New Year Things

It’s only a few more hours until the New Year begins, and since Theo is taking a good nap (yay!) I wanted to blog.

I kind of knew all along I’d fall a bit off the blogging bandwagon when Theo was born.  It was part blogging-identity-crisis (what am I now? Expat blogger?  Baby blogger?  Knitting blogger?!) and part not-ever-having-time syndrome.  It was also part traveling-all-over-the-place.  But 2014 is coming up, and with it, I actually have some resolutions for once.

I’m usually not big on resolutions, but New Year’s is coming at a time when I was hoping to make some changes anyways, so I thought I’d do the resolution thing this year, and maybe all the Resolutiony spirit that comes with the holiday will help me out!

I want to blog more.  I know.  Everyone says this.  ALL the time.  But I do, and I think I can make it happen.  That is, if some of my other resolutions work out…

I want Theo to sleep.  I guess that’s not exactly a resolution, but I am super set on helping him figure out this sleeping thing.  He slept great for about…four days, the days in between coming back from the US and going to Andreas’s parents’ place.  Since then, he seems to think his bedtime is 1 am, and that is not okay, seeing as I am SO ready for bed by 11 (if not 10)…

I want to get OUT.  Since our life has kind of been topsy-turvy as of late (Andreas being on parental leave, and all of the travelling), the start of the new year, plus Andreas going back to work is going to set us back into everyday life.  My goal is to get out 2-3 days of the week, and I’m hoping that if I start it right away, it’ll just become habit, and normal life instead of the stressful, nerve-wracking process it sometimes seems to be with a baby.  This kind of leads me to my next “resolution” which is:

I want to know my sister-in-law better.  Andreas has a sister that lives here in Copenhagen.  She has a daughter (who turns one TODAY!  Happy birthday to my little niece!) and a son on the way, due in March.  She’s sweet and considerate, smart and funny, aaaaaaaand kind of intimidating 😉  Not because of anything she does, but mostly just because of how I feel, and I want to get rid of that barrier.  I also want to be able to help more, because yes, I do have a baby, and I am having a bit of a hard time with him, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help others.

Unfortunately, those last two were kind of snagged this week.  We were supposed to go to my niece’s birthday party today.  I was excited!  I had her present all ready, and was going to make a little cake to bring, but I got really sick on Sunday night, and we couldn’t make it.  I’m excited to see them when we next get the chance, though.

For the most part, my goal is to settle more into Denmark, and lead a less-lonely life (and hopefully, hopefully get some more sleep so that I can actually function like a real human being).  Our original vague plan was for me to either go to school or find a job by August 2014, and put Theo in daycare.  When I realized that Theo is more than four months old already, which means I’m already 1/3 of the way done with being able to spend all my time with him, I sort of had a middle-of-the-night freak-out, and honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do it, but I’ll see what happens, see how we all feel, and kind of go with the flow…

As much as I feel like I need a break sometimes….I don’t know how I could leave this little guy with someone else for most of the day…

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Merry Christmas! (Glædelig Jul!)

Hey everyone!

We’re spending Christmas with Andreas’s family.  The good thing is that it’s been wonderful catching up, and seeing Theo with this side of the family, too!  The bad thing is that after a week of AWESOME sleep back at our apartment in Copenhagen, he’s up to his strange sleeping antics while we’re visiting.  We’re hoping it’s just because we’re staying somewhere else, because boy would I love it if we went back to normal when we go back home.  Anyway, we’re having a lot of fun, and just about to have Christmas dinner, so I’ll leave you with a few photos of our little nisse and promise to update more when we get settled at home, and have our everyday life back!

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry! You’d better not pout, I’m telling you why…

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Home Again, Home Again

We’re back home in Denmark.

The trip to the US was amazing.  I loved seeing as much of my family as I could, many of my friends, and the families that I used to nanny for, which was so, so fun (and surreal, seeing those little babies as two and a half year old big brothers!).  It was wonderful, staying with my parents for a long enough period that they really got to see Theo grow and develop.  He rolled over for the first time, and started to grab things (and promptly stuff them into his mouth…or open his mouth and rub them on his forehead, as his aim still needed work).  I got to eat lots of my favorite American foods (and gained some pounds back, unfortunately).  We did lots of shopping, and came home with a whole extra suitcase of goodies!

The trip back was definitely not as amazing.  We had a weather delay, a screaming baby while we were stuck in our seats for an hour and a half before take-off, a bad headache, airplane-food-poisoning, a missed connection, six-hour layover, and a wild windstorm in Copenhagen when we landed, which almost trapped us in our plane, and finally a ridiculous taxi-ride home which had me praying over and over as we sped through the rainy, windy streets of our city.

However, after we got the suitcases in the door, things have been looking up.  Theo’s amazing and hasn’t had a problem with jet lag–basically at all!  We did some minor sleep-training (I like to think of it as sleep-helping) which has done wonders for our quality of life.  While we were in the US, he fought sleep like it was his job.  We would wrap him up (so he wouldn’t get his hands in his face and wake himself up), and carry and bounce him around while he fought us every step of the way.  When he finally almost succumbed, we’d drape a burp cloth over his face to shut out any stimulation, and gingerly lay him down, hoping he wouldn’t wake back up and we’d have to repeat the whole process.

After two days of sleep-helping, we lay him down awake in his bed, give him his pacifier, tuck him in his cozy duvet, and give him his ducky, and way more times than not, he’ll just go right to sleep all on his own.  Of course, I wonder if he was ready for this sooner, and we could’ve maybe done this while still in the US, but I just put it out of my mind because…we didn’t, and maybe he wasn’t ready anyway.  But this is seriously, a vast improvement–to just lay him down for a nap instead of making a big process out of it…it’s wonderful!  He’s also started to go to bed around 7-8 in the evening, which is great because it means more time for Andreas and I to be together, which I’ve missed so much since Theo’s been born.

So, all-in-all, everything is going great!  We’re headed to Andreas’s parents’ for Christmastime, and I’m excited for Theo to spend time with this part of his family, too (and excited to see them, myself!).

Here’s some photo-highlights of our time in the US, and Theo from 2-almost four months!

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