Taking a baby anywhere can be a challenge. There’s all the gear, the carrying, the
not napping, the feeding, the planning. It’s so easy to say, “Oh, we’ll just do this or that later…when the baby is a bit bigger.” Goodness knows I’ve used that excuse for more outings than I can count.
But this time I said the opposite. My mom and I had been wanting to return to the beach we used to go to when I was a kid. We’d hoped to do it with my dad, but it was just too hard as the years went on and his list of challenges grew longer. We both had big hopes for this summer, but at one point my mom asked, “Are you sure this isn’t going to be too hard with Pink?” And for once I said, “No, but it’s worth a try!” Somehow a spontaneous call to the hotel had us on the road—and on the beach—in a matter of days.
As soon as the boys were loose on the sand, they ran wildly toward the ocean, never looking back. And as we reached water’s edge and set out our blanket, it was time to see what Pink thought of our little piece of heaven. She scooted her way off the blanket, into the sand, and her adventures began.
Sand was flying in the air, filling her hair and covering her legs. She shrieked in excitement, giggled with glee and repeated the fun over and over again.
What had I been so worried about again? Would she eat the sand? Yes, and she even seemed to like it. Would she sleep in a hotel room with all of us? Yes, far better than I did. Would all the work of packing, unpacking, repacking be worth it? Yes, to see those uninhibited smiles, to hear those sounds of pure joy, to smell the wonderful summer scent of sunscreen and ocean air, to taste the salt in my baby’s kisses, and to feel my sweet little girl all wrapped up in a towel after her first official day at the beach.
Sure, it might have been easier to stay home. To wait until the baby was older. But then I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see Pink—in her own baby way—declare the beach her little piece of heaven too.
This post is sponsored by Disney Baby in anticipation of the work I’ll be doing as part of the Disney Baby blogging team—which kicks off very soon. I look forward to sharing these kinds of stories (projects/ideas/etc) with you over there too!