A Month in Chile | Pichilemu

Traveling with a Baby and a 4 Year Old

Pichilemu Domos were the second stop on our month long Chile tour.  John spent so much time researching the whole trip and he planned the perfect amount of time for each place based on activities to do around the areas.  We love the beach so he booked 4 nights here and we loved every second of it!

The Domos were so spacious with three bedrooms, one being upstairs and 2 downstairs, a full kitchen and living area, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect set up!  It was right across the street from the beach you just had to walk down a hill, across the street and down a path and you were there with a great view from the porch!  Since it had a tent top as the roof, it got as warm as it was outside during the day and as cool as it was outside at night.  They provided a heater and plenty of blankets so you could stay cozy at night.  It varied from the 40’s to the 80’s.

This is Pops frolicking down the path to the beach with her fern.  On the way to the beach I taught her how to pull ferns off their stem and then make a “flower” and toss them in the air, something I loved doing as a kiddo.

I took my 85mm and 24mm lens with me on our walks as I never knew which one I would need.  I know I would be more in the moment without my camera but what good does it do you 20 years from now when all the little moments are revisited by our kids and grand kids?

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We took turns taking Pops to the beach while Peaches was napping, this is the domo with John sending us on our way with an “I Love You.”

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Valentine’s day is always a special day in our household and I love that John is continuing that tradition for the girls!  He proposed on Valentine’s day and we’re usually off on adventures so it’s a fun day to always remember! He went to the store and came back with a rose for his girls.

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There were gorgeous black sand beaches and the ocean was super chilly but it was their summer and all the locals got in anyways!  The surfers wore wet suits and Poppy just ran away! This photo was taken on a Saturday in the summer, the weekdays are much less crowded.  The sun sets around 9:30pm and this was taken close to 8pm.

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We went to the point called “Punta de Lobos” to watch the surfers.  There was a very large sea lion swimming amongst them, from our vanish point on top of the rocks, the sea lion looked to be as large as the people!

Pops loves holding Peaches although she isn’t always so sure about it she never fusses!

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We took a day trip to Buchelemu to see the tiny fishing town and watch the fishermen bring in their catch.  They go out in the rough ocean in small boats and fish with nets, drive back to the shore and have tractors pull their boats up.  They fillet the fish on the boat and sell to whoever comes by, restaurants or private households.  You can tell who the tourists are!

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  • Kathryn Roebuck Holding - Love reading these posts about your trip, Brooke! Your girls are precious. :)

A Month in Chile | Casablanca

Traveling with a Baby and a 4 Year Old

I had planned to blog more on our trip but the day we arrived I plugged in our noisemaker for the girls into the power adapter and blew up both of them.  From then on out we had to rely on the hotel we were staying to have an adapter and most did not. Luckily we brought car chargers for our phones but next time we will make sure to bring a car adapter so we can charge computers or phones in the car as we drive from place to place.

John did a phenomenal job of planning our trip.  He chose 11 amazing cabinas and he seemed to know the perfect amount of time to have us stay at each one based on what he found to do around the area and the size of the house.

We started out in Casablanca, about 45 minutes from Santiago airport.  We used credit card points to book Hotel Casablanca and we loved it.  It had one double bed and a small partition to separate the room, on the other side were two twin beds and the bathroom. The main bedroom area had a balcony that led to the pool and restaurant, which was delicious.  It was perfect to put the girls down for bed or nap (Peaches slept in the bathroom in her pack n play so when she fussed at night she had less of a chance of waking Poppy.) There was an indoor heated pool, an outdoor pool and a hot tub made from a large wine barrel heated by a wood stove that you had to put wood in when you wanted to heat it.  Poppy was in heaven! Since we had an overnight flight, we landed at 9am and were at our hotel by noon after we went through customs and got our rental car.

We had snacks of peanut butter, granola bars and dried fruit as we drove to the hotel.  Once we arrived Pops and John hit the pool while Peaches napped and I rearranged our packing.  Instead John having a bag and us gals having a bag, we moved all cool weather clothes to one bag and warm weather to one bag, this way at each location we only had to bring in our day bags, backpack, Peaches bed and one valise.

Pops declared she didn’t like Chile immediately because it was too hot and she thought it would be cold.  This was the only place it was hot day and night.

We drove into town to go to the grocery store and stopped by Maceradeo Restaurant for a heavenly lunch of Chilean Sea Bass, a delicious salad and wine.  At most restaurants we found they brought bread (more like a biscuit) with a tomato salsa and butter.  We usually would split an entree and salad amongst the three of us.  The day we left we also ate here and purchased handmade scarves, plant holders and hair bows.

Although most places said the drinking water was safe, we bought bottled water as I was worried that if I got a stomach bug I would be too dehydrated to nurse Peaches and most places we went did not have a large store where you could purchase diapers, baby food, formula or even fruits or veggies. The stores were more like convenient stores unless you were in a larger town and found a “Lider” which is the Chilean WalMart.

The following day we went exploring and found 2 wineries, Vina Indomita, which had the most gorgeous views of the coastal mountains and a porch where you could taste wines overlooking the vineyards below with an amazing mirror that reflected the valley and we went next door to Vina Mar which had such a fun champagne tasting! I learned the bubbles should start from the bottom of the glass and go towards the top and should not dissipate for at least two minutes and you should tilt your glass when you pour.  My favorite was the Extra Brut.

John and I took turns tasting from a man who spoke English outside on a terrace.  Peaches was sleeping in the car while Poppy played on the playground right by the car.  It was a perfect set up, a wine tasting ALONE!  Usually Poppy is with us and loves to smell each wine and try to decipher what it smells like, pretty funny!  This was a time where everyone got to do what they wanted at the same time!

We only met a 6 people the whole month who spoke English and the gentlemen who did our wine tastings were two of them.  I learned a little bit of Spanish but thank heavens John is fluent!

After our tastings here we went to Tanino in a winery called Casa Del Bosque for lunch. The two restaurants we ate in Casablanca were our favorites and the only ones we ate in more than once.  We came back to these two the last two days of our trip.

I took my camera almost everywhere with me. I tried to remember “the best camera is the one you have on you” and I tried to make it my D700 and used my 24mm lens for most the trip. I find landscapes are most striking when taken horizontally so you can see more of what the human eye sees.  At times when I didn’t have my good camera with me I did have my iPhone.

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Next post will feature Pichilemu!

 

    

Sisters | Poppy & Peaches

Love These Ages!

One day Peaches little cheeks aren’t going to be this dimply and adorable and her hairline will be covered with long locks and her little legs won’t have all these little rolls. One day she will be walking by herself and not needing me to hold her while she stands.  But today they do and she does and how will I remember them without a photo?

 

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These are my girls.  Pops with her farm feet reading to her sister while Peaches just smiles and goes along with anything.  Pops is such a great big sis, she loves Peachie so much and always wants to be right with her. I couldn’t ask for more!  It’s so important to keep my camera handy and document every day of our lives. Time passes way too fast and looking back on these photos makes my heart so happy.  Every second that passes is the past and must be documented to the best of my ability!

Make sure you PRINT your photos, don’t let them get lost on hard drives, in a move, during a fire or even as technology changes.  Macs are phasing out USB ports, print your photos and back them up in several places to keep them safe.  The ones you will look at and share with future generations will the ones in albums in your living room.  Enjoy the photos and remember the past, all the little moments that slip aways so quickly.

 

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A Month in Chile | Traveling with a Baby & 4 Year Old

Travel

This is the first blog post of many about our month in Chile.  We stayed in 11 towns, each location, hotel and experience will be discussed in a series of posts.  This one touches on traveling and packing. If you have any questions please email, brooke@brookemayo.com.

We both work from home so to really get away and enjoy each other without stress we have to leave our house.  We have decided to make this a yearly tradition even when it means working around school schedules.  Next year we are planning on going to New Zealand.

Last year we took Poppy to South Africa and this year the 4 of us went to Chile.  Poppy is 4 and Peaches is 6 months old.  We are loving our month long family trips.  Each day we’re away we do some of what Poppy wants to do and some of what we want to do. As long as we have coloring materials, she’s happy to sit through long meals and wine tastings.  Afterwards we make sure to play outside, find a park, go hiking, swimming, to the beach… after all, it’s all of our vacation! We found this year we spent more time at our hotels which were destinations in themselves so Peaches could get at least one good nap in a day and go to bed when she was tired.  We’d generally get up around 7:30, have breakfast, Peaches would nap until 11:30ish, we would venture out until 6:30 or so and then come back for dinner and bed. We would usually have lunch out and breakfast and dinner in.

A few things I learned about packing this year… I always over pack.  No matter how minimal I go (the girls and I shared one suitcase) there are always things we don’t wear.  I packed several things for Poppy and Peaches I thought they may wear in photo shoots, which they did not end up wearing.  They were brightly colored dresses, hats and diaper covers which clashed with the natural earth tones that was most of Chile. We wore our sneakers over and all packed flip flops.  Next year we will pack more substantial flip flops such as Keens as Poppy lost her footing several times and fell because her shoes were so slick.

I packed several knee length skirts which never saw the light of day.   And lets face it, Peaches wears pajamas all day every day at home, why did I think I was going to put her in shirts and pants and onsies?  That is a lot to take on and off each time a diaper has to be changed, especially when changing them on the fly in a gas station parking lot or on the side of a road or in the middle of the night when we’re trying not to wake everyone!  I should have taken a dozen footed pjs, a really warm sleeper pajama set and 2 dresses for her.  Lesson learned. Pack, unpack and then pack half the things I originally packed.  Next year the four of us will share one suitcase.

John took his own which housed 8 pairs of roos, a combination of 7 pairs of pants/shorts, 8 t shirts, a sweatshirt and a rain jacket.  He never wore the rain jacket but could have packed more pairs of pants.  Being a man, his attire takes up much more space, which is why he got his own suitcase.  I pack long skirts for my cool weather days and he packs Carhart pants which take up much more room.  Next year, I will pack more long skirts that can be tied on the side if they need to become short skirts and more tank tops.

The weather changed so much in one day, it would be in the 40’s at night and in the 80’s during the day and the places we stayed did not have heat.  So at night, we all wore our warmest outfits, socks, sweatshirts and long pants and during the day summer attire.  It was important to have lots of layers.

Having Peaches this year we had to take lots more “baby stuff.”  We took her Valco pack n play which weighs 7 lbs and her car seat and base along with Poppy’s Britax car seat and I took our Joovy Caboose Ultralight Double Stroller.  The stroller was only used twice outside of the airports but when we did use it we were so thankful for it (we love the stroller we packed as it only weighs 20 lbs so taking it in and out of the car wasn’t such an ordeal and it was sturdy enough to haul all our luggage!)!  In the airport it carried both car seats, both kids, the backpack and Peaches’ bed!  We stacked it high with all of this which I pushed and John took care of the two roller bags until we got them checked in to go under the plane along with Peaches’ bed.

On the plane we carried a backpack with Tylenol (kids and adult), Benadryl (kids and adult), Cortisone and Benadryl cream, snacks, my laptop, coloring book, crayons, silly putty, beads/string, camera, flash, 24mm lens, 85mm lens, compact flash cards, batteries, chargers, phones, phone chargers,  power adapter, diapers, diapers and more diapers, (Peaches tummy was upset on the plane but thankfully it started before we drove to the airport so we were over prepared!) wipes, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, and a change of clothes for us all and 3 changes for Peaches. We make sure to carry things we will need immediately and all electronics on the plane in case our bag gets lost.  We also packed two cloth bags that fold up to be very tiny so we could use those as our day trip bags and not have to carry our backpack or valises everywhere.  We took cash and spread it out all our bags (once we got to Chile, traveling there it was all in our backpack) in tampon cases so if someone went through our bags they wouldn’t think to take the tampons. (thanks Candace!)  Next year we will make sure to change some of the cash before we go to foreign currency to avoid the hassle of having to find a bank once we arrive.  The money changing stations in the airports are always so busy and waiting with 2 small kids really isn’t fun!

We take Poppy’s car seat on the plane so she will sleep once she’s on it (it’s more comfy than the regular seats as it has her little head rest and you can prop it after take off to really lean back) and if there is an extra seat (we inquire before we board and if there is they will move us to a row where we have an extra seat, Delta was great about this!) we take Peaches car seat on the plane. If it won’t fit, we gate check Peaches car seat and the stroller.

On the way to Chile there wasn’t room for Peaches car seat on the plane so we gate checked it and the base. I was terrified I would have to hold her the entire 9 hours overnight to Chile but once we were up in the air I laid her on her belly on the floor in front of me (luckily we had a seat with lots of leg room!) and draped a blanket from the seat in front of me to my legs so the lights wouldn’t bother her as much.  She slept great except when her belly was hurting and Poppy slept from the time we left the runway until the time we touched down.  She has always been our little sleeper!

On the flight back, we requested a bassinet and the fabulous Delta crew moved our seats so we could sit where the bassinet would fit. We also took Peaches car seat on the plane this time, she slept in it a bit but she prefers sleeping on her belly so once the bassinet was set up she slept really well.  We got really lucky that the flight wasn’t full and we got to have an extra seat for Peaches and the bed Delta provided!

We rented a 4 door manual Peugeot from Econorent which was $600 for the month, which was perfect.  The credit card we booked it on included insurance so we didn’t pay for the additional insurance they recommended.  There wasn’t room for one more thing in the car but it housed us all perfectly!

Pictured here is how we traveled in the airport, the only thing missing is our backpack.  Many more photos in the posts to come!

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  • Veronica Irwin - So inspiring! We went to Barbados with Z for two weeks-certainly different but none the less he caught that nasty virus going around and as soon as we boarded the plane for the 5 hour flight to Barbados he started puking, all over me, Craig, himself, the entire flight…it was such a mess and I forgot all medical supplies I.e. baby Tylenol etc. then Craig and I got the virus 2 days later…so u can imagine it was quite the learning experience!
    anyway love your tips…overpacking happens to all of us, we share suitcases too! Excited for your next trip and to see more photos from chile and where you guys stayed etc….that’s interesting about the weather, so cold at night and hot during the day..were u aware of that before you left? Also what is the bassinet on delta?? Didn’t even know this was an option for international flights!
    Xoxoxo

  • Brooke - Oh NO Veronica, that’s awful, I hate that for yall!!! It can happen to anyone at anytime, and the tummy bug is the suckiest!! And on a flight?? UGH!!! Yes! Delta offers it for international flights and I think other companies do too, you have to ask the week or so before your trip and then again at the desk before you board but if it’s available they are happy to give it to you! Sending lots of love to yall! Can’t wait to see you! XX

  • Julie - Love reading your travel blogs! I’d like to offer one suggestion, if you have not already thought of it – pack one change of clothes for each of you in John’s bag and pack one change of his in yours, in case one of your bags gets lost. Matt and I always do this and it has come in handy once or twice! What wonderful family adventures!

  • Brooke - ACK! That’s brilliant!!! THANK YOU for that fabulous suggestion, I most certainly will do that next time!!! Thank you for reading!

  • Anne - Great post, Brooke! Sounds like you are taking after your aunt on packing – after so many travels, I have it down to a science – no excess baggage for us! I have a super thin document holder that I wear around my neck, inside my shirt. I keep all of our passports in it – plus cash. It is safe and others cannot even tell I’m wearing it (unless I am wearing a tank or thin material type shirt.) I got it from LLBean – best travel accessory I have ever seen!

  • Brooke - Annie, what a great idea!! I’ll get one of those for our next trip!

  • david rohde - you need to go down to Buchupuero and stay in La Reserva Nalca , hotel of tree houses

Ready to nurse | Beauty of Breastfeeding

Quiet moments between mom and baby…and me.

 

Breastfeeding our children was such a special time for me.  After they had long weaned themselves I found that I still missed it.  After carrying that little life inside of you, and giving birth, it’s another thing our female bodies are able to do that is just truly amazing.

Being a part of those sweet, quiet moments between baby and mom, little gnawing noises, milk letting down, and staring into those tiny eyes looking back at you with so much love.  It’s enough to start baby fever around here.

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I love this image. Its so simple and intimate.

 

Xxo, Candace

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