Notarizing Paperwork in Denmark and Other Oddities

Danish people don’t really have notaries and I’m not sure why, but it just is.  In order to do something estate related I need some paperwork notarized.  Now I have two options here: travel to the British or American Embassy in Copenhagen (which will cost a lot and is about a 3 hour train ride one way) or go to the city court and book a notary appointment (which is bizarre because it only take 30 seconds).

Package delivery is interesting.  Some times they attempt to deliver and other times they might not, sort of depends on the mood of the mailman.  Why is this bothersome might you ask?  Well, they only ‘attempt’ delivery once and if they miss you (or pretend to miss you) you must pick up the package at the post office.  Ok, still not so bad, right?  Well, in a spread out somewhat hilly city with not a lot of cars it is more difficult.  Also, if you live in an apartment building in which the mailman who delivers packages (who is different than the mailman on the bicycle who delivers normal mail) does not have a key to the mail area, you must wait for them to mail you a package slip.

100 Items Sewn in 2016 Challenge – January

I’ve been doing, albeit with some difficulty, the 100 items sewn in 2016 challenge.  Being in school and having a baby at home makes this a hard thing to do.  I love making clothes for me, especially because I can make them with a nursing options so I can discreetly pull it up to feed the baby (who at almost 9 months refuses bottles).  It is also great because with the Little Dane’s long torso and cloth diapers, store bought clothes don’t tend to fit.

 

These are some of the other things recently for the kiddos.

The Little Dane is Healthy, Happy, and Huge!

After a long struggle to get pregnant and the Little Dane’s NICU stint, I think I needed time to process things.  I keep wanting to write about the NICU thing, but honestly, I just can’t because it was pretty upsetting and I am kind of pissed at our initial delivery hospital still.

Anyway, at his 6 month appointment, the Little Dane was 29 inches long and 20.25 lbs.  For those of you not in America, Liberia, or Burma that would be 73.7 cm and 9.18 kg.  Yes, I am aware that is tall, but the Dane is 6’6″, so expected.  Here he is at 5 months old in a picture taken by my other Little (or not so little at 4’3″ anymore) One:

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Before and After – Bathroom

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Above you can see the before of our very poorly done bathroom with way too large vanity, vinyl floors, incorrectly done shower surround, and that is non-original trim and again very poorly stained doors (before anyone freaks out over them being painted – they had been painted before).

And the after with tile floor, smaller vanity, tiled shower surround, etc.  :

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Before and After – Nursery of a Craftsman Style Bungalow

This room has been painted, new carpet has been put down, and a new light fixture installed.  Nothing extreme, but it is done.  In retrospect, I would have chosen a different wall color, but I painted it right before the moving truck came and haven’t had the interest since to repaint it.

Before:

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After:

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Cloth Diaper Stash and Plan

I think I’ve gotten most of what I need cloth diaper-wise.  There are still a few hanging out on my registry that maybe I might get, maybe not.    I decided to go with kind of a broad approach to it to see what worked and so I wouldn’t be locked into a specific brand.

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So far, I have:

3 Bum-Genius 4.0 All-in-One

1 Blueberry Simplex Newborn  All-in-One, 1 Blueberry Simplex One Size (12-35 lb) All-in-One

6 Love My Pocket Diapers (These are Chinese made “cheapies” that cost about $6 a piece versus $18-30 for an American made/designed one, so my initial expectations are low)

1 Happy Endings All-in-Two diaper with pocket for overnights

1 Rumparooz Newborn Cover, 2 Rumparooz One Size Covers, 1 Rumparooz All-in-Two, which was my free diaper from Kelly’s Closet (I’m not sure what is up with Rumparooz’s labels that claim that they are Danish mom owned because I’ve seen her talk in videos and she doesn’t sound Danish and lives in America)

3 Thirsties Size One Covers, 1 Thirsties Size Two

1 Omni Soft-Bums Shell

2 Best Bottoms Covers and inserts

1 Kawaii Baby Newborn All-in-One, 1 Kawaii Baby cover

Lots of cotton pre-folds and 6 independent charcoal bamboo inserts (some of the diapers come with inserts)

For those not counting, besides newborn and size two diapers, that is 12 regular diapers and 8 covers.  It is my understanding that covers can be reused with a wipe down in between pees, but I’m not entirely betting on it and am open to getting a few more diapers once we figure out what we like.

For a washing routine, I’ve decided to follow the advice given by Fluff Love & CD Science.  You can read more about their extensive and wonderful advice here:   Fluff Love University

Basically, the wash plan boils down to a dry pail for storage after spraying off poop in the toilet, a quick wash on cold with a little detergent, and a heavy duty hot wash with a good amount of Tide powder.  Depending on the weather (and it is usually too cold in northern MN to dry outside), I’ll try and line dry the covers and dry the all-in-ones on low heat.

24 Days Until My C-Section

I’m slowly counting down until my c-section date and attempting to wrap things up at home before the little Viking arrives.

I’ve managed to pretty much successfully keep my pregnancy off Facebook (except maybe my mother-in-law’s posts in Danish to other Danish people because I guess in Denmark as soon as we told them it became public information to everyone with a pulse), but that coupled with us moving so far away from family twice over has created a little conundrum…i.e. that some of my relatives have either just found out I was pregnant or don’t yet know.

Perhaps that is ok because it must mean we are not close enough to know, but who really is close enough to see ultrasound photos of the inside of your uterus/cervix, etc. or to know the intimate details of your gestation?   I’m actually finding it quite liberating to not have to talk a lot about it non-anonymously mostly because my answer when people ask how I’m feeling is “I’m in terrible pain, have been for months and I can barely walk.  Oh, and my morning sickness is back and I’ve felt like I’ve been hit by a train pretty much the whole pregnancy.”   People who aren’t close to you don’t want to hear that shit.  They want to think that pregnancy is rainbows and unicorns.