It's not much snow for a northern Manitoba girl, but on the lower west coast of Canada it looks pretty much surreal. And while I'm confident in my snow-driving abilities, I'm not so confident in the same of the locals, nor did I think a mere handful of snow plows and an abundance of steep hills were a great combination for driving.
So in we stayed.
We read books in front of a warm fire, practiced some French, sang songs, and watched the snow falling thick outside. We drank hot chocolate with candy cane stir sticks. And while the boys were occupied with general mess and chaos, I finally finished the older one's months-old request: a baby carrier for his babies.
I first promised this carrier during a walk this summer, when I glanced over to discover that the boy was casually walking down the street with his "baby" (a beanbag animal of some sort) hanging out of his pants. He thought his underwear was a pretty clever baby carrier; I suggested that perhaps it wasn't the most appropriate way to carry his baby while in public. And so he asked me to sew him a baby carrier for his babies, just like I had for his baby brother.
I use a variety of carriers with my babies. With my first, I preferred the versatility and support of a good sturdy wrap. With my second, I find myself most often reaching for my mei tai, choosing speed over the wrap's extra support. I do still love my wrap, though, especially if I'll be wearing him for long stretches of time. The baby just had a nice nap on my back in the wrap while at a playdate last week.
Because the boy sees the mei tai used most frequently, that was the style he requested. Months of procrastination later, it is done.
He loves it. The first "baby" he grabbed to put in it was, of all things, a stuffed bat.
Second was his most favoured "baby", a small beanbag puppy. He wore the puppy in it all evening, only reluctantly taking it off to eat dinner.
When it was time to clean up toys after dinner, he asked if I'd put his beanbag bear in the baby carrier first. Once his bear was snuggled in place, he said, "This is great! Now I can clean with my bear!"
This kid's gonna make an awesome daddy someday.