After temperatures in the mid-70s on Saturday, we're currently under a winter storm warning. Zuzu's school was canceled today, and my university pushed back the start of classes so that none of mine is actually meeting today, which is a relief since I don't know what I'd do with Zuzu. David's school is in session because his district is at the edge of this storm, so they're getting rain while we're getting blanketed with thick, wet, slushy snow that's making a disaster of the roads and taking out power lines. Fortunately, we were not affected by that at our house.
What I am affected by? My neck hurts from sleeping on it wrong and my back hurts from picking up a 22 pound baby to haul her downstairs this morning. I need to wear one of those support belts that dudes who work in warehouses lifting heavy things wear. Also I need more core strength, more yoga, and a massage. Working on it!
The girls are in a sweet spot for playing together (dress up in Elsa and Anna dresses) but also in a shit spot for hitting each other. It's so irritating. Coco has a temper and throws things when she's angry; meanwhile, Zuzu has a TERRIBLE habit of making an ugly, loud hissing/growling sound when she gets in trouble and it drives me crazy. I'd throw them both outside to play in the snow, but it's so wet and slushy that it's not even fun. Also Zuzu's snowpants are at her school. And my back hurts.
Update: Coco has changed out of her Princess Anna dress. She wants to be totally naked all the time. She takes off her clothes and then tries to rip off her diaper. WHY??? It's not that I'm a prude about nakedness. I'm just afraid she'll pee on the new carpet.
Update on Little House in the Big Woods: Not only have we learned about making bullets and shooting guns, we've also been taught that blonde hair is preferable to brown, that naughty girls get whipped with a switch, that baby calves must be killed in order to make cheese with their stomach lining, and we've seen naughty cousin Charley get stung by an entire nest of bees (Zuzu was already terrified of bees, so thanks, Laura Ingalls Wilder, for solidifying that anxiety). Basically, I'm rethinking my first chapter book choice, but we only have two chapters left, so we will move on to something a little less, uh, violent? (I actually skipped over the calf-slaughtering part of cheese making AND the sister-rivalry over hair color.)
This re-read has really made me want to read Pioneer Girl, so I may bribe myself with that as incentive for my next session of grading. First, though, I need to finish Better Than Before, When Breath Becomes Air, and Between the World and Me. I'm really excited about all three books, but there's some heavy stuff in there, so I think I'll be ready for some fiction.
I went to a housewarming party last Saturday for friends who are married with no kids and their house was SO lovely. The kind of lovely that includes a white sofa and breakables at toddler-height. I had a good time at the party--although their rum punch was wicked and my head hurt the next day!
It's nice to go to someone's house and then see your own space with fresh eyes. It made me realize what a difference light fixtures make. I've looked online at light fixtures and the prices have made me put that change on the back burner of home improvement, but it really makes such an enormous difference! And all of their light fixtures were from Ikea except for one awesome vintage piece in the dining room. So it doesn't have to break the bank.
Looking around their house also made me envy their white trim... I'm still not ready to paint mine, but I'm thinking about it hard, particularly because we don't have crown moulding and our baseboards aren't in awesome shape--they've been paint splattered and knicked and scuffed a lot over the years.
Coco had her 18-month check up yesterday. She weighted 22 pounds 1 ounce and was 30.5 inches tall. This put her in the 40th percentile for weight and the 10th percentile for height. Her head circumference was in the 79th percentile, so she's just a wee bit top-heavy. But off the charts adorable! Her doctor also remarked on her gross motor skills and speech being good, and it's always nice to hear that baby is on track, especially because I pay so much less attention to developmental milestones than I did with Zuzu.
Okay--I'm off to finish the last two chapters of LHITBW and try to keep the the sister-smacking to a minimum. I'm also accepting recommendations for good places for reasonably-priced light fixtures, fiction I should read next, and chapter books that will hold the interest of a 3.5 year old without traumatizing her. I may take Crafty Cousin Amanda's recommendation and try Heidi next.