SUN Day

It was bright and sunny yesterday and the temperature was in the mid 20’s. It was the perfect day for a picnic.

We found the perfect spot under a tree very close to a gazebo.  Our little boy is now very active and just doesn’t seem to stop moving.  Being in the park was perfect since there are a lot of things to explore for our little guy.  But even on the picnic mat, he still doesn’t stay put.

He is either horsing around or trying things he’s not supposed to play with….like mommy’s sunglasses for instance.

I rarely have photos with him since I am mostly taking  the photos.  But I finally convinced him to stay put for a picture with me. He wasn’t too happy with it and managed a fake smile.

All he ever wanted to do was play with his daddy and run around.

These days I really find it hard to keep up with him.  It’s difficult to be an old mom.

Nevertheless, I hope you had a great weekend!

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Afternoon Coffee

I like flavored coffee. Now that my son is at a stage where he tries to imitate everything I do, it is quite difficult to keep coffee away from him.  I always try to trick him by giving him milk, but he is starting to get smarter and cannot be easily fooled.  But I found a solution.  I found Caro.

Caro is a drink composed of barley, barley malt, chicory and rye.  The origin of this drink can be traced back to the Napoleon era.  During the war between France and England, there was a scarcity of goods from overseas, one of them being coffee.  To compensate for this, people experimented on ground cereals and grains as a replacement for coffee and thus came up with Caro.  Due to its popularity, with a taste closely resembling that of coffee, it stayed as a regular product.

In the beginning, we bought this drink so Jakub can have his “coffee” with us.  But recently, I have found myself drinking caro as well.  The same is true with Kinder chocolate.  I bought it for Jakub so he can have his own chocolate when I’m eating mine.  But recently, I am also finding myself craving for this chocolate too.

Having a kid awakened the kid in me.  So don’t be surprised if I offer you baby juice instead of beer when you are a guest in my house.

How about you.  Do you ever consume stuff for kids?

The Stroller Game

Today was such a beautiful day that I took my son out for a run/walk twice during the day. I was not alone. The streets were full of moms on strollers also out with their babies. You see, the Czech Republic is one of the most liberal when it comes to procreation. I say liberal because a woman gets to spend 3 years on maternity leave for every kid that is born. You heard that right… THREE years!    A woman can literally not go back to work for 3-6 years, depending on how many children she has, but still claim a portion of her salary from the State or the employer (depending on the job.)  Thus, it is no wonder that babies are everywhere.

When we were in the States, I only had 3 months. It was heartbreaking to leave Jakub in the daycare on the very early stages of his life.  Now that we are in CZ, I intend to stay with him for at least a year.  Meanwhile, I will use this time to network and get myself updated with the happenings in the industry.  I don’t think I would like to be out of work for such a long time.  I am afraid that my mind will stagnate and I would be lost when I get back to the industry.

I say that because as I was walking on the street today, I realized how simple my world has become.  I have started to play the stroller game.  It is a game that only moms (and some dads) understand.  It goes like this.  Whenever you meet a mom on the street, you give her stroller a quick, thorough look.  The kind of scrutiny like in a GMP audit.  Then you look at your own stroller and compare which features are better than the one you just saw.  In my mind, I always manage to win this game.  I have iPod speakers!