7 Weeks Old

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Karli, 31 & Juniper, 7 weeks (thank-you for the butterfly outfit, Aunt Tracy, and the Mary Jane socks, Kerrie!)

My little girl is 7 weeks old already, and thriving and doing so well. She loves to make sounds and experiements with being vocal by moving her mouth in all kinds of different positions. She is very interested in Samuel, and watches him more and more as she grows more alert with each day. She loves taking warm baths & floating in the water with my hand beneath her head. She takes two or three naps a day now pretty regularly, but continues to be most awake from about 4 to 10PM, then sleeps most nights for 5 hours before waking up to breastfeed.

We've had some sickness in our house this winter, and I've actually been battling the worst cold/cough I think I've ever had for 2 1/2 weeks now. Samuel has had one cold after another. Landon seems to be keeping most of these colds at bay, although he did catch one a week or so ago, but it only lasted for a few days. Juniper handles her colds like a pro. She has so far seemed to avoid catching what I currently have. I'm just hoping for some warmer weather in February, which always seems to bring health right along with it.

One remedy I've just tried to help cure my cold is Honey Gardens' elderberry syrup (sold at New Seasons).
I've also been taking zinc tablets each day, although Landon learned the hard way that you must take these with food or they cause nausea. What do you take when you have a lingering cold & cough? Have you found a remedy that you swear works every time?

Vitamin D and SAD

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I'm starting to think I might have a case of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), due to a lack of Vitamin D. It's been a long January for me, and I am feeling antsy to get out in my garden or hop on my bike and feel the warm sun rays on my skin. We only had about 6 weeks of nice weather last summer. June was rainy, and then July and the first two weeks of August were sunny. We were actually lucky to catch a sunny weekend in October when we went to the pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island. Subsequently, my body hasn't had hardly any sun for a year now, and I'm starting to feel the affects of that. I just know I'll be invigerorated once the sun comes out, but in the meantime, what can I do to improve my spirits? I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that February will bring some sunshine with it. Samuel was born in February, 2005, and that year, it was bright and sunny during all of February and March. It was a wonderful time to have a baby! I'm looking forward to going on walks with Juniper once the grey cap over Portland fades away and gives way to blue sky and sun. Hey, my brain seratonin levels are increasing already just thinking about it!

My friend Stefanie is on my mind today as she awaits the arrival of her baby next week. Hang in there, Stefanie!

Happy Birthday, Mia!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I'm so happy for my friend Sarah, who gave birth to her daughter Mia Josephine today! Her son and Samuel are only a week apart, and our girls will now be about 7 weeks apart. She had a successful VBAC that I can't wait to hear more about!

Earlier this year, my friend Andrea gave birth with a midwife to her second son in water after a C-section with her first. Since I've never personally experienced a C-section, this got me thinking about the mentality regarding VBACs in the US.

One in three women give birth by cesarean each year, and in my opinion, many of those C-sections are due to unnecessary interventions (primarily inductions). In addition, the VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rate has fallen 67% in the last ten years. This is probably because the majority of OB-GYN's will no longer agree to assist VBACs, so women have little choice but to have subsequent C-sections. Fortunately, if you look hard enough, you can still find some doctors out there who are willing to assist a VBAC, although even within that small group, most will have you sign a form stating that you will agree to a C-section after 41 weeks. The risk of a uterine rupture with a VBAC is actually extremely uncommon, so it's unfortunate that VBACs aren't supported within the medical community. Going back to my post on the film "The Business of Being Born," if insurance companies gave women more options on how to birth, they would not have a problem finding midwives to support their desire for a VBAC, as most licensed professional midwives support VBACs, depending on the reason for the C-section and the type of incision, of course.

I'm so excited for my friend Sarah for doing her own research on the issue & pursuing a VBAC, just as I was delighted with my friend Andrea's successful VBAC waterbirth. Welcome to the world, little Mia! Looking forward to introducing you to Juniper very soon!

Ricky Gervais

Monday, January 28, 2008
Landon and I are breaking down and about to give the American version of "The Office" a go, but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite clips from the one and only BBC version and one of my favorite all-time comedians, Ricky Gervais.

Clips from "Extras"

Film Review

Sunday, January 27, 2008
I'm glad I saw "The Business of Being Born," but to be honest, I was a little disappointed in its content. Based on the title, I was hoping the documentary would go more into depth about why insurance companies aren't paying for homebirths, and why birthing in this country seems to be monopolized by the medical community. The point I took away from the film is that the insurance companies are advised by a board of OB-GYN's that tell them homebirths are dangerous & should not be covered, and so for the most part, they aren't covered.

Overall, this documentary is an overview of the changes that have occurred in the way we birth babies in this country over the past one hundred years, and also includes clips of Ricki Lake birthing her second son Milo at home in a bathtub. Director Abby Epstein gets pregnant during the making of the documentary, so her pregnancy and C-section with her son Mateo is also documented. Her midwife is interviewed several times in the film, and she accurately represents the model of care that midwives provide. A special treat in the film includes interviews with Ina Mae, a midwife and mother whom I highly respect.

I stayed for a discussion afterwards led by Jesse Remer Henderson, a doula from Mothertree Birth Services, as well as some women from UrbanMamas. It was interesting to hear women share their personal birth experiences in hospitals and at home, as well as conversation about how their decision where to birth was influenced heavily by insurance companies. It seems to me that until insurance companies change their policies to cover homebirth and broaden their board of advisers to fairly include those from the midwifery community that many women may not have a choice to pursue the birth they desire. I know that we were lucky enough to have out-of-network coverage, which paid 70% of our midwifery services. This was frustrating to me early on in my pregnancy with Juniper when I looked at the numbers. For my prenatal, birth, and postnatal services, the cost was only $2800.00 with an LPM (licensed professional midwife). On average, vaginal births in a hospital run around 10K, and C-sections around 30K. So, it was insulting to me that they wouldn't cover 100% of $2800.00. Our insurance company pays 100% if you see an OB-GYN, but actually reduces payment to 90% for care under a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife), a midwife that practices along with OB-GYN's and only delivers in hospitals for the most part (I think there is one CNM in Portland that does attend homebirths). By going to a LPM, I was out-of-network, so payment was at 70%. For most people, they would have no choice financially but to go with the 100% coverage, so really, insurance companies are twisting their customer's arms to receive the care that they have decided is ideal.

A couple of things I learned in the film is that C-section rates peak at 4PM (doctors want to get home for dinner) and 10PM (don't want to be at the hospital all night). I don't know if these are really the reasons, but those are the reasons given within the film. I do know that the C-section rate in this country is steadily going up and is currently hanging around 28%. This is major surgery, and as someone interviewed in the documentary says, C-sections in this country are being made out to be as simple as cutting your fingernails. The US has the 2nd highest infant mortality rate in the developed world . The Netherlands has one of the lowest infant mortality rates, and women there are under the care of midwives and deliver at home unless there is a medical reason not to. Something tells me that there's something there that needs to be looked at closely. When it comes to childbirth, I personally see the hospital as a resource if one should need it, but unnecessary with a normal pregnancy and birth. Most women do have normal pregnancies and births. I'd like to see childbirth in this country become more like the Netherlands, but at the very least, women should be able to make their own birth choices without restrictions from insurance companies and government (homebirth and midwifery care is illegal in some states).

If you saw the film, what did you think?

"The Business of Being Born"

Saturday, January 26, 2008
I'm excited to be attending a screening today of Ricki Lake's documentary on chidlbirth. For those of you interested, there will be a showing in February at Hollywood Theatre. See information below video trailer.

The Oregon
Midwifery Council will be presenting a sneak preview
of The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake's highly
acclaimed documentary on childbirth in the United

Please join us:
Sun., February 10th
Hollywood Theatre (NE Sandy Blvd at 41st Ave in

doors open at 12:30 pm
film starts at 1:00 pm
panel to follow

Presale $6 / $8 at the door

Presale tickets are available and highly recommended.
To purchase tickets, click here:

Thank-you, Sue!

Friday, January 25, 2008
A woman in my book-club made an adorable little security blanket for Juniper, and I thought the loop was an interesting feature. When I asked her about it, this is what she said:

". . .that little security blanket is 100% polyester minkie cloth that is wonderfully soft, backed with 100% cotton flannel. The loop is deliberate, in response to a growing phenomenon in England that may not be occurring here, but which I experienced a couple of years ago. We were traveling with my sister-in-law and her young family, and her younger son (maybe 3 at the time) was fractious. Jeannie desperately asked if anyone in the car had a t-shirt with a loop label! The children there finger the loop labels (must have those 2 layers to rub together) and that has the calming effect. Manufacturers are sewing the labels into side seams of shirts to make them more accessible. I wonder how such a behavior is spread."
I looked into this concept further, and discovered the Taggies website, which is a bit more superfluous, but the concept is the same. I'll be curious to see if Juniper is soothed by the loop on her blanket. I can remember being soothed by tags as a child. It's such a great idea! Thanks so much for the blanket, Sue!

Looking Forward to Warmer Times

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Summer can't get here fast enough. I was pretty inactive last summer, since I was pregnant & felt so tired all the time. By now, I feel like I've been indoors for a year, and am really looking forward to being active & outdoors this spring, summer, and fall. In the meantime, I'm going a little stir-crazy. --Karli

Good Food

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

About once a week, our family heads to New Seasons for a stir-fry dinner. The photo above was taken at the Mountain Park New Seasons, which isn't as close to us as the Sellwood location, but is a large store and, for the most part, isn't crowded around dinner and lunchtime like some of the other locations. At the right end of the salad bar, there are metal bowls stacked up. Take one of these bowls and heap it up with all your favorite stir-fry ingredients (noodles, garbanzo beans, broccoli, cauliflower, bean sprouts, mini-corns, water-chestnuts, peanuts, etc.). Hand the bowl over to one of the friendly employees behind the counter and, if you like, order with white or brown rice and chicken. There are about 8 different sauces made in-house to choose from, including Spicy Sweet Thai and Asian Plum. The cost is $7.49 (less if you don't order the rice & chicken), and the quantity is enough for Landon, Samuel, and myself to split the order and feel full. They will even happily split the order after they fry it up onto two plates if you're sharing. Enjoy your dinner in one of their community dining areas (7-corners is one store that has limited indoor seating). Meet a family or two while you dine. It's the cheapest organic meal in town! A healthy, affordable, and tasty organic dinner for three (2 adults and a toddler). Can't beat it! Oh, and if your child loves pepperoni sticks, the meat department will give your child one on the house. Samuel LOVES them!

Blog Post

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
My friend Andrea wrote a blog post Sunday about products and plastics. I like what she has to say. Check out her blog posting here.

6 Week Postpartum Visit

Monday, January 21, 2008
Juniper and I had our last appointment today with our dear midwives, and we will miss them greatly. I don't know if I could have achieved a home birth without their support along the way. Last night, we watched our birth video for the first time, and I was reminded of how supportive they were during Juniper's birth. Their personal strength and belief that birth is a natural process gave me the confidence and reassurance that my labor was normal and that I could birth my baby. Childbirth truly is the hardest thing a woman will ever do, and every time I reflect back on my own childbirth experiences, I am astounded at what my body was capable of doing in order to bring Samuel and Juniper into this world.

I posted a few pictures below of our last visit today. I'll always remember these midwives, and will miss them and think of them fondly!


Juniper weighed 11lbs. 3oz. today!

Celeste and Juniper

Celeste, Susan, Brandee (with Juniper), Landon, Karli, and Samuel

Brandee, Juniper, and Karli

Susan and Juniper

Susan and Juniper

Watching TV (on DVD)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's been a slow weekend around our house as we're all sick with a cold/cough. Samuel's been going to bed by 6:30pm, and Landon and I have been watching way too many episodes of The Shield and Lost. With the sun setting before 5PM and many evening hours of breastfeeding and holding Juniper, we've been lighting a fire & turning on a Netflix DVD. We just finished Season 3 of Lost, and it finally got good by the end of the season, although the flashbacks are still annoyingly slow. I'm determined to see the series through, but I'm a little frustrated that Season 3 made so little progress with "The Others" and the secrets of the island. Also, what's up with that the Dr. Juliet Burke character? I don't think I can stand another scene with her blank stare & sluggishly blinking eyelids. Also, she seems to be incapable of answering a simple question with a direct answer. Actually, many of "The Others" fall into this category. I'm left wondering when Lost will pay off.

The Shield
is a dramatic series that airs on FX (currently in its 7th season) about tough cops that do a lot of good in LA but go about it in socially unacceptable ways. Reminds me a bit of HBO's new series, Dexter, which is about a forensics guy (played by Michael C. Hall, one of my all-time favorite actors) who kills bad people (okay, he's a serial killer), many of which have been let off the hook by the legal system. Both of these shows are about characters that achieve justice by their own code of ethics. So, these shows present ethical questions, because in both series, the characters achieve good results, but in mostly bad ways. I think The Shield is probably the best cop show I've seen. Jay Karnes and Michael Chiklis are probably my favorites, although Walton Goggins is pretty darn good, too. Everyone I talk to about The Shield tells me to check out The Wire, so it is now on our Netflix queue. I'll be curious to see if it's as good or better.

It's true we've been watching a lot of TV lately, but at least it's TV on DVD, which means no commercials (I know, I know, I'm justifying). In my defense, however, I will say that our Netflix queue practically comes to a screeching halt during the spring and summer, when we spend most of our free time active and outdoors as much as the weather allows.

Putumayo Baby

Saturday, January 19, 2008

We've been listening to the Putumayo Kids CD's for ages now, and one of our favorite albums is "French Playground." Samuel absolutely loves this CD, and I've now realized that it is somewhat soothing and relaxing to Juniper. If I turn it on when she's tired, it puts her right to sleep. If she's fussy, it calms her down. Most of the time, she happily swings and listens. Check out this little video I made of Juniper doing the latter. It's track 6 on the CD by the band Tryo.

Another Cold

Friday, January 18, 2008

Juniper caught Samuel's cold . . . again! She's only been well for a few days, and now another cold cycle has begun. Her first cold lasted for 3 weeks. She caught it when she was 10 days old and it lasted until she was about 4 1/2 weeks old. She's so little & I feel so sorry for her. I had to sit up with her a lot last night so she could breathe, poor thing. These colds are so awful! Samuel's on about day 5 of his cold, and isn't feeling that well either. We're all staying home today to rest and work on getting better. I'm taking garlic, echinacea, and grapefruit seed extract, as well as drinking lots of water & juice.

P.S. Happy 31st, Miriam! Congratulations on getting MARRIED!

"Jennifer Juniper"

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I know this first video is a little silly, but I couldn't resist. I had some fun making home videos today of Juniper. She's 5 1/2 weeks now! She smiles, coos, and is alert for longer periods of time now. She's so much fun! Today I took her to the audiology department at a nearby hospital for her newborn hearing test. Good news--she can hear! I never had any doubts, but this is an important screening nonetheless. Check out some more pictures of Miss Juniper on her blog

A big thank-you to Kristi for bringing us a delicious meal this evening. It was SO good!

On another note, I like Papaccino's, but what's up with their leaky roof? No matter where my friend and I sat this morning, we were dripped on. Strange experience! Oh, and stranger still--I ran into a woman there who served with me on a jury. We spent so much time together over the course of the trial and in deliberations that it was kind of nice running into her again! --Karli

Visit with Cara and Andrea!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
What fun we had today visiting with my friends from my PBC days, Andrea and Cara. We now have 5 kids between the three of us. Here they all are, lined up on the couch. It's so hard to get a good picture with the little ones, and this was the best I got with my camera. My friend Cara lives in Corsica, France with her husband and their adorable daughter, Ayva, and I hadn't seen her in over 10 years! How great it would be to live abroad! We will definitely visit them some day. Our kids had fun entertaining themselves, and what a great time the three of us had catching up on old times.
(from left to right: Sawyer, Ayva, Ian, Samuel, and Juniper)
Karli and Cara

Another Winter Cold

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Samuel caught another cold, probably from Children's Museum. Darn!
I hope Juniper doesn't catch this one.

Long Night

Monday, January 14, 2008
This little girl was up ALL night last night! I got about one hour of sleep. I'm painfully tired today. What I wouldn't give for 24 hours in a hotel room all alone where I could sleep soundly with no interruptions. I was nearly in tears by 5:30am this morning, but then I thought about my friend Andrea, who is also missing out on lots of sleep these days. Being a Mom isn't easy sometimes, but it does help to remember that I'm not alone!

Cookie Making Playgroup & Birthday Celebrations in McMinnville

Sunday, January 13, 2008

This morning, we attended a cookie making playgroup at Kristi & Ellie's house. Samuel had fun making & decorating cookies. Kristi did a great job of organizing this--what a great idea! She even provided a delicious salad, pizza & mac & cheese--it was all so good! Samuel had a little bag of cookies he made, and they didn't last long--in fact, we had to take off a little early from the playgroup to head down to McMinnville to celebrate some birthdays (mine, my sister Kristi's, and my sister-in-law Sara), and Samuel had eaten the whole bag before we left Portland (there were about four cookies in the bag). We had a good time in McMinnville, although I was a little sad leaving, as one of my sisters is going through a really rough time right now. Samuel had a great time playing with his cousin, but they did get into a little mischief--they found some room deodorizer and doused every room upstairs with great quantities of the stuff. Samuel had way too much sugar today, and was really wound up. We had dinner @ McMenamin's after leaving my parents' house w/ my sisters Tracy & Kristi, and we literally couldn't keep Samuel in the booth. He was bouncing off the walls. Once we left, he was sound asleep w/in minutes. We didn't get home until about 8pm--a long day!

Juniper and Gardening

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Her lungs sound normal again! I had a doctor's appointment this morning, and our family practitioner listened to her lungs while we were there. I think I'll order copies of her x-rays for her baby book. Here's Juniper in an outfit that Cindy & Josh sent from New Jersey--thanks, guys!

Since it wasn't raining for a change, I got out and did some pruning for about 30 minutes before the sun went down, and it felt so good to get some fresh air. Now that I'm not pregnant, I'm really looking forward to this gardening season. I read a lot on gardening, as it's a big hobby of mine, and have been interested in joining a gardening club. One of my favorite gardening magazines is Fine Gardening. Some of my tulips have already popped up out of the ground (a little early, I think--hope they make it), and it's been a sign that spring isn't too far away.

Looking forward to:

Crocuses in February

Forsythia in March

Laughing Samuel

Friday, January 11, 2008

A few weeks ago, Landon ran up to A-Boy with Samuel and got some pipes w/ attachments. Samuel had been playing daily with my vacuum cleaner attachments, so Landon got him the next best thing. Here is a video of Samuel rolling little metal balls through the pipes. The ball then rolls down the basement stairs, and Samuel thinks this is pretty darn funny. --Karli

Juniper, 1 Month!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Juniper is one month old today! I'm feeling so good about successfully making it through the first month, which in many ways is the hardest, because you're recovering from childbirth, as well as working harder than ever on very little sleep. So, it was a challenging month, but also one of the best months of my life.

This morning was fun catching up with some moms at playgroup, which I haven't attended in awhile. Samuel attended school this morning while Juniper and I went, stopping for coffee (of course) along the way.

It seems as though Samuel has caught another cold. It's been about a week since he got over his last one. I hope Juniper doesn't catch this cold, because she's still fighting the first one she caught 3 weeks ago. I'm taking her in to have her lungs rechecked in the morning.


Juniper's Blog

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I've started a blog for Miss Juniper here (there is a link to the right as well), where I'll post more pictures and updates than you will find on my blog. She's doing great, and still sleeping between 11PM and 3AM pretty consistently every night. After 3am, she's up about every hour or so to breastfeed. She sleeps a lot in the morning & early afternoon, and is awake between about 5 or 6pm and 11pm every night.

Samuel has been spending many hours a day looking at his new books w/ an audio accompaniment. At night, Landon's been reading him the original Winnie the Pooh chapter book, and Samuel has been pointing to words and asking what they say. We're looking forward to when Samuel will be ready for chapter books (he's already getting there).

Oh, so Landon missed his flight last night, so it was just me at home with the kids overnight. I was really tired today, but everything went okay--I'm just glad to have him home again!

Thanks, Dad!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Technically, the gift is from my Mom, too, but I think it was my Dad that picked it out for us from his wine club. He ordered us a case of expensive wines & a tabletop wine opener for Christmas. Although I can't drink much these days, I've been enjoying the occasional glass. The wine is sooo good that we've decided we might join a wine club, too! Thanks for the thoughtful and generous Christmas gift, Mom & Dad!

Out and About

Monday, January 07, 2008
Landon is on a business trip today, and won't be back until late tonight, but we're doing just fine around here, and although it's a challenge in patience, I'm adjusting to being a Mom of two (and to the new level of exhaustion by the day's end). Here are some pictures from our busy day:
Samuel got a dolphin sticker on his hand at our local post office. I go there often to mail mooches, and the two women who operate the Hillsdale post office (a contract station) know us by name. Here he is back in his carseat & ready for the library.
I always let Samuel press the buttons to operate the elevator. Here we are at the Hillsdale Library for new books.
Samuel enjoys the Hillsdale Library & picks out his own books...
and checks them out, too!
We finished off our day with a stop at Annie Bloom's for a new book on CD.
Happy 4 Week Birthday, Juniper!
(4 weeks is usually when baby acne reaches it's peak, and both of my babies seemed to get quite a lot of it. Juniper's acne actually extends down onto her chest. It's already getting better, though, and by 6 weeks, I'm hoping she'll be ready for her newborn photos!)

31 Years

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Today was my 31st birthday! I look like a total Mom in the above picture. Gotta love the Target outfit. I seriously wanted to make a bonfire in our backyard with my maternity stuff, but instead packed them all up and gave them to a friend of a friend to use during her pregnancy. Anyway, that left me with NO clothes to wear since I'm obviously not in my pre-pregnancy size yet, so off to Target I went for some cheap clothes to get me thru the next few months. Still, I feel like a total Mom in this stuff. I like BEING a Mom, but don't like LOOKING like one . . . necessarily.

Anyway, GOOD NEWS! Juniper's x-ray came back completely normal. They couldn't even find signs of viral pneumonia, so the current diagnosis is that she either has mucus plugging due to her cold or bronchial inflammation, which is restricting air flow in her right lung. Both of these conditions will resolve on their own as her cold clears up, so I'm supposed to continue doing what I'm doing. I'm actually seeing our family doctor this weekend, so will have her take a listen to Juniper's lungs once again to see if they've improved. Whew, this news was such a relief to me and the best birthday present all day.

Thanks to all the friends and family that called or wrote on my birthday. You all made me feel very special! Landon was so sweet and cooked up a fine birthday breakfast this morning for me. Oh, and there was a big bouquet of wildflowers on the table w/ a card and $$ to greet my bloodshot eyes as I entered the dining room from a long night of breastfeeding. Landon's parents watched Samuel tonight while Landon and I went on a date (with Juniper in tow). Sushi & a movie. I wanted to see Juno, so that's what we saw. Landon was a trooper, because I know that wasn't high on his list of movies to see. He said it was cute, though, and I have to agree. The soundtrack rocks. This movie is getting a lot of press. I have to say that Ellen Page, who plays Juno, did a great job. Her character is confident (despite her circumstances), humorous & unique-totally makes the movie. The name, Juno, is one of Juniper's nicknames, since her middle name starts w/ an 'O.' We had been talking about this nickname long before the movie came out. I'll have to tell Juniper someday that we went to see it on my 31st birthday with her when she was only 4 weeks old. Oh, and the actress that plays Juno is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where we honeymooned. Weird coincidences...

Juniper's Cold

Saturday, January 05, 2008
Juniper's cold has persisted now for nearly 3 weeks, so I made an appointment with our family practitioner. While doing an exam, the doctor found that there was little air flow in her right lung. She ordered a chest x-ray, which had me in tears. The four of us rode the tram up the hill for her chest x-ray. After talking with a neurosurgeon on the tram, I discovered that the radiation during one x-ray is no more significant than radiation exposure during a coast-t0-coast flight. Still not great, but in a case like this, it was necessary to find out what was causing the blockage, so we agreed to the x-ray. I spent all day waiting for the doctor to call back with the results, fighting anxiety and emotion, but telling myself that if it was serious, someone would have called. I never did hear anything, but plan to call first thing in the morning and see if an on-call doctor can give me the results over the phone.

Happy Birthday to my friend, Nate W.!


Food Poisoning, Day 2

Friday, January 04, 2008
This morning I still felt pretty awful, so Landon helped get Samuel off to winter camp, then headed to work a little late. I was still home with Juniper & struggling to sit up in bed, but by the time Samuel was due to be picked up from school, I was up and feeling much better. It's amazing how quickly these things come and go. I'm pretty sure the illness I've had the past two days was from eating some hamburger that was past-due (gross!). I'm usually SO cautious with dates, but was valiantly attempting to be less wasteful this week (it seems in the busyness of the past weeks that lots of produce/meat have spoiled in our frig) and agreed to hamburgers even though the meat was a few days past "use date." Never again! Oh, and I think it will be a LONG time before I have another hamburger!

Sick Mama

Thursday, January 03, 2008
I've been sick with the stomach flu (or possibly food poisoning, I'm not sure). It's been awful! Juniper and I were in bed all day yesterday together, and Landon had to miss work to take care of Samuel.


Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Juniper turned 3 weeks old on Monday! Even with her lingering cold, she's been doing great. She's a peaceful baby, and a joy to have in our lives.
Samuel, who can be seen running in the distance in this picture, has been telling us what he wants on his birthday cake. He will be 3 in 5 short weeks--I can hardly believe it! It really was just yesterday I was planning his 2nd birthday party. I'll have to start planning #3 very soon! Samuel is a big boy now. We started potty training this evening after going to Target this afternoon for the big boy briefs and soft potty seat.

Today, my first day home alone with two kids, actually went pretty smoothly. The hardest part of the day was when we walking in the door from our trip to Target and Juniper was crying and wanted to nurse and Samuel needed a diaper change at the very same moment. Since I'm only one person, that was a little bit of a juggling act. After picking up Samuel from his class, the 3 of us went out to lunch, then to Target (for supplies listed above). Of course everything is more challenging (baby in cart, toddler running through the store, working all day long on a few hours of sleep), but humans are adaptable, and that's what I'm in the process of doing right now--adapting.



Tuesday, January 01, 2008

First day of the new year. I met with my friend, Jen, this morning @ a nearby Starbucks. We had lots to catch up on, and Juniper slept the whole time! We had friends, Tim, Heather, and Logan drop by in the afternoon to meet Juniper, and then our neighbor and friend Leah & her daughter Maddie stopped by after that & convinced us to walk up to the park for some fresh air. It was brrrrr cold outside, so we didn't stay @ the park for long. We finished off the day w/ dinner at Marco's. While Landon was putting Samuel to sleep, I spent the evening getting ready for tomorrow, as Landon is returning back to work, and I'm still not quite sure how I'm going to manage. Samuel is taking a winter vacation art class tomorrow thru Friday. It's a drop-off class for two and a half hours, and I need to get him there by 9:30am, which will be a challenge, at least until I get used to getting two kids and myself out the door. I packed lunches tonight, laid out clothes for everyone (including Juniper), and tried to keep laundry going. This is going to be my new nightly routine--getting ready for the next day to make the morning routines flow a little more smoothly & efficiently. Happy New Year!

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