Holidaying with a 10-month-old is certainly a bit different.
Gone are the cocktails (still breastfeeding). Gone are the late nights. Gone is the relaxing with a book by the pool (except when Penelope is asleep).
In its place, the smile on our daughter's face every day when she saw the pool; meal times where our daughter was treated like a celebrity (the Greeks love children); more sleep than we got at home because the sun and fresh air wore her out; and plenty of quality time spent with our daughter with no distractions.
All in all, the holiday was a big success. A few of the things that worked and a few that didn't:
- We forgot to take a few bits and pieces for myself and my husband as we were so focused on packing Penelope's things. The biggest loss was my husband's swim shorts!
- Penelope seemed to love the heat, the fresh air and just about everything about Greece. This was great in terms of sleeping, going out places and entertaining her. Not so good when she is curious about all the flora and fauna and wanted to make friends with the ants and wasps.
- Eating fresh fruit and veg grown in the Greek sunshine seemed to really make food click for her. We've never seen her eat so much,
- The plane journey was only three hours but felt endless. Getting her to nap before getting on the plane was a definite plus on the way back.
- The Tot Seat was one of the best things we took. Most tavernas had one highchair, which was fine until more than one baby was eating there!
- Penelope was cheap to feed - we just gave her bits of our meal, and the Greek bread went down very well. She tried goat, octopus, rabbit and fresh tuna, among other things.
- She loved the pool and playing on the lawn outside the villa. We were lucky to be able to go to a villa; I don't think it would have been as easy in a smaller apartment.
- We took far too many swim nappies and not enough normal nappies. Luckily we were able to buy some while we were there.
- We decided not to take our pushchair and this worked really well for us. We just took our mei tai and carried Penelope everywhere in a back carry. She loved it.
- We did take our car seat because there was no guarantee that they could provide a rear facing one. We bought a bag online to put it in and used it to hold the nappies and beach towels for some padding. It travelled fine and I was really glad we took it.
Once we'd adjusted to it being a different type of holiday, we all really enjoyed ourselves. We just need to find a way to explain to Penelope that she isn't going to be living in Greece permanently and that mealtimes will just be with mummy and daddy instead of an adoring audience.