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!

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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!

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

Swedish summer

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The place where I grew up

Arrived in Stockholm this afternoon after a very smooth flight from Lisboa.

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Arlanda airport

Got a call from Anders just as I walked out of the airport and started crying, and people were looking but I was just emotional for several reasons.

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Stockholm central station

Never packing this heavy again – no more food and stones in the bag!

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Happy girl

Have had a nice evening together with parts of the family, really loved all the hugs and kisses I got! And the food…

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This road I've walked many times

Time for bed, I have a “busy” day tomorrow ;-).

Lots of sunshine! // Wivan