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.

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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!

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Equestrian look

This season I do a lot of flirting with the equestrian look. Overall, equestrian look is extremely popular in Sweden among women of all ages and its practicality suits my style of living perfectly at the moment. Being a young mother means I have to do a lot of things on the go, and there’s not much room for planning ahead, so I need something easily variated and not too trendy. Another thing I like about the equestrian look is that you never have to (or should, for that matter) wear it full on. Just a couple of right details is enough!

And when it comes to adding accessories to this look, a greyhound feels like the second best choice after a horse!

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New family member

A gray Medium Poodle in what I think is Scandinavian clip

A gray Medium Poodle in what I think is Scandinavian clip

Today I have some happy news to share with you! Yet again, we have a new addition to our family. Please meet our new family member, this adorable gray poodle!
This is probably the cutest poodle I’ve ever seen! We haven’t decided on a name for him yet, but here are the ones we’re considering: Titus, Raphael, Balder, Tiger and Jupiter. My first choice is Titus and my second is Jupiter, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what suits him best.

This is a highly intelligent dog, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know him. And of course, I hope that he and Greger are going to get along well, too!

Hope you all had a great weekend (ours has been pretty slow, as both Johannes and I have managed to catch a cold!..), and I will keep you updated!

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Boom boom shake the room

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.

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