Last week while my husband was off work we decided to be brave and try a day out with all three littles. We chose a farm very close to us, only about 15 minutes away, made a packed lunch and tried to remember everything we would need for a few hours in the wider world with a toddler and baby twins. The farm was lovely and very reasonable to get into (which turned out to be a good thing as we had to cut the trip short). All started off well and I rather smugly thought we were going to make it through the day; the sun was shining, both babies were happily settled in their pushchair, quietly taking in the sights. Lucas was enjoying it all just as I thought he would, feeding the sheep, goats and chickens and excitingly running up and down the country tracks chattering to all the animals and other children he came across. It was lovely to see Lucas out in the fresh air, something we haven’t been able to do nearly as much as I would like. He’s always been in his element in the great outdoors so we were making the most of it while we could.
Then, the time came to feed to babies and it all went downhill from there; whether it was just that the bottles weren’t as warm as usual or that there was just too much going on the babies wouldn’t settle to feed. We went to find a quieter spot to try again and as we settle down in a quiet oriental garden Lucas starts to run wild. He was getting all agitated and over excited, probably because we’d stopped his fun to feed to twins. He was running around shouting then ended up falling backwards off a bench, it was one of those moments that I could see happening but couldn’t get to him in time. Luckily he didn’t really do any damage as he mostly fell in a bush, he just gave himself a big shock and then wanted to go home. As he said that me and my husband looked at each other in silent agreement that this just wasn’t going to be our day. It was never going to be easy getting out with all three while the babies are so young and we’ll put this one down to a learning experience in the hopes that it goes more smoothly next time we attempt it.
In the end we had our packed lunch as a picnic in the back garden as we tried to wind down! From the safety of our garden we were able to laugh about our disastrous first attempt at a day trip, we’ll try again and probably learn a few things again too!