Saturday, April 20, 2013

Upside Down

One of Inara's favorite things to do right now is to be upside down. So, when dad is conscious (relating to previous post), she requests this until his arms are about to fall off. You can hear her say "hanga uppchner" (hang upside down) over and over.

Anyone have any idea how long it's ok to be upside down for? We kinda figured that as long as she's laughing she's fine.

When They Are Sleeping

Andrew was putting Inara to bed when I realized it had been very quiet in the bedroom for a long time. This was what I found:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

We Present...

... the next addition to the family:

We have not been able to decide if baby is looking at us or away from us in this one...

Looking away. You can clearly see the spine and one ear.

Turns out that I'm almost 20 weeks along (halfway there!) and the new due date is September 5. In Sweden, you normally only do one ultrasound around week 19, whereas with Inara we were spoiled with three of them. Needless to say, we were excited to finally get to see who is hiding in there. The baby was very active, much more so than I remember Inara being during the ultrasound, doing all kinds of flips and twists. I'm still not able to feel much of it, but I'm guessing it's just a matter of time. Everything they saw looked good and they had no concerns. 

A couple of side notes about the already birthed child:

- Right before falling asleep last night, she muttered: "I want to hold that dog."
- In the changing room after swimming, she peed on the floor, wiped it with her hand, brought it to her mouth and licked it. In her defense, she did say it was yucky. That might however have been on account of her dad puking in his mouth a little. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hot Dogs

We had a fairly quiet weekend. Spent Saturday at my mom's and Sunday we went to the forest with some other families for some hot dog grilling. Inara quite enjoyed finding a good stick and holding it over the fire. It was the first nice day here in a very long time and we were all just soaking up the sun. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Drawing Fish

A while back, I posted a painting Inara had made depicting fish. Her interest in these particular sea creatures seems to have remained. As she was sitting on the floor drawing yesterday, I asked what she was making. She said "fish" and this is what she showed me (I guess I'm a pretty proud of our little artist): : 

I marked her fish, but feel free to be impressed by her dad's artwork as well.

Monday, April 1, 2013


We've been enjoying a long Easter weekend. I got part of Thursday off and neither one of us start back until Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights:


We attended the yearly Easter parade where kids (and adults) dress up as witches, walk through town and are rewarded for their efforts with an Easter egg.

The fiercest Easter-witch of them all.

Our friends got the right idea and dressed the whole family up.


Inara helped me make blueberry muffins. Anyone who's ever baked together with a child knows what kind of help she was offering. After one failed batch, we did get some muffins though and Inara had a great time.

We then defied this offensively cold weather we're having and met up with friends at a nearby park. Despite bringing hot beverages and muffins, we only endured for about an hour. Where is spring?


I was going to go make candles with my cousin and uncle. Or so I thought, but it turns out I had got things mixed up and it's not until next weekend. Unfortunately, we had turned down an Easter lunch because of it and ended up just staying home all day. However, it ended up being a good day of just hanging out.

We all got Easter-tattoos that grandpa Kartchner had sent:

Inara painted and apparently realized through a series of trials that there really is no need for color when one paints, as long as one uses a lot of black instead. 

At night we had one of Andrews old classmates over for dinner. I hadn't seen him for a long time and we enjoyed a nice dinner and interesting discussions. 


Inara wore the Easter dress that grandma and grandpa Kartchner sent:

Good thing we have Inara around to take care of stuff!

We then headed out to my mom's in the morning (taking the bus, which is one of Inara's favorite things to do) where we hid some eggs filled with stickers (another one of Inara's favorite things) in the yard. We thought she might not be that interested after finding the first one, so we didn't put that many out, but she really seemed to enjoy it. When we got inside she got to look for one last, bigger egg that we had filled with pomegranate seeds. She loved it. Here's a (long) video of her looking for eggs:


The day was finished off with swim class. 


It's been a pretty boring day of getting things done, but we're planning on heading outside once Inara wakes up from her nap. When I asked her what she wanted to do today, she said swinging, so that's probably what we'll be doing next.

Hope all of you had a great Easter!