Just like most of the country, we spent yesterday digging out from under piles of snow. The digging part wasn’t fun, but being snowed in was! Dave had to work from home, so we had a snuggly day with our little man. Noah James wore his snowsuit for the first time and we took him out to touch the snow. Look how deep our snow was!
Noah didn’t know what to make of it. He wasn’t smiling, but he wasn’t upset either. He just took it all in with wide eyes. I didn’t keep him out long. The wind was really blowing and he doesn’t have mittens. We left Daddy to do the digging.
A baby is a nice excuse to get out of shoveling duties! Fortunately for Dave, a neighbor came by with a snow blower and helped him out. What’s an appropriate gift for a neighbor who went above and beyond?
In other news… Noah has been growing in leaps and bounds! He’s much bigger. Probably 11 pounds now. That’s still really small compared to most babies on the verge of 4 months, but since he started out tiny, he is showing a lot of growth. He’s even getting pudgy cheeks and thighs, as well as a little Buddha belly!
Beyond the physical growth, I am amazed by how quickly he is learning new things! My mom bought Noah a Bumbo chair and a Winkle. Moms and dads know just what I’m talking about. Anyone else probably thinks I’ve gone nuts! Here’s Noah James in his Bumbo, playing with a Winkle!
This seat is great because it helps him to sit upright, something he seems desperate to do! When we first gave him the Winkle a couple of days ago he concentrated on it with all of his might….looking at it, then looking at his hand. Finally, he would wrap his fingers around it and manage to get it to his mouth, grunting all the way with the exertion of it! Today…I gave him his Winkle and immediately, he picked it up and stuffed it in his mouth! It is so amazing to see so much growth and learning in such a short period. He changes every day!
While we’re talking about Bumbos and Winkles, let me introduce you to a Whozit as well. I thought this was the ugliest thing ever when we got it!
This was a gift when he was born and my first thought was “where can I put this ugly thing so that it doesn’t take away from the cuteness of his nursery!” It turns out, this is a really popular toy and Noah James loves it! It is made of many different fabrics, textures, sounds, and colors. There’s even a little mirror under the nose. This morning, I hung it from Noah’s play mat and he spent 20 minutes (!!!) playing with that nose and pulling the arms! Nothing has kept him entertained that long! I just might be able to study effectively again!
Speaking of studying, it is now time for me to dive back into biochemistry (my last prerequisite course!). I was granted an extension when Noah was born because I was unable to devote time to the course. But now I am 3 months from my new deadline, so its time to return to amino acids, the TCA cycle, and pKa’s. Aren’t you jealous?! A big thank you in advance to my mom who is going to give me an afternoon or two each week to study alone, and to Dave who will be on Daddy Duty on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon. This is tough material and the only way I’ll learn it is with peace and quiet. I’m really lucky to have so much support!
Time to nurse my little man to sleep. We try to have him down at 8 so that Dave and I have at least an hour of alone time before I turn in. I hope everyone is surviving the snow and staying warm.