06
Feb
2016

Month 9

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Baby Moomin has officialy been outside of the womb longer than inside, weeeeeeeeee!

Month 9

This month has been full of ups and downs. I don't know what's wrong with this child... First of all: teeth!!! yei! she got her two bottom teeth at the same time. They are still growing, but they're finally there! 

I've been trying to change her nap times a little bit, so we can do a little bit of co-sleeping during the day. It is working ok, i guess. She started waking up at 6 in the morning, sometimes before that, but i don't think it's because of the schedule change. She is not sleeping more than 3 hours during the day, so she's getting the same amount of sleep as before. I think it has more to do with food. I think it's time to increase the amount of food. I thought she ate a lot, but now i'm starting to feel a little bit uncertain. We just found a pediatrician and have a check up scheduled for next week, which is awesome because i don't even know how much she weights :-/

playpen eating time

She's also starting to be more mobile! She's still not crawling, but she just wiggles herself around the house in a sitting position. I actually thought she might start crawling some weeks ago, because she would try to get on all fours, or a kind of launching position while seated, but so far... nothing... she doesn't even like to be on her stomach right now. We got her a play pen, well more like two, so she has enough space to play and move around, but she's doesn't like it very much :-/ We have to work on it... We started going to Play- & Storytime at the public library and so far it's fun. Baby Moomin is more at ease with other people and kids, but now we have to work on boundaries and sharing and not taking toys from other kids... the usual parenting.

I guess that was it. It has been a very uneventful time. Welcome to parenthood, where the height of the day is when the baby is taking a nap and you can finally get some alone time in the bathroom, or when your friday night consists of Netflix and beer, but just until 10 because the baby is going to wake up early the next day... :-/

Well, enjoy your friday! if you don't have kids: go out! dance all night and drink until you puke ;-P

x.o.

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18
Jan
2016

Holidays

Posted by beritas

Happy New Year! like super late... how were your holidays? how did you survive all the food and stress...? Ours were quite nice, we didn't really do much. The Hubs took some time off work and we just wanted to chill and relax...

Back in November we decided to order our christmas cards from Minted. They have really cool designs, features and they have nice offers from time to time, like free printed addresses (I was not payed to say this, i'm just really happy with how our cards turned out).

Christmas Cards Christmas Cards

The Hubs and i celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this december. Every year, we go to a really nice restaurant and indulge ourselves in an awesome dinner. Since we could not go out this year (no babysitter = no fun), the Hubs surprised me with a dinner at home, prepared by a professional chef :-) It was super nice!

Anniversary Dinner Anniversary Dinner

If you follow us on Instagram or FB, you saw that we went to watch the Christmas Light Show in Oldtown. It was nice, they had music and "snow" a.k.a. foam :-) They played The Night before Christmas and i think it will be nicer next year, when baby Moomin is a little bit older and can actually see what's happening... It was a great experience anyway, but it was super cold!!!

Oldtown Lights Oldtown Lights Oldtown Lights

Baby Moomin watching the lights Baby Moomin watching the lights Oldtown Jukebox

We baked some cookies and decorated just a little bit, since all our decorations were in the container and we did not want to buy everything again... We spent Christmas Eve with another german family, who also arrived here about a month later than us. It was a really nice night, the babies played with their presents and we had a delicious dinner.

Cookie baking Christmas Cookies

Christmas decorations Christmas decorations Christmas decorations Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Christmas decorations

Baby Moomin ready to open presents Familiy

New Year's Eve was also a very mellow day. We went to Folsom for a ride in my Taga-Bike. It was cool, but i'm sooo far from being fit :-/ Folsom's Oltdown is so cute! It has nice antique shops, to which i will be returning some day, maybe not with Lola... That is one thing i don't like here, dogs are not allowed anywhere!!! why!? it's sad and it makes our trip planing a little bit more difficult :-/  After putting the baby down to sleep, the hubs and i enjoyed a delicious dinner and a quiet night by the fire <3 

Folsom Park Folsom Park Folsom Park Folsom Park Folsom

Folsom Folsom

New Year's Eve New Year's Eve

And those were our holidays... nothing fancy, just us. Our things finally arrived last week, so i'm super happy, but also super busy...  I guess i'll be taking some pictures as soon as everything looks more or less the way i want it to ;-)

We wish you a nice, productive week!

x.o.

27
Dec
2015

Month 8

Posted by beritas
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Who looks like a cute little princess? Baby Moomin!

month 8

This month has gone by sooo fast! It seems as if it was just yesterday that i was taking her 7 months old picture... :-(

Ups: 

  • sleeping through the night from 8 to 6-7 + 3x30 to 60 minutes naps during the day :-D yei free time!!!
  • babbling... soooo much babbling! it's sooooo cute! she's saing gagaga and mamamama...
  • kisses and cuddles! i love how she draws her head closer to me when she is feeling tired, so i can give her gentle kisses <3
  • feeding time: she's not a picky eater this one, she eats everything i give her

cardboard plane

Downs:

  • she's having a hard time with other people... we had to leave her with a babysitter once because of a Christmas Dinner and it did not go that good. I know it's a normal phase, but i really need to get her amongst others, she is too attached to me right now...
  • teething... OMG! when is it going to finally  be over! there are still 0 teeth in sight :-(
  • she does not like when i'm not in the room. We have been able to work around that (i just take her everywhere i am at that moment), but it does complicate doing chores in time...
  • we're having some digestive problems due to her still adapting to food :-/ it worries me sometimes, but so far we've had no major problems...

reading with mommy happy baby

All in all, we've had a good month. There has been less crying because of nothing, or maybe i'm just getting better at understanding what she needs and/or wants.

month 8

We wish you all Happy Holidays!

x.o.

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18
Dec
2015

If you're going to San Francisco...

Posted by beritas

This happened already a long long time ago... i'm so lazy!

We spent Thanksgiving with our super nice landlords and their families. It was our very first Thanksgiving dinner ever and it was delicious! There was just so much food! There were other kids and other dogs, so Lola and Baby Moomin were not the only ones :-) It was really very nice. Everybody made us feel so welcome and Baby Moomin even got a pretty crocheted baby cap.

The Hubs had been wanting to get me a bicycle since before we came here, but i cannot ride a bicycle (i know, shame on me...), so i wanted a tricycle and the Hubs found this super awesome Taga Bike on Craigslist :-) the catch was that we had to get it near San Francisco, so we decided to take advantage of the long weekend after Thanksgiving and visit San Francisco. We stayed at a pet friendly hotel, just in front of the Dragon Gate in Chinatown. We took a long walk along the bay, took the 49 Mile Scenic Drive and even found a dog friendly beach! Baby Moomin started having really super red cheeks and sadly it was very loud outside the hotel, so we had some sleeping-through-the-night issues again, but all in all, it was a very nice trip. San Francisco is really beautiful! Since we were going to get my stroller-bike on our way back home, we did not take the stroller with us and it was the best decision ever! All those hills!!! 

Bay Club SF The Embarcadero

Christmas Tree at Pier 39 Forbes IslandAlcatraz Pier 41 Dragon's GatePowell Hyde Cable Car end of line Ghirardelli Square Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Lola in San Francisco Family pictureDog Beach at Fort Funston Dog Beach at Fort Funston Lola at the beach Baby Moomin was there too

Japanese Tea garden Japanese Tea garden Japanese Tea gardenSpreckels Temple of Music Look at those red cheeks Dady and baby Christmas palm tree

Union Square Union Square

Maiden Ln Funky elevator lights

So, now we got to see San Francisco and i have a bike! win-win :-)

I know i have not been very diligent with my writing lately... sorry! I have been feeling a little bit under the weather these past days/weeks, physically and emotionally. It's not really easy to live in a half empty house, trying to feel at home and doing what you normaly used to do, when all the stuff you need to do those things are not there... I'm sooo frustrated! I want my bed! and my kitchen stuff! I want Lola's house and my computer! If everything goes well, our things will arrive in Oakland this weekend and i hope there is no trouble with customs, so it's all here soon! Plus, i think i've gained about 3 kilos in these 2 months we have been here :'-( :'-( :'-(  and I miss my friends! Homesickness sucks... but, it's all just a phase... which i wish was already over...

Ok, let's stop being depressed and let's start the weekend!!! It's the last weekend before Christmas! OMG! We are doing absolutely no christmas shopping this year! Baby Moomin already got some presents from her grandparents and she's too small to really want Christmas presents anyway, so we are all set.

Have a nice weekend everybody! we're going to watch the Christmas lights in Oldtown tomorrow :-)

x.o.

30
Nov
2015

Month 7

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We have been living in this new city for a month now, which also means that a certain baby turned 7 months!!!

7 months old

It's has been a hard month. Moving in itself is stressful, now try moving not only into another country, but into another continent! I had no idea, how susceptible kids (and dogs) react to changes... Baby Moomin developed a rash exactly on the day we flew here. It was all over her face and hands and it took about 2 weeks to dissapear completely. I think it was some kind of neurodermatitis, you know, because of the stress...

We also had some sleeping trough the night problems, but i think we're back on track again. We're working on going to bed around 8 or 8:30 p.m. with the last meal also at that time. She gets less milk and more squash, from next week on 3x squash, 2x milk. She likes drinking water from her sippy cup and loves to take everything she can put her hands on in her mouth.

7 months old

There has been a lot, a LOT of screaming! she does not cry, she screams! it sounds as if i was killing her or something and when she has these screaming fits, there is nothing i can do about it but to let them pass... normally i just take her in my arms and cradle her until she calms down... poor baby... But it is really frustrating, because i have no idea what the problem is :-( 

Doing chores is almost impossible because she does not like to be left alone for a prolonged period of time, which is not even that long, maybe 15 min. max! But i have to confess that i love love love when she gets all clingy, because it's just so amazingly cute to cuddle with her! Hugs and kisses!!! even better: she enjoys it too! Lots of hugs and kisses!!! <3

7 months old

I thought i saw a teeny tiny white dot on her lower gum the other day, but... i don't know... There has been a lot of crying at night since yesterday and she's had bright red cheeks these past days, but as i said: nothing has happened yet... still no teeth :-(  Please! Please come out finally!!!

x.o.

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