Our precious babies!
I’m happy to say that Zagreb is a baby-friendly city — we can’t go anywhere without grandmothers or nuns stopping us to look in the stroller at both of them, awing over them. Every restaurant we’ve been to has been very accommodating. Like any big city, it has it’s challenges to getting around with kids… pushing a double stroller up cobblestone streets (I leave that to Cam, haha), busy intersections and markets or crowded public transportation (though we almost always stick to walking or driving our car — parking in most areas is only 75 cents an hour!). If you ever come to Zagreb with children, our favorite spots for John Shea to run around inside the city are in Kaptol — in the large square at the Zagreb Cathedral, often full of unsuspecting pigeons to wildly chase, St. Mark’s Square (the photos above!) and in all of the parks and green spaces.
Aren’t they the sweetest!? I try to sneak in a little extra sleep in the morning with Gracie (thanks to my Cam) after the long nights of John Shea being up for most of it + nursing, and he comes in every time to pat his sissy good morning and wakes me up with a kiss on the lips. Unreal!
I’m writing this from our hotel room in Italia and tonight has been one of the few times since moving to Croatia that he’s gone to bed (in a big boy bed no less!) without fighting his Daddy. Let’s hope his up-all-night streak is coming to an end:) Gracie is pure joy, smiles and chub. She is the easy-going, peacefulness to John Shea’s high energy. She has the biggest, sweetest smile that lights up her whole face. Cam and I could really use some good ol’ sleep (maybe when they’re 18?!), but we go to bed each night so darn happy and thankful… we’re two years in to parenthood (on September 8, happy almost birthday baby doll!) and even after the especially exhausting days while they continue to adjust over here, we shake our heads in amazement that we get to keep these two. Our hearts ache we love them so much!
PS: I read this recently… “Children change us in a way we desperately need to be changed. They wake us up, they wet their diapers, they depend on us utterly. Willy-nilly, they knock us out of our selfish habits and force us to live sacrificially for others.” (from the book, On The Meaning of Sex, found in a great article here at World Magazine)