Posted in Share Your World

Share Your World – November 20, 2017

I’m baaa-ack! 😁 Or at least, I’d like to think so. My world is still upside-down what with our 1-month old baby – but she’s absolutely the cutest so she has VIP pass to do so 😘😘

Sleep-deprived me (or is it, I? πŸ€”) however, have been missing blogging, so I thought I could warm-up via this week’s SYW. (By the way, you can participate in the fun πŸ‘‰ here).

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If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

No. If the test were that important then I’d rather find out through failing that I lack mastery on the topic & do it over again.

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

Verdant blooms, mysterious forests, bewitching bodies of water, fierce rains, noisy thunderstorms, gay rainbows and the wide open sky.

Complete this sentence: When I travel I love to….

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Watch & soak. Most people want to take pictures and I’ve tried that, but found that it takes away from the experience of being in that place and enjoying the moment. So I usually just take a few pictures as souvenirs and then sit in a cafe or someplace public and just watch what’s going on. I love it! 😍

Oh, and buy keepsakes of course! πŸ˜‰

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Β Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.Β 

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I absolutely appreciate my husband and eldest child for being so supportive of what new moms go through – sleep deprivation and its not-so-pleasant effects.

My eldest, who enjoyed 10 (yes, ten!) amazing years as our only child, has gracefully accepted the fact that there’s a new baby in town. We thought at first she’d act up as she never seemed that excited while I was pregnant, but she’s been very sweet to her little sister instead, and helps out whenever she can.

My husband takes over without prompting upon coming home from work and on weekends, and is always ready to pitch in during night feedings (we supplement) or when the baby is just fussy.

Being in a foreign country, I certainly do not have the luxury of friends and family to call on for help when I need some time off. This does bother me but I get a second wind each time I think of how wonderful my eldest and husband are to me and the baby. I feel very blessed indeed πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Now how about you? πŸ˜ƒ

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Unfocused & Angklung

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This week in Paardje’s life … I wish I had a lot to share, I’ve been worrying about not blogging enough but, truth be told, I am just unfocused and dazed 😴 πŸ™„ I guess it comes with the 31 weeks preggers territory.Β  All I’ve been doing as of late is play games on my Kindle, read other blogs, sleep (a lot!) and read up about breastfeeding.

I feel very huge and cumbersome now.Β  I don’t feel much for going outside because aside from feeling like a hippo and looking like a hippo (in my generally shapeless 3rd tri maternity wear), I tire quite easily.

I have been “forced” to get out this week though.Β  The school my daughter attends had a formal opening of their new school building and, for the occasion, she had to learn how to play this beautiful Indonesian bamboo musical instrument – recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” – called Anklung.

I’m so proud of B1! 😍😍😍

And for some reason, I just can’t help but get teary-eyed with this. 😒 Really. I mean, I can’t even get through the first few notes without threatening to bawl! 😭😭😭