Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nothing much.

Just because my baby is growing too fast!  I already miss her little newborn sounds, the raspberries, her "older man" throat sounds, all the things she no longer does.  I don't know what I will do when she stops grabbing her little feet!  (She has to grab them every time she eats! It's adorable!!!).  Now she is rolling and almost crawling.  She loves clapping on the floor, or any surface for that matter, she loves to hear her own voice, so she just "talks" all the time (ta ta ta da da da, ah-ah-ah!), she really wants to get up on her own and is always smiling and having a good time it seems.  Time is really flying! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

7 months.

Olivia turns 7 months today.  So much has happened.  I get amazed when I look back on what she has achieved in such a short period of time.  Short for me, a lifetime for her.  Seven months for me is just a sneeze.  For her is all she knows. 
Today I talked to one of my best friends, Eugenia.  She lives in Mexico now, but when I lived in Costa Rica, we used to share an apartment and dream about what the future would bring.  We both followed very different paths; I got married and moved to Norway, started studying Arts and just settled in what would be my new life.   She was a bit more active, had some exiting-full of surprises years where she traveled and just followed her impulses.  Followed her instincts and did what her heart told her.   Now, she found the man she loves and is expecting her first child.  We are, after many years, on the same page again.  I found myself telling her about how it is to give birth and parent a newborn.  About what we went through, as if it was so long ago and so distant because I have a big baby now.  An no, it wasn't that long ago, it was just a few months ago.  But it seems like a lifetime, because my baby grows so much each day.  She has all this to look forward to and it is all so exiting!
It is true.  It all goes very fast.  It is magical and beautiful and everything you hear.  Despite the sleepless nights and tummy aches.  It is, by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life, and I get reminded of that every single day.

Video taken today.  It's just sweet, and I know most won't get it,
but she is interacting so much more!!!!!

Ps.  I became an aunt almost a week ago! Olivia has a little cousin, Iben!  My beautiful sister in law Nicca did great and is doing great too.  Having fun and enjoying every minute of the babymoon together with the happy dad, Olav.  We love her so much already and we are very exited to meet her soon. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

To the love of my life, the best partner, father and friend.  We love you with every bit of ourselves.

Olivia, Rafa & Dani.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Short and sweet.

Jonas had a course in Stavanger, a city a bit south from Bergen, and he invited Olivia and I to come along.  It was only a day and a half, but it was nice to get out of the city and stroll around a new place.  While Jonas was busy working, Olivia and I had a very nice time just the two of us cruising the city with a bit of shopping and coffee drinking.  A nice escape.  Then at night, when Olivia was asleep, Jonas and I got to eat dinner just the two of us at the Hotel Restaurant (by the way, best service in YEARS at Hotel Clarion, Stavanger).
Places to check out while in Stavanger: nice shops at Kirkegaten, Fargegaten and Østervåg, especially Nola.  Good lunch at Food Story and Cafe Sting (and I've heard, Ostehuset too), Coffee at Sjokoladepiken (and of course chocolate too! the most amazing chilly truffles by the way).  Random concert at Bøker og Burst (although not so children friendly I figured.  All in all, it is a very charming city with lots more to do than just strolling, shopping and eating.  But on a lovely November day, that is just a perfect way to spend the day.

Anyways, next time I'm there, I would like to know, where is the best coffee in town??
Oh, and Lise, it was great meeting you there!!! Love to Jonathan!!!

early start at home

amazing hot chocolate at Sjokoladepiken

view from the window at bøker & børst
of course she also comes along

eating a couch and looking out

now she just wants to stand all the time

lovely place, Cafe Sting.

after nursing on the couch at cafe Sting