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22 weeks pregnant

So once again I got a notice on my phone telling me Im 22 weeks pregnant, woop! Its getting hard to find clothes that fit, and feels/look good. WHAT do you buy when you probably won’t slim down anytime soon? The last time I was pregnant I got a big belly just in time for summer, so it was quite easy finding nice outfits, all you needed was a dress and you were done. This time is very different. Its to cold for dresses, but almost to warm to wear sweaters all the time event though thats pretty much all I’m wearing these days. Knits is the perfect outfit if you ask me. But if you do want to show the belly, its not the best clothing. Ive been on sooooo many online shops looking for cool maternity wear but all I seam to find are either cute and girly, or plain basic black white tops from H&M….So if you know any good sites for maternity wear, please let me know! Im getting bored using the same 3 outfits over and over again.

Thank god for Kimono fashion. Robert keeps telling me I don’t need another “morning gown” as he calls it. I nicely reply with -Do you really need another suit?….thought so 😉

My usual belly photographer is not here today so I had to try and take the pictures myself. So if you wonder why I’m constantly on the phone on every picture, its because Im controlling the camera trough it. Im not that good at “acting natural” but I sure look bussy…

Here it is! Cotton baby 22 weeks! I feel so much bigger this time, has anyone else felt the same way or is it just me? Feels like I looked like this when I was 35 weeks pregnant with Filippa. Maybe you get bigger the second time around….or maybe its all the cookies I keep pretending not to eat…

xoxo
Caroline

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So last week didn’t go as planned…

so last week didn’t go quite as planned, but now a days thats more usual than unusual. I had an early appointment at the midwife on Wednesday to do another sonogram to check the location of my placenta. On the 20 week scan the placenta “wall” was halfway down so we did another check to see that it wouldn’t  go further down and “block the exit”. And it didn’t! Its now placed towards my back so he should have no problem finding his way out.

How cute is this? My heart melted when she said “mom, he is so cute”. She sure shares my enthusiasm for these sonogram images and actually see a cute baby and not an alien. She will run the business one day 😉

After the scan I  had 2 hours to work before I had to pic up Filippa at Roberts office since she was not feeling very well and we decided not to take her to preschool. Since he was away in Africa she’s been so klingy on him and was super happy when he told her she had to go with him to the office for a few hours and now all she talks about is going there everyday, cause apparently she works there now haha!

The only thing that is a little tricky when she has to be home from preschool is that I cant do as many paintings as I normally do in one day. in fact I cant even make 1 as long as she’s awake. Ive tried, and it has ended up with me putting the wrong name on a painting or that she “helps me” when I turn my back on it and aaaah..theres some blue lines on the baby’s face. Don’t think you guys would appreciate it as much as she does so I’ve just decided that the hard work begins when she’s asleep. And that means I work long nights on weeks like this! Its a good thing I do love my job. So last week has been all about, running between meetings and baking stuff with a toddler. My sugar craving has gone totally bananas the last few weeks so I gladly bake colorful cookies and eat them all and blame it on Robert when she askes where they all went…

xoxo
Caroline

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How it all started…

Every now and then I get the question how it all started? How did I come up with the Idea of painting sonograms, and when did I decide to make business out of it?

It all started when I was pregnant with my daughter 3 years ago. I had a scan at 17 weeks to check on the baby to see that all was well and thankfully it was! I didn’t get a picture since it was just a quick check up but I was so amazed by the little human in my belly that held up her hand almost like she was waving. I knew I just had to create a mental picture from it. So as soon as I got home I brought out my paint and brush and did a very quick sketch of what I’ve just saw. My baby, bouncing around under my heart, Such an amazing and weird feeling when its the first time you experience it. I can still remember how I just sat in the kitchen staring at that sketch thinking “wow, thats a part of me and Robert right there”.

Months went by and I kept thinking that I was going to do something with my 20 weeks sonogram image as well but time went by and she was born and then it just wasn’t on my mind until my friend was pregnant. I thought it would be nice to give her, her sonogram image as a painting. And after that I noticed that its was a pretty cool thing to do so I started small, just painting for friends and family. But as the words spread I realized I could actually make a business out of the whole thing and I decided to go all the way. And now I paint sonograms of twins, triplets, and even tiny embryos for people all over the world. I remembered the excitement I got when we shipped the first order beyond Sweden, that was a great feeling. Now we ship to every continent on this Earth. That is just….wow.

This journey I’ve been on so far has been the most amazing one in my life. It has not only been happy clappy and challenging in ways I didn’t know existed. It has also been extremely tuff, it is not easy running your own business and some of the decisions you have to take is not easy, and I’ve been taking some pretty rough ones the past few months. But you learn from it and hopefully it all makes sense in the long run.

I love doing what I do today, and I hope that this is only the beginning of the greatest adventure there ever will be.

xoxo
Caroline

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To get out of your comfort zone

We work with collaborations as most brands do today, using influencers as a way to get you out there. Its a very fun and creative, but also risky way to do business. You never really know if it will go the way you think. And the thing is that its not at all about how many followers, or how expensive  the collaboration might be that always pays out in the end. We’ve noticed that even the smaller accounts can bring you much more than the bigger ones. Its all about timing, audience and branding. We love finding influencers, big or small doesn’t really matter, if we see potential or a creative personality we go with it!

Collaborations with influencers are fun but we’ve been wanting to trying something new and work more with other companies and see how that works. Let me tell you that its not easy coming from knowing pretty much nothing about marketing, branding and all the other stuffs behind building your brand. And then just hit the action button and get out there! Thats why you should team up with someone that knows maybe not all, but more than you do so you can run the extra mile together. And to be honest, to have someones hand to hold when you don’t really know what you’ve gotten yourself into, makes you run a little further… I have that feeling a lot these days, you get a kick from trying something new and unknown not really knowing if it will be for the better or worse. But hey, you snooze, you loose right?

During the past few weeks we’ve been contacting companies we would like to work with in some way and now it really starting to pay off which is such a great feeling. I can honestly say that If it wasn’t for Madeleine I wouldn’t have had the courage to do half the things she makes me do these days. She has the guts that I sometimes lack, and thats why its such a great thing working with her on this. And she knows her way around how to communicate with other companies. I am an artist. I can talk about a lot of stuff, ask me anything about the paintings or how to blend colors. But when it comes to “deal or no deal” Im not that tuff…yet.

We’ll tell you all about our very first collaboration with another company next week. Until then you get a little sneak peak of how it looks 😉

xoxo
Caroline

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21 weeks pregnant!

So far I am enjoying this pregnancy week (entered it today haha) but everything feels so much better than last week. As I mention in the previous post, last week was an emotional mess on my end, but now everything is back to normal and my hormones seems to have gone back to normal crazy.

Since we where out running between meetings this weeks belly had to be on the go! A bit hard to see the size with all the clothing but its growing for sure and Im afraid to say this out loud but, its actually been easier walking the past few days and Im sooooo hoping that it will continue like this now. I feel so isolated when I cant move around the way I am used to and I don’t deal with pregnancy pains very well! I am a moaner on that area for sure.

Here it is, 21 weeks. only 19 (hopefully) weeks to go and I feel his kicks more for each day!

 

The past few weeks we been working really hard finding new ways to be seen and since this is totally new for both of us, its really fun and scary putting yourself out there. We always meet up 1 pur before a business meeting to go trough all the details. What do we want to say, how are we going to say it, and most importantly, HOW do you sell yourself the right way? SO many questions, so few answers.

The meeting we hade was scheduled way before Madde had her now 7 weeks old baby. She wanted to wait a few weeks to get a routine before we started to bring the baby to all kinds of meetings. I must say that baby Thea has been so smooth during all of our meetings and I really hope my future baby will behave the same…..have a strong feeling he won’t though.

A little sneak-peak on what we were doing after the meeting. We are so excited about this collaboration and we will tell you guys more about it in the future when we’ve worked out all the details. Its funny how life turnes out the way it does. I could never have imagine that I would do the things I do today just 3 years back, and the things we have planner for next year makes me wanna pinch my arm. Its really true what they say -If you can dream it. You can do it. Make it work!

xoxo
Caroline

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Hormonal rollercoaster

Pregnancy Week 20 will go to this pregnancy history of disaster weeks! its been a hormonal rollercoaster. Since Robert was in Africa I was alone during the week and thats usually fine. For a few days. Then its like something switches and I absolutely hate being alone. I get scared for all the little things (and big ), “what if I die in my sleep and no one will find Filippa until days later?” I know this sounds super crazy but once the thought get stuck in you head, its kinda hard to get it out. especially since you are alone so IF it happens, well you are screwed. Thankfully my best friend decided to call me every single morning just to check that I was alive and kicking which made the nights a lot easier.

When Thursday came everything took a turn and I just panicked over the fact of being alone for 4 more days so I decided to go to my parents over the weekend. I don’t understand why I get so scared of being alone for to long. Im usually a person who loves to be alone but I guess its different when you don’t choose to be alone, or when its for more than just 2-3 days. Ive told Robert he is not allowed to travel anymore during this pregnancy. When I think about it I don’t think he will ever be allowed to leave the house after this baby is born. If I hate being alone with one child. Just imagine the scares when I have 2 lives to look after! Jikes! Or maybe I should just get my shit together and stop being so afraid of being along. It didn’t help that someone rang the doorbell at 11pm one night. While I was in bed, after watching way to many episodes of “the Haunting at Hill House”…..No I didn’t check who it was…nope! Didn’t even move haha.

I’ll give you guys an update on the growing belly later, now Im off to meet up Madde and go to an excited meeting!

xoxo
C

 

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20 weeks pregnant

I am half way there! 146 days left until he is expected to enter this world ( or exit my huha, jiiikes). At the moment it feels like I just got pregnant and its a bit weird its already been 20 weeks. Half way is actually pretty far along and I still haven’t gotten around to the fact that its a baby inside of me. Not a 100 % anyways, and to be honest I sometimes panic a bit inside when I realize he is on his way. We have no plans on having more children after this one and the fact that the time goes by so fast makes me feel a bit stressed. I imagined myself being totally at eeze the second time and really try to enjoy the process and not think to much about the outcome. Well, I don’t spend much time thinking about whats to come thats for sure, but I don’t feel that Im as relaxed as I was the first time. Maybe because I know thats its not that easy being a parent. and that the first few weeks can be all except fluffy clouds of happiness. Or, its the fact that  I do have a 3 year old running around and keeping my busy. The first time, I had nothing to think about but my self and the growing belly.

So this is me, 20 weeks pregnant

The light In my apartment  is broken and therefore way to dark to be able to take a decent picture, so please excuse but enjoy the urban basement location of this weeks belly! Its growing, and its growing fast! Today I actually felt him kick for real and now I feel him every once in a while which freaked me out at first! I had forgotten how weird it is to feel someone bouncing around and you have no control what so ever. (yes I am a control freak) but hopefully I’ll get use to it in a few days or so, and If we’re lucky he will kick hard enough for Robert to feel when he gets back from Africa next week. 

Its getting heavy, and Im only half way, haha! My pelvis is getting weaker for each day and that SUCKS! I may have some of that pregnancy glow going on but my pelvis is not happy at all. And I have  a feeling I will have some trouble walking within just a few weeks. YEJ! If you have any tips and tricks on how to deal with pelvis pains, please let me know!

xoxo
Caroline

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The free week-end!

This week-end has been aaaall about me. haha! Robert has flown away to Africa for a week and Filippa went to my dads over the week-end so I had some girlfriends over. SO long since I had a whole week-end for my self. We did what we do best. We ate good food, spend the whole day just doing girly stuffs, like facials, nails, giggling, you name it. As a mom, thats something you don’t get to do very often so its was a treat to be able to eat a real brunch slowly and without assisting your toddler, and to actually paint your nails and do a facial with no rush what so ever.

We ended the evening with the new netflix serie “the Haunting at Hill House”. Has anyone of you seen it? If you haven’t- see it! You’re in for a treat. our screams, depending on how you react to horror series.  Robert actually woke me up the night after we’ve seen the first episode because I was screaming in my sleep. (jiiikes) When he asked me what I was dreaming about, I just said – “The bent neck lady”….When you see it, you’ll get it. She is not that nice. So a little bit of a heads up, if you are an easily scared person, do not watch it alone. ever…

Now I’ve finally got my daughter back home and I’ve missed her like crazy, feels like they grow so much when you don’t see them for a few days. We played outside for a while and then we got home, freezing like crazy since the winter finally got to us. (and I was not dressed for that) so we made some hot chocolate and snuggled up on the sofa before she got to bed, and now I am working away allt the “to do’s” for last week. I feel so ready for a new week! Its going to be so exciting. We are going to show you guys our latest collaboration with a company, and I am going to put together a few behind the scenes material for you to see since thats something you frequently ask for 🙂

Have a great Sunday!

xoxo

Caroline

 

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Cotton baby is a…

So the day finally came and we got to see our baby…..boy! Feels soooo weird to say we are having a boy!? I really thought I’d be having another girl since I’ve been trowing up like crazy, just as I did with Filippa. So I guess the theory that you feel less sick when you expect a boy is false. haha!

Cant say I am enjoying this pregnancy yet. I cant wait until I get to keep all my food and perhaps get some energy back. But I do have a feeling that it will be a lot heavier this time since Im already having trouble walking for very long.

I do however feel very calm towards the fact that I’ll be going trough that whole baby thing again and the fact that we are having a boy makes it Moore exciting. It feels like something new and unknown. Even though I am pretty sure being a parent to a boy is the exact same thing as being a parent to a girl 😉

I am having a boy…Still feels weird to say. WHAT does his sonogram look like then you might think? Well, I have to tell you that this little man didn’t share the same entusiasm towards sonograms as his mother, so we had a really hard time getting good pictures. Not my biggest supporter for sure!

 

This first one is actually from a video. He hid his head so much that we only got to see little glimpse of it. sneaky little thing….

This is the best one. haha! She explained that he is actually sitting up and he didn’t have any plans to change positions since he stayed like this during the whole scan. He has his head under my chest, and his butt towards the “exit”. If he doesn’t change position I’ll probably will feel him stretching, and thats not comfortable.

All and all, everything looks good, and he is growing like he’s supposed to. I cant wait until I get to feel those little kicks of his. (please don’t kick towards the exit, haha) I might have felt some, but its so tiny that I am not entirely convinced its actually him.

So excited to go to work tomorrow, and if I get time, I’ll try and make a painting out of one of his pictures. Hopefully, he’ll be more cooperate the next time!

xoxo

Caroline

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Thank you!

I had an early appointment at my midwife yesterday and when I woke up I was super tired, so when I looked at my phone and saw soooo many “congratulation messages” I went “hang on, is it my birthday?” Then I remembered I shared the big news the night before, ha! I want to say thank you for all the love I got regarding our pregnancy. I have to admit I was super nervous when I was pushing that “publish” button. Not only since I hadn’t told that many about the baby, but due to the fact that the baby announcement was going to be the opening act on This blog! AND it would be in another language then my own.

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Many of you asked why I decided to do it all in English, and the answer is really simple. Because of you guys! We have so many followers from all over planet earth that it just seemed like the right way to do it. And because I think its very important to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while and try something new, you never know where it might take you. 😉

xoxo
C