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I don’t have a photo of Kiran yet this week but I’m determined not to be late with this one and I’m hardly on the computer at the moment as grandma is here visiting! So I’ll update with Kiran’s photo later.

Maya has a new friend and it was her birthday this week so we went over for a little party. She has a bamboo fort with swings, a trampoline and a swimming pool so obviously Maya thinks she’s died and gone to heaven every time we go over there! I accidentally on purpose kind of left it too late to enrol her in pre-school this year (although we could probably do it mid term) and instead looking forward to more time playing and swimming with my girl :)

Updated with my handsome boy as promised:

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I love his hair! I never want to cut it!

So many pictures to love last week! I found it hard to choose just a few: Belly and big sister, magical woods, and being silly.

Linking up with Jodi

Adventures in weaning

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Kiran had his last breastfeed about a week and a half ago so I think I can say at this point that he’s finally weaned. This was rather overdue – I’d alwaya intended to stop around the 2 year mark (I’m not one of those women who can breastfeed their kids until they’re 4+ though I have huge respect for those who do). After over 3 years of breastfeeding with only a 3 month break between weaning Maya and Kiran being born, I was done. I wanted my body back!

I knew weaning Kiran was never going to be an easy task as he was far more attached than Maya ever was. Maya was down to only a couple of feeds a day when I started weaning her at 10 months and by the time I totally phased it out at 12 months, she barely noticed. I substituted night feeds for a bottle of water and that was that.

Kiran however would scream at me if I refused and work himself up into quite a state. His word for feeding is “numbedik” – a contraction of the Balinese for “little drink”, minum bedik,  and I was getting really tired of those being his first words to me every time he saw me. Obviously a simple distraction/refusal plan was never going to work with Kiran.

I’d heard that Japanese women put sticking plasters over their nipples and say they have an “owie” so I tried this first. It worked right up until bed time when he started hysterically screaming at me again and telling me to take the plaster off. in desperation i googled and found a mumsnet thread where several women had put vinegar on their nipples with success. i’d already tried the Balinese method of coffee a few months back with no success but I had vinegar in the house so worth a try right?

The next time he tried I told him that because I had “owies” and it hurt he could try but it would taste bad. Of course he wanted to try, which he soon regretted. He didn’t try again after that :p I couldn’t believe it was so easy after all that effort! He did ask a few more times and asked if it “still hurt numbedik?” but I just showed him the plasters again and he gave up. 28 months – not a bad run!

Freeeeeeeedom! I was also an emotional wreck when I weaned Maya (i guess being heavily pregnant didn’t help) but no hormonal craziness this time. Hurray!

Even better, since he’s been weaned he’s slept through the night at least twice. This has NEVER happened before. He’s nappy-free at night time now too. Where did my baby go?!

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Ok so I blatantly didn’t get organised last week as I’m a whole day late with posting this again and i didn’t even get the DSLR out this week. So all I have are a couple of phone snaps from the beach – glad we went, it seems to be a constant battle to reclaim our Sunday family time. Made some important decisions for my business and family this last week – I’m giving up freelance writing and it’s all or nothing for now! Wish me luck!

Last week I loved this magical light, this little artist, and these thoughtful portraits.

Sponsored video – Help a child reach 5

I think this is one of the saddest videos I ever watched:

In most western countries, if a young child dies, it’s a horrific tragedy. In many third world countries, however, watching your child die is just a part of normal life for many people. This video tells the story of Utari, living in a small village in Indonesia where it is tradition to plant a tree when a baby is born. Sadly as so many children die before their 5th birthday, in many cases there is nothing left but the tree.

Worldwide, 5,000 children a day die from infections like diarrhoea and pneumonia. In many cases these deaths could have been prevented with proper hygiene and medical care. Coming to Indonesia from the UK, I was shocked at the lack of education when it comes to basic health care. Even the simplest things can help to prevent a child’s death. For example, when a baby has a fever it’s important to keep them cool but here they think that they should bundle them up and keep them warm – I shudder to think the damage that this misinformation is caused.

Basic hygiene is another huge problem, with very little attention being given to keeping areas like the kitchen and bathroom clean and even something as basic as hand washing. Simply washing hands regularly with soap could help to prevent these diseases that take so many young lives (in case you didn’t know, regular hand washing is the best way to protect yourself from colds and flu).

All that is needed is education. Sadly this is also something that is lacking in many parts of Indonesia. Last year Lifebuoy adopted Thesgora, India, and managed to reduce incidents of diarrhoea from 36% to 5% just by teaching the people about healthy hand washing habits. This year, they are adopting Bitobe, Indonesia so that more children can reach their 5th birthday.

Lifebuoy has committed to improve health by teaching a billion people about the importance of hand washing by 2015. You can read more about their campaign by visiting www.lifebuoy.com or visiting their Facebook page.

This post is sponsored by Lifebuoy, but all thoughts are my own.

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I’m getting later and later with project 52 and I didn’t even get a decent photo of Kiran on his own. Must try to be more organised this week! The kids entertained themselves for quite some time running up and down chasing the rooster around the garden. I find it hard to get the balance right between letting them have fun and keeping them safe. I love to see them laughing and playing together but have visions of them falling and knocking their teeth out or splitting heads open (like Maya already did back in January). I can deal with skinned knees but have no wish for another emergency room visit any time soon. Trying hard to stop shouting “be careful!” constantly…

Last week  I loved these siblings in a buttercup field, these adorable little faces, and this rainy day portrait.

Linking up with Jodi

 

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Kids are rocking their new t-shirts from Little Sunflowers – I love bright colours if you hadn’t already noticed! And no, this isn’t a sponsored post, they just sell awesome kids clothes, have frequent sales and promos, a great loyalty program, AND they ship worldwide for very reasonable prices. Expats take note!

Last week I loved these sunkissed babes, this is what childhood is all about and this happy little one with rainbow blanket.

Linking up with Jodi

How expats can get their TV fix from anywhere in the world

In general, I’m pretty much in love with my life in Bali. I mean, summer, gorgeous rice field views, yummy food, friendly people – what’s not to love right? However it’s true from time to time that I do wish I could just pop back to the UK for the weekend. It’s the little things I miss the most like crappy junk food and UK TV. Well hallelujah, I have the second one solved. If you know of an Indonesian shop that sells crappy UK junk food, please let me know.

I’ve tried a few different proxy services for accessing UK websites in the past. If you can get sites like the BBC and Netflix to think you’re in the UK then you can freely watch UK TV from the BBC and channel 4 online and you can also get around any pesky site blocking (Indonesian internet service providers like to block sites randomly for no reason). There are quite a few of these proxy services around but they’re not that easy to use (requiring you to fiddle with your internet settings which may or may not break your internet connection) and not always cheap either.

To solve all these problems, let me introduce: TunnelBear!

This is most definitely the easiest service I’ve tried. All you need to do is install a small software program, select your country and turn it on and off as you need. It just works without any fiddling under the hood and it’s cheap too – in fact you can download and use it free for up to 500MB per month and then only $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year for unlimited usage.

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I’ve been using my TunnelBear account for all sorts of things. As well as watching tv, it’s handy for any website where you get that annoying message “this service is not yet available in your country” like Spotify and it’s also useful for online shopping when I want to order something in the UK but the website ‘helpfuly’ redirects me to it’s global or Indonesian site. It also helps to keep your personal details safe when you’re using public wifi networks.

Also it’s a super cute app – I mean it’s all bearified! And it has fake wood panelling and everything! Oh there are also versions for Android and iOS so you can use the Netflix and BBC iplayer apps on your phone or tablet.

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I’d really recommend this software to any expat or anyone travelling. As it’s free, you’ve got nothing to lose – just download it, install it and turn it on – super easy!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by TunnelBear but my opinions are my own

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I can’t believe i am a whole week late with this and I don’t even have any good pictures to share. Maya’s expression pretty much sums it up. Oh well, blame Windows 8 for crashing my whole computer so I had to format and re-install everything. Screw you Microsoft :(

Lately

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I felt like posting but my brain is too fried to write so here is a post that is mostly photos. I’m finding time slipping away from me from an alarming rate recently. Already half way through May. Nearly half way through the year. All my plans and goals are sitting waiting and somehow every day I end up with less and less time and get nothing done, promising “tomorrow” and then wake up late with a headache and the day is a blur of tears and crayons and peppa pig and flying wooden play food and before I know it the day is over and I admit defeat, too tired to even try. Ah well.

We’re all looking forward to grandma visiting next month and all I want to do is decorate and organise and shop for things I don’t need with that imaginary money i don’t make because I’m not getting any work done. Keep on swimming…

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