Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bargain :)

David and I have always really thought that you never really get a bargain on ebay...people seem to pay an awful lot of money, often pretty much the retail price, for things. But we have finally been proved wrong. I have been looking for a wooden baby gym for Henrik and found one on ebay, I duly but a bid on and to my surprise I won it at the great cost of £1.70 + £2.50 postage. It arrived today and it looks great. 

As you do, I put the make of it into google and discovered that you can buy it for £45.25 + £3.95 postage. So for once we got a bargain.

Henrik has had a bit of a cold but he seems to be getting better. The last couple of nights he has actually slept quite well, not like over the weekend when he woke up every couple of hours. It was a gorgeous weather today and we went to the beach with the pooch. 

David is helping with diy at church tonight. The church have got the building next to it and they have been doing it up since the new year to open a pregnancy advice centre there. The sign went up last week which was pretty exciting. David took with him a tin of flapjacks so he should be popular ;)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bouncy baby

Henrik has a baby bouncer, he hasn't really got the hang of bouncing on it yet but he seems very happy just standing there and swinging around. Moses got very curious when we first put Henrik in it and in true Moses manner gave him a good sniff before deciding it was ok. So the pictures above are of Henrik's first time on the baby bouncer wearing a cute outfit mummi and ukki gave him.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Christmas pics 4

Some photos from Henrik's first train journey from Helsinki to Siilinjarvi in a special family compartment and Henrik was even given his own train ticket with a cute bunny on it. It didn't stop him from crying for the lsdt two hours of the journey though...

Monday, January 21, 2008

Christmas pics 3

On a walk with aunties Emppu & Roosa and Roosa's friend Anni
Some help with dressing the baba
The lake
Emppu pushing the pram
Auntie Ninni

Thursday, January 17, 2008


We've got the bird feeders positioned so that I can see them while I am doing washing up. Mostly the visitors include sparrows, blackbirds, starlings and blue tits with the occasional robin finding it's way there. The sparrows treat it like a local takeaway, in the summer when their chicks were little they brought them along and lined them up on the fence and ferried the seeds to them. 

Today I got very excited whilst scrubbing the porridge pan...there was a bird with bright red face and amazing yellow streaked wings! As I don't have a bird book and the only help I have for identifying birds is a tea towel - not the most comprehensive method I wasn't sure what it was but then with the help of google and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds website I was able to identify it as goldfinch

On other notes, I haven't forgotten about Christmas and I'll sit down at some point and finish the Christmas updates. Henrik is growing, he was 4.9kg (10lb 12oz) and 61.5cm on Tuesday when he had his third set of injections, three all in total...he was not impressed. The first one he didn't mind but the next two...he was not a happy bunny! 

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Relevant news

I learned something very fascinating and relevant from the bbc news website today:
"A giant cloud of hydrogen is racing towards a collision with the Milky Way, astronomers have announced. Smith's Cloud, as it is known, may set off spectacular fireworks when it smacks into our galaxy in 20-40 million years."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Christmas pics 2

We are well into the New Year and I still hasn't managed to finish the Christmas update...oh dear. Well here is part 2 of the story (more to follow still...)

So we got to Finland after Christmas, had some very stressful moments on the M25 that was very very slow but we got to Heathrow and didn't miss the flight - in fact we had one of the most relaxed flights we've ever had. Henrik behaved well on the plane, he grizzled couple of times but my worst nightmares of him crying for 2 hours solid didn't come true which is good. 

We were in Helsinki first for couple of days and then went to the countryside to see my parents and half of my sisters. Most of the time in Helsinki we were seeing friends and relatives and didn't have time to potter around apart from the 30th which was our wedding anniversary (7th) and we kept completely free. WE had a nice day of wondering around Helsinki, dong some shopping and going out for a nice meal in a restaurant called Fabian

Henrik being introduced to the cafe culture in Bulevardin kahvisalonki
David & Henrik walking along Bulevardi
Me and Henrik in the Park along the Esplanadi
But I think (by the smell and noise) that it is time for a nappy change so that's all for this time.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Big bath

Henrik had his first experience of the big bath (as opposed to the baby bath) yesterday and he seemed to like it :)

There are more photos and things to tell from our Christmas travels but I thought this was so cute that I couldn't wait until I'd finished all telling all about what happened before.

Christmas pics 1

The dog highrise

Henrik admiring the Christmas tree with Moses on his side


Monday, January 07, 2008

Beginning of a Christmas update

So Christmas has been and gone and Henrik has had his first plane and train journeys. Two weeks seems to have just flown by. Henrik was a bit too young to get excited about presents or even the wrapping paper! But he got lots of cuddles and loving from everyone which he seemed to enjoy. 

Our journey down from Newcastle to Steyning went well. We stopped for a pub lunch on the way down and had a pretty good journey regardless of the fog. We did the same on the way back and managed to find a little pub in a little place called Elkesley on the side of the A1. It was a random little place...definitely an experience  especially as baba was quite tired and grizzly. 

But the baba is grizzly now as well so I'll go and jig him and write more later.