Monday, 31 August 2015

Feeding baby on holiday and BIG flood...

Holidaying with three young children certainly has its challenges! We've had a great week away in Cornwall, but I was pretty glad to be home yesterday. Well sort of, that is until I opened the front door and a huge stinky smell greeted me. Yes, our downstairs toilet had leaked - something as simple as  washer that needed replacing but OH the damage. The flooring has all started curling up already and the smell, well, it's indescribable. Worst of all our brand new carpet needs totally replacing. Weep!

The flood

Total nightmare. Back to Cornwall, it's definitely my favourite place to holiday in the UK. There's loads to do for young children and even things for grown ups too - especially if you are a bit of a foodie. We actually managed to fit in TWO visits to Camel Valley Vinyard this year for some tasting. The only thing that annoys me about that place is that you have to pay for a tasting, even if you buy a crate of wine. And the tastings are not cheap. Still, it's worth it for the beautiful views and "champagne".  Course we visited Padstow as well for Fish and Chips a la Rick Stein. I also highly recommend Tintagel - lots of things to do there especially for battle obsessed boys (or girls!).

Padstow, Cornwall
Being on holiday whilst breastfeeding pretty much sucks (pardon the pun). Breastfeeding at home is no biggie but when you're on the move it presents many challenges; the pillows are never the same as the ones you prop yourself up on at home, the sofa is too soft to sit comfortably, baby will never sleep in the cot, you are constantly forced to feed outdoors which means sitting in the cold and rain with your bits and bobs exposed. It was actually when we were on holiday with Son 1 that I gave up breastfeeding many years ago, and I can see how it happened.  Course my little girl did choose this week to start "fussing" whilst feeding which resulted in many innocent customers in various cafes being inadvertently squirted whilst she faffed about.  Now we're home it's much easier again, maybe because I'm more relaxed too, who knows.

All this sofa time means that I need plenty to entertain me whilst baby is feeding - which has resulted in me spending a lot of time on the internet. I know a lot of mums enjoy playing free bingo online whilst they are on maternity leave to help pass the time and as a bit of a hobby which makes total sense. I know the feeding won't be forever so I'm trying to stick with it and stay positive, and of course there are many many benefits both for baby and me. 

What do you do to help pass the time when you're feeding?

This post was written in collaboration with Bingo Extra.

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