Saturday, September 28, 2013

Week Three

Week Three

Our little girl wearing shoes
(Which is normally a big no-no for me, but damn they are adorable!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tips & tricks for travelling long distances with a teething baby

Tips & tricks for travelling long distances with a teething baby

My worst nightmare was realised the other day, when not only did we have to drive 6 hours to Perth for a 30 minute hospital appointment with her specialist, but we also had an angry, teething baby who was in no mood to travel.

Our normally placid and playful 5 month old was transformed into a screaming, grumpy drooling terror (for lack of a better word)
But in the end, we made the appointment (barely) and had learnt a few things along the way.

So here is my tips and tricks for travelling long distances with a teething baby :)

1. Pack a treat: in our case it was banana's (Lilly-Mary's favourite food, after breastmilk) and it worked wonders! It was one of the few things that soothed her gums and relaxed her enough to finally fall asleep

2. Comforting toys: We generally try travel light when it comes to taking stuffed toys etc, but it's well worth taking the few that really keep her entertained and happy

3. Pack extra pacifiers! For those whose little one's use them, NEVER forget to pack extras! The amount of time's we have forgotten/lost one while being out is astronomical. If possible, keep a pack in the car, to save you having to buy them while on the road, or worse still, going without completely

4. Stop regularly (time permitting): Although Lilly-Mary isn't quite at the crawling stage yet, she does enjoy a good stretch of her legs, a little look around and some fresh air. A 5 minute stop can honestly be the difference between a happy, content baby and an overtired, under stimulated one. We also find the fresh air sends her to sleep which is the ultimate goal with a teething baby (well, for me anyways)

5. Bring things to chew on: When Lilly-Mary was smaller , we used to just let her chew on my finger. But as she grows (and more teeth keep popping up) we found she needs more teethers or atleast a squishee toy to destroy

6. Read: Or talk, sing etc. Often Lilly-Mary just want's to be cuddled when she's teething, which is difficult to do when she's strapped safely into a car seat, so I find reading to her can also be a great source of comfort. As well as letting her hold my finger :)

Hopefully next time you find yourself on a long car trip (or even a short one!), you can face it head on with a few of these tips by your side :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Week One.

So to kick off our blog, I'm starting a photo a week project.

Here is Lilly-Mary and her Ouma holding hands during our first time baby wearing her on my back in our Ergobaby
I love it so much and Lilly-Mary was absolutely giddy with excitement! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome! An introduction to us and this blog

Welcome! An introduction to us and this blog <3


 So as some of you might know (or have guessed...) we have a bus! And a baby (fingers crossed that one day that will be plural!) This is a little diary we're going to keep of our adventures in our bus, from renovating and finally moving in as well as little tips and tricks for travelling with your youngsters. 

Although we are yet to travel overseas with Lilly-Mary, we have done our fair share of long distance road trips and hope to have many more. 

So here is a little information about us:

Aaron and I met 3 years ago on a train, we instantly had a connection and a little over a year after, we we're engaged (Patience wasn't something we had mastered until Lilly-Mary made her debut into the world) 

I'm a photographer, who enjoys good food, travelling and little critters. On the side I also study (currently a course in animal behaviour) Aaron is my skillful companion, renovating our 1982 Hino bus from school transportation to picture perfect home. Then we have Lilly-Mary, our utterly beautiful 5 month old daughter. She is our world, and is our very reason to travel, to show her the world and all the wonder it contains.

So far, we are stripping our bus bare. Removing all of the seats, paneling and rust (which we have just realised, it has a bit of...) After in which we hope to install insulation and wooden boards and begin the building of a home worth living in.
It's a difficult and daunting task, but will be well worth it in the end. For now, Aaron does majority of the work while I plan away at colour schemes, placements and personal touches for our soon to be abode.


52 Week Project (18) Australia (11) Bali (8) Birth (2) Borneo (1) Bus (6) Films (1) Food (1) Fremantle (1) Indonesia (1) Life (35) Lilly-Mary (37) Malaysia (1) Margaret River (1) Melaka (1) Penguin Island (1) Perth (3) Tips (9) Travel (25)