Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day in the Life

Laura over at Navigating the Mothership likes to do "day in the life" posts quarterly and invites others to join in.  I've always thought it would be fun but was never sure if it fit into the theme of my blog.  Since my blog seems to be fairly theme-less at the moment, I thought why not.  There's not much going on here at the moment: pretty much same ol' thing, which became painfully clear to me after spending Thursday "documenting" myself.  Oy, I need to do more!
Lest the above freezing temperatures would have us forget, the utter darkness at 7:15 reminds me that it's still winter out there.  Better than in December, though, when I swear the sun rises at 9:00.
Dirty pan I left to soak overnight.  Our sink is small, so I could only soak half.  What's that I hear?  A baby?  No time for tea!
Niek doesn't have to leave for work quite yet, so he gets Johanna washed up and dressed while I make his Dutch lunch of four sandwiches and have some breakfast.

 Niek leaves for the day, and I putter around the house, folding laundry and kissing a baby.

Inevitably, Johanna poops.  So, you know, off to the changing table.
Some friends of ours just had a baby, and I do the proper Dutch thing: I send a card.  I don't really know what to write, so I browse back through our cards and google a bunch of sentences to make sure it's all spelled correctly.  My spelling in Dutch is really atrocious.
After that, we pack up and walk to the post office.  I miss being able to leave outgoing mail in my mailbox, but the Dutch just don't do that.  I shouldn't complain; we live a stone's throw away from a post office.
Five minutes later we're home, and Johanna is ready for her 10:00 nap.  She sleeps.  I try to get some work done.   When she wakes up, there's a diaper change involved somewhere along the way and I'm ready for lunch: grilled cheese and a tangerine.
While she plays, I answer some e-mails, eat some chocolate and make the bed.

1:00 time for another little nap for her and time to read blogs and to do a little more work.
1:45 the baby is up and we head out to run errands.  On this particular day, I have to go to a store west of Amsterdam, so I catch the tram near our house.

Ugh, I don't know why, but Osdorp depresses me.  I think it's all the low-cost housing from the 70s and 80s.  I feel like I've entered another universe.
The weather is holding, and I'm only a few miles from home.  I decide to walk back instead of taking the tram.  Johanna sleeps in the carrier, and I get to enjoy some fresh air.  Because she's sleeping so well, I stop at the drugstore to get her some baby nasal spray for stuffy nose.  Why is there a creepy worm on the packaging?

Also, this sign amuses me.  English is quite prevalent here but not always appropriately employed.  "Street corner work," really?  I'm not sure they really thought that through.

We're home by 4:00.  There's another diaper to be changed.
Playtime on the ground and an attempt to read the paper.
After a bit of a struggle, Johanna conks out for her last nap around 5:30.  I head to the kitchen to make dinner.

Just pasta with veggies in a cream sauce.  I think it would have been better had I run to the store for actual cream instead of just using the milk I had on hand.  Still, it wasn't bad.
6:15 Niek comes home and the baby is awake.  Just in time for our family meal.
Around 7:00, we put the munchkin in her pajamas and settle down for a few stories.  Of course, Johanna wants to get in one more meltdown before bedtime.
Johanna is asleep at 8:00 but woke up a few times.  No time for adult conversations.  By 9:30 she is down for good (I hope), and we do the geriatric thing by going to bed.  You know, I believe that someday I will feel well rested again.


  1. Anyone who's had a baby (and some of those of us who haven't) know what you're going through - time management and sleep are going to be weird for a while. Johanna's grown so much since the last pictures! And those rosy cheeks are so adorable - like 17th century Dutch painting.

    1. Time management has never been my strong suit, and it's gotten worse in the last few months. We're finding our stride, though.
      The rosy cheeks are adorable, but they're unfortunately caused by the cold weather and an eczema flare up. Poor thing inherited her mom's sensitive skin. Skin condition aside, I think she looks pretty cute.

  2. Such a lovely post, as always! So nice to see the whole family doing well. But four sandwiches for lunch?? I must know more. And I love Johanna's bright eyes and chubby cheeks... and leg warmers, right? Squeee!

  3. I love the buildings in Osdorp :)

    Great post!

  4. Fun post! And those rosy baby cheeks are way too adorable.

    Babies and sleep...UGH.

  5. What a beautiful little baby! I love reading about life in other countries. Thanks!

  6. We live in those ugly communist style block buildings here in Sweden and they do get so depressing looking especially in winter. I always am dreaming of living in the proper old buildings in the town center but at least our rent is cheaper then back at home in California!

    Also my husband eats a very similar lunch and I always laugh at eating four different types of sandwiches at the same time!

    1. Oh, we don't live in the quaint apartments either. We live in a flat outside the city center. I hear you on SoCal rents. My place in LA was so expensive, but I loved it.

      Yeah, the sandwiches. I've just had to accept it. Why not make one sandwich with lots of toppings instead of four sandwiches with only one thing? Must be a northern European thing.

    2. I know and now I kinda feel guilty making an American style sandwich! And on rent we pay now for a one bedroom in Sweden in what we did for a illegal studio with no parking or washer/dryer access in California!

  7. Your baby is so sweet! I love the leg warmers, too!
    And I hear you on the feeling well-rested thing. I hope it comes soon because I'm tired of living in "mama zombie-land". :)