Nap Time/ Giving Myself Grace

 

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Babychino at Confetti– family cafe in Maastricht

It’s official— “school’s out for summer!” Yesterday was Flora’s last day of Preschool and today was the last dance class for the semester. Unstructured activities are officially over for the summer. Cue panic! The idea of our summer being wide open right now scares the crap out of me, but I am trying to give myself some grace, create space and awareness during challenging mommy moments, and schedule fun things for myself to look forward to.

So in the spirit of giving myself grace, Thibault’s afternoon nap time was a relaxing time. Flora watched Sofia the First on the iPad and I took some time for myself. I have decided that scheduling down time for myself in the day is essential now that I am with the children more this summer. I need this time to do nothing, rest, read, surf the internet, whatever. I used to read books, play games, do puzzles with Flora, prepare dinner, as well as give her some screen time, but I’ve decided to let my mom guilt of screen time relax up a little bit this summer.

A mother’s job is never finished. There is always something to clean, something to pack, something to cook, someone to help, prepare food for, clean up after, etc. The list goes on. I could work around the clock, if possible. So the afternoon Thibault nap time, is now also time for me to relax. A little bit of laundry and a lot of relax!

*We also visited Confetti yesterday. My new favorite kids place in Maastricht. Also— Mama can have a soy latte while Flora plays. Double win!

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Play area at Confetti

Sick Days

 

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Flora’s intro to Rudolph

Back to my previous post quoting, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Damn straight! This was probably one of the toughest week’s of my life. I was sick in bed with a terrible cold and sinus infection for the entire week. It was awful. The only way we survived was the help from my amazing mother-in-law and Jaap, who ended up having to take off 4 days from work this week to take care of the children while I lay in bed. On the toughest day, I got very scared. I couldn’t do anything, but lie in bed, feed Thibault, and try to get some sleep. What were we going to do? Jaap couldn’t take care of three people! He’s also running on no sleep! In come Oma to the rescue! So again, my lovely mother-in-law stayed with us, took care of the children, us, and the household. What would do without her?

And what’s a little sick day without some TV. Flora and I watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on Youtube this week. I was thrilled that she loved it as much as I did (and still do) when I was a kid. Another tradition was born!

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Reaching new heights

Trying to “get back to normal” here, whatever that is when you have a newborn. Flora loves her marble set that she got for Sinterklaas and Jaap (the scientist) loves playing it with her. I love watching them work on it together. They both get very quiet and serious watching the marbles move through the tracks and Flora¬†gets a little bossy, giving out building instructions to Jaap. I love this toy.

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And in the cute department, Thibault is really starting to smile now. The cooing and baby noises are starting to emerge and the smiling faces are here! We were also smiling this morning. Last night he went 5 1/2 hours without a feeding! Woo hoo! That means Jaap and I had four hours of uninterrupted sleep. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s gold to us! Let’s hope he is trending in this direction.