sakura bloom sling diaries: adventure

Friday, April 25, 2014





Before having Clementine, my husband and I were the outdoorsy, adventurous type. We rock climbed, camped, skied, hiked, road tripped, and explored. Travel was our priority, above home ownership or expensive things. Whenever we had time off work and money saved up, we would go somewhere - whether it was to the next state over for a rockclimbing trip or to the next country over for a meandering road trip. Even though we have travelled with Clementine, I would have to say that one of the hardest things about adjusting to parenthood has been the lack of spontaneity. Especially as Clementine gets older and more attached to her daily routines.

We wake up early (so early the stars are still in the sky), breastfeed, play, eat, change a diaper, play, sleep then repeat. Our days are simple and sweet, and not very spontaneous at all. Adventure is a wander around the wharf, watching the ferries come and go while Clementine rests in her sling. It's a far cry from what we used to think was adventurous, but I know that those days will come again. Until then, I'm wholeheartedly embracing this season in our lives.

Over the last 6 months, I've documented the art of babywearing for the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries, vol iv. We're so lucky to have these precious memories captured, and I want to, once again, thank all of the photographers who helped with our project: Jodi Wilson, Pia Jane Bijkerk, Tim Coulson, Gui Jorge, Luisa Brimble and Lou Buma. I'd also like to thank Sakura Bloom, for giving us this wonderful opportunity.

I wear Clementine in the pure linen sling in twilight.

Lou Buma (of Sunny & Scout photography) is the wonderful photographer behind these images. She shot with Cedar napping on her back - babywearing in front of, and behind the camera. 

16 comments:

  1. Oh, such beautiful images and such true, sweet words.
    Love this, Gaby.
    Ronnie xo
    p.s. And yes, let's hang soon!

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  2. Lou has done such a beautiful job with these images. It's been wonderful to follow along in this series with you. Such great memories you will cherish forever I am sure

    May I ask where you got that killer dress from? It looks so comfortable and easy to wear!

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    1. I was wondering the same thing Gaby, love your dress! Beautiful images.

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    2. It's an old Gorman dress, one of my faves x

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  3. I promise you that travel and spontaneity with them does get easier as they get older. Logan and I started going on hikes together and he loves getting out of town and going new places. It's amazing to start being able to travel and explore with your children, you get to see it all through their eyes and it brings in a whole new magic! :)

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  4. Gaby! it's so wonderful to peek in on your lovely little blog and have a glimpse into your life with baby! Congratulations...she is lovely. Just wanted to say hello and send you my love. xCeline

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    1. Celine! It's so nice to hear from you. Are you still on Facebook? Can't find you but I'd love to say hi and get an update (I don't even know what country you live in anymore) x

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    2. Hi Gaby! It's so nice to be back in touch :) We have been in Ithaca, NY for the last 5 years and we are now heading to Puerto Rico! My email is still the same...first and last name at gmail. Big hugs! Celine

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  5. Hi just wondering if you use this sling outside these posts? I haven't seen you post pictures of you using it on Instagram or your blog unless it has been for the sponsored posts. This seems to be a pattern with all the bloggers I've followed doing this deal with Sakura. Nirrimi even stopped her series short as she said that she did not find the slings comfortable and wasn't happy pushing them to her readers. As a woman planning to be a mother in the near future I'm interested in the honest truth about this sling as I love the idea of baby wearing. I also can't see where you have stated that this is a sponsored post. Transparency is incredibly important if you don't want to alienate your readers and generally look dishonest. Look forward to hearing back from you.

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    1. Hi Ms George, I can understand where you're coming from. To address some of your questions… yes, I do use the slings outside of these posts and if you search instagram for #gabyslingdiary you'll see a few more photos of me wearing Clementine. I have used three different carriers: an ergo, a moby and sakura bloom slings. They've each served their purpose. The moby was great when she was really little but I stopped using it around 5 months. I started using the ergo when she was around 1.5 months old (until then I was just using the sling and the moby). It's very comfortable, especially now that I can wear her on my back. The only problem is that when it's hot, I can't use it because we both get too sweaty (this was especially true when she needed the newborn insert). This actually applies to all of the carriers as it's so hot here, though I must say that of the three, the slings are the coolest. When it is too hot, I just use the stroller. It also comes in handy when I have a lot to carry, because it's awkward to carry a big bag while using any of the baby carriers.

      I do think the slings are comfortable, but I find that they're best for shorter trips out. They're great because they're less bulky than most carriers, so they fit easily in our nappy bag and then I can pop her in if needed. I'm lucky that Clementine is a very small baby; it definitely makes baby wearing easier. That said, I don't think I'll still be carrying 2 year old Clementine in a sling. I'll probably be looking into a toddler carrier for that. As with anything, I think you have to try different options until you find what works for you and your baby.

      Finally, my understanding of sponsored posts is that they involve the exchange of money. I haven't received any money for participating in this project, though I did receive two slings.

      Feel free to email me if you have any other questions, thislittleport@gmail.com

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  6. Gorgeous images as always! I totally agree we go on adventures much less now with a baby, but every new stage with them in life is an adventure on its own!

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  7. I relate to this need for adventure (whether it be climbing, tramping or yoga) confilcting with other necessary parts of life - for me at the moment it has been more career oriented but in teh past it has also been a relationship thing too. I can't imagine how it would be with your first child ... but in modern times where family is sometimes far away -- I understand the difficulties of distance - had a NZ/Europe long distance thing for a time. It's simple too - home is wherever I'm with you (as the song goes). It's difficult to stay and difficult to go and connection to a place is so much to do with time, people, and culture. Go easy on yourself, beautiful woman x

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  8. Beautiful. I've really enjoyed your Sling Diaries. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I know I'm slightly biased but I LOVE this post! Clementine SURE has your adventurous spirit!

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  10. you are so beautiful! and your daughter! and these lovely photos! I love that you were able to capture this memory!!

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  11. Little Clementine is just so cute! I really love the photo of you holding C's hand. x

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