Summer in Finland is beautiful, never too hot, finally not too cold, and I am so happy to be enjoying every minute of it with our precious baby girl. She arrived in a hurry – within 10 minutes of arriving at hospital yikes! I was determined this time not to spend hours in hospital but I almost left things a little too late and for a moment I thought I was having her in the car – much to the amusement of my husband. Luckily she stayed put just long enough to get to hospital, but I have never been so relieved to get anywhere in my life. After a lot of deliberation my husband and I finally agreed on a name and decided to give her a Finnish middle name Lumi, which means snow after the long cold winter we had endured together.
Finally the warm summer days we were promised arrived in August and we got to enjoy the lakeside pop-up cafes with our girls. It’s hard to believe this is the same place we moved to 11 months ago as three – summer has definitely been my favourite time of year in Helsinki.
It feels like such a luxury to cradle my new baby outside and have her breathing all that beautiful fresh air after being housebound with my first by the pollution of Beijing. It’s something I would have previously taken for granted before living there. I feel like I am floating on clouds right now, there is also something strangely therapeutic about nursing your baby by a sparkling lake. It’s so peaceful and hard to explain but I am totally in my element here. No prying eyes, just me and my beautiful baby chilling by a lake.
Let’s see how I feel when winter returns and temperatures reach lows of -20 degrees. Did you know a lot of Finnish babies continue to sleep outside even in the depths of winter till temperatures get below about -10 degrees? They wrap their babies in layers of appropriate thermal clothing and believe that babies sleep longer and more peacefully. I’m yet to be convinced it’s for me.