Tuesday marked a very important day in the Mumsy Midwife household… my daughter and I went on a train, on our own, to go shopping in Birmingham. I know that doesn’t sound very special, but a few months ago (maybe even as close as one month ago) I wouldn’t have been brave enough to take my daughter on a train, even with someone else to help. So for us two to go together marked a bit of a milestone for me as a mum. I get very flustered with journeys, I worry about packing everything and the practicality of getting a pram on and off public transport. I also worry about meltdowns and keeping my little one entertained.; but I was dying to visit Grand Central and see the fab new shops, so something had to give.
I was quite nervous in the morning, but I had already booked my train. I did this so I would definitely go and not chicken out. Once I got to the station a train was already waiting and luckily someone helped me lift the pram onto the carriage. The gap is much bigger than I was expecting, something I couldn’t navigate on my own I don’t think. We sat in the special pram/disabled area and Isabelle could just about see out of the window. Of course, she hadn’t got a clue what was going on.
We got to Birmingham Moor Street Station with no meltdowns or nasty looks from other passengers (meltdowns from both my daughter and the other people ;-)) and someone helped us off the train again. If you are able to travel to Moor Street, I definitely would recommend it. There are only 4 platforms so there is no hassle getting to your train and it is much flatter than New Street with a lot less lifts to combat.
We started off with a little look around Selfridges and then through the Bullring to Grand Central. I won’t bore you with every detail but here is a little video which shows how our day was. As a fledgling vlogger, I’m actually really proud of how it’s come out. Let me know what you think (don’t be too mean).
I did blow the budget for the day. I truly shopped until I dropped… I bought two boxes of formula and some envelopes. I really hope you were sitting down for that earth shattering information. I must say my absolute favourite shop was Hema at Grand Central (thanks Daniella at Madame Gourmand for introducing it to me) I love their chocolate! I also adored the high-end stationery in Foyles. I could’ve spent a lot of money there! The Paperchase and Tiger were great too. Much bigger than my local versions! I was looking out for some pretty letter writing paper in these shops, but it was a little bit over budget.
On the train home, I made a rookie mistake, I didn’t work out which door to get on to get to the disabled/pram section. Unfortunately, the wheels wouldn’t fit down the aisle so I was trapped in the door with the buggy. I ended up abandoning it and putting my daughter on the table, which wasn’t ideal. She definitely enjoyed the higher vantage point, though, as you can see in the vid.
We got home with no major dramas, no meltdowns and with our wits intact. I would say that the adventure was a success! Our next trip is to Solihull to have coffee and cake in John Lewis. I’ll let you know how that goes as well.
What was your first adventure with your child and how old were they? Let me know in the comments below.
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