We have had such a fantastic week!

    Monday

    Ezra was at nursery but Violet still wanted to go to the final week of summer Boppin Tots. It was treasure hunt themed and there were plenty of chocolates and sweets on offer!

    Joe had the week off work so in the afternoon I concentrated on packing for our little holiday!

    Tuesday

    Having loaded the car we set off to Joe’s parents house. It’s a 2 hour drive and we timed the drive to ensure Felix would sleep in the car. He is awful in the car (even the 5 minute journey to the local supermarket has previously had him in a screaming sweaty mess) so I was quite nervous. But it went perfectly and we made it without any tears!

    The afternoon was relaxed. Thanks to the biblical rain we stayed indoors.

    Wednesday

    Such a bad nights sleep! I was sharing with Violet and Felix. Whilst gently shushing Felix back sleep after his eleventy-billionth feed Violet had the cheek to tell me to “stop making that noise mummy!”

    Our plans to go to the local zoo were thwarted by the rain so we headed to a soft play. Thankfully this experience was much better for Ezra than last week’s!!

    Thursday

    Another horrendous night. Felix was unwell, spiking some horrid fevers and refusing point blank to feed from my left side. Joe took him to the GP who confirmed an ear infection. Poor boy ūüôĀ We dosed him up with pain relief and then all set off on our drive to Norfolk.

    We drove straight to Wells-Next-The-Sea. A really pretty quayside town in north Norfolk. There is a fairly long estuary which had the most beautiful expanse of sand beaches.

    Joe took Violet and Ezra to paddle in the water while I introduced Felix to his first sandy beach!

    Violet enjoyed burying her legs in the sand.

    And Ezra tried to bury Joe.

    It was such a glorious afternoon and the sun was very welcome! We got a miniature train back to the town where our car was parked and then drove to our airbnb in Great Ryburgh. It was the most oldy worldy cottage I have ever stayed at. The winding staircase with its uneven steps was tricky to navigate with children but apart from that it was completely perfect.

    Friday

    After a delicious cooked breakfast we set off to Sheringham which is another seaside town.

    The beach here was pebbles which suited me perfectly as I’m not a huge fan of sand.

    We enjoyed ice creams whilst sat on our beach towels with our backs against the sea wall. It was such a typically British seaside setting!

    Once the tide went out a sand beach was exposed which was fantastic for Violet and Ezra to do some digging!

    I didn’t get to explore much of Sheringham but from the little that I did see it is a really quaint and pretty town.

    Saturday

    Hooray – Felix slept really well!!!! It was our last morning at the cottage so we packed our things and then drove to Morston from where we were going to take a boat to see seals in the wild. I didnt really know how many seals we should expect to see but I can say that I never thought we would see hundreds!!!!

    The children loved seeing their faces pop up from the water and watch how they moved on land.

    The trip was really worthwhile.

    Then we had a 3 hour drive home. After all of the driving I think Felix had had enough and he spent much of the journey unhappy. It was a relief to reach home and get everyone to bed!

    Sunday

    It feels as though we have summer back so I managed to steam-roller my way through 4 loads of washed and line dried washing! Then we had a really delicious bbq.

    And that’s week 3 over!

    While we were preparing everything for our holiday in Spain I had to decide what to do about swim nappies. Our villa had a pool and we were by the sea so there was bound to be plenty of opportunities to go swimming.

    The thought of packing loads of disposable swim nappies was off putting when we had such a limited baggage limit. Plus the prospect of all those nappies going into landfill….

    I researched reusable nappies and settled on some from an eBay shop. Mega cheap at ¬£5.45 each, adjustable, take up no space at all and with cute patterns to choose from. In comparison some disposable nappies from Amazon work out at ¬£0.75 per nappy. Ezra would be going swimming at least once a day which worked out as 10 times. I decided to buy 3 reusable swim nappies and I’m so glad I did!!

    They have poppers on them so you can size up as the child grows, meaning these will go from birth-to-potty. Having bought these for Ezra, he already needed the biggest setting. But I can obviously keep them for the next baby.

    The elastic is really snug. Not enough to cut into the skin or leave any rub marks. Ezra gave them a full test run on the first day with a poo and I was so thankful to see none of it leaked out!! It was simple enough to tip the poo in the toilet and throw the nappy in the washing machine. The nappy washes at 30-40 degrees with a little detergent. It came out as good as new.

    The poppers are very secure and have a strong snap to them. There was absolutely no way Ezra could have undone them, whereas I know with a disposable he could have got out of it if he wanted.

    The nappy is so thin that it fitted under his UV all-in-one swimsuit. And it didn’t create that annoying sag which disposables do as soon as they touch water.

    I was massively impressed with these nappies and they worked perfectly on holiday. With the hot Spanish sun they dried so quickly and were ready for another round of toddler swimming action.

    I would highly recommend reusable swim nappies for anybody with little ones, be it for the weekly swimming lesson at the local pool, to a beach holiday. They took no extra effort, looked mega cute and saved us a load of space in our suitcase.

    I’m typing half of this on the plane. On my left is Joe with a finally sleeping Ezra on his lap.

    And on my right is Violet engrossed in Frozen.

    This morning we made our way by bus, train and shuttle bus from Bromley to London Luton Airport. The whole journey went very smoothly. The kids were, on the whole, really good. Violet has surpassed herself with the number of questions she has asked today and it’s only 2pm!
    Once we got to Luton we joined a long queue at check-in to drop our suitcase. I’m not sure if this is usual but there was only 1 desk servicing ALL Ryanair flights. But we had given ourselves so much extra time that this didn’t worry us. Ezra ran around the lane-ropes for all of the other unmanned desks and Violet did her best at being patient (we are learning this word and the meaning…!)

    Once we had dropped our luggage we made our way to security. We made sure we poured out the water from their drinking cups and I had already put all of our smaller liquids in 2 little sandwich bags. So imagine my surprise when security took my 2 little sandwich bags and told me that they are not in the correct bags and therefore I cannot have my items back!!!!!! I was told that as they do not seal shut and are not the correct dimensions as dictated by the Civil Aviation Authority they would not give my liquids back to me. I had to go to a vending machine and pay ¬£1 for a kinder egg type container which had 2¬†CORRECT¬†plastic¬†bags. Except I didn’t have ¬£1 on me, and neither did Joe. Queue Joe dashing off into the departure area to find a cashpoint and then spend the money to get some change. Anyway, I could then buy the kinder egg and put my liquids from my carefully assembled sandwich bags into these official bags. Security didn’t even re-scan them. The official bags did not make ANY difference.

    So that’s a big lesson learnt and tip for flying….Luton airport do not supply plastic bags for free as Gatwick and Heathrow do. You have to buy them. Despite them making no difference to the checks carried out. This is the clause for getting your liquids back!

    Anyway, we then found a hot sweaty bench to sit on (Luton is undergoing building works so there is a real lack of any comfortable seating and ventilation seems to be at a minimum). We scoffed our homemade sandwiches and all of a sudden it was time to go to our gate. I made a pit stop at Pret a Mange to ask for some warm milk for Ezra. The assistant said I didn’t need to pay and it was free. Wow – what excellent customer service. I also bought 4 croissants for the flight.

    We boarded the flight and it took off on time. Violet swiftly got into Frozen for the 100th time. Ezra twisted and turned on Joe’s lap for an hour and then all of a sudden looked up at his daddy and snuggled his face into Joe’s neck. Asleep.

    The flight went better than we could have expected with a 4 and 1 year old. ¬†At 30 weeks pregnant I discovered I cannot bring the fold-away table down without it touching my bump (I don’t like things touching my baby bump).

    So now we are here. Let the summer holidays begin!

    When shopping for baby things I just look for products which appeal to me visually and work for my needs.

    I have never owned a purpose made change bag but recently I decided that I needed a little more organisation in my bag, especially with soon to be 3 children who are 4 and under! I also wanted a bag which I could continue to use as a regular bag once the days of nappies etc are over. After a lot of research, and getting a little hooked on YouTube packing videos I settled on a Storksak Elizabeth in tan. The leather looked so soft and from the outside it doesn’t look like a change bag at all.

    I will do a separate post on all of the compartments of this bag and an overall review but I thought I’d make a post now about how I have packed my Storksak for a flight to Spain with 2 children.
    This is how the bag looks unzipped.

    As you can see I haven’t used all of the pockets so I could put more in.
    In the main middle section I have my 2 JuJuBe Quicks.

    Donutella’s Sweet Shop has 1 change of clothes for Violet and Ezra plus a little wet bag that I can put dirty things in. There is plenty of space in this Quick for other things which bodes well for popping in a few babygros for baby when he arrives.

    Space Place is my nappy change bag. I have managed to fit in an almost full pack of wet wipes, 4 size 5 nappies and some cream. I love that when I need to change Ezra’s nappy I just pull this Quick out of the bag and take it to the change area rather than having to take the whole Storksak with me.

    Today I picked up 2 busy packs from my lovely local charity shop. They are A4 size so have to go in the main compartment of the Storksak. I have seen online some much smaller play packs however they are very expensive shipped from America. I am on the look out for a UK retailer so please shout if you come across one!

    Next out of the bag are my large and medium Be Sets in the Iconic print. The larger set piece is our snack bag.

    I have put in some packets of blueberry wafers, oaty bars, baby biscotti, chocolate biscuits, mini smarties, boxes of raisins and also 2 sets of plastic Ikea spoons/forks. I still have loads more space in this large set piece so I may pop a few more snacks in. All parents know the power of a snack to satisfy a young child for a while…!

    The medium set piece is my toy bag. Previously we have had a mixture of plastic animals, Peppa Pig figures, some cars and other bits and bobs. My local charity shop came up trumps again today with a little bundle of ‘pop together’ figures. I’m not sure how else to describe them! I have purposely not shown them to Violet and Ezra yet so that they are new when I dig this bag out at the airport/on the plane!

    My small set piece is my mini first-aid bag.

    I have plasters, paracetamol tablets for adults, Calpol sachets, a medicine syringe, teething powder, contact lenses and hand sanitiser in here.

    Hanging off the outside of the Storksak is another hand sanitiser and my JuJuBe Pacipod in Sea Amo print.

    It’s designed to hold baby dummies however I have popped in a phone and iPad charger.

    Here is a view of the Storksak with all of the pockets.

    I have also packed in a change mat (which comes with the bag), my EOS lip balsam which both kids are a little obsessed with, some extra stickers to play with and my house keys which are on a lanyard attached to the bag.

    Here’s the bag all packed up and organised again!

    For the purposes of our flight I will have a separate bag with passports, tickets, money, phone, iPad etc.

    I hope my packing gives you some ideas for organising a change bag for a flight with young children!