Photographer: Laura Short
31-year old Line Bak Rothstein, cookbook author and chef, is pregnant with her first child with a due date coming soon.
We met up with Line on a dark but cosy December day, on which she shared her thoughts about the first 40 days with baby, how she and her husband decided on their daughter's name – and her dreams for them as a family of three.
The name of our baby
has been on our minds for a while. We wanted it to fit with our last names, and preferably to keep it short. I once babysat a girl called Beate, who I loved to spend time with, and this name sort of stuck with me. To keep it short, we have decided to name our daughter Bea.
I dream of future family outings
as long walks in the forest or elsewhere in nature – with picnics, of course. I can't wait to get one of those backpacks where she can sit and watch the world. We will bring great homemade lunches and drink tea made on a trangia.
I also dream of traveling
but climate change is a major concern for me. If there were no such thing as emissions to think of, we would definitely go back to South Korea, where my husband and I spent one month some years ago. Already then, I thought it was a wonderful place to travel to with children, and I just love the food. But for now, I dream of a long getaway to Gotland.
The book I am reading now
is "Ærligt Spil" by Tove Jansson. Every december, my husband buys a book for me – a book he finds at Brøg Litteraturbar. I am really enjoying this one. Before this, I was reading "Spring" by Karl Ove Knausgård from his 'Seasons' series.
Little details on the shelf tell signs of a baby arriving soon. Vintage Babar side by side with with bibs in cute Liberty of London fabrics.
A handmade embroidery Line has bought at Tyst Te with little Christmas stars next to a cup from a dinner set by Elsa Beskow.
"These colourful suitcases are so nostalgic to me. They remind me of my own childhood, where I would keep most of my little belongings in one red one like this."
"For the past few years, my husband and I have given each other gifts by categorising them "something you want, something you need and something to read”. It really just works so well, and I can highly recommend.
The waiting game. A moses basket, is ready for Line's daughter's arrival early in the new year.
A lovely reading spot in the apartment. "I read fiction at night, and non-fiction in the morning. My non-fiction book right now is "The Myth of Normal" by Gabor Mate."
A flowery dinner set by Elsa Beskow is ready for Line's daughter once she is old enough to eat solids.
"I dream of future family outings as long walks in nature – with picnics, of course. I can't wait to get one of those backpacks where she can sit and watch the world."
— Line Bak Rothstein