Monday, June 13, 2011

Annika is enjoying having visitors & meeting everyone

It's been a wonderful to visit with friends and family and introduce Annika to our loved ones.  Here are a few pictures from our guests.

 Auntie Dolly says Annika has beautiful ears

 Cousin Donnell says she's the cutest

Aunt Jenn and Cousin Ava are reminded that Ava looked very similar

 Friends Wendy and Matt Brunner were able to visit from San Diego

 Lance, Kris and Avery Oschner came with Ryan Shively to visit & bring lunch

 Miss Melanie from bible study brought dinner

Noralea (Nana) Goodrow took care of all the shopping and chores the first two weeks

 Auntie Helen & Uncle Carl brought dinner and enjoyed holding & talking Annika

Peter, Jocelyn & Simeon White stopped in to bring dinner and find the humor in the first two weeks of no sleep

 Emily Keith left here three kids with Phil and drove out to bring us dinner

 Newly weds Clark and Tiffany Souers brought us dinner and a lot of laughter

Lindsay and Ivan Ignatzck from bible study visited and brought dinner

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thankful for the meals

We are so thankful for the meals people have been bringing, we didn't realize how difficult it would be to get to the store in the first few weeks.  It's also been really wonderful to visit with friends when they come over, it's so nice to visit with others, laugh and talk about other things than the baby stuff.  It's also a very nice break from Jeff and I staring at each other trying to figure out the next thing we need to do to take care of Annika ;-)

If you're interested in stopping by or bringing something we'd love to visit with you.  Just login and find a day that isn't assigned yet and we'll look forward to seeing and catching up with you!

The website to sign-up to come over is:

the last name and password to enter is: "buuck"

Thank you again everyone for your food of love and support!

Jeff, Tamara & Annika

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Announcing the arrival of Annika Buuck!

On Friday May 20th at 7:47 pm, Annika Poladian Buuck was born at 7 pounds 9 ounces.

In spite a somewhat long and challenging labor, we have been enjoying the first weeks as a new family, although sometimes it feels like a month has passed. She's adorable and has a sweet disposition. We look forward to time with you in person, but we wanted to share a few early photos now.

People told us newborns just "eat, sleep, poop, and cry." So far, she seems to excel at all of them. Fortunately, when we manage to fill her little belly, she "sleeps like a baby." Jeff suggested that we try adding chocolate syrup to her bottle, but of course the pediatrician says she is too young. Reluctantly, he agreed to wait a few weeks. Jeff said he didn't realize after having a baby that he'd have so many decisions, such as "with the few minutes of personal time do I brush my teeth or comb my hair?"

Here's a Breakdown of our Typical Day:

12-15 hrs Feeding baby... changing diaper... changing clothes... burping baby... washing

1-2 hrs Conducting SWOT analysis (Tamara and I are applying our work background) to plot strategic initiatives for infant training development program to make feeding a sleeping more efficient.

2-3 hrs Seeking professional help, as well as guidance from family & friends

2-3 hrs Eating (much thanks to Tamara's mom, Noralea and so many others, for feeding us wonderful meals, running errands, and helping us survive with immeasurable support!)

1 hrs Welcoming visitors and sharing experiences

1-2 hrs Personal time

0-1/2 hrs Personal Grooming

It may add up to more than 24 hours, but we're really too tired to care.

We really appreciate all the sentiments, prayers, thoughtful gestures, calls, emails, Facebook posts, text messages, Morning in America sessions, and love that help us see the sunshine through the fog!!

Love from All of us,

Jeff, Tamara, and Annika