Last week was our long-awaited First Beach Trip with Millie!! Going to the beach with my baby was always near the top of my list of things I daydreamed about when I was still waiting for my baby to come...so no pressure, Millie, but there were a lot of years of dreaming going into this trip.
|Betcha didn't daydream about the eight hours in the car it would take to GET to the beach, didja?|
Those two bummers aside, though, it was perfect! I won't torture you with a lengthy play-by-play...you've been to the beach, you can imagine what was happening here.
Millie was initially a little hesitant to embrace the sand and the surf, but after she realized that we weren't going to just toss her out there and abandon her, she warmed up to the idea of enjoying it.
|It's just like a really really REALLY big bathtub, Daddy? You promise?|
|Oh, this stuff is delicious!! I do love it here!|
|You parents with your lame smiles...a smoldering stare is what it's all about.|
|WHOA NOW, BATH. Watch yourself.|
|I'mma take a nap real quick while the Big Bath gets itself under control.|
|My cuteness causes a riot every time I go to the pool.|
But Millie? Oh, she's there to make friends. We made friends with Gideon and his parents and grandparents...we shared toys, swapped stories, chatted it up. We made friends with Catalina and her parents. They gave us tips about how to teach Millie to swim. We made friends with about 20 other families whose names I don't remember. I mean, it was pretty insane. Millie is apparently a people-person. I guess I'm going to have to learn to be one, too!
When I could tear her away from her admirers, though, Millie settled down to focus on the things I excel at...like having a nice drink by the pool.
And eating seafood by the river (while watching for manatees, of course).
|Hey wait, Mom, your drink looks way better than mine...|
Matt's sickness meant that we had to cancel our kayaking with the manatees reservation (BIGGEST SAD FACE EVER), but my parents tried to cheer me up by joining Millie and me for a more low-key manatee hunt at a local manatee preserve.
|My dad and Millie scoping out the scene.|
|I know you're jealous of my (dad's) sweet binocs...|
|At least there was this statue, so Millie would know what to look for.|
For our last afternoon of vacation, we returned to what we do best: hanging out by the pool.
Millie observed that all the grown-ups wear their sunglasses up on their heads...she was super excited when my dad helped her wear hers like that, too!
Finally, after all of that relaxation, fun, and undivided adult attention, Millie decided she may as well learn to walk. So we went to the beach with a crawler...and came home with a walker. YIKES!!!!
For the record, now she is up to about 12 steps at a time. In other words, the 2016 Summer Olympics better watch out.