Our first trip away as three!

We’ve just got back from our first adventure away as a family of three! On Wednesday we drove up to West Yorkshire to visit Nick’s parents and stay with them for a few days. I must admit I was dreading the drive up… I had envisaged a nightmarish service station nappy change with an explosive poo episode – especially as Busby has recently learnt to push herself up the changing mat (which is fun mid-pooey-nappy change!), but no such disaster occurred! She slept most of the journey up, and it was only the last 30 minutes of the 5 (and a bit) hour drive that she started to grumble. I did have to change her on the car seat at one service station, as there were no changing facilities! 

Service station stop and feed!
Car seat nappy change!
Bea reaching for her cow-giraffe in the car

We had a lovely few days in the North. On Thursday we visited Nostell Priory; the weather was beautiful and we had a gorgeous walk around the grounds. I took my camera with me to get some inspiration for Busby’s woodland nursery (a selection of photos below). After a well-deserved hot chocolate and piece of cake, Nick and I decided that we would seal the deal and officially become old, so we joined the National Trust. I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead; visiting all these beautiful places as a family. 

Just out casually strolling through the grounds with my pram!
Daddy, Busby and Grandparents in the rose garden
Beautiful scenery
Daddy and Grandad managed to get the pram down these! 
Proud National Trust members!

Friday was a little stressful as the Hernia Saga continued. The inguinal hernia is getting bigger and is much more difficult to push back in. Also, to add to the worry, it appears Busby has now developed an umbilical hernia as well. We spent a very stressful afternoon and evening monitoring her as she wasn’t her bubbly, alert self, but as always it does eventually go back in, so thankfully we didn’t end up in A&E.

On Saturday Nick’s parents had organised an Open House afternoon for their friends to come and meet Busby. It was a lovely afternoon filled with so much cake, cheese and tea. Busby was on her best behaviour and received even more presents (she is spoilt rotten!) including a gorgeous swimming costume for when we start our swimming lessons in the near future. 

The journey back down South was equally as uneventful, and I must say I was glad to get home again after 5 hours in the car! We have had a lovely time, with Nick’s parents being fabulous and accommodating as usual. Miss Busby was constantly the centre of attention, and made her Grandparents fall in love with her all over again. For us, it was so wonderful to be able to hand Busby over for a couple of hours to have a nap, or to be able to eat dinner together, with both hands! 

Napping together

I must admit, I have missed having Busby to myself during the day, and I’m looking forward to the week ahead filled with cuddles and Mummy-and-Busby time.


  1. 3rd March 2013 / 10:55 pm

    What a gorgeous baby girl! We had a new arrival in our family back in November with the arrival of my first grandchild – Lilly Ann Frances Boylin who is also spoilt rotten, very precious and adored by all! Enjoy Bea while she’s small – they soon grow! love Ellen x

    • 3rd March 2013 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 We are most definitely enjoying her – she’s a beauty, and fills our lives with so much happiness.

      Congratulations on Lilly – such a gorgeous name!
      Hannah xx

  2. 4th March 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Other than Hernia Saga, it sounds like you had a lovely little break. Bea is just adorably cute!

    • 4th March 2013 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂

      It was lovely – nice to get away and have a break xx

  3. 30th May 2013 / 6:21 am

    Wow! Really nice one share.Looks like you guys had an awesome time.I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    • 30th May 2013 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks James 🙂

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