Yesterday we had a nice day with my mum visiting Botany Bay in Chorley. We had some nice lunch then wandered round their Christmas shop, where we picked up some Christmas colouring books for Lilly and a little red bell bauble which she took a shine to.
Later, Lilly discovered the 1990s equivalent of a Kiddizoom camera on one of the second hand stalls. She loved it instanty because it has a string to wear it around your neck, similar to the binnoculars they have at nursery which she is currently obsessed with. It was only £2.99 and she spent the rest of the day taking pretend photographs and telling me to “say cheese”. Imagine the delight when we discovered later that we could put batteries in it and now she can actually make it flash too!
In all the excitement, Lilly nearly left behind her handbag, which currently goes everywhere she goes and is filled with an assortment of random items. Luckily, she remembered in time and we retraced our steps successfully before somebody picked up her handbag believing it to be one of the second hand sale items!
After a while, we decided to go to Astley Hall, which is just up the road. I’ve never been there before but my mum has. It looks like a great place to take children, as it has huge grounds.
By the time we got there, Lilly needed a change of clothes after drenching her tights splashing in muddy puddles. Lilly has been so good with toilet training lately that I’d only come out with one change of clothes. We had a brief look around Astley Hall but Isla started getting agitated for her bottle so we sat in the cafe while she had it.
After our drinks Lilly asked to go to the toilet, and then I changed Isla’s nappy and decided now would be a good time to head home. Lilly had just been for a wee, Isla was fed, changed and tired and I was hoping she’d have a nice nap on the way home as I was planning on putting her to bed an hour later to pre-empt the clocks going back overnight.
20 minutes later, we’re on the M6.
“I need a wee-wee”
“I can’t stop now Lilly, I’m on the motorway. Can you wait until we get home?”
A minute later.
“Mum, mum. I need a wee-wee.”
“I know Lilly, but we’re on the motorway. I’m not allowed to stop. Let’s think about something else. Erm… which is your favourite episode of Same Smile?”
“I need a wee-wee. I need a wee-wee!”
“Lilly, please try to hold it, we won’t be long”
At this point I decided to pull off at the next junction. But, as I searched for the first available side road, it happened:
“Mummy, I need a wee-wee! It’s coming out! It’s in my knickers!!”
So, with no dry changes of clothes left, Lilly had to travel the rest of the way home in just a t-shirt with one of Isla’s blankets over her, in a wet carseat. And of course, all the drama had woken up Isla and thwarted the long-nap-in-the-car-plan.
At least the car seat cover is machine washable.