Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Monday, December 31, 2007

home for the holidays (part 3)

Unfortunately, our camera batteries died and we are pictureless for the rest of our trip. We spent Christmas day at Mom's with the Altmillers. It was so fun to see Noah excited about his gifts, especially a tricycle from Grandma and Papa. We also saw my cousin, Mandi, who just got a job as a nanny in Alaska. Later that night, Team Eddy, Joe, my mom, and I played a very entertaining game of Loaded Questions and I laughed so hard, I almost wet my pants!

The day after Christmas, we shopped the sales and I landed a few new maternity pants for less than $9 and a few new tops. At 19 weeks, the belly has grown dramatically and clothes are starting to be a little snug.

On Thursday, we headed up to Palouse, WA, to have dinner with Steve and his roommate, Evan. We enjoyed a great dinner, a good game of Apples to Apples, and the boys had a fierce racecar competition on Steve's wood floors.

Friday, we headed back down to Lewiston and enjoyed dinner at Fazzari's. Joe and the boys headed out to play music at a longtime friend's house and Jeff, Fred, Dori, and I stayed home to play the Farming Game. I caught a cold from Noah and Sydney, so it felt good to get to bed early. I was surprised, though, at how great I feel in spite of my cold. My morning sickness has completely stopped and I have a little more energy...even with the cold. It only took 19 weeks but I feel awesome!

Saturday and Sunday led to a long drive back to Idaho Falls on snowy roads. I was thankful for Joe's good driving skills!

home for the holidays (part 2)

We attended Christmas Eve mass and listened Jeff sing a solo. The liturgy (which was a children's mass) was surprisingly moving and I enjoyed the Mass more than I usually do. I think Christmas is a special time for a pregnant woman; I felt connected in a different way to Jesus' birth.
Then, it was on to the Kaufmans' to open presents. Steve opens a very LARGE present; Jeff gives Joe a "21 and over gift" that he mysteriously acquired; and Dad opens his much awaited shotgun.

Home for the holidays (part 1)

Joe and I were lucky enough to get the week off and head back to Lewiston for the holidays. We started our trip Friday, December 21, with our first stop being Team Eddy's house. It turned into a sisin party, with Lauren flying in, Hails and Syd spending the night, and Tancie stopping by. The next day, we all piled in the van for a trip to Lewiston.




Then, Joe and I headed up to Keuterville for the annual Poxleitner Christmas party. Nicole (who was a flower girl at our wedding), Ellea, and Morgan enjoyed their new "horse", although Joe was pretty worn out after all the wrestling around. On the right, Steve enjoys some preparty snacks.




Sunday, we celebrated Christmas/Uncle Mark's 50th birthday with our usual game of Jeopardy, then we opened presents. Thankfully, my team was pretty understanding that my pregnant brain functions much slower than my pre-pregnant brain did and didn't get too upset that I continually forgot to put the answer in the form of a question. We lost.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

funny patient story

About 2 months ago, I saw a patient who was struggling with weight gain and it turned out he had insulin resistance. So, we talked about regular exercise and dietary stuff and I sent him onto an endocrinologist for management. As he left, I joked, "Now, the next time I see you, MY belly better be bigger than yours!"

Today, I saw him again in the office. He took one look at my belly and said, "Hey, no fair...you're just not gaining weight fast enough!"

Monday, December 17, 2007

17 weeks



Last week, we hit 4 months and had our 4month check up. At that time, we were only -3lbs prepregnancy weight, but this week, we hit prepregnancy weight of 127lbs. Guess I have to start exercising now. The morning sickness is okay, but I've had a bout of the stomach flu, which reminds me how much better the morning sickness has been since the first trimester. The baby has been more active. We were at my office's Christmas party and the Puppy went wild when the band started playing...it felt like it was doing a back flips. Maybe we'll have a little rockstar on our hands...

The new living room look

While the boys were here, they pitched in and helped put new baseboards and a chair rail into our living room. We've had a gap between the floor and the baseboards ever since we had the floors finished...lots of dog food gets stuck in the cracks!It's a little challenging to do this in an old home with wavy plaster walls, but they did a great job! This week, Joe has been working on filling the gaps and shimming out the waviness. We're planning to paint the bottom half eventually.

Joe's 27th birthday

Joe decided he wanted a rifle scope for his birthday way back in August, so he bought himself one. I decided, though, that he needed a very different birthday surpise...so I talked to Steve and Phil into taking some time off and secretly flew them down for Idaho Falls for the weekend. It was awesome!



They kicked off the weekend with a pistol match. Steve actually got a blister on his trigger finger!


I put my back into it and actually cooked Joe's traditional birthday dinner of lasgna and chocolate cake.

another joy of pregnancy

Another joy of pregnancy to add to the list of nausea, headaches, backaches, and fatigue...HIVES!! Friday night, I woke up from a nap and was covered head to toe in hives. Hives so bad that you couldn't see the creases in my arms and legs because they were so swollen. Ooohh...and it felt so good to itch them, but that didn't make the hives any better. So, I took some Benadryl and started to rub hydrocortisone ointment on the hives, but the project just became overwhelming.

So, I stripped down naked and Joe rubbed hydrocortisone all over my body. As he was lifting my leg over his shoulder and rubbing ointment all over it, he said, "Hhmmm...rubbing something all over my wife's naked body...this experience would have ended much differently during our first year of marriage."

Friday, December 14, 2007

Joe's Christmas Party's White Elephant Exchange

Wednesday night, we were laying in bed, talking about Joe's Christmas party.

Jen: So, what did you get from the gift exchange?
Joe: Well, I started with a bottle of wine and someone stole it.
Jen: So then what did you get?
Joe: Well, I felt bad for this kid who got a bacon waver, so I stole it from him so he could get a new gift.
Jen: A bacon waver?
Joe: Yeah, a bacon waver.
Jen (sitting up): A bacon waver? Like the bacon waver we brought LAST year to your Christmas party?
Joe: We brought a bacon waver last year?

We got this bacon waver as a gift; you microwave bacon on it, but neither of us likes microwaved bacon, so we've been trying to get rid of it. He brought home the same damn bacon waver. I swear that thing will follow us to the grave.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

So much to post about...

I have so much to post about, but so little time to do it! (It's hard when you have to go to sleep at 7:30pm every night...when am I supposed to get my energy back?).

Here's a few things I want to post about:
1. Joe's birthday last weekend and his "surprise" present
2. My new living room look
3. Christmas decorating
4. Snow, snow, snow (Mandy, I know you miss it, but I'm tired of it!)
5. Our surprisingly active social calendar: Tuesday, the Binghams came over for pizza; Wednesday, Joe had his office Christmas party and LeeAnne and I went to a dinner about GERD; tonight, we are going on a double date with the Madsens.
6. Our four month check up.

So, for now, know a lot of posts are coming, but I want to include pictures and haven't had a chance to download them all yet.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

For Noah



Sunday, December 09, 2007

the "Puppy"

Sorry for the confusion, dear readers. When we found out we were pregnant, we decided to call the baby "the new Puppy" since we weren't planning to tell many people until later in our pregnancy and needed sort of a code name. We decided on "Puppy" since we were adding to our "pack" of Schatzi and Doc. And, we often joke that raising an infant is similar to raising a puppy...crate training (sleeping in a crib...hopefully, through the night), potty training (self-explanatory), positive reinforcement...well, you get the idea. And, since we're not finding out the baby's sex until the baby's actually born, we need a gender-neutral name to get us through the next five months.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Just an update

This week was my first week back to work full time since the morning sickness got bad. I miss my relaxed morning routine of slowly waking up around 8am, eating Golden Grahams in bed, and cuddling with my dogs until I had to arrive at the office around 10am. Now, we are waking up around 7am, rushing like crazy to get ready, and arriving at the office around 8am. But, I am feeling better overall, and it feels good to be more useful at work.

This is also our first week without the dogwalkers and while it feels stressful to add that daily walk back into the routine, I know it's good for me and the new Puppy (as well as Schatzi and Doc). Last night, I took the dogs out for an evening walk (sorry, guys, just can't squeeze it into the morning any more) and it felt really good to walk in the cool night air. When we got back to the house, though, I was too hot (immediately!) and had to close the curtains and strip down to my underwear before I could even unleash the dogs. Joe just shook his head...as he often does at his crazy pregnant wife.

We think we're feeling more baby movements, but still don't know for sure. Joe has tried to feel them, too, but it's so light it's hard to tell if it's an abdominal pulse, gas, or a muscle twitch. Who knows? We like thinking they are kicks, so for now, that's what they are! :) I have gained one more pound (-5lbs prepregnancy weight; Joe +4lbs prepregnancy weight :)) and am starting to wear maternity clothes (although they are still a bit big every place except the belly). This would be an appropriate time to shout out to Deanna for all the cute clothes she is letting me borrow!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Why we can't have a Christmas tree

Why We Can't Have a Christmas Tree

by Doc Kaufman


Jen says we can't have a Christmas tree this year. It all started last week when she came home and found us trapped in the office. We are not supposed to be in the office at all and she usually closes the door. In fact, she put all of the Christmas presents in the office to keep them safe from our usual games of tug of war and wrestling. She also puts the baby doll in the office because she says "This is where the baby will sleep when it comes". She got the baby doll a few weeks ago so we could practice being good around a baby before we actually get the real baby.


Last week, she came home from work and saw the baby (who was supposed to be in the office) in the hallway...naked. She said, "Oh, no!" and started calling us. We tried to come, but couldn't because somehow, we had gotten trapped in the office. I'm pretty sure one of us (probably Schatzi) had pushed the door open and we'd had some fun in the office, playing tug of war with the Christmas presents, burying toys in the Christmas presents, chewing on the Christmas presents. But then, one of us (probably me) pushed the door shut and we were trapped! We cried and cried for Jen to come find us and when we finally heard her voice, we were so relieved, we wagged our tails and our whole bodies with joy.
She didn't think our fun was a good idea and she wasn't as happy to see us as we were to see her. After she sat on the couch and counted to ten, she called us over and let us make up with her. We were sorry, but the damage had already been done. She told us we couldn't have a Christmas tree this year because she didn't want to worry about us playing with that, too.
So, no Christmas tree at the Kaufmans' this year.