Teresa, Alex, Addie and Baby Mullins…..
We are getting ready to set off on a big adventure with three little ones in tow. Actually big is understating it! We are heading to Bali with a 5yr old, 3yr old and 1yr old, not to mention my husband has never left the country! A lot to digest, I’m hearin’ ya!
I thought it would be fitting to write a blog post on all things travel related and babies/kids, with a particular focus on Bali! In a months time I will then be able to report back on what worked, what didn’t, which aspects of the trip were most challenging (I fear it might be keeping butts in seats on the plane or “Bali belly”!) and what we found most enjoyable. So hear goes…..
So far I have discovered a number of products that I feel will make our trip that little bit easier and therefore more enjoyable….
We have purchased a new baby carrier for Sebastian (our soon-to-be 1 yr old) that is specifically designed for hot, humid climates and seems to have good reviews….
A peek, seek and find activity pillow for the plane in hope that all three will be mesmerised and speechless for 5 straight hours! lol….. Ours was purchased locally but I have supplied a link to purchase them online. We have also purchased new colouring books, packed a few pencils, two new story books and the DS in order to make the plane ride more peaceful for all involved.
A Baby Water Bottle Adapter so that Sebastian can safely drink water whilst away but still do so from a bottle top as he hasn’t quite mastered the cup quite yet! I realise that I could just pack a sippy cup myself but in a country like Bali I would then have to be concerned about sterilizing it constantly and I feel it will be much easier to stick that in the backpack as bottled water is readily available. Easier to sterilize a smaller item whilst out and about than have to worry about a larger sippy cup type item I reckon!…..
We were also in search of a backpack that would not only hold my fourth child, Canon the camera, but have space for us to carry sunscreen, hats, water, baby food etc all the whilst remaining small!? How cool is this…..
I have been busy dusting off the sewing machine again and whipped up a travel high chair for Sebby from this online tutorial….http://thismamamakesstuff.com/tutorial-this-mamas-fab-travel-chair/ The baby in the chair is obviously not Sebby, just to clarify any confusion! lol….
Additionally we have packed lots of hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes for the hotel room and whilst out and about with a toddler and baby, sunscreen, travel sized amenities (cause we are only taking carry on luggage across due to Virgin saver fare tickets) and a “fanny pack” (for lack of a better word/s) to carry all essential travel items/money etc whilst out and about (Nathen is wrapped about that!)…..
We are also currently researching vaccinations which is a topic much too long for this post as well as booking services and activities for our stay in the country. These I will share upon return! Immunisations and “Bali belly” might be discussed at further length in a second blog post I think!
If anyone has any tips on travelling to Bali with kids please share as we would gladly appreciate input, advice and hot tips!
As some of you may, or may not, already know, our children complete their education through school of the air due to our remote location. Each year we celebrate sports day back in Broken Hill, as all school students around the nation compete for their house teams. Grace is in Basden! This year she was focused on a win. With many discussions in regards to winning versus effort and participation, much “training” and a few tears of angst on Grace’s behalf (for fear that she would have to complete against kids with longer, faster legs!) we made the long awaited journey and in true athletic style she gave it all she had!
Taking out the blue ribbons for the sack race AS WELL AS the egg and spoon…. we are oh so proud!
What a great SOTA day in Broken Hill and a huge congratulations to all of the kids who still amaze me at their unprejudiced view and unwavering support for all competitors!!! Kids raised in the bush truly possess such a genuine heart of gold.
I was lucky enough recently to meet the lovely Amanda. Somehow, on an overnight stay out to the farm, I convinced Amanda to be my very first maternity model and below are the images that we were able to very quickly capture between my 10 month old’s bedtime tantrums! It just so happened that in the wee early hours of the following morning Amanda went into labour out here so we promptly sent her packing!!! Later that day I was lucky enough to witness the home birth of a beautiful baby girl. Photos of Gabrielle’s first few moments to come! xo
When I tell people that birth photography is my passion they kind of look at me as if…… I am from another planet!
Trying to explain birth photography, as the beautiful artform that it is, to someone who is not overly open minded is impossible. The best way to demonstrate what I do is obviously by showing you!
Here is a glimpse of my first ever birth experience as a photographer….. I hope you enjoy!