Sometimes when you’re used to seeing something every day, the magic can be lost a little. There’s a saying among the expats here that you know you’ve been in Bali too long when you complain about a temple ceremony holding up traffic instead of getting out of your car to take pictures. It’s true, Bali is an amazing place but I have started to become blind to that beauty after living in the midst of it for so long. Since having children, the wonder has come back as I see everything fresh through their eyes. Put yourself in the shoes (or sling!) of a baby or two year old and the world is truly a place of awe and amazement.
I first visited this waterfall just a few months after we were married and my babies were still in my imagination. Now visiting with Kiran is like coming for the first time again. We catch a glimpse from high above the treetops and descend into the jungle down hundreds of steps. Turning the corner, the spray hits us in the face as we get our first proper look at the raging torrent. I thought Kiran might just dismiss this waterfall as another everyday occurrence in the same way he is just as excited about seeing a pigeon as he is a peacock. The entire world is terribly exciting when you’re 10 months old. He was suitably impressed with his first encounter with a waterfall however and even discovered a new skill – pointing with one finger (just in case I hadn’t noticed it myself!)
Originally I’d wanted to bring Maya here too but she’s not a fan of fast-flowing water and hundreds of slippy steps and toddlers don’t mix too well so we sensibly left her napping at home with her grandmother. I’ll look forward to coming back again in another few years when they can both paddle together in the icy water and race back up the steps to the top.
I wear Kiran in a Sakura Bloom Simple Linen Sling in Caribbean
This post is part 3 of a 6 part series for the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries. We are one of 15 families documenting our babywearing experience over a six month period. You can follow the Sling Diaries on Pinterest, Facebook or Tumblr. You can read all my other blog posts for the sling diaries here.
Thanks to my brother and dad for taking the photos.