S E V E N

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on him: Hux baby X tee and Alphabet leggings found here

Magnus turned seven months the other day.  He’s becoming such a big boy and really trying to keep up with his big brother.  Everyone tells you that time goes by even faster with a second, or third baby, but its hard to imagine until it happens to you.  I feel as though he’s changing in the blink of an eye.  Unlike when Johannes got older though, this time I’m prepared, and genuinely excited.  I love what’s to come, and can’t wait to see how Magnus changes, the funny things he will do and say, and getting to see him take his very first steps.

Sweet Magnus is big but gentle.  You wouldn’t know that he’s overtired, EVER, because when he is tired he simply gets a little quieter and gigglier.  He loves to nurse, especially at night, and I’m completely ok with waking up to do this, I almost cherish those moments.  Magnus now gets up on all fours, and has discovered that if he wants to get somewhere he can.  Be it through wiggles, or lunges, or rolls, he is mobile, and crawling is just around the corner.

There are no signs of teeth yet, but that doesn’t stop him from eating or chewing.  What started off as a reluctant love affair with food, has now evolved into a true love.  There is no food that he has tasted yet which he doesn’t love, and unlike how I was when Johannes was a baby, I am much less cautious this time around.  If Magnus wants to try it I let him, be it chunks of bread or strawberries or bites of banana, I’m kind of all for it.

My car rides are a bit noisier now.  Johannes has found an audience in his little brother and so the silliness is at an all-time-high.  Magnus in turn finds his big brother hilarious, so no more quiet peaceful drives for me. I am almost certain that Magnus’ first word will be “farts”, because he hears it over and over and over again.

S E V E N – its treating us pretty well so far.

Spring Weekend

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For the first time in months we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and warmth.  It was so wonderful to spend hours and hours outside.  To do our groceries on the main street full of little shops.  To take the kids to the park and watch them play.  To run outside again on the lakeshore and BBQ outside in our back yard.  We had a taste of what’s to come and all of us including the kids couldn’t be happier.

In Toronto it gets pretty cold in the winters, and for what feels like eternity, we hardly get to enjoy the outdoors.  So at the slightest glimpse of warm sunshine every family heads outdoors. We greet our neighbours again, marvel at how much the kids have grown and start to clean up our gardens.  Its sort of a tradition almost.

One thing I realized I desperately need, is a new running stroller.  A double one so I can run with both boys.  Its much too hard to let Johannes ride his bike along side us.  Constantly watching to make sure he doesn’t fall, and being limited by the distance we can travel.  So this week I’m starting that journey to find a stroller I can use with both kids, so that I can start to truly get back into shape.

What did you guys do this weekend?

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Small Business Thursday: Mini Mocks

Thursday is upon us, which makes me happy because it means Friday (and therefore Saturday) are just around the corner.

If you don’t yet know Petra Gardefjord, you will soon as she is the incredibly talented designer and maker of Mini Mocks.  Organically made soft leather moccasins in the most beautiful colours and designs.  This Swedish brand is going to be a big BIG deal one day, I just know it.


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I have personally followed Petra on social media for some time now, and Magnus is a big fan of her beautiful mocs, but I really wanted to sit down and learn a bit more about this talented mama.  Here is what she had to share:

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family. 

My name is Petra and I’m together with Martin since 5 years. We are still not married but want to one day, no rush… Our children Frank (4) and Liv (2) makes our little family just perfect! We are one happy bunch that likes to play together, riding our bikes, swim, play football or just build some Lego or draw. We live in a flat in Stockholm, Sweden, but would love to move to a bigger one or a house in a few years time.


What sparked the idea for Mini Mocks?

When I was on maternity leave with our daughter I started to find more interest in children’s fashion. She was a very easy baby and so I started to make lots of different clothes and accessories for her and her brother. The moccasins just came to me after having problems with finding shoes for her. She was a little chubby and nothing stayed on. I made my own patterns and made the first pair from an old leather jacket, haha!

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What role do your children play in your business?

They are a big part of my business. Liv is my go-to-girl for trying all new Mocks, since she still fits my sizes (largest size is 2-3y). And Frank is constantly bringing new ideas to my head. It’s about colors, stories, things he talks about…


In 5 years, where do you see Mini Mocks?

That is such a difficult question… I have always lived for the day, or maybe the month. And thats how we do it in my family now too! I like the fact that my company is small but still gives me such great opportunities. 
How do you come up with all of your creative designs?
Like I mentioned, my kids give me so many ideas, they really do. But I also like to be inspired by ‘grown-up’ fashion and interior design. 

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If you had to pick one holiday to be your favorite, which one would it be?

It has to be the Swedish Midsummer. It’s in the end of June, everyone are happy and we dance a lot and stay up all night celebrating summer and fecundity!


What would people be most surprised to find out about you?

That I have no sewing or design education what so ever, hush don’t tell… :)
Who inspires you?
So many at the moment, the list is just getting longer and longer each day… I love Instagram, I find all my inspiration there. You Ana, is one of them!  (insert me blushing by the way…so humbled to even read this -ana)


What surprised you most about motherhood?

We hear so much, during pregnancy, before pregnancy, but one can never understand the joy it brings, the pure love! 
It has given me a whole new life. It is for sure a new start, a new part.
If you could give one piece of advice to new moms that might want to start a business?
I have thousands of those… but I would say, give it a chance. Give it six month at least. If you really believe in something, and idea, a product, it will work. But you have to give it the time it deserves. It’s that moment, when you decide to give it a go, that’s crucial.
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Thank you so much Petra for sharing with me, with us.  The one thing I find so beautiful about Instagram and social media in general, is really getting to meet so many talented women doing amazing things, Petra you’re one of those.
You can follow Petra on Instagram, or see her beautiful mocs on her website (hurry they sell out fast!), and for Canadian & US mamas if you want to find Mini Mocks here in North America, our shop now carries a special collaboration with Petra…you never know, they may just be a part of history one day, because I am convinced this lady is going to be a big BIG deal one day.

Easter

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(photos taken with iPhone | mocks, slippers and leggings available here)

After a long week of being away, Michael and Johannes came home on Saturday.  To say that I missed them would be an understatement.  We are a family of four now and it just didn’t feel right having them away.  The house felt empty, the night time was scary and breakfasts were lonely.

Johannes had a wonderful time out West with our family though, and I’m so glad he got to have one on one time with Michael. As much as I missed them, I also enjoyed getting to know Magnus on his own as well.  He’s always such an easy going baby, super happy and mostly calm and quiet.  But during the week he came out of his shell a little bit.  He became more vocal and a little more snuggly, all things that make my heart happy.

In the end the boys came home just in time for Easter Sunday!

5 Lies We Tell New Moms

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One of my best friends (who shall remain nameless here), recently had her baby boy.  She endured months and months of anticipation, excitement and planning.  After her little boy was born we went several weeks before connecting again, and we had the most interesting conversation about new mommy-hood.  My friend was genuinely a little bit angry, with the pre-natal nursing staff, with me, with moms in general for having lied to her all along about what was to come or how things may go.

So after giving it a great deal of thought, I think I have to agree.  We lie to moms all the time, we all do it, me included.  Sometimes we lie on purpose, other times we lie by omission.  Regardless, we lie lie lie.  So I’m here to set the record straight with a few “truths”, for my friend, for myself and anyone else who may be reading this while pregnant thinking all will be roses and unicorns come that little one’s arrival.

(1) The  “I’m so in love” lie:  We often tell moms that the first time they meet their baby it will be the best day of their lives.  This part is true….HOWEVER it will likely be a few months or maybe years before you will look back at your little one’s birth day with fondness and longing.  Likely you will be so drugged up from an epidural, or so drained from a natural labour, that you won’t remember much…never mind actually bond with that little baby.  Now this may not the case for all, some moms may instantly fall in love, I don’t know know for sure but I’ll give everyone the benefit of the doubt here.  I can say for me I felt relieved mainly.  Relieve that the baby was alive, and myself also for that matter.

I like to think we tell other mom’s this from a bout of temporary amnesia.

(2) The “breastfeeding is amazing” lie:  Breastfeeding can be amazing, and likely will be at some point but not immediately.  At first it sucks.  It hurts horribly, there may be blood, and this is if you’re lucky enough to have a baby who latches.  If you don’t, you’ll likely go through hours of torturous thoughts and worries.  You will spend a lot of time researching lactation consultants and frequenting chat rooms for any shred of help and advice someone may give you.

(3)  The “it gets better just as soon as…” lie:  Oh I think I’m the queen of this lie.  I say it all the time, to myself also.  “Its ok that he’s not sleeping right now, it gets better as soon as he hits 11lbs”.  “Don’t worry that your baby screams every single night starting at 4pm, it gets better as soon as he turns 3mos”…. I could go on.  The truth is whatever horrible phase is happening at that exact moment it will pass and it will get better, but likely it will be replaced by an equally horrible phase or maybe even worse…insert teething here.

(4)  The “breastfeeding helps you lose weight” lie (see also #2):  Breastfeeding DOES NOT HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT.  Actually breastfeeding will make you hungrier than you’ve ever been before, including during pregnancy.  You will be starving all day long and shovelling food in wherever you can get it.  Do yourself a favour and don’t expect a miraculous transformation, because its just not going to happen.

(5)  The “don’t worry about what you look like you just had a baby” lie:  This is a big one, and its so big that I even say it to myself and believe it.  Except that at some point we didn’t JUST have a baby.  No.  We had a baby 6 months ago, a year ago.  Often this lie is then replaced by “it took 9 months to gain the weight it will take that long to lose it”.  Its really all just BS at the end of the day.  I think we say it not knowing what else to say and not wanting the new or soon to be new mom, to lose all faith and maybe have a nervous breakdown.  In truth losing any baby weight is hard, very hard, especially if you’re breastfeeding (see point #4).  It can come off BUT it comes off with major diet changes and restrictions, working out and dedication.

So there you have it.  If its any consolation we lie because we care.  We want to make sure moms are happy first and foremost, so we fib a little to keep those rainbows alive.  And if we are level-setting here, your love for your child will far out weight the crap I wrote above, that I can promise is the truth.