Two under two. Saturday Natalie turned four weeks old! It doesn’t seem possible that she is already a month old! Nathan loves to give her kisses and squash her with hugs. She is going to learn to hold her own against this big brother of hers! He struggles with jealousy if he is overly hungry or tired, but for the most part we’ve found a routine and it’s working. It does mean that I don’t leave the house very often!
My first solo outing was going into our little town to grab a few groceries and get stamps at the Post Office. It was a cold day and I couldn’t find parking in front of the store, so we were a block away. I stuffed my wallet in my coat pocket, got Nathan out of the car (who stood patiently next to me, excited every time a truck or semi drove through town), and then grabbed Natalie in her car seat. Once in the store Nathan sat in the cart and Natalie’s car seat fit in the back of the cart, so all was well. But then I had two bags of groceries and two babies to try and haul back to the car in freezing weather! Thank goodness for small town service. The grocery lady (who looked like she is probably a Grandma herself) grabbed her coat, took my grocery bags, and opened all the doors for me as we walked a block back to the car. Each small victory builds my aging confidence that I might be able to do this thing called motherhood!
Last week we practically had a heat wave with highs in the 30’s! I took advantage of the weather, the bright sunshine and an eager toddler, and bundled everyone up for some fresh air. A quick trip to the mailbox (1/4 mile driveway one way gives Nathan and I a good chance to stretch our legs!), collecting the nearly frozen eggs from the coop, and a quick hello to the cats. I thought Natalie might cry since she’s had little exposure to really being outside, but all bundled up in her pink mouse snowsuit, she was very content and happy! I hope she’ll love being outdoors like Nathan, since we spend a lot of time there! We have to start grooming her to love being outside in preparation for gardening season!
Dan fashioned a snowman complete with corn cob nose for Nathan just outside the patio window, since the snow consistency was just perfect before the below zero temps rolled in. Nathan is saying more and more words, now including “Snowman” and our favorite, “Natalie cry.” Too true! Too true!
Friday Night Fun Night has resumed and I’ve made homemade pizza the last two weeks. My standard favorite BBQ Chicken, and then we tried a new one: Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza! I wasn’t sure if I would like it, since it had ketchup and mustard replacing the pizza sauce, but it was really quite good. It might join the regular rotation. I’ve also been looking on Pinterest for healthy ideas of how to use up the dates I have left that I ate prior to Natalie’s birth. I found a recipe for no-bake Coconut Date Energy Bites. Nathan helped me whip them up in the food processor and they are a great little snack that doesn’t have any added sugar. I love guilt-free treats!
Saturday Dan graciously agreed to help me run errands in Sioux Falls, so we packed up the kids and the kitchen sink and went on our way! They did really well and we got most of what we needed/wanted. My luxury was a stop downtown at Breadico for a homemade cinnamon roll and loaf of Garlic Rosemary bread to dip in our Potato soup tonight! Yum!
Sunday we finally celebrated Christmas with Dan’s immediate family. We even got at least an inch of snow, which made the occasion festive! I ate way too much food and had a great time hanging out with everyone. Natalie got passed around, Nathan entertained us all with his antics and in typical kid fashion chose to play with the old toys instead of all the new Christmas gifts! It will take us a few days (or maybe all week) to recover from all the outings, but it was worth it!
And that’s our news from this two-under-two week on the farm!