Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How are me and the CEO of Yahoo similar?

Well, it's definitely not the $300 million net worth (I wish!) but we were both hired while pregnant.  I've been reading articles about Marissa Mayer and her new role at Yahoo.  She is 37 and is now the CEO of Yahoo (previously Google) and is 6 months pregnant.  I am blown away at all the articles about her new role and mostly her pregnancy.  If a man was hired would he have to reveal that his wife was pregnant?  Apparently Marissa is taking a "working" pregnancy leave for a few weeks. I think it's a shame that she feels that she can't take a normal amount of time off to bond with her baby, but hey, to each their own.

As I wrote about before, I was pregnant while interviewing.  When I was hired I was 6 months pregnant. When interviewing, I really thought that they knew.  I was large and in charge and didn't really hide my pregnancy.  Ok, maybe I did purchase some maternity spanx.  (Note: Do NOT put these on in front of your husband. He will want to help because you are struggling to put them on and then you start sweating because you are very pregnant and don't understand how to fit your body into the tightest thing you have ever been in your entire life.) Anyway, I didn't say during my interview "hey, I'm pregnant, but I promise I'll work really really hard and do a great job." I just thought they could tell.  Well, after I was offered the job I disclosed my pregnancy and found out that they did not know...they had no idea I was pregnant, let alone six months pregnant.  It was so awkward.  My boss at the time was furious that I didn't tell her I was pregnant.  She said I would have been able to "sell my way through it".  Yeah right.  When I started my job there I acted like I wasn't bursting with baby and could hardly walk without being in pain. She said I was the nicest pregnant person ever and that I never complained. Why in the world would I complain to my boss?  I hated that I had to refer to my pregnancy/Charlotte as a "condition" or "my circumstance".  Looking back, I'm not sure if I would do that again...not disclose my pregnancy. I knew I wanted the job, and I knew that I would compromise it if I told them I was pregnant.  They thought I wouldn't come back after having Charlotte but clearly, I'm back.  It's tough being a woman in the workplace and trying to "do it all". Is there even such thing as doing it all?  Well, I'll keep trying.  Anyway, here's a picture of my "situation" that is now over 7 months old. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Blast from the past

While my dad was here we reenacted my favorite picture of him and I.  Well, we didn't reenact it that would be kind of weird...Charlotte and him did.  Definitely a keepsake!

Everyone says that Charlotte looks just like Dan...Doesn't she look a little like me?  I did give birth to her! 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

7 Months!

Today Charlotte is 7 months old!  Every month as I am writing this I think that the previous month has been the best so far.  How can it keep getting better and better?  This past month we have had tons of visitors and took a little family vacay down to the Hill Country.  Anyway, here is our little cutie at 7 months. 
Charlotte is the smiley, giggle queen ALL day...until the camera comes out.  You should have seen Dan trying to get her to smile while we took this picture.  I guess she wasn't in the mood to show her huge, open mouth smile today. 

At Charlotte's 6 months check up she was right under 18 pounds and I think she's probably around 19-20 pounds now.  Heavy enough to make my back hurt carrying her around in her car seat!  We started solids around 5 months and have made it through most fruits and vegetables.  I've been making her food mainly because I really like to cook and it is so easy!  So far she loves sweet potatoes, spinach, avocado, peaches and bananas.  Peas have made her break out into a rash but went away after a bath.  I really want Charlotte to not be a picky eater so I want to introduce her to everything! 

This past month Charlotte has really gotten into giggling and yelling.  She has discovered that she can make her voice go in different pitches and likes to test it out often.  She laughs really hard at the ceiling fan.  Who knew a fan could be so entertaining. 

Charlotte had lots of visitors this past month.  My brother came in for a week and stayed with us which I loved.  We had so much fun when he was here.  My Dad came to visit and my mom's side of the family was in town for a while also.  It was like a big family reunion!
Kade was great at helping Charlotte nap
She smiled big for the camera this day!
The ultimate stare down between Charlotte and Taylor
Since the summer hasn't been too crazy hot we have been able to spend some time outside.  We have this pool that we buy every summer for $20.  Make fun of us all you want but it is awesome.  It's huge and I could float in it.  Charlotte loves it.  When Kade was in town Rebecca brought her kiddos over to play and swim.  It was such a fun week being with both sides of the family.  I'm need to get better about taking pictures of everyone and not just Charlotte! 
Somehow Dan was talked into getting into the pool to hold the girls while we took pictures...he's such a good sport!
Rebecca and Taylor (4 months)
Family pic at our pool
Trying to get a pictures of all the kids.  Impossible.
Chase! (almost 4)
My Dad, Kade and I on my Dad's birthday
My mom and Charlotte
Charlotte was sitting on the floor playing with Taylor's feet. So cute.
Kade, the baby whisperer, holding Taylor.
Charlotte loves to sit in my lap while I put on makeup.  She just sits there and watches
Uncle Kade and Charlotte.  He's a great uncle!
Happy 4th of July!
   At Charlotte's school for her 4th of July Parade.  She fell asleep in the middle of it!   
 This month has been really busy but it has been great to see so many people.  Next month Charlotte will get to stay with my mom for a week so Dan and I can go to Italy.  I'm sure she will be spoiled rotten when we get back!

Monday, July 9, 2012

"Oh you just wait..."

From the moment I got pregnant to now to tomorrow and the day after that everyone is full of advice.  Whether it is advice for being pregnant or parenting people offer their advice.  During all of these times I have leaned on my friends a lot.  It's nice to have people that are in the same stage of life as I am.  Anyway, when I was pregnant people were saying "oh just wait, you won't get any sleep after your baby is born". Now that we are through the "no sleep" stage, it's "oh just wait, teething is terrible." Next it's, the terrible two's and so on.  We have even had people warn us about teenage years.  Dan and I take it with a grain of salt and try to just smile.  We made it through the newborn phase, we have started the teething stage and there are many more stages to come but we will deal with them as they come.  Why do people have to be so negative?  Every stage is a short period of time in the grand scheme of things.  What good will it do for me to worry about Charlotte's teenage years now?  Right now we will enjoy our little munchkin and all her stages of life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

House Update: The Playroom!

We have now been in our house for 3 months.  It feels like so much longer than that though!  We have done a few changes to the house and the most recent one was Charlotte's playroom. There is a room off of the living room that is the first room you see when you walk into our house.  I'm not sure what to call it.  I normally end up calling it the library because of the shelves that line the walls but really it's our play room.  When we bought the house I wasn't sure what to do with this room.  It has wood paneling that is actually pretty.  (It really is, I promise!) The ceiling is curved and painted white.  Our fireplace is in this room so I guess it could be called our family room.  We didn't have a fireplace in our old house so I am looking forward to using it this winter.  Dan and I have a different style that a lot of people.  We make quick decisions and luckily Dan trusts my ideas even when I second guess myself. 

Anyway...I had been on the lookout for a cool couch for this room.  I had tossed around the idea of putting in two club chairs but decided on a couch so that it could hold more people.  We actually use this room and I wanted something comfortable.  I searched for weeks for the perfect piece of furniture.  I found an awesome chesterfield sofa but it was $6,000.  Yeah right, no way would I spend that on a couch for a playroom.

 I ended up finding a couch on Craigslist by searching "tufted" every few weeks.  When we got it home I thought "oh my gosh, this thing is hideous, what did we do." It was super heavy and smelled like wet dog.  We got it in the house and I immediately threw a blanket over it because it was such an eyesore.  Even though I bought it with the intention on recovering it I couldn't look at it until I had a plan.  Our friends had left us a small wing back chair that I wanted to recover also. 

After fabric shopping several times I finally found the perfect fabric for the couch and chair.  I have recovered furniture before and it's almost more difficult when you have more choices.  Now that I have rambled on about these two pieces of furniture here are the pictures. 
View from our front door

I'm really happy with how everything turned out!  It's amazing what a little color can do! 
Charlotte loves her new playroom!