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My First Afternoon Tea


Hello from a grey and cold Edinburgh! Still no summer in sight, so really hoping Finland will deliver instead in a couple of weeks when we go over…Anyway, I’ve had a very indulgent weekend with Afternoon Tea, fish and chips and sweets – and now I feel rubbish!

Matthew’s has started going to his office for half the day today, which means I’m alone with Lana and my broken wrist. But so far so good, I’ve managed to change her nappy and keep her alive 🙂 I went to see yet another doctor last Friday as I wanted to make sure the bone hasn’t moved after my procedure, and it looks like all those supplements are doing their job as she said it’s healing very well 🙂 So only a week and a half and the cast comes off – can’t wait!


As I can’t carry Lana around too much at the moment I figured I’d be a bad parent and put her in front of the telly to watch the Moomins for a while – and she loved it! We watched a whole episode together – I want to start early so that she can hear more Swedish (the kind we speak in Finland that is).


Matthew’s colleagues gave us a gift card for Mamas and Papas after Lana was born, so we got her her own wee chair so that she can sit up like a big girl – as you can see she looked pretty relaxed in it 🙂


On Friday night we decided to go see Jurassic World – after checking that Matthew’s sister was happy to babysit Lana for a couple of hours first of course. Matthew’s parents have looked after Lana for a few hours on several occasions, and I’ve had no problem being away from her. However, this time, when I saw Lana’s little face in the back of the car I just burst into tears – completely unexpected! Maybe it was the fact that this was the first time I’ve been away from her in the evening or seeing her being driven away in a car – who knows! Matthew laughing his head off next to me didn’t make things better either…

Afterwards we got some fish and chips – it was nice enough but it’ll never be a favourite for me I’m afraid. Guess I’m not British enough!


We’ve ditched the carrycot and started using the pushchair instead – as you can see she it still leaning back quite a bit but now she can see a bit a more of the world.


On Saturday we decided to go for a walk down to Leith for some lunch. It was one of those days when we just kept bumping into people – think we stopped 4 times on the way, so it took us quite a while. We walked past Mimi’s Bakehouse and thought we’d give it a go as we’d heard good things about it.


They do Afternoon Tea for £15 per person, so decided to finally give it a go – after 3,5 years in the UK haha.


Matthew was busy keeping Lana entertained so that I could indulge 🙂 He was one of the very few guys there – it’s the perfect place for hen dos and meeting up with your girlfriends.


With only a little help from Matthew I nearly finished the whole thing! We still popped into Nordic Affär after to get a little bit of salty liquorice as it was on our way…Just what I needed after loads of sweet cakes!


After buying Matthew’s new iPad a case the sun came out so we just had to sit down for a glass of vino. The whole time I was convinced people were looking at us thinking we were bad parents for drinking wine with a baby…Does anyone else feel the same in a situation like that?


I still tried to enjoy my spritzer – yes that’s a spritzer, not a massive glass of wine haha!


Yesterday we visited the market just around the corner from our flat where we got some tasty dumplings for lunch. We then walked (and bumped into more familiar faces) to Matthew’s parents house for a quick visit – here’s Lana trying out hats with her Pop.

Matthew just booked his flights to Finland, so he’ll be coming with us after all. Think it’s the best solution as my hand will be quite weak when the cast comes off, and I’d probably struggle quite a bit with two flights and a wriggly baby…Matthew will only come for a week though, and then later on in summer again so he won’t be apart from Lanushka for too many weeks…Excited!

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • shazza

    Ha love your face after the Afternoon Tea. It looks like somewhere I would love……though I usually feel exactly the same after I have one. Never stops me finding more.:)

    June 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Haha yeah I never learn! I just have to try everything even though I know I’ll be pulling that face afterwards!Judging by your blog you would indeed love the place 🙂

      June 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm
  • Monica Äikas

    Fint att Matthew kan komma med på resan! Och bra att Lana får lära sig muminsvenska.

    June 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Ja det är verkligen en lättnad!

      June 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm
  • freebutfun

    I’m pretty sure the Finnish summer will kick off properly in two weeks when I get my summer holidays! Now it’s still waiting… Promising but not quite there yet.

    June 23, 2015 at 4:10 am
    • ninaaikas

      Fingers crossed – I’m sure the Finnish summer doesn’t want us to be disappointed! Can’t wait to go swimming as it’s too cold to swim here ?

      June 23, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Annika B

    You have a really interesting and fancy family life. So nice that you still have so much to explore in the Burgh. So wonderful that you started crying when you left Lana for few hours. I think it is healthy, psychologically, to sometimes over-eat?

    July 9, 2015 at 10:57 am
  • Anonymous

    Good to hear – I definitely can’t help overeating once in a while ?

    July 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm
  • Ella Mathews (ex-Crazy Stork Lady)

    @Shazza is right – you do have an excellently expressive face on you. Afternoon teas are hands down my favourite part of British cuisine. Although I probably only have about one a year. Hmm… that needs to be resolved. You’ve made me insanely hungry right now. As for the judginess, I can never tell – sometimes I just think I imagine I’m being judged whenever I’m doing anything vaguely ‘naughty’ and that nobody else actually cares. But sometimes there are some pretty judgey-faced people out there! x

    October 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm
    • ninaaikas

      We both need to have more afternoon teas me thinks! Just wait until you’re pregnant/have a baby and you’ll constantly be worrying if what you’re doing is right, wrong, acceptable, weird, stupid or if you’re even fit to be a mother in the first place! x

      October 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm
      • Ella Mathews (ex-Crazy Stork Lady)

        Uh oh… I’m a worrier to start with. This could get seriously problematic! The best thing about getting older for me is definitely caring less about what randoms think. X

        October 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm
        • ninaaikas

          I’m also caring less and less with age,but seem to have started caring about what random mums think instead ?x

          October 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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