Archive for October, 2009

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Swine flu jab and maternity package + pictures from a trip

October 25, 2009

Like many others I’m pondering about the swine flu jab; whether to take it or not. What are the risks of the vaccine compared to falling ill? Will I get a three-headed baby if I take it? Or will I end up having premature labor if I refuse to take it and catch the virus? Finland has started the vaccinations as the virus has now started to spread more efficiently in the northern part of the country. Apparently the vaccinations start in Helsinki area soon too, preggos and children being the first ones to get the jab.

I’ve googled and asked my friends who work in the medical field as well as my maternity nurse and it still seems a mystery to me. Most medical professional encourage expecting mothers to take it, but in the same time it’s emphasized that it’s the mother who will decide and that the vaccine isn’t 100% safe since it has been tested only for a little while. At the moment I’m more convinced that I will take it, since it’s the only way to protect the baby properly from the virus as the vaccine will protect the baby also 6 months after birth. Still at the same time I’m really scared about the what if-part, especially since it’s me who’s making that decision for my baby.

We got some baby stuff at home finally. My father renovated the baby bed he used to sleep in and me and my sisters too, and now it’s in the corner of our bedroom. Seems so strange to look at it, somehow it makes this feel even more concrete than my growing belly and the kicking baby inside. There’s actually going to be a baby sleeping in the same room with us. We also bought an used Ikea nursing table for 70 euros after noticing that nursing tables generally cost around 300 euros in furniture shops and are all white so not our style in any way.

Nursing table (picture not ours)

Nursing table (picture not ours)

I also got the maternity package in the mail on Thursday. In short, it’s a package including baby clothes, diapers and other handy stuff and all mothers in Finland will receive it for free after the pregnancy has lasted over 25 weeks or so. You can also choose to have 140 euros instead but since the package is very extensive I chose to get it. Many clothes in the package were a little retro-styled so exactly what I like 🙂 Behind the link you can see all of the contents (in English!).

Contents of the Finnish maternity package

Contents of the Finnish maternity package

We did a trip to a rented cottage about 200km away last weekend. Since we couldn’t travel to Lapland this year due to lack of money, we still wanted to have even a small getaway close to nature. So we chose this spot.

The cottage

The cottage

There was no running water or indoor bathroom, no neighbours and the sceneries were absolutely beautiful.

Terrace

Terrace

The scenary from the terrace

The scenary from the terrace

Inside it was really cosy and warm with a fireplace.

Sleeping spot

Sleeping spot

Me cooking

Me cooking

On the terrace there was also a hot tub that was heated with wood. It took DH 5 ours to heat the ice-cold well water to reasonable warmth but it was great to relax in the warm water when the temp outside was around +2C.

Hot tub

Hot tub

This is a sauna in a tent. We tried it out the second night. Exotic, even for us Finns...

This is a sauna in a tent. We tried it out the second night. Exotic, even for us Finns...

On Saturday we did a hiking trip to a national park about 50 km away from the cottage. Since walking uphill is already getting strenuous for me we only did a 5-6 km trip but I’m sure we’ll go back there some day.

Scenery from a cliff

Scenery from a cliff

Autumny forest

Autumny forest

Me walking over a hanging bridge

Me walking over a hanging bridge

Next week I’ll have the test for gestational diabetes, since all preggos over 25 expecting their first child are tested in Helsinki. Not really looking forward to it since I’ve had the same kind of test done as a child and I remember how yucky that sugary drink tasted… I think the results will be fine since I don’t have a family history of diabetes and my urine tests taken every month have been normal. But of course you never know. So far I’ve gained 9 kilos and my belly is 97 cm in diameter. I hardly fit even into my winter jacket anymore.

As much as I’ve enjoyed having a constant workplace (and salary!) I’m already dreaming of the maternity holiday. My work will end around 30th November so I’ll have 1,5 months just for myself at home. I will totally sleep 15 hours every night! Now that winter is coming it’s again the most depressing time of the years since it’s getting darker every day. Going to work with public transport totally sucks, since it takes me over an hour and I have to take 2 different buses + a train. Luckily next week DH won’t be needing the car so I get to drive to work. Something I never thought I’d enjoy, driving in the Helsinki traffic 🙂

Now I must head to the supermarket and get myself some lunch. Frozen pizza sounds inviting.

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Work in progress

October 1, 2009

I’ve been working with this piece since last spring and finally it starts to look like something I originally had in mind.

Etching + aquatinta with one plate

Etching + aquatinta with one plate

Etching + aquatinta with two plates

Etching + aquatinta with two plates