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!!
- 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!
- 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!!!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!!