Monday, March 22, 2010

Sleeping Outside




My friends in the US never really believe me when I tell them that in Norway the babies take their naps outside in their strollers, even in the winter. Here is Tiago sleeping on the back deck. Even in the daycares the strollers are lined up outside during nap time.

STEP ONE- EVERYONE in Norway knits! So when your baby is born they usually receive an adorable hand-knit outfit. Tiago´s is a hand-me-down but you can see much cuter outfits herefor example.

STEP TWO- Put the baby in the sleeping bag (usually made of warm lambswool or down) in the stroller.

STEP THREE- Place netting over the stroller to keep out the snow and wild animals and then a rain cover. Roll the stroller outside, double-check that the baby monitor is on and let your little one enjoy a nap out in the fresh air!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I have been seriously missing in action lately despite the fact that I have plenty posts written in my head. I hope to be able to share more about our life soon, but here are the reasons that I´ve been MIA.

1- My husband has become a hard-working, fish-stinking dock laborer for the short capelin fish season. This was his schedule the past 3 days:

Monday- 7am- 11pm
Tuesday- 7am- 3pm then a 12-hour shift starting at 8pm
Wednesday- finished his 12-hour shift at 8am and then went back to work 2pm-9pm

So hubby is not home very often making me quite exhausted at the end of the day. What should I do then? Grocery shop, work out, clean, fill out job applications, blog, sleep??? You get the picture!

2- My heart if heavy with indecision. We have been living in BÃ¥tsfjord temporarily with a plan to move this "spring". We´re leaning towards moving back to Chicago but we haven´t totally committed ourselves yet and it is frustrating to go back-and-forth and to doubt each other. Plus, we´re being encouraged to stay here and I get emotionally exhausted trying to "defend" why I want to move from here while at the same time not hurting anyone´s feelings.

Overall, I want to be more thankful because when I pause for the moment
L I F E I S G O O D!