Parenting: Holidaying with children: Simple, sexless and satisfying…..

Parenting: Holidaying with children: Simple, sexless and satisfying…..

We spent the weekend on a “mini-break”.  For anyone reading this who doesn’t have children let me quickly rip out the images of a luxury spa hotel set amid rolling hills of green, then let me introduce the picture of caravan after caravan set amongst flumes, playparks and arcades.

It was on this break that I embarked upon a voyage of self discovery.

I have discovered a host of things I can’t do.

1. Archery : unless the target is the green tarp at the back…

2. Swim dolphin style: I nearly beached myself when twin girl tried to show me how to flip like flipper…

3. Have holiday sex (those little vans have a telling shake…)

However my children have discovered a whole host of stuff they can do..

Twin girl can build sand castles even when rain is dripping from the heavens.  Twin boy can miss every shot at archery until it is the one that really matters.  And BB can climb stairs in a spica and  fly down a slide.

They all manage to bypass sleep in favour of watching chaps dressed in giant costumes rock and roll around a stage and they can all moan for Britain the next day when overtiredness threatens to consume them.

The weekend has been just what the doctor ordered, its been simple, sexless and satisfying.  The weather misbehaved but fun was had by everyone involved.

But the very best thing?

Sitting on Monday, hiding from the rain in a multi-coloured softplay outlet in Dorset my blackberry started to buzz with a fury.  Pretending to my family that I was hunting in my bag for a treat I quickly checked the screen and the words I saw made my eyes fill until the tears dripped down my cheeks.

This was the email…

“Owing to her progress BB has been booked in a week early for her cast removal

She is booked in for Monday 30th April – day care ward.

 I will write and confirm

I didn’t realise how much BBs journey had affected me until that moment, I didn’t realise how, like all mothers, I want my child healthy and well, and I didn’t realise how much I want to feel her little legs wrapped around me once more and how much I long to see her toddle.

It was a good weekend.

 

The children in the caravan - 7 days left in spica for BB

 

35 Comments

  1. April 24, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    Yay, way to go! Best wishes for Monday.

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks Phil

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      Tis isnt it!

  2. April 24, 2012 / 1:22 pm

    Oh brilliant news! All the best for Monday x

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you *beams*

  3. April 24, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    I’m so pleased for you!!

    What a brilliant end to a traditional family holiday.

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      cheers sarah x

  4. April 24, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    Oh Jane that’s fabulous news…about BB that is, not about the lack of holiday nookie! x

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks – we are very excited to see legs again!

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:17 pm

      even? having a bad day?

  5. April 24, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    So glad you had a good time away and that your BBs cast is coming off. I feel all warm and fuzzy.

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:17 pm

      Good x

  6. April 24, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    Oh my god…. Wooohooo!!! That’s only 6 days away. Brilliant news, So happy for you!

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:17 pm

      Tis rather good news isnt it!

  7. Carly Morson
    April 24, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    What a lovely post xx

    • northernmum
      April 24, 2012 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks x

  8. April 24, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    that’s brilliant news Jane…certainly makes up for the lack of sex hey! x

    • northernmum
      April 25, 2012 / 9:27 pm

      LOL x

  9. April 25, 2012 / 6:53 am

    Shame about the lack of caravan rocking but woohooo to the early appointment! I can’t imagine how much you must be looking forward to it! x

    • northernmum
      April 25, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      I am dancing with excitement!

    • northernmum
      April 25, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks

  10. Helloitsgemma
    April 25, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    *sniff* yay for BB. Well done you for surviving a caravan.

    • northernmum
      April 25, 2012 / 9:25 pm

      I am an old hat a ‘vans’ just camping I have an aversion to

  11. April 25, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    Aww that is lovely news! Good luck to BB for Monday. Sorry to hear about the lack of holiday sex; I know the feeling LOL

    • northernmum
      April 25, 2012 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks Laura

    • northernmum
      April 25, 2012 / 9:25 pm

      *snigger*

  12. April 25, 2012 / 11:04 pm

    What fabulous news, BB is such a little star. No wonder it has affected you.

    Glad the mini break was good. MIch x

  13. April 26, 2012 / 7:21 am

    Thanks Mich

  14. April 26, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    that’s great news, I hope it goes well on Monday. x

    • northernmum
      April 26, 2012 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Claire

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