I was chuffed to bits to be one of 10 mums selected by baby brand Stokke to make a film for their #StokkeOnTheGo campaign.
I was even more chuffed when I discovered I was going to get one of their super posh buggies to keep, not just for filming. (I own a slightly bent, crisp-encrusted hand-me-down pram and a cheap pushchair bought with Tesco Clubcard Boost vouchers).
But, most of all, I am seriously delighted with the edited video clip (nice work Made For Mums editors).
I mean look at us. Adorable boys, happy faces. Living (well, holidaying down the road) in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. We’re living the dream.
Of course, I need to fess up.
The video paints the picture of a perfect family weekend away in glorious Cornwall – and in many ways it was. But let’s be honest, my life is like yours and every other parent’s. When small children are involved, perfect’s not really the word.
Blue Eyes – the star of the show – inevitably got peeved at having a camera in his face and spent most of the time trying to grab it.
Meanwhile I became the angry, perfectionist director obsessed with getting the right shot (instead of relaxing into our much-needed mini break).
The buggy got a puncture and Halfords don’t stock 10 inch inner tubes so we literally had to drag our Stokke around the Eden Project. (Thank you fail safe Ergo).
On our first day of filming, we arrived at the beach to see a breath taking sunset and the Go Pro camera ran out of batteries. Standard.
Oh and after an idyllic few days at Glynn Barton holiday cottages, courtesy of the lovely Steve and Shirley, Curly Boy graffitied the kitchen table with biro under BB’s watch. This resulted in us having one of the biggest barnies of our 16-year relationship, which lasted the hour-long car journey home.
I think this just about sums up life with small children. There are glorious moments of carefree frolicking on beaches, with peachy little bottoms shining in the sun.
But there are also the not-so-cherished moments, carefully edited out of our video. Mopping up after that ice cream, for instance. Coping with two tired, hungry, shivering toddlers when the sun went down and we suddenly remembered it was November – not August. Attempting to have a quiet meal at the trendy Watergate Bay Hotel after a long day filming (like that was ever going to happen).
But, hell, when you live in the South West – with these kind of beaches an hour or so away – you can’t really complain.
Oh, and the Stokke Trailz buggy – well it’s pretty awesome. I remember my friend putting days of research into finding her dream buggy – it was like purchasing the ultimate handbag. I envied her this search – although definitely not the credit card bill – I’d never done it myself. And here I am with a swanky buggy and a matching changing bag. Have you seen its mammoth shopping basket? Love it.
I just need to make sure I pack a puncture repair kit next time. Because – as I’m learning every day – there will always be bumps in the road.