Travel

Travelling with a little one doesn’t always have to be stressful. Read some of our posts on the travels we’ve done before and after Little G-Man arrived on the scene.

Our Baby Friendly Welsh Break

Late last year, we treated ourselves to a midweek break in a delightful stone-built detached farmhouse that has been lovingly renovated to make a wonderful holiday cottage in Eisingrug near Harlech.

8 months later, fed up of watching political parties bickering over budgets, I’ve actually got round to publishing a little review of our magical find and also a £30 discount when booking through AirBNB.

Location wise, you have the very best of North Wales & Snowdonia on your doorstep making it an ideal place of adventure for not only families with young ones, but groups of walkers too.
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Our First Baby Friendly Holiday

At the back end of June, wetook our first proper baby friendly holiday. No travelling to some far off place with guaranteed sunshine, instead we headed to a cabin in Sherwood Pines Forest with Forest Holidays.

Who Are Forest Holidays?

In a nutshell Forest Holidays initially appear similar to Centre Parcs but without the crowds & indoor swimming pools. A little more of a relaxing, unwinding and escapism feel to it, offering a range of cabins for parties of all sizes, some of which are pet friendly too!
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Worlds Most Expensive Car Seat at £10,605

Little G-Man is almost out of his Silver Cross Simplicity car seat as he continues to pile on the weight trying his hardest to impersonate Stretch Armstrong, and so our hunt for a new car seat began.

As we both suffer with bad backs, we decided to invest in a swivel car seat and considered the Britax Dualfix and Maxi Cosi Axiss 360° before finally deciding on the Nuna Rebl. It gets great reviews and offers more reclining positions than others, so just before placing our order, we ran a compatibility check to make sure it could be fitted in our car and it failed!

So a £395 car seat has now cost us over £10,500!

Choosing A Car

Car seats to one side, we now had to research and decide on a car to buy. Pre Little G-Man, we used to replace our cars every 3 years, but when we bought the Ford Kuga back in 2012, after part-exchanging my beloved BMW 123d M-Sport Coupe, the plan was to keep it as long as possible and run it into the ground.
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Cruising with a baby and Ant & Dec

Back from our fortnight bobbing about in the Mediterranean Sea, I had hoped to be feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. Already the sunshine in Cadiz and wine in Civitavecchia seems a lifetime away having been back at work for 5 days, and sadly it wasn’t as relaxing as we’d hoped.

Easter Weekend Roads

Cruise Parking Meet & Greet

Cruise Parking Meet & Greet

Despite setting off on the Saturday of Easter Weekend, we found the roads surprising quiet and managed to reach our half way point by lunchtime, staying over with family. It meant we didn’t subject Little G-Man to too much car seat restraint and gave him the chance to catch up with his big cousins.

We completed the rest of the journey on the Sunday, again without any major traffic issues, and headed to our pre-arranged Meet & Greet Parking. We simply unloaded the boot at the terminal and everything was whisked away while we handed over our keys and proceed to check in.
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Leaving Little G-Man For The First Time

I’m back after spending a few days in NYC using up some air-miles, making the most of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Sale 2015 and I won’t lie, trying to catch up on sleep.

When I booked the trip a few months ago, friends and family couldn’t believe that I was being allowed to go on a “jolly” so soon after Little G-Mans arrival but it had J’s blessing, in fact she was pretty adamant that I went (so long as I went via Tiffany’s).

New York Christmas Sales

For the past few years we’ve headed over to New York for a weeks break this time of year, just as all the sales start and all the Christmas window displays are revealed, however this year I was travelling alone.

There was a small possibility that a friend would be over at the same time on business but sadly this never materialised so I was, as Sting put it, an alien, a legal alien, an Englishman in New York.

Checking in I was rather proud that my luggage weighed little over 3kgs, consisting mainly of old clothes that I planned to wear once and then leave in the hotel. On the way home my luggage weighed just over 23kgs 🙂

In the Macy’s sale I was picking up outfits (coat, trousers and top) for as little as $17 which was reduced by a further 25% thanks to the Macy’s visitor card available to all foreign visitors from their customer service department. Once converted it meant I was paying around £8 for a complete outfit – hence the shopping trip and it also explains the huge increase in my baggage!

Using Technology To Stay In Touch

Having spent a single night away with work only the week before, I knew I would miss both J and Little G-Man but being in a different time-zone was the biggest challenge. I’d be waking up as he was having his mid-day nap, and as I had lunch, it was bath time for him.

Sadly the additional sleep didn’t really materialise as I found I was sleeping light, listening out for Little G-Mans murmurs, or expecting to be nudged in the back as well as listening in wait for the next photo or video to ping on my phone via WhatsApp.

What did we do before mobiles were smartphones? Every few hours, videos and photographs were sent both ways non-stop meaning I could see what he was up to, listen to his new found “BBBRRR BBBRRR” sounds which now mean he is bored of whichever activity he is doing. It also allowed me to send pictures back of some of the outfits I managed to grab at Macys keeping me in the good books.

Good to be back

Flight Delays

Sadly British Airways threw me a curveball on the way home which resulted in departing from JFK and not Newark, missing my connecting flight (the last of the day), being put up in a hotel near Heathrow and getting home some 30hrs later than planned.

When I did eventually get home it was brilliant seeing the little man again. He had changed so such a small amount of time it was hard to comprehend despite constant updates whilst away. New noises, facial expressions, his overall size and weight and the fact he was now beginning to reach out for things he was focusing on rather than random grabbing.

That nights dream feed was probably the best feeling ever, especially feeling his grasp, and made me realise exactly how much I’d missed him.

Next Stop – Birmingham

Next week we’re off to Birmingham. Not quite as glamorous as NYC, but it should be fun as we’re due to meet up with fellow bloggers who along with us, have been selected to be part of the Hipp Organic #WeanTeam over the next 12 months.

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