We have just got back from our family holiday – our first in 2 years and our first as a family of 4. And our first time on a plane with a baby, as Jessie was 2 when we first took her abroad.
Now, we all had a great time, and made some incredible memories as a family, but there are definitely things that we took for granted when we have just holidayed as a couple.
1) Airports. As a couple, we would leisurely make our way to the airport, check our bags if necessary, make our way through security and then make our way to the airport bar!! We were on holiday after all!!
This time, with the kids, it went something more like this: get to the airport, Alex dragging 2 suitcases, carrying a backpack, changing bag, car seat and Jessie’s bag, me wearing Freddie, carrying my handbag and dragging a suitcase. Leaving us both without a free hand to hold Jessie’s hand. Pretty dangerous in a busy airport! To then spend 45 minutes queuing just to check in Freddie’s seat (everything else was hand luggage).
Then for the fun of security. More fiddly when you have a baby strapped to your front! And a 4 year old that is already fed up!
2) So finally on the plane. Pre kids, Alex just put his earphones in and promptly fell asleep and I would read or watch a film. This time round? I had a squirming 11 month old on my lap who fought sleep until 10 minutes before we landed, and my darling daughter watching Frozen with her headphones in on the iPad. Seemed like a good idea at the time, until she INSISTED on singing ‘Let It Go’ at the top of her voice!
3) Now for the actual holiday itself. Getting up at 10, drinking cocktails by the pool, taking a swim, chilling at the beach etc. If only! Woken at ridiculous o’clock by the kids, the never ending cycle of applying the kids sun cream, making sure they aren’t getting burnt and staying hydrated. Dressing and undressing them into their swimwear, as well as yourself! Stopping Freddie eating sand for the thousandth time, while trying to encourage Jessie that she can go into the sea deeper than her ankles (with a ring and armbands on!). Along with trying to find food that our fusspot Freddie will actually eat (apparently not much in Spain).
4) Then for the journey home. Pretty much repeat 1) and 2). Only it seems so much worse because you’re on your way home!
5) Then once you’re home: Spend the next week recovering!