Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

a bet I'm happy to lose

You might remember, I was sure Pudge was going to be a boy. Not, "felt" like Pudge might be a boy. Or "thought" Pudge might be a boy. It was a simple fact: Pudge was a boy.

In fact, I put a wager on it. You already know how I feel about camo. This was the deal:

If Pudge was a boy, the same rules applied for camo-wearing: I believe there is a time and a place for camo: when you are hunting or if you are in the military. Otherwise, it should be folded and hidden away in a drawer.

If Pudge was a girl, Joe could dress her in camo whenever he wanted. Forever. Until she could refuse on her own.Now, my cute baby is wearing this hat.

But, it's a bet I'm happy to lose. :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

congratulations, Aunt Lauren!


This picture is in honor of Aunt Lauren graduating from the University of San Diego and getting her first engineering job. Lauren bought this Tshirt for Noah when we visited colleges...and now it's Sam's.

Congratulations, Aunt Lauren!

Monday, June 28, 2010

baby Ben

Sunday afternoon, Christina texted us and said she'd be heading through IF in 20 minutes and would we like to get together?

Why, yes. Yes, we would.

The Waldon women stopped on their way home from their girls' road trip, so we could meet Ben...and see the rest of the gang of course.I got to feed Ben a bottle. He eats like a Kaufman. He drained that thing in no-time-flat. It was an impressive feat.
He met his cousins. Andie thought he was an interesting little character. Ben reciprocated by trying to suck on her elbow.Sam, however, was more interested in showing off Baby Bob to Aunt Teenie. And, here's the first Kaufman cousins' picture...the first of many, I'm sure.
It was great to meet you, Ben! Come see us again soon!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

rice cereal

We started Andie on rice cereal this week. I was a little hesitant because of her dairy issues and didn't want to rock the boat, but her pediatrician gave us the okay and we were off.

She wasn't too sure about it the first bite.But, after the first bite, she started lunging for the spoon.And crying when we couldn't shovel it in fast enough.However, her discerning palate only likes cereal with breastmilk. Don't even think about offering it to her with water!And, lest we forget how quickly babies grow, it just seems like yesterday we started Sam on solids and now he is drinking from a real (non-sippy) cup!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

weekly wisdom

Sam and Andie both have eczema, so after baths, they get slathered up with hydrocortisone and Aquaphor. This keeps the scaly redness at bay and the few times we have traveled and forgotten our petro-chemical regimen, we've paid the price with crabby, itchy kids.

Unfortunately, Aquaphor is expensive when you are using it on 2 kids day in and day out. And, Sam has no patience to hold still long enough to spread the thick goop on his body.

This week, I forgot to stock up on Aquaphor and remembered learning in NP school that kids with bad eczema could also use Crisco as their lotion. We tried it and are never going back to Aquaphor. Crisco spreads easily, moisturizes well, and is cheap, cheap, cheap!

Just don't use the butter-flavored or your toddler will be licking himself all night long.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

little water engineer

We finally had a sunny day in IF and Sam decided it was high time to get some work done. There was a leak in the faucet that needed to be plugged. Nevermind that the "leak" could easily be fixed by turning the water off.The final solution:Whew! Glad that's done. Time for a Popsicle.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

4 month Andie-Bear pictures


Pudge-pudge is 16lbs 6oz, 24 1/2 inches long.
She's rolling over, pushing herself up, and loves to make googly-eyes at her dad.
She's cooing and giggling.
She's, unfortunately, got a wicked bald spot on the back of her head from rubbing her head while she sleeps.
I can't believe she's 4 months old already!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Funniest: Lady Gaga picture, by Deanna Gemmer
Most Seattle-esque: Space Needle Kids, by Kaelene Reel
Look, there's Joe!: Sam trying to sweet-talk Joe, by Laura Kate Eddy

Thanks for the pictures, ladies. Please email me your mailing addresses and I'll mail you your prizes. Thanks, everyone, for participating in the contest!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

We had a fabulous Father's Day, here at Casa Kaufman. I snapped a quick picture on our rush to church this morning. Joe was the only one who followed my frantic instructions to, "Look at Mama! Look at Mama! Smile!".This is Joe's father's day mug. I made Joe a mug for our first Christmas together, but it got a crack in it, so he needed a replacement. The mug says, "...and that's the news from Casa Kaufman...where the son wrestles with Dad, the daughter snuggles with Dad, the mom is thankful for Dad, and the Dad is above average."I hope all you Dads out there had a great day. You deserve it!

the Sandman Chronicles

Night #6
Down at 6:30
Fell asleep at 7pm
SLEPT TILL 2AM!! Nursed her.
Nursed her at 5am.
Up at 7am

Night #7 (with a worsening cold)
Down at 6:30 pm, no crying
Fussy off and on almost every hour, but puts herself back to sleep until 10pm
Nursed her at 10pm
Nursed her at 2am
Nursed her at 5am.
Not as great as the night before, but we'll take it. A week ago, I was nursing her 6 times a night!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Photo Contest:: Funniest

1. Sam, running (as usual) at the BBQ
This is the story of our life: Sam runs. Joe watches and occasionally chases. Lather, rinse, repeat. At least this time, Dwight held Andie so Joe didn't have to chase Sam down with babe-in-arms. Dwight did his fair share of chasing Sam, too. We're considering kidnapping the Haucks and whisking them away to IF.
2. Guns at a 3 year old's birthday party
The photographer writes: "Eric has never been a fan of guns, so I think it was pretty funny to watch Eric shoot a gun (albeit paint ball gun) with [his] mother right there and at a small child's birthday party!"

Noah also got to shoot a paint ball gun. I think it was pretty much the coolest thing he's ever done in his short life.
3. Smearing lotion on another woman's husband
I don't care how inappropriate it is; no one is getting a sunburn on my watch.
4. Lady Gaga!
The cheerleaders were dancing and Kate & Glory jumped right in, chanting, "Gaga! Gaga!"
Me: What? What are you guys saying?
Deanna (laughing): Lady Gaga sings this song.
Awesome that my 18-month old goddaughters are more music-savvy than their Ninang. They have better dance moves, too.

5. Sam's favorite Ninang
I made shirts for all the kids in honor of Amy's celebration. They said things like, "My mom is so smart! S-M-R-T!". Sam's shirt said, "My ninang can suture faster than your ninang."

Don't forget to vote for your favorite picture in each category. Voting closes on Sunday, June 20! Again, you can vote as many times as you want under the "Comments" section.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

a year ago...

A year ago, I thought I might lose my sister forever.
A year ago, she couldn't breathe for herself, feed herself, or walk.A year ago, I took her daughters home with me and seriously thought we might be raising Irish triplets for the long term.
A year ago, I sat in the ICU and cried when Amy wrote a special note to Kevin and me.A year ago, I was overwhelmed by the love people showed our family.
This year, my sister graduated from medical school.
She has no lingering complications.
Life is good.
God is good.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

the Sandman Chronicles

Night #3 was awful and made me want to give up sleep training and blow $40 on this miracle sleep suit my friend told me about. The only thing holding me back was that my big baby might only fit this sleep suit for a few weeks and I'd be right back to square one.

Night#4
Down at 6:30pm with less than 10 minutes of crying
Woke briefly at 9:30pm, cried for 15 minutes.
Fed her at 11:30pm and 3am. We decided that since she sleeps well in her swing, we'd move her to her swing after midnight so we could all get some sleep.
Awake at 5:45am for a feeding.

And that's with a cold, folks.

Tonight, she went down without even crying.

I'm hopeful. It's not as dramatic as Sam's sleep training, but she's a lot younger.

Photo Contest: Look, there's Joe!

1. Joe holding Sam at the zoo.
2. Joe holding Sam at the zoo...again. Boy, that kid gets heavy.
3. Baby-wrangling at the Gig Harbor parade.
4. Sam trying to sweet-talk Dad, "It's not sleeping time, Dad."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

where does this kid get this stuff?

We were driving back to our hotel from dinner when Noah randomly blurts out:
"Mom, you need to punch Ninang in the face."

WHAT?!?


Flashback to the day before:
Jen: Noah, you have to wear sunscreen. The sun is very bright and your mom will kill me if any of you kids gets sunburned.

Noah (matter-of-factly): No, Ninang. She'll just punch you in the face.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Photo Contest: Most Seattle-esque

1. UW graduation banner
Taken at Amy's commencement ceremony. After six long years of medical school, 3 kids, and GBS, she finally did it. Whoo hoo!2. Girls' Night Out
The girls of 207 sweet-talked our hubbies into watching the kids and we walked downtown for some good wine, appetizers, dessert, and (of course) girl talk. We tried our first anchovies together (they were all right, but I probably won't be ordering these on a regular basis).
3. Seattle Children's Museum
After a fun (and free!) morning at the Children's Museum, it was feeding time for the crew. We snagged a little table and a whole lot of little chairs and dug in. Sam kept eating all of Daisy's chips. He's a hungry kid. Glory just ate ketchup.
4. Space needle kids
These guys didn't come on our trip, but what's more Seattle-esque than standing in front of the Space Needle?

5. Woodland Park Zoo
Yep, that's me, hugging a bird statue. We took the kids to the zoo on a drizzly Sunday afternoon. They liked all the animals, but LOVED the fake animals...like this bird.