Embracing autumn-mode

Sunny walk

Yep, it is the first of November and the feeling of fall arrived sometime last week (for me).

And it was like I all of a sudden got into the “restorative-contemplating-mode”, and most of the time I like it.

Colorful leaves

You know, in the fall and winter nature takes time to rest, reset and get ready for new things to come in the spring.
Same with us humans, we have a possibility to rest more, maybe dö a little less when it’s darker and colder. In the business world it’s not always set up in that way – a lot of times people and companies need to finish business and projects before the end of the year.

Natural art

For me, now, it’s clearly that I take my time getting ready in the morning, I get out less than in the summer time, and I want to come inside at night to cook, slow down, play and read with Louise, have tea with Anders and relax when possible.

Louise swinging

Oh, these colors!

So, I welcome this time of doing a little less (as far as it goes with a baby in the family), and try and rest in the knowledge of that it is the way nature is set up for us.

Wet leaves

Also, by having time to think, reset and plan this time of the year, we can be ready for the new energy and light that comes with spring time.

By the sea

Then at times I totally miss summer, and am worried this winter will be too dark to enjoy. But then again, that is worrying about the future rather than being present. So I try and stay in the moment and enjoy the slowing down.

With love,

Wivan

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October and still almost summer

Playtime outside

What a long, warm and sunny summer and autumn we have had this far! It’s still very warm in Southern Sweden and we could probably count the number of days when warm clothes have been needed.

Still so many flowers

Exploring with all senses

Our daughter is now a bit over 8 months, and what a journey it is to become parents, to raise a small child and to get to know a new human being. She is so much fun, we could never have imagined that!

In Ronneby!

Since baby Louise arrived we haven’t done much travelling, only one trip to Gnesta south of Stockholm and one small get-away to Ronneby! That is what we have felt like, and it’s so nice to give our little one a calm start in life.

At a Indian restaurant in Ronneby

We are now in the middle of a renovation and construction of our house on Aspö, and we are glad to have such mild weather still.

Roof is now on!

Though we sometimes have thoughts of what we would like to do differently in our day to day life, we just discussed how “this is what life looks like right now” really is about accepting what is. No need to try and change what is, but rather be grateful for what is good and remember how lucky we are in so many ways!

Louise training as a dog-sitter!

Staycation mode

We’re working on our staycation skills at the moment. Enjoying the summer and possibilities close to home.

Beautiful view after a evening swim

Over the past months it’s been so warm and sunny that we have gotten into a routine of staying in the shade or inside to keep our baby, Louise, safe and sound.

Walking home with groceries

But staying home, inside behind curtains, has gotten a bit dull. And now Louise is a lot stronger and more stabile, so we’ve started to challenge ourselves to a little more adventures. Or at least to get out and meet the world little by little.

Clouds (!) at the beach the other day

Also, the change of lifestyle when having a baby has made us realize how much we have been out and about before. How easy it has been to take a bike ride, going for a dip in the ocean or cook dinner.

Next summer she probably won’t be as still!

Anyways, this has been a good time of reflection and to start and understand how fast things changes with a baby. From one week to the next it can be totally different.

Ferry ride home last week

Beautiful evening walk

Today we will meet some friends and stay in the shade with some coffee and food. Staycation is a good way to enjoy the close-by places!

She’s here!

Two weeks old on this picture

Our baby girl arrived on the 7th of February, healthy and perfect as ever. We had to stay in the hospital for a week though, since she started to turn yellow after a couple of days.

A couple of days old

This little person has already turned our life into something completely new, and though we knew it would be different becoming parents, I keep saying “I could never have imagined it to be like this.

We totally adore and love her, and keep learning new things from her and by just having her around.

Now, it’s time for a nap!

Getting closer and looking ahead

Where the baby will sleep (we think)

It’s less than a month until we get to meet our baby for the first time, and we have prepared some things at home. Like the little sleeping nest next to our bed.

For two and a half weeks I’ve been resting, due to high blood pressure and to avoid preeclampsia. So, the bed/sofa, kitchen and bathroom are places most likely to find me – no longer walks, no shopping trips or buzzing around like I am used to. (and, with this bump I’m not really able to do as much physical activity either…)

38 weeks pregnant

The first week of rest was a bit stressful/challenging at times – I am used to doing things the way I like and to move around a lot. But now those feelings have settled and I am a lot more ok with relying on the help of others and taking several naps during the day.

View from the sofa

Even though we think and plan quite a bit for the baby’s first time in life, we’re also thinking a bit further ahead. If everything goes well and the baby is healthy, what would we like to do/have/be a bit further down the road?

Our house and fire place on Aspö, outside Karlskrona

We have thought quite a lot about travelling more, both in Sweden and to other places. And driving around in an RV (Recreational Vehicle) has been on our minds a lot. Seems like a good way to be travelling and yet have some comforts of a place of our own. This past weekend we did a bit of research on caravans as well, maybe that would suit us better?

Our biggest concern though is how to make it work for us since we don’t really want to park on big camp grounds but rather in smaller places or in nature. But, this is still just on a dream or research level, so we’ll figure it out. And another good thing is that it’s possible to try and see for ourselves how it works, it does not have to be forever!

Yesterday’s little outing – feeding the chickens

It’s been three years

Today, three years ago, we signed over our house in Höör, drove from Sweden to France and started our first house-sit assignment.

At first I wrote four years – maybe because so much has happened during these years, or maybe because my math-skills aren’t perfect…

Last night Anders started showing old blog posts, and so many memories came back from our years of traveling, house sitting, exploring and living a different way than before. I don’t think he even was aware of the anniversary, he just likes to bring out those memories and tresure them now and then. It’s also a great way to remember people we’ve met, stories we’ve heard and stay grateful to it all.

The journey of changing our lifestyle, trying out a new attitude towards living, and taking huge leaps of faith started long before 2014 though.

We’ve worked a lot with our dreams and visions for our lives, daring to question what’s actually important and what’s not. And we still are. Though we’re now back in Sweden, living a rather ordinary life, we still ask ourselves what we love doing, what’s important and remind ourselves we don’t have to do things just because we think it’s “expected” from us.

Last night we started to talk about the arrival of our baby in February next year, and again we realized it’s impossible to know what life’s going to look like after that. We simply can’t plan because we’ve got no idea of how it will effect us, what our baby’s going to need and what new great ideas and possibilities might come along. (ok, we do understand the basic needs of a newborn baby, but we don’t know who this little individual is).

We could go on posting tons of photos, but here are just a few from our adventures the past years.

So we’ll just keep balancing through life, putting one foot in front of the other.

A summer has gone by

And fall is here.

It’s been a different type of summer for us. After being in Spain in April/May, we stayed in Sweden all summer. We hoped for all to go well, wanted to believe it would but couldn’t really relax until summer was almost over. I rested a lot, Anders cooked food and took great care of me and we were thankful for all that we have.

Now we’ve come more than half way. We’re expecting a baby in February!

Yep, the last IVF-treatment did it’s job and there’s a lively, healthy baby joining our family in about four months time.

So the journey of life brings yet new experiences and we’re happy and grateful to be part of it all.

Have a nice weekend and take care!

//Wivan