Nathan is finally recovering from Daylight Savings time! He sleeps great at night and is back to taking his regular naps! Whoever invented this time change thing clearly didn’t have little ones!! Can I get an Amen?!
Nathan wants to help with everything! He is very efficient at yanking a chair over to the counter or stove to see how he can “help” stir or mix or test taste! I usually give him the job of putting chopped vegetables on a tray or in a (not hot) pot. He eats a few along the way, and on rare occasions we find bite marks in the prepared food at supper! Oh well! In about five years this will all pay off, and he can just make dinner! At least, that’s the plan!
The weather has been so cold, we can only spend 30 minutes outside collecting eggs, so they don’t freeze or visiting the baby goats in the warm barn. The goats used to get all excited and riled up when my energetic 1 year old arrived on the scene. He would chase them around the hay manager, which I thought was good. The goats need the exercise and it keeps them warmer with all that blood pumping. Now, they barely even glance his way as he does laps around the small room, giggling, laughing and stopping to hug a goat here and there.
The cats patiently wait by the back door for him to come out and play. I often send him outside alone for 15-20 minutes, mostly because he needs the exercise and fresh air, and because I don’t have any winter gear to fit my expanding belly. I can see him from the kitchen window, and I leave the first door open a crack so he can get in the porch to the second door and let me know he’s ready to come inside. It’s times like this I am so thankful to have a long driveway and I know he’s not in any danger. He laughs at himself a lot these days, and we think it’s pretty endearing. Now that we’re inside more he has found more interest in his toys, puzzles and trucks, especially after Dan showed him the proper way to use the dump truck and the sounds it makes. Vroom! Beep! Beep!
Saturday was mild and sunny, perfect for being outside. We took advantage of this rare day and made sure everything was winterized and put away. The garlic is tucked away in the basement for winter use, Nathan’s toys stored in the machine shed, goat fencing rolled up and stored, and with little wind it was perfect for burning, so we gathered up trash and fallen branches in the grove for a big bonfire!
I mentioned on a Facebook post, that last week was a little too eventful. I hit a deer on the way to our last swimming lesson. Fortunately I was already going fairly slow as I entered town and so the grill of the car was shattered, but there was no other damage to the car or Nathan, myself and Baby. Praise God! Then I cut my finger pretty deep preparing supper one night. I guess my right hand chops faster than my left hand gets out of the way! We discovered that Nathan loves pomegranates like us, and I tried a new smoothie combination of pomegranate, blueberries, plain yogurt, banana and a touch of honey! It was SO good and good for you! I highly recommend this combination!
The nesting phase has set in quite strong. The bassinet is cleaned, bedded and ready for Baby. The car seat has been acquired and cleaned. All newborn items have been procured from the attic, as well as birth supplies. A few freezer meals have been made and I feel the need to organize everything, tempered by my waning energy level. I lay down to rest or nap every day with Nathan. I waddle more than walk these days. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means Baby is getting close too! The days are flying by! Dan and I are headed out Saturday for one last night on the town; our version of a “babymoon.” Our family is growing!
And that’s the news from this nesting-phase-little-helper week on the farm!