Solo trip with kids


October 31, 2017

I did it. First of all, look at this picture. These are the stuff for me, my 2y son and 7y daughter for three weeks.

I know, I can’t believe it is possible also, but I did it.

I traveled with my two kids alone to Croatia. We traveled by plain because it is faster and easier for us. I couldn’t take many bags with me because I was alone and pushing two buggies and one bag, while being 5 months pregnant, was already too much. So I did it. I packed everything in one bag. Luckily it was summer and we spent most of the time on the beach wearing beach clothes, made everything easier but still… while I was living in Croatia and first beach was only 2 hours drive away, I would bring as much as it could fit in my car and since I’ve gave birth to my first, I’ve always drove minivans. Gabi’s first summer, my car was full and I mean full to the top. She was still baby, so I’ve took  two pushchairs, one for beach and one for city walks, I’ve took feeding chair, chair for playing, mini bike, etc. Talking about craziness.

Next year the same. She had two bicycles in the car, one baby skate, lots of beach equipment and also pushchair in case she gets tired. It was happening every year. When my son was born, it was same, just little less stuff for both of them because we needed to share space.

And this year, when I need to travel thousands kilometers, I am carrying only one bag and I am fine with it. Everyone had everyday outfits for seven days and by the end of the week, I would wash everything and we would repeat our outfits. Kids had one extra for accidents and I was counting that they will spend a lot of time in the beach without wearing anything so that it would be good. It was an experiment and luckily it went really well. Kids enjoyed the sun, the beach and the sea. We had a great summer in Croatia.

P.S. Trip went well but being pregnant and end up in turbulence is not good combination for your stomach.


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Third pregnancy


October 31, 2017

I am pregnant with my third child. This is definitely new experience for me. Not new as experience on pregnancy but new in a way I am dealing with it.

When I was pregnant with my first child I was immature college girl who didn’t know what happened to her.  I was so excited but also so scared. Everything was new to me and that was the whole new world for me. I have read so many books, articles, I was online all the time going through various forums and groups gathering as much information I could get. I’ve watched every single thing, I was little paranoid also, counting days of pregnancy and comparing it to other pregnancies wanting to know is everything like it should be. I don’t have to mention healthy food and enough rest. It was my obsession. I was still in college and I was doing great as student so I can’t say that my behavior was irrational. I was just very into my pregnancy.

With my second child it was different. I was already very well prepared. I’ve planned my pregnancy and I was ready for it, emotionally and physical. I was relaxed and done less things by the book. It wasn’t burden to me, it was just period that I need to go through to get my baby and I was just like that, waiting the end of pregnancy as “reward”.

And here I go for the third time. This baby decided to come in the worst time ever. We are in the middle of huge changes in life, we have so many challenges beside raising a toddler and taking care of terminally ill child, and here we go. This was quite shock for me. After the first shock, I’ve accept the fact we are going to have another baby, but that’s it. I am entering in 5th month of pregnancy and most time I am not even aware that I am pregnant. If this baby isn’t such a kicker, maybe I would forget sometimes. I am in full speed, doing everything like always and swallow legs are the only thing that reminds me that it is time to slow down. I am not thinking about baby much, I haven’t bought anything yet and it feels like my mind is not aware of any of this right now.

Sometimes I feel guilty, but I know that when this baby comes, I will fall in love in a second and that is all we need.

I love my children the same. I’ve never thought that was possible and after the first child that you can love anybody in the same way, but now I know that you can. I have different experience raising my two children, but love is the same. I have different experience in pregnancy but love is still the same.
So, baby girl Mara, we are so looking forward to meet you and love you 🙂

Living with a toddler


October 31, 2017

What’s the hardest thing in women’s life? Raising a toddler.

Every day is new surprise. And by the surprise I don’t mean tantrums, behavioral stuff, stubbornness or that “normal” things. I mean ideas. Every day, there is a bunch of new ideas in theirs head.

“Hey, why don’t I throw my sneakers through window? I could definitely drink water from the toilet, it looks really nice. Oh look, mom is putting a make on, I should make our house beautiful by putting it on the wall. This old lady has a nice dog, I wonder what happens if I put my finger in the dog’s eye? ”

And so on… their brain is working constantly and making ideas what to do next and you just have to deal with that as you know. Maybe you scream, maybe you cry, maybe you curse your hubby for making you pregnant at first place, but that’s not helping.

Today at the breakfast, while I was feeding my daughter, my little toddler decided that the better use of yogurt is body painting then food. Of course he knew that mommy wouldn’t approve that so he would put an angel face and spoon in his mouth every time I’ve looked. So, story short, instead of just making breakfast, I had cleaning the house at 8 am, bathing my son and being exhausted before the day began. And that is just beginning. Until noon he had plenty of new ideas and this is going on every single day.

Instead of going crazy, I always try to find positive side in everything, so I had to think hard before I could find any, and there it was.

Raising a toddler you will gain great skills. You will be best negotiator, you could deal with any crisis so you could become crisis management any time. You will become best salesman and you will definitely know that customer is always right. You can work in any stressful environment and keep up with every deadline because you know what means when your boss tells you “now” . You won’t complain on your colleagues or your boss because you have been through worst. Multitasking is something you do while sleeping. And so on. See? Raising the toddler really benefits you and if you raise more than one, you are definitely an expert.

When I am in a good mood I can definitely see positive side in everything, so for those other days, my advice is to keep going because we all know that it will pass one day and your little toddler would grow up and become normal child 🙂