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  • Our Holiday Diary… It Started So Well

    Hi Everyone!

    So one of the pros of going on a self catering holiday means it’s a bit more relaxed and if I fancy writing I can. And seeing as my delightful little monkey of a child insists upon waking up at 6am, I get the perfect opportunity.  I thought it might be fun to do a little holiday diary whilst we are away.



    So the journey wasn’t too bad. It took us 4 and a half hours to get the Peak District, but that included a much needed stop for lunch. Josh actually was a little star and slept the first two hours of the journey before we stopped for lunch. He was awake for the rest of the journey but was quite happy playing in the back and laughing at his reflection in the mirror. I am quite looking forward to getting him a front facing car seat when he grows out of the one he has as he often tries to look round at Sam and I which is quite frustrating for him.

    We arrived at our new digs and it looked as though we were moving in! The amount of stuff you have to take for a baby is unreal! After a cheeky drink at the village pub, we (OK, Sam) cooked dinner and had a chilled night watching Cold Feet. However that’s when Josh decided sleep was overrated…..

    I don’t know if it’s cause he was in a different house and an unfamiliar travel cot, but he was a terror on Monday night. He wasn’t even crying or distressed he just wanted to play. It was like he was overexcited. I dream fed him at 10:15 and he was up for two hours after that! The same thing happened at 1:30 and 4:30. Eventually we got up at 6am on Tuesday but I’d only managed about 4 hours sleep and I don’t think hubs faired much better as for once, he couldn’t sleep through it!


    So you could say I was a tad grumpy on Tuesday morning. I was bitch central and ready to kill! I stuck to our usual routine; get up, have a play, breakfast, cuddle, milk then down for a nap. This normally is across a couple of hours so by 8:15 I’d got Josh dressed and fed and went to settle him for his nap. Nope – he was having none of it. Back to being super excited again. By now I was frankly pissed off; I just wanted him to rest. So I took to the car and we went for a drive to Derby! I was in desperate need of some vests for Josh as he’s outgrown all of his but even that was a wasted journey as the Next we went to didn’t even sell short sleeved vests. Thankfully Josh did sleep on the journey so it wasn’t a total disaster and by the time we got back, Sam was feeling very sorry for me so took me out for coffee and brunch. Sam HATES coffee shops; it’s an irrational hatred and his reason being is that he hates all hot drinks! So for him to voluntarily take me to a nice coffee shop showed he was feeling really bad for me!

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    After some shopping and feeding baby boy some lunch, we went to Dovedale for the afternoon. I love it there so much and as I wrote last week it really holds some special memories for me. It is somewhere you can clear your head and get rid of your stresses; it is so peaceful and quiet. Josh and I fell asleep the second we left for Dovedale so poor Sam had to extend the usual 10 minute car journey to 40 minutes by driving around and hoping he wouldn’t get lost so we got some much needed shut eye! It was such a lovely afternoon and Josh loved being in his carrier. My God he weighs a tonne in it though; Sam had to do the bulk of the carrying. It was so lovely to be there as a little family, I got a little photo happy as you can see!

    We got back for Joshs teatime, bath and bed and praise the Lord, he was shattered and fell asleep in no time. I had high hopes for a better night.

    ……… However……


    So it’s now Sunday as I write this and we are home!!  Let me start by saying, the rest of the holiday DAYS were amazing. We had such an a lovely time. On Wednesday we went on a bike ride along the Tissington trail which was so fun. Josh was in one of those pull along carriages and he loved it. We found a cute country pub for lunch and then cycled back in the sunshine. It was a fab day and I needed it. Because if I thought Monday night was bad, I knew nothing yet. Tuesday night was no different; the kid was rebelling against sleep, rest, or being remotely quiet. I don’t know if it was that he just hates the travel cot or he thought it was a play plan, but there was no playing ball with him no matter how much I plyed him with boob! We were up every two hours or so all night so I was horribly tired again. On Wednesday morning I was literally in tears so Sam sent me back to bed for an hour or so to get some rest which was much needed. I am really glad that we managed to have such a nice day on Wednesday though.


    Mummy needed some treats




    Someone loved his bike ride

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    Thursday was a bit grey and miserable but we made the most of it. We headed out on a long drive in the hope we could get Josh to at least nap in the car (it worked – hooray) and went to Derwent Dam for a long walk followed by lunch of champions (prosecco and cheesy chips) in the lovely town of Bakewell.


    Champion Lunch for Any Mother! Prosecco and Cheesy Chips!


    Padlock Bridge <3


    Butter Wouldn’t Melt!




    Friday was another tired start to the day but we had such a great day it was probably my favourite day of the week. We went on a lovely walk to a local waterfall and I was very proud of my amazing pictures I managed to get.  It was a nice easy walk too (meaning less of my moaning!) and Josh was in his carrier again having a great time. After that we went to Chatsworth house to see how the other half live!!! I was so glad there was a lovely farm park there which Josh loved; he seems to just be ecstatic to see any animals now. And once he fell asleep in his buggy (PRAISE THE LORD – THE KID SLEPT) we went for a walk around the gardens. They were beautiful but within them was a maze. Seeing as I am married to someone who finds it amusing to run away and hide from me in Homebase (yes, he is 35 but what can I say, we are very immature and it’s these little things that crack us up), a maze was a joy to him and we spent 25 minutes with him and Josh (in the buggy) running away from me in hysterics whilst we tried to find the middle of the stupid thing. Unfortunately after that it started to rain, so we headed back and had a cheeky drink in the local pub.


    Lumsdale Falls


    Lumsdale Falls


    They saw me coming!!!!!!!

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    So as you can see, the days were really special, lots of family time and making memories. But the nights……. oh God the nights were some of the hardest I’ve ever had to get through!

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; sleep deprivation is hell on earth. It’s torture. I had days were I just cried which just should not be happening when you’re on holiday! And although Josh is my world and worth every moment, that doesn’t take away from the fact that sleep deprivation is a sadistic bitch that makes you lose your mind, cry at anything and turns you into a ratty bad tempered cow bag! It’s a cruel cycle as well; you spend your evenings full of hope and positivity; “right this is the night things will be better, you never know it might even be the night they sleep through”. Somewhere, your child is secretly laughing at you “yeah right Mum, keep dreaming”. Little shits!

    So off you trot to bed, early of course cause it’s only sensible to get a few hours sleep under your belt. You’ve been asleep for about 45 minutes, and your little bundle of joy decides this is the prime time for wake up call number one! What a joke. Despite your anger you think, if I just feed now, that’ll keep him going for a few hours……

    Again your child is laughing silently at you.

    As your night wears on, at the slowest rate possible because frankly you just want it to be morning to get this hell over with, rage builds. HOW ARE YOU STILL AWAKE! If I’m exhausted to the point of tears, how is this naughty baby not shattered. He’s not even crying. He’s laughing. At me! The over the top sighing takes place, as you get baby out the cot AGAIN, loudly so you wake the husband (how the fuck is he still sleeping through all this) so he can feel an iota of your frustration but can’t actually do anything cause he doesn’t have tits to feed the kid. Immediately feel guilty for waking him and let him go back to sleep. Feed baby, who choses that moment to give you a content, grateful smile as if to say “thank you for my milk Mum”. Feel even more guilty. Stroke his beautiful hair and tell him I love him and think “tomorrow night will be better”…….

    Drink Coffee, Have Hope, Don’t Sleep, Repeat.

    I think that sums it up! Great holiday; amazing memories, wonderful to show Josh somewhere so special to me. You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth eh. Oh and we’ve been home two nights and he’s already sleeping better (but not sleeping through….. watch this space – he’s year old in two months – IT HAS TO HAPPEN SOON)!!!!





    1. October 3, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      I feel for you. We took our bubs to Center Parcs for our first hols which seemed ridiculous as we were just down the road – but thank goodness we were as we had to come home for the docs the first day due to her terrible eczema breakout. It was only about the last day when I started relaxing and baby stopped scratching! Red wine got me through. Glad you managed to have a lovely time in spite of the sleeping (or lack thereof) and your pics are amazing. I’m told these things will get easier 😉 #bigpinklink

    2. October 3, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      They certain,y know when to lull the stops out! I remember a holiday to Center Parcs being similar with my youngest, and she still didn’t feel like sleep aft spending nearly two hours a day in the swimming pool & loads of fresh air being lulled about in a bike buggy!! Hope you managed to catch up with some sleep when you got home. P.s. Your pics look lovely. #MarvMondays
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    3. October 4, 2016 / 5:16 am

      Poor you – we recently had a horrible experience at a self catering holiday cottage so glad your accommodation was better. A shame about the sleep deprivation though! Always the way though ?

      I love tissington trail glad you enjoyed

    4. October 4, 2016 / 6:39 am

      I can so relate to this! We once did a mini break to Center Parcs when Miss Tot was around 4 months old and she screamed all night, every night. I remember walking around what is usually my favourite place on earth in the morning, wanting to physically hurt all of the smiley excited people who were rudely “enjoying” their breaks while we were sleep deprived and frantic. If it helps things have got much better with age, although Miss Tot has a habit of throwing up in bed the first night that we go anywhere. Kind of like marking her territory – and excellent fun when there is no spare bedding (which there never is!) Lovely photos hon and I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your days. I used to live in Sheffield and The Peak District was my weekend playground. We live a bit further away now but still head out there quite often to walk as it’s just so beautiful. Lovely post xx #DreamTeam

      • beautybabyandme
        October 4, 2016 / 2:49 pm

        Thanks for your lovely comment chick. God that must have been so stressful – I fully understand, sometimes you just want to scram at all these happy people when you’re shattered and fed up! I am feeling a bit better but it’s taken a lot out of me 🙁 You lucky thing I’d love to go walking there all the time it’s gorgeous xxx #dreamteam

    5. October 4, 2016 / 7:07 am

      I feel your pain! We once came home from a holiday a three whole days early as Oldest refused to sleep, she then came down with a rash, we ended up at the Drs who then sent us to hospital as they thought it was serious. It turns out it was just a virus but that was enough to send us packing. We escaped back home! #DreamTeam
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      • beautybabyandme
        October 4, 2016 / 2:47 pm

        I was glad to come home a day early I was done in! God that must have been so scary chick but glad it turned out ok in the end xx #dreamteam

    6. October 4, 2016 / 8:39 am

      Eek, it is solid isn’t it holidayong with sproglets, I think parents should have a week off themselves after ? X #bigpinklink

    7. October 4, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Yikes! Not what you want when you are on holiday, but it could literally happen to any of us. Our first was very much like this, a nightmare sleeping up until she was about 6-8 months. Even now shes a nightmare to get to bed at a decent time. Our second however is a dream in comparisson! I probably appreciate it more because I know how awful it can be. I’ve definitely been where you’ve been, but at least he’s back to sleeping properly at home, phew! Besides all of that, it looks like you guys had a lovely time. Love the pics! Emily #DreamTeam

      • beautybabyandme
        October 5, 2016 / 7:44 pm

        Thanks chick it was lovely in the end! xx #DreamTeam

    8. October 5, 2016 / 11:51 am

      Beautiful pics! I feel your pain about the sleep, it’s the one thing that always puts me off going away even though he can be just as bad at home. I suppose better to be knackered on holiday than at home/work haha. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

      • beautybabyandme
        October 5, 2016 / 7:43 pm

        It was really hard with the lack of sleep but at least were we went was beautiful and we had nice days. Thanks for hosting lovely xx #MarvMondays

    9. October 5, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Goodness I feel for you I could not cope on lack of sleep….luckily a gene my children appear to have inherited (unless I have just jinxed it) so well done for having a lovely time despite the no sleep! Sounded like a lovely holiday #bloggerclubuk

      • beautybabyandme
        October 5, 2016 / 7:41 pm

        Oh you are SO lucky hun! Yes we did – you’ve got to make the most of it haven’t you xx

    10. October 5, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Gorgeous photos but what a nightmare about the lack of sleep! My kids always do this on holidays, their routine just goes out of the window and for some reason they refuse to sleep! It’s hard work at the best of times with no sleep, but worse on holiday when you’re so active! Other than that it looks like you had a great time, hopefully now you can catch up on some sleep! #BloggerClubUK

      • beautybabyandme
        October 5, 2016 / 7:41 pm

        It was so hard. Sleep deprivation is hell. I knew routine would go to pot and I tried to go with it, but I didn’t expect it to be such a challenge! But at least we had amazing days. Xxx

    11. October 6, 2016 / 7:06 am

      You poor thing! Holidays are all about salvage, I think – thrashing the hell out of the good bits and it looks as if you managed to do this, despite having hardly any sleep. Gorgeous photos, that certainly depict a great time in a beautiful part of the country. Alison x #coolmumclub

      • beautybabyandme
        October 7, 2016 / 5:59 am

        Thank you for your lovely comment xx #coolmumclub

    12. October 6, 2016 / 7:23 am

      Well, there seems to be a running theme throughout the comments, that most other people have experienced the same sleep disasters on holiday… And we are no different! We took our eldest to France for 2 weeks when he was 4 months old-it was hell on earth! He woke up every hour for the whole 2 weeks, and was still at the stage where he would only sleep during the day, in the buggy. So I’d be like a zombie, pushing him up and down the path outside the gite, to get him to sleep…! We still shudder when we think of that holiday! I used to say really dramatic things like ‘we will NEVER go on holiday again!!!’ He never slept in an unfamiliar bed, until he was 3. But, the youngest has never cared where he’s slept, and always conked out anywhere!
      Anyway, I was mightily impressed by the number of prosecco pictures here! Soooo deserved! And the other pictures were gorgeous! And josh looked like he was loving being in the cycle trailer! I haven’t been to the Peak District for years, this really made me want to go! And you know that as Josh gets older, this is less likely to happen!! X
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      • beautybabyandme
        October 7, 2016 / 5:58 am

        Thanks for your lovely comment hun. I do try to think positive – as always! We will get there. Ha ha the prosecco was much needed. Tanks for your lovely comment honey and for hosting #bigpinklink

    13. October 6, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Cheesy chips and prosecco. That is an epic treat. I found that No1 Chip Shop in Cromer sells battered brie the other day, that was exciting. It sucks when they don’t sleep, I’m glad you got some lovely walks and a good bike ride. Nohting like a bit of fresh air to help calm things down. We’re living the car nap life right now, it is the only place he will have a day time nap and it drives me crazy. Petrol is not cheap. But the two of us on a non nap day is not pretty either, he is grumpy and I am bitchy. Husb would rather I just forked out for the petrol than dela with that. #coolmumclub

      • beautybabyandme
        October 7, 2016 / 5:57 am

        Good old Cromer we will be there again soon! I’m so sorry you’re struggling too – it’s so hard when they won’t sleep. We’ve been through a car nap period too and it’s not easy xxx #coolmumclub

    14. October 6, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Ahh Fi, sleep deprivation is horrible! I am glad to hear you had lovely days out though and still enjoyed your holiday. Also, yay that Josh is sleeping better now you are home. In a couple weeks I will be a part of the up all night club again so if you need a chat at 3am you will know where to find me! Lovely pictures xx \coolmumclub

      • beautybabyandme
        October 7, 2016 / 5:55 am

        Ah bless you hun not long to go now! Thanks for your lovely comment xxx #coolmumclub

    15. October 6, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Looks like a beautiful place – I love your family shots you all look so happy! Even without the sleep!
      I’m echoing your final line – our mouse is two next month, surely it has to happen soon!!!! (Sorry, prob not what you want to hear!).
      Great to have you back Maverick, thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx
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      • beautybabyandme
        October 7, 2016 / 5:54 am

        Thanks for commenting and for hosting lovely xx #coolmumclub

    16. October 6, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      I love the Peak District! But I now what you mean about travelling with a baby – we had a few dodgy nights on holiday with the Popple where she refused her travel cot and ended up in bed with us. The sleep deprivation can really get to you, especially when you’re on holiday and feel like you’re supposed to be having fun but you’re just too shattered. Her sleeping started to get better once she turned one, though, so there’s hope!
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      • beautybabyandme
        October 7, 2016 / 5:50 am

        It’s tough isn’t it. You have given me hope – Josh is 1 in a couple of months so fingers crossed things will improve xx

    17. October 8, 2016 / 7:49 am

      Oh lovely, I really feel for you – why do kids do this when away?? We have the same problem at the moment as Emma and I go to my mums from Sun-Tues and she is always a terror the first night she is somewhere new. It’s so hard – I just want her to sleep through!! She is 17 months and this has to happen soon…sounds like you had a lovely break in between though, Bakewell looks gorgeous and big YAY to cheesy chips and the carriage bike ride (always wanted to try that with Em) Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam, wonderful to have you xx
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