Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Shame on us for not giving Norah Victoria Oland the proper welcoming blog entry on here. Sorry girl, I have to warn you that I most probably won't be able to be on top of things as I would like to. I wasn't able to be too consistent with Alex on here, will do my best to give you some proper attention. Definitely don't want you to feel left out, our precious girl.
After waiting and waiting with anticipation, Norah's due date came and left… She was due on the 18th of May but didn't show up until May 24th. She was born at 3 am and managed to weigh even more than Alex, she was 2 ounces shy of 10 pounds!! Here's one of her first photos of her life.
She was very aware from the beginning, here she is just a few hours born and already seems to look at us with interest and probably some intrigue "where am I? where is the tight belly I was bound to and why don't I hear the 'shhhhhh' sound anymore?"
Norah's first car ride home from the hospital. I am already having fun playing with colors and accessories for girls. I am lucky to get all these cute outfits from Elise, Norah's cousin.
Our first portrait as a family of four… I love how proud Alex looks. The moment we walked into the house with the baby, he was SO loving towards her. I have to say I was and still am surprised on how well he behaves with her, around her, how much he loves and wants to hold her. He's definitely going to be a great big brother.
Happy grandparents, two wonderful pairs Mimi and Papa and Bunu and Buna.
Welcome to our family, baby Norah Victoria. We already love you more than words can describe. We will try to be the best parents we can be to you, our precious one.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The mind of a toddler is priceless. Alex brought one of his cars to the playground with him. He wants to put it down so he can play, but every time he does, some other kid gets close to it. When that happens, Alex has to go pick it up. The end result is he just carries that car around and doesn't really play.
Friday, April 12, 2013
I have 35 days more to go until this baby is supposed to come but I already feel that I want to be there yet. I feel like my belly exploded in the last two weeks and I totally reached that uncomfortable part of my pregnancy: not sleeping good at night, no energy to keep up with Alex like I said in the earlier post, some physical discomfort when standing or walking, you get the picture… So, am I there yet??
On other note, spring arrived in DC and the beautiful cherry trees has sprung. They make a nice background scenario for a pregnant belly, isn't it?:)
It's lots of fun to hang out with Alex these days but man, is it exhausting. I guess the fact that I am more than seven months pregnant has to do with the fact that I can't hardly keep up with him. Actually, Alex does run longer and faster than me these days…
Here are a few shots I took of him yesterday, at a playground near by and just goofing around on the way home with daddy. At his two year appointment he weighed 40 pounds and measured 30 inches long. He's a big boy, full of energy, fun and enthusiasm… not to mention passion for anything with an engine.
Happy Spring from us… although it's looking like we jumped straight to summer this week. As cute as Alex looks with this shaggy hair we might have to cut his hair soon… poor guy perspired so much running around these few hot days.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Physically speaking this second pregnancy is as good as the first one, meaning I've felt great all along, no morning sickness, nothing out of the ordinary, no concerns etc. All is smooth and normal.
From another perspective though, this pregnancy is TOTALLY different. Having already a toddler to run after all day long, makes me forget that I am actually pregnant. Or at least that was until recently… now that I am 30 weeks pregnant, I do have a big belly sticking out so the reminder that a baby is cooking in there is very palpable to me.
The first time around I documented my pregnancy growth religiously, where this time around I took photos of my belly ONE TIME so far. And here they are, here's the proof that I am actually preggo and due with baby #2 middle of May.
Monday, February 18, 2013
It's almost end of February so I am starting to think this winter is as bare as the one before. Unfortunately hardly any snow came our way to help us give Alex a proper introduction as to what snow is and how much fun you can have with it. We keep reading and talking about it but that's not enough. The little dust we had towards the end of January, I tend to believe it only annoyed him more than anything. Here's his reaction to it, first curious to step outside and see what's all about but then three steps down the stairs, he had enough. The didn't want to get out of the house until the little layer of white dust was gone:( I hope his attitude will change in the future. I used to LOVE snow as a kid, I think I still would if there would actually be some around...
Monday, February 4, 2013
On December 31st we flew from Brussels to Heathrow, London where we rented a car and drove two hour south to Eastbourne, East Sussex. Neil's parents live there so we headed that way, feeling funny while driving on the opposite side of the road. I couldn't wait to make it there to finally see Aggie but also meet her precious son, Daniel.
We finally made it to our destination through the pouring rain, typical British weather I guess. How surreal it was to be in the same room with my bestie and our adorable kiddos. God has blessed us both so much, beyond our expectations. We met the best guys we could have through a method that not very would venture to use, a Christian dating website. Well, I did it first, met Michael, got married so I highly recommended the website to other single girlfriends. Agnese and Victoria, another girlfriend had the same successful results.
But I am deviating a little here… let me go back to the end of 2012. We were dead tired but made it to midnight, watched the beautiful London fireworks on TV and then quickly headed to bed at 12.10 am. The next day the sun came behind the clouds and we enjoyed a brisk walk around the bay. We have never been to Eastbourne before but we fell in love with the cute area. It was so quaint.
Later that day we went for a special outing at this beautiful English village not far. We stopped at a cute cottage where we had tea, delicious pecan cheddar scones (must find the recipe on the internet!!) and food. On the way back we stopped by this beautiful spot by the sea. It was breathtaking.
Alex's favorite thing to do while traveling: pulling that carry on all over the airport.
Hi Daniel, SO nice to finally meet you!!
Agnese and I got a kick out out our hubbies seeing them pushing the strollers with our precious babies inside.
Loved this shot Aggie caught of us- notice the cute kissing shadow too.
The whole gang.
We enjoyed exploring the Eastbourne area but one day we had to catch the train and head to the city. London was calling of us way too strongly. We took Alex with us but left Daniel with Nana and Papa. The first thing we did the moment we boarded off the train was to find a Pret A Manger for Neil… notice his happy grin?:) That's his favorite food spot, we had to make a proper stop there and enjoy lattes, chocolate croissants and delicious sandwiches.
I was so thrilled to see Alex enjoying London. He had no idea where he was but there was no way he is not going to be a world traveler like mommy and daddy are. He was a trooper, behaved well and enjoyed the experience. Made us proud for sure!:)
What an amazing way to start the new year!! We returned to the States with the biggest smile on our faces and a great attitude for the new year. Let 2013 roll out…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
We eagerly waited for the end of 2012 because of the fun international trip we had planned for a couple of months now. When we first heard that our wonderful friends, Agnese and Neil Middleton will travel all the way from Australia to Europe, we kind of figured we can make the flight across the pond and meet up with them for a few days. Then we got thinking and extended our trip to Belgium for another three days, my brother Lucian and his family moved there last year. It was just such a good occasion to see them as well, we couldn't pass it. The best part was that Wendy and Barry came up with the generous offer: buy flight tickets for my parents to fly to Belgium from Romania and spend those three days with us. That's exactly how the plan happened and we couldn't have asked for a better trip and time together. Well, maybe it was a bit longer than three days it would have been much better but we are not greedy, we will take the little we've gotten.
Another incentive for our trip was the desire to squeeze one more international flight before Alex turned two and had to pay for his full ticket. We still got away with just taxes so made the trip more affordable. Alex being the big boy he is, we had to show the passport as proof that he's still under two. We were amazed and pleasantly surprised of how well Alex did on the flight. He fussed when he got really tired but eventually he would fall asleep and Michael and I would lay him down across our laps, he was way too heavy for one of us to hold him for a longer period of time.
I will let these few photos show the good times we had. The cutest thing was when Alex got the hang of this bag, a pretty heavy carry on that I filled up with all the heavy stuff I wanted to take over as gifts. Alex pulled that carry on through every airport we made it: Dulles, Brussels, Heathrow and back to Dulles.
Not sure who's more excited about this flight, mommy or Alex...
And we finally made it!! Actually, it was a pretty short flight to Belgium, about 6.5 hours. Michael and I did not sleep at all, by the time we got comfy, checked out the movies etc. it was almost time for landing. Must say the flight went by fast. Alex slept for a couple of hours, enough to be in decent mood when we made it to see bunu and buna.
The first thing we did after kissing and hugging everyone was sit at the table and enjoy the yummy food Lili prepared. I still felt a little surreal for all of us to be around this table, in Belgium of all places! God is good on how He makes things happen. I couldn't be more grateful for this wonderful opportunity to see each other.
Saul and Pati, all grown up. I saw them for a few days in the summer in Romania but they seemed to have grown even more since then. They are such good kids, smart, obedient (most of the times:)), sweet and funny. They are adjusting very well in the public school they are attending and seem to catch very well the difficult language Dutch is.
Happy bunu and buna surrounded by grandkids, the ones they don't get to see on regular basis. Only Rebeca, Lorena and Saul are missing.
That's us taking a nice walk downtown Turnhout, where my family lives. It was still decorated for Christmas, very pretty.
When In Belgium… we had to try out the famous Belgian waffles and the beer of course.
One evening we made it to a Turkish donner place with a bunch of Romanians, some of Lili's family that lives in Turnhout as well. It was a fun and delicious experience.
The next day we made it to Brussels and visited the Atomium.
Here's our soon to expand family in front of the letter O.
After waiting for a couple of hours, we finally made it to the top of the Atom. It was a beautiful view of the city, well worth the wait especially that the sun came behind the clouds. Here's us asking another tourist to take a picture of the entire gang.
I took this family shot of Lucian, Lili, Pati and Saul after we made it back down again.
This was the next morning, one last meal together before my parents flew back to Romania. It was short but enough to make some great memories that will last a lifetime. Alex refreshed his memory of bunu and buna and by the end of the time with them he was calling them 'bumba' and 'bumbu'… so cute:)
We stayed in Belgium for one more night but then early in the morning of 31st of December caught a flight to our second leg of the trip: UK! Check out the part two of our incredible end of 2012 and the perfect start of 2013!! Alex's smile says it all.