One Miles per hour

My Swedish American love story.

Category: family

Whoops

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Sorry about the horrible updating. Friday morning was chaos! We popped in on a Friday swim class for Miles since I would be I’m LA all weekend visiting my family. It was his last and final class which meant he did his final swim! He was pushed 3 feet under water and through a hula hoop then let go and since babies are born with a natural reflex that sticks around till about 8 months, he kicked his way to the surface then flipped over on his back 🙂 all while holding his breath! He’s my little fish for sure!

After his lesson if went straight to LA and luckily since after swim he’s super tired he slept the whole way to LB! It took is about 2 hr 30 min with a little traffic which isn’t too bad.
Marcus unfortunately stayed in SB this time since he has finals this coming week and needed to get some study time in… We all know the best way to do that is without Miles & mamma 😉

The night before we went out for wine with a bunch of friends since it was too hot to be in the apartment. I spent almost all last week at the beach from morning till night because it was 100f 38c! Insane for Santa Barbara!!!!! We only stayed out till about 930 because this time we attempted to bring Miles and get him to sleep in his stroller. This didn’t work unfortunately because he was distracted by the noise and all of us talking and laughing :/

So now I’m in Long beach at my parents. My mom had her jewelry party the first night which I made awesome sales at and yesterday miles and I went to my friends baby’s 1st birthday party ! I remember going to her baby shower like it was yesterday!

Anyways today, depending on the weather, I think Miles and I might hit the beach 🙂

There’s a quick little update for you guys! More to come later today

Puss puss

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Breakfast with my babes

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The one thing I try to do every weekend is make a nice breakfast for Marcus & I. Miles sits with us but of course sticks to breast milk 😉

Today we made hash browns, pancakes & turkey bacon with some orange juice and coffee of course. Ohh ya…. this morning I tried puree-ing some rolled oats oatmeal from TJ’s for Miles with a splash of breast milk. I might’ve pureed it a little too much because it ended up looking like an oatmeal smoothie, either way, Miles didn’t care too much for it so I think we will stick to breast milk for awhile. Fine by me 🙂 cheaper & less of a mess. I can’t wait however to start making tasty fruit and veggie purees though at home and get creative with it all!

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cold treats for everyone!

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Since it’s been pretty warm lately our little family decided to walk over to the Santa Barbara Public Market (my new favorite place) and get some fresh Rori’s ice cream… We discovered a new favorite flavor (malted milk ball) OMH *heaven in my mouth.

After ice cream and a little walk around town we headed home and Miles got to chew on his favorite, a frozen strawberry in his teething toy (has a little net bag that holds frozen treats for sucking and gnawing on ((great for teething). After a story with dad it was time for bed & I had a work meeting and stayed up late planning for my BIG jewelry party this weekend. it’ll be my first jewelry party where I am selling and I can’t wait. I’ve been practicing my presentation, getting to know the jewelry and just brushing up on sales tips with my advisor.

How was your day ?

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Santa Barbara hikes

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The number one thing I love about Santa Barbara has to be the nature and amazing access we have to it all. Oceanside, mountain and valley hikes give me a way to work out, entertain Miles and get a breath of fresh air. Today we hiked along the ocean on top of the bluffs. We sat on the edge and enjoyed some snacks and Miles did some whale watching with us 🙂

Days like today make me fall in love with Santa Barbara all over again … The best thing is Miles loves being carried in the ergo carrier and just looking at everything we pass. He’s so curious and when he gets hungry I just pull one out and feed him in the carrier. It’s perfect!

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30 days notice

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Tomorrow I have to do the saddest thing I’ve had to do so far in Santa Barbara & give our 30 days notice for our apartment. We have only lived here since January and though I knew it would be a short term lease I loved every minute of it. After all it was our first home as a family. Since we are going to Sweden for the summer and couldn’t find a subleaser on time we have to give it up.

Renting in Santa Barbara is both hard to find and expensive so when you find a good deal on an awesome place it’s best to hold on to. We pay 1350$ for our one bedroom apartment downtown which is amazing! I love it here and all of our neighbors are great and the place is super fresh and clean.

We have NO IDEA yet what we are doing for the fall. It may sound crazy to everyone but we have plans A-F figured out.

My boyfriend as some of you may know has been a soccer player his whole life with a love for American football. When he realized he could combine both and play for his junior college team as the kicker he immediately tried out. He has done amazing since day 1 and won all sorts of awards including player of the year, 1st place So_Cal kicker, academic player of the year and won a golden boot from the teams booster club.

He has taken the team from a loss to a win all throughout the season and made me so proud! He has been aiming and applying for a scholarship all throughout this last year and has talked to several schools and recruiters but unfortunately special teams positions are the hardest position to get a scholarship for .

So far if he doesnt get a scholarship we will return to SB this fall for him to take some extra courses for cheaper at the city college before attempting to transfer and I will work full time while Miles goes to daycare. Otherwise he gets a scholarship which could land us anywhere in the US at this point! Exciting…. but nerve racking!
So at the end of the month we have to pack up our whole apartment and move it into a local storage unit for the summer as we take what we can fit into our luggage for our Scandenavian adventures May 30+July 31

Sunday funday

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Yesterday we celebrated my sisters birthday at my parents house. She’s turning 21 this coming Friday but since we were in town yesterday we barbecued and soaked up some sun with the rest of our family and some of her friends. I introduced “burst” to my dad (holding down the capture button on the iPhone camera to take a bunch of pictures). We had tons of fun trying to take pictures jumping in the air and caught some super awesome shots. I got my sister workout shorts from lululemon which she had been wanting and since she works out like a maniac I knew she would get good use out of them 🙂

Miles wasn’t feeling his best since we were just getting over a bad cold and just wanted to cuddle with mommy the whole day so unfortunately I was a little tied down. I don’t take these moments for granted though since I know someday he will grow up and won’t fit so easily into my arms or need me as much as he does now. 😦

We made the long drive home last night around 8:30 after getting Miles to bed and sneaking him into his car seat. We got home pretty fast and Miles didn’t even wake when we put him into his bed and slept till almost 4:30 before waking to eat and fall back asleep till 930!

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Update

Sorry for the poor updating the last two days. Yesterday was filled with running errands while Marcus was in school then work till late :/ boring.

This morning we woke up early to go to the annual Special Olympics where elementary, middle and high school special needs students compete in everything from tossing a softball to running the 200 meter dash 🙂

I went to help out the old high school I worked at along with Miles and Marcus. We had a blast! We left straight from the Olympics to LA to visit my family after 3 hours of traffic we finally arrived just in time for blue cheese burgers and a movie.
Taking a little blog break now. I’ve got a work conference in the morning downtown LA and then hitting the beach with some fellow mommies.

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Time away….

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Since I started working again it hasn’t been easy for Miles. I nanny for several families in the area and work as a behaviorist for some high school students with special needs. Most of my clients and kids allow for me to bring Miles which is easier than leaving him at home with Marcus for hours which means bottle feeding pumped milk :/

Marcus is an amazing dad but unfortunately the bond of a baby and a mother who breastfeeds is almost unbreakable. Most of the time he does fine and will take at least some of the bottle but night time is the hardest. Miles is so used to the routine of mommy putting him to bed by nursing and cuddling that he has a hard time going down for anyone else. This means countless hours of screaming, crying and bottle rejection for Marcus to deal with.

We are trying everything from using his swing to soothe him to bathing and rocking but it’s just ending with him crying himself to sleep. 😦 when I do take Miles with me it usually turns into me acting and feeling like a mom of multiple children and since he still constantly wants to be held and entertained it makes it difficult to pay attention to the 2 & 5 year olds I watch.

Hoping things will get better as we continue working together on solutions. I would hate for Miles to only feel comfortable and happy when I am around, I do want to go back to work full time afteR the summer especially since we need the income again, but I would hate for things to continue the way they are. Any tips?

I’m babysitting for a family now and have been here since 6:30 and Miles cried from when I left basically until 8:15 and refused to drink his bottle. He is finally asleep and I’m wondering if he will just grow out of this or get used to it the more frequently it occurs?

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Miles’ First Easter

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Glad PÃ¥sk everyone! Happy Easter!

This year was one of the best Easter holidays I have probably ever had or at least since I was little enough to enjoy the egg hunts, waking up to easter baskets, and meeting the easter bunny 🙂 I know there is a true meaning behind Easter and I respect those who have their own traditions but now that Miles has entered my life I want to make each hoilday as exciting and special as they all were for me.

Easter for me when I was little was filled with family, good food and tons of candy and cash filled eggs! I loved every part of it.

Nowadays since my brother (17), sister (20) & I are all grown our parents spoil us with a little mani/pedi gift card or an outfit along with some quality family time at brunch or dinner. Unfortunately this year everyone had work and their own agendas so we didn’t get to all meet up but Marcus & I knew we had to do something special for Miles’ first Easter.

Since I went out last night I woke up… tired… I guess you can call it & Marcus made breakfast and took care of Miles while I rejuvinated… I am so lucky to have such an amazing man I can count on in times of need. I can tell you this, I won’t be going out for awhile. It just isn’t the same anymore now that we have a baby to care for day and night and especially with breastfeeding, drinking and staying out late seems like more of a hassle than an enjoyment… though it was a fun night 🙂

Anyways we headed out for sushi lunch then hit the park to fly our kite (Miles loves watching it). We sat and watched tons of families hunt for eggs, BBQ, swim and just enjoy the amazing weather we were blessed with today. We even all 3 fell asleep together on our picnic blanket under the warm sun… perfect.

We came home when it got cold and windy and I did a quick power clean of the house and started dinner… salmon, rice & asparagus 🙂

Miles was surprised with a little egg hunt Marcus set up in our living room which was adorable and we snapped some cute shots of him “finding his eggs”. I love knowing each year we get to set our own traditions and create a wonderful holiday experience for our little man.

Miles is now in the bath as I sit and catch you all up on my day & dinners just about ready… time to say goodnight. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and continue to read along as I post each day!

Comment and let me know what you did for Easter

xoxo puss puss

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Missing bunny

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So we drove around looking for an Easter bunny most of the day. When I was little there was one at every shopping mall. There seems to only be one in all of Santa Barbara and it’s at a huge egg hunt, train ride, kids day sort of event we would rather avoid.

Since Miles is only 4.5 months old it seemed unnecessary to do the whole event just for a picture with a bunny :/ so family pictures were all for today. Guess this tradition will have to start next year…

Marcus, Miles & I enjoyed ourselves at Marmalade Cafe, one of my favorite lunch spots in SB!

We shared a tuna taretare, tuna melt and some wine and salad 🙂 mums!!!

It’s such a nice feeling knowing this is my family now and everything starts with us. We get to start our own traditions and choose what we want Miles to participate in and understand the importance of! I can’t wait till he’s old enough to find eggs and leave carrots out at night for the Easter bunny to leave a basket filled with toys and candy in the morning. Or as in Sweden dress as a chimney sweep and go around to neighbors delivering Easter cards in exchange for candy.

I love having an international family though it’ll be confusing and different each year depending where we live at least we have options and we will all be together!

What’s your Easter tradition?

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