On our second anniversary in May this year my husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby. Whilst the baby was in no way unplanned, it was still a surprise because it happened so quickly and as a result our plans to travel internationally towards the end of the year and create those final travel memories as just the two of us before we begun our family went straight out the window.
So here I find myself, 25 weeks pregnant with bump sitting in a sea view room over looking the South Devon coast. We've literally squeezed in this last weekend away before baby is born. It hasn't been a beautifully planned or timed babymoon. We booked it just yesterday evening when we rocked up to a reasonable, clean and comfy b&b in Bournemouth after a morning of meetings in Arundel and an afternoon meeting my husband's best friends new arrival. We started out from the Midlands on Thursday morning after my midwives appointment. We travelled to Crawley in West Sussex for a meeting with SkipHop to view their range of products for Baby and mum - we plan to launch a travelling with baby range next year. Then late afternoon we pressed onto to Brighton to meet Bill Brown, the company behind our best selling children's sleepover roll up mattress before rocking up to the Comfort Inn in Arundel early evening which we had again only booked the night before!
Our conversations along the journey have inevitably touched upon what travel we might be able to do and not do with baby. The truth is we have no clue. Whilst my husband is confident we'll travel to Europe at least twice next year when baby is 3 months and and later when baby is about 7 months, I'm not so sure because in truth I have no idea about travelling and what facilities are necessary when kids are in tow!
So here I am mid afternoon having arrived at our 4* luxury spa hotel, relaxing in our babymoon sea view room at Thurleston Hotel reading through the guest information. I've just come accross 2 leaflets which inform me that the hotel caters for children. "Isn't this an adult only hotel?" I ask my husband a little confused. Pulling me out onto the balcony he shows me the children's play area outside the hotel. Then I remembered, as we walked into reception there were fishing nets for rock pooling alongside buckets and spades... It never crossed my mind that the paraphernalia was for kids!
As for the guest information... Well that offers a baby listening service and packed lunches for days out which is great I can only imagine when you have children.
And so for this baby moon I'm off to explore everything that's great for kids to do in and around Thurleston Hotel and maybe next year we'll be back with our 7 month old in tow feeling confident that this lovely spa hotel has everything we need to look after and entertain our new addition!