Snowy day

Today is a restful kind of day. We woke up to a foot of snow sitting on all the tree branches- a real winter wonderland today. Vera has been sweet and funny all morning, at one point singing "It’s a happy day, it’s a happy day…" to herself. We went out for a while, now we’re back and I thought I’d write and get some cleaning and exercising done. Later I get to bake my test batch of practically no knead sourdough bread… and I’ll make soup to go with it for dinner. Hot, fresh bread with lots of butter and a bowl of soup… that’s how this day feels. Nourishing and quiet and warm.

Sweet soul.

Two. Two years old with a bang. The other day she put on some sparkly shoes with butterflies on them (wrong feet) and this hat. She just be-bopped around the house like this and I was just so amused. What will she be like when she’s older? What outfits will she pick out? Will she have favorite colors or animals? Will she dangle from trees? Will she love twirling in flowing skirts?  I don’t know. It’s just fun, watching her.

And I’m growing, too. I can feel that uterine shelf right by my belly button now, and all below that point is pretty hard and round feeling. Most people that know me can now tell there’s a baby in the works, but I can still hide it depending on what I wear. 19 weeks now. I can’t believe I’m almost half-way there! Baby is also starting to move more and give me little kicks which just feel like firm taps from the inside. It’s so fun to feel it all again. I’m savoring this pregnancy- it goes by too fast, and at this point we don’t expect to do it again. I talk to Vera about the baby in the belly- mostly so she won’t jump on me!- and she seems like she gets it and likes it. Although today she said she had a belly baby, too. I’m sure she gets it, but when the actual baby comes out I wonder if she’ll be like "Wait, a real baby?" It’s nice that she gets to see her cousin Tuula be a big sister to baby Max. I think that will help her get used to the idea.

Yummy almond/raisin/apricot/sunflower seed bars. They were sticky and a bit hard to work with when warm (although I didn’t really mind licking my fingers), but hardened up pretty nicely. Vera loves them, and I’m happy to give them to her because all that’s sticking them together is a little honey and coconut oil. So easy and good for you!

Squash. It’s all starting to get spotty down in the root cellar, so I’m trying to find good ways to use it so it doesn’t all rot (although we’ve already lost most of our pumpkin! It was just kind of tucked away and I forgot about it… so sad). This was some roasted butternut that I pureed and mixed with turkey stock to make a corn/potato/ham chowder. It was really good.

Anyway, that’s all. I’ve got diapers to fold and yoga to do… how nice. Some days all I want is my slow, simple life. I have 4 doula clients now, one due each month from now until May. I may get a call any time now for one of them, so a slow day here and there is appreciated. I hope you all are soaking up each peaceful moment in your day.

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