I can not imagine it is already more than 6 months ago that I have written my last post... Time just flies. I forgot my password and I almost did not know any more how to write a post. I also see lots of new features on Typepad. I am currently doubting what to do. Shall I still continue this blog or shall just take it offline. A difficult decision, so I will postpone it. Let's try if I am able to post again in the near future...So, maybe I am back again very soon!
I am thousand times sorry for not even posting a single post during last couple of months... Due to hectic months with our 2 little boys I just could not find the energy and inspiration... And once you are out of it, it seems a big hurdle to get started again... In this past period a lot of changes have happened. Wout is no longer a tiny baby (8 months old today) and Jort is a happy big boy who is enjoying 'Kindergarten'. The biggest change however is that I started working this week... Not to say that I was not working before, but now I have to dress up, put on make up and drive to the office... It takes time to get used to it but sofar it feels good! I have no idea if I have time to continue this blog... I hope so because I feel motivated again and would like to keep in touch at least once a week. We will see if I manage...
Luckily we most probably found out the reason for Wout's excessive crying: he is allergic to cow's milk. Since 1,5 weeks he gets special formula and he is much better now, although sleeping is still an issue. He hardly sleeps during the day and at night he still wakes a few times... Anyhow the survival days are over, it is more manageable now, especially because my parents have been here for 2 weeks and my mom will stay another week!
These funny wooden letters are from Tariri, an Italian company. You will find here more information
Life is not that easy at the moment with Wout crying a lot and sleeping too little and a almost 3 year old at home who also needs his share of attention... I am happy that I could borrow a 'carrying blanket' from a friend which gives me 2 hands to do stuff! Wout is 7,5 weeks now and I really hope that better times will come soon. Although we are having a hard time at the moment, it is great to have 2 healthy boys, especially later on when they can play together!
Just a short note on the clothes: The blue vest was a present from my mom and is of one of my favorite Dutch brands Jottum. The grey outfit which really suits him ( I never expected that grey could look so good on babies) is from another Dutch brand Imps&Elfs and was given by Bart's sister Marieke. The white and blue outfit is from old-time favorite Petit Bateau which quality and fit remain outstanding.
I try to to post whenever I have a free minute which unfortunately did not happen in the past weeks...I hope you will keep on coming!
When you have a baby, you realize that many baby clothes are not practical, too wide or too small and sizes do not reflect actual dimensions, not to speak about the size differences between brands... I think there is still lots to improve in this area. I was very happy with the Limo B sleeping bag which I received from my parents. I like the color options, although I must admit that many of these colors do not look good on babies. My baby boy looks best in dark blue, grey and light blue. Limo B is from a Dutch lady living in Spain who has 2 shops in Barcelona: LimoBebe and LimoKids.
Probably most of you guessed already that something happened... Yes, Jort has a brother. His name is Wout Lucas Florian and he was born 2 weeks ago on Dec 8th. We are doing very well and Jort is very sweet with baby brother.
I have ordered these birth announcement cards at 4cards. I am very happy with the result and the service by Muriel is great. She makes her own designs and uses the work of some other Dutch designers. Our card is from the Jojojanneke series, like the mural decoration about which I wrote before.
When Lesley from Weetravel sent me an email, I immediately had a look at her website. She runs a baby equipment rental company in Canada. A great concept for everyone who does not want to buy all gear.
She also has a blog where you'll find great traveling products. Like this umbrella which you stick to your stroller or the Travelmate so your car seat can be wheeled around...
I am very happy with my recent purchase: a great mural decoration which is a pouch as well. It is made by Jojojanneke. I have asked her to make this based on some pictures that I sent from the room. Now I am just waiting for my dad (who will come with my mom at the end of next week) to fix it to the wall. Dad, this is not the only project... take along your drill!
And we have bought the one and only Billy. Ikea is now selling a red version as well. I do not want to mention the hassle it was to take it home...
A friend told me about Knex construction toys and she told me her 4 -year-old son likes it a lot, although it requires completely different building skills then for example Lego. Maybe it is more for boys than for girls although they have many girl themes as well. Knex from Pennsylvania presents themselves as the most innovative and fastest growing construction toy company. Their sets start at the age of 3 but they also have complicated sets for 9 and older. Knex is sold in over 30 countries. Let me know if you have experience with this product, I would love to hear more about it!
My son is currently into puzzles, and therefore I came across Mudpuppy and found a great selection of not only puzzles but also flash cards and other educational games. They have all kinds of themes, some of them licensed from famous authors like Richard Scarry and Eric Carle. Mudpuppy is part of Galison, originally known for its paper products made for museums. Customers from the US and Canada can order online. All others should send an email.
Sorry for my absence; some readers already wondered if the baby was born... no signs sofar! Being a bit less mobile, I am fully to online shopping; for the baby room, Christmas presents, lamps for our house. Almost everyday UPS or DHL is delivering something and I am afraid to look at my bank account...
Yesterday I bought some of these storage baskets by Handed By. They have them all kinds of colors and sizes and I like the fact that they have a cover. Handed By is sold in many countries, just have a look at the selling points.
This week is flying by and I do not manage to post daily. With about 4 weeks to go until nr. 2 arrives (and keeping in mind that our son was born 4 weeks early!) I am getting a bit nervous and I am in the shopping mood. Today I did grocery shopping for at least a month and I just have been looking for the perfect Christmas presents for my family. I have decided to buy everything online and found some very nice German webshops which sell beautiful items...
Nevertheless, I want to take the time now to thank Sarah Jane. She was so happy that I wrote about her Etsy shop that she offered me a print. I have chosen this one with the dancing elephants, which will get a nice spot in the new baby room. Thank you so much, Sarah Jane!!!
A friend whose son will be starting school on a short notice, told me about 'Goed Gemerkt' (or 'Neatly Named' in English). They offer all kinds of labels for clothes, lunch boxes, sport gear etc. It is very easy to create your own label and select color, icon, letter type and of course text. A good idea for every one who is afraid of losing your child's belongings (and who is not?). Goed gemerkt ships around the world.
As my German language skills progress, I come across more German sites. I found these Kettler plug-in figures ('steckfiguren') and fell in love with them. The packaging, the cuteness of the characters and the way it is presented on the website makes it irresistible. I have no idea if children like to play with it. However, I saw that they sell around the world, so I guess it is popular. If you have time to read about the history of Kellner; it is very interesting as it all began in 1919!
A friend attended me on a great children store in Frankfurt: Die kleine Fabrik. Although I have not yet been there, I found these shoes on their website. I have never seen Cocomma from Denmark but I find their collection very appealing, both for boys and girls. Cocomma is sold in many European countries, in Japan and USA.
Today I came across Hipkid from Belgium. They sell beautiful decoration items, bibs, blankets and more. There is not much I can tell you about this company. Just browse their site and get inspired by their products. Unfortunately the site is only in Dutch and the only way to get Hipkid products is to order online.
I now have to do my German homework, tomorrow I have my German classes...and I hope to do the exam in 4 weeks from now (around my due date!)