The snow has been so heavy and the wind so strong that the empty fields look like oceans of white with foamy waves drifting across! It’s actually quite beautiful! Last Friday the forecast was a “few” inches of snow, which turned into, like 6 inches! It was the kind of snow a winter bride would wish for on her wedding day. No wind, but big beautiful flakes, floating down from the sky, lightly resting on your hair and melting.
And if it’s snowing, and not windy, then it’s warm enough to be outside. So I put on my snow pants, as best as I can at 22 weeks pregnant, throw on my heavy Carhartt jacket and gloves, then labor in trying to put on Natalie’s one piece snowsuit, and Nathan’s two piece snowsuit until we can finally go outside. I put Natalie in the infant size sled, and Nathan pulls her around, unless he needs to “work”, which means he has to scoop snow. His coordination for scooping snow is perfect. And even better, he does it with a smile on his face! I’ve even climbed up a few of the snow piles with Nathan, mostly to make a snow “slide” with my weight for him, until Natalie starts crying that I’ve left her alone in the sled, or the cats are getting too close! On days we haven’t gotten out at all, we often load up in the minivan and drive around the section to see what we can see, before we get the mail and go home for supper. A few neighbors have cows and horses out, and yesterday we saw a pheasant and skunk, which was quite exciting to them!
In N&N news, Nathan is really acting like a big boy and less like a toddler, except for those rare occasions when he chews on Natalie’s pacifier! He even cuts up her food with his plastic knife so she can eat it, and tries to calm her down when she’s upset. They chase each other around the table, giggling the whole time. Natalie is now doing more of a bear crawl then crawling. It’s hilarious and she’s very fast! She got a little scrape on her finger, and if I ask where her “owie” is, she points right to it and says owie. She imitates other children laughing or crying and is very aware of her teeth emerging. When I discovered that her second tooth was a molar instead of another bottom one, I texted Dan and told him we’d been looking in the wrong place this whole time! One of her favorite teething foods is actually the core of a fresh pineapple! Aldi’s has had the BEST fresh pineapple lately, and so every time I start cutting one up for supper it’s like I have bloodhounds for children. They immediately descend and start crying for a pineapple core, which I give them of course! And they happily munch on it until supper is ready!
Nathan is really into Curious George and Thomas the Train books. He was so excited when I found him a Thomas show on Youtube! Nathan hasn’t been napping as much in the afternoon, and Natalie is poised to give up her morning nap. I’m still hoping that as it starts to thaw and we spend more time outside, Nathan will continue to take naps. This summer I would really, really like to have 3 children sleeping at the same time, so I can rest too!
The chickens are laying eggs, even though many are still frozen when we get them. The goats and donkeys have a lovely thick coat of fur and look quite fat from filling up on hay and staying warm in the barn. The cats tolerate the cold well and usually come running if they hear human movement. In a few days time we will start our job babysitting bunnies for the next 6 months. Nathan couldn’t be more excited! It will be fun to have baby bunnies around this spring! Caged, of course, so as not to disturb the garden.
Our weekends are filling up with activities like a freezer meal party, friends coming to visit, prenatal appointments, tickets to the symphony which were a Christmas gift from a friend, birthdays, Easter, and a much anticipated Babymoon. In case you’re not familiar, it’s just a little getaway for the parents before baby comes. Kind of like a honeymoon, and definitely without the kids!
And that’s the news from this snow-tunnels-and-teething-week on the farm!