Happy New Year! We’ve had a couple of nice little mini holidays this year. We went to the Hunter Valley Gardens and enjoyed the light show and fireworks with a one night stay over, and on Friday we returned from a two night stay in the Blue Mountains.
When we holiday with our Mr 10, we know that we can expect certain things.
- He will talk to everyone he meets… about everything
- He will roll around the hotel like a crazy person
- He will complain about the food, about walking and about any places of interest we’ve arranged to go to….until he gets there and then he’ll love it…with embarrassing over enthusiasm, loudly and then talk to everyone he meets about it.
- He will do something every day that gets him trouble with us. Not just regular kid stuff, we are used to that. He will do something that is really really annoying and frustrating.
So our Hunter Valley trip went really well. He did all of the above except perhaps for number 4. At least, if he did do anything really big, I can’t really remember it now! He did get into lots of ‘little’ troubles by being rude, and running away and getting overexcited though. It was new years eve so it was kinda exciting. We understood. He still got fairy floss and popcorn and in the end he had a really great time. His parents however, were exhausted because the new little Mr 9mths is really not good at being out of routine and away from home. He doesn’t sleep. He screams. He needs to be rocked and shushed and this needs to be done multiple times throughout the night! Arggh!
Our recent Blue Mountains excursion looked to be a washout at first as the weather was very stormy, misty, rainy and cold. Since we were going to stay more than one night, and since the husband wanted to play golf, we booked the nicest hotel we could afford so that I would have a nice base to stay at with just me and the boys while he played golf. We chose a great resort on a golf course that had really great facilities for kids and was a four star into the bargain. Mr 10 is like me and really loves hotels, so the choice of a fancy one is quite important as he likes to spend time in the room. The first day was taken up with staying at the hotel due to the awful weather, but at least on the second day it fined up a bit so we could get out and explore some. I always love the Blue Mountains, it’s one of my favourite places and I’d happily live there if I could. :)
So Mr 10 did talk to everyone continuously and all the staff knew him well by the end of our stay. He insisted on doing a lot of their jobs for them like pushing the luggage trolley here and there, and complaining about things that he thought weren’t quite right. He had a great time in the kids room, and I’m getting better and accepting that if I overhear parents whispering, or kids talking about ‘some weird kid’ or something strange going on, that it’s likely about Mr 10 and that I need to either go in and do something about it, or just let my heart rate settle and remember that I don’t know these people and they don’t know me! I am getting better at the latter now because I was also dealing with Mr 9mths who wanted to be in the ‘baby room’ so I couldn’t keep as close an eye on Mr 10 as I would normally!
So the number 4 that he did on this trip was a doosy! We were all finalising our dressing up to go out to dinner on the second night and Mr 10 was playing around with the hotel safe, something which always fascinates him and he doesn’t usually cause trouble with because he is good at remembering the code he makes for it. We are just about to leave when he confesses that he has forgotten the code to the safe. I asked him what was in there.
“Your Kindle, a muffin, my GoPro…. and the room card”.
Sigh. Not just ONE of the room cards! BOTH of them! So we fiddle around for a while trying to get him to remember the code, but he must have hit the wrong button as he had closed the wardrobe door and squashed himself in there to play with it (as I had just told him to stop playing with it!). So we were stuck. Finally we sent him to reception to find out if they have a way of opening the safe. They sent up a maintenance man who did it for us and we were on our way! Big Trouble! We were now an hour and a half later than we had intended to go and eat and the baby was whinging because he was tired and hungry!
There were a few other moments where I had to bring him back on track when around other kids in the play room but overall it was still a good little mini holiday. I think we’ll have to continue with mini holidays until Mr 9 months settles down a bit because we ended up having him in our bed with us as he woke up so often! We can’t be doing that for too many nights in a row! Phew! Hard work with not much sleep!
We are looking forward to happy and busy new year though. :)