Baby's First Holiday- Haven 2015!

By 7/16/2015

I've always been a massive fan of the English coast- seaside holidays and camping were a big factor in my childhood and it seemed like every year I would head to Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth or somewhere likely to be cold and wet to waste my money in the arcades and most definitely not catch a tan.

With this in mind, I was super excited when Isla's Nanny and Grandad booked a static caravan at the Hopton Holiday Village in Haven, Hopton-On-Sea. Isla would be turning 2 months old during the trip and after 8 weeks of late nights and not really going out, me and Jack jumped on the chance of a nice long weekend away with the family!


Being the over-worried planner that I am, I spent around 3 days making lists of things to pack and then another 2 days packing them- and another hour checking over and over again that I definitely had everything for every possible scenario. I never anticipated how much junk you'd have to take with you when holidaying with a tiny baby- even a 2 month old baby that sleeps through the entire holiday waking only to squint a little at the sea and demand food and attention! Bizarrely, minus the ridiculous amount of nappies and wipes I thought we might need, we actually did use everything at least once.

We stayed in one of the larger static homes, which slept eight. There were six adults which muddled themselves between the rooms and the living room and two little ones- Isla and her cousin Albert who is turning two soon. There was a lot of room for everyone to sit in the lounge and the dining room and kitchen area was bigger than my kitchen at home. The caravan was nice- albeit a little cramped if you were all trying to get up and down the corridors, but to me it was a place to sleep and relax a little- the real pull for me was the complex and the beach!

Being a true British seaside holiday, I didn't expect much from the weather or the beach (and neither did Jack who insisted he wouldn't need suncream or- if I forced him, higher than factor 15). We took a little wander down to the seafront at high tide on the first day and despite a little wind the sun was blazing and Jack stripped down and went for a swim. A long swim- quite far out. I was not impressed when he waved happily every time I demanded he swim back to shore because god forbid he drowns and leaves me to do all the night feeds on holiday!

Way too far honey!

Isla went down in my new baby carrier- there was no way I was lugging a pram across the sand but like babies do, she slept all through it and was yet to discover the wonders of the sea...

That night after dinner, I did something I never expected I would be confident enough to do- I went somewhere without the baby! Fair enough it was less than 100 meters away to the arcade, and I had my phone, and knowing my ears I would probably hear if she started crying from the 2 minute walk away. But I did it- much sooner than I thought I would. So me and Jack hit the arcade for around an hour and spent far too much money winning tickets for prizes worth less than the money I shoved into the coin slots like a monkey mechanically picking at its mates fur. It was a blast. It was a cheesey seaside activity. It was something we did several times over the weekend.

We spent our two full days between the beach and the complex, and on the Sunday we took a rainy trip to the golden mile on Great Yarmouths seafront. The beach on Saturday was lovely, Isla shade-bathed and slept the entire time and was so reluctant to be awake that I had to prod and poke her to eat something.

"Mum, I'm sunbathing- I'm far too relaxed for milk!" 

That afternoon, we headed into the complex when outdoors was getting too hot for the little ones and took Isla swimming for the first time! We'd been given permission from her GP to take her now she'd had her first jabs and she loved it! She's always been my little water baby, she loves her baths- and she kicked her legs and I tried to encourage her to stop drinking the water. It's got me so excited to take her for the infant lessons at my local pool!

 On Sunday, we had a greasy but tasty breakfast at the complex, then we headed to Yarmouth and had a few rainy goes on the funfair rides at the pleasure beach, ate a ton of candyfloss till we felt sick and meandered along the front looking at all the tacky but brilliant souvenirs.

Far too wet, far too fun!

For the Saturday and Sunday nights, Jack and I decided to brave the entertainment in the complex. To say it was tragic is a little harsh, but it was what we expected from a British seaside holiday. Now I'm not saying it was rubbish, it did make us laugh and we didn't walk in and walk right out so something must've sparked our interest- on the Saturday there was a band performing #1 hits from the past years, and on Sunday there was a movie quiz (I knew the answer was Chicago Mrs Holiday Rep who shook her head at me and told me I was wrong!). It was 5* entertainment but after a pint (my first since having Isla so it went right to my head!) it was enough to get us giggling and a nice way to spend the night.

It was mine and Jack's first holiday, my first holiday with his family, and Isla's first every holiday in her life. It might not of been Spain or Egypt or somewhere super hot and fancy, but it was a really fun experience and we did what we could to jump in and make the most of it no matter how rainy or silly it was! 

Bring on Butlins 2016!

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18 comments

  1. Aww what a fab first holiday, Haven are great fun.
    xxx
    Lyndsey
    www.labeau.co.uk

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    1. It was really good, I was impressed- I didn't have big expectations from Haven at my age!xxx

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  2. You seem like your having fun despite of the weather, especially your cute little baby!
    #binkylinky

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    1. We got absolutely soaked- thankfully Isla stayed out of the rain :D a little rain can't get in the way of the fun. xxx

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  3. Such a cool first holiday for the baby! Sometimes it's less stress to stay in this country and at least you got to the beach! #PoCoLo

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    1. I know! I can't imagine if we had taken her abroad at this age or any further than Norfolk! It's a shame she was so sleepy but it was still a great memory for us :) xxx

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  4. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday, despite the great British weather :) #PoCoLo

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  5. It sounds like you had a lovely first holiday. I've been to Haven once and whilst it was lovely, I think my twins were too young for it at the time as there just wasn't enough for them to, unlike Bluestone, which we went to earlier this year which was great. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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    1. There isn't much for tiny tots besides the pool and some organised entertainment... that's why I'm looking forward to Butlins next year- they have soft play and weeks designed for tiny ones and Isla will be around 14 months old :) x

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  6. Ahhh sounds fab! Well done getting out and about with an eight week old as well, good idea going with family. Here's to many more traditional british seaside holidays for you! #weekendbloghop Lucy at occupation:(m)other

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    1. I thought taking such a tiny baby would be a nightmare but she was fantastic and well behaved thankfully! Yep British holidays have got to be done :D xx

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  7. Looks like you had a super first holiday.Thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

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    1. I really did :) thank you for hosting such a fab linky!xx

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  8. it sound's like you had a lovely weekend, i use to love caravan holidays as a child as my grandparents owned a caravan so i use to spend every school holiday visiting and loved it. x #binkylinky

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    1. Aw that sounds lovely too! My mum's near the coast so Isla will spend school holidays around the sea one day too :) xx

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  9. It looks like you had a lot of fun. I love the British seaside too, but I've got to admit it's nicer when the weather's good. It made me smile seeing your little one completely zonked out in every single picture. #binkylinky

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    1. We had a good mix of torrential rain and blistering heat :) aha she is normally so much more alert but she just would not wake up! She was too busy relaxing ;) xx

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