UK Road Trip Day One: Birmingham

Well, this is day one of our UK Road Trip with Isabelle, our four month old baby! Our first destination is Birmingham!

Setting off and Heading to Cannon Hill Park

As is a growing theme with Isabelle, she was amazing in the car. Rather than waking half way through the journey and screaming until she was fed (something she used to do), she merely slept. Eventually she shat herself. Covering both her clothes and the car seat in poop. Unfortunately, this also appears to be a theme. We were off to a great start!

A quick change down a random side street in the sweltering sun, and we were heading off to Cannon Hill Park. An area had it not been for the heat, and the fact it’s a bank holiday Monday, would’ve been terrific. Instead of enjoying the swan boats, or the mini golf, we simply sat on the grass in the shade and helped Isabelle in her pursuit to finally be able to crawl. Here we are all together, with Isabelle looking rather evil!

On to the Hotel in Birmingham

A few hours later we eventually got to the hotel. This is where we quickly learned our first lesson. Take a holiday suitcase and a hotel bag. Don’t get me wrong, it would’ve been a lot easier if the hotel had parking. But lugging 2 cases down a main road in Birmingham, with a baby in tow, proved quite fun. A backpack could’ve proved much more useful. Still, another day and another lesson learned!

When we got to the room we got to see exactly why we travel with Isabelle. Her smile:

I understand that the photo isn’t the best, but she has an uncanny ability to know where the camera is and not smile at it.

She absolutely loves going away. I have no idea why, but she’s just different. It’s almost like she senses that she’s spending my money, and it gives her some sort of uncontrollable pleasure. I pray it doesn’t continue as she gets older. I will be proven wrong on that one.

Anyway, I’m now sat in a hotel room with a grinning baby and an equally happy wife. We’re eating some cheap pizza enjoying the fact that we’re all away together. Roll on tomorrow and whatever other challenges Isabelle throws at us.

If you want to read about the rest of this trip, then head to the UK Road Trip landing page!


I’m a 27 year old married father of one – soon to be two! I started blogging after suffering with postnatal depression when Isabelle was born. These days I just talk about my life as a dad.

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