Friday, November 30, 2007

Bottle boy

David and Henrik have had extra daddy-son time over the last week as he has been giving the baba a bottle of expressed breast milk in the evenings. Baba doesn't seem to mind the bottle which is good. 

I was getting all excited that Henrik is sleeping through the night but he woke up for a feed last night and didn't sleep that well after it at all - I am hoping it is because this nasty cough he has...

The weather is not so nice today but it is not raining either which is good :)

Thursday, November 29, 2007


This is what Henrik's smile looks like when he is not suffering from cold. He is still coughing but he had little bit better night and did not wake up coughing. He woke up for a feed at 6.30 which meant I had pretty good night sleep too even though I did still wake up at 2 and 4 wondering if he wanted to be fed.

The weather is gorgeous here, clear and windy. Perfect for drying washing so I am being a laundry girl today :) There is already one lot of washing on the line and other one in the washing machine.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The most important ladies in Henrik's life...after mummy of course


Time flies

Lots has happened over the last couple of weeks and the blogger has been temperamental about uploading photos so I have started writing a blog quite a few times but then by the time it comes up with error message saying unable to upload upload photos I am feeding the baba or changing nappies or doing something else baba related. 

My mum was over for week and a bit. People at church  still fondly talk about t he korvapuusti and ginger biscuits she made. She also baked a cake for the dedication that I decorated it and that was a great success too.

Henrik also has a horrible cough, viral upper respiratory tract infection the out of hours doctor who we saw on Saturday morning called it. He still has it but as he is so young they don't want to give him any antibiotics. 

Despite the cough and hour long coughing fits at night time he has slept through the night without feeds for quite a few nights now. Apart from last night - I went swimming in the evening with a girl from church and David was putting baba to bed & doing the last feed with some expressed breast milk...however the milk was in two separate containers in the fridge and baba only got one lot hence not getting enough food and woke up at night hungry.

It's funny, even if Henrik doesn't wake up for a feed, I still wake up at the times he used to wake up thinking it's time to feed him and when I look in the moses basket he is happily snoozing away!

I asked the health visitor to measure his height yesterday and he was 59cm which is bang in the middle of the percentile charts. He weighed 9lb and 4 oz (4.3kg I think). Some of the new born baby clothes are starting to be a bit small for him too, especially the sleeves on long sleeved vests come half way up his arms. And he has the cutest little baby fat ripples on his legs, when he was born his legs were like rope with knot (knee) so he is fattening up very nicely :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Henrik's dedication part 1

We had a lovely time celebrating Henrik's dedication on Sunday. It was lovely to have family and friends to come up all the way to the deepest darkest north to be with us & share the day. Becky spent the day being a paparazzi so we got lots of photos. The church put on a bun fight after the service...there was enough food to feed an army. Here are some pics of the day, more will follow when I have more time. 

Cake my mum baked & I decorated
Some pressies Henrik was given
The man himself (and my double chin)
Alan showing Henrik to everyone at the beginning of the dedication

Sunday, November 18, 2007

bird rescue

Couple of days ago David's mum and I took the dogs for a walk on the beach. When we were walking back Moses discovered something we assumed was dead fish or pile of sea weed. It was getting dark so we couldn't see properly but he kept sniffing and sniffing it so I went over to see what it was.

It turned out to be a little auk, washed up to the beach by the tide. We were a bit unsure what to do with it but we couldn't leave it there so we took him home with us and phoned the RSPB. A very helpful lady there told us that it was a little auk - as we didn't know what it was and also said that they had been getting calls about washed up little auks up and down the coast, apparently they had been displaced by the strong wind we had last week. 

She also told us to try to feed the bird with some fresh fish but unfortunately it died before we got that far. So we were all in tears and quite upset about it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Still here

Henrik had his first injections today and was not very  impressed. And I ended up leaving one of the muslins to the doctors - I discovered I need more hands! Baby carrier, handbag, my coat, baba's health record book, baba's clothes and the baba himself of course!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Old laws are funny thing. Recently there was a vote for the most obscure laws in England and here are couple of examples of the top ten:
- It is illegal to die in the houses of Parliament (but I guess they can't sue you if that happens as you are dead!)
- It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen's image upside-down (makes me want to do it just to see if anything happens...)
 - Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned (apparently by Cromwell but much must have changed since as mince pies are essential part of Christmas feast here)
- It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour (could you imagine Gordon Brown in shining armour?)
- It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow...


Sunday, November 04, 2007


We had a day/afternoon of exploring yesterday. We've been talking for a while that we should explore more Northumberland which is on our doorstep so yesterday we headed to a small fishing village called Craster and walked from along the coastal path from there to Dunstanburgh castle.

Moses seemed to appreciate the outing and Henrik happily slept through the whole thing in his baby carrier. The castle (or the ruins of it) was pretty impressive, we stopped along the coastal path and had our sandwiches sitting on the rocks overlooking the caslte. The weather was nice so we had a nice autumnal drive there and back as well.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

And here's the result...

...hopefully the passport people will be happy with it...

Not a happy bunny

We tried to take a photo of Henrik for his passport yesterday morning (I was still in my pjs) and he was not best pleased as you can see! So we went along photographic shop that the lady in the post office had recommended being good at taking baby passport photos. We discovered that specialising in taking baby photos meant that they had a blow up cushion they put on a floor with a white sheet and that's it. Henrik didn't perform - wouldn't keep his head straight and started crying so we didn't get a photo of him. We tried taking the photo again at home this morning with bit more luck and David's just gone to get it printed.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Stripy suit

Most baby clothes for little boys are baby blue so we were very excited when we found this turquoise & brown stripy suit... he looks adorable in it...and even his dummy matches the colours!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

An other facial expression

The 'this is how your mouth should look like when you say u' face is a common expression