This was the discussion last week when my son and I headed to the Train Station for an event in London.
After what was an excruciatingly early start to ensure the teen had been deposited at her Effies (grandma) the toddler had been fed and changed and that I had got the backpack and pushchair ready to go
We set off on our journey to Newark Train Station Joshua and I began talking about trains and how fast they go and that obviously not all of them are called Thomas, James or Percy when we started the singing session that invariably occurs in the car when we are on our own and when we got to the wheels on the bus .. we changed it to wheels on the train .. as you do!
Needless to say that by the time we got to the station Joshua and I were more than ready to take our first train ride together and for him his very first train ever!
The train ride to London takes about 1.20 -1.30hrs I had packed up a rucksack of essentials; drinks, books, colouring books and crayons because I knew there was no way the busy folks on their way to London for work would have been impressed with the chatter and upset that sometimes follow a toddler round!
I needn’t have worried he behaved impeccably all the way to London, although once we arrived at Kings Cross he was very vocal in his excitement and in fairness It is rather an impressive sight to behold for the first time!
After a fantastic event (more on that later in the week) it was soon time to return home on the train but I must admit the whole waiting for our train to allocated a platform number and the hoards of overly ignorant people pushing and shoving to get on the train we were due on at the furthest platform away was not the easiest of times, chuck in some toddler tiredness and by the time we finally sat down on our pre booked seats (very wise move) I was ready for home.
Joshua on the other hand was ready for a nap! He fell asleep as we left Kings Cross and I woke him as we pulled into Newark Station almost 1 1/2 hrs later.
As far as trains journeys go this had been without a shadow of a doubt my favourite …. it’s not everyday you get a ‘first’ with a toddler most ‘firsts’ pass quickly with babies but slow down with age … so this ‘first’ was fab with me!