MIA

Just wanted to do a quick little post to acknowledge that I am a little MIA here at the moment!  

 

We are having a lovely time with my parents being here, Arthur is loving spending time with them and they are of course loving every second with him!

Mark has been working this week so in the mornings once he goes I have been off up to where they are staying and spending the whole day together.  Arthur’s been spoiled rotten and we have already had some fun times swimming!

As of Thursday Mark finishes for Easter holidays and he will have three weeks off so we can do lots of fun things together.

On Friday I’m booked in for a dive with my mum and dad which will be amazing as the last times they have been here I have been pregnant/first few weeks after having Arthur so it will be great to finally be able to go together.

On Saturday Mum and I are booked into a spa for our Mothers day treat which will be lovely!

 

I’ll try to make sure I don’t go totally off the radar and keep in touch about our nice family times!

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They’re coming!

My parents arrive on Saturday!   I’m so excited!  We haven’t seen them since Arthur was a month old.

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Muuuum where are they?!

They will be here for a month and are staying in a really nice (like nicer then our house) self catering apartment.  Of course we have said that they can stay with us but really there isn’t the space, we’ve got two bedrooms and I love Arthur but I don’t want to have him back in our room again!!!!  Anyway it will be good for everyone to have their own space.

This week I am mostly trying to keep really busy (you know because running around after an 8 month old doesn’t keep you busy enough!) so it doesn’t drag.  Its not been really keeping busy with fun things though.  I’ve been doing all those horrible jobs around the house that you put off forever.  Theres nothing like your parents coming to visit to make sure you have a sparkly clean house!!

So this is a quick one as now I need to go and remove dead geckos from door frames and windows…………….still jealous of Seychelles life?

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The Lullaby {The Ordinary Moments} #10

It’s Sunday so I’m linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments!

Every night ato the end of Arthur’s routine we read him one of two lullabies.  Marks favorite is The Owl and The Pussycat.

This is mine:

Wynken, Blynken & Nod

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night

Sailed off in a wooden shoe—

Sailed on a river of crystal light,

Into a sea of dew.

“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”

The old moon asked the three.

“We have come to fish for the herring fish

That live in this beautiful sea;

Nets of silver and gold have we!”

Said Wynken,

Blynken,

And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,

As they rocked in the wooden shoe,

And the wind that sped them all night long

Ruffled the waves of dew.

The little stars were the herring fish

That lived in that beautiful sea—

“Now cast your nets wherever you wish—

Never afeard are we”;

So cried the stars to the fishermen three:

Wynken,

Blynken,

And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw

To the stars in the twinkling foam—

Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,

Bringing the fishermen home;

‘T was all so pretty a sail it seemed

As if it could not be,

And some folks thought ‘t was a dream they ‘d dreamed

Of sailing that beautiful sea—

But I shall name you the fishermen three:

Wynken,

Blynken,

And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,

And Nod is a little head,

And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies

Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.

So shut your eyes while mother sings

Of wonderful sights that be,

And you shall see the beautiful things

As you rock in the misty sea,

Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:

Wynken,

Blynken,

And Nod.

By Eugene Field

To me this is so beautiful, I had never heard of it before but we were given a book of nursery rhymes and lullabies and this was in there, I read it once and fell in love with it.  Mark reads it and changes the last few lines a little to “Arthur’s little bed” and “shut your eyes while daddy sings”.

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Do you have a favourite Lullaby?

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Boat Trips {Seychelles Time}

This is the first ‘Seychelles Time’ post.  I’m going to start with the ultimate!  We have been lucky enough to get to go on some amazing boats and have had opportunities to do some fantastic boat trips.

We have yet to take Arthur on a boat trip but I imagine it won’t be too long!

Going on a boat trip is definitely one of the best ways to explore some of the beautiful little islands in the Seychelles, Praslin in particular has some amazing islands near by.  While you are there you can go snorkelling and get on to the islands to explore and check out the wildlife.

The islands of choice for the boat charter companies seem to be Coco, Félicitié, and the sister islands (Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur).

Félicité is a private island where some mega luxury apartments were being built but the project ran out of money and it was then abandoned leaving it looking a little bit like a James Bond villain’s lair!  Apparently, the project has started again now, so if you’ve got a spare few million pounds and you’re in the market for a place on a tropical island it might be your spot!!  As its private you can’t actually get onto the island (apart from the beach as all beaches in Seychelles are public property) but there is some AMAZING snorkelling to be had there!

Coco island was actually used in a Carling beer tv advert.  The one where the crab is running on a treadmill to keep the fridge cool!?  This is a beautiful island to explore and you will often have it to yourselves when you visit!!

 

Here are some pictures of the islands, and the fun things you find on these trips and of course some obligatory photos of us on these trips, just so you know we really have done them!!!

 I hope you enjoy some Seychelles Time

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Boat Trips Seychelles Grand Soeur island

Boat Trips Seychelles Coco Island

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Boat Trips Seychelles snorkelling

Boat Trips Seychelles Hawksbill Turtle

Boat Trips Seychelles Snorkelling Felicite island

Boat Trips Fruit bat on Coco Island Seychelles

 

 

The best boat trips end with a beautiful sunset 🙂

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A sleepy change

It’s been a week.

Last Sunday night Arthur slept through the night for the first time ever.

It was amazing.

But, it had a twinge of sadness attached.  Arthur had been having a bottle for all his feeds except the night feed.  Him sleeping through meant it had been 24 hours of no breastfeeding.

I decided that I would make up a bottle of water and try him with that on Monday night.  I prepared myself that he in all likely hood wasn’t going to sleep through again but the fact that he had done it meant that he probably didn’t need to be fed in the night any more.

So Monday night I made up a bottle of water for him and when he woke up at 3am he drank the lot and then settled back down to sleep.  However he woke up at half past 4 and wouldn’t go back to sleep 🙁 Little monkey!!

48 hours no breastfeeding.

Tuesday night, Arthur woke a couple times in the night he wasn’t fighting the bottle and I didn’t feel like he was desperately trying to feed from me but he didn’t drink that much water.

72 hours no breastfeeding.

Wednesday he woke once, had a little cuddle and a little water and then back to sleep.

Ummmm 94 hours….okay thats enough, it had been 4 days not breastfeeding.

Thursday he decided to wake at 4 in the morning, this isn’t little monkey territory this is little monster territory!

5 days.

Friday, he slept through again HURRAH!!!!!!  Its now Monday and he slept through all weekend, three nights in a row!

I feel like a different person.   I feel like an actual human again!

On Sunday we were in the car and I said to Mark it had been a week.  We realised that this was the end of breastfeeding.  I was actually pretty sad about it.  Even though I’ve been phasing it out since Christmas, it’s been 8 and a half months.  I had a rocky start but on the whole I was one of the lucky ones who found it not so difficult to do.  It had been over a month where the only feed I had been doing was at night.  I had been thinking about the best way to stop it but in the end Arthur made the decision for me, which I guess is the best way for it to happen.  I enjoyed our late night/early morning snuggles just us.  But I must say I didn’t get any less enjoyment giving him a bottle of water at this time, we were still snuggled up and it was still our special time.  In a truly selfish way the full nights sleep have made me get over any sadness pretty quickly!

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Peekaboo {The Ordinary Moments} #9

It’s Sunday so I’m linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments!

This week Arthur’s love of Peekaboo has stepped up a level!!  We have been ‘peeking’ under and over the sofa.  He thinks it’s hilarious to look under the sofa and he looks so cute peering under there!!!  

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This has got to be the simplest game around but it brings SO much joy in our house.  I love it.  I’m sure it won’t be long until less simple games are favoured so I’m savouring every second of what is currently a very ordinary moment in our house!

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Being a Seychelles mama (the harder bits) 0-8 months

This post is all about the harder bits about being a Seychelles mama to a 0-8 month old.  These things do not outweigh the positives of living here for us.  I’m not looking for sympathy here (and know I won’t get it!!!) but I thought it might be nice to share that living in the Indian Ocean does have its drawbacks!!   Being a seychelles mama (the harder bits) 0-8 months

  1. I’ll start with the obvious!  Being away from family and friends.  I won’t get into this too much, it speaks for itself really.  There are days that are harder than others!  To be honest though, I lived about 5 hours drive away from my parents before we moved here and okay tack another 10 hours to that to get here by plane but its safe to say that the views are a lot better here!!  Another reason why this is hard is for help with Arthur.  Mark and I really have raised him by ourselves, which I’m not complaining about but there are days where you would like to drop him off at grandparents for the afternoon and take a little break!
  2. Weather.  Yes its glorious, and yes it makes getting Arthur dressed very easy however for the last month he has had perpetual heat rash and that sucks!!!
  3. Availability of anything.  To me this is the hardest thing.  This isn’t just baby stuff, although that effects us most these days.  You can not consistently get anything here.  The thing this bothers me most with is nappies.  The shop at the top of our road is generally very good and does order things for us but if it runs out on Mahe (the main island) then we have to wait a few weeks/months until another shipment comes in from whatever country.  There will always be some sort of nappies that we can get but for some reason people here prefer cheaper brands that are really plasticy and horrible 🙁 to me buying nappies like that are false economy, although they are cheaper you get through so many more because you have to change them every 5 minutes!
  4. Medical care.  So this has only been highlighted in the last month where I took Arthur for the doctor for heat rash and a second time where we went to hospital.  We have to pay, it’s not America expensive, but its not cheap!
  5. There are no groups/classes.  I’m talking parent and baby groups, I do always feel a pang of jealousy when I read on twitter about mummies going to different groups or classes with their babies.  It seems like a nice way to meet other parents and its something thats missing here.
  6. There are no pavements in most places.  This is a bit of a pain for going for walks.  The roads are mostly very quiet and so its not too bad but it’s not ideal!

Okay so I think thats the main things covered, can’t really think of anything else right now!  I’m not sure how this list will change as Arthur gets older, i’ll be interested to look back on this!!

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