England

We’re on our way back home after 10 days in England. We’ve been staying with the in-laws. It’s been very relaxing (except for tantrums and pms) and Aiden’s enjoyed all the new environment, people and play.

Jon & I had a first night away in London on Friday. It was hard leaving, but once we were on our way it felt a lot better and probably also because of the photo updates we kept receiving.

Except the worry that Aiden would be upset that we left him (he wasn’t), the sleeping was my biggest worry and fear. He still doesn’t sleep through except the odd couple of nights since he was born. How surprised was I to hear he’d slept through the night when e were away! Woke up at 6:30.

He did the same last night, so my hope is lit that this might be the turning point. So that at least most nights are good sleeps from now on. Look forward to seeing what getting back into routines after summer and holidays will do.

London was great though! We were both worried we’d struggle to relax and enjoy and that it would be boring. But it wasn’t. We stayed in Notting hill, went for a stroll around soho and ate there. On the Saturday we walked down Portobello and High Street Kensington before heading back.

I also managed to get my hair cut and go for several runs during this holiday. Mostly to get back into a routine, I live in no illusion I’ll get awesome results with the amount of junk I’ve consumed. Is never a waste though.

Anyway, our train ride to Victoria is almost finished. Now we only have the tube to Stratford, bus to Stansted and then flight to Sweden. Uuh…

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Pleased "Plutt"

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Eating a take away Fez Mangal kebab.

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On Ladbroke Grove, we're we used to live when we just got married

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Got some cold pressed juices. Cost a fortune, tasted nasty, did good

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Did good deeds

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Milo & Aiden got along very well

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Date night in London, ate at the Banana Tree in SoHo

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Finally cut my hair off!

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Two beggars

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A week of parental leave end

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With grandpa Lasse

So this week has come to an end and tomorrow it’s back to work. Aiden is still awake as his sleep schedule is a bit all over the place. Due to summer maybe. And us dragging him around everywhere, where it’s waaay too exciting to sleep so his naps aren’t when they should be.

It’s been a good week and I only work two more weeks and then we’re off to the UK. So all is good. I will miss little A tomorrow as I’ve become so used to being with him  24/7.

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One of the days spent on a beach, Aiden inhaling a smoothie.

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Feeling very confident with his sun glasses

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3 generations of Waddell

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Stockholm en route

We’re on route to Stockholm now, and I’ll attempt to blog even though there’s a risk of me being car sick when focusing on anything else than the road ahead.

Don’t know what we’ll get up to in Stockholm yet but we’ll drive to Djurgården and take it from there. There will be some tourist stops.

Yesterday we did some touristing in my hometown. Always a bit strange. But nice as you tend to become a bit blind to the sight seeings around you.

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Aiden & I doing selfies

We finished off with a lovely lunch/dinner at a place in the harbour. So many times when reading out in Nyköping, I’ve been disappointed. But this was very nice & tasty.

The weirdest thing I’ve noticed as well done being back. Lots of places closes down for weeks during the summer. Food places that is. What a luxury in such a small town to be able to close down when is normally the busiest time, I would have thought.

At work we have sushi Fridays. This stopped long ago as the sushi place has been closed for maybe a couple of months over summer (at least). The only lunch place in our industrial area has also closed over summer. It doesn’t directly affect me as I tend to bring food with me to work, I just find it very odd. There’s a very famous, popular pizzeria in town that I know also have summer closures. And besides that, when is open – it’s never open on a Sunday?? Oddest thing ever for a pizza place.

Wonder what food we’ll have today… I’m hungry already.

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Red tomato, red car

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One red tomato on the patio. One red stolen car (from grand parents).

All we did today was go swimming. It might be the last nice day for a while so better make the most of it.

A few weeks ago when on beach on a Sunday I was stressing about other things I also wanted to get done that day. Jon said: “ah its your schedule that’s messed up. If we’re going to the beach then that should be the only thing on your schedule, everything else you get done is a bonus”

He might have point. Why cramp in too much in a day? I’ll try and remember that.

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Trying the blog thing again

Where to start…? Lots have happened since I ended up in this blog death. But attempting to catch up will send me right back, I reckon. So I’ll just start. Somewhere. I’ll start here, today.

I’ve got next week off. Jon’s dad and his GF are visiting this week so we’re busy showing off Sweden.

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Today we took a drive to Trosa

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We stopped to take a swim and realised we'd ran out of diapers and had to improvise

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Keith & Helga and a photo resistant Aiden

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Green juice monster

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New background image

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Got this sent to me at work today and it immediately made it as a background image on my phone. It just makes my heart so happy!
I went back to work yesterday after the cold and taking care of my baby. I’m still full of snot and have a cough tickling about, especially at night. Speaking of that I really need to sleep now as I don’t know what the night will bring. It’s not just the baby waking up (more often now due to blocked nose poor thing), but also because of my own cough and these weird restless nights with nightmares. Woke up the night before last imagining I was choking on a hazelnut from the nut/seed bread I made that night. Next time I woke up to feed Aiden I thought about it and realised it could not have been a hazelnut as I didn’t even taste the bread before going to bed. Wondering if it was instead one of my 3 spiders every person is suppose to swallow in a year. Started thinking that what if I didn’t swallow it properly and it started climbing up my nose and behind my eye. Pondered googling the issue to find out if that would even be possible. But I stopped myself luckily and eventually fell asleep again.

So yeah, better go to sleep now…

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Here's a photo from yesterday when Aiden comes to greet me when I come home from work. Just makes me so superhappy.

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Sick house fun

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We have a family cold. The whole works, all of us. Snotty noses, coughs, sore muscles, fever, and so on. I’m sick of it now and it’s only the second day. I get depressed walking around in PJs all day, feeling like a huge infection, infecting everything I touch…

Good things about a cold though:

- Lots of cuddles from a tired baby & him falling asleep in my arms
- Not smelling the poo diaper smells
- Did my UK tax return – since I was already bored right.

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This video that Jon captured is just so cute. He so can walk but it’s all about building confidence. Having a clear goal and a plan seems to work. He seems to be extra confident around this area, but he’s also walked across the kitchen. But he definitely prefers hand holding, or holding on to a finger rather. He comes and grabs one when he wants to go explore. Sweet boy.

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Snack

I just cycled to the store to get some snacks in pure desperation, just to realise the store was closed. Of course it is, is Swedish midsummer. A pagan holiday more holy than Christmas. So I threw together some roasted chickpeas. A lot healthier than any of the options I had in mind on the way to the store. But today I don’t want healthy. I want comfort. My snack-need is insane and there can only be one explanation… That time of the month.. . Would also explain all the tears for weird reasons. Would also explain all the sad feelings for huge reasons, disappointment and just ‘upsetness’ for the sake of all the children being treated badly in the world as I write this silly blog post and wait for my pms snack to be ready.

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10 months.

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Ate this lovely, warm salad with roast potatoes & paprika chickpeas (Recipe from here: http://ahouseinthehills.com/2014/04/10/roasted-potato-and-paprika-chickpea-salad/)

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Aiden is 10 months today. He’s so funny & sweet. We had a nice day together as a family today. We’re so tired now though.

I’ve kept up the training and have sore, tired muscles. I’ve forgotten how it felt. It feels great!

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I need to start working out!

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“I need to start working out!” – it’s been spinning around in my mind for ages. I had a go when recovering from giving birth with some really boring mummy exercises, but I just didn’t keep it up.

I’ve been meaning to start doing HIIT workouts as I don’t, as many others, have a lot of time and I have great experience with it. And I also want to pick up running. Anyway, nothing happens, I can’t find the time or energy to start. But today I just did it, and I’m glad I did. Hopefully it’s the beginning of a good new routine. You can always hope… I did this one.

Another one who’s been working away all day practising is Aiden. When grandma Elaine was here she was practising his clapping skills, but he just refuses to give it a try even. Today I clapped my hands and he did it! Only once though and I’m the only witness. We tried and we tried, but he’s just not interested to repeat it at the moment. Another thing he’s been doing a lot lately is letting go when standing or moving from holding the couch to table and back. But today he let go and took a couple of steps before grabbing the table. And he took a few steps towards me today as well. So maybe, maybe he’ll be walking soon. He does seem interested now and letting go on his own initiative. That will be a big milestone indeed!

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