life lately

It’s been cold and dark here in the north but we're slowly getting more hours of sun and this year we're lucky to be having a lot of snow! Take a look at a couple photos from the past month.

This little winter adventure with my two favorite guys + my mother & the dogs made me incredibly happy.

January was what has felt like the beginning of my recovery after birthing Josef. We were finally out of the NICU and my mother and little sister began to visit more often to help me out at home when Sami was working. 

I finally opened my web shop with apparel and little things for the home. 

My little work & cuddle bud. I've truly enjoyed all the changes going on with Josef as he grows. Things like him laughing and showing adoration toward Sami and I. It's a blessing to be such an important person in someone's life. 

one for mama and one for baby

There are few things that beats a good book. And nothing like receiving a book order in your mailbox. My books follow me everywhere, not all of them of course, but always one or two. I hardly ever finish them, but I most certainly enjoy reading them. 

Since my brain is finally starting to function again + I actually have some energy to do things other than survive everything that has been related to giving birth prematurely, I ordered these two books because 1. My baby book stash has only begun it's growth and 2. I sure deserve a book after having survived laboring a child. Read: the Jenny Mollen book was totally my coronation gift to myself.

One for mama and one for baby!

Live Fast Die Hot by Jenny Mollen is absolutely hilarious and I was sure I would have read it in one sitting if it wasn't for Josef demanding my attention on the regular. If you're a mom or ever think about becoming one, read this book. It's super funny I've seriously been laughing out loud reading it.

Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon was even cuter than I thought it would be - simple but adorable. I've been reading it for Josef in Spanish and I'm currently reading this one and some stories about Juán Bobo for him in the morning before I begin working*.

*For you who follow me on Instagram, you're already in the know! I'm opening an online shop with apparel + beautiful little things for the home. 

spanish baby talk - palabras y frases

I feel like when you have a newborn, you kind of sleep in and you kind of don't. I mean, waking up every two or three hours during the night to feed your baby doesn't really have you sleep very well, but then no one can judge you for not leaving bed before 12. 

Babe and I are currently hanging out in our kitchen. He doesn't want to leave mommy's arms so he's helping me out making brunch while Pepa la Cerdita is running in the background.

My struggle with my multilingual baby quest has turned out a little different than I thought it would. I thought my struggle would lie in consistency or having lack of words to teach, instead I found my struggle to be performance anxiety. It's getting the best of me! So that is what I'm currently trying to overcome.

One of the things that can be a bit tricky when raising a multilingual babe can be feeling clueless in what to say, especially if it's not your first language. When I was pregnant I found it really hard to find lingual resources, so I decided to put together a list of useful Spanish words and phrases you can use when talking to your baby to make it a bit easier.

 If you have something you'd like to add, write me in the comment section and I'll add it to the list!

lista de palabras y frases

Mira - Look (Sabes que eres Boricua si usas "mira" todo el tiempo)

Dame - Give me

Más - More

Qué asco! - Gross!

Guácala! - Yuck! (Pronounced Wah-ka-la)

Bien hecho! – Well done!

Lo hiciste bien – You did it really well

'tate kieto - behave, keep still or calm down

Cálmate - Calm down

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Toma mi mano – Take my hand

Dame la mano – Give me your hand

Ven acá – Come here

No toques – Don’t touch

Beso a mamá/papá - A kiss for mommy/daddy

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Te ayudo? – Can I help you?

Por favor – Please

Gracias – Thank you

De nada – You’re welcome

Cómo te sientes? - How are you feeling?

Sana sana colita de rana = Okay, this literally translates to heal heal little frog butt. You say it when trying to soothe your baby when he/she is physically hurt.

Que descanses – Sleep well

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La comida es ready (redi) - The food is ready. I had to add this one because I happen to think Puerto Rican Spanglish is hilarious.

Tienes hambre? - Are you hungry?

Quieres más? – Do you want more?

Qué rico - How delicious/rich/nice

Acabaste? – Are you done?

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Has hecho pipí/caca? - Have you peed/pooped?

Tienes que hacer pipí/caca? - Do you need to pee/poo?

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Qué mono! - How cute!

Que tersura - What a treasure

Nena/Nene - Small baby, child, or "darling" 

Negrito/Negrita - Term of endearment, just like darling

Precioso - Precious

Amorcito - Little love

Chiquito lindo - Cute little one

Cosito lindo - Cute little thing

Gordito - Means little fatty and is actually a non-offensive term of endearment

Papito/mamita - I don't know the literal translation of this one...but cutie is pretty close

Pobrecito - Poor thing

Bendito - Blessed. Can be used instead of pobrecito. If your babe is hurt and crying you'll say it like: Awww...bendiiiito:( 

 

Are you raising a multilingual kid? Or are you planning to? What has your struggles been or think will be?

 

lashes & facials

This is a sponsored post.

There were five things I had planned to happen before I would give birth to my son: having a baby shower, getting eyelash extensions, getting a facial, having my nails done and my hair did. 
Most of these I had never done before + last time someone else cut my hair was in 2011, so I thought, these things would be the perfect self-motivators before having my baby.

I did almost all of these things before Josef made the great escape and thanks to my friend Angelica (angelicashudvard.se) I checked off getting my lashes done AND having my first facial. 

I met Angelica through my sister about a year ago, when we rented Angelica's apartment. She is super sweet and at the time she shared working space with a couple of other creatives at Haga (Umeå).
Angelica is a certified Health Advisor & Skin Therapist specialised in organic products, and while her base is Umeå, she also travels around Västerbotten to do her work. 

"There are many things with healing abilities in nature , to me it's mountain peaks and glistening marshes of cloudberries. In our day-to-day life, it can be a nice treatment."
- Angelica Byström

I happen to think that it's really nice to when possible, when having our basic needs already met, do things that adds some sparkles to life.
Men often learn since they are little boys to prioritize themselves while as women we often learn the total opposite, where we end up with behavioural patterns that have us trying to fill others up while we ourselves are left empty. Since I am sure this is a cultural thing - something we learn rather than biological - I find it important to see it and try to do something about it. So when I became pregnant, the things above where on my list of things I wanted to do for myself and myself only (as part of my self-care plan).

I came to Angelica at two different occasions; 1. Lashes + 2. Facial

Everything about Angelica's way of treating her customers is awesome and it's all love with her. Everything feels a little extra. My lashes looked absolutely amazing and I felt like a princess even on days I woke up after a 10hr work shift with hardly no sleep at all (you can see the full image with both my eyes here).

The deep cleansing facial treatment did me so much good. Angelica first did a skin analysis one me and taught me a little about my skin type and recommendations on skin care. The products that she used during the treatment were all organic and let me tell you - having your face cared for and all cleaned up is really nice - but on top of that getting a scalp massage and arm/hand massage feels like a promotion. I had come to Angelica that day tired and sore after a heavy day at work and left feeling so relaxed and about 20% more loved.

You can read more about Angelica's services here and see her work (read pretty laaaasheees) here. If you live in Umeå, give her a visit at her new headquarter downtown! She is so good at what she does + she's one of those people you can just visit & talk life with over a cup of tea.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions are my own. 

Ps. Self-care is not all milk baths and cappuccinos

francis & henry - maternity & nursing wear

Here are a few things I continuously wished for during my pregnancy; kebab pizza, ice, liver pâté & pickles, books for our babe and pretty maternity wear. Talking about the latter, meaning maternity wear, I really wished for a Francis & Henry's mama bundle. Little did I know, the only person who knew I actually wished for this made sure that was what I got on my surprise baby shower. Thanks everyone who was a part of it!

It's a package of four things. Now, if you're wondering how the Francis & Henry Nursing Dress has been working for me, it's been good. Way better than a hospital gown, incredibly pretty in real life, very comfortable and super functional for nursing.
The Jersey Cardigan is perfect to put on if it's a little cool, and the Muslin Wrap that also comes with the mama bundle is such a beautiful and soft thing to put in the baby's bed (we have ours in Josef's baby nest!).

Now if these beautiful pieces of clothing only could wash themselves from milk stains... ;)