Bikinis and swimsuits

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For those who have followed my stories on Instagram, know that I have been looking for bikinis and/or swimsuits that can hold my postpartum belly in place. I don´t have much time in hand, so I decided to look at H&M’s websites and find some that I can go and try out in the store downtown. And I thought I might share my selection with you! 🙂 So here you are:

White high waisted bikini from H&M

Black high waisted bikini from H&M

Cut-out swimsuit from H&M

Strapless swimsuit from H&M

High waisted bikini from H&M

White swimsuit from H&M

Shaping swimsuit from H&M

High waisted bikini from H&M

High waisted bikini from H&M

Mikael and I

Just seconds after I got the news about expecting triplets, my thoughts went to Mikael (who was just 1.5 years old at the time) and how he would deal with this massive change and how it would effect our relationship with him.

Now – a year later – I will say it went much better than feared, but that there have still been some bumps in the road. Mostly in the relationship between him and me.

I got a sick leave as early as 17 weeks pregnant because of nausea and dizzy spells, and was told not to carry or lift my son. Because of that, my husband started to change all the diapers and do all the carrying, while I laid more and more on the couch as the months went by. Mikael started getting a strong attachment to his father and would be mad at me at times for lying down. He would say things like: «Don’t sleep mommy» while I would try to reassure him that «I am here, and I am watching everything you do», but parts of me were crushed. I was so sad not being physical able to commit to him a 100 % in the time before his three siblings would arrive and our life would change forever. And I cried many times because I felt a sort of detachment from my little son.

Then the babies arrived, and we were anxiously waiting for the moment where Mikael would meet them for the first time, the day after the birth. I also missed him, being away at the hospital for 1.5 days.

The first meeting with the babies was a success: He was so calm and looked at them with a serious and curious look. But at the arrival he just wanted his father. He wouldn’t go to me at all. I got so so sad, but had to put on a brave face and pretend everything was great. I decided that I would do everything in my power to win him back, and I knew that I had some work to do.

The first time I changed his diapers after the triplets arrived, it felt so strange. My 2 year old son looked like a gigantic kid lying on the changing table. I remember feeling a sort of disconnection between us all of a sudden, which felt awful. I guess my mind was overwhelmed with everything that had happened, but I really just wanted it to be like it used to between us. We came home from the hospital after 9 days, and every morning Mikael called after his father when he woke up in the morning.

I kept giving him all the attention I possibly could, and we tried to work out the days so that I could pick him up from the kindergarten and put him to bed at night. I could still feel some anger from him towards me, and even though he coped really well with three new siblings at home, I could see he still felt I was a bit unavailable because of all the time I was sitting in the couch breastfeeding and pumping. But as time went by, things got smoother day by day.

And after three months he finally yelled «mommy!» one morning, and I knew we were back on track. Me and him, him and me. And I understood how much I had missed us.

Mamma og Mikael.

Copenhagen guide – my favorite places

Picnic at one of the bridges over the lakes called Søerne

 

Nice places for a walk:

Søerne

Frederiksberg have

Kongens have

Botanisk have

Amager strandpark

 

   A summer day at Amager Strandpark

 

Cultural:

SMK (Statens Museum for Kunst)

Louisiana

Glyptoteket

Tivoli

 

At SMK – museum of modern art

Botanisk Have, where they have a great greenhouse

 

Cosy streets / areas:

Torvhallerne

Værnedamsvej

Kødbyen

Jægerborsgade

 

One of the many nice restaurants in Kødbyen – Copenhagen’s meatpacking district

 

Sightseeings:

Christianshavn

Nyhavn

Amalienborg Castle

Canal boat ride

 

In Byoasen, you can meet goats, rabbits, chickens, etc, and it is all for free

 

Children activities:

Zoologisk have

Experimentarium

Byoasen i De Gamles by

Skydebanegade playground

 

Skydebanegade playground is so lovely! 

A wandering sensation

I had never imagined in my wildest dreams that I was to become a wandering sensation – but when I learned that we were expecting triplets, I soon realized that this would be a reality. Suddenly I remembered an episode from when I was pregnant with my first-born and saw a poor man pushing a triplet stroller up a snow-covered hill, and I immediately whispered to Anders: «Phew, I am so happy that won’t be us, haha!” While I shushed at my mother who commented a little too loudly, since the triplet father only was about 5 meters ahead of us. Little did I know…

Already after 23 weeks I looked full term. Throughout the summer, I was asked by strangers on the street if I was due soon, whereupon I had the pleasure of giving them the surprise of the day by saying that it was actually several months until the birth (“Really ?!”) because there are three babies (“Triplets?! Oooh, you will have your hands full!”)

The last few weeks leading up to the caesarean section in week 36, it was clear that my belly was far beyond normal. I preferred to wear tight-fitting tops and dresses over my belly, and with my slim body shape the giant belly stood directly out, but from behind you couldn’t see that I was pregnant. I remember the shocked gazes from passers-by when my giant belly appeared completely out of the blue and I noticed how people at the mall stared, pointed and clearly talked about me. I really felt how it is to look different or recognizable. And I wasn’t always comfortable with it.

The first 5 months after the triplets were born we could hide a bit behind our twin pram, since twins are pretty common nowadays and don’t stir much attention anymore. Occasionally we were able to give an old lady or a young mother – who had the time and interest in looking down into the pram – a little surprise, and they usually responded with both enthusiasm and emotion.

Eventually, however, the time came when the babies grew out of the twin pram, and we had to pull out the two monster strollers we had stored away in the basement. The first one a 108 cm wide one with three carry cots in a row (so wide that it does not fit through any normal doors and must be folded and carried out for us to be able to use it), the other a more narrow type of stroller (84 cm), but with two floors so that it is too high for me to be able to look over the top, which makes me have to look from side to side while pushing it to not run over anything or anyone.

The maiden voyage was with the stroller where they lay three in a row, and we were quite excited when we walked down the street on a test trip a Sunday morning in the sunshine. Anders first with the wide load, and me with Mikael in his stroller. And we certainly made heads turn! We stopped for a moment, and immediately someone came over for a chat. And while we stood there I noticed how people stared and I could clearly hear a buzz and the word “triplets” all around us. It was just as if people thought we were deaf?! My immediate reaction was to giggle and be shy, but at the same time I couldn’t help but feel proud of the three cutie pies in the stroller.

It is all about our mood. Sometimes it is nice to meet a stranger’s eyes, smile back and talk to people that approaches us. But we have also noticed that if we walk a little fast, stare straight ahead or talk to each other and wear sunglasses, then we almost always get to walk in peace and do not notice all the stares. Either ways, the children will soon be so big that people will see them more as normal siblings, and there will be less attention. So until that time, we will try our best to become confident in the role as the local circus squad.

Go Baby Go!

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I simply love the phase our babies are in now at 7 months, when they are just beginning to move around, figuring out how to use their bodies to reach things and go places they want to go. 😀

I remember this time very well from when Mikael was little. Look how cute he looked a 8 months! <3

And at 9 months.

We bought him this set of kneepads and also two pairs of tights with rubber pads on the knees and feet to help him a bit on the way, and they made it a lot easier for him to learn how to both creep, crawl and later to stand up and walk!

 

Here he is wearing the tights on his 1 year birthday party. <3

So when GoBabyGo wanted to do a collaboration with me I was really happy, because I was actually just thinking of buying several pairs for the trio!

The first time they tried them on was last week, before we got the huge play pen. We cleared the floor in our living room of play mats and toys, and let them move around on the floor wearing their new tights.

I looove babies in tights! I got a question from an American follower earlier who thought it was a bit strange to let them wear tights without a dress over it, and she also said that boys would very seldom wear it over there. And that it was even hard finding models that weren’t «girlie girlie». Here in Scandinavia it is almost a uniform for babies, especially during winter because it is so easy to dress them in layers / have a warm outdoor suit on top. But it is also so good to wear for the rest of the year as well, because it is so comfortable and makes it easy for the babies to move their bodies effortlessly and to explore the world around them.

These sets of Crawling Tights are the same Mikael had two years ago, they are made of soft stretch cotton and “have special designed rubber pads on the knees, under the feet and on top of the toes prevent children from sliding on slippery surfaces when starting to crawl and walk – making them more confident and mobile as they go along.” You can check out the range of colors here. I really love these, and from experience I know that they stay in shape even after getting washed over and over again.

I love how they always end up tangled up in each other. <3

Look how Filip is lifting his butt! That was actually the first time he had lifted it that high, and yesterday (one week after these photos were taken) he actually started creeping (pushing himself around on her stomach) for real!

Another day, another way!

Ready for some action! Filip is so cute in his kneepads and matching socks! Looks like he is mini-skater or something. :-))) Sk8erboy <3

Now that we have gotten the massive play pen in the middle of the living room, we have started taking the babies out to the kitchen area to practicing crawling. AND we got the perfect teacher with us:

Here Mikael is wearing Non-Slip socks in thick cotton, that are perfect for kindergarten! He is running really fast now, and it is so easy to slip and fall when you run around in regular socks.

The babies are wearing the Crawling kneepads made from thick winter cotton, which also are equipped with non-slip rubber pads.

Target in sight: Go get it Filip!

So nice when all three of them are happy, awake, content and active!

These pads can easily be put on any clothes, and are great if you want to dress the babies in pants or if you have other pair of tights you want to use.

I love these Non-Slip socks in a soft bamboo cotton from GoBabyGo, you can clearly see that the babies get a good grip on the floor wearing these because of the rubber pads under the feet and on top of the toes. They also stay put because of the high ribbed fabric that can be drawn all the way up to the knees if you want to. We have them in both white and grey, but you can get them in other colors as well.

<3

Someone got tired and needed a lap to sit on and a hand to hold on to. <3

Happy again! And everybody agreed that it had been a great learning-to-crawl-session! 😀

I have a discount code! If you use the code: triplets20, you will get 20% off on any item at www.gobabygo.dk! This code is valid for 1 month. (Until May 29th 2019.)

Doesn’t Iben look cool in her crawling gear? 😀