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Graviduppdatering – v.24


Jag lovade mig själv att försöka vara lite bättre på att ta kort och filma mig själv som gravid den här gången, har väldigt lite bilder från mina andra två graviditeter. Och det är inte så konstigt, måste vara en helt naturlig instinkt att inte vilja fastna på bild när man känner sig lite mer som en valross för varje dag som går. ;) Men man ångrar det efteråt!

Nu har jag i alla fall spelat in en första liten graviduppdatering för att kunna checka av hur läget är såhär i vecka 24. I nästa uppdatering ska jag berätta om vi väntar en liten lillebror eller en lillasyster!

Video: Vi shoppar julklappar


Har gjort en ny vlogg från i helgen när jag och Sam var ute och shoppade julklappar tillsammans! Han tycker det är så kul att köpa presenter till andra och är alltid så noga med att välja ut. <3 Det var så mysigt med en liten juldate och blev precis lagom med hans lilla lista över julklappar att köpa.

Här är videon:

Video: Biking over the Golden Gate-bridge


Here’s the last vlog from our USA-trip! I have footage from a few more days but I think I’m just gonna leave it at this for now. I think this is my favorite video from our trip, I said it before but biking over the Golden Gate-bridge was so amazing and a total bucket list moment. As I’m sure you can tell, we really loved San Francisco. ;)

See the video here:

Video: Two days in Monterey


I made a goal to finish my USA-videos this week so I can move on to christmas. ;) We’ve only been home for three months now haha, but better late than never. Here’s the vlog from our next stop after LA which was Monterey! We all loved it there, but it’s a special place for Sam. It was where he got his stuffed sea otter Luna (she’s still very much sleeping in his bed every night). I love having the clip where he sees the sea otters for the first time, even more so now that I know they made such an impression on him.

Video: First day in L.A.


I haven’t felt so great since we got back from our USA trip so that’s why it took me a while. ;) But I’m finally getting around to editing the footage I have into vlogs! Here’s what I filmed our first day in L.A.

More coming!

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco


We’re back in Sweden again! I still have more photos (plus the videos) to post but everything came to a halt this week because of jetlag + sickness. Ugh! Slowly getting better though. ;)

Here are some pictures from when we walked around in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, after our visit to Alcatraz. A soooo much more pleasant walk when we didn’t have see it all while running in complete panic.


First, we stopped for lunch at Boudin. So good!

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We all got sandwiches and the kids got pizza.


It’s very telling how hungry they were when the pizza was way too hot to eat but Elis tried to find ways to eat it without burning his fingers. ;)


A very typical picture from this trip too. You’d ask Sam for a pic and he’d go “take a picture of Luna!!”.


We were still talking about Alcatraz and it was nice to see it there in the distance while we walked by.


If you wanna know why they were running it’s because they had seen one of those telescope (or whatever they’re called??) things and they love them…even if they can’t see anything.


I was really looking forward to showing the sea lions to Sam, I thought for sure that he would LOVE them. He loved the ones we saw in the water in Monterey, and of course he was already obsessed with his sea otter Luna. I figured this would be really cool!


But he took one look at them and then he sat down at a distance and wouldn’t come closer. I kept asking “-Hey, Sam! Come look!! Come wave at the sea lions” and he would just shake his head and then finally when I asked why, he said “Mom….they’re gross”.

I could see why he thought so haha. I think it was the volume of them and the fact that they were just lying there like slugs.


Elis wasn’t too impressed either. ;)

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They were both superimpressed when we walked by a bigger Boudin and they had a big alligator and other animals in bread. They loved that! ;)


Some obligatory tourist photos by the sign.


It was a good day, such a cool morning at Alcatraz and so nice to just stroll along the water and look around at Fisherman’s Wharf afterwards. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, San Francisco just had the perfect weather all the time!

Our visit to Alcatraz


Yesterday was a truly special day! I had been looking forward to seeing Alcatraz for the longest time and it was just as amazing as I thought. The day started as a TOTAL nightmare though. We were going on the early morning ferry and the website told us to be there 30 mins prior to boarding (the boat would close 10 mins before departure). We left the apartment with a lot of time to spare, with plans to stroll along the water and grab some breakfast before getting on the ferry. Hah! That didn’t happen. We got stuck in traffic, got lost in the city, couldn’t follow the directions of the gps because of roadwork and when we finally parked we only had 10 mins before the boarding would close. We were a little stressed at that point but it’s nothing compared to when we asked someone for directions to Alcatraz and they told us it was about a 20 min walk from where we were. We had parked at the wrong pier!!!

We just had to run the entire way! This was awful. I had bought these tickets weeks in advance and I knew that they were completely sold out for the day. If we missed the ferry we just wouldn’t get to see Alcatraz at all and this was all I could think while we were racing down the piers, freaking out over how far it was and how tired we were (on empty stomachs too). We finally made it with A MINUTE to spare, almost close to tears and completely wiped out.

But we did make it! And twice as happy to be there on the ferry. ;) Alcatraz was amazing and I’m so grateful we got to see it. All good in the end, we laugh over how we desperately ran the entire way there now.

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I can’t even start to describe how fascinating everything about this island was. We were just soaking everything in from the minute we got there.

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Is it horrible that I thought these pink cells were the prettiest? Then I heard the audioguide say how this was the worst place to be in the prison and I thought “maybe not”.

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I joked and told Josefin I would say that the boys loooooved Alcatraz and found it totally fascinating. They didn’t hehe. They did think it was a little exciting going to a prison, and looking at the prison cells. But they quickly grew pretty bored and eventually fell asleep. ;)

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I love how Elis is always up for a photo!

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I loved the audio tour so much. It was a special thing to listen to the voice in your ears (a former guard), while walking and looking at all the places they told stories about. One of the most interesting things I’ve ever done and I could’ve listened for hours.

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While we had the boys sleeping in the stroller about every second person stopped to either say “aww so cute” or make a joke about how they must’ve really loved Alcatraz. ;)


An amazing experience!! We were talking about it all day afterwards and like I said, I’m just so grateful we got to go.

Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge


We’ve made it to San Francisco! We absolutely love it here and I feel like I never want to leave. ? Yesterday was so much fun, we saw a lot of the city by foot and on bike. We rented bikes to go over the Golden Gate bridge, it was AMAZING. I kept saying “wow…wow…wow” while I was biking and I’m still just so happy thinking about it. Bucket-list moment! We also wandered around on foot and saw so much of SF, still wow-moments because I just love everything about how this place looks. Even the hills. ;)

Here’s some pictures from our first day in San Francisco:


All ready to go!


After we started biking towards the Golden Gate brigde, we realized that we were really hungry because we hadn’t had breakfast yet. So we took a little detour and started biking down the streets looking for something good.

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We lucked out because we found a place, ordered pancakes and they were so yummy. Just look at them! Funny story: I walked in and ordered three plates of pancakes and the guy didn’t say anything but after I walked away he asked Josefin “is she alone? because she just ordered a lot”. Guess he couldn’t see Gustav and the kids outside. ;)


Took this picture to show how our bikes took up half the sidewalk. Oops.


Then we made it closer to the Golden Gate bridge and stopped to take a bunch of photos.

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Best thing about this picture is how a stranger who was walking by stopped to say “hey! arm out! the monkey is in his face!”. She was talking to Sam and the (not monkey) that covered his face. Pretty funny that she just noticed and had to say something so the pic wasn’t ruined.


All ready and sooo excited to go bike over the bridge! The kids were looking forward to it but both fell asleep on the way there. Except Elis I guess who claims he was wide awake the whole time. ;)

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On the other side of the bridge in Sausalito. Elis was being such a cutie smiling to everyone.


We enjoyed some smoothies…


…and then took the ferry back to San Francisco. Like I said, Sam has not let go of his otter Luna.

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Walked up a bazillion (hehe) hills and then made it to the most famous one. Lombard Street!

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No one knows how to fake smiles for pictures like my kids. Haha.


And this is a really bad picture but I had to include it because Josefin stepped out in the middle of the street to take it and then said “hope it turns out good because I just risked my life to snap this” Hahaha. Could not leave it out with that investment from her side.

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Every street is so pretty here!! Almost can’t take it.

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Oh Elis. ??


Last stop of the day was to look at the painted ladies (+happy surprise: there was a playground there).

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I loved when the kids started dancing around.


We’re all just so happy to be here! Hope to enjoy the rest of our days in San Francisco just as much!!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium


On monday we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. After all the crazy lines the day before, we made sure to get there about 15 minutes before they opened. And even then there was a long line standing to get in!

It was a little bit crowded but we still had a really great time there. Here are some pictures I took:

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If I could summarize the day in one word, it would be SEA OTTER. Sam saw them the moment we walked in and then he was obsessed. It was all he talked about aaall day and all he could think about. Then we saw a little movie about a otter named Luna that was rescued when she was a baby. Sam loooved that movie so much and was so invested in everything that happened to Luna. At the end of our visit he got to pick out a little baby otter that he named Luna (of course) and it has not left his arms every since!

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There was something so soothing about watching the jellyfish and their slow movements. This was actually one of my favorite parts.

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We could’ve stayed here for a long time!


And these were pretty hypnotizing too haha. Especially when they opened their mouths. ;)

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They had a interactive center for kids which was really great. Here they could feed hungry baby birds!


Then I walked around with Sam and he only wanted me to take pictures of cute things. He was very picky too. None of the fish made the cut. ;) But this babybird did.

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The stingray petting tank…..this didn’t feel great :O Look at all those baby hands reaching for it.


I’m a little afraid of stingrays and was filming a clip when one of them just popped their heads up the water right where I was. I’m ashamed to say I got really scared and just jumped back and did a really wierd legthing. A person behind me laughed and said “I wish I had a film of your reaction”.


Then we were done with the aquarium and I didn’t get a picture of the boys but like I said, Sam got a little otter (he didn’t want the big ones because it was important it was a baby) and Elis got a stuffed shark.


On our drive up to San Francisco, we stopped at Olive Garden for some lunch.


The boys both had spagetti and meatballs and they kept telling me how great it was.

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This isn’t the best picture but it was the only one I got of my lasagna. All of us adults got pasta too and ate until we thought we would throw up. Haha. It was really good. IMG_4349

I didn’t get his fingers in the pics but they were making a “very nice, mom” sign. ;)

Now we’re in San Francisco!