I don’t think the kids in Boston have had a full week of school since returning from Christmas Break. We’ve had at least one major storm every week. I think the foot we got last night really pushed all of us over the edge. We are ready for spring!! There is no more room for the snow! Here are a couple shots of our winter wonderland…
Here are our icicles. They go almost to the ground. This doesn’t say good things about the amount of heat we’re losing!
This is the view from our upstairs guest room. The snow on the eaves makes for very little visibility!
This is a view of the house from the street. The tiny speck in the garage is Noah James. He got all bundled up to help me finish shoveling today.
Its hard to tell from the picture, but the snow on the side of the driveway is above my head! We don’t have a really long driveway, but it sure does feel long when you have to shovel!
We no longer have a front entrance to our house. Sure hope the garage door doesn’t break!
Noah James was a big help. Dave did a bunch this morning. Enough to get his car out. Then I did the foot of the driveway (you know…where the snow plow comes through and makes a 3 foot high pile of dense, icy snow). Noah was a good sport, but was less than pleased by this afternoon’s “playtime.”
It was so windy while I was shoveling that I had to put him in the garage to keep him out of the wind.
He watched for a bit, looking very cold and uncomfortable. Then he fell asleep!
He was such a good boy, but he did not enjoy being in the cold. I rewarded him with a little Baby Eistein while I blog. I can’t get over how much he loves these DVDs. He is entranced!
We don’t watch a lot of tv and he watches even less. But when he is given a chance to stare at the flickering lights and the people and animals on the screen, he absolutely loves it!
While on the subject of Mister Noah James. He’s been having a rough time lately. I think he is in the very beginning stages of teething. He must have something in his mouth at all times! When there’s nothing around, his hands are in his mouth. And the drool is out of control!!
He had some little red dots on his neck that I was attributing to all of the wetness from the drool. But last week, I realized that his back, belly and arms also had red bumps and rough patches. I took him to the doctor and the doctor didn’t know what it was from. She said it wasn’t a virus or an allergy, and was likely reacting to something he was in contact with. I didn’t change any soaps, lotions or detergents, so I have no idea! He isn’t itchy and seems to not notice. That’s great, but I still want to get rid of these bumps. This isn’t a great picture, but do any moms out there have any ideas???
The bumps are hard to see, but they remind me of those clear little poison ivy bumps. Yuck! Noah turned 4 months on January 22nd, so we have his 4 month well checkup at the doctor next week. If the bumps aren’t gone by then, I am going to push harder for something specific that I can do. Right now I am just putting lotion on him in case its caused by dry skin, and rubbing Aquaphor around his neck to form a barrier from all the drool!
Thank goodness the rash isn’t bothering him, because the poor little guy has other problems. A lot of babies who were good sleepers regress around 4 months, and Noah James seems to be struggling a little more lately. But to make it worse, we decided to try weaning him from his swaddle. The doctor said it was time to start easing him out of it. So we are leaving one arm out of the swaddle. You’d think we were standing the poor kid on his head! He’s all out of sorts. He hits himself in the face and wakes right up! We are very tempted to swaddle him back up, but last night went much better. Wish us luck tonight!!
The next obstacle is to move him from our room to his crib. We aren’t stupid enough to try making both changes at once, so we chose to tackle the swaddle first. Right now, Noah sleeps in the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper. This thing is great and I highly recommend it.
Noah spits up a lot and struggles with reflux issues (I couldn’t tell you how many bibs we go through in one day!!), so sleeping in a cradle that has an incline has really helped him. Moving to his flat crib will be a definite adjustment! Any moms out there have any suggestions about weaning a baby from a swaddle or moving him to a crib? Any helpful hints would be great!
Between the spitting up, the rash, and the sleep issues, Noah has been grumpier than usual. But his “grumpy” is still pretty happy! We still get plenty of smiles, so I’ll leave you with some happy Noah pictures and keep the fussy ones to myself! Before any fussiness sets in this afternoon, I’m going to try to squeeze in a little more studying. Biochemistry is kicking my butt! Fortunately, I have a face like this to look at!