Sunday, July 29, 2012

Heat wave

I normally can appreciate the weather in the midwest. I love that we get to truly experience all 4 seasons and while some summers and winters can be miserable, there is always the knowledge that in a few months, the weather will be totally different. However, this summer is beyond awful.. Missouri, and most of the midwest, is in the worst drought it has seen since the dust bowl, for those of you who don't know you're history, that's the 1930s. We've seen more 100+ degree temperature days than I can even count. And to top it all of, I'm pregnant and would be burning up in even reasonable temperatures. It's scary when your forecast regularaly looks like this:

That's not even the worst I've seen! I don't remember the last time it rained.

Poor Grace is going crazy being stuck inside all the time. I don't blame her! Getting out is just difficult being 6 months pregnant with a toddler who hates getting into her carseat, so I try to do as many of our errands first thing in the morning before it gets horrible out. Even at 9 am, it's normally in the 90s. Why oh why did I choose to get pregnant during the worst heat wave in half a century???

To make it worse, a few weeks ago I scored an amazing deal on a playhouse for Grace that we are keeping outside on the deck that she absolutely loves! She would be perfectly content playing in it all day long if I let her.

I try to let her play in it once or twice a day, but can only generally stand to be out for 10 minutes or so before we both get too warm. It's a struggle to get her to come inside! She stands at the back door whining wanting to go out and play and I feel so bad for her.

Is it hot where you are? Please tell me we're not the only ones suffering in these insane temperatures! I'm ready for fall!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Toddler hugs!

I just have to share this. Grace and her friend Lincoln love playing together and his mom and I joke that someday they need to get married because we have the most amazing slideshow already started! Well, yesterday we caught this gem on video!

They gave each other hugs for about 5 minutes straight. It was adorable!

We never know  if they're going to play nicely or fight over toys and scream at each other, so yesterday was a good day!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pregnancy Update: 25 weeks

I have now reached the point where I feel like I have been and will be pregnant forever! Week 20-30 tend to be extremely boring in my opinion because you have already found out what the gender is, but it's too early to get everything ready. I've done a few things for his arrival, but overall we're going to be waiting to do most things until September or October. Any other pregnant ladies feel like the second trimester seems to last forever??

 BabyFetus Ticker

How far along? 25 weeks 4 days

Weight gain/loss: I honestly don't want to know. I think I'm up somewhere in the range of 10-15 lbs. I'm trying not to worry about it too much.

Feeling:  In general things are going well. Physical therapy has really helped with my sciatic pain. However, "morning" sickness has returned over these past few weeks. I really hope it goes away soon! I'm also extremely sick of not having any control over my emotions. I get grumpy so easily for no good reason.

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Sleep: Hit and miss. I think it would be fine if I wasn't getting up 4-5 times a night to go to the bathroom.

Food cravings: Pizza Hut and powdered sugar donuts.

Gender: Boy!

Movement? I feel movement all day long! Mike has felt him multiple times and I love watching him bounce my belly around at night. However, I do not love the fact that because he is breech he pushes his head into my ribs about a million times a day. He is only happy when I'm laying back. If I try to sit up or lean forward at all, he pushes his head hard into my ribs to express his dislike of being squished!

What I miss? Being able to sit comfortably

Best moment this week: Grace has been extra cute this week and has decided her favorite activity is giving hugs and kisses. She'll go "hi mama" and run up to me and give me a huge hug and kiss. It melts my heart!

What I'm looking forward to: Going to a consignment sale next weekend and getting great stuff for Connor!

Next Appointment: July 30th

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Life as a librarian

I'm linking up with Growing Up Geeky's Toddle Along Tuesday today and the topic today is occupations! As I've mentioned before, I am a librarian turned stay at home mom. I've written before about my adventures as a stay at home mom, but I haven't really touched on my career as a librarian so I thought I'd elaborate on that.

This is what most people think of when they think of a librarian:

On the opposite side, librarians tend to hear a lot about this "fantasy:"

In reality, most of us are pretty normal people. You won't see many buns or large glasses, although we do tend to be known for wearing comfortable shoes. If you haven't been to the library lately, it is probably completely different than the one you remember. Most libraries are ::gasp:: noisy, with cafes, kids areas, computers, amazing programs, and even video games to rent.  They are still great places to study and find your favorite books, but the stereotypical old librarian is gone. In fact, your local librarian is probably one of the most tech saavy, creative people you will ever meet.

Most of us wish that our jobs were like this:

Yes, I have watched all 3 of these movies.
While our day to day life isn't quite as exciting as that movie makes it out to be, I loved my job as a librarian!

I never thought about being a librarian growing up. I loved reading and always spent a great deal of time at the library, but I didn't actually get a job in one until I needed a work study job in college. I already spent a large part of my time in the library doing research, so the librarians knew me well and immediately offered me a job when I mentioned that I needed one.  I was majoring in history and thought at the time that I wanted to work in a historical museum of some sort. I actually applied to a museum studies Masters program at KU when I was a senior and got frustrated by their lack of communication and timeliness. I was venting about it to some of my coworkers and the librarian in charge at the time casually mentioned that I should conisder going to library school instead. I had never thought about it, but started doing some research on the job outlook and got very excited at the prospects. Plus, many museum archivists have both their Masters in Library Science and their Masters in History, so I thought at the time that library school would be purely a stepping stone into museum work and further schooling. I applied to the University of Missouri's Library Science program and was quickly accepted! I got a job after graduation at a local library branch as a full time desk clerk figuring that it would help me with my work in library school.

As I got into my job at the library, I discovered how much I loved it. Every single day was different. I got to help people find the info they needed and they were always so happy when we found just the right thing. I got to see all of the new books that came in (ie my must read list got extremely long!) and I never ran out of movies to watch. I got the opportunity to lead story times and both kids and adult programs. I saw amazing presenters and even got the chance to start a home school program at my branch that grew from only a few attendees to over 50 each session. I was on committees for the summer reading program and new graphic novels. Basically, my job was never boring.

When I graduated with my Masters in Library Science, I realized that I didn't want to work at a museum anymore, I loved where I was. Within several months, I got a promotion and became the assistant manager of a larger branch. I managed over 30 employees, set the daily schedule and dealt with any and all issues that came through. Again, my days were never the same and every day was challenging! I loved the variety and responsibility of the job and was sad to leave it when the time came.

I love being a stay at home mom, but when my kids go to school, I will most likely go back to being a librarian.

And no matter what my husband says, I very rarely ever said "shhhhhh!"

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Physical Therapy

Whoever said that being pregnant with a boy is easier than with a girl is a big fat liar! This pregnancy has been way more difficult than my last and I'm not even into my third trimester yet. I try not to complain too much because I know how blessed I am to have healthy pregnancies, but it is getting harder to complete my day to day tasks. At about 15 weeks, I started having extreme sciatic pain in my right hip and leg. It got so bad that by the end of each day, I could barely walk.

So I talked to my OB and she highly recommended that I try physical therapy. Being that I'm still only in my 2nd trimester, I decided it was worth a try. I really don't want to be put on bed rest and I don't want the pain to continue to get worse. So I am now going to physical therapy twice a week.

I've discovered that physical therapy is a new kind of torture. I have about 20 minutes of stretches that I have to do each day. Those aren't too bad. However, when I go in for my appointments, they massage the muscles in my legs that are leading to some of my pain. I have some very large knots in said muscles and those few minutes in each appointment are absolutely awful. I am glad to say that it is actually helping, but I do dread each appointment! Hopefully it continues to help.

Luckily, Grandma Barb is able to watch Grace during most of my appointments. Grace certainly reminds me that each pregnancy pain is absolutely worth it!

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Exciting Changes!

There are some big changes here on my blog this week! First, I'm in the middle of a redesign. I've been wanting to do one for quite a while, but as the least creative person in the world, it has taken me this long to actually sit down and do it. So bear with me for the next few days with the changes.

Second, I am officially a Nuby Mom Blogger!

Grace and I love Nuby and are excited to try out some new products! I will be reviewing some great toddler items and will be giving away a few as well. I can't tell you how excited I am about this. I think Mike is getting sick of hearing me talk about it!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

First haircut!

I apologize for my blogging absence! Trust me, it wasn't intentional. But honestly the last few weeks haven't been too exciting in our house. It's been over 100 degrees outside for over a week now and Grace and I have been trying to keep ourselves entertained inside. This is a struggle with an active toddler and a pregnant, uncomfortable hot mommy! By the time she goes to bed, I am exhausted and pretty much fall into bed. Isn't the 2nd trimester supposed to be easier?? So I promise I'll try to be better! I do have some things to update you all on, including my physical therapy for my hip and leg pain and an awesome new toy we got for Grace, so stay tuned over the next few days for that!

Today, my baby girl hit a milestone. She got her first haircut. Haircut is actually not really the right word, it was more of a bang trim, but it still seemed like a big milestone to me. She did really well and sat on my lap contentedly for most of it watching her favorite videos. She tried to break free from me a couple of times, but luckily the hairdresser was quick!

First, a shot to show you how long her bangs had gotten! I always tried to put her hair in a bow or sweep her bangs to the side with a barrette, but she is amazingly talented at pulling them out within a few minutes. Plus I just wanted to share this adorable photo of her and her friend Lincoln!

Thankfully, we came prepared with YouTube videos!
She ended up spending most of the cut like this because she was getting annoyed with the lady messing with her hair. She's quickly running out of room on my lap due to Connor so she was almost falling off!

The finished product! Not the straightest trim I've ever seen, but pretty impressive for a wiggly 18 month old. I can't bear to cut any of the rest of her hair and she'll probably be 10 years old before I let her cut it!

She looks like such a big girl and she looked at me like I was crazy for taking so many pictures. Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets emotional over this kind of thing? May be I'll just blame it on pregnancy hormones!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Home Tour: Bathrooms

It has been a long week here. I seem to have regressed back into the first trimester with lots of nausea. So far today, I seem to be feeling better so I want to take advantage of it and do a quick post. I have lots of things to update about including a fabulous weekend away last weekend thanks to my parents and a pregnancy update regarding my hip pain, so hopefully I can get those written today or early next week. Today I thought I'd continue our home tour by sharing our bathrooms.

I grew up in a house with only 1.5 baths and it was tight. When Mike and I started looking at houses, we knew we wanted at least 2.5 baths. One for us, one for the kids and a half for guests. We ended up with 3 full baths.

Our master bath is what sold me on our house. As soon as I walked in, I knew I just had to have it!

The bathtub is one of my favorite parts of our house. I love it! I didn't take a picture of the vanity because it is messy at the moment and it is nearly impossible to get the counter top clean. Whoever decided to  put white laminate counter tops in a bathroom was stupid. We do have double sinks which is extremely convenient!

Our guest bath/kids bath:
This is a new faucet. I really like it and I am trying to convince Mike to put them in our bathroom too.
 This is what the white counter top in our bathroom looks like too. I really want to change it soon.

Please excuse the child throwing a tantrum on the floor. She decided she wanted to take a bath and wasn't happy when I said no.

I don't have pictures of our downstairs bathroom because it is so tiny. There is a shower behind the door and a pretty standard vanity with a white counter top. We have been collecting ideas on how to redo it to maximize space and will probably be doing a remodel of it in the next few years.

Thanks for reading as we continue our home tour!

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