News VIII: Christmas is all about giving…… to the baby

Christmas and the unfortunate realization that it’s no longer about presents for YOU

When baby comes, presents disappear
Baby – clothes + books + painting set (age 21 weeks), Mum – Pearl earrings (cause that’s what she wanted), Dad – Nothing…..

So, these last two weeks have been interesting. Beyond the funeral, carrying and lowering the casket into the grave and giving our condolences to my aunt, who is still dealing with the idea of being alone this Christmas – the whole experience did bring forth the notion that time is limited, which made this Christmas all the more special with family. In Norway we celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th, stuffing our faces with apple filled roasted duck, with potato dumplings and red cabbage with loads of gravy. This, followed by of course my favorite part of the evening, where I get to open presents – only this year was different. Continue reading “News VIII: Christmas is all about giving…… to the baby”

News VIII: Week 19 – Ze Village life – and another F*CK you by 2016

A quick insight into our last doctor visit in Japan, leaving Asia after 23 years and joining my side of the family for ze Village life in Norway.

winter-bed-time-freezing
……. no words… everyone that shares a bed with someone else can relate.

The preparations for our move have now been finalized and after a quick visit to our super hero doctor, who after an ultrasound gave us another positive update, spirits were high on finally leaving Asia after 23 years. At 19 weeks, we could finally see the babies features, whilst our ‘daughter to be’ was happily sucking her thumb (or the doctor indicated it could have been her foot – our little one is a yoga prodigy already) and had a preliminary check up of all of her vital organs – all of which were working as expected. Heart rate was at a solid 165bpm and we were surprised by a more insightful, albeit ‘weird’ 3D rendered image. I’ve pictured an actual 3D ‘pixar-esque’ visual, but was more surprised to receive what reminded me of a fossil halfway caught in a rock, with elements protruding from it – picture instead. Continue reading “News VIII: Week 19 – Ze Village life – and another F*CK you by 2016”

News V; Boy or Girl… the Road to Week 16

Discovering whether or not we are going to be parents to a boy or girl and unveiling wifeys pregnancy to the rest of the family.

whether it's a boy or girl - that's the question
Cause mum is really pleasant lately

Throughout October 2016, we were extensively travelling from Asia to North America due to work related trade shows and client visits. Due to the amounts of radiation in the air, we were told that in order to protect your baby, you can get these radiation belly protectors, which I sternly reminded wifey to wear prior to getting on the plane. Even though we had to work a lot, I was proud of wifey keeping it together, even though the nausea continued to linger, like some dark cloud in a windless valley. Continue reading “News V; Boy or Girl… the Road to Week 16”

News IV: Parents in town & wedding #2 + the road to Week 10!

Celebrating our “Asian” wedding and having our parents come over for another ultra-sound check, where we saw the baby kicking and exploring the idea of a genetic test.

When wife's belly is getting bigger, but no one knows if fat or pregnant.
That moment you don’t know the difference between “getting fat” and pregnant.

So the festivities of our second wedding went phenomenal. Tons of friends made it out and we wore our country’s traditional wedding attire and went through a whole ceremony. Here, culturally speaking, it is common place to go from table to table to drink shots with friends/relatives/’#whotheFinvitiedyou people and get absolutely hammered. Wifey pretended to drink, walking around with nothing but a glass of water, whilst me, being the responsible husband I am, took relentless shots after shots (and actually survived pretty well). I learned from my last wedding- (same lady – don’t judge) that if you don’t eat as much as you can to be full in as little time as possible (be it appetizers, because after those, you have responsibilities to mingle), you are royally screwed. Continue reading “News IV: Parents in town & wedding #2 + the road to Week 10!”