Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Frankly, it's more about entertainment than nutrition. And, it's really, really messy.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We also unwrapped gifts and had some good visiting time, as well as our traditional game of Jeopardy (although Amy "Trebec" has now been replaced by Hailey "Trebec"). Our team, Sam and the Reindeer, won...although the categories of "Celebrity Trivia" and "7th grade social studies" gave us a little bit of trouble. Here is Aunt Becca with her favorite Christmas gift. Noah got a helmet and elbow/knee pads from his Lala. Notice he's not wearing pants.
Tancie and Lauren snuggled with Kate and Glory. It was a good day for them. Lauren became well-versed in changing cloth diapers.
Sydney played with Sam and his new drum (thanks, Eddys, for this loud, musical toy...no, really, thank you.)
Afterwards, the sisins (Tance, Lauren, Hails, Syd, Amy, Jen), Noah, and Joe headed over to a nearby hotel to swim and have some fun while Aunt Ris and Mom watched the under-one-crowd. The younger sisins stayed over night to play games and watch movies, while Amy and I headed home to take care of our respective broods.
As a farewell tribute to our little baby bathtub, I thought I'd post this picture.
Yep, our fat baby has man-boobs...or m'oobs as my cousin, Lauren, calls them. But, he does enjoy his bathtime!
Monday, December 29, 2008
We celebrated Christmas with Team Eddy and the rest of the Cletos at Amy's house on the 23rd.
Jen: Noah, what day is today?
Noah: It's CHRISTMAS!!
Jen: And, whose birthday is it today?
As his godmother, I was a little ashamed for falling down on his Catholic education. Fortunately, we had a little lesson and the next day, he proudly proclaimed it was "God's birthday!" and we sang Jesus happy birthday with a birthday cake.
Monday, December 22, 2008
During our road trip, I picked up some extra mints at a restaurant.
Jen: Look, Joe! I got us extra mints so we can have good breath when we kiss.
Joe: What?! Kiss?! Don't you ever want to get better??
Yep...the romance has been sucked right out of our life.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The Kaufman crew has left southeast Idaho for the next week to celebrate Christmas. Roads were great through Montana (unlike my previous trip), although the residential streets in Spokane leave much to be desired! Probably won't get much posting done over the next week, but will make an effort to get some pictures taken and post when we get back.
Happy holidays, everyone! Sam is feeling better and his parents are slowly recovering.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
It's a 2005 Honda Pilot...except ours is gold. It's got 4 wheel drive, seats 8, can hold 3 car seats (God forbid we ever need 3 car seats, but it's happened to unsuspecting couples before), and can fit the dogs, too. So, we'll be riding in style for Christmas.
Bring it on, Montana snow!!
(Ok, so maybe don't bring it on. I was just kidding.)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So, send prayers and good thoughts out to my miserable-feeling baby!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here's a picture of Joe's birthday cake. This year, I made it from scratch. Last year, I was pregnant and slacked, making it from a mix. Ok, this year I have an infant and slacked as well, ordering pizza. But, the cake was delicious.Here's the birthday boy with the cake and all its flaming glory. That's what happens when you're only 2 years away from thirty. Did I mention Joe's OLDER than me?
Tancie was there to liven up the "party". I forgot to buy party hats, so they improvised. Sleep deprivation...I tell you...it's better than drinking. And, in all fairness, Joe asked me not to post these pictures, but who can resist? So, I'll include my own party hat picture as well. (I got the giggles, as I frequently do, while posing. Again, sleep deprivation...cheaper than drinking.) Happy Birthday, Joe!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
We celebrated Joe's birthday on Sunday (although we substituted Kaufman lasagna for pizza). And, then Tancie, Sam, and I abandoned him last night. We'd already planned to go to Spokane on December 9th as the girls were scheduled to arrive today. They arrived early, of course, but since I'd already taken the time off, I figured their tired parents could use a little help.
What a great husband/uncle/brother-in-law to give up his birthday so his wife/nieces and nephew/brother-and sister-in-law could get some twin time in!
Love you, babe! Team Eddy says THANKS.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
We've been trying to cut down on feeding Sam at night, so we've been giving him his pacifier if he wakes up before midnight. And, I usually send Joe in to tend to him so I can get some blessed, sweet sleep before midnight rolls around.
One night, Joe came back after fumbling in the dark for twenty minutes or so. "We need to get some different pacifiers. Those white pacifiers on the light colored sheets...I can't find them fast enough.
I feel like I'm Helen Keller in there."
Wisdom here: Buy some brightly colored pacifiers. Or dark sheets for contrast. Or, just enjoy the image of your husband scrambling to find a pacifier with the Braille method.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Jen: Look, Noah. That lion is going to eat that zebra!
Noah: No, Ninang, he's not.
Jen: He's not?
Noah: He's scratchin' his back. And, oooh! He likes it!
(He then wiggled like someone was scratching his own back, chanting, "Ooh, I like it! Ooh, I like it!"
(To see the picture, click on this link, go to Photo Gallery, and click through to picture 11.)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"Oh, Schatzi. You are my favorite."
"Oh, Doc. You are my favorite."
"Oh, Moka. You are my favorite."
I don't think he quite understands the concept of "favorite" yet.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
My Grandma and Grandpa Kaufman andUncle Jeff came up to Coeur d'Alene to celebrate Thanksgiving. I love my Grandma. She fed me sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie!
Here I am with my Uncle Jeffrey, Dad, and Grandpa. Mom says she loves "all her boys".
We ate dinner at Aunt Rissa and Uncle Mark's house. Afterwards, everyone played our usual game of Jeopardy. Mom's team won and, as a prize, they get to do a dance in front of all the losers. This is Aunt Hailey, Aunt Tance, and Mom doing the running man.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sam slept in his stroller, which made our trip a little easier. One active boy at a time!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
At one point, I crawled back into the warm bed and sang to him from there. Joe stirred in his sleep, noticed I was singing and began singing to Sam, too.
I don't think Sam noticed we were singing two different songs.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
So, it was mom-duty all night long. From 11:15pm to 4:21 am this morning, when I finally decided to call in Joe, in spite of Sam's wishes.
When I finally fell asleep, I thought Sam was falling off the bed and reached out to grab him...
...only to find I was desperately clutching a pouting Schatzi, who'd been sleeping on my feet.
Monday, November 24, 2008
We're heading up north tomorrow to see these two little cuties.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sorry about the lack of posts this week. Our laptop got a virus and is in the shop.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Because of this, I swore I'd never refer to nursing as "having a boob" to Sam. My mom meticulously refers to it as "breastfeeding", which I find cumbersome. We used to say, "Do you want to nurse?" but it never came naturally because I always associated nursing with my profession and not really with attaching an infant to my boob. We then tried, "Do you want to eat?" but now we're using "eat" for eating solids. Someone suggested "num-nums", but I felt stupid saying that.
So, in our sleep-deprived state and subsequent lack of creativity, we have fallen back on "having a boob." Tancie will call me and say, "Sam thinks it's time for a boob." Or Joe will say, "Your boy needs a boob." Or, I'll tell Sam, "Let's have a boob and go to bed."
I'm sure his first word will be "boob".
He'll probably say it in church.
What do you call it?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
- Instead of staring blankly after being told a joke and then feigning a look of comprehension with a fake laugh, you start to really understand why the joke is funny.
- You take the time to brush your teeth, pee, and get a bedtime snack before going to bed instead of just jumping straight into bed fully clothed to get as many minutes of sleep in as possible.
- You start staying up late...like until 9pm...instead of going to bed immediately after putting the baby down.
- You start reading/watching the news to catch up current events. You realize a lot has happened in the last 5 months!
- When talking to your husband, you stop referring to the baby as "your son" and start referring to him as "our son".
- You stop nodding off while waiting in line, reading, or talking to people.
- You have enough energy to get up and start walking the dogs every morning.
- You start thinking about having baby #2.
- Your husband starts to say, "Why are you in such a good mood all the time?".
- You begin to treasure the few times you wake each night with your baby, knowing he won't be a baby much longer.
Monday, November 10, 2008
1. We've survived a few bouts of teething, his first daycare cold, learning to roll over (and getting stuck and frustrated) and Daylight Savings Time. (Oh, there are so many ways to ruin sleep!).
2. We do our bedtime routine, I nurse him, and put him down wide awake with his pacifier and mobile. Then, I leave. In fact, last night, I was hoping he'd fall asleep nursing so I could cut his nails, but he wouldn't. Dropped him in the crib and when I snuck back in 10 minutes later, he was out.
3. For the past three nights, I've only fed him at midnight and 4am.
4. He's been sleeping longer and longer stretches, which is oh-so-glorious! Friday, he woke up at 11pm, I gave him his pacifier, then he slept until 3:45am! And, then till 7am!
He fusses periodically, but I'm so glad I never had to go through the whole crying-it-out process.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
"Here, Jenny-fair, give him to me so you can fold laundry."
"Here, Jenny-fair, I will hold Sam so you can make dinner."
"Jenny-fair, here, give me Sam and you can do the dishes."
I guess when you're 80 years old, you've earned the right to hold babies while your granddaughter waits on you.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Joe stayed up to watch the results come in, but I went to bed early. Around 11pm, he came to bed. I asked him who'd won the election.
Joe (sadly): Your guy. Tomorrow, we'll wake up and all be socialists.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Since I've had Sam, I've stopped flat-ironing my hair and I just wear it curly. I didn't think it looked that bad, but my other grandma said the same thing last time I was in Lewiston. ("Oh, Jenni must have got up late and didn't have time to do her hair.")
Is it really that bad?
Monday, November 03, 2008
Then, Tancie and Lola picked him from daycare, got him in his chunky monkey costume, and brought him trick-or-treating at my office.
But, have I got some good ones for you!
- Sam's first Halloween
- Lola's visit
- A new resident at Casa Kaufman
- Sam's belated 5 month pictures
- Sam's new trick of pulling Joe's goatee
Hang in there. I'll post as soon as I can.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
That evening, Joe and Brandon headed out for a few drinks with some of Brandon's cousins. Joe got home shortly after midnight, claiming he was too old to party much any more. Brandon proved that we were now old and lame as he stayed out all night and still had the energy to go duck hunting early the next morning (I knew he was out all night because Sam was sick and I was up all night, too...although, I think Brandon and I had very different experiences that night. :)Brandon's trip was all too short and he had to head back to Oregon to spend some time with his family before he ships out to Pakistan.
Come visit us again soon, Brandon!