Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Big News

We're expecting Baby #4 in September. We had our 20 week scan today and all was well with our perfect little wean Pudding, so named because of a near Christmas conception. 

Just to answer the usual questions: it was planned, but it was still a surprise. My body had kind of stopped cooperating, so we had given up hope when a nice doctor gave in to my mad rantings and gave me the help I requested. Then things just fell into place. 

I love some of the interesting different poses the sonographers capture here. The top one below is my all time favourite. 

I'm less keen with the fact that the one we got today either didn't understand us or wasn't paying attention when we said in 2 languages that we didn't want to know the gender. And then after 'that's the leg bones' she announced, 'that the girl'. First time, I've ever known and it feels a bit weird. So, yes, number 4 is a girl, a nice balance in the Clan house. 

The Big Weans are happy, Mouse and Bump wanted to know the gender, they also wanted a girl. Foo who has been struggling a bit more with the concept of a new baby coming was a bit upset as he wanted a boy, but was soon placated with the news that he would be able to help out. 

So just to add to the mix of a stressful summer and early autumn of moving house, a big Stateside holiday, kids starting nursery and at a new school, I'll be heavily pregnant. I never take the easy road. But with the Big Weans at school all day, I'll be able to properly hide from the Finnish winter with my Finnish babe. Perfect. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring Sun

Today actually felt like spring, even though there are remnants of snow lingering. The kids spent most of the afternoon outside, getting to know the garden and patio again. I forgot what a lovely sun trap it is. We didn't really need coats, but the wind was strong occasionally. 

Honestly, I'm not skiving. I had already loaded the snow tyres in the car, set up the patio furniture, taken the kids out to get the tyres changed, bought some toys, picked up some veg plants and made the picnic lunch. I earned a wee sit down. 

But my work is never done. 

In other news, our house hunt continues, but we now have a bank on our side. We also got the news from Foo's nursery that we can live where ever we want, so our search has expanded back to nearer Mousie's school. We just need to decide what we want to do next and find a house that suits us. It's a big commitment and we don't want to jump until we find something we really like and that works for our family. 

Long may the lovely weather and the good news continue. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Farm and Fairies

A couple of fairies came for a visit. 

 At the weekend we went to Haltiala Farm near Vantaa. We got a bit lost at first, but if you use the address on the site linked you'll find it ok. There wasn't much happening animal-wise and I missed the note that this weekend the lambs would be out, but the cafe is lovely and there was a nice little farm themed playpark to keep the kids busy, escaping from the Zombie that happened to follow them there. The Munkki (doughnuts) in the cafe are worth the trip. 

There's still a lot of snow here, and we got an extra 6cm or so last night, so there were still lots of skiers out. Next year we'll have to invest in some skis and try our luck as it would have given us a bit more to do there. The kids had fun, but I would advise going to the farm in the summer. The animals are outside and I can imagine as the snow starts to melt over the next few weeks the place is going to be a muddy pit. 


Only animals we saw all day besides a cat. 

The other big excitement of the weekend was taking our totally bogging car to the car wash. It was a long wait, but 8 minutes of excitement. Now I just need to hoover a winter's worth of dirt from the inside.

Oh, and quick update on the house hunt. Nothing yet. We've limited our search to the area we know is connected with the nursery as I still haven't heard from the two contacts I've been chasing up to find out where the exact boundaries are. We've seen a few houses, but nothing ticks all the boxes. We can get big enough, but it needs lots of work. Or no work required, but the layout is wacky. Or a little work required and very cheap, but not really big enough. Hope something shows up soon.

Have a sunny week!

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