We went outside yesterday! The temperature got up to 40F, and the sun came out, so I bundled up M and scooted outside as quickly as possible. Besides rushed trips between building and car, M had never been outside! The winter has just been too cold. I keep trying to explain to her that the world isn’t always so white — there’s so much snow (and so little of anything else out here in the country) that it’s actually painful to look across the landscape on a bright day. You can kind of tell that M was a bit skeptical of the great outdoors.
Here’s part of the snow ridge that lines the driveway. I wasn’t joking about how big it is! Not to beat a dead horse, but it’s really an unbelievable amount of snow. It’s going to take a long time for the ground to dry out this spring. The only benefit to all this snow is that it’s stopped the frost line from moving down, even with the extreme cold. (This is according to our contractor. He’s been all over town — where the snow doesn’t cover as much of the ground — thawing out pipes, and I’ve heard that municipalities are having problems with main lines freezing as the frost moves lower than usual.) I wonder if that will mean the ground thaws sooner — not that it will matter if it’s completely waterlogged.
We had a lovely weekend, did you? I can’t tell you what a difference it makes to have M sleeping well. And eating well. She’s not been very independent lately, needing me to hold her and move her here and there to play with different things all the time (basically being fussy), but that’s small potatoes compared to worrying about whether she’s eating enough and sleeping right. Now that she stays up longer, she goes down for naps so easily. She treated me to some long naptimes on Saturday, and I was finally able to watch the not-so-new-anymore Hunger Games movie!
She looks so sweet on the video monitor (she’ll wiggle around for a bit if she’s still awake after I give her her bottle, and then she’ll just turn her head to the side and be asleep — weird baby sorcery); it’s hard not to want to go down and just watch her sleep. But I’ve been getting more done during the day, and that feels good too. And there are still plenty of hours during the day for us to be together!