Getting Up and Out with Baby Filomena (Part 1 of 4)

There used to be two of us; now there are three and we are figuring out how we get out and about taking photos while looking after baby Filomena. (Of course we found time to enjoy an ice cream cone on the way!)

Photo of David, Filomena and Jennifer Hammond, enjoying an ice cream, Martinborough, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Recently, we headed over to Cape Palliser in the Wairarapa from our Wellington base for three nights. For people unfamiliar with Cape Palliser, it is the southernmost tip on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is relatively isolated. Mobile phone coverage is patchy (in the case of where we were staying there wasn't any mobile phone coverage) and parts of the road are unsealed. A photo of the Cape Palliser Lighthouse (like the one below) made it into our 2017 NZ Calendar.

Photo of Cape Palliser Light house at dawn, Wairarapa, New Zealand

For me being a mother is amazing (yes it's clichéd but it truly is very special) and I love every second that I spend with Filomena. However, there is more to me than being a mother and it is important Filomena sees this.

It is fair to say that both David and I are not keen on having strangers look after Filomena for an extended period of time when she is so young, so at a practical level this means Filomena accompanying us on photo trips, business meetings and being with us while we work.

A photo of a baby resting against the chest of her Dad, Cape Palliser, Wairarapa, New Zealand

At our first business meeting 22 days after her birth Filomena had her nappy (diaper) changed in the middle of the meeting by David, and I breastfeed her. I guess it wouldn't work in all situations (in truth if someone had an issue it's unlikely that we would be doing business with them) but we are uncomplicated people that have a practical and pragmatic approach to getting on with things (with David being brought up on a farm in New Zealand and my parents owning and running a series of small businesses in the US, neither of us grew up in an environment where standing on ceremony was ever tolerated).

I imagine this is the first of many trips and all-in-all it went rather well. She has such a laid back personality that she is able to go with the flow at this stage. It may get a bit more complicated when she starts moving around on her own. We’ll take it as it comes but enjoy this one small success in the meantime. A photo like the shot below from the Putangirua Pinnacles made it into our 2017 calendar.

  Photo of Putangirua Pinnacles, South Wairarapa, New Zealand



This is part one of a four part blog series about our trip to Cape Palliser. You can also read about Getting to Cape Palliser (part 2), our hike at the Putangirua Pinnacles (part 3) and our behind-the-scenes experience of photographing the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Seal Colony (part 4).  

You can also read about getting to Cape Palliser (part 2), our Hike at the Putangirua Pinncales (part 3) and our behind-the-scenes experience of photographing the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Seal Colony (part 4). 

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