A Lap Nap at Biah Biah, Bali, Indonesia. When Elijah was three months old, we took a trip to the Philippines with him. That was pretty easy – he slept most of the time, and the most movement that he could make was rolling over. Bliss! Having “alone time” then was no problem. Our next two international trips were to South Africa and the States. Of course, on those two occasions we were able to put Elijah in his own room to nap/ sleep, so alone time was no problem then either. On our most recent trip, with Elijah running around and full of curiosity, sitting down to relax and sip on a beer took some forethought. We knew that he needed a high chair and something to play with, or keep him entertained. There were days were we just didn’t want to head back to our guesthouse before 7/8pm so that Elijah could go to bed, and on those days we hoped that we had tired him out enough for him to fall asleep wherever we were. If he didn’t (and trust me, sometimes he didn’t) then we would eat and head back to our room. However there were also those amazing evenings where he’d explored, climbed, walked and played so much that he would simply just passes out right around his normal bedtime, no matter where we were.
One night, while walking around Ubud, Elijah fell asleep in his carrier. We had just returned from a day full of explorations and although he wanted nothing but bed, mommy and daddy really wanted to sit somewhere with a nice vibe and enjoy an ice cold beer. After some strolling around for a while, we found a tidy little warung with some nice dining along walker-friendly Jl Goutama. They have a varied menu of Indo classics that are artfully served on top of banana leaves. With no padded benches wide enough for him to sleep on anywhere in the restaurant, we decided to let Elijah sleep across both of our laps. This restaurant, Biah Baih, has tables facing the street – perfect for people-watching and soaking up the sights and sounds of Ubud.
As the tables around us filled up, people barely noticed Elijah asleep on our laps. On the occasion that they did see him, they would all react in roughly the same way… Gasp! “I didn’t even see him”, and then an “awww… date night?”. We ordered a few beers and a wide selection of tapas style dishes. They were all pretty decently priced, so we ordered a large platter of them to share.
Below, Look at him – so peacefully sprawled out over our legs. I love the way his hair flops back when he lays down. We cut it so that the top is longer than the sides. The results is that when he lays back, or even when the wind blows, he often gets that cute swirl that you see in the picture below. He looks so angelic, doesn’t he? Our sweet little boy!
Some ice cold Bintangs and plenty of delicious food!
The perfect ending to any day.
I tried to make mental notes of the foods that we tasted but Elijah slept for a couple of hours, and the beer flowed… so needless to say, I don’t remember the names of the dishes pictured below, but trust me, it was all absolutely delicious. We ordered more of almost all of these!
As the day faded away and the street got darker, the atmosphere changed. The street came alive with dragon dancers, the sound of traditional drums, tourists, street food vendors, and music. We don’t get to experience as much night life now that we are parents, especially when we are traveling and finding babysitters is not possible. Soon enough Elijah (and hopefully a couple other kiddos) will be older and we will have more time to be alone, but for now we treasure these memories. We love “being us”, and THIS is us, making the most of every situation. It is a blessing to be able to travel as a family, and still enjoy these “alone times” too.