Turning three.

So it’s happened. My little baby, the one who made me a mama, has had her THIRD birthday and it feels so incredibly grown up!

Turning 3 means big changes in the Knight household as she’ll be starting nursery in September. I have really mixed emotions about it all and it’s weighing on my mind but I think I’ll give it a post of it’s own.


ANYWAY. We had a super busy couple of weeks in July. Baby Knight had his dedication at church and then we had a family garden party to celebrate. (WHY is it such hard work hosting at your own home?! I ended up painting 16 fence panels that week when in reality nobody cares about my fence!) Little Knight also had a home visit from her teachers and then a ‘stay and play’ session at nursery. It was my husband’s birthday and then Little Knight’s birthday within a few days of each other. Whilst all of this was happening I was prepping and packing for a week holidaying in Devon. I was relieved to finally get away!

We kept Little Knight’s actual birthday quite relaxed due to being so busy. I felt a bit guilty about not planning her a party (yes, I’m that mother who feels The Guilt about everything.) but she really enjoyed being able to play with all of her presents throughout the day. 
The next day we packed up the car and embarked on a 3.5 hour drive to Devon. The kids were brilliant and we only had to stop once which was much better than I dared hope for. We stayed in a Manor House and were very well looked after by the lovely lady who owned it. My parents, sister, brother in law and niece all came too and we all had THE BEST time.
We ate scones, went to the beach, shopped, went swimming, visited beautiful little towns and generally just enjoyed spending time together. Baby Knight and Little Knight were so well behaved and just loved being busy and going out all the time. 
We had a little tea party on the Sunday evening so that Little Knight could have a birthday cake. Every time I had asked her what she wanted for her birthday in the weeks previous she had just requested a birthday cake. I’m enjoying that while it lasts as I imagine next year I might get a shopping list. 
We’ve never been to this part of Devon before so we had lots of exploring to do. Little Knight started each morning with a “So. What we doing today?”

Mr Knight hadn’t used any annual leave for months so we really appreciated having a whole week of quality time together. It’s a lot easier getting out and about when you’re not outnumbered! We’ve all already booked to come back again next year as we enjoyed it so much and I can’t wait! It’s a bit crazy to imagine as Little Knight will be finishing her year of nursery and getting ready for SCHOOL (you think I’m being dramatic this year, just wait!) and Baby Knight will be running around.

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

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Our little Spanish holiday.

Well. Aren’t holidays with a toddler different? Don’t get me wrong, we had THE BEST time and she really loved it, but my goodness it was full on! There was no pool lounging or lazy tapas lunches like we’ve been accustomed to! Seeing her little face when we got to beach was incredible though so I wouldn’t change anything. It’s just one of those times when you really notice how things have changed.


Anyway, from the start! She was a little dream travelling there. I pulled her from her comfy bed at 4am and took her outside in the rain to travel to the airport but she just took it in her stride. On the plane she watched Ben and Holly, ate all her breakfast snacks and covered us in stickers. She was  actually better behaved than me as I was shuffling and moaning about how uncomfortable I was!

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We spent the week mostly at the swimming pool as she loved it so much. We developed a little routine where we would get up and out in the mornings, have a picnic lunch by the pool and go back to my grandparents for a siesta in the afternoons. We also went to the beach a few times and walked into the nearby town for food and a bit of shopping. We even managed to eat out on two evenings! There was a little train that went around the complex everyday and she loved having a ride on that.

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We stayed with my grandparents, who live there, so Little Knight obviously doesn’t see them very often so it was really lovely seeing her relationship with them build. She’s only just started remembering them when she sees them so it was great to have so much quality time together.

She slept really well all week which I think is because our days were so full. Eating wasn’t too bad either really, ignoring the fact that she had multiple ice creams everyday. But that’s what holidays are all about!

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The flight home was also really good. She fell asleep for the last 40 minutes as we landed at about 9:30pm. We only took hand luggage so we could go straight through to passport control and then home to bed.

She was really happy there (we had barely any tantrum moments) and we can’t wait to take her again. Although next time we’ll be a family of 4 so it’ll involve a bit more juggling!

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

Flying with a toddler.

Next month we are travelling to Southern Spain for a few days with the 2 year old. Brave or insane… I’m yet to decide! However I’m thinking preparation is key so here is what I’m packing in Little Knight’s bag for a 2.5 hour flight.

  • Twist up crayons and colouring book. Less messy than normal crayons and I don’t need a sharpener like with pencils.
  • HUGE Peppa Pig sticker book.
  • New reading books.
  • Portable DVD player.
  • Small wooden Peppa Pig puzzle.
  • Lots of snacks.
  • Spare clothes.

Everything is new from Amazon or picked up in Supermarkets so I’m hoping it’ll keep her interest for a bit longer. I’ve been looking up different toddler travelling tips and one I’m going to try is wrapping up her new things to make them last a bit longer and make the whole experience a bit more exciting.


Little Knight is still in nappies so I’m going to pop a pull-up on her for the plane so she can be changed standing up as the on board facilities are a little snug!

She’s flown before but she was only a baby and it was really easy, she basically spent the whole time on the boob! Now we need to actually be entertaining and channel our inner cbeebies. I feel like the whole plane will be rolling their eyes as soon as we board!

If you have any other tips for travelling with little children then please share them. Mr Knight is getting a bit stressed about the whole experience already! I keep reminding him that next time we go we’ll have an extra baby on board too… Poor Daddy!

Wish us luck!!

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

A week away!

Firstly, I’m sorry for being a complete blogging fail over the last few weeks. Those naughty teeth have been erupting again and upsetting my poor girl!

A few weeks ago we went on a lovely family holiday to Devon with my parents, my pregnant sister and her fiancé and his best friend and parents. Baby Knight absolutely loved having so many people around all the time which meant we did too. It felt like such a luxury to be able to take my time in the shower and to read a magazine with a hot cup of tea! Bliss! We were very lucky with the weather too, Britain isn’t notorious for its glorious bank holidays but we managed to catch one. Not one rainy day all week. That’ll do, pig.

We set off at 7am on the Saturday as we anticipated a lot of service station breaks (we were right) and arrived at about midday. Baby Knight coped really well with the travelling and settled in quickly. The rest of the day was spent unpacking and putting up Easter decorations. (My previous post shows everything I’d bought.)

The next day was Easter Sunday. We are Christians so it is such a celebratory time for us. We have friends who live in Devon and they kindly invited us to their church for the morning service which was so joyous! Afterwards we spent the day enjoying a three course meal with the family and then my dad organised Baby Knight’s first Easter Egg Hunt. My sister and I even managed to squeeze in a spot of baking, something I don’t really get the chance to do anymore.

Most of the Devon crew

Most of the Devon crew

Some of our treats

Some of our treats

We also took Baby Knight to her first zoo which was such a sweet day! I was a little concerned that she’d be too young and it’d be a complete waste of money but she was adorable! Her favourites seemed to be the giraffes, tigers and elephants, I couldn’t believe that she was watching them with such excitement.

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Elephant spotting with Daddy

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Taking it all in!

The rest of the week was spent relaxing and visiting cute little towns. It was a real treat to spend so much time altogether, I’m always conscious that Mr Knight misses out a bit being at work. However, he definitely chose the best week to have off, we felt like we came home with a different baby! I don’t know if she’d been waiting for a decent audience or if it was the magic of the sea air but in the space of a few days she learnt to say ‘nana’ and ‘dada’ (don’t worry, she’s had ‘mama’ down for weeks!) she learnt to clap and most momentously… SHE LEARNT TO CRAWL! My baby is on the move! This is both thrilling and terrifying in equal measures. It is such a joy to see her explore her environment on her own and watching her learn. She is also ecstatic about this new trick and has developed a new super cheesy smile to prove it.20150406_182113

Devon is such a beautiful place and we’ve all decided we’re returning next year. My niece or nephew will be with us next time and Baby Knight will be 2 so it’ll be a whole new experience but something to look forward to. I was a bit sad to come home and get back to normal but we’ve been too busy baby proofing our house to really have time to think about it!

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Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

Travelling with a baby.

It’s that time of year where our thoughts turn to the warmer months and we start looking forward to escaping the mundane and going on holiday. We’ve got a week in Devon planned with my family coming up and just the logistics of packing the car is stressing me out already! We managed to go on a few short breaks with Baby Knight last year which were really lovely. We have family in Spain so went to visit them for 5 days and also went to Cornwall later in the year. If I’d had a pound every time someone recoiled in horror when we said we were flying with a baby my holiday would’ve been paid for! After so many times I was also convinced it was going to be terrible, we were irresponsible parents and everyone on the plane would HATE us.

However the tale has a happy ending because she managed really well on both flights and we had a great holiday. Phew! So a couple of months later we decided to join some of my family for a break in Cornwall. No problem! If we can handle a plane, a car is a breeze. Then I realised the journey was about 4 hours and the longest Baby Knight had been in the car before was an hour tops. Cue more fear. But we all survived and again had a great time. It must not have been too traumatic because we have a few getaways planned for 2015 which I am eagerly anticipating!

Holidays are exhausting!

Our perfect view!

That said, I know I will still feel a little apprehensive when the dreaded day of travel arrives as I think every parent does with a baby on board. So I thought I’d share a few tips that I’ve learned from the experience (some the hard way, this post is not boasting about what a perfect parent I am!)

  • Airports are stressful. Fact. Wearing our baby was the best decision we made as it gave us another pair of hands and we just checked the pushchair in with the suitcase. Easy peasy and one less thing to think about.
Baby wearing in action

Baby wearing in action

  • I’d read something about buying new toys for going on long journeys but just thought at that age they don’t really know so I just hid some of her toys for a week so they were as good as new to her.
  • The obvious things are to pack lots of nappies and spare clothes but also plenty of hand sanitiser and anti-bac wipes. Airports and planes especially are a playground for germs!
  • If you can, feed on take off and landing to help their ears. If not a dummy would do the job but Baby Knight refuses to take one. (Mr Knight actually tried whilst on the plane and she heaved and then projectile vomited all over us. We had to sit in sick for a further 2 hours. Marvellous.)
  • That brings me onto another tip, have a separate carrier bag to put dirty clothes in. We also had a poo explosion to contend with!
  • A few hours after we got to Spain, poor baby had a complete meltdown. She refused to feed, we tried rocking her, singing, all the classics. In the end I lay her on a blanket from home and she started to calm down, we then started her bedtime routine as close to normal as possible which settled her. I’d never even considered that it was all such a big ordeal for a four month old and that she’d need some extra comfort. If blankets are too big, just anything familiar that will smell like home will do.
  • When we were in the car, it was tempting to just keep going as stopping so often makes it feel like you’ll never arrive! We were fortunate as she slept for a lot of the journey but stopping every hour and a half seemed to work the best for us. She enjoyed bouncing around on us for a while to stretch her legs and we got a Costa fix. It did take us a long time but we arrived with a happy baby and consequently relaxed parents.
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The Knights in Cornwall

Obviously I only know what works for our baby so this may not be useful to you and I can’t say anything about travelling with a toddler yet but I think it’s helpful to share experiences. If you have any other travelling tips please share them in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x