I used to have the fear of doing the journey, mainly as I had the MacLaren buggy, and as much as I love it, you can’t navigate the stairs at Carshalton Station easily when you need to get to the London-bound platform. So now H is using the buggy less it’s a lot easier – we can take the Quicksmart stroller which folds down and is light and can also be carried up and down stairs one-handed.

So off we went to Victoria, and on to St. John’s Wood on the bus, where I had a great “ooh I’ll give H a bit of history she’ll thank me for” type moment as we got to Abbey Road. Except they’re digging up right where the zebra crossing is, so another time instead…

We had a lovely time at T’s birthday party, although it took H a while to warm up – but once the party whistles came out the toddlers stood and giggled – and H finally mastered the art of doing a big enough blow to get it to work! The cake was TOO cool – dinosaurs!

Then I had the great idea to get a bus from Abbey Road to Waterloo rather than St. John’s Wood to Victoria – where thankfully H fell asleep for a while (she’d had no nap all day), and Shaun surprised her by getting on at Aldwych (which was extremely funny, as she didn’t expect it at all) – in fact, she’s still giggling about it today “daddy tricked me!”, “cheeky daddy!!!!” – she’ll be talking about this one for weeks…

We made it back to Clapham Junction with two minutes to spare for our next train, and were home just after 6.30, and someone went to sleep almost straight away… ahh, got to love the clock change, she’s taken to it SO well (Tempting fate, saying that, mind).

A special mention for my fab Mia Tui bag I got at The Baby Show – it was the perfect size for having H’s water and a change of clothes, wipes and my purse – and a wallet of snacks (just in case) – with room to spare for H’s cardigan and my phone. I LOVE IT!