Magical

In the hall outside John Lewis in Milton Keynes there is a Christmas wonderland. It is there each year in different forms but there is always a wonderful carousel, a little train and thousands and thousands of lights. I have always thought it would be so magical to take my child to see this, when said child was about 4 or 5 – I would take them through Next so that they wouldn’t see it straight away and they would just have the full effect of all of the Christmassy-ness in one go. It’s one of those things that I’ve always thought would be really fun to do.

We went to Milton Keynes last week and after we went to Costa for coffee we thought … I know TTB is only tiny and doesn’t know what Christmas is but I bet he would like the lights. So we took him out and oh! how he loved the lights. He was simultaneously excited and a bit overwhelmed … he clung really close to me whilst “hoo hoo hooo”ing at the lights. Then he had a cuddle with Auntie Rachel and watched the carousel go round with a very fascinated look in his eyes. I can’t wait to take him on it in years to come. That will be our special Christmas treat. My mum held him while he looked at all the lights on the way back. She was stopped by two ladies who told her how beautiful he was (this happens quite a lot, he is v pretty boy) and then just as she was being approached by some salesmen from Love Film, he threw up all over his stripy cardigan! Turns out that this is a good preventative for avoiding a Love Film sales pitch. Fortunately we were outside Mothercare and they have changing facilities.

Whilst on the subject of facilities, it’s always important to have in mind where you can feed and change your baby when you’re out and about. We were having a look in John Lewis and I said that I’ll feed TTB when we have coffee in Costa but that I’d just pop to the loo in John Lewis while my mum looked after the pram. John Lewis in Milton Keynes has recently been refurbished and I noticed as I walked to the loos that it had “baby feeding area” listed as a facility. Hmm. A quick peek and WOW there were two little rooms with comfy chairs, magazines and soft lighting – one for bottle feeding and one for breastfeeding, plus a drinks vending machine and a water cooler, along with a lovely changing area with mats, sinks and mirrors etc. Just brilliant! I was so impressed. I thought I’d try it out so I went and wrestled my baby away from his adoring grandma and auntie and took him for a very peaceful, calm, private feed. Just lovely. I don’t mind feeding him wherever he needs it really but it made such a difference to do so in a place where it doesn’t matter if someone sees your tummy and nobody is going to frown at you for daring to feed your baby without a bottle. Of course, the little stinker wanted feeding AGAIN and I had to feed him in Costa anyway (by gaw it’s harder on a dining chair!) but that’s not the point. Top marks, John Lewis, top marks.

8 thoughts on “Magical

  1. Hi heather, it looks so pretty and look how much TTB has grown! How lovely that you found nice feeding facilities, remember, don’t every let anyone make you feel uncomfortable for feeding your baby. XxBrenda

  2. Oh wow that does look magical! And such a pretty stripey cardigan TTB has, I imagine he’s the little star wherever you take him :-) xxxx

  3. Geesh Heather, I just LOVE reading your posts…This morning I am so thankful to be your “cyber” friend…even if it is just one sided!lol This post just gave me warm fuzzies about the upcoming holidays. I have 4 boys, my youngest being 8, and just recently I have regretted not making some family traditions. So kudos to you for being mindful and setting those things up now. They are indeed so special as they grow. As a side note, I love this pic of you…you are just radiant and motherhood definitely suits you:)

  4. It’s good to know that shops are really thinking about mums now. In my day you were lucky if they provided a cupboard with a rickety old chair and a bare light bulb!!! ♥

  5. I live in Milton Keynes & every year we take our girls to see the xmas wonderland (or whatever they call it that year) The lights this year are amazing!! The smiles on the girls faces when they see them is wonderful, & even though they are all growing up fast (too fast for me!! They are 10,8 & 4 although I swear it was only 5 mins ago my eldest was TTB’s age) they still get so excited by the magic of xmas. I have to agree with you that John Lewis have done brilliantly with the refurbishment, did you check out the haberdashery dept? xxx

  6. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and its so lovely! I just wanted to say you don’t have to wait too long until you can take TTB on the carousel – I took my youngest on when she was about 8 months old, I sat on a horse and held her in front of me – you do need help getting off though!

    Hope you are enjoying the preciousness (is that a word?) of motherhood. xxx

  7. I\’ve been reading your blog for a while now and its so lovely! I just wanted to say you don\’t have to wait too long until you can take TTB on the carousel – I took my youngest on when she was about 8 months old, I sat on a horse and held her in front of me – you do need help getting off though!

    Hope you are enjoying the preciousness (is that a word?) of motherhood. xxx

  8. Oh wow, those lights look amazing! Makes Coventry’s effort look rather pathetic. No wonder TTB was entranced. I love carousels, we called them “gallopers” when I was little and my Dad used to let us go on them whenever we could (so he could have ride too!) . I bet TTB would like a ride on the train as well!

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