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First camping trip with toddler - dh says never again!

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Nappyzoneisabeetrootrunner Tue 21-Jul-09 16:59:53

We went to this site cote ghyll and i would definitly recommend it in lovely countryside with sheep wash stream area for kids to paddle and fish in and cod beck also a short walk through some woods away. Loos pristine. Anyway the weather was good and dh was suprisingly happy even talking about what we need for next time (he is a v reluctant camper). So we bed down about half 8 baring in mind kids normally in bed 7pm (2 and 6). The toddler bounced abotu the airbeds giggling and then getting upset nearer 10pm as clearly tired. The knob next to us seemed to think quiet 10pm rule ment he could shout right up to and beyone to tell all and sundry about his ddickens barrgains back in 1986 and how long his elec hook up was and playign his crap music. DD was also shouting back i cant get to sleep for all them noisy people. Anyhow ds finally went off after declaring he wanted to go home and dh was actually considering this (20 mins away). DD then continued moaning till 11pm as she still coldnt get to sleep. Despite restricting fluids i went to the loo 3 times through the night - well one potty , one back tent squat and one actual toilet trip at 3am were i witnessed the most beautiful star sky ever. Ds then woke at 1pm for a quick bounce and laugh then went straight back off till 5.30 then went off till 8pm, my new sleeping bag cam undone through night and i couldnt get it re fastenend so was bloody freezing and as dh had forgotten the extra duvet he had to share his bag with ds so was also cold. We got up started brekky and it started raining so packed up inthe rain. DH said never again and came home and went straight to bed to rest his back angry. He seems perky now and has said maybe we will try again next year. Apart from that it was fab grin

EachPeachPearMum Tue 21-Jul-09 17:40:33

Ah... yes... the first camping trip with our toddler...
hmm...dd screamed from 2am, as she did not want to be there. At 4.30 we decided to pack up the tent and go home blush

She screamed in the car for 40 minutes... it was harrowing... before finally dropping off somewhere mid-Wales.

We haven't been again yet, and it's been 2 years.

We are planning to try again this summer...

kathyis6incheshigh Tue 21-Jul-09 17:44:19

The first night is always the hardest.

sarah293 Tue 21-Jul-09 17:45:56

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kathyis6incheshigh Tue 21-Jul-09 17:48:02

oh, and go to a quieter site next time
and later in the year so the nights are longer
smile

Nappyzoneisabeetrootrunner Tue 21-Jul-09 18:09:31

Yes we chose that site as it was supposed to be quieter! I hand picked it special just we were unfortunate to have 'mick' and family and visiting inlaws as well who wanted to keep announcing how she was going home to her nice warm bed then cacckle about it - all i wanted to do was shout so f* off now then! <but obviously didnt>. She also told the whole site about her 19.99 one tog duvet she bought also in dickens in 1986 - wtf?

I was speaking to another lady who had a fab big tent who also had a toddler and i told her how dh had forgot the big duvet and she kindlt lent us this big fleecy blanket for the ds which was so kind.

Really you went home - oh i can see how you would get to that - the problem we had is they locked the barrier at 11.30 so we were stuck in really.

Yes we have said if we go again we will go later in august so darker earlier. DD was 3 and a half first time we took her in luxury of a trailer tent.

kathyis6incheshigh Tue 21-Jul-09 18:52:25

Bloody Mick wink

Nappyzoneisabeetrootrunner Tue 21-Jul-09 18:57:30

It was "Mick the dick" by morning! grin

specialmagiclady Tue 21-Jul-09 21:32:19

Sounds like typical first night.

Always always hell. Camping only gets good on night 2 IMO. Then it's lovely as long as you are warm.

For extra duvet, read ESSENTIAL duvet!

Nappyzoneisabeetrootrunner Wed 22-Jul-09 09:38:47

does it really? i need to convince dh then 2 nights at least! i gather on day 2 your so shattered yuo sleep anywhere! I dont think i will get him away again this year although i could try if i knew the site was certain to be deathly silent/ no micks and dicky dark by say 9!

specialmagiclady Wed 22-Jul-09 17:03:11

You have to totally chill out re "normal bedtime" too and don't expect kids to go to bed 'til sundown, whatever time that is. I just enjoy sitting around reading stories to them on my lap in a sleeping bag, watching clouds scud across sky/campfire etc.

And 3am wees/spectacular stars/teeny tiny baby rabbits are one of my favouritest things about camping. Don't get to see that at home.

Our last camping trip boys slept in til 9am most days after day 2, we woke up at 6 and dozed/read/had marital unpleasantness 'til they stirred.

Nappyzoneisabeetrootrunner Wed 22-Jul-09 18:55:42

thanks for that specialmagiclady you are aiding my warmness to the idea aagin - i have put my tent up tonight to dry out and hoovered it too <sado>, i do think when toddler boy is a little bit older next year it will be better. Your right as well as when i went for my zillionth wee the sky was amazing and the bunnys scurrying away made me smile so much had i not spent the last god knows how long convincing dd to go to sleep i would have dragged her out of bed for a butchers. smile.

I have wrote a list to put in the camp washing up bowl that clearly states highlighted on my original list duvet, new double airbed, jumpers although im wondering if two singles might be best to illiminate bounce when one of us moves. hmm

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