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Isn’t ONE enough?

families, babies, birth

As most mothers are aware, your body becomes an open space for comment, criticism and awkward flattery during pregnancy. Public comments don’t stop there……1 year on I am now being frequently interrogated about the expectant time of my next child!

I am baffled about how brazen people can be (including family, friends and complete strangers) when they openly ask “well, when do you plan to have your next”, or more subtly “you don’t want to wait too long”. Considering my age, health and disposition (mental health remains in question after mothering a non sleeper for 12 months) I never really considered a second child an urgent hospital procedure or a household chore that needs to be routinely crossed off the list! It is inappropriate to ask a woman who has not had a child when she is considering motherhood so why ask a new mother?

There is a very odd argument that the greater the gap between siblings, the less likely they are to be close friends and to get along. I am from a family of three girls and one boy all evenly spread across 10 years. While our relationship in the teen years was turbulent (one of the best conflicts was over donuts in an American supermarket. Security didn’t see the humour), the gap between us has never been an issue or a scapegoat! Growing up was two older sisters, I had HUGE shoes to fill. I was only in high school with my oldest sister for one year – she patiently took me to school in the morning, waited at the gate in the afternoon and provided an important mentor through my whole life. With a gap of five years I have always appreciated her insight and wisdom while learning from her life experience.

It has taken me sometime to settle into motherhood and really start enjoying my child. I value the special time we have together where it is just the two or three of us. Time seems to be rolling past so quickly and I don’t want to miss any of it just yet. I know we will have another child but that special day is not yet in sight. We need to enjoy the gift we currently have! So next time someone asks me when baby number two is going to arrive I think I might reply “…..well, I am still waiting to confirm a new sperm donor and the egg donor just backed out!”

I am interested in what everyone out there thinks. What is the right gap? How long did you have between children and why? Cause at the end of the day it’s about what works for you!

Louise xx

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Kimberley, elquestro, outback, gibb river road

Pre children, our idea of camping was to pack the double swag and mozzie dome and head off to somewhere promising great fishing. These days, it’s rather more luxurious with the fully decked out camper trailer complete with queen sized bed, fold out kitchen, sink and running water. The camper was ‘slightly’ more expensive than the mozzie dome, but it’s been worth every cent to experience the wonders of the Kimberley with kids in tow.

One of the local destinations we keep heading back to is El Questro. With an exotic name, this amazing location can cater for the rich and famous with an abundance of cash, who might lap up the luxuries of “The Homestead”. It can also provide a relaxing break for families less lucky with money, who choose camping as an affordable adventure! As far as Kimberley holiday destinations go, El Questro Station is one of the best.

Located along the Gibb River Road (which now has so many sections of bitumen), El Q is about an hour’s drive from Kununurra. It has a range of accommodation options including private riverbank camp sites, the large communal campground and chalets. 4×4 is recommended to negotiate a couple of creek crossings on the drive in. There is a restaurant and bar, and the Saturday night buffet BBQ is a must if you stay on a weekend. A little pricey but worth it – we’ve managed to strike a good chef each time we’ve been.

The private river camp sites are great if you are equipped for self-contained camping (and if desperate you can drive back to the main campground for ablutions). The cattle wandering freely around the main campground add a novel dimension, but be wary as our dog was charged by some cattle last visit and the kids were very close by. A bit too close to nature for our liking!

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Elquestro Station Camping Spot

Take your bathers as a visit to Zebedee Springs is a must. It’s a very easy walk and the littlies will love it but the earlier the better to avoid the crowds. There are numerous Gorge walks which aren’t as kid friendly as Zebedee’s unless the kids are small enough to carry in a pack or big enough to negotiate rough terrain. El Questro Gorge is absolutely stunning but the full walk requires a fair level of fitness, some climbing ability and a plunge into the water half way along – but even to go to the half-way point is worth it.

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A trek into Elquesto Gorge

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There are helicopter flights, cruises on Chamberlain Gorge and loads of other activities – it really is a tourist mecca. They put on a good dawn service for ANZAC day, complete with Stockman on horseback and dubious sherry. It really depends on your taste and budget as to how much or how little you want to do. There’s always the option of just relaxing and lapping up the sounds of nature (corellas at dawn, kids arguing, cattle calling, kids complaining they are hungry, braying donkeys, the baby screaming, cicadas chirping, the kids complaining of boredom . . . )!

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Note from the Editor: Thank you Kimberely Mum – this is a fabulous round up of a truly unique and beautiful location…worth coming all the way to the Kimberley to visit!!

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lanco, teethers, natural rubber teether, frog teether
We all know that babies have a tendency to put anything their hand touches into their mouths and not everything they chew and lick is safe for them to do so. That is why, when we buy baby toys and bottles, we must make sure that they are free from harmful chemicals such as BPA, PVC, Phthalate, and Nitrosamine – the most common ingredients used to create plastic products.

What makes these chemicals bad for babies, or anyone else for that matter, is the detrimental effects it can cause to health. Scientific research has concluded that BPA (bisphenol-A), an industrial chemical, can cause serious reproductive health problems such as infertility, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Obviously early exposure to these chemicals may have more serious long term health implications for babies and children. .

Nitrosamine, meanwhile, is a cancer-causing chemical which can destroy DNA and may lead to damaging changes at the cellular level. Nitorasamine has been linked various cancers and tumors in animal studies. Phthalates, on the other hand, are used to make plastics soft and pliable but have been linked with a variety of health problems for our children, including asthma, allergies, and endocrine troubles.

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To protect your baby from such these possible health effects, make sure the toys you buy are free from these chemicals. Lanco products are 100% free from dangerous chemicals and are safe for your little ones to chew over and over again. They are constructed from the sap or milk of the common rubber tree. Natural rubber can be harvested sustainably without the use of herbicides and is readily biodegradable. They are hand painted with non-toxic, permanent certified lead-free paints, are water-resistant and are completely PVC, BPA, Phthalate and Nitrosamine free. Lanco toys and teethers are lightweight and flexible so they are easy for little hands to grasp. Their versatility makes them great play companions anywhere from tub to car seat. You can relax knowing that you are giving your baby something that is really safe to chew on.

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