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Reflections After Three Months in Norway

I was actually typing up a different blog post when I realized that this weekend marks our three-month anniversary in Oslo. So while I do look forward to posting about some toddler-friendly day trips from Prague soon, I thought now would be a good time to share some of my thoughts on Norway three months in.

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The (Not-So-) Big Purge

In my imagination, I am a minimalist.  In reality, I am a hoarder. Or at least a collector, with mild anxiety over throwing things away. After all, you never know when you are going to need that one piece of paper again.  Never mind that I’m not sure what it’s about.

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Facebook and Surviving as an Expat Mom

Facebook moms groups (like any moms group, apparently) are a tricky thing. The mommy wars are in full swing in many of them which makes them a very dangerous—but also enticing—place. I’ve seen even relatively drama-free ones blow up over topics like baby-led weaning and toddler boy “aggression.” But drama or not, there is one population that I’m not sure can survive without them: expat moms.

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Why do you have a nanny? [a/k/a “What do you do all day?” for this expat mom]

Ouch.  That’s how I feel every time someone asked me this.  Truth is, I am constantly asking myself this question and also why, even with a nanny, I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.  I am in awe of moms who work outside the home, that’s for sure.  I’m also jealous of the “trailing spouses” that I know who don’t have kids because surely they have time to get everything done, right?  (Short answer:  No.  No they don’t.)

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Why do you have a nanny? [a/k/a “What do you do all day?” for this expat mom]

Ouch.  That’s how I feel every time someone asked me this.  Truth is, I am constantly asking myself this question and also why, even with a nanny, I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.  I am in awe of moms who work outside the home, that’s for sure.  I’m also jealous of the “trailing spouses” that I know who don’t have kids because surely they have time to get everything done, right?  (Short answer:  No.  No they don’t.)

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