Age: 14 1/3 months
I like: Rice cakes, peaches, ice cream, stealing biscuits, pointing at the door and shouting, “go”, boobs, putting random stuff in the washing machine.
It’s been a bit quiet over here as the entire O clan has been in Menorca for a week on our summer holiday. Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain and is well known for beautiful beaches and balmly weather. This has made it a favourite holiday destination of the O’s in years gone by but this was their first trip in 10 years and my first ever.
We hired a large villa in Son Bou on the south of the island, which came complete with a beautiful garden and giant pool. In past times I would not have thought much about the layout of the villa but with small child the fact that it was full of steep stairs and and had no pool net, scared the life out of me but with five adults on duty we manage to ensure that Little O did not come to any harm.
I think for the him the very best part of the holiday was the swimming pool. Mr O bought him an inflatable ring he could be suspended in, which meant he could bob about in the water without one of us having to hold him. He soon figured out how to propel himself through the water by kicking his legs and he chased all his adults and various balls around, while shrieking with joy at the top of his lungs. I think if we’d have allowed it he would have spent all day in the pool every day and we had to make a conscious effort not to let him see the pool when we weren’t planning on going in or he’d point furiously and shout to be allowed to swim.
We had mixed success with taking him to the beach. Son Bou has lovely white sand beaches but sand and toddlers, sticky with sun cream are a bad combination. Little O ended up absolutely pasted with sand in seconds. He also ate the sand and rubbed into all of his orifices, which wasn’t ideal. He didn’t quite know what to make of the sea. He liked Mr O and I taking him in quite deep to where there were gentle swells but he was frightened of the breaking waves so rinsing sand off was a bit fraught. In the end we did two quite short trips to the beach with him and that was enough.
Menorca has two major towns, Mahon and Ciutadella, both of which we visited. Each has a lovely port and pretty architecture as well as restaurants, shops and an old town. I found Ciutadella more beautiful but Mahon has to win in terms of trips as the second time we visited it we accidentally attended some kind of crazy horse festival. Complete with church bell ringing and giant dancing statues.
Having the O Seniors and Mr O, the Younger with us meant that Mr O and I got to spend some time alone together and we went for quite a few late lunches together after Little O had napped. This combined with the fact that Little O continues to go down to sleep really well in the evenings meant that we actually got some down time. We spent a lot of it eating ice cream in a little gelataria we found near the beach. When we took Little O with us, he showed a real interest in helping us eat our ice cream.
I was genuinely sad to leave after a week as we’d had such a lovely time. I have to take my hat off to Menorca’s tiny airport for supplying a small soft play area. It made the wait for our flight home to take off that much less stressful.