Thursday, July 28, 2011

Earth Calling Daily Life






The holidays are over. And so is summer. We have a schoolgirl this fall, and a baby that is called new names every day. We spend some time on it. After six months the government is fed up by waiting and just hands you one.

Ah, the transitions.

Me? I get to hang out with my little beautiful creature until May next year, when papa takes over for another 12 weeks. Learn more about the parental leave system in Norway.

I hope there's still summer where you are!

12 comments:

Teresa said...

The paternal quota is such a great scheme! We should all follow Norway's example with this. Hope the right name finds the baby by six months time?! In the meantime: have fun deciding, and enjoy your time at home with the little one until Arctic Dad steps in :-) It's 30 degrees here in London today, and it definitely felt like summer at the paddling pool on Hampstead Heath this morning with my little one. I was dreaming of the South of France... Ah, what a nice thought!

Liv-Inger said...

Gratulerer så masse med den lille jenta! Utrolig søt da! :-)

Kos dere!

Makeminemidcentury said...

I'd love to hear about Norway's paternal-leave scheme.

Anonymous said...

I love my country, but here (US) they try to push you out of the hospital in a matter of hours (not days) and they push you for a name before you leave. I had unexpected twins and had to come up with four names, two of which weren't prepared, and constantly had a nurse with a clipboard at my elbow demanding their names. Not only that I was gravely ill with septicemia. It's a wonder they aren't named something bizarre, like Delirium and Penicillin.

HOA Mgr Lady said...

I had a dream last night about your new daughters name... it was Bettina - and I think it was Emily Bettina. Why have you waited to name her? is it an artic tradition?
Ruth in California
(Cederstrom)

likeschocolate said...

I wouldn't mind if we had some cooler weather. It has been in the 90's for almost three months. Yesterday with humidity it was a 105 degrees.

Francesca said...

I know you'll find the right name for your baby girl.

Arctic Mum said...

Hi, the cooment from anonynomous made me laugh - and the first few days after a birth everything are in a blur. In Norway you get to stay at the hospital for three days after the birth, but you don't get to leave before you can breastfeed. The midwives make sure that the milk production has started and the baby can nurse. Ruth - no it's not an Arctic tradition to wait to name, it's just not a big deal whether you do it straight after birth or after two months.

christinelaennec said...

Very funny about the naming process. My sister-in-law's four daughters were each called "Miss Barnes" for the first two months of their lives, until their personalities emerged and a suitable name was chosen. Here in Scotland I think you have to register the birth within 10 days - with first name!

Ida Thue said...

Uhh, the tension is building up: I'm so excited to hear what you'll choose ;-) My parents did the same thing with my brother and I - you know, trying out different names until they found one that fit. Good luck with your name game :-)

Anonymous said...

So you have no choice but to nurse? I was so bad at it one of my kids almost starved. I feel horribly guilty about it still years later. I think there is too much pressure for everyone to do this.

Midcenturymadam said...

What a beautiful family you have. My children are almost grown and I miss the lovely new baby smell. I wish the U.S. would take some clues from Norway. I love the idea of taking turns staying at home with the children.

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