Sparkling Allison

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

[Week in the Life] Wednesday

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Morning:

Hump day already! It's nice to have the short week.

I have an appointment this morning for a blood glucose test. I didn't set an alarm, never do because Calvin is usually up before is ever required anyway. Ended up waking up at 4:15, 5:15, 5:45 and finally at 6:00, not wanting to miss my appointment at 8:00. A little annoying, but also nice because I got to snuggle with Scott a little more each time I woke up. It felt like sleeping in!

Scott finally got out of bed at 6:30 to take a shower. I stayed in bed, noticing that my stomach was kind of lopsided. I think that when I lay on my side, the baby nestles down into that side as well. I showed Scott when he got back in the room, who called the baby my "little passenger". I love the idea of being this guy's transport for the time being!

Calvin was awake in his bed when Scott opened the doors adjoining our rooms. "Stor hug and kisses, papa." They had their morning moment together, then Calvin sauntered in to say hello to me. So nice.

Before.

Before.

After. Better, but still have a basket to deal with!

After. Better, but still have a basket to deal with!

I spent a little time putting away the clean clothes that had been piling up on my dresser, while Calvin took his time getting dressed and Scott (who has a vacation day today and is no hurry) read on his phone.

Checked my calendar and have no meetings today, so I decided to work from home after my appointment. Messaged my boss to let him know... Definitely feeling like a short timer there. 51 days to go until my leave, according to the widget on my phone. Not that I'm counting.

Since I wasn't going to work later, I foregoed taking a shower. Got dressed and went down to the big bathroom to fix up my hair... Dry shampoo is so nice. Makes life easy. Quick wash of face, moisturizer, SPF, mascara and clear brow gel. I'm done and downstairs to meet the men for breakfast.

I can't eat anything because of the test, but Cal and Scott have the usual cereal. I use the time to clean out my purse, which is full of used tissues, wrappers and a couple salt packets Scott had squirreled away in there during our Lalandia trip. (Scott loves condiments in convenience packaging!) It's quickly time for me to go. Kisses and hugs all around.

Ritual milk pouring.

Ritual milk pouring.

I take the same bus that I usually do for work, the 6A, but all the way to Rigshospitalet today. On the ride I need to update the mobilbilletter app, and I make a note to myself to ask for Scott's rejsekort. He never uses it, and I'm starting to ride public transit more than my bike these days. It might have helped me avoid getting that ticket yesterday too!

There's a bit of a wait to start the test at the hospital... I'm number 15. Gave me some time to go to the bathroom! Once called, I drink the super sweet lemonade and immediately feel like I'm going to throw up. Haven't eaten anything since last night, and the sudden jolt of sugar is jarring. I was able to hold it together, listening to the instructions to go and sit in the waiting room for the next 2 hours. 

So orderly at the hospital. It was funny to see 14 other ladies, all at the same stage of pregnancy, ahead of me in line.

So orderly at the hospital. It was funny to see 14 other ladies, all at the same stage of pregnancy, ahead of me in line.

Afternoon:

I'm surprised at how much time I can fill just browsing blogs, Pinterest, Facebook and playing with photos on my phone in the waiting room! In no time, I’m in having my finger pricked and blood tested. In the end I'm cleared of having diabetes. The 7 minute wait for the bus, however, feels like eternity now that I'm done and very hungry!

Getting myself to the bus, diabetes free!

Getting myself to the bus, diabetes free!

On the way home, I stopped into a kids store and bought Calvin a thermal suit. Scott had noticed that all of the other kids had transitioned from their heavier flyerdragt to these lighter, two piece versions. Thinking it might encourage Calvin to go potty when he needs to, as he won't have to take the whole one piece suit off! I got a bite to eat at Lagekagehuset, my favorite bakery chain in town, and then did a quick walk through Aldi to see if there were any gems to be had. Every once in a while they surprise me with some random thing, like really nice yarn or gardening gloves. I also like to see the Trader Joe's branded food on the shelves. Reminds me of home.

Once home, I fixed myself some more food (I was starving) and got to work at my computer. Scott's also home and busy doing things. He picked up a poster of keyboard shortcuts for some program he uses at work. He said he's going to hang it next to the coffee machine for his team. And then he got all excited and decided to print out a personal one for himself, using our nice printer and some of my nice paper.

Work, eat, work, eat.

Work, eat, work, eat.

The uninterrupted work time went really quickly. It’s great to have to head space to be so productive. I do some more data wrangling, which honestly doesn’t get very far, and prep for our roadmap meeting on Friday.

Then Suddenly it was time to go pick up Calvin! I rode my bike this time so that I could bike with Calvin on the way down. The little guy is getting really fast on the route home, which has a slight decline, and I wanted to be able to keep up with him. I found Calvin on the playground with Lilli and Egon again. LillHe was much more amenable to leaving today, and seemed kind of tired. Had a quick chat with Natasha, who I hadn’t seen since the break. Sounded like he’d had a nice day playing, and had a big play session going with Holden and Egon earlier that included bikes and sand cakes. 

This is how I found Cal at bornehave.

This is how I found Cal at bornehave.

Sure enough, Calvin was a whirlwind biking down the hill, so we were home in about a second. I love living so close to his daycare. It’s incredibly convenient.

Opening his Easter card from Meema.

Opening his Easter card from Meema.

Checked the mail, and Calvin got an Easter card from his Meema. He was pretty excited to open “the book” up, and wanted me to read it to him a few times. Then he repeated what he could back to me: “Hope see you soon!” Sweeeeeet stuff. 

Cal had kept his “bukser” (pants) dry all day, so I gave him a pack of Smarties as a reward. YUM. I actually gave him two, and he gave one back to me to share. He’s done this before, and it’s definitely something he learned at bornehave. Love it.

Evening:

We were just starting on a puzzle when Scott came back from the grocery store. Scott and I unloaded together and started dinner while Calvin continued to play on his own. He got both puzzles together with zero help from us, which is pretty great! Note to self: Get a couple more puzzles for him. 

A few minutes later, Calvin announced that he needed to “lorte” (poop), and wanted his mama to help. We went up together, and… man! That guy takes forever to do his business. He sat and sat for the longest time. I finally left the room and told Calvin to call me when he was done, which he did 4 times, 3 of which were false alarms, so the 4th time I tried to physically remove him from the toilet. He didn’t like that, so I let him sit back down and left the room again. About a second later he announced that he was done and he meant it. Got him cleaned up, and guided over to wash his hands. Having just had him messing around for so long, I didn’t want any antics at the sink, so I washed his hands for him… in cold water! This made him really mad. So… yeah, we went back and forth on the issue for a while, even at one point calling up Papa to help, which Calvin did not like. Papa went back down to tend to dinner, I got Calvin finally back up to the sink and let him wash his hands on his own in warm water. PHEW. Took so long that dinner was ready when we were done!

Prepping dinner with Scott, pre poop saga with Cal!

Prepping dinner with Scott, pre poop saga with Cal!

Dinner was spaghetti, roasted broccoli and bread, although I don’t think anyone actually ate the bread. Scott made the sauce from “scratch”, which is a can of crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, meat crumbles, onions and garlic and seasonings. It’s delicious and we should always do it this way instead of using the pre-seasoned kind out of a jar. The roasted broccoli was delicious. Next time I need to toss it in the olive oil more completely, but otherwise, yum! 

Lining up cars in a line is still a thing!

Lining up cars in a line is still a thing!

Scott and I had long chat about work after everyone was done eating while Calvin played… I really appreciate Scott’s insights into work. With two months left to go before taking a long leave, what lasting impact I have at MSP has been on my mind and weighing heavily. I haven’t done as much as I would have liked during my time there so far, so it’s going to be tough to leave. Just as a side note: I don’t remember my parents having long conversations like that. I’m sure that they did, but I just don’t remember it. It made me wonder if it would make an impression on Calvin at all. 

My finished rock mandalas. These are going in my bathroom.

My finished rock mandalas. These are going in my bathroom.

I left Cal and Scott at 18:30 to meet Melanie for Craftenhagen at the Humleby community house! Yay! She gets there a little early to set up, and I need to be there to let her in. We’ve been doing the Craftenhagen event here for half a year now, and it’s really nice. It’s a great space for it, and I really like that it means the event is literally a block away. It makes me obligated to go, there are no excuses. And it’s always really nice to be there anyway, so win-win! We painted mandalas on rocks tonight. Mine are going in our big jungle/plant themed bathroom, and I think they turned out lovely! Conversation tonight included discussing Charlotte’s job as a window dresser (really fascinating and so different from my own job!!), a lot about babies, maternity leave, healthcare in general here in Denmark, American politics, and how it’s hard to make doc and hair appointments as expats. It was a nice time, as usual!

When I got home, Scott was in the attic playing video games. Apparently Calvin had been really easy at bedtime, and had actually asked to go upstairs before it was technically time. In hindsight, he was pretty mellow this afternoon/evening and must have been tired all along. I got straight into bed, did some computing/writing and off to sleep!