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Before Easter, Easter and after Easter!

Before Easter.
We were busy sorting our things, treasures and objects that we would like to keep but we also enjoy to “release” and make someone else happy as we were when we had those things! We are starting our new journey and allowing that new path to bring new things that we will be collecting… and maybe.. who knows? Maybe after some years we will be giving them also 😉

All what we have to give/sell you can find here. Keep in mind that all money that we will collect from them we will spend on our preparation for London!

Last days Rodrigo was working 24 hours per day and that made him stay in bed for all easter period (don’t worry now he is much better)… so our Easter was small picnic in the Famalicão park with 2+1 Easter’s eggs! But I was lucky enough to have Rodrigo at home so I could give time to myself to my new passion and make 3 new pants for Markus!

Pants patterns I took from Dana made it. You can see on the pictures above how it looks on Markus.

After Easter.
Rodrigo is again on track and adding more stuff for new owners 😉 I am in deep sickness for sewing (here is my new victim from Max California) and Markus is rising his new teeth and messing up with everything in the house!

We still have 10 days to stay in Famalicão and so many things to finish!!! A bit panic but still happy and excited to move on!

Wish us luck, we deserve it!!!

Happy Easter!!! And hard eggs!

Bye, bye, dear BUG!!!

Sunday was the day that we said goodbye to our friend BUG…

We had that car not more then one year and a half but we had some really nice and hard moments with it 😉

We learnt how to pack father’s, mother’s and kid’s stuff, stroller, didgeridoos and other instruments in that small trunk, we could fit all (2 adults + kid + car chair) on back seats and change diapers of Markus! And do it in hot weather and in cold season :)… We could go from front seats to back seats without going out from car! We learnt how to protect Markus from sun!!!

And much more things that wasn’t told because it’s to intimate for internet 😉

Thanks/obrigado/aciu BUG that you was with us all this time!!!

TUESDAY: toys day!

Home made fireworks!!!

Last time I shared about Markus first drawings/writings, today I want to tell you the  secret of how we convince him to wash his nose :)

Winter in Portugal is quite cold period, specially because most houses don’t have central heating. So we heat our home with gas and oil heaters but still our noses are sometimes a bit running because of cold.

This time Markus nose was so stuck that we needed to wash it with physiological saline.  It’s not his favorite activity and I guess that no kids like it!!!

So we did home-made fireworks to convince him to lay and make him happy after procedure.

It’s a very simple toy!
1.You just need tube of kitchen paper or any kind of tube that you can find at home! (We are really lucky that our father collects rolls for his workshops, so we have big collection and can use it when we want ).

2. A bit of toilet paper or any kind of paper that is easy to rip and light enough to fly.

3. Put strips of paper on one side and blow through another side of tube!..

And now you have paper flying everywhere and happy kid!!

Enjoy and see you next time when I will show the book of numbers that I started for Markus!


I would like to share my experience about how we “transport” our Markus.

First. Before Markus was born we received two kinds of carriers. We also received a stroller from a friend of Rodrigo, it was exactly like I wanted: 2in1 that you can use up part like portable baby car seat and after add the wheels and it had another up part for older kid that could be attached to the same wheels! Even the colours was beautiful: strong blue and brown… but I was mom without experience with strollers  :)… it was soooo difficult to manoeuvred it and climb sidewalks…

I will tell you one of my experiences… On a visit to my gynecologist, I went with my husband on the car but because of work he could not stay with me and bring me home. I had the stroller with wheels with me so that after doctor I could go home easily. But not!!!


I finished my consultation with the doctor and went home… it was not so far, about 2km. 2 km of problems like no crosswalks, small or no sidewalks at all, and cobblestone roads... Markus was crying all the time so I couldn’t do it anymore and took him on my arms: on one I had my baby and with the other I was pushing the stroller… hot day, bad road… I was so tired…

I don’t know, maybe because I was not enjoying stroller and Markus was feeling it, but he was also not happy in it…

Markus is helping me in the kitchen
Markus is helping me in the kitchen

So… after my experiences, after some more trying to learn how to use the stroller without any success I decided to look for alternatives.

We had 3 kinds of carriers at home.

First one I tried and didn’t like so we gave it to a friend.

Markus is resting in sling
Markus is resting in sling

With a second carrier that I bought from second-hand shop in Lithuania I was very happy! We was going out even when it was raining: Markus was cosy tied next to me… we were traveling by train, going for trips to Spain and spending our days outside: it was very easy to use this kind of carrier! When I was walking with it, Markus was facing frontwards (it was his favorite position), but you can use it in a side position and backwards.

But when Markus was 3 months old he started to be heavier and the adjustment metal ring started to hurt my shoulders, more precisely my bony shoulders :) so maybe for people who have more “protection” under the skin they can use this kid of carrier without uncomfortable feeling :)

how to use sling in winter time :)
how to use sling in winter time :)

I started to look again for something different and then I remembered that at home I still had one tissue that I never tried because it looked strange :)… it was long tissue. .. I couldn’t understand how to use it but I was so tired of pain on my shoulders that I decided to try. I found videos on YouTube how to use it and after 2 min of practicing I was ready to go out with my kid!

And it was a miracle!!!! I found out that this is one of the best things that we have for our baby! Markus was feeling very comfortable (before I couldn’t get him calm facing backwards) and sometimes that tissue was the  only solution to calm him down and make him go to sleep!!!
I’m advising everyone to try it! Even my husband was complaining that is very difficult to put it but that it was working to calm kid he didn’t have doubts :)

long tissue that looked difficult to use but was one of the best thing ever!
long tissue that looked difficult to use but was one of the best thing ever!

When Markus was 6 months old he started to move a lot and I didn’t feel comfortable any more. I needed something stronger and that I can trust to use on long trips with my growing kid.

After long research (in Portugal carriers are not so popular so it is difficult to find what I wanted in shops) I found this Spanish online shop that sends to Portugal for free and, as we experienced, very fast :). It’s called Mochilas Portabebés.

Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus in the summer  ;)
Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus in the summer ;)

And now we are happy with our Ventus Ergobaby carrier that they suggested to buy! We needed something that would be easy to put and remove, that would be comfortable in the sitting position, had a fresh tissue (our kid has very “nice” skill: he sweats a lot… so freshness is very important for us… special that we live in hot weather country) and finally would give us the possibility to carry Markus till he is 3 year old!

Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus
Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus

So this is our experience that maybe can be useful for someone who is looking for a carrier for their kid.

Some info about why is nice to carry our baby in the carrier can be found in Hipdysplasia, Mamasphere, Wellnessmama and Babycenter.

And new shop in Portugal that I found not so long time ago and they have some nice stuff!!! I realy like Leva-me contigo shop.

TUESDAY: toys day!

Let´s improve our drawing skills :)

There was so many things happening since I post the first article about Markus’s homemade toys that I didn’t have time to write to “toys section” :)…

And there is a lot of posts lined up to be posted!

But today I wanted to share about our first drawing/writing experiences.

I used my old paper that I normally using for my sketches (in Portugal we call it papel de cenário). It is cheap paper that you can buy in groceries that sell papers and other stuff for artists or offices. Also you can easily find that kind of paper in construction materials store because builders use that paper to cover/protect floors or other stuff not to get dirty while they are working with tools that makes dust or painting that can drop. Of course paper from building materials store will be much thicker then that one that you can find on the shops for artists but it is not big deal…

So, when you have paper just grab any kind of tape (I was using double-sided adhesive tape), scissors and find nice wall that gonna be dedicated for artist!

I chose wall on the corridor because here we have more space for big paper sheet and I pick new oil pastel that I bought in the last travel to Porto. It is big and easy to grab with small hands and strong color to be attractive for kids.

And here he goes!

Also, I would like to share some articles that I was enjoying to read about doodles and first drawing and writing exercises.

To whom wants to follow some drawing “rules”  can inspire themselfs in Artfulparent.

Some theories why we should motive our kids to draw: Babycenter Zerothree and Tandfonline.

Basically what they all say is: JUST GIVE THEM MATERIALS AND LET THEM ENJOY AND DISCOVER! And that drawing supports writing development.

Next week I will write about our new discover called “hand fireworks” !!!