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Started my weekend with a breakfast date with my ladies! Haven’t seen Jess in ages and she had her baby boy Lucas 2 weeks after I had Freyja. Her 2 year old, Leni, is the cutest!

Later that afternoon cousin Erica came for a visit 😍 Freyja had a really long nap that afternoon and my boobs were bursting so I decided to hand express. It’s hard work, puh! We want her to get used to the bottle as early as possible for when I want to have Emmeli time or when we need a baby sitter. Which we need beginning of April!! She’ll be 4 months so hopefully we have some kind of routine by then haha! I’ll be nervous for Claire and Lea but I know they will handle it beautifully. Me and John are going to a wedding and it’s only between 6-11pm.

On Sunday we visited our family friends. They have a 10 month old, who is such a charmer! I can’t wait till Freyja is that age. Feels like it will never happen, feels like she will always be this age? Maybe because these (almost) 3 months have gone pretty slow..
I’m borrowing their breast pump and I’ve expressed some for future me time!! And yes, expressing is weird..
Later that afternoon we went for a walk towards St Kilda to check out the festival. Waaaaay to many people but it was a beautiful afternoon and it’s always nice with a walk and people watching :)

Today me and little bubba have laid on the couch ALL day and now we’re waiting for John to get home! Xx

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I’ve been fortunate to have John working from home most of this week so we’ve been going out on morning walks before it gets too hot. I love that we live so close to the water. I grew up close to the ocean and can’t see myself living too far away from it. I think I’d feel too closed in, I love the openness of it. Hard to explain haha!

I haven’t felt great mentally this week. I really miss my old life and I think about the future a lot which I shouldn’t! I used to always worry and I got out of that state of mind but now it’s creeping back which I don’t like.. it’s hard ‘living in the now’ when all you do is feeding, humming and rocking a baby to sleep. BUT it will get better, everyone says that, so I’ll have to take their word for it haha!

I love my little family so so much and as much as I want her to grow a little bit faster (😅), it is scary how fast it goes. She’s 10 weeks on Monday and so much has happened - this week she’s started to talk a lot! So many new sounds coming from her and it’s like getting to know her all over again and the noises are so cuuuuute!!

Now I’m going to see if I can find a new show to binge watch on Netflix. Just finished Ozark which was awesome, please feel free to give me some tips on what to watch! Xx

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Our friend Craig came down from Sydney on Friday night and will stay with us till tomorrow. Haven’t seen him in ages so we were so stoked when he said he was coming down! Today we took him for a little lunch date at Leonard’s House of Love in South Yarra.

I just love this place. Good music, vibe and food! Their mushroom burger is to die for.

How cool is this place?? Looks like a someone’s house/mountain cabin. I discovered it when it was too late for me to have a drink or two... or three haha! When I don’t exclusively breastfeed, I’ll definitely take my girlfriends here for a fun night!

Freyja fell asleep in her pram when we walked in. She loves music just as much as her momma 😀

I hope you all had a great weekend - I certainly did! Xx

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Today I finally got to see my girlfriends! Haven’t seen them since my birthday I think and that’s over a month ago! We had a lot of catching up to do and it was so nice just hanging out in the beautiful weather.

We met up at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is such an amazing park by the way. Pre baby, we went to moonlight cinema there (shit movie) but beautiful setting.

The girls got some really nice cuddles from Freyja, she even fell asleep in auntie Claire’s arms. So cute! On our way home she wasn’t that happy though, haha - she got overly tired and screamed her lungs out in the car.. that’s ok though, she’s sleeping in my arms as I’m typing this post. We try not to get her over stimulated and we don’t do much during the week (as in going places) but it’s important to do things and get out of the apartment so I don’t go totally crazy haha!

Yesterday she didn’t settle until right before midnight and today she’s been really cranky so not sure if it’s another development leap (always an excuse for something right?) or if she’s just having a bad day, like we can have, or if she’s overstimulated.. it doesn’t really matter anymore, as long as she’s healthy, we just have to take it day by day.

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John is home from work today so we decided to go for a walk in the beautiful weather. This weeks it’s not as hot as it was last week.. It was close to 40 degrees most days, which is a bit much! People back home can’t understand why I would want to move to Sweden (because of the weather) but I like the cold but yeh, I’ll most likely be sick of it after a couple of years haha!

We went to the bakery around the corner and got something small to eat. I got a spinach roll and a caramel slice. Yum!!

I love this park. We used to always come here and hang out in the sun instead of going to the beach. Haven’t been in a while and it’s really nice doing some ‘normal’ stuff and getting outside!

I wish John worked from home every day! It’s very convenient to have someone get stuff for you when you’re stuck on the couch with a sleeping baby on you haha!

Last night was not a good night. She didn’t settle at all and didn’t want to go to sleep. Not until 1am I think it was (after a while you don’t look at the time and just hoping that she will fall into deep sleep straight away) when she fell asleep and around 5am she woke up for a feed. At least we were up to see the blood moon. Today we’ve had a different day ‘strategy’ so we’ll see if that will get her to bed earlier.

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Our little karate kid is 8 weeks today! It’s insane how much happens during such a short period of time. No wonder they are sleepy, hungry and grumpy - I would be too haha!

She smiles with her whole face now, she recognises us and she has started to ‘talk’ a lot more. Plus her cry has changed - it is so much cuter now. This past week has been a bit up and down. She was very grumpy and demanding beginning of the week - I’m guessing she went through a development leap.. the good thing about those is that you get rewarded afterwards. As soon as she does something cute, everything goes away.

I don’t want to jinx anything but her witching hours has basically gone away. She settles a lot easier both at night time and during day for naps. The nights are what they are. Some are good, some are bad. The other night she slept like a log. Me? Couldn’t sleep. Of course! So typical..
Yesterday evening when I fed her, I looked down on her and I noticed she was looking at me. I started talking to her and she just started smiling and giving me the ‘shy’ look, like I caught her. Then she started talking to me and it was just such an amazing moment.

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Today we got out of the house and met up with our good friend Beau for some breakfast. Felt so good doing something different than hanging out in the apartment and around Elwood, but to also meet a friend. Been a lot of family stuff lately.

Freyja was very chill, she slept most of the time actually so we timed it perfectly haha! I had a jackfruit ‘burger’ which was sooo delicious. I’ve heard of jackfruit before and heard it’s tasty so I wanted to give it a crack. It looks like pulled pork and you’d never guess you ate fruit! I need to be better at taking photos, I would’ve shown you this yummy vegetarian dish. Yum yum!
After breaky we went home and watched Vikings. I miss the seasons with Ragnar! It’s not as good now.. Beau came around for a bit to hang out and now we’re just chilling on the couch. Miss sleepy head is currently snoozing on me 😍

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Everyday life

This week has been very eventful. Tuesday we went to get an ultrasound on Freyja's hips, she did not like that at all. She thought she was getting the boob but instead I put her on the bed and she got into a massive fit haha! Poor thing.. After that, it was time for the weekly parent group meet and we talked about sleep and settling. It feels nice to talk to other moms who goes through the same thing. We haven't had a bad night like the one in my previous post (THANK YOU!) but still have our struggles.. BUT last night was amazing. More about that soon.

She also got her first vaccinations, one orally and two needles. I felt so bad for her, she had just fallen asleep and when she wakes up, she gets stabbed by a stranger haha! She screamed (of course) but settled pretty quickly. She's such a chill little monkey. I was worried about side affects but she was just a little sleepy and cranky, no fever or anything like that.

Thursday it was time for her and mine 6 week check up. She also had a look at the ultrasound of the hips and it looked OK but she wanted another check up in 6 weeks since she is still so small. But everything else was perfect! YAY! Thursday was a bit of a sad day for us. Mormor & morfar (Grandma & Grandpa) left to go back to Sweden so there was a lot of tears.. One folder on my computer right now is flights to Sweden haha. Going in June/July!

So.. Yesterday. OMG. She had a long nap late afternoon and when she woke up, everything was nice and dark, no distractions, I fed her and then John settled her in the baby sling. She fell asleep at 9.15pm and didn't wake up until 1.00am. But that's not it. She could've woken up earlier for me but the biggest thing is that she didn't go through her 'witching hours', no screams or distress which means no reflux!! Fingers crossed tonight will be the same but from experience, no night is ever the same..

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So last night was our first really tough night. Yes, we've been very lucky so far with a sleeping baby during the nights. Last night our luck ran out. She didn't fall asleep until, I think, around 3-4am.. And she usually falls asleep around 10pm, wakes up around 2-3am for a feed and then again at 5-6am. We think she might have 'silent reflux', since you can hear her regurgitate and swallow it, she arches her back when she has eaten and becomes really fidgety (which she always have been during the 'witching hours') but last night she only wanted the nipple and couldn't fall asleep any other way.. The problem is that once we put her down, she woke right back up again after a few minutes. I believe it is the reflux that wakes her up and all she wants again is the nipple... Obviously I don't want her to be on the nipple all the time, for my own sake but also for her since it's causing her the problems. She screamed and screamed but we didn't give up and got her finally to settle swinging her back an forth on my chest.

After this night I'm having really bad anxiety, on the verge of feeling nauseous.. It might be one bad night and she might go back to 'normal' tonight but I have a feeling it will be the same again.

Being a mom is freaking hard and as I said, I've been so lucky! Feel bad talking to my sister about my issues since she went trough hell the first 3 months.. If this is something that is continuing, I really hope it goes away around 3 months but reading online, reflux can go on until the baby turns 1! That freaks me out big time.

I'm so grateful to have my mom here and I really don't want her to go home! Definitely booking tickets to Sweden..

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I have been really lucky in the start of motherhood. My parents have flown down to visit me, Freyja and John. Our 2nd week home I was all alone since John had one last week at work before he went on pat leave/Chrissy holiday. Unfortunately, he went back to work on Tuesday but fortunately, my parents are still here but will go home next Thursday.. They have been such great help with everything and are really bonding with little Freyja. It's going to be so hard when they leave. Not that I can't take care of my little one by myself but I will most likely feel very lonely with having no family around. Well, at least my immediate family. Luckily I have amazing friends who can help and also my awesome sister in law who has an equally awesome 2 year old daughter.

I've been looking for flights back to Sweden so everyone can meet the new addition to our ever growing family. To be honest, newborns aren't that super fun, so it will be better if they meet her when she's 5-6 months. The thought of flying with a baby scares the crap out of me!

Me and John decided a while back that we will eventually move to Sweden. Now when we have a daughter, the move can't come any sooner. I want my mom and my siblings close and Freyja's cousins. But we are not done with Australia yet and the move will happen within the next 4 years. That's the goal!

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