Carrie and Cooper are 5 months in to life as a family of 4. And like speeding down a groomed slope only to come upon a long stretch of moguls, it’s all about being flexible and taking those bumps in stride. One such bump came with the shift from being an at-home mama, to Carrie going back to work teaching outside the home.
The last time we checked in with our sea-faring family: Jess, James and Rocket, they were sky-bound and headed home to the UK to visit family. Efforts were made to connect this inaugural On Location family with the gNappies crew in London, but a jam-packed schedule filled with family and friends combined with a flurry of winter storms indicated that a gNappies visit would have to be part of a future trip. Jess, James and Rocket are getting ready to set sail and hit the open waters of the Pacific. They’ll leave mid-March and will travel for about a month from Banderas Bay in Mexico to the Marquesas in French Polynesia, roughly 2,700 miles. “It’s all really exciting – this is the BIG one – the biggest, deepest ocean that all sailors dream of,” says Jess. We’ll be following along as they post their adventurous route on their website.
Brian and Elsa are soon-to-be first-time parents who hail from the Instagram-worthy state of Maine. As the days tick up to their due date, waiting has taken a front row seat by the woodstove in their 800-square foot cabin. “While we may be mediocre at preparation, at least we’ve got anticipation down.” The anticipation has looked a bit like this:
Jess and James have been rolling along happily, riding the gentle waves in a Mexican marina with their baby girl, Rocket. In our last post, Jess walked us through her innovative wash routine involving buckets and elbow grease, because even though space and fresh water is limited when you live on a boat, Jess and James see no reason that they can’t parent – and diaper – in the way that best suits their lifestyle.
Carrie, Cooper and big sister, Hattie, have recently welcomed a brand new adventurer to the family! Baby Hobbes arrived fashionably early, a week ahead of schedule. Just as Cooper was readying to set out with a friend for the inaugural day of hunting season, Carrie’s water broke. It was game on, (just not the game that Cooper had intended for the day!).
Hobbes’ brand new bum has been comfortably covered with the newborn gPants since day one. And though it’s too cold now to compost, the disposable inserts are flushable, which means with 6-8 changes a day (or a package a week), the garbage can isn’t overflowing.