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Rye Harbour

Last week, we had our second caravan holiday of the year. This one wasn’t with Haven, and the park or caravan wasn’t as nice as our prestige one at Littleseas but it was clean, modern and we had central heating, and two bathrooms to Jenson’s delight. This holiday, I went away with my parents and both Jenson and Emeline. My parents had the double room, Jenson had his own room with the beds pushed together and Emeline and I shared a room. Park Holidays were far more accommodating to having Emeline in with me, they removed a bed so she could come in the single room with me.


We stayed at Rye Harbour, a beautiful location near a nature reserve. The sound of the birds first thing was mesmerising. Most days, we took a stroll past the harbour and listened to the birds. Across the harbour was Camber Sands, the beach looked clean, bright and just beautiful. We were so lucky with the weather, it was foggy most mornings but that lifted to sunny days. We even came home with a suntan! Over the week, we visited Rye, Hastings and Camber Sands. 


Rye was nice, a quaint little town that was hard to work out how to drive around! Hastings was an extra special treat, Jenson rode the miniature railway, we wandered around and looked around the small museums. We then had fish and chips on the beach and watched the Lifeboat training, Jenson was in his element. On Thursday, the sun beamed as soon as it came up. Of course, on the journey to Camber Sands, it started to rain. We arrived and searched for a reasonable car park, but they were all ridiculously expensive. £10 for 3-6 hours!  The beach was stunning, the sea was out and there was a lovely breeze. We set up our new Lidl beach tent, a bargain at £12.99, Jenson has has his diggers and bucket and spade and we were set for the day. We enjoyed our picnic on the blanket and ran in and out of the sea all day, finishing with an ice-cream. 

It was a lovely week, I really recommend a British holiday. We live in a beautiful country with lovely locations, the weather will often let us down but even in the rain and sun, it’s down to who you spend it with. Jenson and Emeline were so lucky to spend the week with Nana and Grandad, as was I and as were they. 

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Could we be anymore British?!

The weather is beautiful this weekend, in particular, today. It’s so warm and there is a slight breeze so you don’t realise how hot the sun is

In line with British Tradition, we rushed off to Lidl (we weren’t one of the many that queued waiting for it to open though,  desperardoes!!) to get BBQ food! 

Everyone was dressed in appropriate summer attire, caked in suncream and wearing sun hats. We returned home to play in our garden which is beautiful compared to this time last year, Scott mowed the grass, essential in sunny weather and I hung out the washing – we had the smallest pile, it didn’t need doing, but it was a “lovely day for it“! 


Jenson has been in his element, we had the paddling pool out for a while and we played on the swings and slide. I then got the garden tray out and we built a dinosaur city with mud, water and some of the cut grass. He was able to get as messy as he liked and he was in his element. We ate our lunch outside, it would be rude not to! Finally, Jenson and I got the chalks out and played noughts and crosses on the patio, he won, which I let him! 



To finish off our day, we have made ice-lollies with fresh orange and strawberries and I’ll need endless amounts of aloe Vera on my shoulders because of my sunburn – no matter how much cream I add! Emeline even has some breast milk lollies in the freezer! 


Welcome, British Summer Time! We are so ready for a warm and wonderful one! 

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Baby weight

An on going battle for almost everyone I know is their weight. Rightly or wrongly, what ever anyone else thinks, if you are not happy, you are not happy. It’s hard to take someone seriously when they appear to be size 8 and have a gorgeous figure but that’s how they feel and it is important to remember to be sensitive to that. Body image is so negative these days, everyone is under fire and criticised, celebrities for being too thin, or being airbrushed, celebrities who are trying to lose weight or who are overweight and celebrities who are totally in love with their body but apparently they couldn’t possibly be. It’s horrible pressure and impacts women and girls everywhere. 

My problem is my hate for exercise and my love of food! 

I tried really hard during my pregnancy to maintain my weight and keep healthy. I used Slimming World for my diet and exercised. As a result, once I had my daughter, I weighed less than what I did at the beginning of my pregnancy. I felt pretty amazing once I had Emie, once you’ve had a baby it is the slimmest you’ve been in months so naturally you feel like you’ve lost loads of weight, which you have by giving birth, ha! My weight has been pretty consistent since having Emeline but is slowly dropping off, I have a waist for the first time in years and my pre-pregnancy clothes are lose. I am trying to eat healthily and I walk everyday, I also have some exercise DVDs that have managed to escape their plastic, I am yet to use these but I will do soon! Emeline is feeding so well too and it is well known that breastfeeding helps with weight loss. 

I am not totally disgusted with my body, I’d like to lose weight and I hate myself in photos but I don’t mind it too much. I know I need to be more motivated to lose weight and get to my ‘wedding day’ figure which I worked hard for but that will take so long and I just don’t feel fully committed with Emeline’s feedings making me so hungry! 

My thighs and bum are my biggest, I’ve always been bigger with each of those and they are the parts I hate the most. I’d like my arms to lose weight too, but they will as my weight drops. I am gettin a waste back which I love, I’ve always been quite lucky and had a smaller waist! My face has lost weight which is nice, that’s what people see first! My tummy is relatively ‘flat’, I have my baby pouch which I am quite fond of but my weight goes to my bum so the tummy doesn’t have that many rolls. 

Most of my girlfriends are having the same problems. One of my friends is looking for a dress for Emeline’s christening and can’t seem to find anything other than mega expensive dresses which is standard when you’re looking. It my eyes, she always looks lovely, slim and happy and confident. Sometimes, it would be so much nicer to see yourself through other eyes. I was wary about wearing a dress today that I also wore when pregnant and she replied that I looked amazing. I wouldn’t go that far but it made me feel good! 

Top right with a 5 month baby

 

I’ll get there with my weight loss, one day. It is hard to describe how I feel, I am happy but I worry what other people think which is the worst thing, our negative society when at the moment I should be focusing on my baby and feeding.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to read and look at Boots Body Confidence boosting messages which I LOVE! Almost as much as I love cake!! 

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Beautiful Dorset

Our week has been spent outside, all week! It has been beautiful. In true English style, the weather has been all over the place. We’ve encountered sun, rain, hail and even snow! The snow was whilst we were sat on the beach too, we would not be beaten and preserved though! 

Even our caravan site didn’t disappoint us, there were walks along but the coast and a beautiful chisel beach. We just had to look out our window to see the sun setting behind during the evening. 


We stayed near Weymouth, so our beach visits consisted of driving there and we were not disappointed. For England, the sea was beautifully blue and the sand a lovely soft yellow. There were lines of beautiful shells to collect too. We stayed on the Jurassic Coast which is well known for its fossils and history. The views were breathtaking. 

Weymouth

View from the Pavillion

 

During or trip, we visited the Jurassic skyline which gave you a 360 view of Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic Coast. The day was wonderful so the sky was clear and we could see for miles, worth every penny. 

A view of Weymouth


On Wednesday, the weather was hit and miss. A bit windy and it rained every so often, we decided to head out to Portland. What a treat. The sky was mostly clear again. We were even able to see the famous sea creatures of Portland and Jenson was so excited to see dolphins and seals in the sea in front of him. We drove around the island and kept to the coast were possible, stopping to take photos. We arrived at Portland Bill for some lunch, to check out the views and climb the lighthouse. Unfortunately, Jenson wasn’t tall enough so once we managed to console him, we continued our drive. 

Portland Bill

Jurassic Coast – view from Portland

Finally, we visited stunning Lulworth. I had visited previously as a year 10 geography student studying costal erosion, naturally, I didn’t not care then but now I value the beauty! We didn’t do the walk from Lulworth Cover to Durdle Door as it is not buggy proof and as we were taking Emeline in the car for the journey home so we were not encouraging cosy sleep!

The weather was chilly and very windy but that did not stop us, we visited both sides of the beach and climbed up and down the steps, Jenson was amazing!

Durdle Door

Breastfeeding on the beach


I really recommend Dorset, a beautiful place to visit for all walks of life, young or old too. It is a tourist attraction too and there are lots of accommodation choices too. 

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Caravan holidays!

We have just returned from a lovely week away in Dorset. We stayed at Littleseas which is a Haven site on the Jurassic Coast in Weymouth. It it stunning and we saw some truly beautiful views. We were also very close to Portland too (I’ll do another post about what we got up to).

The journey was reasonable, Jenson was so excited to get there and thankfully there wasn’t any traffic. We had constant questions:

“Are we there yet?”

“How long now?”

“Will we be there in two minutes?”

Other than the hilarious questions which started 20 minutes in to the journey (which was 3 1/2 hours), Jenson was as good as gold. We used our best parenting tactics and he watched Inside Out on the iPad for a while and then played with some of his toys, we stopped for a Starbucks and to feet Emeline at Fleet services and then Jenson read a few books before falling asleep. I have learnt to always pack toys in the middle so he can fetch what he wants out the bag to play with, genius. 

The journey was simple and we used the motorways and main roads, we arrived in Dorset and Scott pulled up at a random location. Apparently he chose to put ‘Haven, Weymouth’ in to the SatNav rather than our actual location, we were at the wrong place. I wanted to throttle him. What a stupid thing to do. Twat! Thankfully, only 15 minutes later we arrived at our actual Haven! 

We had a Prestige caravan – bloody lovely! 3 bed with lovely facilities and central heating – so important for little peeps. We also have two bathrooms, one which was an ensuite. We don’t even have that luxury at home. We unpacked, had a wander around and went off to do the food shop, we found a local Asda, we don’t often go to Asda so that was exciting but Jenson finally got to sit next to his sister in the trolley, he has been asking since she was born! 


We planned to eat in each night so had easy dinners:

  • Chicken thighs with jackets and vegetables.
  • Pizza and salad. 
  • Spaghetti bolognaise 
  • Red Thai curry 

It’s best to plan ahead when staying in a caravan, so you have everything you need. Caravans have the essentials but now everything you need. A list for my next one so I don’t forget: 

  • Oven gloves 
  • Wooden spoon (couldn’t find one)
  • Tea towels 
  • Toilet rolls 
  • Washing up liquid and sponges 
  • Clean film 
  • Tin foil 
  • Pot of sugar 
  • Pot of coffee 
  • Tea bags 
  • Shower towels 

I remembered most of these this time other that the tea towels, oven gloves and wooden spoon. It is a nightmare to stir without one. 

I find caravan holidays so easy and so cheap, I managed to take everything I needed for both the children and buy anything we forgot, nappies! We used disposable whilst we were away. It’s a home from home and caravans are so well equipped. I grew up in caravans as a child, both static and towing and I had my fondest memories. I want the same for Jenson and Emeline. 

Kitchen

Lounge

Main bedroom

One of the bedrooms

 

One negative, as I posted about previously was the space. Not ideal with a baby. Ideally, cots should be placed in the lounge. I am not happy with this, there is now way I am putting my daughter in the lounge when there is a kitchen between us, that’s my biggest issue. I was, however, able to put the Moses basket in the bedroom, she is just starting to grow out of it so luckily we managed to keep her in there for this week. 

We had a brilliant week. Now, trying to do everything possible not to spend our savings on a caravan! 

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Caravan holidays

Next week, we are going away and we will be staying in a static caravan. I spent my childhood enjoying caravan holidays and it has given me the best memories from my childhood. 

We are off to Dorset, a beautiful part of our country. I can’t wait. 

Yesterday, I rang to check a few things… One being a travel cot. We didn’t need one as I was taking my own. It was after I got off the phone, I was thinking about the size of the caravans we stayed in. I used my good friend, Twitter, and tweeted the company. They recommended that we keep the cot in the lounge.

Yes. That’s right. My daughter, 4 months old. In a cot. In the lounge, the other side of the caravan with the kitchen inbetween us.

 

Over my dead body! 

This absolutely amazed me! Not in a good way either. There is so much research in to sudden infant death syndrome and parents are advised to share a room with their baby until the baby is 6 months, some parents even share for longer yet a family friendly holiday village does not provide the appropriate facilities for this to operate. Mind blowing.

Scott also agreed that in no uncertain terms would Emeline be sleeping in the lounge and fortunately she is still small enough to fit in her Moses basket, it’ll be tight and the little fidget will probably be restless but there is no way she is sleeping on her own down there. 

I can’t really digest how any parent would be happy to do that to be honest. It’s the idea that the kitchen is between so if there was a fire, you’d have no way of getting to your baby. It seems like she is just so far away. 

I am going to try and ring them again tomorrow to see about upgrading our caravan, I am aware that the space won’t dramatically increase but I’d like to think they have some solutions for me. If not, moses basket it shall be and I’ll learn from my mistake. 

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Hardworking helpers

Family is hardwork, getting the balance right isn’t always easy and actually sometimes we need our time to be our own family, that’s so important. That isn’t always understood and has had such an impact on our relationship with our close family. We live locally and see our parents and siblings often yet the space boundary is often crossed and that makes the relationship tested.

 Scott and I are lucky that our family and friends are so helpful. Whenever we have moved house, they’ve been there to pack boxes and unpack furniture, decorate and help in the garden. Our current garden is a mammoth effort, it was so overgrown when we moved in and Scott has taken it on as his little hobby. 

We had trees cut down and Scott has cleaned the left side of mostly weeds as well as levelling out the ground, the right side has a selection of trees and bushes but it is so overgrown. Randomly, the path finishes half way down the garden too. It needs so much work.  

  

 Today, we had Scott parents over. I made homemade potato and leek soup for the workers, stocked up on biscuits for Lidl and filled them with tea and coffee. It has been a cold day out there and Emeline has been slightly unsettled since her jabs so she spent the day with me in the warmth. 

I am so grateful for their help today, so much was done to make the garden beautiful and safe for the children but I have had to bite my tongue a lot today. My patience has been tested and I’ve heard more opinions than a new Mum! I have been question about my ‘plans’ for the week and comments have been made about my messy lounge! However, Jenson has has a wonderful day, he ran around sticking pegs on everyone’s clothes, he dug up and played. He has loved it! I wrapped Emeline up in her sling and our lovely Bundlebean  and inspected their work outside, I couldn’t do alot with a baby attached to me!

   
I can’t wait to get out there in the summer!