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Red Tulips & a Cold

Red tulips

I should never have said that I haven’t been ill since the beginning of September in my last post – I should’ve known better…Now I’m not only uncomfortably close to popping, but I have a nice little cold as well! So I’ve spent a fair bit of time resting at home taking photos of flowers, trying out new recipes and doing jigsaws.

After just staying in for two days I decided that I was well enough to go for lunch with Matthew’s brother and parents yesterday. I wanted to walk there and back as I felt like I needed a bit of exercise (plus the baby will never come if I just sit around doing nothing)…Afterwards we walked to Nordic Affär to pick up some Finnish mustard, chewing gum, semolina porridge, a children’s book for Matthew etc. Although I was having constant contractions at that point we still decided to go to the National Portrait Gallery on the way home. This all resulted in me having some slightly painful contractions last night and pretty much all day today (unfortunately nowhere near the real thing though) as well as my cold getting worse. Yay. Just hope I would get better before going into labour! (I’m 39 weeks today btw)


We had some friends over for dinner last week who brought the red tulips in the photo (it’s funny how only last week I was still feeling mobile and well enough to invite people around – this week I don’t think I would have the energy to do it, with or without a cold…)


Wish we could have fresh flowers at home every day – they’re just so beautiful to look at!


I’ve tried some new recipes, for example this simple Italian Panzanella salad that turned out really well (I didn’t add anchovy fillets nor capers). My attempt at a zucchini cake wasn’t as successful – it was probably the most dense and sweet cake I’ve ever tried! Needless to say, most of it ended up in the bin.


I’m quite confident that we now have pretty much everything a baby could need, which makes me feel prepared and calm if nothing else. Here Matthew’s trying out the activity mat his sister gave us – he better let the baby use it as well.


During maternity leave I’ve reinvigorated my passion for jigsaws – it’s the perfect past time for a heavily pregnant whale like me 🙂 I just seem to have gotten so good at it that I finish them too quickly…

I just washed my hair just in case I go into labour today – which basically means that I won’t. Most first babies usually arrive a few days late, so not getting my hopes up just yet! I’ll probably have time to finish a few more jigsaws…

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>

  • shazzarob

    Good luck Nina.Next time I read your blog you will have a new baby.EXciting! 🙂 Xx

    February 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Thanks!well I really hope so – fingers crossed the baby’s not late!xxx

      February 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm
  • Monica Äikas

    Hur vet du att sammandragningarna inte är “near the real thing”?

    February 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm
    • ninaaikas

      För att de inte var närapå tillräckligt smärtsamma – och nu helt smärtfria.Så helt vanliga Braxton Hicks sammandragningar igen…Fast trycket där nere är starkare efter inatt,så hoppas att nånting har hänt iaf!

      February 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm
  • Monica Äikas

    Inte minns jag att mina sammandragningar skulle ha varit så värst smärtsamma när jag åkte in för att föda. Men jag hade kanske haft nån blödning eller sånt. Visst märker man när det är allvar.

    February 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Så ska dom ju också vara regelbundna och inte sluta när man sätter sig ner…

      February 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • Annika b

    Get better soon! I envy you that you get yourself busy with jigsaws, I watch series which i kinda feel bad about sometimes. But I also read A LOT of fact books, about self development, but reading that all the time could be too heavy again…

    February 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Just finished watching House of Cards,so I watch series too! 🙂

      February 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm
  • Jessica Smedslund

    Nina, nu har ni int långt kvar! Massor lycka till och calm thoughts! 🙂
    Kram från oss

    February 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Tack – I know,spännande! 🙂

      February 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm
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