Sparkling Allison

American expat in Denmark, mom, lover of sparkles and staplers, avid book club member.

[Week in the Life] Monday

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Morning:

Woke up around 8! A nice way to start our last day of Easter vacation. Calvin had a rough night, requiring either me or Scott to be with him because of a dragon and her baby in the room. We moved a couch out of his room yesterday, so the change in his room might have been scary for him. 

I love the morning light in our bedroom.

I love the morning light in our bedroom.

Scott and I got to snuggle for a little while after waking up, while Calvin played and talked about the dragon, and then became a bat. One fun thing... Calvin interrupted his own play to go to the bathroom by himself! Hearing the tinkle and the flush is so rewarding!! He then took his "sove diaper" off by himself, and put his underwear back on. Big guy!

Breakfast was cereal. Our usual. Keeping it simple, since we are going to brunch in a few hours and then on to Tivoli. Cal couldn't wait to eat though, and neither could I!

Now I'm doing laundry in preparation for the week ahead. Calvin is playing by himself in the living and dining room. And Scott is fixing the basket on his bike that I broke yesterday!

3 loads today.

3 loads today.

Side note:

Luke bit Calvin after Calvin touched him while Luke was scratching himself. Although there was no blood drawn, it scared Calvin and he started to cry. Luke sulked of into the other room. Took a while to calm Calvin, and then helped him get an apology from Luke. Feeling it for both of them! It's hard.

Luke love.

Luke love.

Afternoon:

We went to brunch at Cafe Vand og Brød. Calvin really likes the little toy box there. It's really nice to let him play while we eat, drink coffee and chat. Everyone indulged in the bacon, and their kanelsnegl was nice and crispy. 

Cafe Vand og Brod is one of our faves!

Cafe Vand og Brod is one of our faves!

Then we were off to Tivoli. I'm ready for this vacation to be over, but am happy we're finishing strong with a visit here. It's our first of hopefully many this season. And really fun to be here with it decorated for Easter. Calvin and Scott are going on rides together while I hang around, watching and relaxing. Scott does such an awesome job encouraging Calvin to try challenging rides... He knows exactly what's too much, and what Cal can handle. I love him very much for that. If it were up to me, Calvin would live out his life it in a hermetically sealed bubble! Calvin's biggest ride today was Odinekspressen, the train roller coaster that goes 37 mph! And he was totally great. He didn't love it and get all excited and bubbly about it... but he also didn't hate it. When he got off, he seemed to be in his observation mode. Kind of like, "huh..."

It was cold, but Spring flowers are out at Tivoli!

It was cold, but Spring flowers are out at Tivoli!

We spent about an hour and a half at Tivoli, before it was too cold to continue, and Cal was seeming tired. So, we biked home. I popped over to Fotex to try to pick up a package, but they were closed for the holiday. (I should have expected!) The rest of the afternoon was crafting for me and movie watching/video games for Scott and Cal.

Quick jaunt to Fotex, only to find it was closed for the holiday!

Quick jaunt to Fotex, only to find it was closed for the holiday!

"Crafting"

"Crafting"

Evening:

Cal and I had about 15 minutes of tickle time on the love pod after he was done watching Netflix. I was pretending to try to eat his neck, which got some huge giggles. He tried to do the same back to me, which, honestly, totally got me ticklish and laughing as well. Fun dude.

I pulled dinner together while Scott and Calvin played in the living room. Scott was helping put a wheel back on one of Calvin's cars. We had leftover risotto, asparagus and frikadella. Calvin refused to eat until we were putting everything away, and then freaked out and insisted on a tortilla (which he calls "quesadillas"). Evenings can be tough with Cal, as he's hungry and getting tired!

Dinner prep.

Dinner prep.

Scott asked me at dinner if I would put Calvin to bed, and I kind of "harumphed" and made a face. His response: "He's your son." Ha! Way to call me on it, Scott. I've never liked bedtime. Tonight, in particular, I was instantly dreading having to wrangle Calvin to brush his teeth, get him in his diaper and get him settled for reading books! It can be exhausting, and I'm pregnant! I agreed to do bedtime anyway. Scott helped me get Calvin ready, so it was all very easy and a nice compromise on Scott's part.

Diaper on the head is now a thing.

Diaper on the head is now a thing.

We set the light to dim for 10 or 30 minutes, depending on Calvin's mood and state each night. Tonight was a 30 minute night, as he needed some extra time to wind down. Calvin wanted to read Richard Scarry's "Best Word Book Ever", which really is the best word book ever. We did a mix of me reading the words to Calvin, or me quizzing Calvin to see if he could point things out, and Calvin describing the pictures to me. It was cool to hear him describe some of the "things we do" section, like "jump over", and identifying more obscure animals really easily, like camels!

Really, truly, the best word book ever.

Really, truly, the best word book ever.

Once the light was sufficiently dim, I told Cal he could stay in my lap on the chair for 5 more minutes, or he could get into bed. He chose to go straight to bed. (And kind of broke my heart.) I pulled the chair over to sit by his bedside, and we held hands until he fell asleep. The hand-holding is our usual routine, but so sweet. I might not want to do bedtime every night, but I love it when I do.

After bedtime... ice cream, right away! It's our last night of vacation, and why not top it off with that?! I scooped myself a bowl, topped it with Hershey's chocolate sauce (which we recently discovered is available in Fotex), and sat down at my computer to process photos of the day.

Side note:

Calvin woke up with a nightmare about 45 minutes after he fell asleep. Poor guy... took him a while to calm down. His nightmares started around the age of 2 and have continued on and off. He sits up and screams and shakes. There's not much you can do but wait them out with him, as he's not really awake and can't really be soothed. I always hold and rock him anyway. I tell him "mama's here" and try to tell him that it's okay. Once he's out of them, he's immediately back in a deep sleep, which is always really jarring. He goes from freaking out to conked out sleep in 2 seconds flat. It's always a relief though!