My son’s name is Tadej!

Yesterday morning, my son Tadej James Krivokapic McHill was born. He came out of his mama at 8:43 am via c section and into the arms of his mom right away. He weighed 8lbs 1oz or 3,666 gramms. He was 52 cm or 20.4 inches long. He cried some but not too much at first…

On the day before I am becoming a mom…

We have gone to our favorite restaurant to celebrate these last moments of just being two. We have prepped our space and acquired things even though at some point we will realize what we really need, what baby likes and doesn’t like, what we like and done like, and then we will realize what we…

Thinking of Helen

Today is/was my grandmother’s birthday. If she were still alive, she would have been 102 today. She passed 3 and a half years ago. It is hard to believe it was that long ago and at the same time we didn’t really have my grandma with us for a while before that. She was lost…

Christmas Market update

The weather has turned from cold to pretty dang cold. This morning when I walked the dogs it was a refreshing 20 degrees Farenheit which translates to about -6 Celsius, almost -7. This makes Christmas Market going a little less attractive but it did not keep us from going to two lovely markets last week….

While we are waiting…

There is so much waiting in our lives currently which seems appropriate for Advent. Currently, Ana is in the hospital for observation and just until sometime today. As I write this, she is getting watched and ultrasounded a bit more and then she will be released but she texted me that the waiting is the…

Updates all around

I bet you were wondering where I was at in my Christmas market goals, eh? As of today, I have gone to six Christmas markets, each with a unique and wonderful vibe. So far the list goes like this…. Christmas Market 1 : Market at Bebelplatz that used to be at Gendarmenmarkt (you can see…

Christmas market goals and Berlin bucket list

If you have been reading my blog and following along, you know that we are now on what is called Mutterschutz…ok, even more accurately, Ana is. By law in Germany, the mom who is pregnant must take 6 weeks off before the due date at full pay. So we have 6 weeks before the due…

Preparing for Thanksgiving where Thanksgiving isn’t a thing

Today I went to the store to buy a few things for the week including the ingredients to make lemon bars, my offering that I will be making for Thanksgiving with friends on Thursday. This year we were invited to join up with some newish friends who like to order from one of the handful…

Two days of all day German…my brain is tired!

From 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (just the past two days!), Ana and I got all of our stuff and our courage together to head to the birthing class we signed up for. We were a bit nervous because a) it was two days about talking about the details of the birth of…

Oh the weather outside is…COLD

Yes, yes, I can hear you now if you are living in Chicago or Alaska or even Bend, my complaints of cold are nothing compared to the snow coming down around where you are but for Berlin on Nov. 18th we are having a cold spell. This morning I bundled up as I prepared to…