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Kreppa babies

Last weekend on the way home from the Gay Pride parade EPI and I ran into a couple of friends, who are currently awaiting a baby. On chatting about the pregnancy and whatnot my friend Bergljót remarked how it seemed to her that every other woman in Iceland is pregnant these days … and – on reflection – I had to concur. Ever since then, I’ve noticed that there are a remarkable number of women in Reykjavík heavily pregnant.* It’s quite amazing!

I think it must have to do with the kreppa. Think about it: it’s now nine months since everything came crashing down. And on reading back some of the old posts this evening, I found myself transported back to last October and the enormity of feelings and emotions that were running so high at that crazy time. I think many, many of us must have sought solace in love and sex and all that good stuff.

So, people, I think it’s official: WE HAVE A KREPPABOOM!

UPDATE: I open my Fréttablaðið this morning, and what do I see? A report stating that there will be a record number of births in Iceland this year. I rest my case!

EPI came home around 10:30 and before he was even halfway through the door announced that he was going back out and would I like to join him? The weather was divine. I needed no encouragement, pulled on a sweater and we headed out … turned the corner and OH! The sunset in the west end of town was exquisite – the sky a blazing rose tapering off to the purest blue, and the Snæfellsnes peninsula perfectly silhouetted against the sky. The sea shimmered iridescent blue. So gorgeous. For a moment I found myself wishing I’d brought my camera but immediately dismissed the thought – there was just no way to capture the scene. There were loads of people down there, walking or running or biking along the waterfront, and everyone in a buoyant mood. August is such a great month for sunsets and amazing colours of the sky. Right now we have temps of 11°C [52F], with the sun coming up at 5:02 am, setting at 10:02 pm.

* Including my eldest stepdaughter. So exciting!



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  • andrea August 11, 2009, 12:29 am

    I can see it. I had my first child after my own economic/emotional crash. It’s those fence sitters getting over their complacency.

  • TMCD August 11, 2009, 12:57 am

    With lots and lots of time……spent at home…..rather than spending time and $$$$ on the town…..babys are the end result.

  • hildigunnur August 11, 2009, 8:06 am

    Congrats with the stepgrandmother thing 😀

  • Marc August 11, 2009, 8:18 am


    By the way, you’ve made it to Naked Capitalism’s daily links as today’s must read. That should generate some traffic!

    all the best,

  • Ljósmynd DE August 11, 2009, 8:33 am

    Congratulations. I hope, their first word is not supposed to be “Icesave”.

  • ReallyEvilCanine August 11, 2009, 9:45 am

    Pregnancy seems to be everywhere here in Germany as well. Not in the Dogpound, though; MildlyNaughtyPuppy arrived last week. The only song guaranteed to stop her crying every time is Frost er úti fuglinn minn.

  • Chris August 11, 2009, 9:53 am

    I can only confirm this. Among my colleagues are two women, which are still pregnant, and four people (including me) already got a baby this year. This is in a group of 30 people, where quite a number of older people are in. Its probably just about time. And the midwifes in the hospital just told us, that the “wave” is still expected, with more births this year than last (which was already a record year).

  • alda August 11, 2009, 10:09 am

    Thanks, everyone!! 🙂

    Marc – cool. I’d never heard of Naked Capitalism before now. Glad Eva Joly’s article is getting some exposure – grateful for all and any ways to get the message of Iceland’s predicament out there. PS are you John Doe? 😉

    REC, Chris – Til hamingju!!

  • alda August 11, 2009, 10:10 am

    PS – I’ve made a small update to the post above.

  • Chris August 11, 2009, 10:13 am

    @Alda: Thanks. It seems to be virulent somehow 🙂

  • Marc August 11, 2009, 11:32 am

    @ alda
    No I am not. I am an avid reader of Naked Capitalism and your blog. Naked Capitalism is one of the leading ‘econoblogs’, a source of economical information that has become increasingly popular over the past few years after more & more people decided the newspapers were total crap at writing articles about economical issues. In my view Naked Capitalism and Calculated Risk are by far the best.
    As for your blog. It isn’t really economical. And it is. You describe life in Iceland. You have a perspective from having lived abroad. Yet you are not a foreigner passing through having to produce X lines on Iceland sufficiently juicy to make readers want to read about it. Economics is also people. You describe people.

  • elín August 11, 2009, 1:08 pm

    Glad to hear that the ljósmaður sector of the Nicelandic economy is/will soon be doing well! And there is nothing like a chubby baby to lift the spirits …

  • mary August 11, 2009, 1:08 pm

    So you are going to be a grandmother!

  • Bluegrass Mama August 11, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Of course, the baby-making is free; it’s the baby-raising that might be tough in the kreppa age!

  • Johanna August 11, 2009, 11:06 pm

    I was glad when I read in the newspaper this morning about the kreppaboom. I had been wondering about all of these pregnant women I have been seing, asking myself “haven’t I been noticing pregnant ladies before, or are there unusually many of them these days here in Iceland”. What a relief, it’s official, it’s not just me imagining there is a kreppaboom.
    I was talking to a pregnant young woman this morning and she said that she already had two kids so how much more difficult could it be to have three? I kind of had to agree with her.

  • keri August 11, 2009, 11:54 pm

    i am so jealous of the 11°C! jealous, jealous, jealous!

  • Dave Hambidge August 12, 2009, 6:33 am

    Granny Alda eh?

  • alda August 12, 2009, 10:05 am

    Bluegrass Mama – so true!

    Mary / Dave – Well, STEP-grandmother, actually. But well on my way to becoming a family matriarch. 🙂

  • Dave Hambidge August 12, 2009, 11:55 am

    What do you mean, ON my way?

    I thought you’d long since been that?

  • Dean August 13, 2009, 5:11 am

    Congrats Alda!