Got invited to a wedding but can't leave the toddler at home, or with someone else?
If the bride, groom or both people mean a lot to you, and they tell you to bring the babe, I say, leave your apprehensions behind, bring the whole house and just. do. it.
soon on the blog. 😜
Last night, we brought Thomas with us to a wedding and it. was. not. easy. While we were not able to witness the ceremony because that was just not a clever idea at this phase, Thomas and I were able to make it to the dinner party - for 10 minutes! 😂 Even after taking him to a play place across the event venue in the hope that he would get so sleepy by dinner time, he was in full koala mode! So, after hearing 3 speeches, taking 4 bites of roast pork, a quick hello to friends and a few sips of that elusive cocktail, I carried Thomas to the van and spent the rest of the night singing lullabies.
Really, taking a baby who loves to run around but is very clingy, to a formal event is very challenging, requires thorough preparation, and would only be possible with the help of a team. Yes. I had a team of 2 girls and a driver, who I borrowed from my mother - in-law 😜 and they helped me bring the whole house just to attend a wedding. 😂 But even with 3 other helpful people around to take care of Thomas, he only wanted Mama. He clung to me like a vine to a tree and I had to hold my pee in for 4 hours. 😭 I got dolled up for a few minutes of social life. Not bad for a first time. 😂 To be honest, I was quite apprehensive to go through this experience, but we did it anyway, because this is not just any wedding, this is the wedding of my husband's best friend. I'm glad we did it even though my body was sore in the morning as if I worked out for 3 hours nonstop. 😂
So, would I bring Thomas to a formal event ever again? If he is invited, heck yes! Our next wedding will be in February and I'm certain he is going to be so much easier to handle by then. 🤔😉😁 Or do I need to add more people to the team?
Have you brought your hyper toddler to a formal event too? How did you handle it? Did you get to eat or pee? 😅 #bringthekids
When Thomas was 14 months old, we brought him to his paternal grandparents' home in Maloma, Zambales, Philippines, for the first time. It was a weekend of many firsts for him: first time to see chickens, first time to go to the beach and first time to walk on sand and grass, barefoot. The highlight of this trip was his going about the property sans shoes because it was something I wanted him to experience as a baby. The reasons I allowed this were 1.We were in a safe place.
2.I believe in the benefits of this ancient activity -
what others refer to as Earthing and what I like to call, Grounding.
Grounding has many benefits to everyone in the family. But to babies experiencing this for the first time, the effects are magical. Experts suggest that connecting to the earth has physiological boosts, and to babies, this could help in their overall development.
As a child, I had the luxury of grounding because of the the environment I grew up in. Nowadays, due to the lack of clear and safe spaces, parents who practice this exercise opt for indoor earthing activities, instead . But for those who, like me yearn for outdoor play, I highly recommend taking your kids somewhere "dirty", yet safe, like the beach, a garden, a produce farm or an eco park.
Here are the benefits of grounding, as written by @ecoexplorersaustralia
top 5 reasons for casting aside your shoes and going barefoot – whatever the weather or season.
1. Earthing: Tapping into the Earth’s natural energy
2. Neutralise free radicals…and sleep better!
3.Stimulate pressure points & the nervous system
4. Strengthen their joints & muscles
5. Foster a connection with nature
When all five senses are fully engaged, they completely connect with nature and, after all, what better time than childhood to develop a love of being in the natural world?
So, go and let the children play outside, barefoot!
As, the @ecoexplorersaustralia mama put it, children are 100% washable! Guaranteed!
Read the full post to know more about the science behind earthing : link in bio👆
To say that travelling with a baby can be exhausting is to state the obvious, but what most people forget to mention is that it is also way more fun! Travelling with Thomas allowed us to go to places we would never have gone to as a couple and it pushes us to be more creative and not be lazy to go on adventures.
Discovering the world through our baby's eyes made us more mindful and present on the daily and especially during trips, thus, we are able to experience every detail of an activity that we would not have noticed otherwise.
We learn new things every day as we teach him new things, and this process can be made more exciting when done outside the four corners of the home.
This is a picture of Thomas, looking at the snow covered trees outside our room in Hoshino Resorts, Tomamu, Hokkaido, Japan. Planning this trip made us quite anxious but this baby just took everything in with joy and wonder. He loved the cold. All our worries were set at naught. Check out the blog to know more about this trip. Link in bio. 👆
We are currently collecting stories from other parents who have more experience in travelling with a baby, and parents who have just started taking trips with their babies. We are excited to share their thoughts with you! We'll keep you posted!