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Well, hello there! yes, we are still alive... coming to you now from Sacramento, California!

First of all: I did not take Baby Moomin's 6 month picture!!! :-( :-( :-( Mega parenting fail! Honestly, i thought about it every day and even dressed her in cute outfits, but we had soooo much to do, that at the end of the day i just didn't find the time to take her "official" monthly picture... but! i do have some phone pictures:

On the plane

Loving the baby basket on the plane

Tower Bridge

Trip to Oldtown

New car seat

She finally got a new (bigger) car seat!

At Sal's Tacos

Enjoying the nice weather and yummy mexican food

Breakfast time

First breakfast at our new place

Sacramento River

On the Riverwalk


Where's Baby Moomin?

My babys

Morning cuddle time!


She's such a cutie!

drinking from the sippy cup!

She finally worked out how to drink from her sippy cup

Dusk from our backyard

I love palm trees!

The flight was good. Thank God we booked a Baby Basket, it really made our lifes easier, Baby Moomin had an own place to play and sleep and we could rest a little bit. Lola did also great, she got "happy pills" from her vet and they worked just fine. She was calm when we got her at the airport and stayed that way until we could get her out of her cage while waiting for our rented car. We stayed that night at a friend's place in L.A. (thanks sooo much Monze and Austin for welcoming us into your home!!!). The next day we drove about 6 to 7 hours to Sacramento. Baby Moomin's car seat is already too small, so there was some fussing on the way, but we got her a new one a couple of days later and it's a blessing! There are still some tears being shed once in a while, but the time in the car has improved a lot! We stayed for almost a week in a rented apartment (beautiful btw) and were super lucky to find an own place quick enough. We are renting a bungalow in the Pocket area and couldn't be happier with our decision. It is an old house with 70's style decorations, but we really liked it and our landlords are super nice. They even brought us Pumpkin Pie on Halloween :-)

My task now is to adapt to our new life in these new surroundings. Baby Moomin's room and the kitchen are as good as ready, we bought some couches for the living rom and a sofa/bed for us to sleep in. We still have to get a lot of decorations and of course wait for our stuff to arrive, which i'm hoping will be before Christmas! I'll be posting some pictures later, when it feels more "finished" :-D

I think that's all for now, there is still so much to do: finding a pediatrician, a vet, a dentist, a baby and dogsitter, a yoga/workout place, get a car, get some art and most important: adjust Baby Moomin's schedule, so she sleeps through the night again, because right now it's just not happening :-( We are soooo tired...

Keep following us on Instagram and Facebook!!!

We wish you all a nice week!



London: A family vacation

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So, before all the big stress starts, i thought it would be nice to show you a couple of pictures of our family trip to London (this time, we traveled with my brother and my mom). If you follow me on FB, you've already read about Baby Moomin's meltdown on the plane... Well, she did not cry the whole flight, just the last 15-20 minutes, but it was super stressful, because she does not really cry, but screams and squeals and everybody looks at you funny, but what they don't know, is that when she's in that mode, there's absolutely nothing i can do to calm her down, she will eventually fall asleep on her own... I'm really dreading the big flight to the US :-( We already have some tricks to calm her down a little bit, but i really hope she behaves...

Ok, London... it was awesome! have you been there? no? well, you should! it's as impressive and "royal" as i've always imagined it, even the cabs look fancy :-) We went to Hyde Park and on the London Eye, visited Big Ben, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral... our apartment was in Chelsea and we always took the Underground. Piccadilly was my favourite spot; we went to a pub to eat fish'n chips and even the weather was nice. Only Baby Moomin had some issues with being in the stroller for prolonged periods of time, or in a restaurant :-/

At Bumpkin Diana Memorial Australian War Memorial

Buckingham Palace 1 Buckingham Palace 2 Buckingham Palace 3

Victoria Memorial Green Park St. James's Palace Piccadilly Circus

Telephone Arcades London Eye & Big Ben London at dusk 1 London at dusk 2

The Gherkin + Tower of London The Shard Tower Bridge Hay's Galleria

Southwark Cathedral Cottons Centre  Southwark Cathedral 2 Saint Paul's Cathedral

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey Emmeline Pankhurst Whitehall Gardens

We were super late for our flight back and almost didn't make it, plus Baby Moomin started crying as soon as we boarded, but luckily she fell asleep a couple of minutes after take off. I was sooo stressed out! (still am, BTW)

So, moving on! My mom leaves soon and our US adventure starts on the 24th!!! OMG!!! That is way too soon! Baby Moomin still has a check up, so does Lola, whom i also have to take to the groomers, because i have no time at all to do it myself. The movers are coming next week, we just got our Visas... lots and lots to do *sigh*... Like i said, i might not be able to write in a while. Posting in FB and Instagram also depends on how quickly i can get my hands on internet, but i'll try to keep you posted!

Wish us lots of luck and that both of our monsters behave!



Month 5 + ch... ch... ch... changes!

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There is so much happening right now in our lives... i wanted to do a separate post, but well... no time!

Month 5

First of all: Baby Moomin turned 5 months yesterday! OMG! where did all the time go!? She is huge! She's already holding her own bottle and eating a bit of puree! she's is actually quite good at it :-D No teeth, nor turning around though. Lots of babbling, laughing and playing.

Drinking Moomin Kissing Moomin Eating Moomin

My mom is here right now. We went to Dresden to visit my brother and we're going to London next week for a couple of days, because we've never been there.

Proud Grandma The Girls The guys Graduation celebration

Grandma + granddaughters Proud uncle Tired parents with Lolz Family  Proud grandmas

Ok now, the big news: Before Baby Moomin was born, the Hubs got the opportunity to take on a job in the USA and we were supposed to go there around March/April next year. Well, life is a bitch and nothing happens the way it's supposed to be: we're leaving for Sacramento, California in about 4 weeks!!! WHAAAAT! yes, we have soooo much to do! Packing, looking for someone to rent the apartment to, getting all vaccinations for Lola and Baby Moomin, Visa appointments... plus London, mom and my brother... writing is going to be somewhat difficult in the next weeks, but i'm "very" active on instagram (which is linked to my facebook account) so, feel free to follow our adventures there!



Life in pictures

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Some pictures of what happened in the first weeks of august:

Family reunion with the newlyweds and the twins.


Spending my birthday with friends at the Biergarten on the hottest day of this summer.

Birthday 1 Birthday 2 Birthday 3

Celebrating a friend's wedding in Innsbruck, Austria

Wedding 1 Wedding 2Wedding 3 Wedding 4 Wedding 5 Innsbruck 1 Innsbruck 2 Innsbruck 3 Daddy's girl

My brother visited us last week and helped me with the monsters, since the Hubs was on a training course for a couple of days. I wanted to start complementary feeding but Baby Moomin was not having it :-( i'm going to try again next week. Right now she is sick with a mild flu and i just want her to get better. My mom is arriving next saturday! weeeeeeeeee!



Month 4

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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!