The Baby Conrad Growth Series: 4 Months

Conrad turned 4 months old this weekend.  My baby is getting bigger and more fun every day!  Obsessed with him would be an understatement.  Conrad is my little daily dose of sunshine.  I can't help kissing his soft cheeks a hundred thousand times a day.  And I find myself holding him much longer than needed before placing him in his crib at night.  I am truly just enjoying every moment with my baby!  I sound like a broken record, but I keep saying it anyway: three little boys is pretty dreamy.  This phase in life right now just feels special.


Night Ninjas

I call this photo Ninjas Eating Breakfast because even ninjas need fuel to fight the bad guys.  As for me, I'm still taking my daily vitamins (like these Honest Prenatals) to keep up with my crime fighting ninjas.

A few nights ago, I groggily made my way to Conrad's room to quietly rock and nurse him back to sleep.  I had just climbed back into my own warm bed and drifted off to sleep when I was awoken suddenly to a door slamming!  Nothing quite like a loud crash to jolt a person awake.  It made my heart race!

Levi has always been my worst sleeper.  Fortunately, he's independent enough to put himself back to bed and only comes to our bedside when he's had a bad dream.  That night, Levi woke up to use the bathroom and slammed his door shut.  Needless to say, I had a hard time falling back to sleep, and when I did, I didn't sleep very well.

So the next morning, I told Levi all about my ninja ears and how they can hear EVERYTHING.  Can any other moms out there relate?  When getting up in the night to nurse a baby, it seems like my ears become acutely hyper-aware.  I'm like a bat.  Anyway, I told him he needed to work on his sneaky ninja skills.  Levi tied a long sleeved shirt around his head and I showed him how to turn the door knob ever so gently so that the latch wouldn't click.  And then I lost him while changing the baby's diaper (By the way, I'm in love with Honest diapers not only because of the cute prints but because they fit well and are quality.  Seriously.  Love them!) only to have him jump out from behind the bedroom curtains and scare me!  Haha.

It's been three silent nights.  Ninja skills complete.

This moment in motherhood brought to you by the Honest Company


Bath Time

Squeaky clean! Just what is it about babies in hooded towels that makes them irresistibly cute?

I can count the number of baths Conrad has taken on two hands. The kitchen sink always seems to be full of dishes, and up until last week, our bathtub had a terrible clog in the drain. So Bron and I have just been taking Conrad into the shower with us. Honestly, I think it's better than a bath. Holding my baby skin to skin while the warm water cascades down on us feels pretty good.


The February Blizzard

The snow just keeps coming and coming and coming.  It never ends!  In fact, it is snowing right now as I write this.  It's been a looong winter.  And unfortunately, it looks like it won't be over for quite a while yet.  I've lost count of how many snow days the boys have had off from school.  It's been fun to cozy up inside the house, but we're all going stir crazy now.  And that's an understatement for Levi.  To put it bluntly, he's bored and driving me nuts.  Everything he touches turns into a destroyed mess.  From raiding the pantry to jumping off every available surface to playing with everything he shouldn't to stuffing my bra between the couch cushions where I can't find it... I just can't keep up, especially with a baby in one arm and suckling on my boob at the top of every hour.  And Levi won't. stop. talking!  Whew.  Can winter just be over yet?  The big boys did start swimming lessons again and wrestling starts tomorrow.  I'm hoping it will help my four year old direct his energy in a more positive direction and wear him out!  A mother can hope, right?

Anyway, we woke up to a blizzard Thursday morning and no power for nearly 8 hours (that means no water either)!  It got pretty chilly inside.  But school wasn't canceled so I got Jed ready for school by flashlight and onto the bus... until school was released early because of the wind and drifts.  Needless to say, we hunkered down in our jammies reading stories, baking cookies, and playing the boys' new favorite game: checkers.  Shhh, don't tell.  I let them win.

School was canceled again on Friday.  (That means between the Monday holiday and the snow days, Jed was in school a grand total of 2.5 days last week!  Levi attended preschool once.)  On Friday, the sun was shining and all the neighbors were digging themselves out of the drifts.  So that afternoon I loaded the boys into the car and headed into town for Jed's ukulele lesson.  I've never driven on country roads as drifted and rough as they were on Friday!  The snow was piled high on both sides, leaving just a single lane in some places.  I had to plow right through!  I thought for sure we'd get high centered at any moment.  It was like off roading... in an Acadia.  Haha.  But I have to admit, it was kinda fun!  Fortunately, we made it safely.

Oh!  Funny story.  As we were getting ready to leave on Friday afternoon, I put my boots on and felt something over the arch of my left foot.  It felt a bit tight.  So I took it off and reached into my boot expecting some paper or a loose part of the boot.  Instead, I pulled out a giant stink bug (beetle)!!!  I screamed, dropped everything, and jumped into the kitchen.  Yikes!  It gave me the heebeejeebees.  Jed witnessed everything and was rolling on the floor laughing hysterically.  Then he saved the day by voluntarily smashing the bug with his own boot.  Whew.  Crisis averted.  Now, the boys check my boots for me before I put them on.  The perks of having boys! 

And did I mention that Bron was out of town through all this?  Again?  Poor guy picks the worst weather to drive in without fail, every single time this winter.
Anyway, here are a few pictures from our blizzard on Thursday.