This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite homeland destinations. Places where I keep returning again and again. Pristine nature. Peaceful, quiet and very beautiful.
Turku Archipelago, Finland
Turku Archipelago, Finland
Turku Archipelago, Finland
Last weekend we celebrated our three year old little man. He was so excited about the party that he hardly slept the night before and didn’t take his nap on the day of the party. Even so, he welcomed every guest cheerfully and was such a good host. He had had three wishes for the party:
Gift? – a car with a bow
To eat? – cake and only cake
Guests? – Santa Claus
He had wished Santa Claus already to twins’ christening and was a little disappointed that only priest came to that event. This time we didn’t get Santa Claus but fulfilled the other wishes. He did get a lot of presents so I don’t think he remembered to miss Santa that much.
He is a big fan of Paw Patrol hence I made a little decorating. I found these free printables from Nickelodeon: birthday banner, stickers, cupcake toppers (no affiliate) Especially the birthday banner was really nice and many people asked were I had bought it. There would have been so much more to print but our guests were mainly adults so maybe next year I’ll do more.
Being very tired with the twins I was grateful that our nanny did all the baking for the party and I didn’t have to stress about that.
The boy already had so many cars that I didn’t believe that he would possibly be happy to get more, but after receiving 13 new cars the grin on his face was wider than ever. He hasn’t left them for a minute. And during the past days, I haven’t heard even once “can I use iPad?”. He took one of the cars to bed as a bedtime toy and the first thing he told me this morning was “mommy, when I opened my eyes I saw this car and started to play with it right away”.
He really likes cars.
Here are some photos of the party. 🙂
Have a nice day!
Last week the boy had two big events. First, we went to see big machines, and on weekend he had his birthday party.
My boy loves all kinds of vehicles. Ambulances, fire trucks, buses, garbage trucks, tractors, sweepers, diggers, dump trucks, you name it. If we see some interesting vehicle while walking somewhere we have to stop to watch it go.
That’s why he was extremely excited to go see the big machines to a nearby vehicle depot. The trip was organized by an employee of a local playground and lots of enthusiastic children participated.
The workers were there to answer questions and lift kids up to sit inside the vehicles. My son is a bit timid and he only wanted to go sit in one small tractor. First he didn’t want to go even there but finally he was unbelievably happy when he found the courage to do so. Eventually we were last ones to leave the site since he didn’t want to leave the tractor!
For him, this trip was better than any amusement park. A real dreamland. He ran around from one vehicle to another and asked me all kinds of questions but was too shy to talk to the workers or let me talk to them.
The only thing was that it was really cold. This spring has been really cold. The workers at the site said that they still haven’t been able to wash the streets because the temperature drops below zero at night and the water they spray would freeze in the morning and make the streets slippery. The end of the week was warmer and I hope that it gets better now.
What is your children’s favorite attraction for a visit?
Have a lovely week!
I feel like the universe is giving me a pep talk this week. 🙂
I ordered something from a web store. As a gift they sent me this notebook. Another important reminder.
You are enough.
Have a nice day!
This notebook is designed by LuKLabel (no affiliate link, just a cool webshop)
This week I heard about this challenge from Cee’s photography. It sounded like a lots of fun so I decided to take part.
When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?
I always use pen. I haven’t used pencil after graduating from the uni. But to be honest most often I use colorful stabilos and black finepens. 🙂
Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?
Singer! As a child I sang in a choir. I loved it but I was not very good. In a certain age I had to stop going there since they didn’t accept poor singing anymore. 😀
If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?
I’m horrible at debating. When debating you have to think fast and I’m not good at that. But in a debate that seems very black and white I’m good at pointing the other colors.
What are you a “natural” at doing?
Organizing and arranging. And being with kids.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful that we finally found a way to ease the baby’s stomach problems, that we got some rest, met lovely new people and found strength to do some fun holiday activities with the older boy.
I’m looking forward to having better weather, organizing a birthday party for the boy and having a nice party.
Thank you for this nice challenge!
You know the quote “everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” I have been thinking about it a lot for the past days.
Last week I was tired. Very tired. I hardly left the house for many days. I was happy about the Easter holidays and getting the husband home for a couple of days.
It was weird since the crying of our baby boy (that story here) had stopped many days before and our evenings were calmer than in a long time. It felt a little like the calmer evenings welcomed the tiredness. I was exhausted.
Anyway on the Easter Sunday I went for a walk by myself. In the shopping center all stores were open (weird!) but this time I went there only to get some homeopatic medicine. When I was leaving the store the salesperson said “hang in there, soon it will get easier”. I nearly burst into tears. I really needed to hear that. I wanted to give her a hug. How nice of her!
Then I went to try a new restaurant nearby. They were having a Sunday brunch but since I was alone I asked for just a cup of coffee. “This one is on the house” said the waiter as he brought the coffee to me. He really made me smile. Thank you for being so nice to me! That was probably the first time ever I’ve got something for free here in Finland. People just don’t do it.
Those two persons really changed my whole mood. They were kind in a moment when I really needed it even if they didn’t know it and they didn’t have to. I’m grateful for them. I have to remember being kind myself even more in the future.
After that I noticed that the sun was shining, the babies didn’t cry but babbled and we left for a nice family gathering.
I’ve been smiling ever since.
Have a lovely week!
First weeks our baby boy was as happy a baby as one can be. I was even a little worried because he slept a lot and seemed almost phlegmatic. We kept saying that he is a very laid back and easy going boy.
After a few weeks he started to stay up in the evening for a couple of hours and we were happy since it usually meant the he would then sleep almost full night. He would eat a lot during the evening which we thought was good since it would then help him sleep a longer period.
Sometimes he would eat so much that he would cry because of stomach problems but after carrying him around the situation would get better and he would end up falling asleep happily without any problems.
Quite soon we were carrying him around all evening trying to help the stomach problems with good success on some evenings and not so much on the others. Often when the baby boy was crying the baby girl would do the same only out of empathy. She didn’t seem to have stomach problems of her own and she would fall asleep immediately after the boy calmed down. With two crying babies we tried to put the first born son to bed. This was nearly impossible mission in such noise and the older boy would be cranky since he didn’t get the attention during the bed time he deserved. Every one in the house suffered from this heart breaking crying.
After a very bad evening the baby boy sometimes slept for 24 hours only waking up to eat. That’s when the others could rest a little too.
Eventually we got to a point were the crying started every evening at 6 and ended around 9:30. It was heart breaking and frustrating not being able to help the baby. I felt also like a horrible mom not being able create a calm environment for the older boy to fall asleep in. The crying started regardless of our eating or not eating before it and also if we were not at home. And absolutely nothing helped with it. We tried everything we could think of or find from the Internet.
We read that baby colic starts always before the age of three weeks. If it’s true this was not colic though the other symptoms would indicate so.
During the day the babies were happy and I kept thinking that I had imagined the whole thing. That it really was not as bad as I thought it was. That I just had a wrong attitude and I was being negative and finding and creating problems when we really didn’t have them. I blamed myself for the situation.
It didn’t seem to get better and after a couple of weeks I contacted a refloxologist who came for a visit. The baby was in a very good mood smiling and babbling for her when she treated him and again I was thinking that she must think that I asked her over for nothing.
After the visit the crying stopped. We still have to hold him all evening but that calms him. It’s such a good feeling to be able to help him. I felt really helpless a while back. Maybe we’ll do a couple of treatments more to really normalize this situation but I’m already happy with this positive turn. Our evenings are quiet again.
I will update the story later when we know if this was a permanent solution.
Please share your story and tips.
Have a beautiful day!