Good morning from Piemonte!
Adam is still snoozing, although that won’t go on for much longer. Because we are going to the market today in Arona, and that requires an early start. We landed safely in Orta San Giulio and enjoyed taking it easy at first, unpacking and only leaving the apartment around 13:00. Everything at the right pace – a slow one … I will start brewing the coffee in a minute, the Italian one, that is buzzing on the hob and is as black as the night, and at 8:30 a little breakfast basket will arrive at our door outside our room with the whitest Filone bread and a couple of croissants. We ripped the cheese guy of Tallegio and another strong cheese and in the fridge we also have salami and a little bit of fresh fruit. It is the loveliest place with a view of Lago d’Orta (which I for some reason thought was Como, but these lakes are all nearby; Maggiore, Orta, Como).
Before the week really starts I’ll show you some glimpses from a pleasant last week, which was much more work than the week before, where I relaxed just a little too much compared to what I had to get done before the holiday, hehe… But I managed to do most of it. And the rest is just waiting for me for when I get home.
We went out to celebrate that we now only have less than 3 months before the due date and have hit the seventh month! It’s all going so quickly but in the big picture I’m still feeling pretty comfortable. Well yeah, I have pins and needles in my swollen fingers due to the heat, but I guess many others experience that. The most discomfort I’ve experienced is actually to wake up at the crack of dawn every day no matter how late I went to bed because I have to pee. And then my leg cramps. They are insane!! But I’ve stepped up the self-care and continue to take magnesium and potassium and I’ve now also acquired magnesium oil, which tingles in the legs. But this is only temporary and I’m thoroughly enjoying how special it is to carry a child. Our child. It overshadows both swollen legs and a bladder with its own agenda.
Two good friends for dinner on the roof terrace, which had to be easily prepared. Bubbles and takeaway. I had had a busy day and so did the others, but instead of cancelling we agreed to just hang out for a couple of hours and pick up some take away food. Of course, it ended up with them leaving at 23:00, hehe… So it was no early night after all but the conversation centered on everything to do with work, career, ideas of our lives, giving birth and sex. A night like this leaves you energized afterwards. It was like recharging your batteries together for a couple of hours, and I don’t usually feel like this in the company of others. It was so uplifting! We covered everything while the sun was setting.
My own harvest! And much bigger than the ones I’ve had the past four years, haha, because for some unknown reason the birds have been a little slower to realize the perks of a blueberry bush. Usually my way of thinking is that “I’ll just give them one more day”, but then the birds have beaten me to it. But not this year. They were both sweet and sour, but most of all filled with pride and care. To grow something yourself – that is awesome! Hopefully there will be another ripe harvest for me when I return home.
We have agreed to plant raised beds on the terrace, if it’s not too late in the season, then it will be next year. Maybe using the wooden boards from our old headboard? It doesn’t fit our new large bed anyway. If we’re able to use the wooden planks once more then they will have served as a floor, a headboard and plant containers. That is what I call recycling!
I had to smooch my nieces before the holiday so we met in the Tivoli Food Halls to a serving of “kajkager” (frog cakes) from Riccos. I really can’t recommend them, hehe, completely dry and they had definitely exceeded the expiration date, but the company was perfect. It always feels like the two small madams move at 110 km/h. It’s going to be so crazy and new to get some boyish energy into the family.
I wonder if he’s going to be a little wild one or calm like us? My reflexologist/healer (yes she is) suddenly told me the other day that I shouldn’t worry if the little one was going to fit in (not that I was worried), because he was a small Adam, completely calm and good-natured. I’ll take him anyhow.
Speaking of, just look at him. Sweet and gentle. Buuuut for those who knows him really well, also with a bit of a temper, I promise. Yeah, you wouldn’t quite think that with those big blue eyes, hehe, but there’s definitely a strong opinion and a voice hidden in there! But he is very nice, and we laugh, often, and every evening we listen to John Mayer on our small speaker so he’ll get a little goodnight lullaby from the very beginning. One of our favourite songs.
Currently I’m very fascinated by sunflowers. They have this childlike innocence. Like big, wide smiles on a stem. I wanted to bring home a bundle, but since we were leaving in a couple of days, it wouldn’t make any sense. But I will return when we arrive at home again.
To those of you who are asking about my Faithfull dresses – I bought them from Asos. Emily has warned me against buying on their web shop, because the shipping and customs is a proper mouthful. So I’m settling for the small, curated selection on Asos (advertising link)
Adam and I popped by Vejle (a Danish city) before arriving in the airport on a Sunday. It was for my best friend’s birthday. 30 years! There were grill food, drinks, a chocolate fountain (seriously a good party trick – fresh fruit, skewers and chocolate ad infinitum – the summer version of cheese raclette).
I bought this dress ages ago in a size bigger than I usually would get it in, originally bought to wear at a wedding for the 1st of September. But ehm… It had to be now. Because what I had forgotten to keep in mind when I acquired it was that the fabric moves more and more ‘north’ the more my waist increases. SO it was now or never. But I won’t meet the trouble halfway and I’ll decide what to wear when the time comes. I will find a solution. But the dress was definitely pretty – I discovered when researching online that Boozt gives a 20% extra discount on sale items until tomorrow, if you spend more than 499 DKK. (advertising link)
So this is us, ten weeks apart. I’m very grateful to share this journey with her. Her stomach is a little more round and well-shaped than mine as must be expected, but it gives me a chance to get excited about what mine will look like in a few weeks. She carries herself so beautifully,with a football just like that attached to her. It was the same during her first pregnancy. Two small boys, is what we are having and I hope they will find just as much joy in their friendship as us, regardless of water and bridges separating us. We will teach them to Facetime!