This morning I found some chopped beets and the container of garlic powder in the microwave. My tweezers have mysteriously disappeared. There are foam letters in the hamper, toilet paper rolls decorating the bathroom floor, an empty wine bottle from the recycling box in Nathan’s play tent, muffin crumbs stuck to a library book, pieces of tape stuck to the rug in an attempt to “fix” the broken crayons and some puzzle pieces under the couch. My night stand is littered with used kleenex, burp rags, diapers, a pacifier, my prayer book, diaper wipes, my hair tie, and gripe water for Natalie’s tummy.
This is life right now with a nearly 2 year old and a 6 week old baby! Dan and I have adjusted our daily expectations to simply keep the kids alive, fed and rested, and make something for us to eat. That’s it! There is no feeling of failure if the house is a mess and laundry isn’t done. Those are added bonuses on those really successful days!
Take yesterday for example. I got to sleep 6 hours in a row, so I had a burst of energy that resulted in 3 loads of laundry and a hearty and slightly gourmet supper of bacon-wrapped meatloaf, roasted beets and carrots that are still good from our garden this summer, a side salad, and Cinnamon Applesauce muffins Nathan and I made that afternoon! (Now you understand why there were beets in the microwave this morning!)
Nathan is talking like crazy and repeats almost everything I say, proved that he knows colors and we’re working on counting to 3! He is obsessed with closing doors but can’t get them open, and now that he’s over his sniffles and the worst of the teething is past, he’s a lot more loving towards his sister after two days of pulling her hair to get her off my lap while nursing!
Natalie had her first bath last week! It just kept getting put off for one reason or another. The first week we didn’t because of her umbilical cord. Then we were struggling with her feedings, sleep and the symptoms of silent acid reflux. I wanted Dan to be a part of the first bath and since he works long hours, evening was the only time, but at night we were so tired that we just wanted to veg out on the couch and watch a show on Netflix before our night routine with Natalie. So finally at 6 weeks old she has been washed! She never really smelled bad, except for dirty diapers of course, but her hair is different now that it’s been washed.
Dan stayed home from work on Monday when we got close to a foot of snow. Since he was home to help I tried a new recipe for dinner: Sweet potato and black bean tacos with avocado cream. They were SO good! I’m definitely going to keep that in the meal rotation! Friday we had our last check up with my midwife and Natalie weighed 11 lbs even! She is our growing girl and she’s getting a bit of a double chin!
Saturday we were blessed by Dan’s parents who watched both of the kids for several hours in the afternoon so Dan and I could have a much needed date at a coffee shop. Even though we see each other every morning and evening, most times we are so spent there isn’t much talking, and we wanted to set our goals for the year. One was to pray for each other daily, so we invested in a set of marriage prayer books and it’s been going well so far.
In farm news, the goats are doing well, and hopefully are bred by our new billy goat. I haven’t seen the nannies much since I don’t go out much in this cold. The cats are fat and furry, loving some buttermilk a friend donated to us. The chickens aren’t laying many eggs, and the few we get are usually frozen by the time Dan does chores.
And that’s the news from this we-don’t-get-out-much week on the farm!