Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Sunday, August 12, 2012

and that's the news from Casa Kaufman

Well, it's been a crazy three months at Casa Kaufman.
  • We've made it through the first trimester and I am starting to feel better. No more tube feedings. I'm eating more solid food and I haven't thrown up in 5 days. It's pretty amazing.
  • I just got back from my cousin Lauren and her new husband Marcus' wedding in Tahoe and hope to post pictures soon.
  • Joe has survived 3 months of single parenthood, which has been particularly challenging. Sam has not done well with a bedridden mother, but we feel like we have weathered the storm!
  • ND, on the other hand, is blossoming. She is growing up and this trimester has given her the opportunity to bond with people other than her mama. She and Daddy are now fast friends. She is talking more, using her binky less, and naming letters, colors and shapes like crazy (thank you, Mary Kate!).
  • Mary Kate, super sitter, and Kayleigh (fill in super sitter) did an excellent job nannying our kids this summer, which was a huge relief, given the very, very difficult summer our family has had. Unfortunately, both super sitters have to go back to school, so we've found a promising day care and the kids will start next week. We had a visit two weeks ago and I had to bribe the kids with a McDonald's trip to get them to leave, so I think that bodes well.
  • We reached the difficult decision that we need to find Doc, our super anxious Brittany, a new home. His issues have become overwhelming this summer and he would do better in a calmer household. It has been heartbreaking for me, but he will be settled in a new foster home with American Brittany Rescue this week.
  • Thank you to everyone who has helped us get through this early pregnancy! We are so blessed with our family and friends who have helped us all. Grandma K, Aunt Teenie, and Lala have pitched in with childcare and bedtime duty a ton. The Eddys came and wrangled children and cleaned house. Lala housed and cared for Doc until ABR could find a home for him. Grandma A did our laundry and brought food. My running buddy, Mary, brought dinner. Even Deanna helped from afar, sending some local 4-H kids to weed our garden. The support of our community has been amazing. Thank you for everyone's prayers. This has been the worst episode of hyperemesis we've ever experienced, but at 13 weeks, is the shortest lived as well. (At least, I HOPE it's over!).
And, that's the news from Casa Kaufman where the dad runs the show, the mom has been run ragged, and the children run around crazy.

1 comment:

Rae said...

so glad to see this update from you Jen! Love the 13 week picture, looking good!