Checking the outside

Problem with Sweden in the winter is that its so damn dark. And rainy. No sun in december so far. So its hard to come up with things to do now that we cant be inside anywhere. But yesterday it wasnt raining (yeah) and we decided to go to the playground in search of fun and other kids.

Plus, kids are sooo cute in their overalls. Tiny michelin men. Lukas has inherited his from Filippas kids. Pink all the way!

We went to the playground behind our house. No kids. We both feel bad for lukas who barely gets to see anyone. Sometimes i feel like he’s getting a little stunted in his development because of it. He knows how to act around grown ups (well, his parents) but not other kids. Thank god for pre school soon.

Since he stands up against everything now its time for shoes. Such a big boy. Teeth and shoes and soon ill be sending him off into the world.

But, i want that for him. I can tell he just wants to explore and meet people and grow. Hes still all about cuddles and love though so hell always be my little boy.

Its interesting hes so careful and scared. Apparently George was the same. Ive always been careful but not particularly scared and George was the opposite. Enter our emotional, sweet, funny, careful and scaredy little angel.

Loving the playground though.

Cant wait for either snow or for it to get a bit warmer again and we can be out playing all the time. And they do that a lot at pre school of course. You see the littlies out and about at Gardet all the time. My heart!

This weekend we will brave the city for some last minute shopping that needs to be done and hopefully find somewhere nice outside for us to play. And then countryhouse!!

Hello

So yeah, good timing to start writing here again when there is literally nothing going on. Except for the end of the world. Read that its the warmest year in sweden as far back as theyve tracked. Pandemic and climate change. Sorry Lukas for giving you this world of chaos.

But in better news, loving work. So far its great even if working from home is weird. At the same time, working in PJs anyone?

And in a week its christmas. Hell to the yeah. We need some away time.

But for my swedish readers. Below is something to make you laugh.

The frustration in those messages 🙂

Lukas is in a period of not sleeping at the moment. As in up between 12-3.30 am having a party. Ive said it before but he is our karma baby.

The days become somewhat tired instead. Not easy when the sun (whatever little daylight there is) sets at 3pm. Its a lot of witching hour to handle for all of us.

So yeah, Christmas. Cant wait.

These corona days

George said the other day that corona would have been easier without Lukas. I say yes and no. In a way not being stuck at home with a baby all the time. But at the same time, he makes it more fun being stuck at home. Playing with him, and taking care of him, makes the time go faster. Plus just more FUN. Hes such an awesome little human that started playing and making jokes and generally being hilarious.

When he is not whining his ass off that is.

And yes, to everyone wondering. This place will for sure be all about baby and homelife and that shizzle becuase there is NOTHING else at the moment. And since im no baking house wife all youll see is various parts of os chilling on the sofa.

Hands up 2020, you really played us one.

So yeah, life is a lot of this. On the sofa playing making these dark, corona days go by.

Yep. Especially now that i started working its even more just home time. My promise to myself is at least  one walk a day. We are not allowed to go into the office so im assuming this will be life for at least another 6 months.

Its just weird starting working from home without meeting team or colleagues but hey, better than not having a job. Plus so far the company seems awesome. We have a virtual christmas party on Thursday.

Seeing Filippa tonight. We’ll go for a walk and eat somewhere with no people. Need to be careful before going down to the country house for Christmas.

Ha, so Lukas is not a fan of baths. So now its all about showers with mama to get him clean. Whatever works with this little one. Hes not 100% convinced about this one either but at least not screaming his little heart out.

Im back

So, im back working. After almost a year off. And what a year. 2020, i mean come on… You have properly thrown us around a merry go round. You guys all know that we’ve had a baby, moved country, moved house, found new jobs (in George case a couple of times) all while managing this pandemic.

And you know what. We did it. Not without our bad days (sometimes weeks) and moments of ‘you know what, im giving up’ but here we are. Settled in Sweden with our almost 1 year old both with good jobs, a beautiful flat and some new life skills under the belt.

2020, you didnt manage to get us down.

On sunday it was both third of advent and Lucia. I lit the candles for away from grabby little hands and enjoyed the calm (ish). A little sad that i couldnt take Lukas to an actual Lucia concert but we watched it online instead.

Little man loved the musiv but wasnt the biggets fan of the glitter. Sorry, but there will be many more of those where mum tries to dress you up and you hating it.

‘Mum, really??’

But, hes my bestest little sidekick for life really. He accepts the glitter and sit with rapt attention watching the singing.

Since hes a hater of baths he now gets to shower with mama. Win. Hair is getting long so that gives ample opportunity for some epic hairstyles.

After a nice morning we left the house to grey. I had forgotten how absolutely depressing it gets in Sweden sometimes. It doesnt help that the pandemic make everyone hide away inside.

We went to visit Andreas at Hallwylska. This is the last time we do something before Christmas to make sure we are as safe as possible before seeing the family. So we enjoyed the shit out of it. Has December daquiris. Was not sad.

And then we went to Lukas favourite place. Mcdonals. He LOVES those french fries with a passion.

And yeah, since im now spending my days in front of a computer again expect to see me here 🙂

A little getaway

I’m tired. I’ve think I’ve hit my limit. Moving house, doing 3-5 interviews a week without an answer and pretty much full time lukas when George is working more or less every night a week between bartending and basket is apparently my limit.

Katta said I don’t seem very happy at the moment and I’m too tired to be happy. Or stressed. Not sure which one. But she is right. Most of my energy goes to being. And the extra I have is for lukas and trying to sell myself in all those interviews.

I just want to an answer. To close that door. Focus on being with my baby and doing fun stuff together. And seeing my partner from time to time. That would be nice too.

We did have the best day at Ellery on Monday though. George got a last minute staff discount and we went there for some quality time. So badly needed for both of us.

It’s gorgeous out there and we got spoilt by the staff.

Something about water and hugs and family that makes everything better.

A little scared but mostly loving family time.

We needed this. All three of us.

And as I said, gorgeous out there.

Then we just hung out with all of George’s colleagues.

Lukas, loving people just as much as his dad.

After a beautiful day with amazing food and drinks and people it was time for bed. George stayed behind and lukas and me headed up to the room to get our beauty sleep.

Heh, not sure that worked for this little man.

Such a needed little get away and gave us all oodles of energy.

Plus yesterday was the first night of Bookclub babes the Stockholm chapter and we got together to discuss Ocean Voungs poetic book ‘on earth we are briefly gorgeous’.

Love having clever women around me discussing literature. Plus the restaurant Nabo had Astrid lindgren reading stories to you in the bathroom which is kind of my dream.

Food, friends and books. My favourite things. So yeah, I might be tired but my life is also filled up with energy from everywhere around me.

And the hunt goes on

Feeling on top of the world today. I’ve had some good interviews and talks over the last week and it was sorely needed after all the no’s and postponing and not getting any answers.

It’s definitely weird COVID times. 10 times the applicants for roles and most companies being hesitant in employing. I’ve been doing the rounds for 4 months now and it’s tiring.

Met with Bonniers CEO today for a casual chat however. It was lovely. She’s all kinds of awesome. Power boss lady but also super nice and taking the time for a proper chat about work and life.

She’s putting me in contact with some people and hopefully something can come out of it. I would love to work my digital costumer magic on my dream company. But otherwise I’m actually in some great talks.

Sending me home with a stack of books is the way to my heart.

Lukas getting a job as well helping papa virtually bartend. Acting it. Everyone has to work in this family.

Work at being cute that is…

Last but not least, hello there bookshelf.

Flat on point.

Happy birthday Sanna

We went to Sanna’s birthday dinner last night. Seriously, it was so nice to get out of the house. We’ve both been on each others nerves for the last couple of days and Lukas whiny streak has not helped.

Screaming baby plus frustration equals a fantastic mood.

I’m just fed up with the work situation and George is fed up with 2020 in general. Not being able to see his parents or friends in UK is getting to us both.

But he is out tonight and I’m out on Saturday. Just need to wing two interviews tomorrow morning when George is working. Walk and talk maybe. Lukas is more likely to stay calm that way.

Mini man all ready to be Sanna’s date yesterday.

They both clearly loved it.

Awesome evening though. Drinks and Sanna and Peter’s and then dinner at Knut. Yummy!!

My table dates went easy on the wine…

Mini man fell asleep and then snoozed his way through dinner. Hero.

We went home around 21.30 and put him to bed. He slept ok so he gets to stay for another couple of days, no need to send him away.

Rest of the weeks is 3 more interviews. Keep up the good work Cissi!

Hey there

Life eh. For me it’s all about Lukas. And our new flat. And job hunting. So well, nothing much new but at the same time all new.

We love the flat. It’s our dream place. Lukas room is my little baby room dream complete with fairy lights and gold stars. And it’s something about being able to do exactly what we want here. Maybe install a jacuzzi in the living room just because we can 🤗.

Hello there Lukas lil room. Not that he is actually sleeping there, he’s still in our room but cute when he is ready.

And play time with papa on our big bed. 180. Big enough for babies AND dogs the day we are ready for that.

George waiting for quests in our kitchen. Life is best with guests in George’s book . Laura and Seb came over for dinner with the kids. So nice to see them.

Baby play time. Lukas got a whole bag of toys from mini and stella. Lucky boyo.

Our beautiful boy is growing. 9 months and a bit now. It’s all about clapping his hands and SCREAMING when he doesn’t get what he wants.

One is definitely cuter than the other…

Overall life is pretty damn good. But, the struggle is real when it comes to finding a job. I can’t really relax before that is done so right now I’m still on 3-4 interviews a week (don’t ask, most of the jobs I’m interviewing for seems to be need a lot of discussing internally what to do)

So we walk and talk and enjoy autumn in all it’s colourful glory and enjoy our time together me and my little family.

Zoo life

Skansen yesterday. That was ace. I’m not going to lie, I’m seriously struggling filling my days with anything but lukas. He’s the best but it’s a butt load of holding, playing, food making and just sitting around.

So a day of Skansen is like a much needed break from my flat. Or my baby infested life. Especially now that it’s just quiet from the potential jobs. I start fearing this is my life forever now. I would suck as a housewife.

Dressed and ready for success in his lil shoes, new autumn jacket and hat. Such a little boy.

Lukas was scared of the fish and kept holding on so tight and barely looking.

But he loved hanging with his favourite Elin. And looking at the seals.

Seal hunters.

Plus Pappa is always the best. Especially when he makes monkey noises.

It was a tired little guy after all that animal drama. The low of the fishes and the high of the piglets.

And today we are back on the sofa. I mean, if course we leave the house for a walk but a long walk is like 2h. That’s another 22 to spend making up games and entertaining. So yeah, anyone want to employ me holler!

Winds of change

Only 3 weeks until moving flat. Can’t wait!! Living in our OWN place for the first time ever. Being able to do what we want with the flat. Have an attic space. I mean, come on. Dream.

I’m planning the last bits before moving. All the boring bits. But also the fun bits. Buying sofa and bed and table and all the grown up things. Plus finally planning a room for lukas. A little boy room. He’s barely a baby any longer.

This little guy can’t wait to move into his own room.

Crawling around everywhere he needs his own space. Plus if I ever get a fucking job I need to be able to put him somewhere when I have meetings.

Big things ahead. New flat, hopefully a new job, new country. But the same amazing human being by my side.

George wanted to spoil me a bit and sent me for a skin consultation and treated me to these amazing products.

Feel very loved and spoiled and lucky. Life isn’t always easy but it’s pretty damn good. With my little family, my new flat and all my friends moving back to Sweden is the best thing we could do.

I mean, got to hang out with my sister on a random Tuesday. That’s life quality deluxe.