Family Vacation

What a whirlwind week it has been. Hurry, hurry, hurry to get ready and packed for the vacation, and then drive a million hours to Myrtle Beach. We had so much stuff that I was afraid it wouldn’t fit in the car, but Tony was able to use his Tetris skills to make it all fit. I don’t know how families travel with more than one child.

The drive down to the beach wasn’t awful. It could have been worse, but Owen was a trooper and only needed to stop for a few diaper changes. On Friday we were able to make it to North Carolina to stay over night at a motel with my parents. Then the next day we only had a short drive to our oceanfront condo in North Myrtle Beach. After we got a settled in we went down to the ocean and dipped Owens toes in the water for the first time. He actually didn’t seem to mind. I thought that he might be afraid of the water and the sand would feel funny, but after a while we even got a few smiles out of him. He looked adorable in all three of his swimsuits too.

I enjoy when the only two decisions to make are to go to the beach or the pool and where to eat dinner each night. We lucked out and had great weather other than a portion of our first day. So we were able to take advantage and relax as much as possible at the beach and pool everyday. Vacationing with an infant is definitely still challenging, but the middle of the night wake-ups were a little easier knowing that we didn’t need to wake up for work the next day. Also, having my parents there was a huge help to ease the burden when he decided to get upset. I have to say that he did pretty well sleeping in a new place. He slept through the night most of the trip. I don’t know if it was just a coincidence or if he was just worn out from the sun – but we’ll take it.

During Owen’s 4 month check up the doctor mentioned that because of his weight, and how much he is eating during the day, we can start trying to give him rice cereal twice a day. We have only tried a few times, and I am not entirely sure if he gets how to swallow the food. Most of it seems to end up on his bib. By the way, because he has been drooling so much we decided to keep him in a bib all day rather than change his shirt multiple times a day. We’ll keep on trying a see if he starts getting the hang of it. Owen also has rolled over from his back to belly a few times. I have only seen it once. Tony seems to be able to get him to do it, but once I look he gets camera shy. Hopefully the next time he does it I can take a quick video.

Not much has changed in Myrtle Beach since we went in 2008. Still a bunch of beach stores. They built a boardwalk and a new shopping center similar to Easton (in Columbus, OH). We had dinner at the new mall, but we weren’t able to really shop around because the weather didn’t cooperate that day. All in all we had a good vacation and I am not looking forward to getting back to the grind, but all good things must come to an end.

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Owen and daddy hanging out in the baby pool

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Family photo by the water

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