My second pregnancy: Sofie gets a sister!

I am 38 weeks pregnant now and I have such a feeling that this little girl, just like her “big sister”, will come a bit earlier. At the last minute last week I did a nice maternity shoot on the Buurserzand (the Netherlands), together with my dear friend and talented maternity photographer Linda Krommenhoek.

Autumn has arrived and the colours of the leaves slowly turn red. As the sun slowly sets, I dream away how it will be to be a family of 4 and what it will be like to be a mother of 2 daughters. I keep finding my pregnancy very special and we are really looking forward to meet her. Look below further for more pictures.

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Holidays with kids at the Dutch coast: “Huisje van Hout” in Noordwijk

I am now almost 36 weeks pregnant of the second one and this week we enjoy our last holiday with the three of us in the Netherlands on the Dutch coast. I found a too sweet and cute little wooden house near Noordwijk aan Zee. This week we are going to enjoy the sun, sea and beach in our own country in the Netherlands. And as icing on the cake we will also visit the flowering dahlia fields that are only in bloom this month.

Huisje van Hout (wooden holiday home) is located just behind the dunes between Noordwijk and Noordwijkerhout. Did you know that the Dutch North Sea coast is 523 km long? Plenty of places to discover! If you go on holiday with a toddler then comfort and convenience is the most important thing for us. Luckily holiday home “Huisje van Hout” exceeded all our expectations and I give you all the tips below on what you can do in the area with small children.

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The north of the Netherlands with the widest beach in Europe

This year I’m going on a holiday in the Netherlands for the first time in my life. Yes, you read it correctly, I’m going on holiday in my own country! Why go far away when there is so much beauty to discover in our own “little frog” country? Of course it also plays a role that we now have a 2 years old little girl hopping around, and that I am now 7 months pregnant with the second one. Besides that, I didn’t feel like visiting the heat of southern Europe this time. Just give me 20+ degrees with a little sun and my holiday can’t go wrong anymore.

So I went investigating on the web what beautiful places in the Netherlands are to visit with small children. For those who know me you know that I love luxury and comfort, and especially now with a little one you want to experience the same feeling at home with all conveniences at hand.  On the internet I quickly came across the luxury holiday homes of Dutchen. I always wanted to go to one of the Frisian Islands and therefore we kick off this summer with a holiday to lake Lauwersmeer and the island of Schiermonnikoog!

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With a baby to Ibiza? I give you all the nice tips!

Do you want to fly with your baby for the first time in Europe, but not too far away? Ibiza is the perfect baby destination when travelling with your little one for the first time within Europe. With less than a 2.5 hours flight from Amsterdam you will arrive on this trendy and child-friendly island.

Ibiza is the perfect destination for young and old. Not only for party people, but also for families with children and young babies. The climate on Ibiza is mild with mild winters and warm summers. The wind can be strong now and then, but especially in the summer it gives a cool breeze.

We decided to travel to Ibiza in April of this year for 3 weeks. Then you know for sure that you will always enjoy the nice weather and beside that you have enough time to discover the island. Did you know that Ibiza has more than 70 different beaches? So enough to discover! We went to Ibiza for the first time with our baby and I will give you the best tips of the island.

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Croatia road trip itinerary with a baby

Our first holiday with Sofie was to Ibiza when she was 9 months old. It was a very nice time, only flying was not such a success with her. That’s why we decided to go by car this time for a road trip of 4 weeks. In advance, we didn’t know how far we would get with a baby, but it ended up being a journey never to be forgotten 🙂

I always wanted to travel to Croatia and then preferably down the whole coastline to Dubrovnik towards the south. Croatia is located in the heart of Europe on the beautiful Adriatic coast bordering Italy, Slovenia and Hungary. On the coast of Croatia you will find more than 1,185 islands, most of them uninhabited. So enough to discover!

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Brac: authentic island life, Croatia

The island of Brač (pronounced Bra-ch) is the third largest island of Croatia. Brač is best known for the most spectacular beach in Croatia, namely Zlatni Rat also called the “Golden Horn”. It has the shape of an escaping tongue and, depending on the wind, sometimes distorts to the right and sometimes to the left. What that looks like can be seen directly underneath in my blog

Brac is located off the coast of Split and is much more than just the famous beach where almost everyone goes. It is mainly an island to discover and where you feel like being a guest with the local islanders. Next to Zlatni Rat you will be enchanted by the impressive mountain Vidova Gora (778 m high), the many vineyards and olive trees, but also the crystal clear sea and picturesque villages where time has stood still.

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I have been on maternity leave for quite some time now, because I am now a proud mother of Sofie. I was only a few weeks pregnant when we embarked on our second 3-month far journey. We hadn’t planned this surprise at all and it only made our trip more special.

I remain silent to all the beautiful memories of our last trip (Maldives, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bali) and it was a trip never to be forgotten, because it really surpassed everything. I had agreed with my midwife that I would do the ultrasounds abroad and with a pregnancy certificate in my pocket we started our adventure.

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