I grew up in the Isle of Man and all my family still live there, so we regularly go over to stay with them. In fact, I’d still call it home despite not having lived there for twelve years.
We’ve not been over since Christmas, with me being pregnant and us then having a newborn baby.
So we were long overdue a visit, which we finally made last week!
Ella was 18 months at our last visit, and I noticed a real difference this time in how she was over there. For a start, she kept saying ‘holiday’ over and over. She knew we were away from home, which I don’t think she’d really acknowledged last time.
And she was giddy for the whole time we were there! Especially with more people to lavish attention on her!
Myself, Ella and Sienna went over on the Wednesday, on the ferry, with help from my mum who came over to stay with us on the Tuesday. Ella really enjoyed herself on the boat!
Sean came and met us over there on the Saturday morning, and came back with us on the ferry on Sunday. In fact, Sean got a private plane over to the island, piloted by his friend. which landed on a runway down the road from my parent’s house!
My mum and stepdad live in the countryside and run a plant nurseries business. So, there was plenty for Ella to explore! She had loads of fun running round the garden, playing on the swing and exploring the nurseries! She really enjoyed going on a ‘tractor’ ride with nanny (ride on lawn mower!). And she loved the amazing strawberries that they grow!!
While we were over, we met up with some of my friends and their children. We also went to a wildlife park with my sister, and saw a few animals. And Jodie and Ella had a bounce on the jumping pillow!
I’d decided to take the Cosatto Woop travel system, rather than our double buggy, so that I had a pram to settle Sienna in. And it was perfect for the wildlife park, with Ella using the Woop and Sienna going in the sling. I love that it can be so quickly converted from baby to toddler. And Sienna enjoyed chilling in the garden in her pram!
We also spent a lot of time with my niece, Nell. My brother and his wife were due to move house a few days later, so Nell spent time playing with Ella, while they were busy packing. We took them to soft play, when the rain ruined our plans for the park. And before we headed back on the Sunday, we went to the home of rest for old horses. Ella loves horses, though both girls were actually more comfortable with the donkeys!
Sean, my sister and her husband also went horse riding, as soon as Sean landed. I stayed behind with the girls, as my mum had to serve customers, but will definitely be joining them next time we’re over.
I really enjoyed having the extra help with both girls. It meant I got a lot more 1:1 time with Ella, playing in the garden and exploring. And I loved our morning snuggles!
There was one tough night when Sienna cried all night, sleeping only while I was stood rocking her! I probably got about 30 minutes sleep all night! So, as soon as morning came, my mum took charge of Ella while I napped. I’m still playing catch up on sleep from that night! Luckily, Sienna slept soundly the other nights (though obviously not all the way through! That would be the ultimate holiday!)!
We all had such a lovely few days, none of us wanted to come home. Ella in particular really enjoyed herself, which was lovely to see. When we drove up our road, as we arrived home, she started crying and saying ‘nooo, holiday’!!
I already can’t wait to go back!