The whole landscape is covered with white, powdery snow. It’s so bright that at night it seems like someone left the lights on outside! Earlier last week, we had sunshine for a few afternoons, and it was blinding to the eyes, so we had to break out our sunglasses!
If someone had walked in our house, they would’ve found me lying on the linoleum floor in the sunshine, like a cat by the big patio door. The kids joined in and crawled all over me as we enjoyed the warmth and put on our sunglasses to look outside. Then it got cold. Really cold. Previously, I was saying things like, “It’s 40 degrees out and sunny! It’s SO nice! Let’s go outside!” or “It’s 20 and sunny, but no wind. It’s nice out. Let’s go outside!” But then it hit zero. And then below zero. And now I know it’s cold, because at night I no longer throw off the comforter and tear off my socks in the middle of the night as my little “bun” heats up the oven.
Natalie is making some real developmental changes. She says “uh oh” and her comprehension and execution of following my instructions is really good. She likes to play the game where she pretends to throw her food on the floor and then laughs, because she knows she’s not supposed to. Natalie now has a second mother in the house: Nathan. He isn’t shy about telling her the rules, and how she should say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’. She is crawling up the steps and gets SO excited to do it. Now she has to just master coming down! She is not only pulling herself up with incredible confidence, but now shuffling along couches and chairs to get where she wants to go. She blows kisses, waves hello and goodbye, and turbo speed crawls to Daddy when he gets home, which just melts his heart! She pretends to read books to herself and is really getting coordinated with her fine motor skills.
Nathan is becoming a big boy and is sitting at the kitchen table without a high chair, so Natalie graduated into his high chair, and the baby one gets put away until Baby V #3 is ready for solid food. His speaking is so impressive as he repeats and recalls words we say. He is still full of antics! One day when he told me he was going to refill the toilet paper holder, I discovered that he and Natalie had unrolled an entire roll of paper towels and bits of toilet paper! It looked like it had drifted snow in our bathroom! It was amusing to say the least!
He wants to be in a big boy bed, but I’m not sure I’m ready for the transition yet. Most mornings start with breakfast and then we go upstairs to get dressed, after which (or during) Nathan jumps on the guest bed in his room like a trampoline, for exercise, singing at the top of his lungs, while Natalie tries to jump in his crib and entertains herself throwing out all his animals and blankets. They are quite a pair!
I haven’t been out to see the goats in probably a month or so. Hopefully they are all bred, and spring kids are growing. The cats always hang around the back door in the afternoon, waiting to be fed. The chickens are laying 4-5 eggs on occasion, some that are brown, so we know the newer hens are fin.a.lly. laying! Dan and I still need to finalize what we’ll plant in our garden this year, since it will be so little, but I must have some melons and flowers as well! I need beauty!
On our first prenatal trip to my midwife in Marshall, we talked out our financial, family, business and spiritual goals for the year. After assessing last years goals, we were pleased that we had accomplished about two-thirds of them. My favorite goal that we read from our Marriage/Family category was: Decide if we want to have another child.
Ummm…check! Baby on the way! Haha! Everything was great at my first prenatal appointment, as I expected. I was excited to hear the baby’s heartbeat. It was strong and easy to find. I have made my peace with being an “older” Mom.
Side tangent: When I say older, sometimes people don’t understand what I mean when I say it. It’s not that other women haven’t had babies at 40 or older, but those women often have older children who are self sufficient, and, more importantly able to help with the younger ones. The women I know who’ve had babies at 40, had children older than 2, almost 3 years old. My oldest child isn’t even 3 yet, and I’m pregnant again, and we’re not sure if this will be it or not. The women I know who are my age, have at least tweens and teens. Recently, I read this question on a local Mom’s Facebook page asking how old you’ll be and how old your kids would be in 10 years…….so yeah, I was BY FAR the oldest with the youngest kids. I know it’s trending in Hollywood to be an older Mom just starting out, but again, they could probably hire a nanny, and a personal trainer, and chef and butler, and housekeeper…..if only! Parenting is challenging no matter your age, and we’re all in it together! I just might arrive at the designated child pick up spot slower, because well, the weather is making my ankles hurt! So, I feel it’s a bit of a unique situation. It isn’t how we planned it, but I am beyond blessed to have these 2, and 1 on the way!!
Dan is busy researching and trying to find a company that will ship us some bees this spring so we can try again. Fingers crossed!!
And that’s the news from this snow-and-sunglasses week on the farm!