*This is a collaborative post For the last couple of years we’ve kept family holidays to within the UK, and they’ve been really enjoyable for all of us so we’re now thinking about where I next adventure will take us. Part of the fun is in the journey itself; new scenery, stops for lunch in beautiful tearooms or family-friendly pubs, playing I Spy. Driving with young children can be stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
I try to live and let live, but then every so often my choices and my integrity – or those of my loved ones – are called into disrepute either directly or indirectly, and I have no choice but to use my voice, my excellent grasp of grammar, and my redheaded fiery nature, to scream back at the perpetrators.
I recently (half) jokingly responded to a text asking how I was, with the overview “Marriage and parenthood are wonderful but hard, depression is f’ing awful, I like coffee, gin, and Sertraline”. The reply was that I could sell millions of books with that synopsis, and my friend and fellow blogger Amber from Meet the Wildes said that ‘I like coffee, gin, and Sertraline’ would make a great mug.
Sleep and I have had a tricky relationship for a number of years – I even wrote it a breakup letter back when I was awake ALL FREAKING NIGHT breastfeeding a 4-month-old Martha. So when I was invited to the Dreams factory by Mumsnet, to help develop two new mattresses tailored to parents, I had to get involved. I mean I may as well be comfortable when I’m laying in bed with a wriggly child or a brain that won’t shut down, right?
20 months ago, we spent a freaking fortune on a fortnight’s holiday abroad with both mini humans, who were just turned 2, and 4 months at the time. The 4* holiday – complete with luminous buffet food, infection-infested toddler pool, and hotter than expected weather – was, overall, a disaster. Martha was awake breastfeeding through the heat 24/7, Toby got an awful ear infection from the pool, and although there were some lovely moments, it was absolutely not worth draining our savings account for. Since then, we’ve stayed closer to home, enjoying several wonderful breaks in the UK. So far, we’ve mostly explored more rural settings at destinations such as Center Parcs and Bluestone, however without any plans for a week-long holiday this year, we’re having a think about the cities we’d like to visit and explore for just a couple of nights at a time.