Sunday, April 30, 2006
More names to list of names for the baby-to-come: Edward, which means watchman and wealth, or Edwin, which means friend and wealth. These are more my husbands favourites though. I also have favourite names that my husband isn't too fond of such as Georg, which means farmer.
Friday, April 28, 2006
After a Moussaka lunch at a nearby coffe place we took the city bus to Stickbutiken at S:t Eriksplan and did some serious alpaca yarn purchase as I'll be needing some knitting projects in case the waiting gets too unbearable... I came out from the shop with some balls in colour 6306 (Petroleum Blue) for a baby cardi, possibly this or this, or this baby overall. Also some balls in 2920 ("Cyklamen", don't know it in English) and 0302 (Beige) for possible new shawl projects, maybe another Flower Basket Shawl.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The sun is shining! But it's still only april, and as we Swedes like to say: "april-weather is never to be trusted". So we're going for a long walk today in order to capture the fantastic spring weather - tomorrow it may be snowing! And best of all, when I strain myself abit the likelyhood that I'll give birth sooner will increase!!! Today - 5 days overtime...
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The shawl turned out to be pretty small despite my two extra repeats and loose knitting style so I'm really curious to see how much it'll grow with the blocking. I'll pin the wet shawl up on our living-room rug tonight when Anthea has gone asleep so that I can leave it there to dry over night.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Yesterday the whole bunch of us went to a park nearby, Rålambshovsparken, and Anthea had the opportunity to play as much as she wanted in the "parklek" of this park. "Parklek" is a great service from the Swedish government especially to us inner city citizens! Besides a playingground there's normally a building in connection to it where it's possible to change dipers, shop coffe/tea, cakes, ice cream and some even have hotdogs and hamburgers for sale to put on an outdoor grill. We stayed at this "parklek" from late morning to early afternoon and I managed to do some knitting while watching Anthea play.
I'm slowly proceeding with the FBS but decided to go for two extra repeats. I did some googling yesterday on other bloggers who's done the FBS and noticed that many commented on the size - they meant that the shawl's a bit smallish. As I'm knitting with needles size 4 and the patterns suggests 4.5 I thought I really need these extra repeats. This shawl is my little project as I'm w-a-i-t-i-n-g for my life to move forward to the next level and the new role that it involve, being a two-childrens-mother! It's kind of exciting to see if I manage to finish this project before the delivery...
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Elliot has religious origins as it's a English version of the religious name Elias, which means "Jahve is God". We are really the most non-religious people and to name our son with a religious name would feel kind of uncomfortable. But we think Elliot being just a version of Elias has developed into an own name and thus we believe we'd feel okay with using this name. Well, we'll have to see what we think when we meet our little guy!
Favourite aunt Anna, or "Nanna" as she's called by Anthea, came to see Anthea yesterday and they played together the whole afternoon. Here they are surfing google for various pictures of animals that Anthea loves to see. Here she expresses that she wants to see butterflies. She's so pretty when she scratches her head like this to illustrate butterflies, they haven't got any "name" yet. Other favourite animals are penguins (g g), especielly Pingu, dogs (vo vo), cats (mjau or ka) and birds (pi pi).
Saturday, April 15, 2006
I can visualise having our baby at home now! This positivism has spread also to other areas of my life: I've started to knit again!! Even though I shouldn't during this last period of my pregnancy due to the risk of getting "karpaltunnelsyndrom" again. But as it's so little time left I feel the potential problems can't develope into something serious.
So, yesterday I started my first Flower Basket Shawl. The picture to the right does unfortunately not represent the colour I've chosen correctly. It's a Garnstudio's Alpaca yarn in plum colour nr 4400. When starting up this shawl project I had great use of the FBS Cast on Tutorial. Now I've come to the point where I'll be doing my first repeats. I'm knitting while Anthea is asleep or out with her father, but in the evenings I'm too tired to go into advanced counting or pattern reading. However, it's fun knitting again even if a strange feeling of bubbling slowly is creeping up my right hand...
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Now baby, you're really welcome to our family, any day you like! We've assembled the cradle, washed the baby clothes, bought a new strolley and so on. AND, now I've packed the bag I'll bring with me when it's time to go to the delivery using this Maternity Ward List:
- Mother healt center journal and a peronal ID card
- "How I wish to give birth list"; how I want to have alleviation of pain during the delivery,
special monitoring of the baby during delivery etc.
- 2-3 sets of baby clothes and possibly a blanket.
Warm clothes and baby safety arrangements for home transportation
- Comfortable clothes for me, including breast feeding bra, slippers and possibly a dressing gown
- Toilet bag
- Fruit, candy, energy drinks/coca cola, book, magazines.
- Mobile, camera, movie camera and battery chargers.
Still "the health care chrisis" is out there, somehwere. I know, I know ... I shouldn't worry about the problems with being forwarded to another hospital when it's time. But, it's difficult to avoid the facts! The newspapers constantly writes about the healt care chrisis when it comes to for example the limited amount of maternity ward rooms. Especially spring time according to my midwife... but what does it help me now?
And oh yes, there is really nothing I can do about it through worrying and actually I don't too much. But, I can't help but feeling a bit ironic about my situation when I for example read today, again, in one of our local Kungsholmens news papers about: the hospitals, among which my hospital was mentioned, who's sending out an alarm - they mean that the current situation involve jeaopardizing the mothers and childrens saftey! They say that in May there'll be 140 more mothers who will give birth than planned. Already in March 92 to-become-mothers where turned down (and assumingly forwarded somewhere else) from Karolinska (where I belong). E he he, what can one say? Always look on the bright side of life ... ta, dam, ta, dam, da, dam, da dam... perhaps?!
I love all kinds of pirogues and tonight I tried to make Chilean Pirogues, Pitingas Empanadas, for the first time. They where each stuffed with minced lamb mix containing onions, red chili pepper etc, one olive, one wedge of a hard boiled egg and a few raisins, according to a recipe in Kärlek, oliver och timjan (Love, olives and thyme) by Anna Bergenström. I baked and served the ugliest ones tonight and freezed the rest unbaked, also according to the recipe. I've tried them before at different occasions, once at a Chilean familys place, and they turned out to be as good as I remembered them!!
Anna Wilsby writes about her popular propfylaxis method "Anna's prophylaxis" in the book Innan du föder (Before you give birth). Lately my husband has read loud to me from it almost every night. It is really fruitful reading and we feel much more comfortable in front of this delivery to come! It goes through mental goal focusing, relaxation, breathing, how the partner can coach through the delivery etc. I can warmly recommend this book!
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
I'm still very hesitant about what colour choice to make. I know that marias garn at Södermalm sells this cardigan knitting kit so I'll most likely go there. If I have the energy to it hopefully already next week so that I can have a closer "in real life" look at the various colour combinations!
Once I get going with this project I might peek at Hanne Falkenberg Knitalong for inspiration and hints!
Thursday, April 06, 2006
As a new mum or dad it's of course therapeutic sharing what is mostly on our minds, namely our kids, with others who might be interested. If one is lucky one has a family who takes an active interest in the kids. But, sometimes this is not the case. We get older and older when we start producing our kids nowadays and thus many of our parents might have passed away. Also if living in big cities other family may not be present. I have friends who's parents aren't interested at all as they want to live their own lifes. And, friends with no kids who has an active couples/single life does naturally not have the time nor the interest to spend "bad quality" time with us homies. I find it understandable as it's frustrating trying to keep an conversation already with other parents... So sometimes we must find new people in order to be able to share this new interest of life!
But, how far should we stretch this need of sharing a common interest with equals? My life device is to always try to achieve balance in life - as was written on the ancient Delphi temple: "everything with moderation" - I believe we should try to avoid exaggering things too much. Our new life conditions, as parents and at the same time citizens in a big town with a thin family may call for radical new thinking. How much extra effort are we willing to make in trying to maintain our old friendships? Could we think of making an expensive move to come closer to friends with or without kids in order to facilite relations? Are we willing to put money on a car for the same reason? Can we think of alternative ways of living such as collective living?
There are of course other things to life such as our hobbies, our careers, our childrens futures, and taking care of our families when planning our future. But, I think it is wise to keep on thinking about what is important to us, and for me hanging out with people is high priority. So I will surely keep on having this hot topic in my mind and strive to try to make the best out my situation!
One topic that I don't discuss here but which is really interesting is how we relate to our families, especially those we have difficulties being friends with... perhaps I'll discuss this here some other time.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
When back home, I made my favourite zucchini-egg "mixture", which my husband loved though not Anthea. My father used to make it to us. He brought this recipe from his childhood Cyprus. It's not an omelett since it shouldn't contain so much egg that it coagulates. My father used to serve it with Coca Cola and toasted bread, and this is how I still enjoy this full of vitamine dish. (Regarding the picture : how can something so enjoyable be so ugly?)
Here's how I made the mix tonight, if you'd like to try it sometimes.: You need 5 zucchinis, 4 eggs, olive oil, salt and white pepper. Divide the zucchinis alongside in two and slice them really really thin. Fry in olive oil for 5-10 minutes until they start to get a little soft and some colour. Now lower the temperature and cook, using a lid, in about 30-45 minutes and stir every 10 mintues. When the zucchinis are really soft, raise the temperature and fry away all water and give the mix some more colour. Put salt and peppar into the mix. Then stir really quickly in the eggs one by one and serve as soon as all are in. You shouldn't fry so that the egg gets hard! Serve with toasted white bread and cold Coca Cola. Yummy!
Monday, April 03, 2006
Signs of spring:
This year we're growing tomatoes and violets, lobelia and dorothea flowers for our balcony and these small seeds have all started to sprout! They're streching their small necks towards the light - just like me, they need plenty of light!