Meet the lovely Ana from Super Mom blog. Ana lives in Vienna with her husband, Michael and their one and a half year old son Masen Brooks. Ana has lived in Austria her whole life, she moved out of the city when she was a child but she moved back into Vienna when she was 18 because she loves the city so much.
What is the best thing about living in your city?
The best think about living in Vienna is that you never get bored! You can explore the city everyday and you will always find some new exiting stuff like restaurants, boutiques or just beautiful parks and historical buildings. The people in Vienna are very friendly and we have a lot of different cultures in the city. We also have a lot activities familys and kids.
Describe your house?
We live in a 3 bedroom apartment with a little garden, so Masen can enjoy playing outside.
Do you have a housekeeper/nanny/babysitter? What is the culture in your city regarding help with babies and child rearing?
I don‘t have a babysitter or housekeeper, I do all by myself. For me it‘s important that I can be with my child at home the first few years. So I can rease him the best way to be a good person and a little gentleman. Later on, he will go to kindergarten and then I will get back to work as an interior designer.
In our country you can stay home with your child until they are 3 old and get paid by the country. So you don‘t have to go back to work imediatly after having a child.
At what age do you send your kids to school or kindergarten or play group in your city? Are they public or private? Is it difficult to get into these schools?
Masen will go to kindergarten when he is two and a half, next September. It‘s an awesome private Kindergarten not far away, with Montesorri principals and english native speakers. At kindergarten the kids can also learn to play an instrument, be more creative, do more maths and gardening. They learn a lot about our planet and the kindergarden also has a little garden, so the kids can plant outside and take care of their own fruits and veggies… I love that idea.
It was hard finding the right place and the perfect kindergarten, so as soon as you get pregnant you have to get a kindergarten place for your child!
How do you get around town with your little ones?
We mostly take public transport in our city or just walk with the stroller in the neighborhood.
Where do you hang out with your babes for play time?
For playtime we love to go to parks, playgrounds or meet up with other mamas and go to the zoo or aqua zoo. We also often visit indoor playgrounds or go swimming. I do a lot with Masen, we go on an adventure everyday, he loves the bus and underground train the most. He just loves cars and stuff like that, so yeah he is totally a boy!
Do you have a favourite spot to head to when you need some “me” time?
When I want to have some “me-time“ I mostly go to the mall to meet up with friends. We often grab a coffee at Starbucks and go for a manicure or shopping. What I also love is to do in my freetime is to get creative – mostly I end up redecorating Masens room. I also love to paint a lot, it simply realaxes me.
Describe a typical Sunday.
A typical Saturday in our family starts off by getting woken up by Masen. He always wakes me by saying: “mama Masen is hungry”, this boy can eat always. So I make a special breakfast for my family like pancakes or warm buttermilk biscuits. Then we all get dressed for church. Masen loves going to church and singing and playing with the kids and so do we! After church we often get invited or we invite some friends to come over for lunch. Then it’s nap time for Masen and my husband and I can have a little me-time. We often read in the bible cause we take the Sunday off and just spend the day with god! But sometimes we fall asleep with Masen… in the evening usally mine or his parents came to visit us and we have dinner. Sometimes we invite our neighbours and their kids for a playdate.
What languages do you speak to your baby?
For me it‘s very important that Masen can speak different languages. He is ¼ serbian, so I speak that language to him too. So we are raising him to speak 3 languages: German, English and Serbian.
Where do you go on holiday as a family?
We went to Serbia and other places in Austria. But next summer we want to go to Italy or Croatia.
What tip would you give a family with a babe the same age as yours if they were visiting your home town?
They should contact me and I would love to show them my city or write them an e mail. It depends of the season. In summer you can go to the zoo or swimming in children aqua playground. In the winter you can go to indoor playgrounds (like the monekypark), aqua zoo, visit the Christmas markets or go to the children museums.
Some of the pics were snapped by Maximilian Roder for Super Mom.