There are several things about cold weather around here that are notable. One, is that most of the houses in this area are really not built for it. Even with the blinds and curtains closed, six feet in front of any of our windows is freezing cold. The front door is visibly drafty. Any room over the garage is unlivable. The thermostat just can't accurately heat every room in the house to an even, warm temperature.
But I have to say that for me, the biggest annoyance about cold weather has got to be breastfeeding. When Riley nurses, he's generally fully clothed, dressed quite warmly for nighttime when he kicks off his blankets, and he's working hard, so he's sweaty and hot. When Riley nurses, I'm generally semi naked from the waist up because my shirt has to be up, my bra off, and both breasts free because he is still adamant about switching from side to side every 10 seconds or so, even in his sleep. He doesn't like being covered by a blanket because he's hot, but I can't nurse without a blanket because I'm freaking GOOSEbumpy I'm so COLD. And what does he do with his cold little hands and/or feet? Kneads my stomach.
If my house wasn't so drafty this wouldn't be such a big problem.
We found a pair of really good snowpants for Matthew today, 50% off! We paid $23 for good quality snowpants that will hopefully fit him for at least two years. Which is fantastic, because I hate paying full price for snow gear here--the amount of times you use the full snow suit in a year barely justifies the sale price. Now he needs a jacket. Costco is sold out, Please Mum has nothing in his size, Children's place had only WHITE (who buys a WHITE coat you CANNOT WASH for a BOY?!??), and the Bay had nothing on sale. If I'm going to pay $80 at the Bay, I may as well pay $80 at M.E.C. and get a decent one. We don't ski. We just get a few weeks of cold, frosty weather per year, and toboggan at my parents' place around Christmas or shortly afterwards, depending on the year.
My friend was going to lend us a snowsuit for Riley, but she hasn't coughed it up yet and Riley is freezing, so we're going to have to spring for something for Riley soon, also. Maybe I'll check out Winners? My mom found a good one last year at Winner's for Riley. Very cute. Very warm. The kids have excellent rain gear, but not so much for the snow gear. Fortunately they all have good boots, which I bought last year in the spring, on sale. That's always a gamble: "How big are my kid's feet going to be eight months from now??" This year it worked out.
Matthew said to me the other day as we got into the car:
"Mommy, can you turn on the hot conditioning? I'm very cold."
My laundry situation is under control again. The cat pee helps; it motivates me to keep the laundry off the floor, so I fold it more often. Washing a load every day works, too. Barely. But it works. I still wish I had a Mother's Helper to come fold it for me, but I don't know anyone the right age who lives close who might be interested. In just a few more years Ayden will be old enough, maybe I'll make it his chore. But I still have to make it through the next few years! Oh, if only I lived in a country that had affordable domestic help!!!!!
Christmas is almost upon us. I'm excited!! I tried to change things up for advent, be more contemplative, set aside more time to pray, make an advent wreath......
maybe next year? I did set aside more time for contemplation and prayer for two days at the beginning of advent, and after that I forgot. Nice. I think the problem is that I make advent one more thing 'to do,' rather than a mindset or change of heart. But how do you do that?
Brent just came in and asked me where Matthew is. I didn't know, so he started going around looking all over the house for him, and found him in the time out chair. I put him there an HOUR AGO and FORGOT ABOUT HIM!!! Isn't that aweful?! And kind of funny at the same time?!?!?! At least I didn't forget him at the gas station or a restaurant--he was safe and warm in the bathroom! Oh my gosh, what a funny kid! Why didn't he call out to remind us he was there? Maybe he was enjoying the peace and quiet?
What a zoo. I better go.