Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

so tired...again

Hi, Doc here. I'm so tired...again....and here's the reason why:
It's hard to get any sleep around here with that baby always stealing the dog bed.Sam would share, but I'm...distrustful. I've seen this baby in action. He'll look all cute and friendly...and then yank out a tuft of dog hair.

Thanks, but no thanks. You can have the bed.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

we interrupt this program to bring you this update...

Sam just took his first steps! Three of 'em...all by himself. Then, he sort of got this "Uh-oh" look on his face and sat down.

Life will never be the same.

little drummer boy

After Easter, Joe realized his brotherly band was a little heavy on guitars and weak on he started taking drum lessons last week.
Sam thinks this is awesome. What better than a stick to beat on things and wreak destruction everywhere in his wake?
Rock on!
*Please ignore the laundry and mess. We're not neat at our house; that's how we roll.*

Monday, April 27, 2009

once bitten, twice shy (update)

Just an update for any nursing moms out there who are on the edge of their seats, wondering about our biting issues:

I kept taking him off every time he bit and would offer him a sippy cup or bottle every time he seemed too distracted to really nurse. This seemed to solve the problem. He's been less interested in nursing, but we're still nursing 1-2 times a day, most days. It seems like we'll be weaning before too long (hopefully after his first birthday), which makes me a little sad, but Sam seems ready. It's funny...I always thought I'd be the one who'd have to push weaning, but now Sam is the one who's pushing me to wean. :)

Oh, well. They have to grow up sometime, I guess.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

my future's so bright...

...I gotta wear shades.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Runner's log

I've been adhering to my run/walk plan and have been pretty impressed with how a chubby, out-of-shape woman can make some progress! This week, I'm supposed to run 2 minutes and walk 5 minutes, but have been able to run 3 minutes (1/3 mile) without stopping and walk for 4 minutes.

Yesterday, I decided to hit it hard. I met my work-friend, LeeAnne (as opposed to mom-friend, LeAnne) at the greenbelt for a run. I was self-concious about my poor cardio fitness and pushed to keep up with her (even as she slowed her pace for me). I pushed my 23lb+ baby in a jogging stroller against the wind. I decided to take Grumpy Eddy's advice and shorten my walking intervals in the hopes of getting my second wind sooner. I listened to my iPod and ran as far as I could into a song and then could walk until the song was over...but once a new song started, I had to start running again. I did this for 3 ½ miles and walked another 2 miles for warm up and cool down.

Like I said, I decided to hit it hard.

It hit back.

I got my second wind (which felt great) for approximately 45 seconds. Then, Sam started crying, my hip flexors started crying, my right knee started crying, my exercise-induced asthma started crying. This made me stop...which was good because by the time I got home, I could barely walk...or lift Sam.

This morning, I hobbled out of bed to the bathroom and loaded up on ibuprofen. I'm taking today off.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Noah is 3 years old today. Three years ago, Joe and I were driving down to Idaho Falls for Joe's job interview. We were in Missoula and gassing up, when I got a call from my mom that Noah had finally arrived after a long, difficult labor. It was maybe the second time in my life I'd ever cried tears of joy...I was so happy! (First time, at my wedding, although Joe will probably tell you those were tears of sadness for vowing to be hitched to him for the rest of my life).

Three days later, I got on a plane to Seattle to meet my fabulous, new nephew...and the rest is history.
Noah (age 3 months) and Schatzi (age 3 months)

Happy birthday, Noah-Bear!
Stop by their family blog to wish him Happy Birthday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

baby bouncers

This is Ellea, Joe's cousin. There's Nicole in the background, standing by their mom. Nicole was a flower girl at our wedding...Ellea was too little. My, how time flies.

Ellea loves babies. When Sam was six weeks old and we celebrated his baptism, she hung around, waiting anxiously for her turn to hold him. When she heard Kate and Glory were going to be at the Kaufmans' Easter celebration, she knew her time had come.

There was an abundance of babies...and she was going to bounce one!

A few things about these Eddy girls: 1) they are chunky and 2) just sitting and holding them won't do. So, you must bounce a very fat baby repeatedly. I know this for a fact. When we were all at my mom's in February, I bounced them until my whole body ached...and they would cry their tyrannical cries for continued bouncing until you started bouncing them again. I could barely walk afterward. These Eddy girls know what they like. Finally, in desperation and fatigue, I would bounce one and hand the other one to my 80-year-old Lola (she would rock them and whisper the Rosary in their ear); then we'd switch.
Anyway, I, Ellea grabbed one of the girls (I can't remember if this is Kate or Glory, but I don't believe this makes me a bad Ninang), sat down on the couch and bounced. Fatigue set in. Still she bounced. Later in the afternoon, Nicole grabbed the other girl and bounced her, too. Amy said it was the most relaxing day she's had in a long time...
...and wondered if Nicole or Ellea would be interested in an unpaid summer internship in baby bouncing?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sam bam

The Easter bunny brought Noah an inflatable T-ball set, complete with inflatable bat, ball, and tee. While Noah was distracted by all those Uptmor boys and their zaniness, Sam stole his bat. It was love at first site.
His mobility was a little hampered, but that didn't stop him from crawling down to the gravel with it. (He took this opportunity to sample some Kaufman gravel...yum!).

And, of course, he took the opportunity to beat nearby objects and passersby with his beloved bat.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter (part three)

More Easter pictures. There was a big party (40 people!) at the Kaufmans' for Easter and the weather was beautiful. We ate, and ate, and ate...

...and hunted Easter eggs. The Uptmor Band of Brothers...and Noah and Morgan...get ready to hunt eggs.

And, got to know Steve's girlfriend, Christina, a little better. First impression: super fun, easy going girl. Sam likes her. :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter (part two)

We got some Kaufman love in Saturday, too! Here's Grandma and Sam playing with trucks and blocks.
Here's Uncle Jeff with his new amp (Happy birthday!).

Here's Grandpa and Sam, wrestling.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter (part one)

Joe, Sam and I loaded up our car on Friday afternoon and headed north for Easter weekend. Tancie caravaned behind us in her Jeep since she is moving to New Jersey (sniff!). We were sad to see her go and had a tearful goodbye at Deer Lodge as we parted ways.

We got into Lewiston at 12:30 in the morning. It was a short night with a full day ahead of us. We had family pictures with my mom, Team Eddy, us, and my Lola. We had 3 photographers for our session who went crazy trying to get all those babies to look at the camera at the same time. We did get some good pictures, though.Then, it was back to my mom's to get ready for Easter dinner/Lola's 81st birthday celebration. My grandparents, cousin Mandi (with her daughter, Jolie, and friend, Mariah), Aunt Becca, and several of Mom's friends stopped by to join the party.

Runner's log

Wise runners tell me it's good to keep track of your progress, so later, when you get discouraged, you can look back and see how far you've come. (Disclaimer: I'll be writing a lot of these posts, but I'll title them "Runner's log" so you can skip them if you don't find them riveting).

Today was my first attempt at running.

It kicked my butt.

I walked a mile down to the green belt (pushing Sam in the jogging stroller), walked/ran the 2 1/3 miles around part of it, and walked a mile back home. I am doing the walk/run method. I tried to run 2 minutes, walk 5 minutes, but it was pathetically difficult, so I ended up running 1 minute and walking 6 minutes (repeat 5 times!), which was a little more doable...still kicked my butt.

Proud of myself for actually running and meeting my goal, but a little dismayed at how hard it actually was!

Tomorrow, doing pilates and Friday, running again.

Monday, April 13, 2009

sunny day

Sunny day - Sweepin’ the clouds away,
On my way to where the air is sweet.
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

Yay! Spring has finally sprung in Idaho Falls. We've had a few nice days and I hope it lasts. Tancie and I took Sam outside to play after work earlier this week. I realized it was the first time the kid has ever played outside in his entire life! Isn't that a little sad?Needless to say, he loved it. (This is Sam "loving it".) He loved the cars driving down the street. He loved feeling the grass in his hands. He loved trying to eat his dad's irrigation set up. If your weather isn't sunny where you are, may this little face bring you some sunshine.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Maybe you didn't already know this, but I think my son is advanced. Of course, you could only NOT know this if you weren't a regular reader and weren't aware of my personal bias that involves Sam. Some people (ahem, Joe) might say I'm blinded by love...but they would be wrong. I'm always looking for evidence to prove his genius and here it is. He's 10 1/2 months old and--what? what is he doing?--stacking two blocks.Of course, he's not signing yet, in spite of our efforts (we've been signing more for an eternity...or at least the last 5 months!), but I just keep telling him that we can't all be good at everything.Wait...does that look like "more" to you?? I think it does. Yeah, I'm pretty sure it is.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Bye, baby weight...we're going to Bone and Back.

My baby is almost a year old and I'm still carrying about 7lbs of "baby" weight. Good God! So, last night, I decided to join my co-workers in their team to accomplish this.

I'm going to get skinnier...
...or die trying.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

you know you're a mom when... stay up late to make bunny cupcakes for all the kids at your son's daycare.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

born to be birdie...

...except they only do this with squirrels. But, look at that point...have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

Monday, April 06, 2009

ten and a half months

Bear pictures are getting more and more challenging. Two more to go!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

April Fools!

We like to celebrate April Fool's Day at our house with gusto...although you'd think we'd have learned our lessons after last year's jokes came true for Team Eddy. To start our little ones off early, I enlisted Noah's help. I wrapped a rubber band around the sprayer on the kitchen sink so that when turned on, it would spray the unsuspecting victim.

Jen: (whisper) Noah, do you want to play a joke on your mom?
Noah: Oh, yeah! (giggling).
Jen: Ok. I want you to tell your mom you need a glass of water, okay? (He nods). (Loudly...) Noah, are you thirsty?
Noah: already have chocolate milk.
Jen: Noah, tell your mom you need some water!
Noah: I already have a drink!

Fortunately, Tancie was suddenly thirsty and Amy got sprayed as planned. It was funny. She definitely had it coming because this is the joke she played on Kevin later.
video video video video

Saturday, April 04, 2009

thanks, big kids

Hi, Sam here. My mom and dad are recovering from all the fun they had when Aunt Deanna, Uncle Darin, Daisy, and Ninang, Uncle Kevin, Kate, Glory and Noah were here. Lots of people, fun, and adventures in our little house last week. Mom says it was a busy time, but worth all the work so all of us kiddos could play together.

Our house seems so quiet now that there's only one kid instead of the 5 1/2 (counting Spud Gemmer) kids that were here all week. My mom, Ninang, and Aunt Deanna had so much fun watching us kids, playing games at night, and talking, talking, talking. Daisy, Noah, and I had a great time together...when I wasn't trying to grab Noah or steal Daisy's snacks. Those big kids can do all sorts of cool tricks. Like walk, or climb stairs.

video videoAfter watching Daisy and Noah all week, I think I've got it down. It's awesome. My mom gasped today when she saw me coming up the stairs and gasped again when I pulled out my cart and walked all by myself without any help from her.

(Sorry about the sideways videos. Mom was discombobulated when she rushed to get the camera to record these events). She said she'd have to thank you big kids for teaching me all those new tricks. Dad sounded pretty pleased, too...I guess he thought it must be pretty boring around here because he said something about "there goes the peace and quiet".

Come visit me again soon! I miss you guys.

Friday, April 03, 2009

And the winner is...

Corn seed is the top crop in Hawaii. Joe and I learned this at the Ag Festival when we entered a contest in seed identification at a Monsanto booth (incidentally, we have yet to see our Ipod Nano, which was the prize at their contest...I suspect we weren't successful in our own guesses). We also talked to a Hawaii Farm Bureau agent, who told us that sugar cane and pineapples used to be Hawaii's top exports, but now corn seed has taken over. Joe's brother, Phil (who works for Monsanto in California), explained that with Hawaii's ideal climate, they are able to get four generations a year with foundation corn seed.

So, our winner is Phil Kaufman, who correctly guessed corn seed, but we'd like to recognize our runner-up, Loretta Poxleitner, who guessed corn, which we think was a pretty good guess for someone who doesn't work for Monsanto! :)