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NEXT STOP: existential issues or How you would explain to a 3 year old child about death, growth, birth, planet earth and etc?

It’s midsummer and we are checking our achievements:

Challenge London: completed with success – for all of us it was a big provocation, and each of us took great responsibility and risk to fulfil their part.
Challenge Baby Number 2: as it was with London – difficult beginning of pregnancy, second part came with much calmer moods and the big pleasure to be in the presence of new life coming to this crazy world.
Challenge 3: Toddler Upbringing: hmmm – I think we can’t call it an achievement because it is an ongoing process, a never ending story :)
HERE we stop for a minute…
We had “sleep/eat/poop” period, “I want to stand up but I can’t” period, “not eating” period, etc. And each time I was thinking “that is hardest period in my whole life!!”
No, it s not. And still ain’t now… because with each year of life with Markus we learn more and more, and things becomes more complex and more tricky and involve more conversations and more things to discuss..
It’s much easier to sleep only 2 hours per day or wash nappies like crazy (oh yes, at that moment it does look like I CAN NOT DO IT ANYMORE) but when it comes “Mom, when I will die? Could you show me the date on calendar?”, then all the world stops and I feel like my tears are concentrating and getting ready to run down!
YES! I can change nappies, as much as you need!!  But it’s really difficult to listen and not to cry when I listen “You are getting old, so you will die. When you will die I will lay next to you”.
So, now we do have an existential period where we discover how people are born birth, from spermatozoid to fertilised egg, from cell until the moment the baby is pushed out into the world (YOUTUBE videos are really helpful stuff :-) ). How we grow, how our body changes and get more hairy and for what is used testicles. How we die and where the body disappears to, here comes “I don’t want you to die mum!” stuff and etc.
So after the training about human body I can easily answer to “Why don’t we fall of from the earth if it s round?” :-) I can speak and speak about it and change nappies :) but please no more questions about When I will die !!

TIME TO SPEAK ABOUT…FOOD

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 :)

But one day I moved to a country where food is at the centre of the day… where culture of the food is vital.
It took me 6 months… what am I saying?! I am still struggling with accepting it and losing patience when I need to spend 5-7 hours on the table,,,
But it was in Portugal where I started my food journey and now when I have fussy eater toddler and being a fussy pregnant forces me to search, question and care about food.
So we said hello to flexitarianism and I think we will stick to in for some time or even for the rest of our life as family :)
p.s. yes, some people would say that flexitarianism is like vegetarianism just cheating but I don’t agree because all vegetarians that I know use medicine and vaccines that are based on trials with animal or even have part of animals. So let’s be fair and admit that even meat eater can be an environmentalist :)
To be honest I don’t care about gorillas in south america or dogs in asian counties but I concern about my son’s life in future and environment that will be around him. So if I care about him then automatically I care about chickens and dogs and whales and politics and all that mess that’s around us…
Oops… let’s go back to food :) my dear responsible consumers!
From now on our family will ban SUGAR and PALM OIL.
Why? make your own research! :) I did mine and after family meeting we agreed that from now on we will try to learn more about stevia and make more home-made biscuits!
Have a nice tea time!

3 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS

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 is true!!!
On January Markus turned 3 years old and guess what? Last weeks I noticed how he is creating a distance between me and him. It’s not bad! It feels so natural for him to go and look for other experiences instead of time with the mother. And I love to see how the father’s role is increasing and the friendships he is creating with his mates from school.
So, the mother’s monarchy is finishing and I’m so happy that I could spend time with him and respect his natural progressions like when he was ready to said no for breastfeeding, and to find a school on the right time.
And now I think its time to start to think about myself and my development as an artist or to start thinking about increasing the number of members of our family!!!
I am so exited to write this post because I know that now a new chapter is starting for me and for Markus as an individual!

2017! 2017…

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.

Each time when I write about new years I go to read my posts from the previous year.
Were we challenged enough during last year? YES
Did we work it out as best as we could? YES
Would I change anything? No!
It was a hard year but I think we learned good lessons from it as couple and family. And we had beautiful moments and projects.
Now, we are facing a challenge that has been in our heads for some time. What comes next? Where are we going after the course? Do we stay in London?
So it seems that the number 7 will bring us new life, new experiences. Let’s see where we will meet number 8!
Until then we would like to share some moments from 2016!

 

Christmas!!! merry Christmas!!

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 😉

Anyway we would love to share some ginger cookies and christmas
tree lights with you all!
And also our typical Christmas postcard/video that you can see here!

Boas Festas! Gerų švenčių!

 

Autumn – best time for museums!

Children and museums! Is it a good match or just lost time and tantrums?

I think it depends on some circumstances… like age, expectations and you time management ways.
For example our family contains ages from 2 to 35 so we try to find museums in which each of us can find something interesting. And be aware that it’s very possible that we will need an extra trip to see all the museum or even to make more 3 visits until all of us are happy that we have seen everything we wanted :)
Managing when is the right time to go to the museum – when there is less people, between naps, etc. Managing when is the right time to go out! You must count that some energy must be left for the travel because you won”t want to stay overnight in the museum! So it is important to leave the space when the youngest family member still has energy to reach home without being on the limit of a “meltdown”.
First thing what we do when we enter the space it s to find a map (sometimes we check it on internet before leaving home) and decide what exactly we want to see, what are our priorities and what can be left “to see later”. Then we try to stick to that and that makes our visit much more smooth and relax.
In this way even a 2 years old toddler can enjoy Tate Moden, Narional History Museum, V&A Museum, British Library, British Museum and much more.

HOW WE WERE HUNTING FOR POTTY IN DENMARK!

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:

1. POTTY

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!!!

APPROACHING AUTUMN

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.

 

Let us sneak into Markus cloakroom or a GIANT POST

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:

HATS.

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.

Ahh.. I almost forgot that we had one of Engel hat too. It was when we moved to London and I found out that is super warm and comfortable hat! So I recommend it also!

OUTFITS

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.

Ruskovilla – is other brand that I’m happy to share. My english is just to poor to express how we were lucky to try bodysuit of this brand. I just cannot dream about anything better. Must have!!!

SOCKS

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.

SHOES

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!

RAIN CLOTHES

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 😉

 

EASTER AND EGGS!

Recipe for a romantic family Easter.

You will need:

  • 1 Husband or something similar,
  • Kid or kids (depends if you like more bitter or more acid taste),
  • Place to stay.

For decoration:
Food, drinks, light, time… basically things that you have around you.

Process:
Wake up and enjoy your romantic family easter.