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A long car journey

I love the west country, I’ve holidayed in Devon and Cornwall since I was little, it’s such a beautiful part of the world and we’re so lucky to have it relatively on our doorstep. Even though we live on the south coast, its still a long old haul to get down there, all on A roads, and the traffic is usually heavy, especially on a bank holiday or if there’s any hint of sunshine. I’ve spent many a bored hour stuck in a car as a child, but what I didn’t appreciate then, was quite how excruciating the journey was for the adults in the car. Travelling with young children is a challenge at the best of times, a long car journey with three under fours, where I have to sit in the back, squashed between two car seats, is one of the hardest endurance tests I have ever faced (and I was once in slow labour for three days). I do find though, it just makes you all the more happy to finally arrive at your destination, sometimes deliriously so. And, much like labour, soon after it’s over you forget quite how horrifying it was and are already thinking about doing it all again.

Family photo

Before we set off on Monday, it already wasn’t looking good.

Our little trip to Devon this week involved a combined total of eight eventful hours in the car. The floor is now littered with empty packets of sweets and crisps and the seats are covered in crumbs, a reminder of the desperate levels we reached in our attempts to keep the children happy. At least this time we had no wee accidents or frantic stops on the side of the motorway to get the potty out, like we did when Mabel was potty training.

What we did have was a very vocal toddler with a lot to moan about, a very restless preschooler who wanted constant entertainment and a grumpy baby who didn’t understand why he had to go so long without a cuddle.

Greta developed an unnaturally strong attachment to a pebble that she called ‘my skimming stone’ and every so often screamed blue murder because she had managed to drop it somewhere unreachable. Mabel made up her own games for us to play, games in which the rules were constantly changing without warning or explanation but if you didn’t play it properly you got screamed at. Ernie alternated sleeping with waking up and crying for no reason that I could work out except to break my heart as I had to look at him and try to calm him down without taking him out of his seat.

I have represented my time in the car this week by way of a pie chart, because graphs are fun….

travel pie 2


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  1. March 27, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Our kids are very much used to time in the car – most of our days out have a 1.5-2hr car trip each way and we always go long journeys for holidays – we drove all the way from Surrey to Scotland in February half term. I think your kids need a high five for no car toilet accidents! x
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    • Louise
      March 27, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Oh gosh, maybe it’s just my kids! We put a pull up on Greta because she was potty trained…… But now she’s not! Which is fabulous…

  2. March 27, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Well done for surviving!! My girls aren’t too bad in the car, as long as I keep producing entertainment from my bag of goodies!! I hope it was worth it and you had a lovely time x

  3. March 27, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    Ah I have such fond memories of holidaying down to Cornwall, it took us at least 8 hours each way when we went. But such a beautiful place. Our girls are quite good in the car but normally by about ten minutes into the journey they have said ‘Mama’ about 100 times and I just want to relax and listen to the music. 😉 Well done for surviving and I love the pie chart! xx

  4. March 27, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Oh that did make me giggle! We do some pretty long trips with our three and so much of that is very very familiar! And yet it’s always worth it in the end 🙂
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  5. April 1, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I remember the long car journeys as a kid on A roads. Peeing on the side of the road, throwing up 2 minutes from our destination, my brother throwing up because I threw up. Sigh! With three little ones though, well done! We did a 9 hour journey with just one 5 month old. He was a star all the way. I can’t believe he didn’t kick off!
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  6. April 2, 2016 / 11:19 am

    I love the pie chart! My eldest is good in the car (ish) but my youngest doesn’t even like the school run, out big trip to France this year will be an interesting one!! X
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  7. April 2, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Oh dear, surprisingly we managed okay this week – we drove to York and back to Hampshire with little fuss, and then did a trip to Dorset and then to East Sussex the past few days. J is now 3 and the trips prior to this one were pretty hard, but she was a dream (thank you iPad babysitter!) x

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