A Birthday Trip to Costa Coffee {The Ordinary Moments}

This week I had my 29th Birthday. It was pretty much the same as most days although I had presents and cards and LP sang Happy Birthday to me! Because we are in the middle of LP’s potty training I didn’t want to venture too far or do anything ‘big’ with the day so instead we went to a local retail park for a spot of shopping to while away the morning.

The retail park has a TK Maxx, Mamas & Papas, Next and newly opened Home Sense along with a Costa Coffee and drive through McDonalds! Not the most aesthetically pleasing of places but somewhere to have a potter and take LP for her first outing since potty training began. I knew that Costa had a toilet if we needed one and we went armed with a potty, multiple outfit changes and a well stocked change bag – as well as a towel for her to sit on in the pushchair! Aside from this, it was only a 2 minute drive from our house so less chance of an accident in the car!

We had a lovely wander around the shops, asking LP if she needed a wee every two minutes. She said no consistently. We managed to spend an hour and a half in the shops with LP not needing the toilet – amazing! We then went to Costa for a drink and cake. This is something that we haven’t done very often as a family and definitely haven’t done since Little Man was born.

Little Man fell asleep in the sling so I sat with him while Dave sorted LP out. LP had a wee in her potty in the disabled toilet – she isn’t sure about using an actual toilet yet, and then we ordered out drinks. Dave had a Chocolate Orange Mocha Latte, I had a hot chocolate and LP had her first Babyccino! There were also cakes all round – It was my Birthday after all.

A Birthday Trip to Costa Coffee {The Ordinary Moments}

LP loved her little drink – her ‘grown up’ china cup and a teenie spoon. She was fascinated by it!

A Birthday Trip to Costa Coffee {The Ordinary Moments}

We had a really lovely trip out, even if it was only for a couple of hours. We really enjoyed spending the time as a family and we were really proud of how well LP did as far as potty training in concerned.

I think we will aim to go and ‘grab a coffee’ as a family at least once a month in future. LP enjoyed it and loved playing at being a grown up. At the moment this isn’t an ordinary moment of ours but I’m hoping it will become an ordinary moment over the months to come.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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