Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Adam is clearly enjoying having his soother shoved upside down into his mouth ;)

Two kids. To be honest, it's not that bad!
I'm able to shower every day and even put on my make-up, I managed (or lucked into) synchronizing their naps and quiet times and most evenings there's a decent meal on the table.

But sometimes it is crazy town!
Yesterday was such a day...

It started off all nice and sweet with cuddles in bed with my boys followed by a peaceful oatmeal breakfast.
After breakfast we read some books, Micha on my lap and Adam laying on the couch next to us, the sun shone on our happy faces and all was well with the world.
After books it was time for Micha's quiet play time in his room, Adams nap, and my me-time.
I had a nice shower, read some blogs and even sewed a little present for a my friends almost-here baby girl. Things were so perfect, maybe a little too perfect...

When the hour was up I went upstairs to get Micha, and that was when it all started going down hill.
I opened the door to his room and smelled it straight away, somebody had gone #2.
I picked that certain somebody up, put him on the changing table and felt something warm and soft on his back.... Yep, poop, on his back, on his clothes, on my hands, and not that innocent yellow stuff his little brother likes to poop, but the real stuff...

At that moment I heard that Adam had woken up from his nap, and it wasn't a happy wake up, but a 'get me out out this swaddle right now' kind of wake up.
So with poop on my hands, a screaming baby in the background and a toddler who was way to interested in the stuff on his back, I had my hands full! What to do?

I quickly put M in the shower, washed my hands, gave Adam his soother to buy some time, and cleaned the mess up.

Crisis averted!

But that wasn't all for the day.

After the boys afternoon naps, I got them ready to go out for a walk to the grocery store.
I managed to stuff M's chubby toddler feet into his shoes, put his coat on and let him play while I got A. ready.

The moment I had Adam in his car seat and ready to go I heard a crash followed by a wail and I rushed into the living room to see what had happened.
Micha had fallen of the rocking chair and already the blood was pouring out of his nose.
I grabbed a cloth to clean him up, but he was not having it!

He pushed my hands away and started rubbing the blood ALL.OVER.HIS.FACE, in an attempt to wipe the blood away. Blood everywhere!
And again, Adam starts fussing in the car seat, I had an upset and very bloody toddler to wrangle into the kitchen, without getting to much blood on myself, which of course was impossible.
I had my hands full!

A half an hour later we were finally out the door, me all sweaty and with blood on my clothes, Micha's nose scratched and red, but luckily a sleeping Adam.
So I guess it wasn't all that bad, haha!

It was quite the day! Crazy, disastrous, but also pretty hilarious!
You bet I had a big glass of wine that evening!
 (After breastfeeding Adam of course, I'm not a totally incompetent parent) :) 

Have you had any disaster-filled days lately?

Love, Maria

Friday, September 12, 2014

Making me happy this week

This recipe, I was a bit skeptical at first, but it's so good!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Celebrating with my little sister who received her Masters of Arts for Archaeology, 
beauty and brains that one!
All students who get their Masters at Leiden University are allowed to write their name on the wall in 'het zweetkamertje' (the sweatroom).
Our king Willem Alexander's name is on the same wall as my little sisters! Isn't that awesome!

This smile and that bald spot:

Playing 'hide-and-go-seek' behind the curtains
where, oh, where is Micha? ;)

Dreaming up a shared bedroom for the boys

What's making you happy?

Love, Maria

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Adam // 2 months

I know how interesting these monthly update posts are for most people... Not!  ;) 
But because I know of a few readers who will definitely appreciate them (mom, sisters) and because I'm not taking notes of life any other place than this blog, here it goes!


The last two months have been months of adjusting, enjoying, comparing (to how things were with Micha) and getting into a new flow.

Adam is nursing like a champ and growing like a weed.
Just like his brother he likes to be fed often, every two or three hours, except during the night, then it's every four or five hours, luckily for me!
His first smiles were seen around week two and he's been a smiley baby ever since.
He rarely cries, only when he's hungry or when his tummy is bothering him. And of course we regularly have a fussy hour in the evening. But he definitely is a pretty laid back little dude.
He loves his big brother, and always has a big smile for him every morning. 
His favorite thing to do is going in bath, lot's of smiles happen in the tummy tub!
He does not like being ignored, he's perfectly happy to lay in his playpen for a while, but when he's done, he's done, and he'll let you know!

All in all, he's great little man! I think we'll keep him! :)


I didn't post a one month update, but I did make some pictures!

this was his birth announcement (photo credit:

Don't you think he's grown like crazy??

Love, Maria

Monday, August 25, 2014

life lately

Making: Baked Falafel and homemade pita's for supper (so good!)
Drinking: Water, lots of water! Nursing makes you thirsty!
Reading: The newest Khaled Hosseini 'And the mountains echoed' (B. gave it to me as a gift for our 8th(!!) wedding anniversary this weekend)
Wanting: A bit more sleep
Watching: The Wire (so old, but pretty good!)
Eating: whatever's in the cupboard
Smelling: Baby's-Breath in a pretty bouquet of flowers (also a gift from my sweet husband of 8 years), it smells kind of funky, definitely not as good as my own baby's breath.
Wishing: Fall wouldn't arrive so soon!
Enjoying: The fact that I still have two more weeks of maternity leave
Loving: My smiley baby and my car crazy toddler.
Hoping: Micha's 'terrible two's' won't be too terrible. They're pretty intense already!
Needing: some cute new fall outfits, that will accommodate nursing
Feeling: Grateful for Adams baptism yesterday
Wearing: This sweater, love it so much!
Organizing: Micha's many cars by color :) 

Love, Maria

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to quickly satisfy a craving : Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake (no joke)

Oh my, breastfeeding makes a girl hun-gry!
I thought I was insatiable during pregnancy, but breastfeeding hunger is a whole other ball game.

The other day I was craving cake, I didn't care what kind as long as it could be whipped up and eaten within the time frame of a nap or two. 
Grocery shopping with a two-year-old and a newborn is no joke so I needed a recipe with ingredients I had in my kitchen. 

Cue my infamous Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake recipe.  
I'd made it before and I remember loving it, but mayonnaise? In a cake? Eww? 
Could my memory be failing me? 

But I had a craving and the only cake I could make with the ingredients I had on hand was the Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. 
I had no choice.

The recipe is so simple a toddler could make it, but my toddler was sleeping so I had to do it myself.


I could hardly believe it, but the cake turned out delicious! Chocolaty, moist and no mayonnaise taste whatsoever! I dare to say it is the best chocolate cake I've had in a long time.

I quickly whipped up some caramel sauce to top the cake, but I'm sure it would be delicious with chocolate frosting, or maybe even some cherry jam?

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
(I have no idea where I found the recipe and I've adjusted it quite a bit, so I'll just call it my own recipe)

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cold water or cold coffee or a mix of both(I do a mix)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C) . 
In a bowl mix dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients.
Mix for two minutes.
Pour into a greased pan. 
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. (there should be a few wet crumbs on your knife when you test) 
Let cool completely, then frost with frosting or drizzle with caramel.


Love, Maria

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life Lately

Okay, I'm back! Well, as much as I can at least. :)

B. went back to teaching yesterday, after six weeks at home, so I'm still figuring out the whole 'stay at home mom with two kids' thing. 
It's actually going surprisingly well so far (knock on wood).

I'll try to post at least once a week, and I'm working on Adams birth story, so that is coming up asap too!


Wow, this summer has been so... great, exhausting, awesome, challenging, fantastic... what else?
Let's just say it has been special.

It started off with a bang, our beautiful son Adam arrived on his due date, June 27th.
I delivered him at home and it all went smoothly. I'll tell you all about it in his birth story!
He is doing so well, growing like a weed and he's such a happy, smiley baby. I'm feeling great too!

We celebrated Micha's second birthday on July 31st. He ordered a lion cake and a tiger cake, so what else could I do but deliver? 
We had a small party at a playground nearby and it was perfect.
He is such a two year old! Super sweet one moment and then the most aggressive being the other.
He is quite sweet and gentle with Adam though!

We enjoyed the warm days of summer at splash pads and our parents homes, our balcony is just not enough for our energetic Micha! Hopefully we'll be able to find a home with a yard before next summer!


And now the temperatures are dropping and normal life is beginning and I'm back at blogging.
And it feels good!

How was your summer?

Love, Maria

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Adam!

He's here! 
Our sweet little Adam is here!

Just like his big brother he decided to arrive on his due date. 
He was born on Friday, June 27th at 6.59 a.m. after a 12 hour labor.
I was able to have the home birth that I was hoping for and it was such a great experience.
There will definitely be a birth story posted in the future.

Everything is going really well, we're all happy and healthy and a little exhausted :)

Love, Maria