My Mini-Explorer is Here!

The UK’s latest milk bar is open and it’s proving extremely popular with one person in particular. I can’t almost believe that I’m writing this, but…

I’m a mama! That’s all I keep repeating in my head and that’s all I want to write, but I guess that’d make a pretty boring blog post!

My mini-explorer is finally here and I may be biased, but he is absolutely perfect. Nova Taylor arrived on Tuesday 3 November 2015 at 2234, weighing a very healthy 8lb 3oz. How I pushed him out still amazes me. The human body is impressively incredible.

Scrunch Taylor 03 11 2015

I’m in complete awe. Despite hearing lots of others previously describe how amazing the feeling is, I never quite understood it. I thought I did, but it’s now very clear that I didn’t. If you haven’t got children, the best way I can describe it is that moment when you clock eyes on a wonder of the world or when you experience something that’s been on your travel wish list for what feels like an eternity. Then multiply that feeling by a billion.

When I first saw the pyramids in Egypt I felt giddy with excitement. My brain couldn’t comprehend that they were really in front of me and thoughts whizzed around of how those people waaaay back then managed to build something so impressive.

It was a similar euphoria feeling when I finally reached Machu Picchu after trekking with awful altitude sickness. All negative feelings were washed away with pure delight as I took in the unbelievably epic views in front of me. How they managed to drag and heave such heavy boulders on top of each other, in sometimes precarious positions, is just fascinating to me. And the fact that the ruins are still standing there all these years later is an achievement in itself.

The pristine, white beaches of Mexico still leave me with that tingly glow when I think of them, so I can only imagine how great it would feel to step foot on them once again. Equally, yet at the other extreme, the blanket of thick whiteness at Winter Park in Colorado still brings on such a smile because it reminds me of the ridiculously fun snowmobiling adventure Jay and I had down the mountains.

And do you know what? None of these feelings even come close to how I’m feeling right now looking at my little baby, knowing that I’m his mama. How Jay and I created something, let alone someone, so, so perfect is life-changing. It’s humbling and deliriously exciting all at once. I feel so privileged.

The thought of combining my love of travel with this little baby seems like such a treasure that I can only dream of at the moment, but I know once I’ve recovered from bringing him into the world we are going to have the best adventures. I have no idea how my body or brain will be able to cope with such happiness, but I’m definitely willing to give it a try.

Today we had our first family outing. It was brief, nerving and exciting all at once. We ventured to Castle Ashby’s French market. It’s a short five minute drive from our house and it seemed fitting to let him experience his first taste of overseas, don’t you think?

Taylor Hearts Travel

If you’re a regular here you’ll know that I’m not planning on sharing any photos of my little one, other than perhaps ones where you can only see the back of him or maybe a little foot. He may not want to be thrown into the public domain, so I’ll leave that for him to decide when he’s old enough. Trust me when I say that he is unbelievably beautiful and cute. Not sure at all where he gets that from…

Welcome to the world, Nova. It’s going to be the best adventure of our lives. X


  1. Hi Char

    Have just recommended to someone looking to start a blog that they read yours first for inspiration …. then I saw this article!

    Many, many congratulations – all the very best to you, Jay and Nova – I am sure that you will have some fantastic travel adventures as a family. kind regards George

    1. Hi George,

      Thanks so much on both counts. That’s great news! I hope they enjoy reading it and if they need any help in starting their blog feel free to suggest they get in touch.

      I’m sure we will! Really can’t wait!

      Hope you’re keeping well :)

  2. Congratulations Char! What a beautiful post and it sounds like you are really enjoying life as a mum already. I really respect your choice not to put photos of him on social media and let him make that choice later in life. Enjoy every moment while he is so tiny and young. XX

    1. Thank you! So pleased that you love the post. It’s easy to write when I have so much happiness to share :)

      That’s nice to hear that you understand. I know it’s perhaps not the norm.

      Thanks, enjoying every little bit so far :) xx

  3. Congratulations again Char! I hope to meet little man one day when you’re ready for visitors. I actually have a lot of respect for you for not sharing photos of him publicly – I share your thoughts completely on that but I just know he must be such a little cutie! And I am so seriously impressed that you’ve made it out to a market already and done a blog post! Super mum already! Big hugs ☺

    1. Thanks Shikha! Ah, he’d love to meet you. Who knows, maybe there will be a follow up to the HABBs post…! ;)

      That’s nice to hear that you share my views. I know they’re not for everyone, but they feel right to me (though I do just want to show him off to the world!).

      Haha, I don’t know about super mum, but I’ll take that! :) xxx

  4. Huge congratulations, Char, firstly on the birth of Nova but also on such an incredible insight into how you are feeling and what you are doing/ planning so very soon after becoming a mum! Inspirational is an understatement!

  5. I know I’ve already said it but – again – I’m so so happy for you both! This is such a lovely post and I can’t wait to meet little Nova myself :) xxx

  6. Congratulations, Taylor family! What a spectacularly written post; I love how you’ve related the feeling of being a Mum to travelling (even if it’s totally different). Enjoy every moment! Xxx PS – love the name Nova!

    1. Thank you! Wow, thanks so much. It’s the best way that I could think to explain it all.

      Yay, glad you like the name too. We wanted something a bit different, but not too out there!

      Will do, I’m sure! Thanks again xxx

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