Being (bilingual) parents with a different nationality inevitably raises the question of which language to raise your kid in and which language to speak at home. When we started dating C and I spoke mainly English (because my Spanish was barely good enough to ask where the closest panadería, or bakery, was. To illustrate, when I came to Spain I wrote an email to the local field hockey club in my best Spanish to see if could join, and C, as responsible for the club, replied in Spanish but below that “in case you don´t understand I will repeat in English”, so I guess the Spanish was just politeness to thank me for the effort).
A lot of times when seeing a baby people say things like: “What a life hey, just eating, sleeping, playing a bit, I wish I was a baby”. Of course for most of us it´s not possible to live a life of doing just that, but maybe we can make our lives a bit more like a baby´s life by taking over some of their attitudes because I think we can (and should!) learn a lot from our kids and by making some changes in our mindset we can definitely make an important change in our lives!
When your baby starts eating solids you might think that you´re kind of done with the mommy war of all time mommy wars: the breastfeeding versus bottle feeding debate. From now on, it´s peace and quiet at least on the feeding front right? Well, yeah, not really, after the breast against bottles you will get in the babyfood freshly cooked against jar fight.
We have all seen those messages of moms hiding in a closet to eat chocolate or some other unhealthy snack so their kids don´t see it and want that too. I always thought it was quite funny and with my chocolate addiction I could totally imagine myself doing it as well. What I would have never imaged is that I even have to hide in a closet when I want to eat a carrot!
I am a planner, if you look up the definition of planning in the dictionary my name is there. I have planning sheets in Excel, to-do lists in Wunderlist, my digital calendar and next to that a good old paper journal to plan my day-to-day. I might take the planning sometimes a bit too far (C would probably say to leave out the “bit” here), but that´s what I do. So I am already planning in a spreadsheet our moving to a new house of which the buying process hasn´t even been confirmed yet, yep call me freaky but hey if the move is happening I bet some people will be happy with my sheet full of to-do´s, to buy´s, to paint, to sell etc.