Holidays with More than One Kid-a Whole New World

We leave for ‘the holiday’ on Saturday. My husband is excited. My parents (they are coming) are excited.  Gigi is saying ‘holiday’ with a vague idea of what that is as, borne from the fact that Peppa (that pig) went on holiday on an airplane to Italy, losing her teddy over and over. So she is somewhat excited. I can’t say I am excited. I am not in dread though. I am not somewhere in between. Like many experiences since becoming a mother have become, it is bringing me to a new emotion. A new, unidentifiable emotion. I need science here. Please tell me. What am I feeling? Trepidation? Nervous excitement? Dare I say fear? Attenborough, are you interested? You could explore this safari of feeling in the hormone disco that is my brain and find very exotic species. We have been on holidays with Gigi twice since her birth-the Cotswolds and Sligo. It was different but really good. Now we have Betsy too. I have found having two much tougher at times and worry…how will holidays with two be? angst-807726_640

How the untitled emotion is manifesting itself…


I am packing. Mentally, physically and emotionally. Mental check lists race my brain daily. This year I am on the frugal packing diet and am enforcing a stricy very economical, ‘no new buys’ policy. Aside from a beach towel and a four euro pair of sandals for Gigi on the beach, I have done this very well. Those were essential buys for safety!334847476

At night I think. For hours. Too much.  I dream. I wake up tired from the activity of my dream packing and yet feel nothing is done properly.upset-534103_640.jpg

Where are we off to? Waterford. A county about three hours away from us. We have a house rented near a beach. Idyllic. Sounds glorious.

We could get the ‘good’ weather…we could…

I can almost see the Irish reading this do the ‘wince’ face. You are hoping I don’t get my hopes up for sunshine and halcyon days. Calm babies and all perfection. Despite sign posts declaring the yellow brick road style way to the Sunny southeast, there is never a guarantee. Don’t worry. We know. We know all too well what may occur.rain-791893_640.jpg

We have done Irish holidays many times. They require packing for all seasons. No joke. Just practicality. I have brought wellies and flipflops, hats of all types, brollies and sun cream.

I know we will have fantastic quality time with our girls. I know we are making memories for us all. I know if anything annoying or irritating happens we will make it a funny story in the future.

Doesn’t stop the worry.

I worry about the nights. Will they settle? We might all be in one room. This sounds like a desperate idea. Where is the holiday in that?!

Is my Aunt Minnie in here?

Will it be safe? I haven’t baby proofed. The website shows eight pictures of the property and only three interior shots. No amount of zoom can show me everything. What can I do? I am facing a lack of control…horror.

I worry about imagined situations of potential crisis. How wrong could they go? What shall we do?

I think about weather. We are in a rainy country. Great little country if it had a roof, as they say. Will the drenching let up and what can we do if not? Will we spend our holiday just browsing Lidl, Dunnes and Super Valu in another county…rain-1479303_640.jpg

Worst of all…if times become hard, Dickensian style…can we stick it out? Are we going to give in and come home… that would be the pits.

So there it is.

A boiling pot of feeling and yet I can’t put my finger on it.

Time will tell maybe.

See you after our ‘break’. I know we are blessed to have time away together. Luck has shone on us already and love is with us every day. I just am that type of Mammy. I see it all. Potentially good and bad. I hope it comes together for us. In the meantime, small goals.roller-905966_640

20 thoughts on “Holidays with More than One Kid-a Whole New World

  1. Oh no!! I hope that your vacation has fantastic weather!! Is August a bad time to go on holidays in Ireland? My friend and I are in the planning stages for a trip next summer and England/Ireland are basically the only places she wants to go lol Scotland too but I’ve already been there. Should we be picking a better month for travel?

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  2. To be fair, Ireland could have fantastic weather in August or it could be dreadful. Our holiday has seen a downpour one day, lots wind but definitely decent weather in between. We have been lucky. At home it rained since we left😐so I think you should risk it but pack for all occasions! !


  3. We live in Scotland so I feel your pain weather-wise. Packing is hard, as it’s difficult to pack for every eventuality. I make list after list and still forget things! #fortheloveofBLOG


  4. I too am in Ireland and going on an Irish holiday tomorrow – to Clare. Am packing for all eventualities and already pondering how much more exhausted I will be by the end of the week ! #fortheloveofblog


  5. I hope it all worked out for you!! It is hard not to worry when travelling with children but somethings can’t be planned for. We once traveled with out three daughters under 6 to the UK from Australia having never flown with them before. I was a mess beforehand but it all turned out well.

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  6. Aww, I hope that this turned out to be a lovely holiday! I am a big worrier and my anxiety often takes over before a trip, but I try to remind myself- a terrible vacation is still better than a day at work haha. The world is always going to throw curveball at us, and it’s all in how you handle it 🙂 (I still get in hit straight in the face by a lot of these curveballs…)

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  7. I love your sense of humour 🙂 We on a few occasions were reckless and put our hands up to take nieces and nephew for a few days away. We all survived a few days in a motorhome with rain and a child who was petrified to put his foot on sheep poo, we were camping in a paddock. It was challenging to say the least and FUN 🙂

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