Holiday spirit

Christmas is here in just 12 days! What, less than two weeks?! Where did the time go? And I still haven’t bought (or decided on…) a single Christmas present.

However, this is the first Christmas when Hannes and I have decorated our apartment for the holidays. We’ve even put up a Christmas tree with ornaments on it and everything.

Becoming a parent means that you get to experience a lot of things for the first time. This Christmas is not only Johannes’ first, it’s also our first Christmas with Johannes!

So far, he loves it! All the lights, the ornaments, the tree, the snow! Several times a day we take a “guided tour” of the apartment and look at every single detail of the decorations. What a blessing to be this new and fascinated!



Poodle grooming

The most spectacular thing about Titus is his enormous fur. It’s very thick, yet fine and light. It looks and feels amazing, giving him a very fashionable appearance. When he moves, the fur floats around him like some sort of smoke halo. People literally stop and stare on the street! Some take photos of Titus.

The thing with the fur is that it needs brushing and combing, preferably on a daily basis. My mum loves doing it, and Titus loves to be combed by her. The whole process can take up to an hour! Some day I will show you all his brushes and combs.

When it comes to me, however, I’m spoiled by years with just Greger. No brushing needed there, obviously (both Greger and I are very happy about it!).
Unfortunately for me and Titus, my mum has spent the last couple of weeks on the Canary Islands, so I was the one in charge for all the dog grooming. And that’s when things went awry. I think I may have skipped a couple of days of combing the fur, and now it’s all tangles and mats! I’m afraid we may have to shave him now. Just when Titus was about to enter another dog show (which he has a good chance of winning! He is a very fine dog like that.)!

Titus and Greger, poodle and greyhound

Titus and Greger, poodle and greyhound

Greger laughs when he hears all this.


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!


Baby I love your way

Since Johannes came into my life, many songs have taken new meaning for me. I mean, ‘baby’ has to be one of the most commonly used words in pop! Two favorites of mine are Baby I love your way by Big Mountain and Tell me baby by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Maybe I’m obsessed these days, but it seems to me that every other song on the radio has the word ‘baby’ in it at least once.

This is Johannes today, nine and a half months old. Standing there casually, just like that. He’s wearing a pair of organic shoes from Kavat (Kavat is probably the best Swedish shoe brand for kids) and a cashmere one-piece I bought in Paris when I was expecting him.


Quilted jacket

Here you can see us today. Can’t wait till Johannes grows up, so I can teach him how to take photos (of me, of course!).

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Chanterelles with pepper steak

It’s been a while since I cooked anything advanced. These days the rule is the faster food the better, but it doesn’t mean we’re compromising on the taste! For instance, today I did some simple pepper beef steak with sea salt and fresh thyme (2 minutes on each side for medium rare). However, the chanterelle sauce that accompanied the meat really took this dish to the next level!

I’m so happy the chanterelle season isn’t over yet! Of course, this year we’re enjoying store-bought chanterelles instead of going to the woods and picking them ourselves like we used to, but still.

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The night when Johannes came or sewing DIY babynest

Johannes, 10 days old, sleeping in his babynest

Baby Johannes, 10 days old, sleeping in his babynest

Johannes was born in the early morning hours of February 7th. The night preceding this historical happening I was busy sewing. Of course, at the moment I didn’t know he was on his way, so I didn’t mind staying up all night. All I wanted was to finish the sewing project I had started earlier that day.

I was making a babynest. Babynest is a product originated in Sweden and is to be used when the child sleeps with the parents in their bed. Babynest makes a cozy sleeping place for the baby and protects him at night.

The Swedish original: Babynest

At the time I didn’t know if a babynest something we really were going to need (you never know these things before getting the actual baby), so I didn’t want to spend money on the original babynest, and that’s why I decided to make one myself. I used organic linen and cotton mix fabric for this.

DIY babynest, pulled together swedish love affair

DIY babynest, pulled together

I’m a hobby sewer, so this project took me all night to complete! Also, I’ve improved it by making it rectangular in the “head part” to leave more space for arms. I also added strings, so you can pull it together while the baby is still very small and gradually loosen it when the baby grows bigger.

Baby Johannes, 4 months old, playing in his babynest swedish love affair

Baby Johannes, 4 months old, playing in his babynest

In hindsight, this babynest is probably the greatest baby-related item we have! Johannes still sleeps in our bed a lot (and it’s the best thing ever!) and his babynest really gives him a sense of security. Also, it protects him from me rolling over him at night, although the risk of that occurring is zero, since I always sleep with one eye open now that I have him.

And yes, that special night, by the time I was done sewing (around 6 o’clock in the morning) I was falling off my feet from how tired I was. Imagine my surprise when, as my head was about to touch the pillow, I realized that Johannes was about to come out. “Is this really happening?!..” And then two hours later he was here!