Keep calm and be prepared
Amber says she started her daughters’ Instagram account @leialauren to document the twins’ growth and share their experience with other parents of premature babies. Born premature at just 32 weeks, Leia and Lauren were very small at birth. They are also monoamniotic-monochorionic, a condition known as “Momo”, which means they shared the same placenta.
Till today, the couple often get related questions from their social media followers, although these days, many also ask for tips on how to travel with young kids. For Amber, preparation is paramount. Her best advice is to keep a list handy with important numbers like the police and emergency services, and find out where the nearest hospital and towns are. “Bring your necessities like diapers, a medical kit and food. We brought only enough diapers for the first few days since we knew we could pick up more in the supermarkets in the city. A medical kit with a thermometer, fever patch, fever and cold medication, band aids and rash cream are a must for emergencies. For comfort food, we brought their favourite food pouches from organic food brand Bellamy’s.”
The Loks also timed their flights with their kids’ sleep routine to try and beat jet lag. The flight to Iceland took over 18 hours, including a three-hour stopover. “That was key because we could help to soothe the babies’ pressure in their ears by feeding them milk,” she adds.
Luckily for Amber and Peter, the twins were well behaved during the holiday. Amber says: “They loved playing in the heated pools and having a go on the swings in Látrabjarg.” As for the adults, they enjoyed the freedom of the open road and the experience of exploring new places like the remote Westfjords.
Clearly seasoned travellers, Leia and Lauren headed to Tasmania at the end of 2016, and are continuing to travel around the world. Follow their upcoming adventures on Instagram!