Thought I’d share a little bit about being a seychelles mama (the good bits):
Getting Arthur dressed
is never really a chore he pretty much lives in bodysuits. It’s too hot for anything else, so no layers required. In fact often he is just in a nappy during the day.
He gets to be outdoors – a lot!
I always wanted to have kids somewhere where we could spend a lot of time outside, somewhere hot basically . We definitely get this here. I find it amazing how a walk in the fresh air can do a grumpy baby so much good (and a grumpy mama too!). The view is obviously good too which is another bonus for us both! At 6 months he’s just starting to get to an age where taking him to the beach is fun. He can sit up by himself and so can have a good look round at everything.
Health and Safety hasn’t gone mad here.
I guess the most obvious example I can think of is how baby walkers are now so frowned at as they are ‘dangerous’ due to the injuries they can cause. They have even been banned in Canada. Now I bet that nearly all of us had baby walkers when we were little and we are all just fine!!! Surely common sense needs to be used here, if the baby is supervised these things are perfectly safe!! Sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now I just get cross when ‘health & safety’ steps in when a bit of common sense just needs to be used!! Here people get along just fine without all of the health and safety overkill that happens elsewhere!
I don’t feel judged.
I’m not saying everyone feels this way in other places, but we really are pretty much left to it here. We had a health visitor come round once for about 5 minutes and we go down to the clinic once a month to get him weighed. His 6 month check up consisted of them asking if we had started feeding solids yet, seeing he could sit up already, seeing if he could crawl (he can’t). We briefly spoke about his sleep and that was pretty much it! I can breastfeed wherever I like, without any weird looks or comments.
There’s no ‘x-box culture’.
I guess this partly goes hand in hand with my second point. I know Arthur is too young for this to be an issue yet. It’s still it’s something that scares me and is one of the reasons we wanted to have a baby here!!
There is a small hotel thats a two minute walk from our house that we can Arthur swimming in all the time. It’s my favourite thing to do with him. He loves being in the water (just like me!). We have started taking him to splash his feet in the Ocean too. It’s rainy season here right now. This means its a little chilly by Seychelles standards so we haven’t taken him in for a full dip but it won’t be long….I can’t wait.
The expat community.
It’s been amazing how helpful people have been. We had a lot of stuff given/loaned to us that has been so useful. To name a few, a bumbo, a changing table and we even got our cot (actually this was from a Seychelleois family)…..Its at least 20 years old and handmade. It was in a bit of a sorry state as had been kept outside and kind of used for storage so me and Mark did it up and now its beautiful. We had to order a custom mattress as its an unusual size but it will last until Arthur is ready to go into a proper bed as its really big. I even got thrown a baby shower which was just so lovely considering by that point we hadn’t even been here a year!
People here LOVE babies. Everywhere you go people want to give Arthur cuddles, he gets a lot of fuss made of him! If we go out for somewhere to eat there’s always been someone offering to hold him/play with him while we eat….amazing! Also there is more availability of baby things then there is anything else which is of course very useful!
There are also some challenges in being a Mama in Seychelles. Read all about the harder bits of being a Seychelles Mama!