We are a small, happy family of four. My husband, a baby, a dog and me. My husband works on a yacht. A large, luxury megayacht which tends to be based in some fairly fabulous places. The thing is, where the boat goes, we go! When she was was just eight weeks old our daughter, Coco, boarded her first trans-Atlantic flight and since then we haven't stopped. This is a blog of our rather unusual yet adventurous life. No two days are the same.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Here We Go Again

I'm just taking a little break from packing. It will have to be a short break though as I am on a roll and I have less that 48 hours to get everything done, board our flight and wing it back to the UK! Aarrgghhh!

It is one of the only things I hate about our lifestyle (obviously I miss family and friends like crazy - but other than that), all the frigging packing!

You would have though I would be good at it by now, and I probably am getting better, but there is still a lot to learn and a long way to go  before I become a master. At this very moment in time it feels like absolute chaos. Actually, not absolute chaos, organised chaos but chaos none the less.

We seem to have more clothes between the three of us than we have bags...

And most of the toys are going to have to stay here.

The things I can never work out are:

Where did all the moisturiser come from?
How do I end up with so many half packets of rice and pasta?
Do ANY of my clothes actually go together?
Do ANY of Coco's clothes actually fit her?
Why do I have such an enormous medical kit and yet none of us are ever really ill (touch wood!)?
How do I even begin to work out which toys are essential and which can be stored?
Do I really need all this stuff that "might come in handy one day"?

If I was a proper packing / travelling expert I would have a capsule wardrobe for both Coco and myself. We would be elegant and stylish yet space efficient - as it is, I seem to have a heap of clothes that don't really go together and I wear flip-flops with everything, not because I want to, but because I never really know what shoes go with what. I would love to appear on one of those clothes shows where they completely re-vamp your wardrobe. Surely there is some mileage in an episode that condenses a whole wardrobe of clothes (including shoes) into one bag?

As for Coco - she seems to be a weird size. Most of her clothes are still 6 - 9 months and the 12 - 18 months stuff is enormous on her. What is so strange about it is when you see her with other children her age she looks the same, if not bigger, than most of them? What is all that about? I'd be very interested to know if anyone else struggles with the sizing of children's clothes. The problem is, she is all out of sync with the seasons. It is my fault for being a cheap skate and buying clothes in sales anticipating her size in time for the next season (wrongly it would seem). Oh well, I'll just have to tell her that the baggy look was in when she looks back over her baby photos in years to come.

Anyway, there is still loads to do and I haven't even started the cleaning or painting over the scratches on the walls! I must get on.


  1. My daughter is the same way as far as clothing size goes. She is 14 months, but 9-6 month fits her best. All of her fall clothes are 12-18 months, so I guess she will be rocking the baggy look also :) Yes, she does look the same size when around babies her age, but she is really skinny I guess (don't know where she gets it from!). Good luck with your trip!

  2. regarding the sizes... it is jst so different from brand to brand...
    some come so small they wear a 74 when 3 months old and other clothes the same size can wait until 18 months...
    I even have stuff that says 18-24 months... my daughter turned 3 in June and she is just normal :)
    and for packing, I have the same since we travel with kids... is too much? just good? what if it is really cold etc...

    love from amsterdam

  3. You have my deepest sympathy... packing almost - almost - stops me ever going on holiday. And every time I swear it'll be the last!

  4. I love your blogs! You make me laugh. I feel the same way in all ways! Alexa grew from one size to the next over the last 2.5 months we've been here, but some of her 6-12 month clothes still fit too. Strange because she is almost 17 months and a healthy girl. We too are packing... again. I just packed up many toys, books, and clothes to put on a boat this weekend heading back to the states, thank God! Now I can travel lite for once. Whatever "lite" really means with a 1 year old.
    Good luck in your trip home. Safe travels.