Sunday we returned from our first trip as a family of three. We think overall it was a success! The flight to Newcastle is only about one hour, and we were there for two nights. It was a good trial run for other upcoming family trips. Sadly because Teddie decided to arrive two weeks late, Piet’s mum and step-dad Rob did not get to meet her while they were here in Leiden for the holidays. So they were generous enough to buy us flights to come to visit them in Alnwick. It is a lovely part of England, but we have been there a few times, so this trip was all about them spending time with Teddie. As much as you can between naps, feedings, and diaper changes!
Any new parent taking their baby on an airplane for the first time would be a little worried. However she impressed us as always. We were able to board before everyone else and get settled. She was crying by that point – enter boobs – and all was well. We tried to have her sucking on her binky during take-off to help with the pressure change in her ears. She refused, but didn’t seem to be bothered so that was a sigh of relief. After that she slept on my lap the whole way. Done and done! She did however blow out her diaper before the flight and after the flight. So we had used up all our clean clothes by the time we arrived at the in-laws house! Good thing Gran had some lovely knitted items waiting to be worn!
Despite Piet and I nursing the end of various cold bugs that have been taking over the Netherlands like wildfire, we had a great time. We mostly relaxed and drank our tea and ate our biscuits. Teddie got to know her Gran and Granda. She gave them many smiles and cuddles and also seemed to enjoy chatting with the Pendleton Wool fabric covering their sofas. (Note to self – buy fancy Pendleton Wool bath towels while in Portland next – so soft fluffy and lush!).
Rob’s lovely daughter Hilary came for tea and joined us for lunch and a walk in Rothbury. Teddie and I didn’t make it far before she demanded some milk, so we took respite in the car while the others took a brisk walk in the wind. Piet and I also enjoyed our customary Indian takeout while in the UK. We didn’t end up with our Sunday roast or English breakfast, however I did eat my first crumpets which were seriously yummy.
Piet and I even had our first “date” away from Teddie! We popped across the road to the Morrisons grocery store for about 30 minutes. We / I had a lot of fun making fun of product names, spinning in the isles, confusing the cashiers, and looking at the small section of baby clothes.
As we left for the airport we had hoped to have a coffee and get a group photo of the five of us before takeoff. However there was an accident on the highway that set us back about 45 minutes, and we only just barely made it to boarding (with time to change a diaper first). Gran and Granda will be in Leiden in June, so we will get our group shot then! The takeaway from this trip is to pack more onsies! Our girl has a real knack for filling that diaper!