Sunday, November 18, 2012

“The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ― e.e. cummings

So we are now three for three with regards to weekend blizzards - every weekend in November, the snow has started on Thursday or Friday, and piled up over the next few days. Then it thaws a little during the week, and then BAM! More snow!

I didn't have to work today, as even Herdis' massive Jeep wasn't going to make it over the snowy roads. We saw two separate cars get bogged in the snow just out the front of the house - Ross helped the first set of guys, and injured his back in the process.
I, on the other hand, watched from the window as the later guy tried to dig his car out. It's okay, he managed fine without my strength and know-how.

So, we had a pretty quiet and housebound day. Photos (taken from inside, because BLIZZARD):
 
Kitchen window

Out the front door - that half buried shape in the lower right is our car

In other news, Ross has enrolled himself in a carpentry course, which should begin in spring if they get enough people. I phoned up to see if the language barrier would be a problem, but the guy sounded really enthusiastic and helpful, so it should all be good.

Henry has become a bit of a fussy eater, so I've been googling along the lines of 'how to hide vegetables in food'. Short answer: purees, long answer: it's immoral and if you do it you will lose your child's trust FOR EVERRR!!! Hilarious*.

* Now that I've laughed at it on my blog, I will no doubt be forced to eat my words when he discovers my deceitful nature, and I have to win back his love.

Since I was on the baby websites anyway, I had a look at all the developmental milestones for 18 months old. Henry seems to know way more words than the average baby, but I have a feeling they deliberately put a lower than average number, so that everyone gets to brag about their kid being advanced.

This guy. Definitely gifted.

Aaaand I just found this photo, and it must be shared. Ross took Henry to hang out at Vicki's while I was at work last week. The easiest way to get around in all the snow? On a little pull along sled!

Mush, Dad, mush!

I have pretty much decided that Henry is not going to leikskoli tomorrow. I didn't get around to digging the car out today, and the roads haven't been plowed either. I'm sure it'll get done at some point tomorrow, but probably not before 8am. Plus it's sooo nice to sleep in at this time of year.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hospitals and books!

Soooo... How's things?

We've had a rough couple of weeks - last Sunday, Henry started getting pretty upset while trying to poo, so Ross took him to the local hospital. The doctor there wasn't quite sure about what to do, so we went to the emergency room in Akureyri. On our summer tyres. Yay?

There was a bit of snow and ice on the highest part of the road, but Ross drove (and is amazing), so we were fine.  Henry had calmed down a lot, and even fell asleep towards the end of the drive. We ended up hanging out in the emergency waiting room with a sleeping baby for a while, which was good, as they were apparently pretty busy behind the scenes.

(Weird aside: there were three other people in the waiting room, and then one of the nurses came out and said 'Olga?' I thought it was odd that they said my name, not Henry's and then it turned out that one of the other ladies was also named Olga. This does not ever happen to me. Ever.)

Anyway, Henry remained mostly happy while we waited, but got upset again a couple of times. Long (AND TMI!) story short, he was basically super constipated, which they sorted out with the aid of a handy hose and some sort of fluid. ERGH.
Poor dude, it was so hard to see him suffering, and soooo hard to try to hold him down while doctors did all the various upsetting things.

He was pretty chipper afterwards, and stayed awake until midnight, when we finally got sent to the childrens' ward for the night. The kids' ward was lovely, so many toys and games and movies, and Henry had a fun time (apart from the medical stuff).

Next day, my second cousin's husband Stebbi kindly brought our snow tyres to Akureyri, as he was on the way anyway. So we got home on Monday evening, and had some much needed rest.

Henry took the rest of the week to get back to 100%, but he's been great the past couple of days - back to his usual self! Huzzah! We've been trying to get more vegies and wholegrains into him, which is a bit hit and miss, but he's doing really well.

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What else? Apart from Henry's drama-o-rama, there was a massive blizzard last weekend, and we're expecting another one tonight... Everyone was snowed in for a couple of days, and now there's piles of snow everywhere - although there's been some melting and refreezing, so it's pretty difficult to get around at the moment.

Ooh, ooh, I remember! I'm supposed to go to a book club tonight, it's been organised by a girl that Ross went to Icelandic class with. We have to decide on a book to read tonight, assuming the weather stays okay... I'm not sure what to suggest, I'm weirdly worried about making everyone read something that they end up hating. Ah, good old me, always finding something to worry about!

Anyway, I'm sure it'll be awesome fun, if you have any good recommendations that will make me look cool, let me know!