Being 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.
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..
I am all about having a super well behaved child that I can take to any cafe, peacefully sipping his hot chocolate and impressing my friends by not interrupting our conversations every couple of minutes. I mean, you shouldn’t have your choice for a cafe depend on our child, right?
In preparation of our second baby’s arrival, I purchased quite a list of things I knew we’d need to make our lives as parents of a newborn easier during the very first phase. But even with a second baby, you often find out which are the handiest things to have and discover new ones as you go. So here’s a list of items I didn’t have the first time but that I have found to be especially helpful these last couple of weeks…
Amongst all the things I did during my first pregnancy, my babymoon is one of my dearest memories. I can’t stress enough how much I’d advise any mom-to be to plan one. If you have an issue-free pregnancy and feel fit to travel, this is the time to plan your – at least for a while – last baby-free trip. There’s lots of babymoon options of course: spend a long weekend or a romantic holiday as a couple, plan a trip with your girlfriends, attend a retreat by yourself.. Whatever you choose to do, it basically comes down to spending quality time with yourself, the people close to you, and having lots of time to do whatever you please whenever you please before your newborn baby will turn your world upside down.
Two weeks have passed since I became a mother of two. With this second baby, people refer to me as an ‘experienced mother’. Although I certainly can make use of some experiences gained the first time around, I have often felt like a newbie again. Here’s some newly learned lessons from the last weeks..
So today was my due date, but I cannot share a pregnancy update – I didn’t make it to 40 weeks. I am not pregnant anymore and officially the mother of two (!) children. My midwife was right after all and I didn’t make it to my beauty day on Tuesday. Our baby girl Stella decided it was time to get to know each other last Sunday, and I can’t believe it’s already been a week. Even though I had expected to be pregnant at least for a few more days, I was also more than ready. The last days often felt as I was carrying a bowling ball (and moving accordingly) and I started to get grumpy. Read More
Since I like being prepared and that definitely goes for giving birth, I looked into hypnobirthing during this second pregnancy. Being 39 weeks pregnant now, I cannot tell my actual experience with the hypnobirthing techniques during labour just yet. But as I often got questions about what hypnobirthing was when I told people I’d take a class, I want to share some facts about it here and what my experiences have been so far.
What a pregnancy week this 39th and hopefully second last has been.. Having a little chickenpox patient to care for meant I canceled basically all points on the agenda. No swimming, no pregnancy massage, no playdates. Not that I can complain, Henrik is hardly ever ill and if he is he hardly behaves like it. So I felt extra sorry seing him like that. And I am glad that he got sick now and I was able to give him all the time and attention he needed. Also, the weather was so crappy this week that we didn’t have to feel sorry at all for hardly leaving the house.
When you’re traveling with a baby, it’s suddenly not so much about you own luggage anymore. The focus changes to what you need for the baby during the journey and your stay. During our trips with Henrik when he was a baby, we discovered some items that made traveling with him a lot easier. We actually still use most of them now that he’s a toddler. Here’s a top list of travel items I found specially handy: