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Photo An Hour


I know I always complain about the weather here, but I cannot fault the weather we’ve had lately – especially today with temperatures around 20 degrees and bright sunshine! It was so warm that I had to take off my jumper and I even got a bit worried about Lana being too hot in the pram.

I love reading “a photo an hour” blog posts as it gives you more of an honest picture of what the blogger’s life really is like instead of the more “glamourised” posts that don’t really show what goes on behind the scenes 🙂 I thought I’d make one myself as well, even though Matthew thinks it will be the most boring post ever…But I figured that if I love reading about other people’s “boring” every day lives then surely others do too! I tried to snap a photo every hour last Sunday, and this is the result:



Lana usually gets up between 9 and 10am, which means that so do we. She’s usually in a very good mood in the mornings and very generous with her smiles. After some cuddles in bed I usually put her on her beloved playmat where she plays by herself whilst laughing, shrieking and kicking away like there’s no tomorrow.



My favourite breakfast at the moment that I have all the time is banana porridge with coconut and almond flakes – accompanied by berries every now and then. So nice!



Time for some blogging and going through photos from our Finland holiday. As you can see it was another sunny day in the Burgh 🙂



Lana’s loving spending some quality time with daddy, and so is daddy by the looks of it 🙂 (I wish I would’ve gotten rid of those beautiful Alpen and Solero boxes before taking the photo…)



Lunch at Earthy’s in Canonmills – highly recommend if you’re in town! Lana is in a milk coma and I’m having red quinoa, broccoli and feta fritters. Breastfeeding in public is becoming more and more easy and natural for me – yesterday I did it on a bench in the middle of the busy Princes Street Gardens 🙂



A little walk after lunch is always a good idea. I insisted on taking the pram even though Lana’s not a fan of it, and as usual Matthew ended up carrying her. However, during the past two days I’ve taken her out in the pram without no issues whatsoever! She’s just been lying there smiling at me and looking around – really hope this continues as carrying her in the sling does get quite tiring if I want to go for a longer walk.



The aim of our walk was actually to go see the flat above that’s for sale. We’ve started thinking about buying a bigger home here in Edinburgh instead of paying rent into someone else’s pockets, and we want to get an idea of what we want and what we can get by seeing different places. It would be an investment more than anything – my dream is to build my own house with a big garden one day 🙂 The flat above looked a lot nicer in the photos than what it really was – definitely not for us!



On the way home we went to Tesco’s for our weekly shop.



After getting home we had a little skype session with Lana’s grandparents – forgot to take a photo so used one from a previous session with my mum and Lana’s cousins.



Lana hadn’t slept much during the day, which resulted in a not so happy little girl when she got overtired in the evening. She demonstrated her unhappiness for a while, which I just had to take a photo of as it truly shows what our evenings sometimes are like 🙂



After pacing the floors in our flat for some time I finally got her to calm down and even managed to sneak the dummy into her mouth when she didn’t expect it. I’ve been trying to get her to use a dummy for weeks, but she refuses to accept it – so this was a small victory! (A pacifier could relieve the symptoms of reflux and help sooth her when her strong sucking reflex sets in.)



Dinner time! The menu consisted of oven roasted aubergine with tomato, mozzarella and basil, hummus and our new favourite; panzanella salad.



After dinner I made another batch of hummus – it’s good to have as a snack with carrot sticks when I’m busy with Lana during the day.



Yes, we’re also Game of Thrones fans, so the day was finished off with an episode of the new season. Lana fell asleep during the show, so guess it’s not her cup of tea.

That’s it, a typical Sunday in our house, hope it didn’t bore you to death 🙂

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

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!

  • shazza

    Aaah you did a photo an hour post. Looks like you had a busy day with Lana. She is really growing fast! That breakfast looks yummy. 🙂

    April 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Yes,finally got around to doing it ? suprising how difficult it was to remember taking the photos!

      April 24, 2015 at 5:32 am
  • hannelelahtinen

    Rolig ide! Inte tråkigt alls ?

    April 24, 2015 at 5:00 am
    • ninaaikas

      Haha nå bra!ska säga till Matthew ?

      April 24, 2015 at 5:33 am
  • hannelelahtinen

    Och gröten ser super mumsig ut! Hur gör du den?

    April 24, 2015 at 6:28 am
    • ninaaikas

      Jag mosar först en banan o tillägger sen en dl havregryn o 2,5 dl mjölk (grön mjölk,inte fettfri),blandar o sätter allt i mikron.Sen e d bara att tillägga mandel o kokos när det är klart – fast man kunde säkert också tillägga dem innan mikron…blir jättegott,sött men inte för sött 🙂

      April 24, 2015 at 8:27 am
      • hannelelahtinen

        Måste testa, fast alltid då jag gör gröt i Micron, sväller det över kanten?!? Ska man stoppa och blanda emellan? Eller inte ha full temperatur/power? Hur många minuter brukar du ha?

        April 24, 2015 at 8:33 am
        • ninaaikas

          Ja man måste stoppa ett par ggr o blanda.Inte helt säker hur länge,men typ 3-4 min allt som allt – varierar mellan mikron o kärlet du använder.Lycka till!:)

          April 24, 2015 at 8:36 am
  • Leena F-B

    Rolig ide tycker jag med! och all mat ser så yummy ut! har också en hummus period och testa just med att blanda soltårkade tomater med och det blev jättegott! Skönt att Lana trivs bättre i vagnen, hoppas det fortsätter så!

    April 24, 2015 at 11:12 am
    • ninaaikas

      Oj måste testa – det blir ju nog lite tråkigt i längden utan variationer 🙂

      April 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm
  • Monica Äikas

    Snygg blå vagn förresten. Ovanlig färg på vagn. Och det är något hos dig på lunchbilden som får mig att tänka på Mummi som ung.

    April 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Alternativen var pink,blå och svart, så det var inte svårt att välja! Hmm svårt att se några likheter själv, kanske färgerna är Mummis…

      April 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm
  • freebutfun

    Inte alls tråkigt:)

    April 25, 2015 at 10:45 am
    • ninaaikas

      Roligt att höra 🙂

      April 25, 2015 at 11:20 am
  • Annika b

    That was a really good idea. What I miss about blogs is the non-glamorous/neutral truths. People want to discuss problems and read about other’s in order to get confirmation that they are not the only ones. It sounds pathetic, but it is not, it is human and you can be a really strong human but you still want to read about other’s problems. Your had just 2 (out of 10?) neutral happenings, and that was Lana crying and you watching Game of Thrones. So 8 of them was kinda fairytale pictures, amazing lunches and dinners, smiling babies, walking in the hot sun, seing your partner and child having a blast together. But I do believe your life is a fairytale 80% of the day. This post was not anyhow different of more boring than the others, since you just mentioned 8 more glamorous things that happens everyday in your life.

    April 29, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • ninaaikas

    Hmm not so sure other people would consider my photos to be fairytale – but you’re right I guess: my life is somewhat of a fairytale to me at least 🙂 Being with Lana every day is like a fairytale (omg that sounds so cheesy!)

    April 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm
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