As you May have read from our weekend away back in November Charlie had the most horrific sickness bug, what we thought was the end only turned out to be so so much worse.
Charlie seemed to have gotten better, his sickness had gone but by the Wednesday he had started to have really bad nappies. We didn’t think much of it at first as he’d had a really sharp orange for breakfast at my mums and we knew it may do this. But apart from that he was fine in himself.
Wednesday night was one of the worst nights sleep I’ve ever had. I tossed and turned all night I felt sick to my stomach, I was clammy then freezing I just knew something was up. Come 6am I was throwing up violently. I’ve only ever had the norovirus once, that was a few years ago and it was like something out of a horror film. Matt saw things he never should have had to see! I honestly don’t know how he looked at me in the same way ever since.
I already knew there was no way in hell I was capable of looking after myself let alone Charlie. sat in the shower for what seemed like forever, I waited for a reasonable time to text my mum to ask her if she could have Charlie. But, she didn’t feel 100% so we thought it was best not to risk it. I practically crawled back to bed and told Matt I’d just been throwing up. By the time Charlie woke up I was in no fit state, so matt got up and sorted him out.
We agreed to ask his mum if she could have Charlie for the day as Matt couldn’t take the time off work and thank god she said yes. I was so out of it I can’t even remember If I said goodbye to them both. I laid in bed all day, my whole body was aching. I got into the bath with the shower overhead about 3 times because it was the only place I could relax knowing I could just throw up over myself and it would rinse away. (Disgusting I know sorry)
I pretty much died in bed all day, the only movement I made was to the toilet. My whole body ached so badly. It was by far the most vile thing I’d ever experienced. The worst thing was it pretty much went round my whole family one after another it was horrible! I did mean to post this a while ago but things have been so hectic I promise to make time to post more!
Next year we are getting the flu jab ASAP! I can’t believe we forgot this year!
We nearly made it a year without Charlie having any sort of sickness. That was until we were on our mini break!
Charlie had been fine throughout the day, we took him to a local play centre which he absolutely loved. We made sure we wiped down his hands often as you do, and everything was great.
We headed back to our log cabin, Charlie played for a while whist Matt got his food ready. We decided to try him with an Ellas kitchen sachet of chicken curry, which he absolutely wolfed down! We’d also bought a cooked chicken from Tesco so we added in some bits for him to eat by himself.
After dinner Charlie had a quick bath and into his pjs to settle down. He has hit bottle of milk and a cuddle before we put him to bed. He’s an excellent sleeper so when Matt put him down we never thought our night would take a turn.
Around 9pm I decided to pop my head in to check on him when I smelt the most awful smell I knew straight away something was wrong. When I peered over the top of the travel cot I could see a mass of sick – everywhere! I called to Matt quick as I picked Charlie up half asleep and started to strip him off. It was everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. I’d never seen anything like it. His sleeping bag was covered, it was all in his hair, down his pjs, all across the mattress of his cot, all down the sides.
We’d had the monitor on it’s loudest setting and we hadn’t heard him stir so I don’t know whether this all happened whilst he was asleep which worried me even more! He didn’t cry or even murmur he was just really quiet, I held him and rubbed his back when I could feel him start to wretch. Oh no matt! As I rushed to the bathroom Charlie had been vomiting all over me.
I put him In the bath and pulled him pj bottoms off and nappy. I pulled my T-shirt off and chucked everything at the top of the bath. Matt was sorting out his cot whilst I washed him down and got all of the sick out of his hair. He was so good amongst all of the chaos he just sat quietly and played with his toy.
We dried him off and put him in clean pjs. We sat on the sofa watching I’m a celebrity. He seemed to be much better. Within 20 minutes he started heaving again and before I could even get up with him he’d been sick all down his fresh pjs! It was like someone was pumping it out of him!
We stripped him to his nappy and decided to leave him for a while and it was lucky we did because within minutes he was throwing up again. It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but throughout it all he didn’t cry or fuss, he was just quiet.
We’d left it around half an hour without any signs of more sickness, so we decided to put another pair of clean pjs on and put him to bed. I put him down came back into the living room and within 5 minutes heard him gagging on the camera, ran it picked him up and held him over the toilet as he was bringing up what was left in his stomach.
Luckily his pjs were still clean, after another long cuddle on the sofa I put him back down and thank god he went to sleep. Not that I slept all night I was constantly checking in on him to make sure he was ok. We don’t know what caused it but thank god hes so much better today! Nothing worse than seeing your baby poorly! X
Wowza!? How quickly have these last 11 months gone. I know I keep saying it but I can’t get my head around the fact Charlie will be 1 in just a few short weeks.
He has come on leaps and bounds, it seems like he’s growing up so quickly. He is the most beautiful, funny, happy little boy. He is actually a little boy now, but he will always be my baby.
He makes us laugh every single day, he is so curious, fearless he’s into everything. Loves his toys, loves playing games, loves his food, loves his bed! We are extremely lucky. He’s no trouble for us, he’s a fantastic eater he will eat anything I put in front of him.
He sleeps like a dream, from the moment we put him down we don’t hear him until he gets up in the morning. He loves his bath before bed too. The only thing he doesn’t like is having his nappy changed or getting dressed but apart from that nothing!
He does grind his teeth a lot which goes through me! He still has 8 teeth, 4 at bottom & top. I thought I could see the white of his molars the other day but I wasn’t 100%. He’s crawling everywhere and he’s really fast, he stands up and sits down all day long. He does sometimes shuffle around the sofa, and I’ve seen him let go a few times and fall on his bum. He’s definitely getting more confident.
He loves to walk holding your hands but still hasn’t got his balance properly yet. We are going on a mini break at the end of the month to a lodge in Narberth for 3 days so that will be a nice mini holiday. We’re also getting this prepped for Charlie’s birthday party!
Exciting times! I’m not ready for him to turn 1, I don’t think I ever will be!
I can’t believe I forgot to do a 10 month update! *bad mum alert!* Charlie is currently 10 months 3 weeks old! Wow where is the time going?
He’s as lush as ever! I cannot enough of him, he’s so funny me & the family are always giggling over things he comes out with. He’s making lots of weird and wonderful sounds, his new favourite is blowing his lips together which is pretty difficult for me to do! Nanny has been teaching him so he’s picked it up from her!
Charlie has 8 teeth now, 4 at bottom & 4 up top. He’s done really well when it’s come to the last couple of teeth coming through. We only actually knew he had the teeth when he opened his mouth and we noticed, we didn’t hear a grizzle from him. He is super super fast crawling now, and he is EVERYWHERE! I mean everywhere. We definitely need eyes dotted around our heads.
He constantly makes a break for it to get to the stairs! He half attempts to start to climb but gets too scared and comes back down. He is up and down standing constantly, it’s like he can’t sit still unless he’s winding down for bed or he’s captivated by his baby tv! We had a walker for him from matts mum as an early birthday present, so I’ve been helping him practise to walk with it a couple of times a day and he’s getting it slowly.
He eats really really well, anything I put in front of him he demolishes. He’s on two 7 ounce bottles a day, one first thing and a bedtime bottle. He absolutely loves his fruit, I think he would eat it all day if he could. I’m still trying to cook as much as possible rather than relying on the cow & gate jars. I try to now only use them if we are out and about or if he’s really over tired and he needs to get to bed. Other than that I try make him something, if I can I’ll make him whatever we are having for tea before hand.
He’s such a lovely happy baby, he’s really sociable. He just loves people and loves showing off he’s always making everyone laugh. He’s super chatty every single day he just babbles to himself all day. I can’t quite believe he will be 1 in 6 weeks time it’s really flown by. We’ve been lucky in the sense he’s been really healthy apart from a few weeks ago when he had tonsillitis & a chest infection which lasted around a week, then to top it off me & Matt caught the flu!
He’s still an excellent sleeper, we honestly don’t know how lucky we are. He goes down anytime from 6:30pm-7:15pm and sleeps through till around 7am. We don’t hear him all night, I never usually tell other mothers because I feel awful if their little ones are bad sleepers.
Loving every minute of watching him learn and grow – it’s the best!
Today, was the day that my GP confirmed that I have Post Natal Anxiety.
I didn’t even know this existed until late last night. For the past few months, I couldn’t actually pin point when this started I have been having the most extreme thoughts about Charlie. Now, I mean thoughts of him dying. Constantly worrying and in fear. It doesn’t happen every day, sometimes I can go days without anything. But other days the simplest of things could make me think “what if”.
For example, some mornings I could be carrying him down the stairs and I can think “what if I slip and we both fall down the stairs and he dies”. Or he can be standing up in front of the TV holding onto the unit and I can think “what if he loses his balance, cracks his head on the corner and bleeds to death”. Crazy right? I could even sit there and tell myself why the hell are you thinking this it will never happen! The more I try not to think about it the worse it got.
Last night was one of those nights, it happens mostly before I go to sleep when you have lots of thoughts buzzing around. Again, I just kept thinking “what if Charlie dies, what if he doesn’t wake up”. Our night vision on our monitor has gone all fuzzy so it’s not great, so whether that triggered it I don’t know. I got into such a state sobbing into my pillow, the more I told myself I was being ridiculous the worse I became.
That’s when I turned to google. With tears streaming down my face I typed into the search: “keep thinking my baby will die”. And that’s when I discovered Post Natal Anxiety. It was a huge relief that I wasn’t alone. I read women’s posts on forums stating exactly the same things I was feeling. I wasn’t crazy after all. I knew I needed to talk to Matt as I hadn’t spoken to anyone about the way I was feeling.
So, this morning I sat down with Matt and told him everything that had been going on. He was brilliant as I knew he would be, I could see the upset on his face that I’d kept it to myself for so long. He gave me the biggest hug and kept kissing my head, he told me I needed to speak to someone so we agreed I would call my GP and book an appointment.
I was lucky enough to get in straight away for an appointment,I then called my mum and explained to her how I’d been feeling. Again as I knew she would she supported me 100% and I instantly felt better knowing I had backing from the two most important people too me. I took Charlie down with me, and explained everything how I was feeling to the Dr. He confirmed straight away he felt like I was suffering with post natal anxiety. He has referred me for someone to talk too and given me Propranolol which is suppose to help with the anxiety.
I am glad I spoke to Matt & my mum, I’m also glad matt pushed me to speak to someone today. Hopefully things will get a bit better going forward!
I feel like I’ve neglected my blog lately, and it’s purely because I’ve just been so busy but nothing much to talk about weird right!?
Anyway it’s my birthday today! 28 🙈 the wrong side of my twenties! But, it’s my first birthday with little Charlie bear! What more could I ask for! This time last year I was waddling around and we were all eagerly waiting his arrival.
I love my birthday, it’s probably my favourite time of the year apart from anything to do with Charlie. I also love celebrating other people’s birthdays 😊
Last night me & Matt had our first date night in ages! My mum looked after Charlie which meant we also stayed over as it’s easier to stay in Cardiff than pay a fortune to get home. I booked to have my makeup done with my favourite artist Tara, (@makeupbytaranatasha) I love how she does my makeup she’s an absolute pro and I wouldn’t go to anyone else. If your local to Cardiff or South Wales in general I would 100% recommend her.
We booked to go for a meal at one of our favourite places, Miller & Carter. We only ever have a starter & a main normally because we’re always too full for a desert! It was lovely to spend some quality time together without having to scoff down our food. We had a few cocktails too 🍹 we’d already planned to meet our friends Sarah & Liam, so took a walk over to Cardiff Bay and met them in a cute bar called The Dock.
I didn’t want to go too mad drinking because the last time we had a night out, firstly we always say we won’t go to town…but end up going to town. Secondly I drank too much and ended up having the worst hangover and if it hadn’t been for Matt feeling ok and looking after Charlie then I don’t know how I would have coped. ( I was sick all day!)
But no town was agreed over dinner, and for the first time ever we stuck to it! I also didn’t drink to much so felt pretty good this morning even if I did have a slight headache. It was the first time I’d woken up on my birthday with my mum and it was lush❤️ I haven’t had a birthday at home for nearly 5 years now! I woke up just gone 8am and crept into my mums room and I could see Charlie asleep next to her in bed.
She said he’d woken up at 7, they played then he fell back asleep on the bed so she kept him there. (More likely she just wanted cuddles and I can’t say I blame her!). I jumped in next to her for a cuddle, *never too old for a cuddle off your mum* and we chatted until Charlie woke up and gave me a cheeky smile! I just love him in the mornings he’s always so happy, and chatty it’s the best.
We got up took him downstairs for him breakfast and my mum appeared with a birthday bag. She’d bought me the cutest onesie! I loved it it was lovely and thick, perfect for the winter. She also got me a lovely leather jacket which I picked, and she got us a gift card for Miller & Carter. My mum always buys me the best gifts & heartwarming cards.
We stayed and had breakfast with my mum, brother & stepdad. My brother bought me a gift voucher for a massage! Perfect! I love a good pamper session. We headed for home, stopping off to pick up a walker for Charlie from matts mum. Then we had a really nice chilled out day, Charlie played with his toys and we lounged on the sofa.
Matt brought me down my gifts, he had already had these huge bouquet of flowers delivered on Friday. He also bought me a new pair of trainers, mini pictures that you can move anywhere around the house they are called mix tiles, and the most gorgeous cupcakes! I will link the people mentioned at the end of this blog. I am very lucky I always have lovely gifts and get well & truly spoilt.
My headache had turned into a migraine by the time of Charlie’s afternoon nap so I decided to go to bed for an hour to sleep it off and it helped massively. We ordered a cheeky chinese and have spent the night on the sofa – a perfect end to a great day! I’m meeting a few of the girls next weekend for afternoon tea, so I’m looking forward to that it should be a lush catch up with them all, and an excuse for a cocktail or two!
I’ve had the best day, turning 28 isn’t so bad after all!❤️
Today is mental health awareness, and you know what I’m feeling pretty shit.
I’m a massive supporter of this, it is something which is extremely close to my heart having had to watch some of my closest family members suffer. It’s something which needs to be spoken about a lot more and I think there’s so much to learn and understand about these different illnesses.
I couldn’t tell you why I feel so shit today, whether it’s because I watched a super emotional episode of coronation street this morning, or whether I’m thinking about my last messages to my dad before he died. Or if it’s just because I’m having an “off” day but I’m really down in the dumps.
Charlie’s gone down for a nap, which means I can get an hour (hopefully) of just pure silence. I’m absolutely hanging today, I’ve been feeling really tired lately which is effecting my mood massively. I’ve also enrolled in part time Uni and it’s not easy so I think maybe I’m just feeling it more than usual.
I absolutely love love love spending my days with Charlie, he is an absolute angel 99% of the time, but it’s still hard work. I know I’m really going to struggle when I have to go back to work which isn’t too far away now. I’ve been feeling a bit disconnected lately, I don’t know why but I feel like I need to re align myself if that even makes sense?
Something which I always look forward too in October is my birthday 🥳 which is a bit weird because it was never a huge over the top occasion but it’s just something I’ve always enjoyed, maybe because I’ve never been a huge fan of Christmas? But yes, 28 this year….ah! 28 in 10 days time 🙈 where are the years going?
Anyway enough rambling, I just wanted to say if your struggling today or any other day then it’s OK not to be OK! It’s fine to cry & be sad and have your off days. Just make sure you talk to someone, or at least do something to shift how your feeling. Me, I find this helps me – even if no one reads this it’s fine because I’ve got off my chest how I’m feeling today and I now feel better than what I did before I posted this!
Sorry this is soooo late I’ve been trying to find time to finish it!
We went on our first family holiday on Wednesday 11th September 2019 to Alcudia for 1 week all inclusive. We paid around £1600.00 and we had a pool view room. This also included baggage & transfers. We flew with easyJet, I decided to choose our seats as it was our first time flying with Charlie. We also had speedy boarding which was an absolute god send. Going forward we will be doing this every time we fly, it made things so much easier! I paid around £80 extra to choose our seats, outbound we were in the front row which was great as we had loads of extra legroom, inbound I only managed to get the 4th row which was ok as we still got off the airplane quickly.
Transfers: we had originally booked with tui as the package deal, however the thought of being on a coach with Charlie after the flight was a no go, therefore I booked a private transfer. We booked with PMI Taxis Mallorca, they had great reviews on trip-advisor. It cost us €160.00 Round trip which is pricey, but they included a car seat for Charlie so saved us taking one and it cut the transfer time by around an hour! Again, 100% worth it and we will be booking private transfers going forward. The driver was waiting for us at arrivals even though we were late due to waiting for the buggy, they were on time to pick us up too so thumbs up from us!
We stayed at TUI Family Life Alcudia Pins Hotel, after reading a tonne of reviews this one seemed to fit us best. The hotel looked lovely as we pulled up and I was already pleased. Check in was super quick and easy, we had to give them our passports to take copies of but we could collect them then next day. We also had to pay €46.00 tourist tax, this wasn’t a problem as we’d already read about it previously again the receptionist said we could pay when we picked up our passports.
The hotel was huge! The reception backed onto the main pool area with lots of slides and fun things for the kids. We were in block B which over looked a toddler pool & a another medium sized pool. Our room was great, spacious with a little kitchenette & twin beds. I paid extra for the TUI baby pack which included a cot, steriliser, food warmer & high chair – perfect for us! I think it was around £45.00. Our balcony had a table & 4 chairs great to lounge on in the evening. The hotel was spotless, the staff were constantly cleaning and hard at work. Everything was well maintained.
The hotel had two restaurants & two A La Carte restaurants. We were given vouchers from reception to eat at both A La Carte restaurants free. The all inclusive was what you would expect, nothing amazing but it was average. There was plenty of choice so they did cater for everyone, no matter how fussy you may be! We ate at the main restaurant for dinner as we found the variety of food better as it was bigger than the other restaurant which was a short stroll from our room, we generally ate there for breakfast & lunch as it was convenient. The drinks were on tap so you could help yourself to beer, sangria, wine, coffee, soft drinks & ice cream. If you wanted anything else you’d have to go to either the pool bar or the bar next to the stage at the front of the hotel.
We had previously looked at the weather for the week which showed rain – all week! I was desperately hoping for some sun and luckily enough we only had one bad day! The rest of time we had boiling hot sun. We had read about sunbeds being an issue, well it wasn’t I don’t know if it’s because the kids were back in school and it wasn’t as busy (although it was still busy) but we always found one. The hotel backed onto a beautiful beach, we didn’t go on the beach because it would be too messy and Charlie puts everything in his mouth!
We were very lucky that Charlie settled really well. He slept in his cot the first few nights, and we had two rough nights with him where he had to come in with me but apart from that he was an absolute dream boat. Our general sort of routine would be:
6:30am – get up with Charlie give him his morning bottle
7:30am – head down for breakfast Charlie would have a little plate too
8:30am(ish) – Charlie would have his morning nap in his pushchair & we would catch some sun
Whenever Charlie woke up we would take him to the baby pool to play in the water which he absolutely loved!
12:30pm (ish) – this would change daily but we would normally grab some lunch – sometimes Charlie was awake sometimes he was asleep if he was sleeping we would give him some lunch when he woke or he would eat with us.
Charlie was amazing with his eating, we were so impressed. We would normally get him some scrambled egg,fruit,sandwiches, tuna, pasta he ate so much and didn’t turn his nose up!
If Charlie hadn’t napped before lunch then he would after and we’d grab some more time in the sun, then when he’d wake up we would take him in the baby pool. So he was going in the pool twice a day for around 30-45 min at a time depending on how tired he was.
We would head upto the room around 4pm and let Charlie crawl around and play. Then 5ish we would give him his dinner – we took sachets of food for his evening food. He would start to wind down for bed, he did develop this weird fear of the bath! Which was crazy because he loves the bath at home. So it was a super quick bath and he would have his bottle ready for bed. One of us would cuddle him off to sleep whilst the other had a shower and got ready then we would swap. We were lucky enough that Charlie would sleep in his Pram so we would go have dinner then for a few drinks in the evening.
We were so so lucky with Charlie he was no trouble at all we couldn’t of wished for better. So our first family holiday was definitely a success!
I decided to do a blog of what we packed to go abroad for a week. I probably started gradually packing a few weeks before. We took two cases as we had 23kg each, so for Charlie I wracked my brains to make sure I covered everything so here was my list for him.
We took his changing bag for the plane and packed everything else into our suitcases.
🔹 2 ready made bottles
🔹 Water bottle
🔹 2x Bottles
🔹 2x Fruit
🔹 2x Food
🔹 Spoon & Bowl
🔹 10x Nappies
🔹 2x packs of wipes
🔹 First Aid Kit
🔹 Teething Gel
🔹 Nappy Cream
🔹 Nappy Bags
🔹 Dummies & clip
🔹 Calpol Sachets
🔹 Changing Mat** this was amazing!
🔹 Feeding Bibs & Normal Bibs
🔹 Ear Defenders
🔹 Toys – Sophie, Bee, Crinkle Book, Bath Book
🔸 Lion King Shorts & Tee
🔸 Hooded shorts & Tee
🔸 T-Shirts x5
🔸 Rompers x4
🔸 Swim Shorts x3
🔸 Swim Suit & Hats x2
🔸 Suncream kids Factor 50
🔸 Nappies x25 (min)
🔸 Wipes x4
🔸 Shorts x4 beige,grey & denim
🔸 Hat for daytime
🔸 Shortsleeved Vests x6
🔸 Swim Nappies x15
🔸 Sleepsuits x2
🔸 Bottles x2
🔸 Beach Tent
🔸 Inflatable For pool
🔸 mini pool
🔸 hooded towel
🔸 Light Sleeping bag
🔸 10 Sachets of food
🔸 4 ready made bottles
I need to mention the changing bag – Matt bought a travel changing bag from amazon and it was a god send! It saved me lugging his backpack around and we used it throughout the day. It folds out into a changing Matt, has space for wipes, creams, nappies & wipes it was just perfect for what we needed. I’ve included pics below!
I’ll be honest I packed WAY too much for Charlie he didn’t wear even a quarter of his clothes as most of the time he was in his nappy and we would get him to sleep before we left for dinner in the evening so he would be in just a short sleeved vest bodysuit. Even putting shorts & T-shirt on him in the day it was just way too much as it was too hot. I think if he was older and staying up later then he would have worn a lot more but I am glad I over packed than under packed.
We didn’t use the beach tent or the small inflatable pool but would still take them for when he’s older!
Another thing I just have to mention is our snoozeshade – what an absolute god send this is. I use it every day anyway because it helps get Charlie off to sleep if we are out and about in his Pram. But for holiday it was great too! We used it all day everyday and it is definitely my holiday essential for any baby to have. We actually got ours off eBay for £5! BARG!
I think we took around 35 nappies in total and didn’t use them all, and we had swim nappies left over. Charlie went through 2 swim nappies a day we’d take him in the pool in the morning & afternoon. We also took Charlie’s 0.5 tog sleeping bag as he sleeps in one every night and wanted to try keep things the same, as we had air con in our room he just had a vest on underneath and that was fine he wasn’t too hot or cold.
I’ve decided to break my holiday down into separate blogs. Travel days to & from, then one blog covering the whole holiday as I think a daily blog would be too much!
So, we set off on Wednesday 11th September 2019 flying from Bristol to Palma. Our flight time was 6:05am, we decided to stay at my mums house In Cardiff the night before as she was looking after our two cats and it was less travel time.
We left at 2:30am, Charlie slept most of the way still in his pj’s and sleeping bag. As we got to the slip road to join the m4 towards London it was closed off and panic set in! We ended up driving round for 20 minutes trying to find the diversion until I found another route. I couldn’t chill out, not until we had checked in and we’re safely sat in the departure lounge.
We arrived at Bristol airport Carpark at just gone 3am, we parked the car grabbed our luggage and headed over to check the car in. I could see a huge queue and started to feel dread wave over me. Luckily it moved super quick and checking the car in literally took two minutes. Charlie was still sleeping in his pram so everything was going ok! We jumped on the bus and within 5 minutes we were being taken to the airport just a short drive away.
It wasn’t long before I felt panic again. As we approached the easyJet check in counter the queue was huge! It was only when Matt mentioned our speedy boarding that we headed round the other side to an empty queue! Woohoo! I would 100% recommend speedy boarding, specially with a baby it makes things so much easier! I don’t know what time we would have gotten to the departure lounge had it not been for us skipping the queue.
Once we’d checked in our bags we headed for security, straight away we were directed to a short queue at the end of the room and everything was really quick. Unfortunately we did have to wake Charlie up as we had to fold the Pram but he was as good as gold. He was so mesmerised by everything going on. We put our hand luggage into the trays and I emptied Charlie’s food & milk into a separate tray. Matt carried Charlie through no problems, but of course I was going to set the alarm off! I quickly was ushered to another scanner then searched by a woman and was free to go. I could already see that Charlie’s baby bag had been diverted to be checked again – great!
I waited for Charlie’s bag as Matt settled Charlie back into his Pram and waited on the side. A woman told me she’d have to test Charlie’s food and milk, I just prayed she wouldn’t open them all up but luckily she never and within 10 minutes she was back. They put the bag back through but had to re-check it again, they couldn’t find what was flashing up but decided it must have been his wet wipes so finally let me go! As much as it is an inconvenience, it wasn’t all that bad and everything was done pretty quickly.
Finally I could start to chill out as we headed into the departure lounge. Charlie was wide awake chatting away to himself happily. We decided to grab something quick to eat as it wasn’t long until our gate opened. We headed to our gate and again went straight down an empty speeding boarding queue, after our experience I will forever book speedy boarding going forward. We got on a bus and it was crammed with people I was conscious of a boy standing next to Charlie’s Pram I put a protective arm around the side and as I had anticipated the boy stumbled as the bus took off, and I gasped a breath in as he toppled back toward the Pram. Call it mothers instinct!
We joined a short queue to board the airplane, it was windy and cold I wrapped Charlie’s blanket around him as I held him. Matt passed the Pram to an attendant and off we went. I decided to pick our seats which I payed extra for, but again I’m so glad we did this! We were sat in the first row, with extra legroom. There was already a man sat on the end row and he smiled as we sat down next to him, he was lovely and Charlie had taken a shine to him straight away!
Charlie giggled and smiled at the air hostesses as we waited for everyone to board the plane. He was so happy! It was mad considering how long he’d been awake by now, he chatted away to himself and was no trouble. We got his bottle ready for take off and the air stewardess passed me an infant seatbelt and showed me what to do with it. Charlie wasn’t phased by take off he sat on my lap and had his bottle quietly, we were so proud of him. Not long after he fell asleep for around hour and half which was perfect!
Charlie woke up around 40 minutes before landing, he was still in a happy mood playing and smiling to the passengers behind us. He didn’t once cry, he was absolutely brilliant. Me and Matt kept saying to each other how amazing he had been. I put his ear defenders on just before landing as I didn’t want his ears to pop and he was fine, he got a little bit restless just before but I think he was just sick of being stuck on my lap as he’s so used to crawling everywhere now.
We were the first off the plane and headed to collect our bags, I think we waited around 20 minutes. I took Charlie to the toilets to change his nappy and put some shorts & T-shirt on as it was boiling. I waited a while but by the time I headed back matt had the Pram and bags ready to go. He was one of the last there, and had said how everyone collected the bags and they shut everything off, he and another woman waited for the prams and questioned where they were. Finally they were sent out, but he was worried whether we would get it
I booked a private transfer as the thought of travelling on a full coach just wasn’t for us. It was €160 euros return, but I’m so glad we did and it was definitely worth the money. A man was waiting for us at arrivals and we had a big mini bus to ourselves. We also had a car seat ready which was a massive plus it meant we didn’t have to lug ours around. The transfer from the airport to Alcudia was around 50 minutes but it absolutely flew by. Charlie entertained himself most of the way, then decided 10 minutes before we arrived that he’d have a nap! Typical!
Overall we had an amazing travel day, everything was quick and easy. Charlie was a little dream and other than the small issues we had at the beginning of the trip with the road closure everything else went to plan. Great start to our holiday!