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It’s Thursday and I’m having my first cup of coffee this week whilst Maya is asleep. A little Valentine’s Day treat for myself Here in Finland the 14th of February is actually called “Friendship Day” and is a day when you give your friends cards or small gifts or just wish them a happy friendship day. So Happy Friendship Day to all my lovely friends out there!

There’s been some sunshine and it’s been warmer, which means the snow is melting and you can park your car again. I’m probably the only one, but I just hope there will be more snow still as I’m not done with winter yet! I want to go skiing much more, and sledging and skating too.

Anyway, I came here to share a recipe for making your own laundry detergent. The one I’ve used I got from this blog – but since it’s in Finnish I’ll translate it for you. It is so simple and only takes around 15 minutes!

What you need (makes 1,5 litres):

  • 1,5 litres of water
  • 50 grams of Marseille soap
  • 1,5 tbsp baking soda
  • 3-4 drops essential oil if you want to add a scent

Method:

  1. Grate the soap.
  2. Boil 1 litre of water and add the grated soap. Stir with a wooden spoon until the soap melts.
  3. Add the baking soda and stir.
  4. Add the rest of the water, stir and turn hob off.
  5. Add the essential oil if you’re using one.
  6. Pour the mixture into a bucket and leave overnight.
  7. In the morning the mixture will probably have settled. Stir with a spoon or by hand.
  8. Pour the liquid into a bottle. I used an old 1,5 litre laundry detergent bottle.
  9. Remember to shake the bottle before using it. You need the same amount of your DIY liquid as you would of a normal liquid detergent when washing clothes.

I have to admit I was a bit skeptic as to wether it would work, but after the first wash I was convinced. I even think it makes the whites a bit whiter, which might be the baking soda? And now after 10 washes or so I’m still happy and will definitely keep making my own detergent from now on.

It is so much better for the planet and my wallet that I don’t see any reason to why I wouldn’t. Plus Lana and Maya have a bit of eczema/dry skin – so I have actually been using the most sensitive, no fragrance stuff already. I’ve sometimes bought the eco detergents too, but they’re just so ridiculously expensive. A batch like this cost me around 1,25€ – slightly cheaper than what you buy in the shop!

Let me know if you try this!

x Nina x

PS. You can buy the Marseille soap from health food stores, I got mine from Ruohonjuuri if anyone’s wondering.

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Nina Äikäs by Nina Äikäs - 2w ago

Hello from a pretty damn snowy Helsinki! If you follow me on instagram you’ll know how happy I’ve been over the wintry winter we’re having here in Finland. After 7 years in the UK I am just appreciating it so much. I feel like I kid!

I’ve been over the moon with being able to go skiing, sledging, skating and just running in the snow – but today I have to admit I got a little bit annoyed. It’s been snowing non stop for three days now, and even though I admire the snowplow people for their efficiency they’re no miracle workers. But still buses, trams and the metro are somehow running, people are getting to work and kids to school/nursery. Life goes on as normal.

So going out with a buggy was a pretty good workout today. I was dragging, pulling, pushing and lifting – and going to the yarn shop, the supermarket and the post office took me twice as long as it normally does. But it was quite interesting too (God, I sound like a tourist that has never experienced snow before) as I saw cars being stuck in the snow, people trying to dig out their cars, I witnessed an accident where one car drove into another one, I saw kids snowboarding, parents pulling their kids in sledges, runners, people skating – just what a winter should be like if you ask me!

I also went running last night in the snow blizzard and I felt like a tough mudder. Running in snow is way harder I can tell you! And so good for the balance. I felt like I was using the same small muscles in my feet and legs that I do when I go trail running. I’m planning on doing several 20K trail running competitions next year so I’m glad I can practise in the snow!

Lana is loving the snow and will climb every big pile of snow on the way home from nursery. She also refuses to leave the park as she’s having so much fun playing in (and eating) the snow with her friends. So our nursery run which should take 20 minutes will take around an hour. She loved skating too and actually managed to skate a bit on her own the first time we took her. So proud! I think Matthew is enjoying the snow too, how it makes the winter so much brighter, how he can just pull Lana to nursery in a sledge and all the winter sports – apart from cross country skiing. He didn’t like that. But I guess all this snow is quite exotic for someone coming from the UK!

Anyway, enough about snow haha! I will probably regret writing this, but Maya is finally sleeping a bit better. I completely stopped breastfeeding her at night a few weeks ago, and since then things have clearly been better. There have been nights where she’s only woken up once and nights where she’s woken up maybe 5 times – so we’re somewhere in between most nights. Feels like nothing compared to getting up every hour! There’s also a completely different vibe in our home now; a lot less snapping, stupid arguments and just general tiredness. It’s funny to, in hindsight, see how much not sleeping well affects the dynamics of the whole family. Please Maya, let’s keep going in this direction!

Lana will turn four next week. Matthew is taking her to see Disney on ice on her birthday and then we’re having a birthday party just for the family. I wanted to throw her a party for her nursery friends too – but they’re so many and you have to invite everyone. And at the moment we don’t have room here at home, and booking something just felt so overwhelming and expensive. Next year when we will hopefully be living in a bigger place she will get a proper kids’ birthday party!

In May we’re attending a wedding in Lithuania and we’re thinking about just driving down and stopping on the way, maybe in Tallinn, Pärnu and Riga. It’s just something we would have to plan really well for it to be enjoyable and not super stressful…If anyone knows any good places along the way or has any tips, let me know!

Ok need to get knitting! The photos are from our visit to the beautiful Winter Garden in Helsinki. The place was full of instagrammers doing photo shoots, some taking around a million photos in the same spot. Quite funny to watch – but annoying when you want to take a photo yourself haha! (I didn’t mind that much when Lana and Maya photobombed several of them…)

x Nina x

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Nina Äikäs by Nina Äikäs - 3w ago

It’s been a while since my last sister snapshot post, so here we go again – just in time for Lana’s 4th birthday! There is so much to say about my little girls, but I will try to not go on rambling too much…

There is proper squabbling going on already and the classic scenario where both want to play with the same toy is a daily occurrence. Always the same damn toy. But I think Maya also annoys Lana on purpose, and I bet she knows that she won’t get punished because she’s so little…She’s got that look on her face and I juts know it.

They can be such an adorable little duo as well, with Lana looking after Maya and explaining to her what she’s not allowed to do. “No Maya, you can’t take that plant, do you understand me?”. So funny hearing her repeat my words and being all adult.

They also have a lot of fun together, running around the flat, jumping on the bed and just being kids. Maya is always copying Lana. If Lana is dressing up (which she still does every day, the second she gets back from nursery) Maya wants to dress up too. So I’ve got two wee girls running around in random outfits most days. I guess there really was no hope for Maya having Lana as a big sister. She will be obsessed with dressing-up games too.

Maya (1 year, 2 months)

Maya is so much fun to hang out with at the moment – she’s coming out with new words and picking up new skills every day and just constantly doing something funny. Some of the words she says include “titta” (look), pappa, mamma, “kakka” (poo), “pupu” (bunny), “purple”, “Jojo” (her auntie) and “där” (there). She’s constantly on the move; climbing, exploring, cuddling, running, climbing…

There’s not much defiance to deal with yet – unlike her big sister…But if she gets angry or frustrated she can get physical and push, pull, bite and hit you. This happens mostly when Lana won’t let her play with the same toy she’s playing with or when she can’t go to nursery with Lana in the mornings. But on the other spectrum she is very gentle and will always come into my bed first thing in the morning for some cuddles, and run to the door as fast as she can to give Matthew a hug when he gets back from work.

Maya gets very jealous if I’m holding Lana or if Lana is just too close to me for her liking. Same thing with Matthew. She will try and come in between to separate me from Lana or Matthew – and if that doesn’t work she’ll throw herself on the floor and act all drama queen.

Maya eats pretty well and will try most things. You can always count on her showing up if there’s food to be had. She’s got so many teeth now that I’ve lost count – and she won’t let me check either. But she has several of her molars, so that’ll obviously make it easier to feed. Her favourite foods include pasta, cheese, fruit, berries – nothing too exotic haha. Oh and breast milk of course – something she still has around 3-5 times per day.

Maya’s favourite hobby at the moment is shoes – just like I remember Lana being obsessed with shoes at the same age. Maya is always walking around with often just one random shoe on, usually one of Lana’s. But she’ll try mine and Matthew’s on too. Another hobby is going through the kitchen cupboards – which I think is a popular one amongst one-year-olds. Switching the lights on and off is another one. Oh and her climbing hobby is still going strong – we know have al the chairs lying down on the floor so she wouldn’t constantly be up on the table.

I stopped breastfeeding Maya at night a few weeks ago, and she’s actually sleeping better now. At the moment she’ll wake up crying a few times per night, but usually giving her a dummy will do the trick. She’s actually suddenly started using a dummy during the day as well, something she’s never done before. She’s got so many new teeth, so I think that whenever she has had a bad night it’s probably been because of that. She’s very easy to get to bed and has been ever since I just started leaving her in her cot awake to fall asleep on her own. Now I feed her, put her in her cot and kiss her goodnight. Even if she is half asleep and really drowsy she’ll wave and say bye bye – or even blow me a kiss. Truly a dream scenario don’t you think?!

Maya is the cutest wee thing with her big brown eyes. She waves and says bye bye to everyone when we’re out and about, and people can’t help but smile. It makes me feel so proud – especially when she waves to an elderly person and I can see how happy it makes them. My Mayalina.

Lana (almost 4 years)

Lana Lana Lana…Where do I begin with her?! She seems to be going through a defiant phase (again) – or extra defiant as she’s been in that phase ever since she was born pretty much. Lana doesn’t listen and Lana does what she wants. It’s always been like that and now the poor nursery staff has to deal with it too. Most days we pick her up we get to hear how stubborn she is. And that she is too intelligent for her age – and picks up both good and bad stuff very quickly. But I know they have a soft spot for her as well, because she can be very charming.

If you tell Lana “no” she’ll do it even more – or she’ll say ok and then do it again behind my back or try and find a way around the problem. E.g. if she wants raisins and I tell her no she will just go and take a chair and try and reach them herself. Often she won’t even ask for permission to begin with. It’s like she has no fear of adults or punishment – and when I punish her she kind of understands and doesn’t even get upset. So annoying!

Lana’s Swedish is coming along, but her English is still stronger I would say. Lana can pronounce “k” but she’s often too lazy and will just say “t” instead. She can’t roll her “rs”and I wonder if that is because her English has been the dominant language for most of her life. She clearly wants to learn Finnish too, so I have actually been thinking about turning Fridays, when she stays at home with Maya and me, into “Finnish Fridays” where I speak Finnish with her in order for her to pick up the language quicker. Will see if I can stick to it or if it’ll feel too strange!

There’s been a regression when it comes to staying dry and there’s been accidents both at nursery and at home. She’s even used the potty again and the kids toilet seat – before she insisted to sit on the toilet like a big girl. I know this is common when a new sibling arrives, but Maya is already over one…I just hope this stage will pass soon!

Lana is very sociable at nursery and seems to know all the kids from other groups as well. It’s so nice to see her play with different children when I go and pick her up. Even if she can be difficult to get to nursery in the mornings she usually doesn’t want to leave in the afternoon and I end up hanging around with Maya for an hour or so. But there are positives to that as Maya gets some exercise too and I’ve gotten to know the staff and the other kids.

But even if Lana can drive us insane she can also be the loveliest little girl. A girl who is so independent, charming, clever, determined, friendly, curious, fearless, loving and caring. She loves singing and is always singing different songs. She loves playing with play dough and can do so for hours. She loves being cheeky and dressing up – and often she wants me to dress up too…So much character in such a small package. <3

Ok, I think I’ll have to stop here now and get some knitting done!

x Nina x

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Nina Äikäs by Nina Äikäs - 3w ago

I don’t know why the hell I haven’t made granola before – especially since I think the shop-bought stuff is way overpriced and consists mainly of oats and sugar. Now if you make your own YOU get to decide what to put in it and what the perfect oats to nuts to dried fruit ratio is.

Still it has taken me years to finally just give it a go and make the damn thing. And guess what? It was so easy, quick and delicious that I have to share this new found skill here on my blog!

INGREDIENTS (for one tray)

  • 5 dl rolled oats
  • 1,5 dl pecans
  • 1,5 dl almonds
  • 1,5 dl dried cranberries
  • 1 dl sunflower seeds
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of honey

HOW TO

  1. Put all the ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Mix with your hands. No need to melt the coconut oil as the warmth of your hands will do it for you.
  3. Spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes in 150 degrees Celcius.
  4. Mix halfway through.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Two tablespoons of honey is plenty as the coconut oil adds a lovely flavour and some sweetness to it too. In this batch it’s just the dried cranberries and the honey with sugar in it, so this must be a lot less sweet than what you buy in the shop surely. The granola should be stored in an airtight container.

The beauty of granola is that you can add whatever tickles your fancy, from different kinds of seeds to dried fruits to spices such as cinnamon and cardamom. Mmm think I will make cardamom granola next!

I like to have my granola with yoghurt after dinner instead of a real dessert. I still haven’t found a dairy-free, sugar-free and affordable alternative to dairy yoghurt, but I’m hoping there will be something on the market soon.

What do you eat your granola with? Or are you more of a muesli person?

x Nina x

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Just over a month ago, one day before the Finnish Independence Day, the much anticipated new central library opened in Helsinki. Myself, along with the rest of the city it seemed, had been waiting to visit the beautiful three-storey ship-like building made of wood, glass and steel – and we weren’t disappointed. What a place! Makes me proud to be a Finn.

The name of the 98 million euro library is “Oodi”, which means “ode”. But it isn’t a conventional library; the ground floor includes a restaurant, movie theatre and an European Union information centre. The second floor is all about gaming rooms, workrooms and electronic equipment, – such as 3D printers, computerised embroidery machines, UV printers, laser cutters etc. Just what you would expect from a very technologically advanced country I guess.

The top floor is a haven of light, interesting shapes and places to sit down and relax and socialise – and there are a few books too. There’s also a play/lounge area for kids where Lana and Maya kept themselves busy for a good while. It’s like a massive new living room open to everyone. We visited on a Saturday before Christmas and were stunned by how beautifully designed it all was. It was amazing to see a library that full of life and so many faces looking around in awe.

In the US and the UK many libraries are closing down and facing drastic budget cuts, whereas the trend in the Nordics is the opposite – next year a new central library in Oslo is due to open. But these libraries aren’t traditional libraries, they contain so much more – because they need to evolve alongside everything else. If you want to read more about Oodi in English, check out this article by the Guardian.

Finland is the most literate country in the world and book-borrowing among the world’s highest. I have to admit though that I haven’t borrowed a book since my Uni years and can’t remember the last book I read…I blame it on sleep deprivation!



Because of all the natural light it’s a great place to take photos too!…Lana was intensely watching some other kids playing in the photo above – definitely not posing for me!

I will be visiting soon with the kids again. They loved it and I enjoyed just being there, taking it all in. It’s such an open, bright space that I felt it was easy to breathe there. But will also sort out a library card and maybe even borrow some books…

So, what do you think?

x Nina x

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Nina Äikäs by Nina Äikäs - 1M ago

It’s been a while since my last blog post and I’m sure many will think I’m pregnant as the only two other times I’ve had a break was when I was pregnant and not feeling well. So let’s start with saying that I’m not preggers!

The break has actually been involuntary; it was due to website hosting issues. But my dear husband has been working on it and I now have a new hosting provider. It’s all good, apart from the fact that a lot of photos have gone missing during the move (just like a real move when stuff goes missing haha) – but I have faith in Matthew to fix this too…

Anyway, so what has happened since my last blog a month ago? Well, obviously Christmas and New Year, which we spent in Edinburgh with Matthew’s family. Nana and Pop looked after the kids a lot so it was a bit of a holiday for me too, which was nice. So thank you again Nana and Pop for putting up with two energetic children (and two lazy adults)!

We celebrated Christmas Day at casa de Nana and Pop with Matthew’s sister (with family) and big brother. Matthew cooked the whole meal, so he was nowhere to be seen until 3pm when it was time to dig in. We all agreed he did a good job! Food was followed by opening the presents (although Lana and Maya opened a few in the morning already), (trying to) play some games, eating sweet stuff, drinking red wine and hanging out in front of a log fire.

Our two week visit to Edinburgh also included meeting wee cousin Marnie for the first time. She’s an adorable, happy little 6-month-old who Lana and Maya were so caring towards. It was so nice to watch Lana holding Marnie so gently and Maya stroking her head and trying to lift her – even though they were almost the same size haha. So proud of my girls! Today we were chatting about Lana’s nursery friend who has a baby brother and how Lana and her friend need to look after their younger siblings. Lana goes quiet for a little while and then says she’s got two babies to look after; Maya and Marnie. <3

Our New Year didn’t quite go to plan…The plan was for Matthew and I to go out with our friends for an adults’ night out, but the plan crumbled. First of all, I went to see my friend for a drink the evening before – and one drink turned into many and before we knew it the bar closed and we were the last people to leave…But there was just so much to talk about! I got home just after 1am and went to bed feeling really tired (and tipsy) – but Maya had other plans and kept me awake until 4am. So the following day, New Year’s Eve, I wasn’t feeling great to say the least. Also, I felt like I couldn’t leave Matthew’s mum to look after Maya if she would be as unsettled as the night before, so I said I’ll stay at home and Matthew could go out with his friends. We still went over to a friend’s place for dinner, but I came home around 11pm and Matthew went to meet his friends. Just after midnight when I was finally lying in my bed hoping to get some sleep I started feeling sick. So sick I had to throw up. Three times. Then both girls woke up.

Matthew bought a £40 ticket to this electronic music party at Old Leith Theatre, where he went with his friends just before midnight – only to discover it was shit and full of teenagers. (I told him!) He left and went to a house party, but soon after he found out I was throwing up and had to leave. So all in all a fiasko of a New Year!

If you follow me on Instagram you can’t have missed that it’s been snowing a lot here and how beautiful it is right now! I just love snow and I’m enjoying it so much more having been deprived of it for the past 7 years. Last weekend we went sledging and cross country skiing, both good and fun ways of getting some exercise in! Although Matthew wouldn’t agree – he did not have fun on our Sunday skiing session in the forests of Porvoo. He was very confident beforehand and was convinced cross country skiing is a piece of cake. But…he started complaining about 200 metres in and was even talking about taking the skiis off and walking in the snow instead. Plus he fell about a million times. I thought it was hilarious, but struggled to go as slow as Matthew was going so I kept leaving him behind and then had to wait in the cold. Let’s just say I’ll go alone next time!

I’ve finally applied for a nursery spot for Maya. You have to apply 4 months in advance, so she would start in the beginning of May. Which means I need to start looking for a job around that time too. But it’s a tricky situation as the nursery where Lana is (which is obviously our first choice) most likely won’t have space until August. And if we accept a place at another nursery she has to start there before we can apply for a transfer – which will also take 4 months. So the advice I got today was to wait until August to put Maya in nursery. But if I do that it means we’ll have to postpone getting our own place even more. I think I need to call the manager of Lana’s nursery and have a chat!

My knitting frenzy is still on and I’ve just finished knitting a pair of lace socks I never would’ve thought I’d be able to make two months ago! So happy with these. Now I’m finally knitting that jumper I’ve been talking about, but so far it’s hard to tell if it’ll fit me or Lana better…Hmm.

Last but not least, our new Wilfa Power Crush blender arrived today! Matthew broke the one we had in Edinburgh (to be fair it was a cheapy one) and the Nutribullet we bought to replace it (to be fair we had issues with it from the start), so I told him he needs to get me a proper one! This one was 50% off in the post Chirstmas sale, so it was a good deal. I’ve tried it once and it turned even raw carrot into smoothness. Now I can also make nut butters and soups, yay! I still also want my juicer, but that will have to wait until we have a bigger kitchen.

One last thing actually; if you need a new phone case/wallet, take a look at what iDeal of Sweden has to offer. I really struggled to choose just one as they were all so pretty! If you use the code FIWINTER you’ll get 20% off until the 31st of January.

Enough text for tonight, I will have to tell you about Maya’s sleeping issues another time. (Bet you can’t wait!)

x Nina x

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Nina Äikäs by Nina Äikäs - 2M ago

Christmas can’t be only one week away right?? What happened to the time leading up to the holidays when you’re supposed to feel christmassy and light candles and drink mulled wine? I don’t know, maybe we’ve been too busy and too tired to get into the spirit – but I hope it’ll find us in Edinburgh! 

We’re flying tomorrow – but first I need to take Maya to the doctor so they can check her ears. She’s constantly touching them and trying to put food etc. into them and I just want to make sure it’s not an infection. She’s probably just figured out she has ears and nothing more than that! But still, don’t want to take any risks. (Update: there is nothing wrong with Maya’s ears and it’s not dangerous to fly with an ear infection, said the handsome young doctor.)

Apart from another round of eye infections (the third one I think) we’re all well now woohoo! We’ll probably pick up some Scottish bugs the minute we land in Edinburgh, but I’ll worry about that when the time comes… 

It’ll feel strange to go back for the first time since we moved. Lana keeps talking about going to the blue door (our old flat) and I’m not sure if she understands that we won’t be staying there…We’ll be staying with Nana and Pop in Stockbridge, which will be nice. Will be interesting to see how they’ll find having a noisy bunch like us around for two full weeks…

I had a meeting with Lana’s nursery today where we had a chat about how she’s doing and developing etc. It’s so interesting to hear what other, objective people have to say about my child. Lately she’s been acting up at nursery, not doing what she’s told, trying to climb over the fence in the park and even hitting her best friend. Not cool at all. But I hope all this just means she now feels completely safe and at ease at nursery and that it is just a testing phase. I hope it passes quickly because I don’t even want to think about what would happen if she managed to escape from the park (I’m pretty sure she can find her way home but in order to do so she needs to cross the street…). She’s never hit anyone either, so I really hope that was just a one-off. We’ve made it very clear to her how disappointed we are and I know she knows it was wrong. 

A lot of good things were said about Lana too though. She’s empathic, very social and makes friends easily, independent, loves singing, is good at concentrating and generally very interested in everything. Afterwards Maya and I stayed on for a little bit (Maya would never have agreed to just leave) and it was so nice to see how well she played with the other kids. Tomorrow she’ll have her first playdate after nursery, and a while back she had her first nursery birthday. I think she really likes it there with all her friends – and it makes me feel so grateful and relieved. 

We had Lana’s nursery Christmas party last week. It was so endearing to watch Lana sing with the other kids in front of all the parents. All these tiny little people singing in their little voices <3. Afterwards we went to see Sankta Lucia – a Christian tradition in Scandinavia commemorating Saint Lucy, a third century martyr. Every year the people vote who gets to be Lucia and the lucky girl wears the crown of lights and brings darkness to the dark December. When we got home Lana obviously wanted to dress up as Lucia – which we obviously did. I found out later she had a little tantrum when she realised she wasn’t going to be Lucia at the nursery Christmas party…

I was out with my friends on Saturday night and oh my god how hungover I was on Sunday! One of the worst hangovers of my life. Drinking bubbles all night and forgetting to drink water was maybe not the smartest move…But it was fun and getting the chance to talk for hours (undisturbed) with friends you’ve known for 20 years is priceless. And even though I kept repeating that I’m never drinking alcohol again I’ve felt so good today that that thought seems distant already haha. 

Time to stop rambling and finish packing. Not sure what to pack though as the temperature is around 8 degrees there at the moment…Hmm. See you very soon Edinburgh! 

x Nina x

PS. The photos are from a snowy day at my parents house a couple of weeks ago when Matthew, aka “latte dad”, made sure Maya’s first proper encounter with snow was a thorough one…

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Nina Äikäs by Nina Äikäs - 2M ago

The sun is back after a long, grey and rainy period – and the beautiful winter light just makes me want to take my camera with me everywhere. It’s gotten pretty cold too, which means I’m struggling to figure out what the girls should be wearing in order not to be cold or sweaty. And struggling to keep those gloves on Maya. It’s not easy stuff! But I much prefer it this way instead of rain and clouds!

I feel like we’ve been ill constantly for the past few weeks – probably because we have! Guess we’re getting used to all the Finnish bugs. I know this is probably still just the beginning of a long winter full of illnesses, but I have to complain a little bit now that Lana just got her second eye infection and Maya got a fever again. (I bet she’ll get the eye infection too.) Oh, and I have a sore throat again and also trying out an eye infection…And of course all of this is sprinkled with Maya keeping us awake at night. So we’re still a pretty tired bunch.

Matthew was lucky enough though to get a week’s worth of rest and undisturbed nights up in Tromsö where he visited for work. Lucky bastard. I, on the other hand, have not been able to rest, and think that’s why I got another cold. But hey, things could be a lot worse!

The week without Matthew went really well. First we spent the weekend in Porvoo with my parents where Lana had lots of friends to play with and then we came back to Helsinki on Sunday evening. The girls were well behaved and easy to get to bed the whole week, almost like they knew they had to help me out and not be annoying. Maya was annoying during the night though, can’t deny that. I guess I’m the strict one though when it comes to dinner and bed times, and just generally the boss who gives all the orders – so maybe they knew there was no point rebelling with just me in the house. Either way I’m grateful everything went so well and feel like I will be fine next time Matthew goes away.

As I’ve mentioned (about 10 times haha), Maya is still not sleeping any better at night. It’s actually been worse – which isn’t strange considering she’s been ill so much lately. But, on top of Maya waking me up 50 times per night I also struggle to fall asleep and feel like I’m never in a deep sleep. I’m just subconsciously stressing and waiting for the next time Maya will start crying. I have to say I’m a bit worried about what not sleeping enough is doing to my health. It’s been almost 4 years of this..! I just hope there won’t be any long term damage!

I’ve been meaning to wean Maya off night time feeding (again), but I don’t want to do it when she’s ill. So maybe in spring haha! I’ll go to Porvoo tomorrow with her so Matthew and Lana can get some sleep though. Matthew is delighted to be upgraded to a real bed from his mattress on the living room floor…

Because we’ve been in a bit of an illness/sleep deprivation bubble we’ve become those parents who forget it’s photography day at nursery and just rock up late (as usual) and see all the dressed up kids with their parents. We hadn’t signed her up for it either like you were supposed to, but they agreed to take photos of Lana too when Matthew asked. I’ve been forgetting pretty much everything that has to do with Lana’s nursery and they must think I’m a very distracted, unorganised individual. (Which is not true!) So today I tried to explain that we’re just a bit sleep deprived and ill and basically blamed everything on Maya…Turns out there’s a concert they’re supposed to go to tomorrow that I had also forgotten about. Luckily they reminded me so we won’t be late tomorrow!

Last Sunday we visited a really small but all the more authentic Christmas market at Kaurilan Sauna. Such a cute place! Matthew has also experienced his first “scraping ice off the car windows” session. Just look how concentrated he was!

Time to go to bed. Next post will be about other things than just sleep deprivation and being ill!

x Nina x

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