Sparkling Allison

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

[Week in the Life] Tuesday

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Morning:

Okay, back to our regular routine today, for the most part!

Calvin woke up having peed the bed outside of his diaper, and he was upset about it. He didn't want to, but we got him into the shower with me. I sat on the floor, and he sat on my lap. I tried to make it into a big, warm hug... And he relaxed after just a little bit. Was able to soap him up to get him all clean. Then he didn't want to get out! Count down from 10, and straight into papa's arms with a towel.

Calvin, dressed and peaking in on papa who was getting ready in the bathroom.

Calvin, dressed and peaking in on papa who was getting ready in the bathroom.

I love taking selfies in this mirror.

I love taking selfies in this mirror.

I finished showering, Scott got Calvin dressed. Cal and I went down to the bigger bathroom so I could do my hair and makeup. Calvin played with his bath toys.

While getting ready, Scott asked if I could switch and do pick up instead off drop off today. Works for me, but means I should hustle and get out of the house as soon as possible.

"Vaersgod!"

"Vaersgod!"

Then time for cereal. I eat a bowl, and then leave my two men to finish off their morning together. It's sad leaving them after such a great vacation time, but I'm also relieved. On my commute I feel almost giddy to be out in the world on my own!

Decided to take the bus, as biking is getting hard. It's cold (32 farenheit!) but really sunny. Happy that my puffy jacket still fits over the baby bump. And happy that I remembered my sunglasses.

Before going in my office building, I stopped at Netto to get some supplies for the day. Being pregnant means eating more often, and yogurt/fruit/juice has been my go to!

Netto run.

Netto run.

When I got into work, I had a little gift waiting on my desk. Two knitted baby hats from Mai-Britt! Super sweet of her. She was nearby, so I popped over to say thank you. One of my favorite things to do with baby clothes is overlay them on my belly! haha!

Side note: More than one person commented that my belly had grown over the break! And I definitely believe them. Feeling more "out there" than I had before... very, obviously, pregnant!

Afternoon:

It's a slow day at work, as people are either still on vacation, or laying low after returning from them. I'm doing work that puts a heavy load on our databases, so it's nice to have the place to myself! There are more resources for me!!

Crunching numbers.

Crunching numbers.

I had a really nice chat over coffee with Bjarke. We're "leadership buddies", but also just becoming friends. I really appreciate his perspective on work, and his methodical style of leadership. It doesn't match my style at all, and I think we like that about our relationship. We also chatted about family. His dad is living with cancer, and he had a brother die when he was young. Aaand, he has a 2-year-old. So, we have some commonalities and it's nice to share stories.

Lunch was with some of the other leads. The talk was all about babies and maternity/paternity leave, as both me and Julie are pregnant! I balk a little when the Danes complain about their leave system, which is admittedly complicated and unbalanced, skewing towards the mother. By comparison with the states, however... yeah. I'm really looking forward to my 12 months off to bond with this next little guy! I think it's going to be great for our family.

Calvin doing his thing at bornehave!

Calvin doing his thing at bornehave!

Just after lunch I got a notification on my phone from Bag Elefanterne, saying there were new photos up for the day! I love getting this notification, and always go and look. There's something so special about Calvin forging his own life at bornehave, day after day. I wish I could be a fly on the wall there.

Spent the rest of the afternoon wrangling data, reading work-related articles that I'd bookmarked during vacation, and generally taking it easy.

I left at 3:30pm to allow for enough time on the metro to pick up Calvin. I always cringe at leaving so early, even though I make up the time elsewhere. Today I shouldn't have felt so sheepish, as I ran into my boss on the elevator, who was also on his way out the door. Denmark is awesome like that.

I took a different route on the way home, opting for the metro to Fredriksberg Center and then the bus, which gets me closer to Calvin's bornehave than the but-to-bus connection. (It also lets me walk through the elephant gates at Carlsberg.) 

Oooooops!

Oooooops!

I was stopped by the ticket officers one stop away from FBC, and asked to see my ticket, when I discovered that I actually hadn't bought one! Oooops! I got on at DR Byen, which is in between zones 1 and 3. I'm guessing that when I hit the "buy" button for my ticket, it didn't go through because I first needed to choose a zone or starting destination. The officer was nice, and timely (he got my info and issued me the ticket before I had to get off) and told me that I should just tell customer service what had happened. I will definitely be doing that to try to save myself 750 DKK (about $120)!

Love saying hi to the elephants on this route home!

Love saying hi to the elephants on this route home!

Evening:

Calvin was outside for pick up, already in his flyverdragt (flight suit, aka snowsuit), which was nice! He was playing with Egon, loading sand and gravel onto the slide. Then Egon would slide down, pushing all of the sand off, and they'd do it again!

I had a nice chat with Alina, the new assistant in Calvin's group. She said that Calvin had a good day, but did have two accidents. I wasn't surprised, seeing as it was the first day back after a long vacation, and Calvin's a bit out of practice of the bornehave routine. Alina also mentioned that Calvin is really social, and cares about the other kids... I totally agree with her assessment. He's a nice guy and really liked by his classmates. It's is going to make him a great big brother! 

Calvin, loading the slide with sand, waiting for Egon to come and knock it off.

Calvin, loading the slide with sand, waiting for Egon to come and knock it off.

Seriously blue sky today, but cold!

Seriously blue sky today, but cold!

We stopped by Fotex on the way home to pick up the package I had waiting for me from GAP. Calvin rode his bike, and I hustled along behind him as best I could. He was great at stopping at corners and streets to look for cars, and often exclaimed when reaching them and stopping successfully, "Calvin did it!" We'd had a couple of tense moments this weekend, where we weren't sure if he was going to stop, so it was a relief and really great that he got the message.

We got cookies at Fotex, then picked up some random groceries: peas (the season for fresh, in the shell peas is just beginning!), blueberries, hair mousse, tortillas. Calvin noshed on his cookie and held onto the basket, while I guided him around the store. On our way out, we stopped at the Post area and got the package. The ride home was uneventful... Calvin stopped when he should, and also avoided the "slanger" (snakes), which I figured out were the lines painted on the parking lot.

At home, discovered that Calvin had another accident, either on our trip or before that at bornehave. Helped him take off his wet stuff and started a load of laundry while he went upstairs by himself to get new underwear. "Just underwear, mama?" he called down to me. "Sure, buddy" I responded... funny because if I told him no, he needed to also wear pants, he'd just refuse anyway! He loves running around in just his undies and a t-shirt... even when it's cold in the house.

We spent the next hour and half with Calvin telling stories about his day, opening the GAP package (he wanted his new pajamas and new shirt both on over what he was already wearing), making a video of Calvin doing "fast" moves, spilling milk and running in circles around the main floor (Calvin, not me)! By the time Scott got home at 6pm, I was beat, and a little annoyed that Scott had taken so long! I hadn't realized that his late call was going to keep him so late. Hangry? It was definitely dinner time!

Not my first opportunity to explain that there's no crying over spilled milk.

Not my first opportunity to explain that there's no crying over spilled milk.

Dinner was simple: veggie hot dogs for me/Cal, sausages for Scott, reheated mashed potatoes from this weekend, fresh peas, a can of Gestus peaches (my favorite). Easy enough.

Cal didn't want to come to the dinner table again, this time because he was "fixing his chair". He had his tools out, and was lying underneath his chair working on something. Told him to join us as soon as it was fixed, and it only took him a minute to wrap up. Then he was happy to eat his hot dogs and a few peas. I still stress about his eating, but definitely not as much as I have in the past. Seems like the fight around it is fading, in large part because we typically include things he will eat in our meals. Whatever works.

The makings of dinner.

The makings of dinner.

Chair maintenance.

Chair maintenance.

Scott said he wanted to do bedtime, even though technically it's his "night off". (We each take a day during the week, Scott usually Mondays and me Tuesdays, but this week we're shifted because of the holiday and Craftenhagen tomorrow.) I was grateful that he offered, and relieved! We cleaned up dinner, and then it was time for Cal to go up! I retreated to the office to check on the jobs I'd queued up before leaving work earlier, and to process photos from the day.

Scott came down after Cal was asleep, dressed and ready to go climbing. I thought his shirt was inside out, but he told me that it was just so worn that it's hard to tell! He told me about how when he recently was in Seattle, he met up with his old climbing buddies, who laughed at him because he was wearing the same shirt that he used to wear climbing with them 3 years before. Haha. He gets full use out of his clothing!

A peed bed, a peed flyerdragt and three peeds outfits meant a couple of loads of laundry tonight, bringing the week's total (so far) to 5!