So we have been on our first holiday with Baby Friday, and this included his first flight. The Spanish region of Andalucia was chosen as this year’s destination which meant in our case, taking a flight from London Luton to Gibraltar. We flew with Monarch Airlines and managed to book online the front seats on the plane with extra leg room. Very good move this if you can do it, if only for the fact that you have no one in front of you as well as the extra space, making the flight slightly less stressful with a wriggly, agitated child. Baby Friday was excellent on the outward leg, even prompting a comment from the gentleman sitting next to me saying how good he was. This happened just after an incredible landing at Gibraltar which, for the first timer, I would advise you be prepared for. It’s very turbulent, caused by the fact the runway is situated alongside the famous “Rock” and you touchdown with quite a bump (the Captain does warn you of this earlier in the flight) Whilst I was (unnecessarily) clinging on to Baby Friday and the seat for dear life, the gentleman next to me just yawned. “you’ve done this before?” I asked “many times” he responded with a smug and content smile.
The villa was quite simply amazing. We even had staff. A house keeper called Lily and a caretaker come gamekeeper come waiter, called Juan. It took the first night to get Baby Friday to settle into his travel cot, being used for the first time, but he eventually did. Let me make this clear, holidays with six month old’s are not relaxing, fun, yes, enjoyable, yes, distracting from the humdrum of normal life, yes, but relaxing? No. If you are aware of this fact beforehand it should help ease the frustration of not being able to lie by the pool with a cocktail tucking into the latest bestseller. The new found enjoyment comes from taking your baby into a swimming pool for the first time and watching for positive reactions. Baby Friday seemed suitably unimpressed by his nautical adventures but we persisted for the week. We were very lucky on this holiday as we went with 16 close friends who all doted on Baby Friday, giving us every now and again a chance to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings we were in. I don’t think I would go on holiday with him at the moment on our own, especially after the flight home, he screamed all the way!!…..