Forget Paris

It is pretty obvious that I am in love with Paris.  I had the opportunity to once again visit my favorite city a few weeks ago.  The trip to Paris was for work, and I went 2 days early to visit my friend Sara.  She, too, had recently become a mother and I was dying to snuggle her son.

This was not my first time leaving Matilda.  Prior to this trip, I had visited Amsterdam for 3 days.  I was sad to leave my baby but took advantage of 3 full nights of sleep.  Also, I brought back a disturbingly large amount of stroopwaffles to indulge in.

I had also been in Chicago for my Grandfather’s funeral.  Returning to Matilda was a bit more emotional because my feelings were very raw.  Those sad times really called for her cuddles and giggles.

So when it came time to leave for Paris, I felt fully prepared to spend time away from her.  I had done it twice before, why should Paris be any different?  Little did I know that Paris was about to be replaced by my new true love, Matilda.

Upon arriving to Paris via train, I was flooded with those familiar sights, smells and emotions that are so Parisian.  Fresh bread and cigarette smoke.  Fancy perfume and car exhaust.  People, people, people everywhere.  I quickly made it to my friend’s adorable flat in Le Marais and commenced cuddling her new son.  That was when the pangs of missing Matilda first started.  His baby smell, his baby sound – it made me yearn for her.  However his presence helped me push past those feelings to enjoy my weekend.

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The next day, we took full advantage of the delicious Parisian food and the famous Parisian soldes (sales).  Everywhere we looked, there were amazing and stunning outfits, shoes, bags on sale.  Everywhere I turned, my nose filled with incredible smells, mixing salty with sweet.  On this gorgeous summer weekend, Paris was even better than I remembered.

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But I also saw, on every street corner, a gray Babyzen Yoyo stroller.  It is the exact same stroller we have.  On the one hand, I thought – “wow, we must be cool parents considering every Parisian mom has this same stroller.”  But on the other hand, it made me miss my baby even more.

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I was slowly beginning to realize that not even my favorite city could overpower being away from her.  I loved her so much that all I wanted to smell, mixed in with those great Parisian smells, was her baby skin.

At the end of the day, the trip was incredible.  I had so much fun with my friend, and per usual, she introduced me to exquisite restaurants.  Work that week was extremely productive and I learned a lot.  I also connected with many colleagues that I don’t often get to see in person.

But I could not wait to get home and snuggle my baby girl…..and model my new clothes for her.   😆

Forget Paris – I’m a mom!

Traveling with a Baby – The Supplies

For those of you that follow my blog regularly, you have seen what an avid traveler Matilda has become.  We have taken her all over Europe, and next week is her first visit to the United States.  It’s no surprise that good baby travel supplies are important to us!

Part of our travel success with her does stem from her chill nature.  Matilda is a very flexible baby and I thank God every day for this.  But there are also a variety of items we heavily rely on to help in our baby travel success. In today’s blog, I will list out our favorites.  I hope these prove helpful to those of you traveling with a little one.

Moby Wrap

My husband especially preferred the Moby Wrap when Matilda was smaller.  It is comfortable and soft, and very easy to clean and use.  He loved being able to wrap Matilda to his body during our walks throughout Milan.  It also made it easier for him to enjoy his espresso in one hand and Parma ham with the other.  😆

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There is a baby in a Moby under that coat!

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Moby Wrap

 

Fuel Baby Bottle

The Fuel Baby bottles are a true gem.  I stopped pumping one month ago and am so thankful for these bottles.  The bottom compartment is for powdered formula and the top compartment for water.  I have been able to prep multiple bottles well in advance and quickly pull them out as soon as those hungry cries start.

With our recent Easter road trip to Poland, the bottles were ready like the shake of a Polaroid picture!  When flying to Naples, the bottles were prepped with the powder in advance, and after passing through security, filled with purchased bottled water.

Not only are these amazing for travel, but we also use them at night!  The bottle is ready to go on the nightstand and as soon as we hear Matilda cry, we shake shake shake and feed.

I can’t forget to mention they are dishwasher safe!  Phew!

 

Babyzen Yoyo Stroller

A good friend of mine introduced me to this stroller and I am IN LOVE!  This stroller is perfect for travel, especially plane travel.  It is extremely light (15 kg!) and folds up small enough to be a carry-on item.  It also opens up easily with one hand, so like the Moby wrap, you can use your other hand for something else….like holding your baby or if you’re my husband, eating Parma ham.

This stroller has already accompanied us to hilly and winding Sorrento, the rocky beaches of Capri, cobblestoned Vienna, and of course, throughout the streets of Zurich.  It’s a real winner!

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BabyZen Yoyo in Capri

 

Medela Freestyle Pump

When I was still pumping, I found this to be the best for traveling.  It is small and compact, comes with its own carrying case, and also provides a traveling cooler.  It has a chargeable battery and was easy to clean.

On top of its travel convenience, it is comfortable.  I didn’t need creams and there was no pain, no matter how often I pumped.

baby travel supplies

These are some of my favorite baby travel items and I would love to hear yours.  Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

Happy Travels!

An Easter Celebration in Poland

One of the great things about living in Europe is the accessibility to other countries.  Driving to Poland from Switzerland is like driving from Chicago to Ohio.  Tony’s sister, Veronica, lives outside of Krakow, and we wanted to celebrate the Easter holiday with family.  It was the perfect opportunity to introduce Matilda to her aunt and cousins.  On Tuesday we made the decision to rent a car, and by Thursday night we were on our way!

Now normally, the drive should take 10-12 hours, but driving over the holiday weekend and through Polish construction topped the drive off at 20 hours – yikes!  Luckily Matilda was a true champ about the whole thing.  I feel like my daughter is already a better traveler than most!

Even though it took almost twice as long to arrive, it was worth every second on the road.  Seeing Matilda with her three cousins brought tears to my eyes – their introduction was the absolute sweetest moment.  They loved stroking her chubby baby cheeks and kissing the top of her head.

easter in poland

easter in poland

easter in poland

Veronica invited us to spend a typical Polish Easter brunch with her husband’s family.  Having been with Tony almost 10 years, I’ve been exposed to my fair share of Polish food, but never like this!

Veronica’s sister-in-law set out a long table with breads, sausages (kiełbasa), fresh horseradish, beets, hard boiled eggs and black tea.  The family members took turns trying to crack the hard boiled eggs on each other’s forehead – the more caught of guard the person was, the bigger the laugh!  We passed around the delicious food and ate until we almost popped.  The food was simple but incredibly tasty.  It was even better because it was coupled with the sound of hearty laughter brought on by Polish jokes.  Even though we didn’t understand the language, this made the atmosphere extremely warm and inviting.

easter in poland

easter in poland

The brunch ended with passing the vodka.  Tony and I kicked it off by doing a shot and toasting the person on our left.  The vodka and shots were then passed around the table this way until the bottle was empty.  I knew it was time to leave as soon as they opened up a second bottle…  😆

This has already been a very memorable and special Easter, and the day isn’t even over yet!  I look forward to continuing the vodka passing later this evening….

Happy Easter, everyone!

easter in poland