Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pleasures: A nice Monday, for a change


So here is my first post about things that give me pleasure, following from my post “Inspired by other people’s idea”.

Around 11am, I received a message of a friend wanting to come over around 13h30. The house was upside down and if there’s something that makes me really embarrassing is having people over when the house is a complete mess. It was so bad, but so bad, that even Mr. C was complaining about it.

So here is when today started being really nice. Little one was quiet for an hour, watching the Little Einsteins DVD in the door bouncer. She was quite content, even though I wasn’t at sight all the time. The house isn’t completely clear of the mess, but at least the living/dining rooms, kitchen, bathroom and Laura’s bedroom are presentable.

We had a great afternoon. Laura and Stina get along very well, and Laura L-O-V-E-S having baby visitors, especially around her age. She was so excited, screaming and laughing more than usual. She didn’t take her afternoon nap though and by 15h30 she was exhausted. They left just before 16h and by 16h Laura was fast asleep and slept for a whole hour! Uhuu!

So, things that give me pleasure: Having my friends over; having unexpected visit of friends; organising the house; seeing Laura so happy!




I’m hoping this time is the time. For the last couple of days, Laura has been biting everything with the front of her gums, and scratching it a lot, more than usual. Sometimes I have the impression that I can see the shades of her two bottom teeth but I’m not 100% sure. So in a week or two we should have some news.

What?! The weekend is already gone?!


I’ve been so tired that my weekends are all about sleeping and resting during any spare time. Hubby stays with little one in the morning and I stay in bed, trying to ignore all the noise she makes.

This weekend was a little different. The weekend started on Friday evening, after a nice chat with Lili & Maggie on Skype, when I managed to meed Gabriel. Now I want to meet him in person more than ever – he is soooooo cute! And we set a date to meet again on Sunday.

Saturday we had Mr. J’s 30th party, starting early for friends with babies (me, me, me!). We were the first ones to arrive, so we could chat a bit with the couple, check the new stuff they’ve done in the house (Lillywhites is my home decor buddy) and watch some rugby (the only one interested was Mr. C). I managed to control myself a bit and not overeat. But I ate cheese bread, yummy! Unfortunately Laura was getting too tired and we couldn’t stay until late and chat with the other guests. Lillywhites was too kind to give us some of the sweets to take home – that never made home, I ate them on the way back. And of course, I had to leave something behind: my camera, my precious camera, full of photos to post here.

Although Laura went to bed at 8 something PM, she woke up at 6am. We were exhausted! Luckily Mr. C decided we needed to go for a walk, as it was nice and sunny outside. We visited a tiny park nearby, then walked to Hayes Village, a place we’ve never been before. It’s a tiny place but very cute. And we found by chance a farm where we could buy fruits, veggies, eggs and honey. The apples smelled soooo good. We were tempted to buy some stuff, but we forgot to bring cash and they don’t accept cards. It’s in our list for next week. The afternoon was dedicated to Skype: mum, Lili and family.

Not a very busy weekend, but doing things that make me happy! 🙂

Separation anxiety


There’s always something going on when you have a child – and I no nothing about it, as I just have on and she is a baby. The first three months are adaptation to the world, lots of feeding and crying and little interaction, then baby starts laughing, rolling, babbling, teething, weaning, sitting, crawling, standing up, etc. Laura’s new thing is this separation anxiety – or at least I think it is.

It’s kinda cute to see her chasing me around the house, and heartbreaking when she cries her lungs out when she can’t see me. I’ll probably find it annoying at some point, but for now, I’m enjoying this new “phase”.

Mummy, don't leave me, please please please

Inspired by other people’s ideas


I haven’t had much time to think, plus I’m not very creative, so lately I’ve been seeking inspiration in other people’s great ideas.

Mu cousin just sent me an email with some photos of Mila, Adele Anersen’s gorgeous daughter. Adele is a Finnish advertising professional and after a quick search on the internet, I found her blog, Mila’s Daydreams, and some cool photos – including thumbnails of the photos of my cousin’s email. Adele complains that people have been stealing these photos and using as theirs, removing even the copyright mark. That’s bad. And since she asks on her blog not to copy or republish her baby photos on emails and blogs, I’m just going to suggest you to visit her blog – Adele has a beautiful family and her blog is very light and nice to read. And she is Finnish and let’s face it, Scandinavians are cool! And the supercool photos – just the thumbnails – are here. Apparently they will be published by Harper Collins, how cool is that? I wouldn’t even try to do something similar, because I don’t have the patience, the creativity and the sleeping baby for this.

On the other hand, there are some projects that I’ve seen out there and they are doable:

* I follow this blog called 365 Nuncas, which is a project of two Brazilian girls that decided to do something that they’ve never done before – one new thing everyday. Hence the name of the blog “365 Nevers”. It’s a nice personal challenge, but I wouldn’t go too far, as I don’t have the patience (oops, have I said this before?) to find something every single day of the year.

* My day in pictures. Ok, I can’t remember where I saw this idea, but it was something already inspired in another blog, so nothing too original there. It basically consists in taking pictures of your day, from the moment you get up til the time you go to bed. Sort of to let the readers see what you see. Good thing is that normally everybody likes photographs and not everybody has the patience for long texted posts – like mine. hehe

* A pleasure every day. This idea came from Lelei’s comment on a post I wrote. It was about a TV programme listing the top pleasures of people, and she said something like “wouldn’t it be great if we did one thing every day that gave us pleasure – apart from sleeping, of course?”. And click. Why not? Ok, not every day because I don’t have the patience, bla bla bla.

So, once a week I’ll try to go with these 3 ideas. Let’s see if it will work (and for how long). Watch this space!