Parents: dealing with sick kids.

Ever since I have become a parent, I struggle with something. It is the anxiety that comes with your child being sick. Kids get sick a lot, they pick up viruses like bees honey and to be honest in the last 3 years I got quite used to having to cope with fevers, coughing in the middle of the night, pneumonia, hand foot and mouth… Or so I taught… A few weeks ago, Luca picked up a nasty stomach virus, that had him vomiting for 2 days in a row. He stopped eating and drinking, since when it was happening was resulting in a new vomit episode. On top of all, I was home alone with him the entire week, since Traian was in business trip to India. It was horrible, mostly because I let the feeling that I was alone get the best of me. When you are awake in the middle of the night with a sick child, you just think that the worse will happen and that it will never end. You feel hopeless when you watch your child suffering and all you can do it hold his hand and wait. This was me day and night with Luca. We did see the doctor and that helped, but still it felt terrible lonely.

And as I write this I have the same worried feeling in my stomach and even though I am aware that kids go though stomach bugs all the time, I still can’t shake this feeling. But in the same time, I know that next time it happens, I will know exactly what and how to deal with it.

So parents, is it just me that gets this way? I know it can be linked to the fact that we are away from close family, but still I think I have a good support system here. I rely on the medical system, and on my friends, even though at times, I struggle to ask for help and even when people offer I tend to say no. This is a lesson for me, to give and to get more help when needed.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you stay strong and manage to navigate the sick days with your younger ones. It comes with being a parent and we can support each other in this journey.

Stay healthy!

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Some news about our family

So happy to finally be able to share the fact that our family is growing and that as of March next year, Luca will be a big brother.

Having one child is a blessing, having two is a dream. I always knew I wanted two kids, maybe because I come from a family with two kids, but it has always seemed like the family I always pictured for myself. I cannot tell you how happy I am that we are pregnant and that this dream will come true. I think of the people who struggle with infertility and how difficult it must be to have to face so many challenges to become a parent. I do see pregnancy as something unique same as giving birth and I do consider myself beyond lucky to be able to experience it.

Having said this it does not mean that I do not find myself thinking of how much more challenging our lives will be after baby number 2 arrives. I know we will manage, but I am pretty sure we will struggle at least in the beginning. We live far away from our families and we rely mostly on each other. Also from my experience with Luca, newborns are not the easiest all the time and if I think of the lack of sleep then I can start picturing some not so nice moments for us…Here is to hoping that having a bit more experience this time around, will make things easier.

All in all, we are looking forward to life as a family of four since we know we are living the best years of our lives.

Happy to hear any advice from your experience with more than one kid. Please do share, as it takes a village to raise a family…

xox,

Andreea

 

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Family Celebration

The bride and groom

This past weekend my brother got married. They choose to do the civil ceremony before the actual wedding that will happen next year. Very smart if you ask me since you get to have two parties especially if you have them spread a few months apart. It was a celebration for our family and everything turned out perfect. The bride and her helpers did a wonderful job decorating a football field and turning it into the perfect venue for a wedding. The theme was traditional/rustic and from the food and the decor to the clothing of the guests all blended very well together to create the most authentic wedding party I attended.

Traian was the official photographer of the event and September 9th was also his Birthday. One more reason to celebrated and to make this day extra special. So happy to get to share some of the pictures here.

Luca and my Dad

Me and Mum, that is wearing the traditional Romanian costume

Luca slept during the ceremony in his pram.

Luca being smooched by my cousin ūüôā

My Dad and My Brother. The shirt my brother is wearing has been in our family for generations.

My beautiful parents

 

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Boy, Oh Boy!

While we are in Madeira enjoying a well deserved holiday, Luca is with his grandparents enjoying the countryside. We miss him like crazy, ask for updates every chance we get and can’t wait to be back to our boy. I leave some pics here from one of our Zurich days. I will come back with an extended post on Madeira once we are back. This island stole our heart and it deserves a full travel post. Until then follow along on Insta stories.

 

I am wearing: PNK casual top, Zara jeans, Shoes from My dream shoes

 

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Long weekends that leave you wanting more…

May and June are the 2 months filled with bank holidays aka days off in Switzerland. What does this mean for working people with kids? 1. That if they are lucky they can catch a few extra hours of sleep, here and there. 2. That they get to run after their kids and at the end of the long weekend they feel more tired than if they had to work. And 3. That no matter of point 1 and 2, they get to have extra family time, that will usually translate into goods memories. I managed all 3 things above (win win) and here is a list of my favourite activities to do in a long weekend:

  1. Have a long breakfast with the family.
  2. Go to the gym and enjoy a long work out. Normally I try to finish in 45 min since I am always in a hurry.
  3. Get together with our friends either for a BBQ or just hang out and catch up.
  4. Stay up late reading or watching something on Netflix. I just finished reading: First come love , by Emily Giffin.
  5. Take a day trip as a family, or if the weather is not that nice, just go for a quick bite to eat in the city or a coffee and cake at our fav coffee shop.

 

Wearing: Adrian Oianu T-shirt Dress, Kate Spade bag, Celine Sunnies, Zara espadrilles, &Other Stories hat

 

 

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Podcasts I currently listen to

For a few months now my job requires that I commute a few days a week. Sometimes I like to listen to music while reading a book but most of the time I love to listen to a podcast. I have several that I currently listen to and I would love to hear if you have any suggestions as well.

For Fashonistas, but not only: Garance Dore: Pardon my French has a new series of podcasts. She talks to people from the fashion industry and not only about friendship, love, marriage, creativity and fashion of course. If you like her blog, you are going to enjoy this as well.

Here’s the thing, was a nice surprise since it centres on conversations that¬†Alec Baldwin has with a wide variety of people from the entertainment industry, politicians, writers etc. He is very gifted at being the one asking the questions and I am amazed how well the conversation flows with all his guests. I liked the talk he has with actrice Julianne Moore and Jerry Seinfeld.

For anyone that loves a good story about life, love, motherhood, then Modern Love the podcast is for you. It is based on the column with the same name from The New York Times. I easily can cry listening to it because it truly touches you. The stories are narrated by famous actors. One of my favourite stories is My first lesson in Motherhood

When it comes to parenting there is a great deal of material out there, but what resonates with me is the advice Janet Landsbury gives parents. She writes under the motto Elevating child care and she can offer a lot of insight on the life with a baby/toddler.

You can find more recommendations of podcast here.

Any podcast you listen to and would like to share?

And some pictures that have nothing in common with the post. They are from this past weekend when we went from a rainy Saturday in the woods to a nice sunny Sunday in France.

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Fridays with Luca

Friday are my blessings. I look forward to this day all week, because I get to have that one day with Luca.¬†Our day starts at 6 normally. He has potty time, when he usually sits on the potty, does the smelly business while looking at pictures in all his books. Funny, I know, but this is now a routine. I change him from his PJs and then we normally have breakfast. It can be bread and butter, oatmeal, milk and cereal or cheese. I have coffee and think of what I would like to get done that day. Around 9 we could go to the gym (babysitter service included in the gym subscription) but this rarely happens since it is also the time Luca gets sleepy (he’s been up from 6 remember) and then it’s nap time for him. I usually listen to a podcast while cooking or prepping things for lunch. Today I made lasagna. He might nap until 10.30-11 am. Once he is up he gets a snack (what the Swiss can Z’nuni): can be cucumber or other veggie, or just a cracker. Then it’s play time. Lunch happens after 12 and once we are done we either play at home or go for a walk. All depends on the weather. I like to also drive and go for grocery shopping on Fridays afternoon. Depending on how much sleep he got in the morning he will take a second nap in the afternoon. It can be in the car or in the stroller. He loves to nap while on the move. 4 o’clock is snack time. He gets fruits.¬†Usually it’s banana, apples, pears. But last week he tried strawberries and loved them.

In the late afternoons it’s again time to play. Daddy comes home, dinner plans are made. He eats dinner around 7 with us. Bath time is every other night around 8, after which he has his bottle of milk and he goes to bed. I normally feel exhausted on Friday evenings. The week gets to me and my bed time is after 10 but there are days in which I would hop in bed at 9. I know…way too early, but I need my sleep.

So here it is, a day with Luca. I never thought I would love being a mama so much. Every day is filled with so much emotion and life that I wonder how were my days before Luca was here. Fun fact: when he was a few months old I would find myself dreaming of the days when I could just leave the house without having to plan and rethink the whole logistics of doing so with a baby attached to me. Now I don’t miss that freedom anymore. I might miss a long morning in bed from time to time, but our lives now are so much more than before. And this more is what gets me going every day.

My favourite pictures of the three of us are the ones below. We rarely get a picture with the 3 of us, usually is just Traian taking pictures of me and Luca. Thank you Emilia for being there that day and for taking these cools snapshots of us 3.

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Motherhood talks- Luca at 15 months

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Luca is 15 months and life is beautiful with a toddler running around the house. He is so happy and full of life that even in the earliest hours of the mornings it is contagious. Here is a list of activities that he does at this age.

Favourite time: Bath time. In the middle of the day he would run to the bathtub and ask for us to run the water so that he can take a bath. He just loves water and when I mention it is bath time, he is all smiles.

Favorite food: almost everything he has had so far he has loved. I believe avocado is always a winner, sweet potato and grilled salmon.

Least favourite food: so far polenta and swiss cheese. I tried giving him gruyere, ementaler but he just looks at it and throughs it on the floor. Mozzarella on the other hand is a favourite.

What makes him smile: seeing kittens. we live in an area with lots of cats so when we go for a walk we see quite a few of them. Luca observes everything so every kitten he sees he will point to it and make a sound, something like ehhhhh. Our neighbours cat naps on our terrace and as soon as we pointed that to him, he will go to the window and check the cat out. I think we will have to get a cat ūüôā

What scares him: The kitchen aid. Yes, I am not kidding, as soon as he hears the noise from the kitchen aid he will start crying. It is the only appliance that has this effect on him.

What he started saying: He says quite a few words, but recently he started saying Mama when he is hungry and wants food. Let’s say I am feeding him and for a moment I get distracted, he will immediately start repeating mama mama mama mama and pointing at the food desperately :)))

Bedtime routine: these days he will ask for his bottle and hint that he is ready to sleep. While I change him and put his pyjamas he will call his Dad that is usually preparing his bottle. As soon as he sees the bottle he is all smiles.

Favourite toy: he likes his toys but he gets bored quite easily so he would play with each for a few minutes and then toss it apart. The only thing that keeps him occupied longer are books. He just loves to flip the pages and show me all the different pictures. He points at stuff in the pictures while speaking his own language.

Animal noises he masters: horse, turkey and owl. I know, quite the trio! Love that he is into animals and this past weekend he met his horse, that my Dad got for him (the horse is a she and her name is Brigitta and she is 6 months old). He was all smiles and it was hard to get him into the house and away from the animal. Of course my Dad was the proudest Grandpa.

First steps: Luca did his first steps on the 2nd of March. I was at home with him sitting on the floor. He got up keeping one hand on my shoulder and carefully he let go and made a few steps toward the couch on his own. But now he still does not want to let go of my hand. So hand in hand we are walking all day until he will feel ready to be independent.

xox,

Andreea

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Late Start

Hi Luvs,

We had a rough start of the year over here. We were sick for most part of this month and the three of us managed to take care of each other somehow. We had help as well from our family and I can finally say that we are now getting back to normal. Being sick just reminded me that sometimes you need to slow down and just take a break. It might not be the perfect timing for that (is there such thing as the prefect timing to be sick?!) but staying healthy and positive is the only way forward, especially when your child is not well. Yes, experiencing our first real cold and virus with Luca got us appreciating even more what we have.

And on a happier note, today we discovered our new favourite Asian restaurant in Zurich, Lily’s Factory. We went there for a late lunch and enjoyed a family meal. Luca is now in the phase where he is trying to walk so we constantly have to walk with him. The only thing that is not very baby friendly is that they don’t offer child seats. We used the stroller to sit Luca when he was not standing up and exploring the place. You can also read a more experienced review about the place here. We give it a thumbs up and we will be stopping by soon.

Here are some pics from today. Wishing you a great week, luvs! Stay healthy and positive!

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Minted Giveaway

Every year the holiday season brings families together. We all turn towards our loved ones, think of what they like and try to give them a nice gift that will let them know that they are always in our hearts. This is how I like to think of gifts, as that special something that comes from the heart. Big or small if it has a personal touch it will most definitely be appreciated.

I turned to Minted this year once again to find not only the best stationary and Christmas cards, but also personalised gifts. I have a very special friend that loves pictures and I know she would love one of their personalised collages.

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I just love the¬†variety of their product range and I am always guarantee that I will find something I like from the home collection to¬†the party decorations. A cool thing they added is the option¬†“buy now, personalise later” which allows you to buy a design and do the personalisation at a later date. Think about wedding invitations or thank you cards for your big day.

Now that I gave you a taste of how cool Minted is, they are offering one voucher of 100$ to one of our readers. Please just head to my Instagram to join the giveaway, that will be opened until Sunday, Dec. 20, end of day.

Happy gifting!

 

PS: This post was created in collaboration with Minted a brand I love and use for years.

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