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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Saturday at the beach

Several years ago, a co-worker exclaimed that he would not be able to go to the beach for a year because his wife had just had another baby. And it was too bad because the first child was already walking and the perfect age to take to the beach. I scoffed and said no baby would ever stop me from going to the beach.

And she hasn't - BUT - it is definitely challenging to do it alone! I still scoff at any set of parents who find the beach to be off limits. Two parents can handle setting up an umbrella, lying down the beach towel, reining in the baby while the other takes photos, etc.

Here's how I did it alone -

10:00am - arrive to beach (it took me 2.5 hours to wrangle her out of the house + 30 min drive)
I arrive without any consideration for packing swim diapers or swimsuits! The last time we came it was enough to just play with the cooler and the water's been really rough lately.

Then I spot the beautiful placid water - I want to run home and get our swim suits, it's perfect!

Look - green flag and the sign says OK!

I guess we can come back next weekend with swim gear. Here's baby crawling directly onto the sand as I set up the umbrella.

And she's off like a rocket across the sand.

Take photo, pull her back to blanket. After about an hour of playing in the sand I get really desperate to check out the water. Remove silly dress and prepare for water baby.

And now for the money shot

We are both totally covered in sand, I didn't bring enough water and probably could have planned for a better post-water outfit because tight fitting onsie over a sticky salty baby is not a good idea!


Suburban Turmoil said...

What adorable pictures!!! SOOOOOO CUTE!!!!

Anonymous said...

That is definitely the money shot.

Anonymous said...

could your baby BE any cuter? Thanks for stopping by my blog.. I am loving yours!

crazywildberry said...

Just wait till you have two... or three. It's harder than you might think. Just going to the library is like taking my own three ring circus. And I never get to look at my own book sections. That's almost a joke. #1 will sit and read books or play with blocks but sometime he takes off running. Meanwhile, #2 is running circles around the kids' area. Luckily for me #3 usually just relaxes in her stroller or enjoys being held. But I know my time is running short on that deal. She'll be running with big sis soon enough. I wouldn't even try for the beach at this point. At least not alone...