After finding ourselves with a lot of spare time on our hands we decided it would be a nice idea to have a spontaneous trip away to rid ourselves of the most stressful few weeks we’d ever had. As we are already avid Newquay goers, this was our destination of choice (aware that January is an odd choice of time). This was to be our first time away as a family and with a 7 week old baby, the list of things to consider was endless…
- How many baby grows do we need for 3 days?
- Is 8753 nappies enough?
- How do we fit everything in the car? (As proud owners of a Citroen C1 and Peugeot 207 we like to make things interesting)
- How often do we need to stop?
- Baby is still sleeping in a moses basket but it doesn’t fit in the car…so this trip will have to mark her first night in a travel cot (fingers crossed).
- We must remember to be on the same team when dealing with a screaming tiny human.
- How do you correctly manoeuvre a baby’s limbs into a snow suit?
After overcoming every hurdle imaginable (and limiting ourselves to the clothes on our back so that she could have every inch of the car) the car was packed. Baby was strapped in and I had squeezed into my 4 square mm of space in the backseat that would be my home for the next 5 hours. But we stayed positive.
The journey itself, although unbearably long, went smoothly. She was an angel the entire way there. This made my crushed knee caps and broken spine completely worth it.
As we’ve never stayed away with a baby before we were unsure of what type of accommodation to go for. We settled on ‘The Garden House’. A tiny out-house surrounded by gardens and a boating lake, 3 minutes drive from Newquay town centre. It was beautiful and perfect for our new little family. Exploring Newquay with baby and visiting the beach with her for the first time made all the effort worth it. It was lovely to introduce her to a part of us from before she arrived. The first of many trips to come and it was a brilliant, relaxing, huge learning curve.