Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Does it make me a bad mother...

...if I'm convinced my squealing, wrinkly newborn could not possibly cuter than a furry, rolly puppy?

I've been getting a lot of flack about this opinion, but I'm just being honest...most newborns aren't really that cute for awhile..but puppies come out just adorable!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside!


Brrr...although the temperature is actually warmer than it has been, wind and snow have made it pretty miserable down here. We had white out conditions yesterday and there was some talk about kids having to stay overnight at schools because busses couldn't run due to the ice and blowing snow. So...drive safely!

Friday, January 25, 2008

a night in the life of a pregnant woman

8:30 pm: Start to feel sleepy. Try to make it a little longer; who goes to bed at 8:30pm, anyway?
9:00pm: Go to bed. Fall into a deep, wonderful sleep.
9:30pm: Startled awake by the phone. It's your trying-to-be sweet husband, calling to say he hopes you sleep well.
9:35pm: Back to sleep.

2:46am: Wake up. Have to pee like nothing else. Downstairs, you hear Noah crying and Kevin offering him water. Realize you are thirsty as well.
2:48am: Back from the bathroom. Drink a bottle of water.
2:49am: Aauggh! HEARTBURN!! Muse that this experience should give you some empathy with your patients.
3:01 am: Take 4 TUMS and hope for the best.
3:30am: Why do you need empathy? You just want the fire in your chest to stop.
3:35am: It finally starts to subside.
3:40am: You're still thirsty, but you're not going to drink any more...ever again.
3:59am: Crap...you're still awake. What's the problem now?
4:00am: Oh, right...you're hungry.
4:03am: But, nothing sounds good and the heartburn might come back.
4:05am: You're not that hungry.
4:07am: Yes, yes, you are that hungry. Get out of bed. Grab 3 chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.
4:15am: Done with your snack. Still wide awake.
4:16am: Start to read one of Joe's boring books to help you get sleepy.
4:30am: It works...you start to feel sleepy and lay down.
4:31 am: Heartburns back.
4:33am: Make an elaborate headrest and backrest out of four pillows so you can sleep sitting up. This seems to help.
4:36am: Crap...you forgot to turn off the lamp.
4:37am: You turn off the lamp. This wakes up the Puppy, who starts to kick.
4:38am: You put your hand on your abdomen and tell the Puppy it's time to sleep.
4:39am: The Puppy just kicks harder.
5:00am: The Puppy settles down and you fall back asleep.
6:30am: Your alarm goes off. You are SOOO tired. Why didn't you go to bed at 8:30pm like you wanted to? And, you realize, crying a little inside, that you will probably feel this tired (or more so) every day of your life until the Puppy turns 2.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

best Christmas present ever

This post is dedicated to my brother, Phil, and Mom and Dad Kaufman, who gave me the best Christmas present ever.

Is there anything so wonderful as a massage? Someone's hands kneading away all tension from your body for an hour? The short answer...no.

The long answer...no. A massage is a fabulous indulgence when the tension of regular life gets to you, but it rises above that when you are pregnant and every part of your body is trying to adjust to the increased weight and change in posture. My feet, my legs, my hips, my back, my shoulders, even my forearms (which I didn't realize were hurting) have been overtaxed and fully appreciated every second of my extraordinary massage. To top it all off, my massage therapist was experienced in massaging pregnant women and the massage was perfect. Ah, bliss...

I'm going back in 2 weeks.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Colfax's claim to fame

Colfax, a little town on the Palouse, has made national news. I was wasting time on MSN when I came across this story.

UPDATE: Sorry the link won't work...I'm not sure why. To sum it up, the police caught a long time panty thief. When they raided his home, they found over 1,000 pairs of panties...enough to fill 5 garbage bags!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

for your comparison

It's growing! Here's the belly over the past few months...
























Noah's baby


Noah has fallen in love with our baby...both our anatomically correct fake baby and the real baby in my belly. Several times a day, he has to strip off my shirt and pull down my pants to reveal "Nanang's baby", which he hugs and kisses. (Apparently, he can't kiss the baby through my clothes, which presents a challenge when we are out in public).

22 weeks




Here's a few belly shots for your viewing pleasure. The belly has blossomed, the Puppy is kicking away, my belly button is starting to look funny, and my back is starting to feel the strain of my extra girth...especially when I carry Noah as well.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rexburg Temple



Yesterday, Noah, Kevin, Joe, and I took a long lunch and went to the nearby town of Rexburg to see the LDS temple. (Non-Mormons are allowed to tour the temple before it's dedicated; after that, only Mormons are allowed). It was interesting to see and very beautiful inside. Being Catholic, though, I felt a little disoriented and came away feeling like I'd just been through a very nice 4 star hotel...and not so much a worship space. I guess I need pews and a crucifix and a tabernacle...

Noah was the youngest child in our tour group and was, surprisingly, the best behaved. We started joking that Team Eddy needs to convert to Mormonism because Noah was so quiet and good in Mormon churches (whereas he "prays" rather loudly in Catholic churches). This all changed when we entered "the Celestial Room". It was the only room on the tour that the tour guide requested we not talk in and just "meditate about our relationship with God". After we filed in, Noah not only began to talk about "valking and vunning" around, but then let out a giant fart.

Guess Team Eddy will stay Catholic after all.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday Update

Here loyal readers are some new photos to keep you up-to-date.

Noah looking older all the time. This is after a fat-lip at the grocery store (he fell on the slick floors)...luckily a quick trip to the frozen food section and a few popsicles cured the crying.
Noah also wanted to see what the Doc and Schatzi liked about their crates so much:


Really, we can't keep him out of there.


And for specially for Bro Phil, here is a pic of the new rifle. Joe has become an unofficial part time gun broker and has been finding all sorts of guns for our family members. I think it's partly because I told him he couldn't buy any more guns for himself till after the Puppy was born.

more pregnancy weirdness

When we were pregnant the first time, my hair got wavier and stayed kind of wavy since then. I typically straighten my hair every day because I think it looks more professional. However, this weekend, my hair started being so stubborn and wouldn't straighten. I've heard of hair changes during pregnancy, but didn't imagine it would be so dramatic. I now have hair that will not respond to a flat iron no matter what. Guess I'll go curly till the baby is born.

Also, Joe noted it's been a long time since we had a belly picture up, so we'll try to get one up this week.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

too much excitement for this pregnant lady

This weekend has proved to be too exciting for this pregnant lady. I am exhausted! The excitement began Friday night when I noticed I had some bleeding and panicked that something was wrong with the baby. So, Joe and I headed to the hospital in the middle of the night while Team Eddy held down the fort at home. We got checked into the labor and delivery department and were quickly reassured that the baby was fine and the bleeding was nothing to worry about. After that, we were pretty wound up and had trouble sleeping. To add to that trouble, the Puppy continued to reassure its mother it was fine with frequent hard kicks throughout the night, so I didn't get much sleep that night or last night either. Guess I panicked for nothing, but no one ever said pregnant women were rational.

So, today, I'm recuperating by taking it easy and folding some laundry. I took a nap after breakfast and may even take another this afternoon. I'm hoping we won't have any more "exciting" adventures like that any more during this pregnancy.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

the nursery

I was inspired by the color scheme of this baby outfit I saw at Macy's.



We still need to put down baseboards, but we're waiting for the snow to stop so we can do the cutting outside. We're planning to have my mom sew some curtains and we're still tracking down baby furniture, like a changing table...but we're getting there.

In pregnancy news, we're at 21 weeks and I've grown! I've gained 3lbs in the last week and the belly weight is starting to be a bit more uncomfortable. It's hard to believe that this little one is only 13 ounces (according to the ultrasound tech)!!

the Puppy's first pictures


Yesterday, we had our ultrasound, which was such an awesome experience. Here are the baby's first photos (I took a picture of the ultrasound picture, so I hope they turn out ok). The Puppy waved at us during the exam, gave a big kick (which I felt...it was cool to see it on the screen and feel it simultaneously), and then turned its head to give us a big grin. I think the Puppy has an Altmiller chin!

We opted NOT to find out the gender of the baby. I have to admit, I was a little tempted up until the exam. But, seeing that healthy baby on the screen made me just not care any more. I was so excited to finally see our Puppy that I don't really care if it's a boy or a girl...does that make sense? I figure I'll find out soon enough! :)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hurricane Eddy

Our home has been hit by Hurricane Eddy. Amy, Kevin, and Noah arrived last week and our lives have been forever changed. Between the busy antics of a 20 month old toddler who loves to run around the house and "hug" the dogs, his go-getter mom who is making us get organized, and hard-working dad, we Kaufmans have not had much rest since the "storm" hit.

Here's what we've been up to:
1. The Eddys cleaned out the office and started our massive piles of laundry (feeling your pain, Rae!).
2. Saturday, we picked out paint and painted the nursery (pictures to come...the camera batteries died).
3. Moved the bedroom set from the guest bedroom downstairs into the nursery.
4. I've been cooking actual meals for the first time since I got pregnant...'nuff said.
5. We unpacked all of our luggage from our Christmas trip to L-town.

On the periphery, Noah has been playing with cars and phones, running up and down the hallway, hugging and then tormenting Schatzi and Doc, dancing to bluegrass music, and yelling with all the glee of a toddler. I've been getting over bronchitis and a sinus infection, but am slowly starting to feel better. Noah has some difficulty understanding why his Ninang doesn't have the same energy level he has, but we're getting there.

Friday, January 04, 2008

You just can't win...

When I had morning sickness and had to miss a few days of work, patients would complain when they had to be rescheduled. Now that I have this cold (which is nothing compared to morning sickness), I decided to push through and continue to see patients so they wouldn't have to be rescheduled...until this afternoon, when a patient said, "You shouldn't be seeing me when you're sick...I could get sick!"

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. ARgh!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

What CAN you do at 20 weeks?

Well...
1. You can reclaim your life because the morning sickness FINALLY stopped! I have a cold (thanks, Noah and Sydney), but still feel awesome. I cleaned house, cleaned out the fridge and started moving the office stuff out of the nursery.
2. You can play with your adorable nephew, who moved in for the next 6 weeks today.
3. You can stop wearing your old clothes because those pants will just not zip up any more and society frowns on an unbuttoned fly.
4. You can look forward to your ultrasound next Tuesday when you'll finally get to see your baby...although we're still not planning on finding out the gender.

At 20 weeks, we are 1lb above pre-pregnancy weight and feeling great. Joe has a New Year's resolution to lose his baby weight, so we'll wish him luck!

What else can you do at 20 weeks, Deanna?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

the twelve days of Christmas (part one)

We began our prolonged Christmas celebration at Team Eddys' in Spokane. On the 23rd, all the Cletos except Lola and Uncle Noy crowded into the Eddys' teeny-weeny house for a delicious dinner (with prime rib made by Aunt Rissa), present-opening, and our traditional game of Jeopardy (although Amy "Trebec" has been replaced with Hailey "Trebec"). Sam eats some crackers while Moka strategically places herself for scraps. Uncle Joe helps Noah try on his new helmet (notice he's not wearing pants). Lauren and Tancie cuddle Kate and Glory. Lauren became an expert in changing cloth diapers that day. And, Sydney played with Sam and his new toy drum (thanks, Eddys). Afterwards, we had a little sisin time at a nearby hotel. Mom and Aunt Rissa watched the babies so we could swim and play some games. Tance, Lauren, Hails, and Syd stayed overnight for some more fun, but Amy and I had to head back home to take care of our own brood.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

the rice cracker eats rice

We call Sam our "little rice cracker". Don't get offended...we call him that because he's part white (cracker) and part Filipino (rice).

He's starting to eat some finger foods. Frankly, it's more about entertainment than about nutrition.
Oh, and it's really, really messy.