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I have sent you a ‘sunshine award’ from my blog – hope it makes you smile!
Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.
I can only recommend the courses! The teachers use all kinds of props but no armbands so the children really get more comfortable around the water and understand how it feels without any aids. Despite the initial crying Yannick enjoyed this loads!
That’s really interesting. I wish I could speak another language and could teach Freyja and Theo another language. Both my parents are bilingual – by dad speaks Icelandic and my mum speaks Welsh – but, for various reasons, they didn’t teach us when we were young. Keep thinking I might take lessons in French as that’s the only language I’d have any chance of speaking with any kind of confidence…if I ever find the time!
Oooooh, well done Yannick! I keep meaning to book Freyja in for swimming – or at least take her to the pool sometimes. She used to be quite scared of the water, but then last summer she started really enjoying it (my parents have a pool in their place in France and where they live in Dubai so she has swum a lot while on holiday) and now she is really brave, but only with her armbands on. I’d like her to start learning to swim properly as well and really need to take her when we’re at home as well as on holiday.
Hope it goes well!
We have an informal rule in our house that the one-word question, “Why?” isn’t allowed. You have to ask a complete, meaningful question if you want a complete, meaningful answer. May seem kind of harsh, but it really makes them work on forming REAL questions and helps curb the endless strings of why-why-why questions we love so dearly.
Yes, isn’t that just great, all those pictures you get all of a sudden?
Yannick also said a couple of times that he didn’t want to go – but only because he was in the middle of something. Once I reminded him of all the toys in pre-school he changed his mind immediately.
Thank you, Solveig! )
I think it is a really big step. Freyja started pre-school in January, and she has been used to being with her childminder a few days a week since she was a year old, but she still found the step up to pre-school, where there are more children and it is less of a ‘home-from-home’ setting, quite daunting. Even now she sometimes says she doesn’t want to go! But she always loves it when she is there and I look forward to the paintings and little things she has made that she brings home afterwards!
Well done to Yannick! (and to you!)
Yep. Same here. Sick of it.
@everybody else here:
LOL, those are unapproved in my house in the morning! But yes, would I have been a bit more awake I could have thought of something similar.
Love your blog! Came across it whilst searching for great broadband deals. The great Talk Talk static IP lie came up, and I just knew you’d suffered as much as me!
Putting on a Power Rangers video or producing a bag of sweets normally wipes out the memory of the current conversation of our three year old.
Wow… you really walked yourself into that one! LOL!
My mum told me over Christmas how we got home – by taking a taxi! I still don’t remember much about all of that…
ah, so that was wat was going on. I figured it must be something like that.
The only way we get Lucien to the doctor or to take medicine is to bribe him with ice lollies..sigh..(shamefully, yes I’m one of those mom’s..) As for prawns we introduced them on Sunday night and he was pretty gutsy with them, not muvh left for me and Stan
Yep, it happens anyway! I didn’t try too hard to get veggies into Yannick as I thought the more of a fuss I make the harder it will get. I only made sure he’d have his bit of fruit every day. Now he’s having his veggies without a problem and I don’t have to fret anymore!
haha, again I recognise a lot. Mickael still does not like the doctor very much, and still does not want to open his mouth. The rest is ok now. Have you thought about giving him a doctors kit to play with? Great that he is feeling better now. Funny about the prawns, I cannot get Mickael to eat prawns but he absolutely loves spinach. So much even that I cook it every time I know he is tired or not feeling well, that way I know he’ll eat;-). Those sudden changes are great, aren’t they? They make you wonder why you tried so hard before, it happens anyway.
I copied the text into the comment as I got this as a response from Anke via Yahoo and it resonated with me, especially this part:
ha, it works
Added by Sylke from a Yahoo conversation with Anke:
Can’t really offer any advice on the professional side of things, but I did send you an invite on LinkedIn!
Love the new header graphic, btw.
Oh yes, it was only Sunday and Monday that he was really poorly. Now it’s just the snotty nose and that one is nearly gone. About time, I’m fed up with my clothes getting snot streaks from hugging attacks!
Hope Yannick’s already feeling better!
Aaah, bloody lurkers!!!
No doubt about it Sylke… Brits are extremely squeamish/prudish about body bits, and yet at the same time apparently obsessed with trying to look like pin-up airbrush magazine girls/boys. All quite bizarre when you step back and look at the population of the UK and realize that they’re (we’re) getting short and fat while doing little about it from a dietary or lifestyle perspective. Unfortunately I suspect that there is little hope for our generation, but we’ve got to get the kids to wise up.
You’re well read Slyke, no need to worry about that. We’re all just too lazy/busy to be anything but lurkers!
PS. You need to update your WordPress version… 2.62′s the new thing!
LOL, I don’t have webbed toes…! And neither does my friend. I’ve seen photos, I know what they look like. Not like my feet. Thank you, Steve!
Apparently, you share this condition with such famous people as Dan Aykroyd, Ashton Kutcher, Tricia Helfer (“Six” on the new Battlestar Galactica) and… Joseph Stalin! Hmmm, interesting company!
I don’t know about the entertainment value (hihi, thinking of some of the topics) but thank you, thank you, thank you, oh mother of two!
hey babe, please dont stop the blog, it’s very entertaining and it’s great to know what’s going on in your life
Aww, sweetie, so good to see a comment from you too!
I’m registered now too… I always read and enjoy!
Yay, thank you, Solveig!
I read your blog, Sylke!
Yippee – Steve, you made me feel better about a hundred times!!!
Don’t quit! I know how you feel, and I certainly do appreciate your occasional comment on our blog. So, now I’m registered on SylkeWeb, and I’ll try to return the favor!
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Good you guys enjoyed the trip back to Germany. Also great to see Janik is doing great.
Funny you mention the cable cut in front of your house.
Yesterday, someone cut a large cable submarine cable in the Mediterranean sea (I spellchecked that word:-) and the whole of the Emirates has been cut off from the phone & internet lines
I am soooo looking forward to those days!!! LOL – there’ll probably some other stuff then that’ll keep us very awake!
When ever I am going through a bad patch with sleep stuff I always remind myself that this time is such a small part of our lives and that when our children have grown into horrible teenagers we will long for the days when they needed us to go in a soothe them back to sleep again!!
You poor thing – it is so horrible coping with sleep deprivation at the best of times, never mind when you are sick.
I don’t have it bad as you in the sleep stakes, but Freyja rarely sleeps right through either – I’m usually in once or twice, only for a second or 2, but it still disturbs the night.
I don’t think you can really tackle it when they aren’t well, anyway.
I have started leaving Freyja slightly longer than I used to when she wakes before I go to her (I used to be in within seconds!) and often she does go back to sleep by herself. But not always! Also, now she is older, I can say to her after a few visits that ‘mummy won’t be coming in again because she has to sleep too’ – surprisingly, it often works, but that has been quite a recent development. If all else fails, I bring her into bed with me!!
Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2008!! S x
Ah well. At least you know now that he can do it! x
Wow! That is great.
Freyja doesn’t sleep through all that often so you are not alone. She is brilliant at actually going to bed but she usually wakes up at least once in the night. Luckily it only takes a quick visit to settle her back down. She didn’t sleep through at all until she was 10 months and we used to have trouble getting her down in the first place and she used to wake up much more and for longer – so I am happy to settle for what we have now! She loves getting into her cot for bedtime now, it’s really sweet!
Took us five days but we are back to normal now, thank you!
It’s horrible when they are sick – they don’t really understand what is happening. Hope you are all better now.
Freyja mastered Dada before Mama too. Very unfair! But now she uses them both and if she makes a mistake its to call Adrian Mama – she never accidentally calls me Dada.
She also often calls me Mum, which I find quite funny!
Yeah! Congratulations, Yannick!
That sounds exactly like Yannick…! Poor Freyja!
Freyja has 12 teeth now and most have been generally okay – the 4 molars at the back caused some distress, but not for too long. But I think she’s having real problems with the next ones, which I guess must be either canines or the next set of molars. It’s been going on and off now for what feels like months, with her crying and being grumpy and having swollen gums, but still no teeth have broken through!
Poor little things. I’ve also found that paracetamol is the only thing that really helps.
Hope he’s feeling better soon!
Thank you! Things here sometimes still feel like the eternity isn’t quite over yet, but all in all it is fantastic to see a child grow and thrive!
A lovely post. I was very unprepared too for how things would change when Freyja arrived and found the first 2 months or so a real struggle as she was not the easiest newborn – she wouldn’t sleep much during the day and cried a lot in the evenings, and always, always wanted feeding! But I look back now and it seems that phase passed in the blink of an eye, though at the time it felt like an eternity.
Congratulations on nearing the end of your first year of motherhood – isn’t it wonderful?!
I’m glad you liked the post. I’ve been enjoying reading your blog too. Yannick is very sweet – it’s funny how different they all look, I think the hair has lot to do with it!
Freyja is still not walking – I think her few steps last weekend were just a tease! But she keeps showing me little glimpses of the girl she is becoming. It’s exciting (but makes me a little bit sad too…)!
Finally I got the time to catch up with you through your website and your pictures, Yannick is growing so fast, he is so cute, he is very lucky having both of you as parent, how cool that is? .
I am very happy to see you enjoying motherhood.
Talk to you very soon,
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I googled you (and it worked!), and lo and behold, a baby!
As for teething; we’re on to our third tooth now, and it seems to be getting better.
As for parenting, we try to stick to some simple rules: Don’t
Best wishes, and have fun with the baby. It’s one of the best things
I know just how you feel! I have moved so many times in my life, each time swearing to never move again…
Right now I am sort of unpacking myself. I started working from home a couple weeks ago and I still have boxes on the floor. My home office is bigger than where I used to work, but somehow I have more stuff than will fit in here!
How to Make a Baby Stop Crying…
This is one of the most amazing videos I’ve ever seen. Those of you with babies (hint, hint, hint, and lord forgive me if I forgot anyone else’s child) might want to take note. I apologize that the video……
Hi Sylke, Frank
Did not get a chance to congratulate you on the new born yet…so here Congratulations
Hi Ihr zwei…
Ne aber ernsthaft, habt Ihr supi hinbekommen und es werden auch bessere Zeiten kommen Ich werde mir mal ein langes WE nehmen und Euch dann mal besuchen kommen.
OKI… muss jetzt mal wieder was tun. Liebe Gruesse aus Dublin und bis die Tage mal.
I wish it was as simple in France We still don’t have French plates although we are getting closer. Obviously selling the cars was no option for us;
What a sweetie. The first few months are the hardest (as far as the baby year goes).
He seems like a comfort nurser- and you, Sylke, are the human pacifier- in British terms, a human dummy. LOL! My niece was the same way.
Girl! Get yourself a baby sling- they’re the BEST!
This is a good one: http://www.mayawrap.com/
A lot of people like these: http://www.newnativebaby.com/
Here we go- one in the UK and free shipping during the World Cup! Woot!
Good luck with everything, and little Yannick is absolutely GORGEOUS!
Sounds about normal!
Our little one turns 1-year-old today. It is almost impossible to believe!
OMG- so CUTE! He’s a little doll! Makes me want to have another one… almost.
Get a sling for that little man, Sylke! They’re the best. Adrian used to take his naps in his sling when he was a newborn, while I played computer games. LOL! I even used to do the dishes, and all sorts of things wearing him. They’re doubly great if you’re breastfeeding- you can do that and do stuff around the house.
Your comment about the baby blues made me remember my one and only experience with them- my 5th and last day in the hospital (c-section- I stayed there as long as I could), I misordered my breakfast and all I got was a roll, and some orange juice. I was so upset I started crying. The nurse came in and said, what’s wrong honey? *sob* *sob* I messed up my breakfast!!! *wail* *wail* She quietly and gently left the room- LOL!
Take care and write!
That amazing can we get a photo of the father holding the baby, both pulling up the eyebrow? That would be so cool
LOL! I’d never seen Japanese TV before… thanks for sharing
Hi Ihr beiden. Glückwunsch zu Eurem Nachwuchs! Habe meinen monatlichen Blick auf Eure Homepage geworfen und … sehe Euch als stolze Eltern ) Hoffe, es ist so wie Ihr es Euch vorgestellt habt (oder sind die Nächte doch schlimmer?) ) Hatte gehofft, von Frank ein Lebenszeichen als Antwort auf meine emails zu bekommen, aber Bernd und ich dachten uns, dass Ihr zwei den Kopf (und die Hände) voll habt. Schickt mir mal eine gültige Tel.Nummer (Handy und Festnetz), dann können wir etwas ausführlicher reden ) Bis dahin … nicht die Nerven verlieren und bringt dem Kind nicht so viel Blödsinn bei )
Hi Sylke and Frank! Again, congratulations! He looks great! (its a newborn thing!) Remember he was just in the oneness and all cozy and then the harsh life of earth! He is all about love and here to teach you! I am so happy for you! About the baby blues thing, yup, that was a real thing for me, but you do get over it! And, as far as holding him, its really good for him and you both, so do get a sling or cloth and tie him to you, then your hands are free to do! In latin american culture, they carry babies this way, in a reposa or rebosa, I gotta look it up. My oldest best friend is a professor of child dev. and she says its very healthy for baby to be carried about on your body, not in one of those car seat/buckets. Your movements and warmth and energy are good for Yannick! Lots of Love! Helen
Hello Sylke & Frank!
Congrats on the new addition to your family!
Take Care xx
James (from Teletubby bunker)
Yannick looks adorable! Congratulations and enjoy
Congratulations! He’s completely gorgeous & a lovely name. Wishing you not too many sleepless nights in the coming weeks. Take care,
CONGRATULATIONS for a really cute job done!!!!!
Whooo! Hoooo! a HUGE congratulations to all three of you. We are both so happy for you. He looks so sweet and adorable. Note the head of hair already!
Hi Sylke and Frank!
Congratulations on the birth of Yannick! (Great name!)
FELICIDADES!!! I am so happy for you, and for the little one, finally he decided to join us in the outside world, can’t wait to see some pictures .
Chat with you soon in Yahoo, can’t wait to hear how it was, and you are feeling now, I am sure you are the happiest mommy in the world.
Kissed, and big hug,
Congrats Sylke and Frank on the arrival of Yannick, hope to see the photos soon
Hang in there! Evan came a week early — your little one is just bringing the universe back into balance! We can’t wait to hear the news….
Hey Guys, just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that me and my boys are thinking of you. No matter what, there’s not long to go, so make the most of “quiet” time.
Glad to hear that everything’s going well- and that baby will come out when he/she wants to come out- LOL!
Take care, and I’ll check back for updates!
Hi Sylke! Glad to hear you are doing well – no worries about being overdue. Katie arrived 10 days “late” – and everything was just dandy. I think she was just a bit too comfy in there – wishing you the best!
I was thinking of you today and figured I’d drop you a quick line. I hear you’re still waiting on the little one to be born. I’m keeping fingers crossed that all goes well and that a healthy baby will be joining this world soon
Keep us posted on any progress!
Greetings from Dublin,
Looks like you are having a run of bad appliance juju! On a related note, I actually had to look up the word “hob,” which was kind of humbling for a native English speaker.
Just went shopping today, at least in France combat prints seem to be very popular in the shops
Great blog! I wish I had as much going on!
that pregnancytester is great, I’m pregnant , a girl and Jesse Jackson is the father. Please don’t tell Chris
Hm, the cooked stuff doesn’t do anything for me – too much work in the morning when I don’t want to use my brain. But cottage cheese with pepper and salt actually sounds quite appealing. Otherwise if anybody would like to apply as a chef for breakfast, please send application letters to… Eh, getting back to reality. I still have my one cup of coffee per day, but usually after I had something to eat. Can’t live without that!!!
For breakfast I like to eat fried eggs on toast, with the yolks a bit runny so the bread soaks it up. I like small tomatoes cooked english style and set on top of cottage cheese with lots of salt and pepper. I like bacon and eggs – okay, in my case it is fake bacon (aka facon) which is much better for the pigs AND for me. I like bagels with cream cheese…. and I like coffee. I suppose you aren’t drinking much coffee these days? I’m just rambling about breakfast (I have the munchies) but maybe you will get some breakfast-related inspiration from that.
Yay, welcome back SylkeWeb!
Hi Sylke, that sounds great! I really envy you (especially England and the housewife thing ..Glad to hear the moving is completed and everything went fine.
Hi Sylke! Wow! I forgot about wishing you a happy birthday! (one of the interesting things we share??!!) Mine is the 15th, is yours too? I hadn’t read your sylkesite for a while, great stories!!! I wish I could be there this month to help you! (I had thought of coming in December, but now, it may be March!) When again, is the baby due??
They’re rather clear pictures. Our first refused to stay still during any ultrasound; the first time she zipped around, so all we saw was a flash of a hand or a split second’s worth of leg. As a result, until she was born, we referred to her as “gyro-baby.”
Great ultrasound photos! Take it easy moving those boxes….
Do you know if it’s a girl or a boy? Are you going to find out? If so, when will you know? We’re glad to hear that all is going well!!!
Congratulations on the pregnancy!
congrats to Frank, and to you for having the opportunity to leave Dublin. I’m sure many good things await.
On a side note, I hear that if you’ve ever lived in England, you can’t donate blood. If that’s true (maybe it is just an American thing), where do English hospitals get their blood? Is this why there is always a shortage of blood in the bank? Could this be what Morrissey was referring to when he wrote the song “Irish Blood, English Heart”?
I just found your website and it is funny what you found out about the name Sylke – as it is also my name.
I don’t see it…
Thanks for blogging about the wiki!
Raffi: Yes, you can!
And if you log into the Photo Gallery and navigate to that picture, you can even find a better resolution version there.
really great! can I use it for a painting?
beautiful – nice shot!
As it happens I’ll have to pay for the damage myself due to insufficient cover (stupid me), but it will only be the window after all, not the whole door. So on the positive side there is no risk for my no claims bonus to be affected.
Exactly the same thing happened me a few years ago, shortly after an NCT. The damage to the door wasn’t fixable, and the garages were quoting about 1200 lids for a new door and labour. I claimed, thinking it wouldn’t afftect the no claims bonus – I’d been lead by my brokers to believe that a (limited) claim for malicious damage was OK. It wasn’t. I’ve changed brokers. The shites. So, beware!
So far I am still hopefull – apparently the company who ordered the new window glass for me usually gets the money straight from the insurance, who will then ask me for the report number from the Garda. So, let’s see.
oh that SUCKS!!! bloody knackers. I suppose your car insurance doesn’t cover vandalism?