Having Babies Overseas: Tourist Turns Native

Now that we have some old and new friends to join us on our blogging journey, we would like to share a bit of our lives with you!  The most unusual part of our lives is that we have 4 kids all birthed and raised in Asia. If you ask them where they belong, well I’m not sure they would know the answer. They are Americans that are born overseas and live in many places. We delivered our first 2 babies in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is one of the best places to tour with kids.  There is much to explore and do with children in Chiang Mai from adventure day trips, street vendors, to shopping mall playgrounds.  We had a wonderful birthing experience in their hospitals.

Shopping in Chiang Mai Sunday night market with newborn.
Shopping in Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market with our newborn.

Before we talk babies, first our experiences began with waiting for the babies to be born and forty weeks of pregnancy should never slow a traveling momma down! From the tops of the tallest mountain in Thailand: Doi Inthanon (we ended up hitchhiking halfway to the top) to the caves of Chiang Dao, we didn’t let the big bump stop us.

Doi Inthanon: the tallest mountain in Thailand is surrounded by cool mist and fog.
Thailand mountains are often surrounded by cool mist and fog which is perfect for getting out of the heat.
Exploring the Chiang Dao caves near Chiang Mai while 9 months pregnant. Quite a squeeze!
Exploring the Chiang Dao caves near Chiang Mai while 9 months pregnant. Quite a squeeze!
Baby Eli with baby elephant
Baby Eli with a baby elephant when he was 1week old in Chiang Mai.
2 of our babies were born during a coup in which the airport was shut down. Didn't slow us down!
2 of our babies were born during a coup in which the airport was shut down. Didn’t slow us down!

But, things did change as soon as they came into the world. We choose to take the more Asian minimalist way of birth and baby care. We delivered natural, shared a bed, and tied a hammock in the living room to use as a swing and rock the babies to sleep. .

The hammock in the middle of the room serves as baby swing, rocking chair, and dads nap spot.
The hammock in the middle of the room serves as rocking chair, swing, and dad’s nap spot.

The funny thing was, when I was pregnant, Asians would ask if I was going to put my babies in separate rooms like they heard Americans did or would I put my baby in the little jail cells called cribs? The questions caused me to rethink and reconsider what I would choose from my culture in raising my babies. So we went as natural as we could.

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” – Albert Einstein

As the children have grown, their lives are different from American kids and often without the normal comforts.  Living in Asia often means living in small homes, sharing sleeping rooms, eating meals from street vendors, and shopping in open markets.

The blind traveling barber with every tool imaginable on his bike!
The blind traveling barber with every tool imaginable on his bike!
shopping for baby clothes in the tight, hot open markets
Shopping for baby clothes in the tight, hot open markets of Cambodia.

But, these early experiences make them who they are today and who they will be as adults.  The world is big for them and I see a burning to desire to keep moving.  Is that good? I don’t know yet, we will see!  Having a passport by 1 week of life opens the door for adventures to come for our family.  Everyone told us that we would slow down after kids, but honestly we have picked up as we have realized the joy that comes for a family who travels together.  We wouldn’t trade these memories for anything!

Your family has many unique experiences ahead and it’s up to you!

What can you do now to make that happen?  Start planning it today!

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9 Comments on “Having Babies Overseas: Tourist Turns Native

  1. Marc and Ann, you two are truly made for each other. You’ll love to travel and making babies, has not changed your priorities. Yes it is fun to travel with the family. I love the first snap, of Marc holding his baby and both of them looking into each other’s eyes. Its a Adorable Pic. Wish I could hold that baby in my hands.

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    • awww! Cattie your awesome. Its good to have friends with the gift of encouraging others! I can’t wait to read more of your blogs today! And, yes that is one of my favorite pics!

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  2. Gosh! You make ” planning babies and travelling simultaneously” so easy…um tempted to do the same..being avid travellers ourselves…the thought of our travel plans hitting a speed-bump after having a child has always been the top reason to deter us to have one…really enjoyed reading your blog..may you n Ann n all your cute babies have many many more beautiful adventures together…Cheers!!

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    • Easy?! Ha! I need to blog more honestly then! It was not easy but worth it. So many moments of “What am I doing?!” but looking back and realizing it was fun in a painful way. We waited till having kids for the same reason you mentioned. Now, they add the fun to the travel adventures. But, we head to France tomorrow, ask me after that adventure! Thank you so much.

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