What is the only thing more terrifying than taking young children to the supermarket?
Young children on an aeroplane.
Yes, that’s a 10 week old baby and a 2 and a half year old toddler in a busy airport and then sat on a plane for 3 hours.
Tensions were high, and we didn’t always keep our cool (including an empty threat of having to get off the plane mid flight if she didn’t stop screaming…) but overall it was much better than we anticipated and we had the best week.
To be honest, negotiating the airport whilst juggling bags, jackets and children was probably the most stressful part. We left home at 6am on Thursday morning and kept the kids in their pjs for comfort and convenience. We were really lucky as they let us fast track through security, probably out of pity!
We bought Little Knight a Trunki suitcase which she was so excited to use and put her favourite small teddies, books and figures in. I then added some new magazines (which probably cost the same as the whole holiday), a sticker book and some Kinder Surprise eggs as a real treat. It also meant that she could ride through the airport when her poor legs were tired.
Little Knight had a suitcase full of entertainment and we had the portable DVD player as back up and for the most part, all was calm. Even on a good day at home we have little blips, she is 2 afterall, so we were thrilled.
Baby Knight obviously didn’t have a clue what was happening and just carried on as usual. I wore him in the airport, which he loves, to keep our hands free.
We then spent 7 days enjoying Malaga! We stayed with my grandparents who live there so we always go to the same area which I love as we know where things are and what we like to do. I always get ‘new-place-anxiety’ so this really works for us.
We had beach days, we went to a zoo, we spent HOURS in the swimming pool, Little Knight ate endless ice cream. It was bliss. Obviously very different to our pre-children holidays, you never actually relax unless they’re asleep, but we had a lot of fun and it was really special to spend so much quality time together. We were really sad to leave!
One thing I want to say about travelling with children though, I found anyway, is that people are so kind. It’s easy to think that everyone is against you and will be really annoyed by your children’s presence, Mr Knight and I were so worried about going! We couldn’t have been more wrong though. The staff were brilliant, they fast tracked us through queues, made the time to speak to my daughter, gave her stickers to play with when we had to wait. I know it’s their job, but I felt really looked after and it just made everything feel more relaxed. The general public are also such a kind bunch! We had countless offers of help and everyone was full of smiles for our children. We had to get a little bus from the airport to the plane and Baby Knight was screaming as he wanted to be fed but instead of being annoyed, so many people were talking to us both or smiling or chatting to my daughter about her exciting holiday. I really encourage you to be that kind person if you get the chance, it made such a big difference to us. I make an effort to smile at people much more now and spread a little positivity. You never know who needs it.
ANYWAY. That went off an a tangent. We had such a great week away. It was lovely to spend quality time with my grandparents, my Nan is just the best host ever. After all of the panic about packing and travelling, I’d do it all again tomorrow if I could!
Knight Mummy x