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Starting an expat life

This month marks my 7th anniversary as an expat in the Netherlands. Ten years ago, I’d never have thought I’d move abroad for such a long time. And if I imagined it, it would certainly not have been Holland, a country I never even visited before I met a certain Dutch guy..
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Flying alone with two kids

It’s been quiet on the blog the last month, as we were off to Switzerland for two weeks and enjoyed the hot summer days in Amsterdam. We spent our time outside as much as possible and exhausted at the end of the day. Now the last week of my maternity leave has started. Trying not to plan too much, getting a few last things off my to do list and enjoying all the precious moments around the kids before working life starts again. And of course catching up with the blogging a bit! Starting with this blog post about flying with both kids on my own for the first time…
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Family vacation in Otterlo (NL)

A couple of weeks ago, we did something we’ve rarely done so far: we spent a (mini) vacation in our home country. After doing some research and looking for options that weren’t too far away from Amsterdam, we chose Otterlo as the destination for our very first family of four vacation. It was the perfect try-out for future holidays in our new family set up. There`s definitely room for improvement regarding our packing strategies, but as for everything else, I think it went really smoothly. For anyone looking for a nice and simple but active holiday with kids in Holland`s nature, here`s more about what we did during our trip to Otterlo..
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Breastfeeding struggles

When I was pregnant for the first time, I was actually surprised when someone asked if I was planning to breastfeed. Somehow, it Β had never crossed my mind that this was a decision you could make. I just assumed that breastfeeding is what every mother does and so it would be what I’d be doing, too. Maybe that has something to do with my mother always telling me how I used to run to her boobs when I was already three years oldπŸ˜‰. Only when I started to read more about the subject I discovered what a heatedly discussed topic the choice for breastfeeding versus the alternative of using formula was…

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Three months as the mom of two children

I am not even going to start with the clichΓ© that time flies and babies get big too fast. It just does, and all parents know the feeling I guess. You look foward to the next step of your little one and you get sad at how quickly they grow at the same time. Stella is three months old now, meaning I`ve been the mom of two for the quarter of a year. Time to gather some toughts on motherhood with two children…
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Hypnobirthing – the aftermath

In an earlier post that I published at the end of my pregnancy, I told about my experiences with hypnobirthing class and what I hoped to achieve with it. Of course, it was not just for fun that I practiced it.. The goal was a smooth labour. Did it help? Was there a difference between labour with hypnobirthing techniques and without them? Today I’ll share my personal conclusions…

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Water fun in Amsterdam

We’ve had so many hot days in May so far, often felt like we’re in the middle of summer. Summer for me means spending time at a lake, river, the sea.. Living in Amsterdam, the lake and the river were the things I missed the most about Zurich during summers. The canals are beautiful to look at, but what’s the use if you can’t go for a swim on hot summer days?

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My nursing wardrobe

If there’s something that felt like a disadvantage of breastfeeding, it’s always having to consider it when getting dressed to leave the house. With the pregnant belly gone, I was a bit bumped that I couldn’t wear all the clothes I had missed for so many months. But by now, I have a choice of pieces that make it easier to nurse discretely in public. While I wear whatever fits at home, I feel most comfortable going out knowing it won’t be a hassle to nurse with what I’m wearing.
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Our Kingsday in Amsterdam

Being Β a Swiss expat in Holland, I never thought I could fall in love with a Dutch holiday: Kingsday. April 27 is the day that the whole nation celebrates the king’s Birthday. Or rather: makes use of the excuse to dress up in orange and make sure to have a blast. My favourite part of Kingsday in Amsterdam is the ‘Vrijmarkt’: people sell their old stuff on the streets and in parks. We’ve always loved flea markets and looking for vintage treasures. But since Henrik was born, it’s also a day to hunt for toys, books and clothes.

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The (second) first smile

One thing I sometimes worried about when I was pregnant for the second time, was that this child wouldn’t get as much love and attention as our first one. I know many moms foresee that for their second baby and I was no different. And even though I was reassured many times that you’ll love the second one just as much, I just couldn’t imagine anything coming close to what I feel for Henrik..

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