26
Aug
2015

Month 4

Posted by beritas
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It has been a very very veeeery long month...

Month 4

I've already told you about how babys periodically have growth spurts, well, we are right now in growth spurt #4 and it has been a nightmare! It started around week 14/15 and it's supposed to last until week 19/20! We've had 4 weeks of crying and screaming and mood swings and so on... We have "good" days, bad days and very bad days. Yesterday was a very bad day, the Hubs had to come earlier from work, so i could take a couple of hours off (i went to yoga class). All kids have growth spurts, but not all react the same way. Unfortunately for us, baby Moomin is super susceptible to them, plus we think she has started to teeth :-( I'm amazed at how much drool comes out of such a little mouth and everything is furiously bitten on. She started sleeping from 8 p.m. to 5 or 6 a.m. (yei!), but recently sleep has eluded her. She does not wake up completely, or cry, but she moves a lot and starts making noises and it may not sound that bad, but try to get some sleep next to that! She's 18 weeks old and i'm desperately hoping that it's over soon! The main problem is growth spurts never really end! The next one starts around week 23, which means that we have 3 weeks of relative calm and then it starts all over again :'-(

Playing baby Playing baby Hello?

I read about a study, in which it has been proved, that having a baby makes you more unhappy than losing a loved one. Honestly: of course! naturaly, it also depends on your and your baby's character, but it is a lot of work! plus the constant crying gets directly to your core. If you don't have any help from your partner, or family, or friends, it's just worse. Having said that and i have to remind myself of this: that unhappiness will not last forever! your baby is not going to be a crying bundle for it's whole life! That is also one of the most satisfying parts of being a parent: seing your child grow, not only physcally, but mentally and emotionally. As hard as these past weeks have been, it has also been very fascinating to realize everything she has learned. She grabs things and leads them to her mouth, for which she had to recognize her hands and that she can move them. She gets frustrated so fast! it cracks me up! It's like she knows she can do more, but her motor skills are not that developed just yet. She wants to sit already, but her back is still not able to hold her. Being on her stomach is finally working out much better. If it were for her, she would spend the whole day lying on her stomach, but she still gets tired after a while and then the whining starts, because she doesn't want to lay on her back anymore. She is still not rolling over, neither from her back to her stomach, nor the other way around, but a couple of days a go she turned from her stomach to her back accidentally and i think she remembers, because i have seen her trying to do the same movement over and over again, but it's just not working yet. Her temper is also beginning to show, she's quite stubborn, but so adorable! She smiles and laughs and is super curious and always always wants to play :-D

I can do it! Baby Lola Please stop licking me! Mine!

Nevertheless. i'm looking forward to more "me time". I do believe it is very important for parents to have some time on their own, to do whatever they want. I'll be happy, when we can finally leave her for a couple of hours with a baysitter, so we can go to the movies, or for a drink... just to refuel yourself with new energy and so be able to deal with all the downs of parenting ;-)

BTW: i just noticed on the pictures that one of her cheeks looks a little bit red... teeth! 

Have a nice wednesday!

x.o.

21
Aug
2015

& the days after

Posted by beritas

The last days in Helsinki were spent over its rooftops and in cafes in the company of friends and with a nice family dinner. I was finally able to see the city at night (and fully apreciate it) since there was still some sunlight at 11 p.m.!

Cool baby Moomin Helsinki at dusk 1 Helsinki at dusk 2 Helsinki at dusk 3 Moi Almost dark Streets of Helsinki at night Streets of Helsinki at night Playing baby Moomin Playing baby Moomin Food Babies

And so another family vacation came to an end. It was definitely more stressful with a baby on tow, but nevertheless it was fun :-) And it's not the last vacation of the year! My mother is coming to visit us next month and we are going to my brother's graduation in Dresden and afterwards we're all spending a couple of days in London, since we have never been there before. Baby Moomin is turning 4 months next week! More friends are coming to visit... lot's to do!!! We do have some other news, but i'm waiting for the definite confirmation, so i can finally share with all of you ;-)

Until then: have a nice weekend!

x.o.

Helsinki, Porvoo, the wedding...

17
Aug
2015

the Wedding...

Posted by beritas

Sooo, let's keep moving shall we?

Day 4, the big day, the reason we were in Finland: the wedding!

After a somewhat stressful morning in which we got lost on our way to the hairdresser, which meant i had less than 30 minutes to get the baby and myself dressed and ready to go, we took the ferry to the nearby island of Suomenlinna. There is a fortress and a toys museum, but we were so short on time, we didn't get to see them :-( We don't have pictures from the actual wedding ceremony either, because Raul was best man and i had my hands full with a pooping baby (this time i had the pleasure to clean little Moomin's buttocks on top of a toilet seat). But here are some pictures of the wedding party, BTW the motto was something like Concert Festival: the invitations were concert tickets, we got "VIP backstage passes" and the table names were written on vinyl discs.

The Groom The Happy Couple The Bride Buffet 1 Buffet 2

Finnish Design The Venue

The Motto: Concert festival VIP Pass Dessert Buffet Wedding Cake Family picture Baby entertaining The Singer The couple's first dance The band Dancing Twins

The bavarian present The bavarian present The Groomsmen Love is in the air Everybody is dancin' Good night everybody!

There was tasty food, delicious desserts, a fun photo booth, good music and i swear the drummer of the band looked like a younger Christopher Walken! hahaha...

x.o.

Helsinki, Porvoo...

14
Aug
2015

Porvoo,...

Posted by beritas
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On our 3rd day in Finland, after having already seen the city, we took a bus to visit the city of Porvoo. There are many buses going from Helsinki throughout the day and it only takes about 50 minutes to get to Porvoo. We just visited the Old Porvoo, which is super cute, with its nice houses and little stores. You can get a lot of hand made stuff and there are a couple of nice restaurants. The streets are all cobblestone, but the little Moomin didn't mind, she likes all the shaking hahaha... BTW it was also our first time changing a diaper in the stroller, because we couldn't find a restroom in which to change her. Since then, we have become pros at diaper changing in the most weird places, even full pooped ones! ;-)

Porvoo 1 Porvoo 2

Porvoo 3 old townhall

Porvoo 4 Porvoo 5 Porvoo 6 Porvoo 7 Porvoo 8 Porvoo 9

We took the bus there because it was raining, but we went back to Helsinki on a ship :-) I think the trip takes around 4 hours and luckily we had our coats, since the weather changed again about an our before we arrived at Helsinki.

On the ship 1 On the ship 2 Sleeping baby Moomin Riverside 1 Riverside 2 Riverside 3 Happy and tired baby Moomin's parents Helsinki coast

I will try to post more regularly... It was my birthday last week and we have some big news to share with you! 

x.o.

Helsinki,...

04
Aug
2015

Helsinki,...

Posted by beritas

I can't believe it's already been around 2 weeks since our vacation/family event! We were actually thinking of making a 3 week tour through Scandinavia, but it would have been too expensive and kind of stressful with the baby and Lola. So instead we flew over for a couple of days with the rest of the family, which was a pretty good idea after all. Do you know how much you have to take with you when you have a little kid in tow? a lot! i was very grateful for all the extra available  hands  :-)

What can i tell you about traveling with an 11 weeks old baby? To be honest, at that age there is not much you can do. The little Moomin is still not interested in toys, so if she wants to cry, she will cry. She doesn't like being carried in your arms, which sucks of course because there is nowhere else i can put her. On the way to Finland she got changed twice, which kept the whining to a minimum, but on the way back... she didn't spend the whole flight crying, but some tears where shed. I also took some tea in case she could not manage the preassure change, but she slept through the whole take off and landing. Good baby!

In Helsinki we rented apartments and they lend us a traveling crib. Moomin is very flexible on that account, i put her to bed around 8-9 and it doesn't matter where we are, she will eventually fall asleep and not wake up until feeding time around 3 in the morning. All she needs is her pacifier. I am thinking about doing a whole other post on sleeping habits and so on, but i honestly think that it depends a lot on the baby's temper or character and of course on yourself. I'll think about it...

Let's move on to Helsinki! It's really pretty. I think we only got to see the coast part, but we did not have that much time to wander around. Our apartments where very close to the main Esplanada and the Port. I very much recommend you to eat in the market square! They prepare a really good Salmon! After a delicious meal, we walked along the coastline to meet the rest of the family.

Esplanadi "Wasa-Aktie-Bank" Cafe Kappeli Sea lion at the Havis Amanda Fountain Sight from the Market Square

Covered Market Inside the covered market Port of Helsinki 1 Port of Helsinki 2 Port of Helsinki 3 Cafe Ursula With Moomin at Cafe Ursula Port of Helsinki 4

Ursa Observatory Kaivopuisto 

The next day we did classic sightseeing of the city: Uspenski and Helsinki Cathedrals, some museums, Helsinki's main station... You can reach almost everything on foot. I also recommend a visit to Linnunlaulu, north of the main city attractions, which is a kind of park with beautiful Villas and the Café Sininen Huvila with a really cool sight of Töölönlahti bay.

Old ship at the Port of Helsinki Uspenski Cathedral

Inside the Uspenski Cathedral Love bridge?North Harbour

House of the Estates Helsinki CathedralEläintarhanlahti bay Railroad tracks Playhouse at Linnunlaulu  Villa at Linnunlaulu Moomin just woke up

I love her face! It's her "I just woke up and i'm not in the mood for pictures" face :-D So cute!

x.o.

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