In my country food is something to feed your belly with and that’s all! I would skip my breakfast in trade of longer sleep, eat fast lunch on the way or eat before the bed because I would be starving… I would eat at any time, whatever and however is available at the moment not to feel hunger
When I was pregnant I read an article about how the child is attached to the mother, and how incredibly important she is for him. When they reach 3 years old then the mother’s significance starts reducing and the father’s increasing. At that time i didn’t care much about it, but now… some weeks ago I remembered it again.
It s almost 1 month now that we changed the 6 into a 7 and I am still thinking how big and powerful was the number “2016” for us.
It has been the longest Christmas that we ever had!… Last week we had family visits in Porto so our Christmas mood started there and all those decorations on the street, it looked like Christmas was coming, almost coming, almost, but still not here 😉
Travel is not a holiday!! In our family we need travel as we need fresh air…
This time we decided to go somewhere that none of us went before… and we thought about Denmark.
It was first time when we were travelling all since Markus got his own seat on the plane. And now it’s much easier to manage space… 3 seats instead of 2, it feels like a castle!
So after 1 week in Denmark we brought some new learnings to be kept for the next times:
If your toddler is potty trained and he doesn’t feel comfortable with “adult’s toilet” then you should bring your potty with you or buy a disposable one. Because I had super nice moment when we left plane and Markus wanted to go to toilet and we didn’t have potty and we didn’t know where to buy in the city that we just landed. So we were tired, with backpacks and it was end of day and we were still running back and forth for a shop where to buy potty, which we just found the day after!
2. RESPECT YOUR TODDLER’S SPEED
Do you like museums? To enjoy typical food at the restaurant? But does your child likes to see ducks in a fountain? Sleep in the middle of the day? Just respect it. The child has his own needs and he is also member of the family, so manage the time with him.
3. DENMARK IS A NICE PLACE FOR CHILDREN!
I never ever before saw playground for children to spend time while parents are shopping for clothing… a playroom in the toys shop is not so surprising but a place for children in the regular clothes shops… yes, it is quite new for me.
And in general you feel that your children is very welcome in Denmark 😉
So hopefully we will be going back to Denmark!!!
One year in London is already gone and you can check our goals in our post from May! But still we have one more “to study” and to grow more as a family in speedy London.
We had pleasant last moth of summer with lots of work for Rodrigo and holidays for Terese from her private classes. But the holidays brought some new job as well because Terese led an art club at Nansen Village. She had a big group of excited children.
The proposal was to enjoy summer and paints and give a try for a new techniques like pointillism, collage and others.
In the end of the month we presented exhibition with quite big success!
Thank you for being part of these nice sessions!
Summer went by really quickly but autumn brings even more speed and rush.
The week of the 24th of July was a very important one for us:
To celebrate we had pasta+feta – never going out of fashion – dinner and talk about our life here in London.
We had hard and really difficult moments and at times we were scared and felt unsafe as a family and as individuals. It wasn’t an easy year but we learnt a lot from it. Specially that we are stronger than we thought. And with each month it’s becoming easier to go through all the challenges, old and new.
So. If you have a child, 2 or more… if you/your partner are planing to study… if everyone says “you won’t make it, it’s London, it’s too expensive”. Then I would tell you: yes, it is definitely hard and sometimes you will want to bang the door and go away but if you really want and if you know why you are doing it, then go for it.
This year brought us more questions about our life in the future and about its incredible impact for Markus development. After 1 year we can state that we are settling down and we just need to move on. Maybe next year will be easier
Today I was looking for a hat… a summer hat for Markus. And since my research takes time I thought to write a post about some of our discoveries, without which we couldn’t survive!!
First. Our Markus is good in “sweaty feet”, “wet sweaty head” and more “desirable” skills :)…
Here in London the weather is not as hot as it was in Portugal, I still remember his wet car seat and how I had to learn some tricks to keep my son fresh and comfortable. One of most important strategies to keep him fresh is to choose the right footwear and clothing. Normally this means as natural as possible: wool, cotton, silk or bamboo fabrics, but not always and it’s proven by ergo baby! We had a carrier made from 100% polyester and we were super happy with it (the father adds: that was very much due to the 3D mesh they use)!
Other things we can’t survive without:
Sterntaler or Pickapooh: both are super cool producers of hats and allrounders. First I found Pickapooh and bought a sun hat that protects from UV and has an excellent sun protection for eyes, face, ears and neck. And it was super duper hat that we used all 6 months in Portugal. After it I got one Sterntaler hat from a friend and I fell in love with it! It also had UV protection and it was from Pure Colour collection so it had a strong basic colour that can save your kid when he gets is lost in shopping – yes, it happened to me, I lost Markus during my shopping and the colour helped my to spot him much faster. And in the winter time I came back to Pickapooh and bought helmet. And even if Portuguese winters are not so cold, still this helmet saved our lives because of the rain. It was made from natural wool so it kept balanced temperature next to Markus head and he was protected from the wind as well.
In terms of quality and design there is no big difference between Sterntaler and Pickapooh products so it depends on what you are looking for, budget and probably which one of them you have closer to your living place.
While we were living in Portugal we were dealing with Markus and his super powers to be sweating and wet all the time. For this there was only one solution – MERINO WOOL. It was the times when we used only two colours because of Green-Rose, it’s a small company in Lithuania and they have weird way of visual communication (colours and even fabrics are different on their page then in reality and they also have different assortment in the shop and online) and I never understood the way how they take pictures of their products in a way that you just can´t see (black skirt in a black background). But still, each time when I go to Lithuania I go straight to the Green-Rose shop to buy wool trousers for Markus (all the time the same colours because they are light and regulates his body temperature and price is affordable! Even now when we live in London and Markus is sweating less he is using trousers at home and pyjama at night that are made from bamboo and cotton. The quality of pyjama is not the best because it ages very fast but it keeps my son warm when he kicks his blanket away and cools him down when he is covering himself too much.
I found super comfortable socks that Markus is using all the time since we are in London. Again is a German company named Hirsch Natur. We have 3 pairs of thin knit socks and 1 pair of medium knit that we use as home shoes. It s completely enough because I don´t need to wash them each day. It s natural wool so during the night socks are resting and next morning they are ready for long walks with Markus! Best thing for sweaty feet and for London weather as well.
When Markus started to walk we needed more then socks but still not a heavy shoes and definitely something fresh because of the Portuguese weather… It took time to find something that made me happy. But I found it Pediped Original… They are super flexible and protecting the feet but are not to heavy! They have super cool sales all over the year and no worries that is USA, they are sending from nearest shop so it’s no extra costs for European customers. Of course later we needed more than one pair especially that our Markus is walking a lot and destroying shoes as his mother, so we are alternating with Clarks shoes and with sandals with wool socks, he loves it. Next thing we will try will be Pediped’s Flex Adventure sandals!
We like to go outside and be not affected by weather, so we bought rain clothes for Markus, but hmmm… It was the last time I saved on Markus outfit because I chose less expensive and I’m a bit disappointed with our Regatta rain suit, because after 1 hour of walk in the rain Markus was wet. My friend said to try Reima products because all her 4 children are growing with them!
I think for know it s all..if one day I will remember something I will add 😉