Saturday, January 10, 2009

Stick Baby Stick!

It's snowing!!!


Our dire winter weather warning was downgraded to an advisory, meaning we'll only get 1 to 3 inches--not 3 to 7.

But I'll take it!

I'm counting this as the first real snow of the season since I was a drugged out mess December 19 when we really got dumped on. Leave it to me to be in the hospital the one day out of the year that I could have been using the sled I got for Christmas 2007. (I still have yet to use it. We haven't had good enough snow aside from the 12/19 storm to use it!)

I hope it sticks!


I had to take a picture of this.

This is Zorba the landlord's nurse's car.

Until I moved to New Jersey, I have never seen people do this. When there's the threat of heavy snow or ice, they pull their windshield wipers out like bug antenna.

I guess it helps them scrape their windshields later?

I grew up in Alaska where we got 10 times more snow and I never saw anyone do this before.

Do you like the way I call anything I see here that I'm not familiar with a "New Jersey thing?" Hee hee.

Finally, I'll leave you with a picture of my own little snow bunny wearing a hat that Disco sent to Moochie (along with some cute little onesies, bibs and burp cloths!).


I think this is the first awake picture I've been able to get of him.

Ironically we've discovered he likes to sleep in that carseat at night as opposed to his crib. Fine by me! I had been taking him to bed with me, but after months of uncomfortable sleep I'm happy to be able to roll around at will in my sleep.

He's also quite the opposite of Chunky with the pacifier love. Which is kind of weird too. I've heard breastfed babies shouldn't be introduced to bottles and pacifiers at such a young age to prevent "nipple confusion."

Not my little Moochie. He's smart enough to know which nip's gonna give him the good shit. He switches from pacifier to Lavern & Shirley's Diner with ease.

Chunky on the other hand always had take-out from Lavern & Shirley's Diner in a bottle and HATED pacifiers.

Leave it to us to have weird children.

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Blogger Poops said...

Bug loved her pacifier, Bobo only wanted to suck my finger, and Dave's just not a big sucker. Unless it involves food, though he will gnaw his own fingers.

Such a pretty boy!

We do that windshield thing too when they call for freezing rain. Though if you start the car and hit the defrosters, the ice melts and frees the wipers from the windshield before you use them. Either way, I suppose.

I thought it was more about the crooked parking job she did...

1:12 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

We were expecting "terrible" snow too but now they're saying its not much of anything.

I've never seen the windshield wiper thing either. That's really strange!

Pi was nursed until she was 10 months and she loved the pacifier from the beginning. She never confused the two either. When she was 8 months old, she spit it out one day and never went back to it. I begged her to take it back, haha, but apparently that was her limit. Us strange Bklyn PR's call a pacifier a "bobo."

3:28 PM  
Blogger Mother Necessity said...

What a cute picture! Both my kids slept in their carseats (my mother-in-law could not have been more appalled) and were breastfed but attached at all other times to a pacifier, with no confusion involved.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Ed's next door neighbour said...

Having previously killed the wiper motors by forgetting to lift the windscreen (oops, yep, I'm English!) wipers when they were frozen to the windscreen itself,it seems like a good idea to me!

4:32 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Yay for snow!! And yay for the awake picture of Moochie!! How cute is he!!! And I love all the handknits :)

Stick baby stick...I'll cross my fingers :)

5:27 PM  
Blogger janna said...

The wiper thing is kind of a good idea, although I've never seen it done in Illinois or Iowa. Obvioulsy a NJ thing!

And Mooch is a cutie, asleep or awake.

6:42 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

Ours didn't stick. I wish you better luck with yours! I've never seen that wiper trick either (have lived in PA, IN, OH and MN). Weird!

6:43 PM  
Blogger jaaladay said...

My kids were the same with the pacifier!My daughter wouldn't hear of such a thing, only The Girls for her--our son was so paci-dependent we had to scour the house for them before we'd dare step out to the park.

We have so much snow here it's not even funny. It'd remind you of Alaska for sure...

6:51 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

He's cute when he's awake! I hope the snow sticks too. =)

7:22 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

I think I want a baby snow suit like that... for myself!

What a cutie. Now we get to see his eyes!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

I have never, ever seen that windshield wiper thing. Ever.

Oh, and we've got over 10" on the ground with more to come tonight, tomorrow, and definitely later this week. I think it's sticking. ;) We've got plenty of sledding, should you wish to take a trip down memory lane and head back to MI.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Lord bless he's cute!! I'm so jealous of the snow!!

7:37 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

People here do that thing with the windshield wipers, too - mostly the one's not native, though. My born and bred Mainer husband has NEVER done that with either of our cars. I don't know what sense it makes.

I breast fed all five of my kids. The first one ended up a thumb-sucker. The last one loved her pacifier. The three in the middle didn't need/want either. Go figure.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Nik Budnik said...

Stop with the beautiful baby pics...I! Your brother is gonna go nuts if I mention "Moochie" one more time!!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hehe..I can't remember why people did that...see what living in the south for 19 yrs does to one! to your snowstorm and expected worse weather on son's flight to Newark was cancelled. Long story short, he left today and at this moment is now 30 mins from Maine via Detroit :) well :(

10:07 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Dang it..sorry, got carried away ;)

He's awake and yes, they want food, they don't get confused I don't care what they say LOL

10:07 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

we got a bout a foot here! Snowed for basically 48 hours with only a little break. It's GORGEOUS.

And yeah, I just started seeing the wiper thing this year. TONS of peeps at my apt. complex do this. I come home one day and look at hubby and say "what's up with this?" Neither of us have seen this before, having lived in the land of snow all our lives.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I think some people have oral needs. I do, and in case my own babies did I used pacifiers all the time. None of them bite their nails like I did, none have problems with food..either too much or too little...I think satisfying that oral need pays off. I nursed them all until they could talk, they were smart enough to figure out the difference. Cool he'll sleep in his carseat. Being able to move in your own bed is important IMO! DH does that windshield wiper thing too.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Alaska is dryer than down here? DH says he does it because his wipers freeze to the windscreen if he doesn't and he has to use water to melt them loose.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I think the windsheild wiper thing is supposed to keep them from getting icedover. Not sure it does anything,though. And I can't do it on my car even if I wanted to as my wipers are recessed.

as for the car seat thing, no problem, just remember to turn him on his tummy for playtime and move his head around so he doesn't get a flat spot on his skull.

11:11 PM  
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12:54 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Oops, messed up my last post...

Mine were both bottlefed, although both were colicky, and couldn't handle regular formula, so in retrospect I should have breastfed. My daughter loved her pacifier as a baby, but only a particular type of Playtex pacifier. She would refuse any other kind. My son started sucking his thumb when he was a couple months old and still sucks it when he's tired. It's easier to break the pacifier habit, but thumbs are more convenient - no searching for a lost pacifier in the middle of the night.

We got a mountain of snow here in Cleveland, at least a foot in my neighborhood, if not more. Ugh.

P.S. The baby picture is adorable!

12:57 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

I've never seen people do that with their wipers, either. Weird.

We have about three inches of snow that fell on Monday. It hasn't been warm enough to melt yet. So much for global warming.

Hope you get to use your sled!

3:01 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Okay, your little one is getting cuter by the day!

5:26 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I've been hoping for snow all season. We've gotten rain instead. Oh well, there is stilll hope.

Moochie is becoming quite the little knit model! He's just so cute. :)

7:25 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

We were only teased with the snow here. We came out of dinner at my IL's house to big fat snowflakes coming down like a blizzard... but in the 5 minutes it took us to drive home it all changed to sleet.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...Mooch is so cute!

We are getting more snow here. We got 2-3 inches yesterday. Better snow than ice. That's the pits. Uncle Joe got called in yesterday because they had a flat tire on one of the plows. Got to keep those city vehicles up and running. Overtime for him!

Love, Aunt Susan

10:35 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Nipple confusion. I hate it when that happens. Which one is the left? Which one is the right? It's enough to drive a girl crazy!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, as for the pacifier none of you six would take one. You all sucked your thumbs though, but I never had to do anything drastic to get you to stop you all stopped at about 5years old. And I nursed all six of you for as long as I could.

As for the wiper thing...I have seen it up here usually in parking lots of office buildings. I never did understand why they did that cause if you take your scraper and and scrape down at the wiper like it was frost they come unfrozen and ready to use.

As for Mooch sleeping in his car seat....He is YOUR son!!! Hahahahaha!!! I think that is the most recent pic of him where he is not crying also!! Like I said...He is YOUR son!!!

Love, Mom

1:12 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

My kids were pacifier whores and they had no problem figuring out where the real stuff came from. I hope you get a snow day!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Not even much rain here. I'm jealous. The forecast is for really cold weather and more snow this week. Maybe we'll get lucky. I was looing forward to this because it was the weekend and I didn't have to go out anywhere. Now, I have to keep hoping. This is the heartbreak of living in one of the Middle Atlantic States.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Nothing weird at all about his preferences. My little guy slept in his car seat for a couple months. If I hadn't discovered this, it would have been a lot more wakeful misery for us. Eventually, he got the hang of sleeping while lying down flat in a crib, but not at first.

And Owen was both a total boob-guy and a total pacifier kid. The younger guy, not so much with the boob thing and no interest in the pacifier.

So your kid is not too unique.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

Aaaw, so happy in his hat :0)

My guys are both thumb boys. I tried really hard to get them to suck a pacifier until they could find their thumbs on their own - no luck, I had to hold it in their mouths, defeating the object imho.

Your snow day was so different to our day today - I'm gonna post pics later :0)

7:38 PM  
Blogger SiressYorkie said...

"Nipple confusion" is a bunch of hooey. It's something nurses/midwives tell you because they probably came across it in some outmoded textbook.

Kids know how to suck instinctively. Kids will suck on anything, really. If it provides comfort or food, they know. I swear, sometimes doctors just need to STFU and let us get on with the task of mothering.

We do the windscreen wiper thing too, have done for yonks. Maybe Alaska doesn't get freezing rain as much as it gets flat out snow? Have you put that silvery cover thing across your windscreen yet? They seem to do that all over the place here.

I ripped mine in half by starting up the car with the wipers on. Yeah, I really did.

My word verification is "lented". Isn't that what you do when you let someone borrow something? You lented it to them? Or maybe it's a drive-by Conversion: "I Lented him! I'm pretty sure he'll be in church this week!"

2:01 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I've never seen that windshield wiper thing. Maybe the next time it's supposed to snow, I'll try that out to see what it does for me. But I only got a very light dusting to your 1-3 could still see the grass after it was all said and done.

Dan didn't take the boob, that whole prematurity thing. Wanted nothing to do with it. But LOVED his binky. He was almost a year and a half when I had had enough of it and took it away.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

NJ people freak out with an inch of snow. LOL

Girl, after about 300 pictures in the first month, babies get annoyed with you snapping them so they start giving you "the look." You'll see it more often now. I can see it CLEARLY in this picture! HA!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

It did snow in honor of Moochie's birth on the 19th.
I was wondering about the car seat and stroller situation. I remember back when you were mulling over whether or not to get rid of Chunky's car seat. Oh, how life has its little surprises for us. ;-)

Look at those eyes! <3

10:22 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I grew up in NJ and that windshield wiper thing is somehting I've noticed only in recent years. I don't really get it.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Sounds like your boys have no nipple confusion whatsoever.

The wiper thing works well for moderate, lower 48-sized quantities of freezing rain, but probably would be useless for Alaska-sized amounts.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

They do that wiper thing here in Japan. All. Over. I thought it was nuts. It's supposed to keep the wiper blades from freezing to the windshield, a valuable precaution when the temp dances up down and around the freezing point and you see snow, rain, more snow, slightly melting and then refreezing snow all on the same day.

8:02 AM  

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