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You know you’re a mom when…

You know you’re a mom when…

The other night, after I had put Elliot to bed I found myself sat in the Sofa, pondering over just how different my life has become in this last year! So much has changed, I’m not just me anymore, I’m now a mum too! It got me thinking of some of the many things that make a Mum. So without further delay, here is my list of:

You know you’re a mum when…

1. Stained clothes are your most stable accessory – seriously you start with leaky boobs and as your child grows you get spit up, then snot, then grubby fingers from God knows what! You’ve basically being used as a giant wipe! Always mummy, never daddy – why oh why?

2. speaking of clothes when did you last buy yourself something new? Kid walks around looking like dapper Dan, whilst mommy on the best of days is happy if she can stay clear of point nr. 1

You know you're a mum when

My handsome boy ready to go home from Nursery

3. oh and if you ever do buy something for yourself it’s first and foremost judged on the criteria of easy boob access!

4. you’ve developed superpowers that allows you to go into stealth mode once your child is asleep and you need to not be!

5. You have no clue what is going on in the grown ups world, but know exactly what is being talked about when words like “ninky nonk and pinky ponk” are mentioned.

6. BM (before motherhood) there where certain topics that you’d rarely (read: never! – except if nurse) bring up at the dinner table or just as random chat with OH – now you’ll daily update/want to know about bowel movements and other bodily functions, “has ‘insert name’ done a poo today?” Casually asked whilst having Tea of course.

7. leaving the house is now a mission demanding careful planning and military precision! “See you in 5!” HA! Make it 50 min and we might stand a chance of being dressed!

8. Speaking of dressed, gone are the days of a lie in being the cause of still wearing PJs come 11am! More like mommy hasn’t had much sleep, and parenting has resorted to “just let the little guy! it’s not sharp…it’ll be ‘reet “

9. A whole new world of excuses opens to you! For example “want to meet up?” – “sorry ‘insert kids name‘ and take your pick 1. Isn’t feeling well 2. hasn’t slept much 3. Needs nap 4. Is overstimulated 5. Teething!!!” – and the list goes on! Not always a lie, but definitely better than saying “‘insert kids name’s mum can’t be bothered, she is still in her PJ’s and desperate for a nap!”

10. Your handbag contains everything for baby, but the old essentials – lip balm, perfume, vanity mirror are nowhere to be found. But if you need wet wipes, a rattle, a Giraffe named Sofie or have a sore bum I’m your Gal’!

11. You Squeeze when ever someone says “don’t forget to squeeze!” – seriously pelvic excercise is the new black! (I bet you just squeezed!)

12. A trip to the loo used to be a private affair, not anymore! You are now so used to the audience you don’t even bother shutting the door!

So there you go my immediate associations that sprung to mind, when pondering over the many ways to identify a mummy, or at least this mummy… what are yours?

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A day spent in Copenhagen

A day spent in Copenhagen

This year we traveled to Denmark to spend Christmas with my half of the family. I love Christmas! so naturally I was very excited about spending it with all the family and following all the traditions I know and love. Even a 4am start to the day plus a poorly baby (Elliot had a flu) wasn’t going to put a damper on things. Besides as long as Elliot can have plenty of sling cuddles all is well. Now the flight to Denmark is a manageable 1,5 hour, It’s the journey on the other side that’s the long haul. Not because we have that far to go, but because there is only one ferry going to the isle where my parents live – and it only sails twice a day. This means that We’ve had a good 6 hours to kill on either side of our Holiday, and what better way to do so than go exploring Copenhagen.

Previously when we’ve found ourselves with time to spare in the Capital we’ve just found a nice cafe and sat there enjoying coffee, cake and a good book. Those days are over! Elliot will not tolerate just being stationary for that long let alone for us to open a book that’s not full of colour and made of cardboard! So this time around we needed to find entertainment suitable for all of us. Despite the little guy being under the weather he was surprisingly energetic! Now on the return journey I already knew what to do, we would spend half the time in Copenhagen and then go out to the Airport early enough to allow Elliot to play in their family Area, I’ve praised it before in this post about travelling with a baby, where it came as an absolute God send!

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Now back to our day of adventures in the Capital! If you only have time to do one thing when you’re in Copenhagen, visiting the Tivoli Gardens should be it! It’s absolutely magical, especially during the holidays, they know how to take Christmas Decorations to the next level!

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“Snow” and beautiful Amusements

And I’ve heard that their Halloween Decorations are even better! We just bought the entry to the park, and then J bought one of those single ride tickets to try one of the oldest Rollercoasters still running! It’s a proper oldie made of wood! I’m not a big fan of rollercoasters I just really wanted to walk around in the park and enjoy all the decorations, sit down at one of the many cafes and enjoy a cup of hot Chocolate whilst having a Hygge time! Plus there is not much point buying a tour pass with a baby in tow, however I should add there is a lovely playground inside the park, free of charge, Elliot really enjoyed being let loose and exploring. When Elliot is older, we are definitely going to have to come back and go all out on tour passes to get the full experience! Even if mummy is too scared to try half of the Amusements there!

Copenhagen Tivoli
Having lots of fun on the playground
Tivoli Copenhagen
I see you!

A stroll around Copenhagen!

There is so much to see and do in Copenhagen, you simply can’t fit it all in one day. There are lots of parks and playgrounds in and around the centre of Copenhagen (and there is always the Metro if you don’t fancy the walking) the parks are a lovely break from the busyness of the City, and on a summer day I imagine it would be a lovely spot to enjoy a packed lunch and let the kids loose. As its winter, I googled accessible indoor playgrounds before going, there are quite a few and most of them free. We didn’t end up going this time, but will definitely pay them a visit next time we go, I found the guides on minicph.com very helpful – coincidentally written by a British mum who emigrated to Copenhagen with her Danish Hubby. The website/blog focuses on things to do in the city with kids, definitely worth a look if you’re planning a trip over the pond. After the Tivoli experience we decided to just have a nice walk around the centre as well, with Elliot in the wrap he was happy napping as we walked around. Nyhavn is so picture-worthy!

 

A day in Copenhagen Nyhavn
Nyhavn at Christmas time

Next time we’re in Copenhagen I definitely want to visit the National Museum. Entrance to the main part is free and I’ve been told they have a kids section, that you pay for, but in there the kids are allowed to touch, explore and play with everything! Which sounds pretty great and definitely something I think Elliot will enjoy when he is older. I’ve also heard great things about the “Paper Island” which is an area filled with street food vendors and packed with atmosphere. J and I definitely want to take an actual Holiday in Copenhagen, one day when Elliot is older so that we can fully enjoy all the fun the city has to offer!

La Glacé – Best Cake in Copenhagen

Before heading out to the Airport to catch our flight home we spent some time at the patisserie La Glace, famous for their delicious layered cakes. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I can’t possibly pass on the chance to have cake. It didn’t let us down! Delicious cakes in a really Hygge atmosphere, I can definitely recommend a visit. Just be aware that the prices are quite steep, we made it our lunch though. as there wouldn’t be room for anything else after a slice of their cakes. Just check out their mouthwatering window displays!

La glace Christmas Copenhagen

La glace Christmas Copenhagen

All in all I’d say we had a lovely half day in Copenhagen, even if Elliot wasn’t on his A game, bless him he was battling the flu all through Christmas. Now that we are back on UK soil I’m already planning our next trip over the pond! Plus J and I are dreaming of just taking 6 months off and travelling the world, with the little guy of course, who knows maybe one day it’ll be more than just a dream!

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Rocking Motherhood

Rocking Motherhood

Thanks to Lucy from Lucy’s Locket I found out about White Camellias new # initiative “Rocking motherhood” its simple really, list 10 reasons why you’re rocking motherhood!

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Out and about with my happy boy!

But is it really that simple? I found myself struggling to think of 10 reasons! Now is that because I’m failing as a mother, I don’t think so, but I do think that a lot of the times we, ladies especially, find it easy to point out our mistakes and imperfections – whether it be with our looks, wits or parenting skills, but asked to compliment yourself and “BAM” you hit the invisible wall! Or atleast I did to begin with.

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Elliot loves the playgroups and all the new toys!

That is why I think this #rockingmotherhood is great! It has forced me to sit down and reflect and compliment myself. Something I really want to get better at! To focus on the positives and let go, our atleast minimise the negativity. So here goes, 10 reasons why I rock as a mum, we will start in the lighter end of the spectrum:

  1. I do a mean Turkey impression that has Elliot in tears every time! No seriously I’ve even maintained my turkey neck aka double chin just for dramatic effect! Jokes aside, being able to laugh at yourself and goof around, be it at home or in public! As long as it puts a smile on my boys face I don’t care.
  2. We go places almost every day, Elliot and I, admitted sometimes it just as much a sanity saver for mummy, but we go to baby groups, bounce and rhyme and all sorts! He’s not even 1 and he already has more hobbies than his Mum!
  3. I have yet to forget to pack any baby essentials before we go out, despite massive baby-brain! (I know I probably just jinxed it and will soon find myself smack in the middle of M&S with a Poonami to tackle and no spare clothes or nappies!)
  4. I follow my child. I love being a mum and he is the single most important human being in the world to me! I follow his lead, if he needs extra cuddles and feeds during the night I don’t mind, I’ll sleep again one day I’m sure! But for now it’s about making sure he’s happy and feeling safe 24/7.
  5. I have taken multi tasking to a whole new level! BM (Before Motherhood) I thought I was being awesome when managing baking cake, sorting tea, writing the grocery list for the week and tidying all in one happy mix. Now add whilst breastfeeding/ singing nursery rhymes and/or wearing a baby! Now if that doesn’t make one feel like super-mom I don’t know what will!
  6. I have mastered the art of international travel with my baby on my own! Just me, him a sling and a ton of luggage. If you thought travelling BM was exhausting, well no one knows exhaustion like a sleep deprived mum trying to entertain/feed/juggle baby while frantically powerwalking to the gate before it closes! Read more on the subject here and here 🙂
  7. I share almost everything with Elliot, not on an emotional “what is troubling mummy today” kinda level, but in the sense that I bring him with me everywhere I go and by having him in the sling he’s sees what I see and gets to interact with me and the people around us, it’s wonderful sharing my life with him.
  8. I bake a lot – true he might not appreciate it yet, but one day I hope he will love the fact that he comes home from school to a cake fresh out of the oven or freshly baked rolls on a Sunday morning. Latest cake-creation can be found here.
  9. I set a goal to Breastfeed for at least 6 months and now at 10 months we are still going strong and I love all the milky cuddles and the awesome feeling I get from knowing that I’ve nurtured my little Pudding into what is now quite a heavy little boy. The female body is amazing!
  10. Last, but not least I’m patient. Now I’ll admit I asked J for help on this last one, I was running out of praise! The first thing that popped in to his mind was patience. As he puts it I’m so patient with the little guy, whatever mood he is in or however hard he is to get to fall asleep I will always be there by his side and ride the storm with him.
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Funtime celebrating a 1st Birthday

this has been such a joy to write! And I hope others will join in. I’d love to hear these ladies thoughts on the matter: Karen from twotinyhand, Angela from lifemotherhoodandeverything and Emma from Thenonperfectparents -what are your 10 Reasons? Look forward to reading/watching your replies.

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
  2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother.
  3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
  4. Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.
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Elliot enjoying getting messy at Creation Station

Hope you enjoyed the read and the random selection of Elliot Cuteness! Snippets from our everyday life. Being a mum is great!

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DIY: Personal Christmas Cards

DIY: Personal Christmas Cards

Every Christmas I love sending out Christmas cards to family and friends, to me the Christmas Card is more than just the generic “Merry Christmas”, in my family we’ve always had a tradition of the Christmas card being a way to sum up the year past and talk about hopes, dreams and plans for the year comming. I feel it’s even more important now that we live so far away from our families, even J’s parents are a good 6 hour drive away, his aunt is in NZ and I even have one sister living in Sweden! For us it’s a way to keep them up to date, the old fashioned way, slow mail! No “.coms” or snappy post, just a handwritten letter. This year I wanted to make it even more personal, and what better way than to get my little smiler dressed in his Christmas jumper for a little bit of “modelling”

Christmas jumper baby
Always so happy (And almost crawling eek!)
Christmas tree jumper baby
Good thing he doesn’t know they are for opening…yet!

 Once I had the pictures I used the app “canva” to edit and add text to the pictures and then I just went to the nearest shop that offered self-service photo print. It was super easy I just plugged in my phone and it opened my picture folder to pick and choose what I wanted. I probably could have just written a letter on the back of the pictures, but it didn’t feel finished. Off to the craft section!

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A selection of this years Christmas Cards!

Bought a packet of readycut cardboard, a glue stick and envelopes. To decorate the cards I just used what Christmassy bits I already had – you could use gift-wrap, glitter, gifttags just as long as its festive! I used these cute stocking shaped gift tags and cut hearts out from giftwrap and Christmas trees out from leftover  cardboard.

What you need:

  • printed pictures with a Christmas theme
  • cardboard
  • glue stick
  • scissor
  • gift wrap, gift tags or similar
  • envelopes

it was quite budget friendly. To print the photos was £2.70, the cardboard was £1.50, glue £1 and envelopes £1. The rest I already had in the house. Now we just need to get them posted so they can arrive before Christmas Day.

What crafty projects have you been working on for December? I’d love to see pictures of it all! Feel free to tag me on Instagram and I’ll send some Christmas cheer your way!

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The Choices We Make…

The Choices We Make…

There is no perfect way to be a a good mother, each situation is unique, each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children… What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply.

There is something that has been playing on my mind for a while. You see I didn’t realise this when I was expecting Elliot, but when you become a mom you don’t “just” become a mom, you also become a member of the Parent club, willingly or not. But it doesn’t end there, questions arise… what kind of mom do you want to be? Who do you look up to? How have you chosen to raise your child? Have you chosen at all or are you winging it?  This “Parent club” is not always one happy supportive community, sometimes it can be ever so busy labelling each other or themselves, judging one another. As Lucy’s Locket puts it:

…when we label ourselves it is often the stereotype that is conjured up in the imagination of those who don’t know us.

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My little boy all newborn and gorgeous

Its been playing on my mind because I myself have been guilty of doing it! I’m not proud to admit that before I felt like I had found my footing as a mum, back when I was very much still in a state of constant survival mode, I would find myself comparing, labelling and I’m sad to admit judge too. I think I judged because I didn’t know any better, because I was afraid that if what others did was different, then maybe what I was doing was wrong? Now that I feel out of the fog of early days with a newborn, I’ve thankfully started to see things differently! We can’t all be doing the same because (news flash) we are all different and so are our babies, I think sometimes it’s easy to forget that our babies are in fact tiny humans and just like us they have different personalities, different likes and dislikes.

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Newborn Elliot in stretchy wrap

So lets take a look at me! What labels could we stick on me? Now if I look at me I think some might call me a “Hippie mum” or label me an “Attachment parent”. Honestly I don’t mind! as long as it’s not accompanied with judgement or stereotypes, based on ideas more than the facts. We don’t have to agree on everything, as long as we agree that we all put the welfare of our children first. I think stereotypes and “negative labels” stem from ignorance or shall we say lack of insight to the other persons life. So here is our story: When I was pregnant I had every intention of reading books on how to raise a child – what to expect and such. I like to be prepared, but for some reason I never got around to it. Work got in the way, and then once on maternity leave, laying in all my whalesome glory binging Netflix got in the way. Today I’m quite glad I didn’t dive into all the books out there, as I fear some of those books might have made me feel like I was failing as a mum (Read more than I was already convincing myself I was). Turns out my baby didn’t remember to download the manual on how to be a ‘good baby’ and eat on set times and sleep through at 6 months or whatever other lovely snippets I’ve found in various parenting books and pamphlets. My baby woke hourly to begin with, he was pretty much attached to my boobs 24/7 and at 10 months he is still not sleeping through the night. I am not trying to raise my child following some dogma, or  by the rules of a self-proclaimed parenting experts advise. So far I have raised my child following my gut! The choices I’ve made have been because it felt right, and works for our family.

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10 months and rocking the double chin and cheeky grin!

So what works for our family? Here goes: We co-sleep, I breastfeed, I wear my baby in a sling (J has a buckle carrier) and we try and follow Elliots lead when it comes to weaning, we’ve not gone full on BLW as a combo works for us. We’ve basically followed Elliots lead on it all. As I said this wasn’t a conscious decisions, we co-sleep because he would only sleep on me or close to me when he was newborn (thank you to the person that told me about the 4th Trimester!) and now at 10 months as he still wakes for feeds during the night, I honestly can’t see myself getting a better nights sleep if he was in a different room, especially seeing as he now refuses a dummy – he only wants the real deal, not even a bottle will do, much to my dismay, believe me I’ve tried! But there comes a time (after you’ve ordered a dummy all the way from the states because of its alleged magical abilities, and then it arrives and mostly looks like a tiny willy! Like what the actual F***!) when you have to stop trying and accept defeat. I breastfeed because it’s convenient and it gives him comfort and for now I’m happy with that. When I had Elliot all I thought was I hope I make it to 6  months of breastfeeding, I didn’t plan to continue, but now 10 months on it just feels natural to me. That’s the way it’s been with our choices so far, it has felt right.

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Now I love, love, love Baby wearing, In my opinion the sling is magic! It allows me to get on with things whilst keeping my curious boy happy. Honestly he has grown so fast in these 9 months, I’m just happy to get all the slingy cuddles I can get, before I know it that time will be over! I didn’t know I would love baby wearing, at first it was out of desperation! Despite having bought an expensive travel system Elliot couldn’t have cared less, he hated not beeing on me and would scream and cry if I hadn’t magically managed to get him to sleep and then transferred into the Pram – Only to have to constantly be moving, seeing as he woke so easily. I quickly learned that it was a lot less stressful for me to be out and about if I just carried him in the sling. If only I had known before we bought the silly expensive pram!

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My happy boy! At 6 months

I made my choices so far because they’ve worked for us, simple trial and error. Like with our bedtime routine, I tried putting Elliot down in his own crib, he just wasn’t happy about it one bit, and so we co-slept, first out of necessity and now because it works and feels right, if it’s not broke and all that. That’s pretty much the story of many of my choices:

Happy baby = Happy mum

So what am I trying to say? I guess as a new mum the parenting community can be quite overwhelming and it can be easy to pass judgment, I just wish we where better at just acknowledging each other and accepting that not one shoe fits all! And that we are all just trying our best to manoeuvre through this parenting jungle. I’m sending lots of love out to all new mammas, you’re doing a great job, and trust me it will get easier and one day you might even find yourself writing a blog about you and your family life because it’s just that damn great!

Is there something you wish you could have told yourself as a newbie mum? Have you found yourself judging or perhaps being at the receiving end?

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A bit of Q&A

A bit of Q&A

Woke up this morning to the lovely Karen from Twotinyhands having tagged me in a little bit of blogging Q&A, thank you! I’m very new to the blogging game, but hopefully my answers will shed some light on who I am and what motivates me.

How long have you been blogging and what is your best and worst thing about it?

I started my blog at the end of October this year, so I’m very much a newbie! I had been playing with the thought of having my own blog for a while, but didn’t quite know where to start, somehow now seemed a good time, I wanted somewhere to put down my thoughts, a place to share my little family’s adventures.

Best thing about blogging is definitely how you can connect with likeminded mums and dads and the infinite inspiration out there weather it be messy play ideas or a recipe to try out! As a newbie I think the worst part of blogging is to not get caught up in comparing yourself with other blogs and get obsessed with views and the likes… After all you really shouldn’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.

How will you be spending Christmas this year? Any crazy traditions?

We will be spending our Christmas in Denmark with my half of the family, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas (as it’s a definite possibility this year) as for crazy traditions I’m sure J, the English half of My Danglish Family, will point out that all our Danish Christmas traditions are weird! (And wonderful I might add) to name a few – on the 24th we dance around the Christmas tree and all around the house while singing Christmas carols, before opening pressies.

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Last years Danish Christmas tree

During the day time on the 24th we have the Scandinavian Christmas Rice Porridge, its served hot with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top and a dollop of butter, but that’s not the weird bit, the ‘weird’ bit is that my mum will hide one almond in the giant bowl of porridge and whoever finds the almond will get the ‘Almond-Pressie’ – usually a board game for the whole family to enjoy! If you check in December I’ll probably share the recipe, I love Rice Porridge (in Danish Risengrød)! What’s even better is that any leftovers can be turned into the Danish version of Rice Pudding served with Cherry Sauce (Yum!)

What is your favourite dessert? All the gooey details please..

Well if you’ve browsed my posts or follow me on Instagram, you will know that I’m Crazy for cake and asking me to narrow it down to one favourite dessert is close to impossible! But right now I keep coming back to the same deliciously simple Apple Pavlova, Meringue topped with Fresh tangy Apples grated and mixed with whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate.

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Apple Pavlova – I’m addicted!

What is your favourite room in your house?

My favourite room is our living room! It’s cozy and snug and perfect for Hygge.

In which ways do you entertain your children?

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My faithful assistant and taster!

Elliot is 9 months old, most days we try to get out of the house and attend baby play groups, we go to ‘creation station’ (basically messy play) and bounce and Rhyme a lovely free initiative at our Local Library. At home we play various Peekaboo games, he helps mummy baking and when all else fails Elliot loves to play with the vacuum of all things!

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Teach them young I say!

How do you store your memories?

I wish I could say that I’ve got photo albums containing our memories, but as of yet it’s still only on the planning stage! I guess I would say this blog has partly been started to have a place to store moments and memories, other than that my phone is bursting with photos of our life. Sometimes I feel like memories of good times and childhood for me is stored in tastes and smells too, hope I’m not being too abstract, but some of my favourite bakes and dishes are favourites because they bring back good memories whenever I have them, like a little hug from the past!

Are you a savoury or sweet type of person?

Sweet! I will find any excuse for cake 🙂

If you could go anywhere where would it be?

J has family on New Zealand and I would love for us to one day be able to afford going there for a longer stretch!

Is there anything you’ve ever regretted?

Sometimes I regret my choice of profession, I’m a nurse, and as much as I love being able to help others I feel like the work environment is awful, we are short staffed and stressed. It leaves you feeling like you can’t give the care you feel everyone deserves. Maybe I’ll change profession one day.

What is the best thing you have ever made?

My little boy (I know cheesy!) but it’s true I’m so proud that J and I have created this awesome little human being!

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My Danglish family on Elliots Birthday!

Now as the newbie I am I wasn’t aware of the “tag other blogs part” of this Q&A game. But after Reading Beths answers on Bamboo.co.uk it dawned on me! So seeing as I don’t know that many bloggers yet I’m going to copy-cat Beths version and list some questions below. If you would like to take part then just please copy the questions, get writing and tag me on twitter and/or Instagram so that I can read, comment and share! Thank you xx

5 Questions from Josefine (MyDanglishFamily)

  1. when did you start Blogging and what motivated you?
  2. What is your proudest moment as a parent so far?
  3. If you could go back and give “first-time-mum”- you some advice what would it be?
  4. As a lover of all things sweet, what is your favourite treat? (please feel free to share recipes if it happens to be homemade)
  5. what is your favourite Christmas tradition and why?
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Something about Bikes and Bickering

Something about Bikes and Bickering

Today was supposed to have been a typical  Sunday in our house. Late out from under the covers (well late the second time around, as Elliot likes to start his days around 5am) then on with chores, groceries, tidying and what not, all done swiftly thus leaving the rest of the day to have a nice family outing.

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View out over Morecambe Bay

Today was NOT a typical Sunday. I blame sleep deprivation (courtesy of one little man). You see what was supposed to have come out of my mouth was something along the lines of “love would you please sort the bikes and bits for later and help figure out what we need on the grocery list…” instead it went something along the lines of “ffs why can you never plan ahead!?!?” Escalation much?! I know not my finest hour. But you see I am a planner, a list maker and lately I’ve found it difficult to joggle it all, I simply am too tired to keep the big grand overview! My mind feels scrambled. Now in an ideal world J would have replied gently and understood that this fire spewing monstrosity was in fact his partner, the mother of his child, and that she was obviously just a bit frazzled this morning. He didn’t though, and we therefore ended up wasting a good two hours shouting over who does what and when. The classic blame game. Sometimes I wish there was a pause and rewind button, as some arguments are just too silly, but easier said than done when you’re a sleep deprived hormonal mum(ster).

However, enough of the negative, we came to our senses and made up in the end. We got out of the house and the little man enjoyed his very first bike ride in our brand new Bike Trailer!

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First time out in the Bike trailer

J had the honor of chauffeuring whilst I acted the role of Paparazzi. Elliot was absolutely beaming with joy! I think he has the biking bug just like his Daddy. It also happend to be my first time back on the bike since going off on maternity, my gosh I feel like I’ve got some catching up to do, fitness wise. Hopefully with the trailer it’ll be easier to get out on the bike, no more excuses!

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So much excitement!!!

So that was our day, I think the fresh air did us all good! There is nothing like a bit of outdoor time to clear the head. No more dwelling on the negative, despite a rough start we had a lovely little outing, and hopefully Elliot will forgive his silly parents for the minor delay.

Something about biking and bickering
All is well that ends well!
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Travelling with a Child

Travelling with a Child

Travelling with a child solo can seem like a Mammoth task. We spent all day yesterday travelling, the little man and I. It’s a long journey travelling from the eastern parts of Jutland, all the way to Copenhagen and then to the north of England. We started our day by train. I’d planned for having to entertain, but Elliot decided to start the trip with a nap! Good thinking I say, if only I could’ve joined in!

Travelling with a child

Elliot is already quite the experienced traveller, sure the travels has thus far only brought us from UK to DK and back, but for a little baby, only 9 weeks old on his first trip, I think that is plenty of travel adventure in it self.

It’s remarkable how quickly their needs change! On the first two trips the main focus was timing things with Elliots need for feeds and sleep. First time over he slept all the way in the flight (attached to a boob that is) those days are over! Elliot is 9 months old now, not yet mobile, but very much in need of entertainment and activities tailored to him. It’s no longer just enough to keep him comfy during the travels, my baby is now capable of being bored! That is why it came like a God send when I spotted the family Area at Copenhagen Airport. Such a brilliant concept, it is raised above the rest of the waiting area, away from the hustle and bustle of busy travellers and expensive shopping. Elliot lit up when I got him out of the sling and placed him on the floor surrounded by colourful toys and tall cardboard castles and figurines inspired by H.C Andersens fairytales. This little safe haven, free of noise, with areas to play and for parents to relax knowing their child is safely playing. I’m a fan!

Travelling with a child
Family Area at CPH Airport

This little break from travelling gave us both the break in the day needed to manage the last leg of the journey. If only we hadn’t then gotten stuck in traffic on the M6, I would say this day of travelling was well executed!

Travelling with a child
Family Area at CPH airport
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A Day In The Life of…

A Day In The Life of…

Sometimes things do not go as planned, sometimes you try and be Supermom, but fall short! Fall short because you ran out of coffee, your little one is Teething and decided that the day started at 4:30am!!! Yesterday was one of those days where I could have easily just rolled up and felt like nothing I did was good enough! (That is I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a mum to have the time to just roll up and feel sorry for oneself…)

Thankfully my little guy decided that wasn’t on! And so it became that we took a lovely walk with Grandmas old Pram, one giant Biscuit and the dogs desperate for some fresh air.

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Yes the day might not have started how I had hoped, and yes Elliot is teething and therefore all my great plans of baking are paused do to him needing cuddles and closeness, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Taking Elliot on a walk and seeing him be amazed by the moving leaves, fascinated with the colours of autumn and positively beaming of joy because he is snug with a ginormous Biscuit, well that makes my day! And it reminds you what is truly important. The everyday adventures seen through the eyes of a 9 month old.

Just a few thoughts from me, a little snippet of our every day adventures.

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Happy Halloween And A Healthy Snack

Happy Halloween And A Healthy Snack

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, I love to watch the seasons change and I love all the goodness that autumn brings.

Come little leaves said the wind one day,  come to the meadows with me and play; Put on your dresses of red and gold, for summer is past, and the days grow cold – from “come little leaves” by George Cooper

Today was what I define as a classic autumn day! Howling winds outside hot chocolate and pumpkin carving inside!

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I just love it! The changing colours, the cooler air and how snuggling up on the sofa with hot chocolate is just what the doctor ordered! Today was one of those days and thankfully I got to enjoy it with my little family, carving scary pumpkins to light up the night, whilst we are snug inside.

As I’m sure you noticed the title said “…and a healthy snack”, sadly hot chocolate with loads of whipped cream will probably never be declared healthy, but using the leftover pumpkin seeds to create delicious pumpkin seed “crisps” well I dare say they might just qualify as healthy! So I thought I’d share the rather simple recipe:

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Pumpkin Seed crisps

  • pumpkin seeds cleaned and patted dry
  • sea salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • olive oil

Heat the oven to 50 degrees Celsius (fan) place the seeds on a baking plate with baking paper, coat the seeds with olive oil (just lightly) and sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. Slow roast in the oven for approx 80 min or until the seeds look golden.

Enjoy them as a snack or salad topper!

 

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