Who would’ve believe that it’s already my 6th Christmas in Suriname? WOW. Like how did it happened so fast. 😀
This year is actually the first time we’re going to celebrate Noche Buena. Unlike the normal eating and sleeping on Christmas Eve, I decided to make it out of this world. I put extra effort on this because it’s Nikolaj’s first Christmas, so it’s really special for us.
My little Flash turned 8 months and well, it was pretty quick! 😛
Our DIY photoshoot was a success thanks to my husband who was a sort of distraction, so Niko can look at the camera. I just took a few shots because he wants to go everywhere. Yeah, that’s the disadvantage now of doing photoshoots with an 8-month-old because they want to get away and crawl whenever they feel like.
It’s the time of the year again when the Greenheart trees in Suriname turn to yellow and shower their petals on the ground, making it a bed of flowers. This happens usually around August to November, a sign that the dry season has come.
It gives me the feeling of Spring in Suriname which is a tropical country. We have two Greenheart trees inside the hospital, so when I saw that it’s the time of the year again, I captured the moment.
Since day 1, my zombie parents insisted of putting these things on my hands even though I kept removing them. Well, aside from the fact that they’re too large, they’re also annoying.
I’m a baby and of course I wanted to scratch my face all the time. That’s the whole reason why we have sharp nails when we were born. It’s a baby thing and these adults don’t seem to understand.
These sharp nails give us the opportunity to be who we wanted to be. You can’t blame me if I want to look badass like Geralt from the Witcher or Roronoa Zoro from One Piece. And maybe if I feel a little evilish, I could look like Scar.
Today, I’m going to make a stand (not literally though) against mittens. All babies are welcome to join me.
“Remove the mittens! No to nail cutting or trimming! Give us the freedom to scratch ourselves!”
Nikolaj got a REALLY REALLY nice present today. He was given a gift card for a baby photoshoot. I was actually planning to do a newborn photoshoot for him, but we decided to wait until he’s a little bit older. LOL. I mean like two months old or so.
I remember the first time we took a passport photo for him in the studio. He was about 3 weeks old and had been sleeping most of the time. He got so pissed when we woke him up. In exchange, we had the grumpiest-not-passport-accepted photo ever! So, we are going to do it again before his passport appointment in June. At least, he would be older by that time.
One of the most difficult decisions I encountered being pregnant was choosing baby names. There are names I love which my husband doesn’t and vice versa, so we are having a hard time picking out a name that we both liked.
My husband only wanted one name for our baby, no middle or third. He finds them annoying because he has two middle names (totaled to three) and he only uses the first one. I, for the record have only a single name and I can’t wait for the day that I will give my children two or more names.
Finally, I convinced him that if he wants our child to grow up with a Dutch culture, he should agree with three names.
When we knew that we’re going to have a boy, I felt a sudden pressure because we haven’t found a name that would fit him perfectly. I tried out name generators and websites for name suggestions. My favorite site is Magic Baby Names because they give you a list of boys, girls or neutral names similar to the ones you liked.
My favorite GIRL name is Nico Robin, a character from One Piece. The name is actually pretty cool for a girl because it sounds like a boy’s name. Unfortunately, my husband disliked this one. He said he doesn’t want his daughter to have a boy’s name.
I don’t have any favorite boy’s name and the pressure is killing me. I have a few names in mind like Liam, Kai, Grey and Heero, but I don’t think these fit my baby at all. I’m an anime fan, but I can’t give my child a Japanese name. Sigh.
We are still on the hunt for names and I’m going to give an update probably in March.
It’s funny to think that 2017 is going to slip away and will become memories in just a few hours!
I never had any New Year’s resolution for 2017 and I think I won’t have for 2018 either. In my opinion, these are just goals or standards we set to ourselves, so we might have something new and fresh to look forward to the coming year. It is a good idea, but I know I will just forget or ignore them before January even ends.
Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, why not make a list of things you have learned or achieved this year. You will feel good about yourself as the year ends, at the same time, it will also give you a reflection of what you need to improve or continue in the following years. It doesn’t really matter when you want to start doing it. No pressure. No commitments!
Getting pregnant. This milestone is the main focus of our lives right now and there’s nothing I could asked for.
Improved my skills. Working in a government institution helped me a lot in improving my skills. I was able to do things I never knew I could.
Gained a few friends. I preferred not to socialize for the past three years after some bad experiences with people who I thought were my friends. I avoided having friends after that and treated people as mere acquaintances instead.
Buying our own car. This might sound materialistic, but it’s one of the things we dreamed of having.
THINGS I LEARNED:
Keep a small circle of friends. You don’t need to be in a big group, so you can have everybody on your side. It’s better to have a few close ones rather than a group of people who only treat you as a friend because they need something from you.
Treat yourself once in a while. I always buy things on a budget, so I can send more at home. I feel guilty every time I buy expensive things, but I learned that I should not limit myself and buy things that I love (expensive or not) because I worked hard for it.
We deserve the best things in life. Don’t depend on what other people say about you. They can not dictate what I will do or not do. My happiness matters, not theirs, as long as I don’t hurt anyone on the way.
Be patience. Things happen when you plan it accordingly. There will be obstacles along the way, but dedication and determination will give you positive results. Don’t give up too easily.
Always have a kind heart. You never know where your kindness will lead you.