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Johannes has always been a real dream baby. He’s hardly ever cried, and he almost always lets be get a decent night’s sleep. In many ways he’s been quite easy-going and appreciative of whatever we get up to.
Until recently. Since around the time he turned six months I’ve started giving him baby food. In order to give him as fresh food as possible, I want most of it to be homemade. This has meant that for the last couple of months, our kitchen has been turned into a proper baby food factory. My ambition is that his food should be healthy, all-organic and preferably locally produced. And most of the produce really is organic, and it’s certainly locally produced. I pick apples, pears and plums from the autumn trees in our neighbor’s garden and I go to a farmer’s market almost daily to buy seasonal vegetables.
One thing I hadn’t counted on was Johannes’ delicate palate. As it turns out, he’s got a very decided taste and he refuses to eat something he doesn’t fancy. It’s so much pressure that I feel like I’m a contestant in some sort of baby food edition of Masterchef.
Here’s me on one of the city squares the other day. The Swedish climate doesn’t allow wearing this coat too often, but when I actually get the chance to put it on, it really makes me feel like a bright spot among the greyness!
I cannot help but write a few words on Johannes christening ceremony. We had it about a month ago, mostly for the sake of tradition, but also it was a great opportunity for our friends and family to gather for the only reason to celebrate Johannes.
Traditionally in Sweden, christening of a baby takes place in a church and the baby is wearing a long white gown. The one Johannes wore has been in Hannes’ family for quite a few generations and is more than a hundred years old!
Overall, Johannes was extremely happy during the entire ceremony and laughed all the time. I don’t sure what he found so funny, maybe the pipe organ playing?
The festive dinner took place in Hannes’ dad’s garden, and the familiar environment there was perfect for Johannes. He could sleep whenever he felt like it, outdoors in the garden or in his bed inside the house and afterwards wake up at home feeling secure.
Of course, he received a lot of presents, and the most impressive amongst them was definitely the French Vilac car which Johannes got from his godfather! Its retro appeal and the beautifully nostalgic design almost make me wish for one too!
Also, Johannes got around 30 new outfits for the coming months.
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of this gift, and it even made me consider starting a Baby Outfit Of The Day section on the blog!
Today my little baby prince is turning 8 months! I don’t even want to get started on how happy I am with how the things are going, and the way he’s growing and learning. Right now I couldn’t wish for anything better.
But still, the feeling is bittersweet. Where did the time go? He is now closer to turning one year than to being a newborn! And also, when does he stop being a baby and becomes a toddler? Not too soon, I hope. Just like in that Abba song, I’m trying to catch every minute, but it feels like it’s slipping through my fingers.
On a different note, right now I’m in the middle of writing a post to summarize my September and the end of August (I’m so busy living my life at the moment!..). It should be out tomorrow.
Recently, my grandma (by the way, we’re namesakes) came to visit in order to meet Johannes and spend some time with him. He liked her right away, which isn’t very usual for him. But then again, my grandma has a good hand with children and a lot of experience, of course.
Hannes took this photo of us together. There are four generations in it (and three mothers), how cool is that!
For those of you who were worried, rest assured that everything is fine. Actually, much more than fine. I am enjoying motherhood immensely, and I’m probably happier now than I’ve ever been. Johannes is almost seven months now, and he is still a perfectly healthy and really happy boy.
Of course, motherhood does take up a lot of time. As I’m sure you understand, this is the reason why I haven’t written anything here for such a long time.
I’ll explain what my life is like these days in more detail in an upcoming post.
I was genuinely nervous about checking the site’s visitor-counter. However, it turns out that there are still as many daily readers as ever (interestingly, the post about dating in Sweden attracts new readers to the site daily!), which made me so glad and made me feel really excited about starting running Swedish Love Affair properly again.
Which I will. There might not be several posts a day, but I will really try to share something each and every day. Also, check out my Instagram account @SwedishLoveAffair. Even if you’re not an Instagram user, you can still see all my photos by following this link.
Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for your patience and for staying with me!