Babies First Holiday

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Hi Everyone,

We’ve just got back from a lovely break to Centre Parcs – Joshs first holiday! We go to Centre Parcs every year with my husbands family and every year the number of us grows with this year being 27 of us!

The best part of the weekend was taking Josh to a Baby Sensory class. He absolutely loved it. He is obsessed with lights and is constantly fixated on the lamps and fairy lights I have at home, so when we went to this class and saw the various light displays he was in heaven! He enjoyed it so much that I’ve signed us up to Baby Sensory classes for 10 weeks which we start next week.  I will be sure to write a post all about it and its benefits.

Centre Parcs was an ideal place for his first holiday and of course my first break since the birth. We are lucky we only had an hours drive to get there (some of our poor relatives had about a 5 hour journey but insisted it’s worth it) so we were nice and relaxed as soon as we got there.  I love the location, in the woods surrounded by nature. Its always so peaceful and pretty and I love the little visitors that come to the patio doors for snacks:

I feel so lucky that Josh has such a massive family and that we get to go on holiday with his little cousins. It’s so important to us that he has a close relationship with his family and they grow up together making memories.


Unfortunately the munchkin has come home with a cold. This is the first sign of illness he’s had since being born so as you can imagine I am spoiling him with lots of cuddles. He’s still too young for me to be able to give him anything other than saline spray so I am hoping it passes soon.

I’ll be honest, I thought it might be stressful going on a family break so soon after having Josh, but it was the exact opposite. It was lovely to see all our family and it was so sweet seeing how excited everyone was to meet Josh, and his new little cousin Jessica who was born just a week ago! We were even treated to champagne one evening as a celebration. Another treat was that hubby gave me a night off to go and have a girls evening with my sisters in law, cousins and I got to indulge in three glasses of raspberry gin and tonic (don’t panic – I expressed for Josh). It was so nice to have those few hours, to have a giggle with the girls  and it’s made me even more excited for a night out I have planned for in a couple of weeks with my best friends. I know some Mums wouldn’t dream of leaving their little ones after a mere 8 weeks but I think it’s important to have some time out and see my girls and be Fi for a few hours not just Mummy.  The husband has had a few nights out since the baby has been born so this is my turn and I am fortunate that I can express plenty and relax and enjoy myself. I expect I’ll feel a bit of guilt, I did the night I had off at Centre Parcs; it’s hard to switch off and not worry, wondering if the baby is sleeping or not. But I am going to try and relax and enjoy myself; I think I deserve it.  I think all Mums deserve a bit of me time; even if you can just enjoy half an hour in the bath with a copy of Cosmopolitan. Just that short amount of time can make you feel human and give you a bit of an escape.  And that’s not meant to sound negative; no doubt we all love our babies more than anything and wanting a bit of space for yourself doesn’t take away from that. I know some mothers would totally disagree with what I am saying and say that having a child means you devote yourself 100% to them, and I wouldn’t argue that point because I am completely dedicated to Josh. But I would say that for the good of you, for your state of mind and happiness, it is healthy to take time out for yourself now and then. Get Daddy to give you a break and hold the baby for a few hours or if you’re lucky enough to have family close to you who want to babysit, let them and enjoy a bit of time out to have a glass of wine in the bath, get your hair cut, or go for a run. It’s good for the soul, and a happy Mummy means happy baby!

having a mummy time out

Have a good week everyone 🙂


22 thoughts on “Babies First Holiday

  1. Ahh so glad you had a wonderful time at Center Parcs! We’ve just booked a midweek break for ourselves for November, when Pickle will be 6 months old and I ALREADY can’t wait. Absolutely feel no guilt for having a few hours to yourself – blimey, anyone who thinks you’re being selfish needs to have a quiet word with themselves. And at 5 months into this pregnancy, I am very jealous of your raspberry gins!


  2. I 100% agree with you about finding time for yourself, and I’m so glad you’re doing that! You are still YOU and taking some time out is brilliant for everyone, especially Josh who will get to spend some quality alone time with his daddy. I will definitely be making a point of doing this when bub turns up. 🙂

    Hope Josh is getting over his cold. Centre Parcs looks fab!xx


  3. Ah, glad you had a wonderful time! How lovely for Josh to be able to grow up alongside his cousins. I always love a big family get together. Well done for realising early on the importance of looking after yourself – it took me much much longer! I struggled on the expressing front though which was just a right faff, so found breastfeeding quite a tie. Raspberry gins and champagne sound amazing!


  4. The light display looks awesome and so pretty! The pictures of the outdoors looks beautiful too! I love being outdoors in nature. My dream house would be a big log cabin with a wrap-around porch in the middle of the woods and a river close to my house:) Glad you had a great first vacation with your baby. Hope he gets better soon:) #happydiaries


  5. The place sounds idyllic and I agree that it’s lovely for the children to grow up surrounded by family, there’s something very special about that bond. Good for you for taking a night off to recharge the batteries…we all do it and we all need it. Hope Josh gets well soon! x #happydiaries


  6. This looks like the perfect little family holiday. And I agree with everyone else, you shouldn’t feel guilty about having time off, us Mummys need some me time every once in a while, its so important to switch off and relax 🙂 Glad you had a wonderful first holiday with you little one #happydiaries


  7. It sounds like it was an ideal time and place to go on holiday. I love that you took pics to one day share this experience with your baby. Such beautiful memories. Congratulations on your baby and All the best in your parenting journey #KCACOLS


  8. So glad you and Josh had a lovely time on holiday. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful big family. It’s the one thing I really miss having after we immigrated to New Zealand.
    I’ve been to Baby Sensory classes. They are very cool! Highly recommend.


  9. we love centre parcs! such a great and spacious place to visit! sensory classes sound really fun, I haven’t heard of those! i’ll look forward to reading about it! Thanks for Linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you back next sunday 🙂 x


  10. Oh too bad Josh isn’t feeling well! I hope he’s better soon. Going away with the family is really lovely when you have a baby – there are plenty to help out 😉 And it’s nice to have a break from the housework too! #bloggerclubuk x


  11. Aww the pics at baby sensory are so cute!I love Centre Parcs but only ever stayed at part of work conferences,would love to go back for a family holiday.Fantastic that you got to let your hair down x #kcacols


  12. So many people have said great things about centre parcs, I am thinking I will have to check it out soon. I agree with you that having some mummy time out is a good thing and does not make you a less caring mum at all.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #happydiaries


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