Life and blog update: March… was the month we got back home after our short exile due to our bathroom renovation. Now we have a pretty bathroom and an empty bank account 🙂 I’ve finally made our travel plans too. The idea was to visit Krakow but I was reluctant to book the flight and the hotel because of several reasons. I didn’t like the idea of a long drive to the airport plus the flight times meant that we’d be away from our son for 5 full days which just seemed too long for the first time. I’ve been away for work several times already, usually for 2-4 days and my husband’s been away too and our toddler was fine but this would be his first time without both of us for a few days. So, that’s why despite my big wish to visit Krakow I decided to abandon that idea (for now) and try to find a better solution.
Et voilà, I came across extremely cheap flights for Berlin from a nearer airport. I was very happy with our change of travel plans because we’d still be going somewhere alone but for a shorter time which is really more convenient in a given situation. So, we’re leaving our boy with the grandparents and we’re off to Berlin this weekend for that last adventure before the second baby arrives. Last time I had a very relaxing babymoon but this time it’s going to be a short city break 🙂
Children’s Carnival Parade in Rijeka, Croatia
Life and blog update February 2019..And just like that another month has passed by. We spent most of the month at my husband’s parents because we had our bathroom completely renovated. It reminds me of a contemporary hotel bathroom now because we’ve put in a walk-in shower 🙂
Since we could leave our boy at the grandparent’s we had a pizza date night for Valentine’s Day, met up with some friends twice and we went to the cinema one weekend too.
Lucca in Italy, I’ll blog about it eventually
Life and blog update January 2019..Yes, It’s already 2019! I was in Tuscany for New Year’s but I probably won’t blog about it because that was a work trip and because there are already several Tuscany blog posts here on my blog (you can check posts about Florence here and here and about Pisa here if you want). If I look back at January actually nothing much has happened except from…. well, you’ll find all about it later on;)
My husband went on his skiing trip with his mates to Austria and my
baby boy toddler and I had wild parties! Just kidding! My boy has grown so much recently. Probably, because he’s eating all the time! He seems to have an appetite of a wolf or a bear but he’s running everywhere all the time so he definitely spends all those calories. He likes playing with his Lego duplo toys too. Recently, my boy spent the night at his grandparent’s. And he was fine!
Belvedere Castle in Vienna; I was in Vienna on a work trip
Life and blog update December 2018: As usually on December 1 I opened my chocolate advent calendar. This year I got an expensive one from Lindt 🙂 Last year we celebrated first Christmas with our baby boy V. and took him to the Christmas markets for the first time. It was also quite easy to just put him under the Christmas tree and take Christmas photos. However, this year it was quite another thing to try to take photos of my baby boy wearing his elf costume..
Of course, we participated in several Christmas events in December. We went to the Christmas markets in Rijeka and to Trsat castle. The Christmas lights were really spectacular this year. My husband and I attended the New Year’s Concert at the National Theater. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a number of years and I finally ticked it off my bucket list this year!
November. A year ago my son was born. And this November we celebrated his first birthday! And our first birthday of being the parents:) It was a low-key family celebration and most importantly our baby V. enjoyed himself very much. We attended another baby’s birthday this month and that was a lot of fun too. Also, we met for the first time a baby girl of my husband’s friend. So, it was a month of babies:)
As usually, there were a number of gaming nights (board games!) and outings with friends. I even managed to go to the cinema and saw the Fantastic Beasts 2. Loved it! For the first time in months my husband and I went on a date without the baby. There’s a new Irish pub in town and we love going there.
I don’t know about you but this year I’ve already done a part of my Christmas shopping. I’ve decided to treat myself with a Hallmark Christmas movies watching shirt (seriously!) and with a Quaintly & Co Christmas British Box which has already arrived and I still haven’t opened it (#notsponsored). So, you see Santa, I am good! Of course, I also purchased an Advent chocolate calendar. This year I got a really big luxurious Lindt chocolates advent calendar.
October was a busy month. I slowly got used to going to work again after being at home during the pregnancy and during the maternity leave. I’ve also had another work trip to Italy which made me both anxious and happy. Since we couldn’t really go to Germany for Oktoberfest we found the next best thing and had a very delicious Oktoberfest meal at the newly opened German gastro pub in our area. What else? We’ve finally done professional photo shooting with our baby boy V. He was a bit afraid of the big flashing camera and held onto his toy dog as if his life depended on it. Poor thing! He was very serious too throughout the whole photo session and only managed to relax and smile for the camera in a few photos. Still, the photos are really beautiful and a great memory. Baby V. will be 1 year old in a couple of days. I can’t believe it!!!! He’s walking on his own at home for some time already. 🙂 We’ve also bought his first proper shoes. Very cute and very expensive! He’s also been to the dentist’s for the first time. He’s got six teeth. He didn’t cry at all. He’s such a brave boy. He’s never cried in new and unfamiliar situations or with strangers. I’m planning to write a new baby update post but I don’t know when I’ll actually write it.
What else happened in October? Well, my husband went to Germany for Spiel 18′ (International Game Fair) in Essen to pitch his new board game (it’s actually a card game). He’s a huge board games fan and we’ve got a massive board games collection at home. He’s invented a few games and finally decided to try and sell one of his games to the publishers.
Veliki Tabor Castle in Croatia
September. For me the real beginning of a year is the start of a school year, not the festive celebrations of January 1. And as usually, this September was yet again another new beginning for me. I’ve joined yoga classes. Painful is the word I’d use to describe everything I do during a yoga class but that’s because I’ve got a rubbish back. Unfortunately, no matter how cute babies are, it’s not easy to lift and carry a baby all the time. My boy is big and restless so holding him is like trying to close a can of wriggly worms. And no, I can’t relax and meditate at the end of my yoga class because all I can think when my yoga instructor says feel the love is pain. But that’s okay. I know yoga does me good.
I’ve started to work after maternity leave too (actually 2 moths earlier, you can take one year off here). It’s just two days in a week but it’s more than enough for me right now. I have no idea how other mothers work every day and take care of their children and cook and blog and do million other things. I guess I’ll learn. I’ve recently been to Italy because of my other job. That was the first time that I’ve been away from my baby boy. He survived. He had a lot of fun with his dad and his grandparents. He didn’t seem to have missed me at all. On the other hand, I worried too much and I didn’t sleep through the night as I’d hoped. I can’t believe my boy will be 1-year-old soon. He’s already taken a few steps on his own. He’ll be walking quite soon.