Sunday, September 29, 2013

Super couple

Today I truly felt like superwoman times two. Not only did I travel all by myself with both kids (the most problematic one was for sure Alexis who just wanted to run around when he found an opportunity), heavy hand luggage with 4 hours of sleep. I've unpacked the whole car's packing (M drove back to Zürich yesterday by himself with a completely full car, unloaded everything today, and is by far a super man who's just powering on without complaining), cleaned parts of the apartment and started to decorate little Leon's boy room with our new interior for him. It might be these breast feeding hormones, I have no idea how I manage to survive this day. But here we are. Perfectly fine, but extremely tired.

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  1. But why couldn't M take Alexis in the car and leave a bag or two for you? Strange. Good work of you!

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    1. Alexis in the car for 24 hours, that's not kind to a kid. And wit a car that packed it's actually dangerous.
      I had some hand luggage for the simple reason that we stayed another day and another night in our country house. And those things we used, plus things that children need, was in my hand luggage. As simple as that.

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    2. maybe a funny father - son time...in the car, like a short holiday...Alexis is not a baby anymore and M can take more responsibility ...kind regards!

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    3. Ha, ha, ha ... You must be kidding?

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    4. Obviously the person who wrote this does not have children She does not know that a toddler of two needs to be entertained all the time. You cannot drive in a motorway alone with a 2 year old child, who is still a baby and does not speak yet, whether you are his mother or father. And 24 H !!! Stina is right it is dangerous. There is no question of *father and son time in the car* at this age.

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  2. That is really a good days work!!! But don´t forget to take care of yourself too. Looks like a nice room, like the drawer especially.//Laila

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    1. Thank you Laila. I try, small glimpses of Stina time here and there.

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  3. Wonderful mum hope you rest now for the next couple of days and enjoy the boys

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  4. Can't wait to see his room finished, and for you to get settled as a family in Zurich too! Get good rest and energy, Stina :)

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    1. Thank you Johanne! I love these furnitures!

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  5. Hej stina
    jag har en fråga jag hoppas du kan hjälpa mig med, jag har precis fått reda på att jag är gravid, men ca 1 vecka sedan gjorde jag en botox behandling "Pannan" och nu är jag jätte orolig kan detta påverka!

    Tack

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    1. No, no, no ... Don't you worry. The Botuliniumtoxin can not reach the child in this state at all.

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  6. Du är fantastisk Stina, likaså M. Leons rum ser helt underbart fint ut, gissar att du längtar efter att få in alla hans små kläder i garderoben. Önskar Er god sömn nu så ni får komma ikapp lite. Ser fram mot att veta mer om erat boende/stora beslut som är tagna..? Tiden kommer för det, jag vet jag vet;)) Du gör det så bra! Kram

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    1. Thank you Åsa! all the clothes are already in now! I can't wait to share it when possible!

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  7. Hej Stina! Underbar blogg med många vackra bilder. Jag ville höra med dig, angående att vara i ett förhållande med någon som inte prata samma språk. Jag har en pojkvän som är i från (och bor i) södra Tyskland, vi har setts i ca 5 månader och är hemskt förälskade, men ibland är det svårt, trots att vi båda behärskar engelska mycket väl, att connecta på grund av språket. Det är ibland svårt att säga exakt vad man känner och tycker. Vad är din uppfattning om det? Hur har det varit för dig och din man? Tusen tack. Hälsningar, Lydia.

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    1. Lydia,

      I know exactly what you mean and I sure did experience it with M the first two years! And especially in the beginning. The nuances in a language can not be said int he same precise way as with your mother tongue. Many times I felt like I sounded stupid with less correct vocabulary, but in the end I started to not bother about it and my language skills imporved along the way. You will grow into your new situation and you, as a couple will find your own way of communicating.

      I also found it corny sometimes to express deep romantic feelings in English which I was not use to, but now a days, with three different languages in our family, it's working just fine.

      Hang in there!

      Good luck!

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    2. Tack Stina! Jag tror och hoppas att vi kommer in i det.

      Btw, jag och min pojkvän var på Sprüngli i Zürich i våras och testade croissanten med aprikoser (och en massa annat gott såklart) - åh så god den var! Så tack för tipset! Underbart ställe att spana en massa fab people!
      Hälsningar, Lydia

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  8. Wow!! Super couple indeed! Knock on wood!!!

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  9. @lydia jag har varit tillsammans med min bosniska man I 13 år, gifta i 10 år, och ibland är det svårt men oftast vara underbart. Tror inte att det har så mycket med språket att göra utan hur bra man känner varandra. Måste ge det mer tid, tror jag. Lycka till...
    Bra gjort Stina, man måste leva livet även med två barn ;-) xx

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  10. Wow, you are on Fire! Look after yourself, x

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  11. you complain too much

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    1. If she complains too much, why do you visit her blog? If her complaining bothers you, better not to come here then. Nobody wants your negative energy. Start your own blog. It is Stina's blog and she can say what she wants. If she wants to complain, so be it.

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    2. they calls it : free opinion! It's stinas choise, to pulish my comment......

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    3. Where do you see complaints here? Enlighten me, please.....

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    4. "you complain too much"... that's so funny! I don't see it as complaining, I see it as a woman chatting to her readers about how exhausting a day can be with 2 tiny children, not to mention travelling! Reading Stina's blog is a lot like going to a coffee shop with a good friend and chatting about life, the ups and downs, the good, the bad. REAL life in other words, and it's not all rosy all the time.... that would be a fantasy blog and not terribly interesting in my humble opinion.

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    5. It's funny, I don't feel like i am complaining, which I sure could, more like Deirdre says; I use my blog very often as a perfect environment to chat, open my mind, talk, share advice and just ventilate etc like with some good friends and lovely bunch of women (and a few men).

      If you don't like it, there's thousands of other blogs open for you. My blog is not a "must" it's read out of own free will!

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      stina

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  12. Well my Stina I admire you!
    You must be dead today and try to stay home to rest. I know easy to say because now you have to cook, buy to eat and of course fullfil closet for little Leon.
    I find you very courageous to travel alone but M had to return the car with all things you had, so it was also difficult for him. Try not to travel for a while now until next step....
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    Uta

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    1. Thank you Uta, it's exactly like that. It never ends. Like for all women and mothers out there. And men for that reason!

      hugs,
      stina

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  13. Har du några tips? Hur kom ni till flygplatsen? Jag tycker det är svårt få skjuts eftersom man behöver bilbarnstol och de flesta taxi inte har dessa.

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    1. I Stockholm går det att förboka bil med bilbarnsstol. Vissa taxibolag tar dock extra betalt för bilbarnsstolen.

      MK

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    2. Katti: My parents drove me to the airport. We have one car seat already always staying in Stockholm and for this time we borrowed the second one for babies of a friend.

      Other times I've called the taxi companies in advanced and booked the car with car seats before.

      But it's sure more complicated when you need TWO car seats!!

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    1. No, but this day I was for sure! Thank you

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  15. Dear Stina, you are amazing as always!!!I hope you can relax a little bit now(of course it's not that easy, with your two beautiful, sweet and vivacious boys)...You and M are truly a super cuple! It makes all the difference, if you face challenges with someone, who take his part of the weight, so you can master everything together
    Alina

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    1. Very much so Alina. We also fight etc like all couples, but mostly we try to work as a team, especially in stressful situations!

      best,
      stina

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  16. Åh strongt gjort att resa själv :) . Kram Linda

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  17. I do understand its a lot of work, but fail to see how what you are doing is any different than millions of mothers all over the world. In fact, probably easier in many respects. Here in Asia were I am living there is no break like you have had for pregnant women and new mothers, they work straight through it all, real work all the time, not picking newly clothes and lounging in South of France and Northern Europe in a country house. You are very fortunate and blessed, but not so sure about very hardworking compared to the world outside of a wealthy bubble in part of Europe.

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    1. Did she ever say it was different? This is a blog where she tells us about HER life. Just because mothers are struggling all over the world in different situations does not mean a what you call "fortunate and blessed" person are less able to feel exhausted and tired.

      We all have are own struggles.. and here, at this blog, we get to see a part of Stinas.

      I'm sure she does not write because she want anyone to feel sorry for her, which seems to be you case though?

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    2. Fair enough - think it but don't write it - negative energy not required here.

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    3. Anonymous 1.

      Fear point. In Scandinavia family life and motherhood with its very long and needed mother leave is a blessing and something we thank our ultra modern governments for and the men and women living there who are the ones fighting for this in the first place. The men in Sweden are unique in the way that many of them are on monthly fathers leave and even if you are a hight CEO, you have legal rights of doing so.
      Our governments also have legal boundaries of how many hours per week you should work, not to have these situations like as an example, in Asia, where people are forced to work inhumanly long working hours for very often a shameful pay check in the end. I wish it was the same good human rights for everyone on this earth, unfortunately it's not.

      I can only respect the woman and men out there with less human rights and less good of a country then the one i'm use to and say that I understand that our situation is much more privilege than many others in that sense.

      But as Anonymous nr 2 wrote, that doesn't mean that some of my days, in my reality is filled with struggle also.

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  18. stina,I love your life und blog. What is your profession and have you studied?

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    1. Hi,

      I've studied many different things before I went to med, nursing school to be a nurse. In England and Sweden the nursing school is "higher" then in other countries which means we have special rights to do many things nurses normally are not allowed to do.
      I've studied, graphic design, literature, finance, Medicine for a year, fashion design for half a year and a lot of different courses in my present carrer. Now I'm a specialist nurse in medical aesthetic and had my own practise in Ellipseklinikken (now Akademikliniken) for many years. I've had a wonderful career in Sweden and was often asked to participate as a specialist in TV interviews, different magazines etc which was a lot of fun. As soon as Leon is one year, I will be back as a business woman and working with facial sculpturing (which is one of my specialist areas) and other medical improvements. It's a versatile job where I can blend my passion for the aesthetic in life with my medical skills. I love it!

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    2. Vad tråkigt att du inte accepterar ärliga kommentarer. Visar att denna blogg inte är särskilt pålitlig.

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  19. Ustedes forman un gran equipo,y uste es una super mama,Felicidades.Isabel desde España.

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  20. Good job Stina - two little ones and breastfeeding is not easy. Take care. - Kate

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    1. No it's not but it can be done! I know mothers who travelled with 4 !!! kids by themselves! Lord!

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  21. Yes, I think you are a superwoman. Travelling with kids is tough. I don't care what the haters say!

    Janine

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  22. She didn't say it was different. Just saying...

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  23. Stina, even though I don't know you it makes me very sad when people criticize you're way of living.
    Especially when they write unfair comments about your M.
    Kram
    H

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    1. Thank you H,

      I honestly don't care because like always in life, it says much more about them then about me.

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  24. Ladies, that are no haters, they are just jealous and can not deal with Stinas and M's life. They did not get the point, that STINA is just giving us a small view of HER PRIVATE LIFE, TOUGHTS and FEELINGS...

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  25. When one decides to boast about their life on the Internet, one must accept the consequences, such as the undesirable comments. Sorry, but you have opened your life to the world and you can't expect eveyone to admire you.

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    1. I've never said that they were not allowed. And I DO publish them which shows that I'm ready to have them just as well as the more kind ones. But also, if you publish something like that, you also needs to be prepared to get reactions back! It's a catch 22.

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  26. Great to hear you are all settled back comfortably! You are truly inspiring Stina, super couple indeed! With the exhausting travel behind you, the fun stuff can start... like decorating little Leons' room and just settling into a new cozy routine! :)

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    1. I love being back now! I haven't stayed in our apartment since mid June!

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  27. So many haters today, why? Is it jealousy? If you don't like Stina or her life or her blog, don't come here. I am sure Stina knows that she is not the only mother in the world, but her experiences if it are unique and she has every right to talk about them on HER blog. To the woman in Asia, just because Stina has a somewhat wealthy lifestyle in a rich country DOES NOT mean that her llife experiences are less valuable or interesting or important than those of other women in less privileged circumstances. This is not a competition for who has the hardest life. We all have good and bad sides to our life so don't assume you know everything about someone's life from a blog.

    Stina, I wanted to ask if you could do more posts about being in a relationship with someone from a different country/culture and making it work. But when you write about M all the negative ANONYMOUS commenters come!

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  28. alltid toppen ... jag Älskar din superfint blogg :)

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  29. Thank you for the very interesting comment. I'll try to write more about that because we do have a lot of cultural differences in our relationship!

    Best,
    stina

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