During the summer I wrote about our potty training journey so far which was actually going surprisingly well. I wouldn´t say we had potty training down in a few days, but the basics were definitely there in the first week. But, that´s when the fun started…. Obviously, being more or less potty trained at home was relatively easy but when we started travelling for the summer holidays and staying at different places (= different potties) we sometimes felt we went straight back to square one.
Baby shopping the first time can seem like a mission impossible. Buying cute clothes is one thing but the insane amount of so-called “must-have” other baby products that stores have to offer can make it slightly overwhelming. And let´s face it, 75% of these you don´t really need. Now that we are starting to prepare for baby #2 it´s obviously much easier, in the first place because we already have a lot and secondly because I know now what we really need and what is just great marketing but not required (at all). However, there are also some things that I never thought of before, but that only after having the bichin I realized are super useful.
So I was planning to have this bump update up last Friday, but you know, life happened. So a little late, and almost ready for bump update 24weeks but here we go. This week it was back to normal life here, so between daycare, work, travel to Madrid and C´s insane schedule, it has been a tiring week honestly. The doc told me to take it a bit easy and to rest a lot, but seriously, does she really think that is possible with a 2yo around? Yeah, no.
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Met baby 2 on the way is het tijd om weer eens kritisch naar het familiebudget te kijken. Niet dat we het slecht voor elkaar hebben ofzo, maar een tweede kindje betekent natuurlijk extra kosten (alleen luiers kosten al een fortuin! En dan hebben we het nog niet eens over de crèche) en we willen wel leuke dingen kunnen blijven doen zoals reizen, weekendjes weg, uit eten, eten bestellen voor onze wekelijkse date night, et cetera. Ook zit ik eraan te denken om misschien minder te gaan werken, maar een dag thuis blijven betekent natuurlijk ook een stuk minder inkomen dus als je op wat dingetjes thuis kunt besparen is dat natuurlijk mooi meegenomen.
I have been reading quite some minimalism/essentialism blogs lately and that combined with my annoyance about “all the stuff” made me realize something has to change. Also, after more than a month living out of a suitcase this summer, I realized that we don´t need that much and that with probably less than 1/10 of my clothes I was perfectly fine. In addition, a lot of mornings I start my day in a rush / stressed because there´s still stuff in the kitchen from last night, toys and clothes everywhere, and a table full of papers/notebooks etc. All that stuff just makes my head overflow. It sounds so basic but my head is so much calmer when the table in the living is clear, the kitchen is cleaned up and there´s no stuff all over the place when I wake up in the morning. So time for a change!CONTINUE READING