What would be of fresh new parents without grandmothers? I’m sure that there are plenty of moms that do just fine without grandmothers but I am extremely happy that Lara’s grannies are around. Today I managed to catch up on my sleep, Belgian grandma was visiting. Brazilian grandma moved to the Netherlands specially for Lara. When Tom and I both were ill, she rushed over and made sure Lara didn’t get ill as well. And it’s always useful ask them how they handled situations when we were little. So a big thank you to grandmothers (and grandfathers as well).
During my pregnancy, I often wondered about how I would raise my daughter. One important theme in these thoughts was media, and specially TV. No, my daughter will not watch TV, she will read books. And then your baby starts crying… and crying… yelling… What do you do? Well, we sat down in front of my laptop and started watching videos of Elmo on YouTube. It’s a kind of magic! Lara immeadiately started smiling and laughing. A good aspect of YouTube is that I can control what she watches and when. I’m still amazed by the effect a single video can have on a baby. But you won’t hear me complain. Elmo, we love you!
It’s time. Since 2001 I have been busy with blogs, always in my mother tongue, Portuguese. This Januari I became a mom and, with it came along an urge to write again. And so the idea behind MAMsterdam was also born.
Who am I? Well, I’m Tessa, 30 years old, half Dutch half Brazilian, film studies dropout, BA in International Communication, concert photographer and Lara’s mother. My little bub was born on January 14th and she is the most adorable baby in the world (proud mom alert!). Lara is Belgian, Brazilian and Dutch, looks exactly like her dad, a happy baby (most of the time), crazy about music and Elmo.