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I have moved!

Now this is what I call a proper break from the blog! Hello again, dear readers!
I have missed you.

A lot of things have happened since we spoke last. The biggest one is that we have moved to a different city. Hannes got a new job, which gave us a choice of a few large cities to move to (Stockholm and Copenhagen among them), so exciting! We almost moved to Stockholm, but however, at the last minute we decided for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, and is also the place where both Hannes and I grew up. Who would have thought! This means our families  and most of our friends are always near, so we can hang out and Johannes gets to know them well.
We have only lived here a month or so, and so far I’m happy. I will tell you more in detail about our new place and other points-of-interest soon!

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Long weekend in Sweden

Last Friday Sweden celebrated it’s National Day. It’s a national holiday, so most people had a three-day weekend! Luckily the weather was absolutely beautiful, so everyone headed outdoors. And so did we. Today (and I mean all day!) was spent at the botanical garden, which is situated about 5 minutes from where we live.
We started by feeding ducklings. Johannes loves to feed animals, but then again who doesn’t?

Johannes decided to wear his sailor outfit.

I wore my new ballet flats.

Of course, we had several coffee breaks during the day. There’s a great café at the botanical garden!

We made sure to spend some time rolling around in the grass.

Of course, Hannes and Greger were there too.

While Johannes was napping the rest of us had lunch.

It’s hard to take a good picture together with a one year old, because of how fast he moves all over the place! And for the same reason it’s almost impossible to take a picture without him in it.

Johannes made friends with a three-year-old named Anna. He called her Na. They picked daisies together.

And then there was this butterfly that kept landing on me all day. I hope that’s for luck.

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Baby-friendly

We have recently come home from Copenhagen (again!). I’m planning another one of those People of Copenhagen posts soon.

Meanwhile, I can tell you that Sweden must be the most baby-friendly country in the world! Here you can be comfortable with a baby, a baby stroller baby food almost wherever you come (I mean, restaurants, museums, shops and other public places). It’s a bliss! Danmark is close, but just not as baby-friendly. Still, I love it.

Johannes says hi!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Easter!

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Belated birthday post

Hello! Many of you remembered my birthday last week – thank you all for your kind birthday messages and wishes! The day (it was a Friday) was partly spent at my favorite cafe eating cake. There were a lot of hyacinths and presents.
And then I went out for a day in the sun testing my new Speedlight flash, which was one of the best birthday presents I could ever imagine!

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Swedish Love Affair on Instagram lately

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With Greger and Titus (before he's had his hair done)

I’m going to share some of my recent Instagram shots for those of you who are not following me there (swedishloveaffair)!

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Me on the Christmas break in Gothenburg

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A couple of days ago in snowy weather. Wearing a cap knitted by my mother, of course!

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Reading one of Johannes' favorite books about the Moomins

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Yesterday at the children's library

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First snow

Yesterday our part of Sweden was hit by a huge storm. We stayed in all day and when we woke up the morning after everything was white and peaceful. First snow for this winter, beautiful.

First snow for Johannes, too. Of course, it was really cold and snowy when he was born in February, but he couldn’t really see any of it at all. This time around he’s really excited and happily tries to eat some snow whenever he gets the chance.

By the way, he’s turning 10 months today! He crawls really fast, talks a lot, laughs at the dogs, claps his hands when he hears music and says “da!” to everything!

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Christening ceremony for baby in Sweden

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?

Anyway, in the end Hannes played the piano and sang a song (“Stand by me” by Oasis), and we all went home for the informal part of the celebration (we were about 35 people altogether).

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!

I bet Johannes is going to be crazy about it when he’s old enough to ride it!

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!

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