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