland to visit Landon's family & celebrate his grandmother's 90th birthday. We walked to the bus stop at 5am and caught the bus to max. By the time we made it to the airport, through the ticket counter, and past security, we had 5 minutes until boarding time! Luckily, there was a Coffee People right at the gate, so I was able to get Landon, Samuel, and I beverages for the flight.

Once we got down there, we had lunch and took naps, then everyone piled into our minivan to head to San Francisco to see Landon's brother Janssen perform at a bar called Amnesia. We had dinner beforehand, then Samuel and I went to a park and a coffee shop during the show. By the time we got back to Landon's Aunt Marylou's house, we were all pretty tired, and slept deeply until morning.

Getting Ready for our Trip

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I spent most of today preparing for our trip to Oakland tomorrow. Lots of laundry, packing, and errands. On his way home from work, Landon stopped and picked up some Middle Eastern food and drove us to Council Crest for a picnic dinner. It was a nice way to end a very busy day.

Movements

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Today I started feeling stronger movements from the baby. Distinct kicks and bumps along my uterine walls. I noticed a lot of movement today after I would eat a meal. I hadn't been feeling movements for a few days, because the baby always seems to slow down when it's in the midst of a tremendous growth stage, which is currently underway. But, today it seemed to wake up a bit, and instead of little flutters, I felt the first distinct kicks. It's nice to finally reach this stage, because then I get the daily reminders that everything is going well in there. Speaking of which, I felt a little reminder kick just now!

Karli

Monday at the Park

Monday, June 18, 2007
One of our neighbors has a little girl named Maddy that is in love with Samuel, and every time her Mom walks her to the park, they stop by and Maddy knocks on our door to see if Samuel can come along. Tonight was one of those nights. We were actually heading out to go for a short bike ride, but we were pretty tired, so in the end, it was better we went to the park. Samuel had a lot of fun with Maddy. It's nice that there are kids nearby that he can grow up playing with.

Karli

Father's Day

Sunday, June 17, 2007
I got back from the beach just after noon, but by then, it was time for Samuel's nap, so our Father's Day plans to head over to Sauvie Island ended up getting canceled. We instead headed down to the Pearl around 4pm and walked around, but we were all pretty tired, and I was tired from the beach trip. We ended up coming home and Landon made baked potatoes and corn on the cob. It was super good! I should have been the one cooking since it was Father's Day!

Karli

Neskowin

Saturday, June 16, 2007
I had a great time in Neskowin today w/ two Moms from my playgroup. One of them has a beach house in Neskowin overlooking the wetlands and ocean. It was beautiful. We hiked down to the beach and went for a long walk, then later had a delicious salmon dinner w/ shrimp salad in Lincoln City. It was a fun day, and I plan to head back early tomorrow for Father's Day.

Karli

Off to the Beach

Friday, June 15, 2007
I mailed back the recalled Thomas trains today. It's so scary that lead paint could make its way onto trains for kids in 2007! I haven't heard back on the results from Samuel's lead test, and I'm sure it will come back normal, but it scares me nonetheless!

I leave for the beach tomorrow with a couple of moms from my playgroup. It will be my first night away from Samuel, but he gets to spend some quality time with his Dad, so all is well. I know Landon has some fun things planned. It should be a good weekend for all of us. I sure will miss them, though!

16 Weeks Pregnant

Thursday, June 14, 2007
I'm 16 weeks pregnant today, and I can hardly believe that four months of my pregnancy are complete. I'm feeling good these days. The baby is entering a tremendous growth phase during which he or she will grow more than it ever will again in its lifetime. According to my weight gain with Samuel, I didn't really start packing on the pounds until around week 22. By 40 weeks, I'd gained nearly 60lbs.! So far with this pregnancy, I've only gained 2 pounds, but you'd never know it by looking at this belly! It's amazing how much my belly has grown already! For fun, I put my 16 week photo from my pregnancy with Samuel to compare (pic below of me in the skirt & three years younger!). I have to say, I look fairly the same size in both photos...maybe just a little larger this time around...

I'm going to call and schedule my 20 week ultrasound tomorrow morning. I'm excited to see the baby again, as well as find out if everything is developing normally. It's going to be tough this time around to wait until birth to find out the gender! I'm relying on Landon to keep me from asking at the ultrasound!

Now begins the 17th week and the 5th month of my pregnancy!

Thomas the Train Recall

Some of the Thomas trains have been recalled as it has been determined that they had lead paint on them. Samuel had 3 recalled trains. There is a form online that you fill out and mail in with the recalled trains and they will mail you back replacements. Here is a link for more information:

Thomas Recall

Poor Samuel had to have blood drawn from his little arm this afternoon (he was so brave!) so they could test his blood for lead, as he has chewed many times on his trains, and some of the paint has worn off over time.

Karli

Shades of Green

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I'm losing my mind amidst shades of green tonight! Our bedroom looks like a kaleidescope with all the samples I've been putting up. I've been to Lowe's for Martha Stewart, Benjamin Moore for their Prescott Green, Restoration Hardware for their Pale Silver and Silver Sage, Miller Paint for their Devine, and am now contemplating turning to yet another paint store for more options. When it comes to green, it has to be just right. Because it is a small room with sloped ceilings, the color extends to the ceiling, so going too dark makes the room feel cramped and clausterphobic. I don't want a green that is too blue or too mossy. Or too yellow! Where is that perfect shade of green that I'm looking for? Help!

Karli

***Follow Up***
I ended up going with Restoration Hardware's Pale Silver, accented with their Silver Sage. It worked beautifully for our small bedroom, with slanted ceilings. Here's a picture of the room. I accented the room with Pottery Barn red curtains & quilt. E-mail me at karli at hevanet dot com for more information on green paint.

Wrong Cup at the Wrong Time

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
It was just my luck today to run into the owner of our local coffee shop at the neighborhood park with a STARBUCKS beverage in my hand. Not only did I have the beverage of his competitor in my hand, but I was consuming a really uncool drink in the coffee world--an iced venti decaf 4-pump white chocolate mocha with whip. Yep, I was that girl today. WW once made fun of girls who drank the Starbucks caramel machiattos, and having something along those lines when running into the owner of the coffee shop I should have been supporting today was just a bit humiliating! I can't feel too badly, though, because we do give our neighborhood coffee shop quite a lot of support, but still...I was drinking an uncool coffee beverage with a bright green straw from a corporation that opens approximately 6 stores per day. Ahh, c'est ma chance!

Names

Monday, June 11, 2007
What are your current favorite names for a girl or a boy (Landon and I aren't finding out the gender before the baby is born)? If you have some suggestions, place them in the comment section of this blog entry between now and November!

Karli

P.S. I have a headache today, too! I wonder if it's coincidental, but I started taking a new brand of prenatal tablets recommended by my midwives called Maternal Symmetry made by Vitanica. I wonder if one of the herbal supplements in the pill is causing my headache, or if it is just a coincidence that they started up when I began taking this new brand.

Pregnancy Headache

Sunday, June 10, 2007
I got a headache tonight that started getting worse, so by 8pm, I went to bed. I woke up without the headache, so maybe sleep was just what I needed. --Karli

Rain for the Grand Floral Parade

Saturday, June 09, 2007
Landon and Samuel are down in the rain at the Grand Floral Parade, and I'm about to leave w/in the hour for Sara's bridal shower (my brother's fiancee). The salad is ready, the gift is wrapped. Now I just need to get ready! It's a dark and rainy day. It always rains for the Grand Floral, doesn't it? I've never been since I was a kid, but now that we have Samuel, parades take on a whole new attraction.

Karli

Change for America

Friday, June 08, 2007
Is it naive to hope for a candidate that can change America, change our foreign policy, get us out of the war in Iraq, respect the Constitution, and seek to establish universal healthcare? I'm not quite a jaded cynic when it comes to politics, but I'm beginning to feel a bit naive for feelilng hopeful about the 08 elections, because when it comes down to it, it's going to be Cllinton vs. Giuliani, most likely, and voting for one of those candidates is going to be painful for me. Are we in for more of the same, or will America wake up and start doing their homework? Is it possible for America to vote intelligently, or are we really as stupid as we seem to be when it comes to electing officials?

Karli

Polls

Thursday, June 07, 2007
I know it's way too early to call it, but the current polls are showing Hilary Clinton and Giuliani in the lead. I'm a registered Democrat, but as I stated yesterday, I'm not a fan of Hilary Clinton. How do you vote when you feel that neither candidate is right for the job? I'm starting to feel nervous about who will win the primaries. How about you?

Karli

Politics

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

 Usually I don't write about politics on my blog, but since this is my only forum for expressing my opinions, I thought I'd write a few thoughts down:

I've been following the Republican and Democratic debates closely, and I'm learning a lot about the candidates. For instance, Hilary seems incapable of admitting she was wrong to vote for the war on Iraq. She says if she knew then what she knows now, she never would have voted for the war. Well, there were a lot of others that seemed to see through the BS at the time, and voted against it. Take Barak Obama for instance--he voted against it from the beginning. Or, Ron Paul. He also voted against the war from the beginning. Jonathan Edwards voted for the war, but has fully admited in the debates he was wrong to do so, and commends Obama for being right about the war from the beginning. There is something to be said of a candidate like Obama whose voting record clearly backs up what he says. For a candidate like Hilary Clinton, she not only voted for the war, but refuses to admit she was wrong to do so. Because of this, I don't trust her. I'd love to be able to fully support her, because I think a female President is long overdue in this country, but I don't make my decision on a candidate based on gender alone.

There are few candidates this time around that stand out as being capable of bringing about the serious change that this country needs. Giuliani is a joke. I can't take any of his uneducated statements about the war seriously. He comes across like he hasn't done his homework. Apparently, he hasn't even read the 9/11 report. So, Giuliani for President? I can't picture this guy in the White House. I didn't think it could get worse than Bush, but it very well could with Giulliani in the House. The Republicans love their family values candidates, and this is a man that has been married 3 times, once to his 2nd cousin. Why is he leading in the poles? And McCain? I don't know what's happened to him in the past few years, but some are now calling him insane. "Insane McCain." After all, he's behind this proposal: ""ISPs and perhaps some Web sites" would have "to alert the government of any illegal images of real or 'cartoon' minors" or face draconian penalties." If these techies don't alert the feds, they face up to a 300K fine. There goes another civil liberty.

I never thought I'd be siding with a Republican candidate, but Ron Paul is my choice candidate right now. I agree with just about everything he says. His ideas aren't so radical, but in comparison to the other competing candidates, he is extremely radical. It was Ron Paul that said the terrorists do not hate us because we are free, they hate us because we are over there--because of bad foreign policy. It's not the fault of the American people that we were attacked--it's the choices our government has made for decades by meddling in their affairs that have caused them to hate us so much. Of course, Ron Paul's statement directly shoots down the "war on terror" slogan that Edwards has referred to as a bumper sticker. The point is, you don't wage war on a concept (terrorism). As Bill Maher said, if Americans were smarter, Ron Paul would be leading in the polls. He is actually a Libertarian, but runs as Republican so he doesn't spend all his time trying to get on ballots like Ralph Nader. Pull up some youtube clips and watch him speak--he's exceptionally rational, a quality you rarely see in government leaders, as well as extremely bright. This is a guy that knows his history. He's served 10 terms as a Congressman, and was a physician (delivered over 4K babies) for many years. He's a man that ALWAYS votes by the Constitution. Here are some examples taken from his website http://www.ronpaul2008.com/ :

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war

And another thing--91% of Americans say they believe in God and will not vote for a candidate that does not profess a belief in God and Christianity. Wake up America! Although faith matters, these candidates that profess their belief in God should not be trusted. They've been briefed on what they need to say in order to get the vote. If they need to say they pray to God daily to make the American people feel warm and fuzzy inside that they have a Godly leader, they will and they DO. Do not vote for a candidate based on what their religious preference is. Their religious beliefs should not in any way influence how they lead a nation, and it doesn't anyway, because these people play the game to WIN. Look at ALL the issues before you vote. Watch the debates. Know your candidates, and do not vote based on one issue alone. The only thing worse than not voting is an uneducated voter. Be an educated voter!

Karli

Family Weeding

Tuesday, June 05, 2007
We did some weeding tonight, which was perfect timing, because it had just rained and the soil was soft. I had wanted to get on top of the weeding over the weekend, but with our recent heat wave, the ground was too dry and hard to easily pull the weeds out. When we all weed together, Samuel digs alongside us for worms and pill bugs. He collects them in a pail, then dumps them out. Every once in awhile, he comes across an exceptionally large worm, and cries and gets scared. Overall, he's a happy camper with the bugs, though. So, the garden is weeded, and thanks to the valerian tea, I'm sleeping normally again. All is well.

Karli

14 Week Prenatal Appointment

Monday, June 04, 2007

My prenatal appointment went well this morning. The baby's heartbeat was between 144 and 157, and I'm measuring 5 fingers above my pubic bone now. By 20 weeks, my uterus will have grown to reach my belly button. We discussed my insomnia, and my midwives recommended drinking herbal teas before bed w/ warm milk, listening to calming music, taking baths, and meditation. I think I'll start with the tea and go from there. Landon is also going to start getting up with Samuel during the night so I don't have to worry about getting back to sleep so much. Anyway, everything is going well with the pregnancy, and I'm looking forward to the first kicks in the next few weeks. I've already felt small flutters from time to time, but I'm looking forward to feeling the baby move on a regular basis throughout the day.
--Karli

Day at Home

Sunday, June 03, 2007

It was a hot and muggy day in Portland. I spent the morning shopping for maternity clothes--thanks for the suggestions, ladies! I headed to Tanasbourne, and found some super cute summer maternity clothes on sale at both Gap Maternity and Mimi. What a relief to now have some clothes that will fit for the next few months! Since it was so hot today, we stayed home most of the day. I worked on getting some things organized and getting the laundry caught up, and Landon worked on his DVR project he is building from scratch using a Linux system. Slow day, but that's okay, because yesterday were so busy!

--Karli

P.S. Landon took this picture yesterday while we were at Balch Creek.

Paint, Insomnia, and a Parade

Saturday, June 02, 2007

We spent part of the afternoon at Balch Creek today, and what a beautiful place! It was a slow-moving creek, so Samuel was able to play and walk into the creek with little help. He spent a long time throwing many rocks downstream. Afterwards, we picked up some new bath towels at Restoration Hardware, and I saw some colors in their paint line while I was there that I think I might really like for our bedroom--plus, you can match RH's bedding and drapes w/ their paint line, so our bedroom project might end up a lot easier than I originally anticipated. I'd already decided to get our bedding at RH, so coordinating their paint w/ their other products makes sense, especially since they created their paint line to match their linens.

On another note, I had probably one of my worst cases of insomnia last night--I didn't get to sleep until 5:30AM! I was so exhausted today! And what an active day we had. We even went to the Starlight Parade, which Samuel loved, and didn't get home until 12AM. Samuel was so cute, and found a friend on the front line, and held her hand the whole time. It was his first parade, and it was a big hit!

Landon was so nice--I owe him! He let me sleep in Samuel's air conditioned room by myself, and he took Samuel in our bed, so I could get a decent night of sleep after what happened last night. I usually wake up 4 or 5 times to go to the bathroom during the night, but last night, didn't wake up once until morning. I don't think I've had a night of deep sleep like that since I became pregnant with Samuel!

Still feeling pretty well as far as the pregnancy goes...just really tired all the time. But, the nausea and headaches have completely disappeared (knock on wood). I really love the 2nd trimester!

Karli

Welcome June, the 4th Month of my Pregnancy

Friday, June 01, 2007
Okay, I'm having a maternity clothes crisis. I've heard maternity clothes have come a long way, but I'm having a hard time finding cute ones! Due Maternity has cute stuff, but I'm not going to spend $198.00 on a pair of maternity jeans. Still want to burn my maternity clothes from Samuel, and I wasn't showing in the summer w/ Samuel, so I'm having to look at getting some new things. Suggestions, ladies?
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