Back again

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Had a great vacation in Sweden. Truly amazing, I absolutely love coming back seeing my tribe. Well it is my tribe, my family. I feel a very strong connection, always have. When I see my mom, dad and sister, I can’t help it, I totally understand why I am who I am…I love it.

This is a short video of how the summer in Fkil was.

Sweden here we come…

So I couldn’t write anything about my swede trip as it was a surprise for my mom. But now, we are finally here. The flying circus has landed…

Traveling with two kids, two boys…well let’s just say it is not super easy. I’ll tell u all about it in another post

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After 14 hours we touched Swedish soil, Andrea for the first time in his life. Felt very special. Now we are settling slowly. Vittorio went to bed 8:30 even though the sun was still shining. Andrea was out at 7. We all woke up at 5:30 this morning by Vittorio who was looking for his dinosaur.

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Today we spent the day at the beach. So missing F, he would have loved it. Just crossing fingers that the weather will stay for a bit longer.

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Dark in the parks

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This is another thing you get used to living in SA, power outages. Been gone since 4pm and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon. Not only is the house freezing, it is going to be the coldest night in the parks they say. I’m not looking forward to this night.

Funny actually, every evening when I go to bed I have one little thing I really look forward to. My electrical blanket. I dare say, I tend to go to bed earlier just because I know how nice it is to lye there and snuggle. Well tonight no blanket and a alarm beeping every 5 second telling me it has run out of power. Thanks I could have guessed that.

Let’s just hope the power is back on tomorrow morning. Pleeeeeas!

Please be careful!

So suddenly it happens, the thing you dread the most. Your child has put his life in danger. Five seconds and the world turns. Five seconds and he is right in front of you but you don’t get it until it is too late.

V managed to crawl under a bench in our back garden. He found a bottle with some kind of transparent liquid and put it to his mouth and drank. The panic I felt, seeing my child coughing and crying holding this bottle in his hand. I had never seen the bottle before, I had no clue what was in it.

My head went blank, what do I do? Do I throw him into the car and drive as fast as I can or do I call someone? How much time do I have? I looked at him, trying to see what my options were. I took the bottle, read the label and smelled the liquid. I tried to make him vomit (which is the last thing you should do). I gave him milk, I don’t know why, it felt right at the time. By the time I got through to the emergency service, V had calmed down and looked quite ok. A bit shaken, but ok.

After discussing with emergency, my paediatrician, my GP, poison centre, the hospital, I decided to take him to the emergency room just in case. Even though he looked and acted  fine, I wanted to be sure. After 20 min we got to see a doctor and she did all the checks. He stayed for observation another hour and then we were ok to go. I felt completely safe when I took him home.

This was a wake up call, I still have some electrical sockets that are not plugged even though Andrea crawls and his finger fits perfectly. I have some washing stuff under the sink in the kitchen, thinking V is too old to do anything stupid. HOW WRONG I WAS. He is 2,5 years – everything is an adventure, everything is interesting.

Today I did a full security inspection of the house. I see this as a warning and I hope you do too…

Good to know

The poison centre SA: 0216895227

IF YOU SUSPECT POISON DO NOT

  • Do not give an unconscious person anything by mouth.
  • Do not induce vomiting unless you are told to do so by the Poison Control Center or a doctor. A strong poison that burns on the way down the throat will also do damage on the way back up.
  • Do not try to neutralize the poison with lemon juice or vinegar, or any other substance, unless you are told to do so by the Poison Control Center or a doctor.
  • Do not use any “cure-all” type antidote.
  • Do not wait for symptoms to develop if you suspect that someone has been poisoned.

more info 

 

I didn’t know…

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So I have discovered the following. It is very nice to have a fire place in the living room close to the kitchen. It is also a plus that it’s on gas…10 sec to light. A Nespresso milk frotter is a must have! Having the radio with in a good range, easy to turn on and off…well makes u do just that. And the kids…well if you want to have them at safe distance from the fire place and your hot coffee, just use the security door.

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Foggy

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So I have been up since 04:00 yeay! I’m so tired I’m dizzy. But I promised myself that I had to go to my tennis lesson no matter what. And I did.
Rafa has decided to whip me into shape. My weakness – I think I can rest while the ball is still in play. I also believe that my feet should not move to much and the back should do most of the bending. Well R has not given up on me and today we had some really good rallys. But it broke me totally and I have been living on coffee the whole day. I’m just going to watch the Argentina – Suisse game and after that I’m done. Already longing for the electrical blanket…

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Underdogs

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No energy left. I’m sittning watching the after talk after the Nigeria – France game. Love the after talk, a glass of good red wine and pull up my feet in the sofa. I love checking all the angles in slow motion. Debating if it was offline or not. Getting upset over “filming” and wrongly given penalties.

I have not been that lucky this WC. All the teams I have been cheering for have left so far. Italy, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria…well yes I like underdogs. They play with more hart and soul. I want a underdog winner, I want a team that no one believed in, I want a miracle.

So now you wonder why this picture, where does Vs swimming lesson fit in. Well it doesn’t, I was supposed to write about something else…

Going from 12th to 10th

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So I’m not Gabi on 12th anymore…I’m Gabi on 10th and eventually Gabi on 14th.

Moving is exhausting, packing up 2,5 years, two kids, two dogs and yourself. The hard thing is not the big sofa or he TV, the hard thing is the drawer in the kitchen filled with thing that are “good to have”. Pieces of paper, foreign money, old pair of glasses, plasters, pens. Everything needs to be sorted and thrown or put away. When it is done it feels like you are reborn. Life is easy again, no more un necessary stuff lying around. Your freeeee!

So we have stored everything (more or less) and taken our little family to a temporary house on 10th. Beautiful house lent to us by amazing friends. Then after my Swedish vacation (hopefully) we are moving in to another beautiful house owned by amazing friends. This time I hope we can relax for a while, enough to have a kitchen drawer filled with “good to have stuff”.

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