Even on a Sailboat, Life Happens!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above" James 1:17

Sailing often has some great analogies to life events. One minute you’re plugging along with the fair winds and following seas, and the next you spot a storm on the horizon. But smooth seas never made a good sailor, and in life, I’m aiming to be a great sailor. So it was with open arms and a thankful heart that I received wonderful news of a small squall headed my way. I'm excited to share with you that a baby sailor will be joining our crew this Christmas! The news about this little miracle has brought much joy and excitement to our lives. We were always open to starting a family, and God decided we were ready now! 

Next month will mark two years since the beginning of our little boat living experiment. I truly love our simple life on the boat and never would have imagined that one day, three of us would be sharing our cozy space. To be honest, when I first received the exciting news, I couldn’t help but think of all of the new challenges it would bring. The internal dialogue went something like this, “How can I live on a sailboat while being pregnant…I can’t have a baby on a boat…There isn’t enough room for three people…What if I get sick on the boat…We need to move off the boat right now…Oh my gosh!.. I’m pregnant.” 

My worries were quickly subdued by the practicalities of our boat set up. In short order I found out that boat pregnancies aren’t all that different from house or apartment pregnancies. A good friend of mine pointed out to me that, “if women living in Saharan Africa can have beautiful healthy babies in the desert, a boat in Southern California should be a piece of cake.” Plus, I do have some added perks that land dwellers don’t have. A constant cool pacific breeze (which I swear has some medicinal benefits), ensures I have fresh air through out the night. The smaller space really makes “nesting” feel authentic! And my favorite has to be the gentle rocking in the evenings that puts me right to sleep. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Our floating “apartment” does (at times) get some heavy rocks and rolls with the waves and tides, but with its placement in a quiet corner of the San Diego bay, our sailboat is as practical as any land dwelling. 

This week I hit the half way point to the launch date and the pregnancy has been relatively smooth sailing. To be fair, I do think that a boat pregnancy has slowed me down a bit, but I think I’m making the most of it. With a few extra precautions, along with minor changes to our usual sailing schedule, living on a boat while pregnant is quite fun and safe. 

Being pregnant while living on a boat hasn't been the challenge I thought it would be. However, raising a child on a boat is a totally different story. You'll have to stay tuned to find out what comes next. 

With love + blessings,

Elise

Photography: JAG and Elise Anne

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