Babies’ First Trip

A few months ago we decided that we would take the boys to Florida this August to visit family (my in-laws) and get in some beach time, which means something very different in Florida than it does here in the Pacific Northwest.

I don’t like to fly. I mean, I really, really don’t like it. This usually results a lot of hemming and hawing on my part whenever a trip involving air travel is involved, and adding infants and an already chaotic work schedule into the mix didn’t have me terribly excited about going in spite of the need to get out of the house for longer than a Costco run.

That said, it was a really great trip.

Part of the great thing about this trip (or anything we do with the babies) is all the things that are “firsts”:

First plane ride:

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“This came out pretty well for a picture I took through an airplane window.” – me, every time I take a picture through an airplane window

Meeting family members for the first time:

G. Grandpa we knew, but wife Kim was a new friend.

G. Grandpa we knew, but wife Kim was a new friend.

Great grandma ("Granny") on opa's side. One of those old gals who's in on the joke.

Great grandma (“Granny”) on Opa’s side. To answer your question, yes, she’s sassy.

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(Maternal) Uncle Charlie, Aunt Bri, cousin C and new cousin N. The boys became immediate old news when these two cuties arrived in town. With N's cheeks, I blame no one.

(Maternal) Uncle Charlie, (maternal) Aunt Bri, cousin C and new cousin N. The boys immediately became old news once these two cuties arrived in town. 

First baseball game:

Go Rays! (The Tampa Bay Rays went on to get trounced by the Boston Red Sox.)

Go Rays! (The Tampa Bay Rays went on to get trounced by the Boston Red Sox.)

First time in a pool:

They seem a lot less excited than their old man.

They seem a lot less excited than their old man.

M.

M.

C.

C.

C looks concerned about being plopped into this floaty thing, but in all fairness he looks that way a lot.

C looks concerned about being plopped into this floaty thing, but in all fairness he looks that way a lot.

Mommy, Oma, and two boys who look like they're hoping the photographer will call CPS.

Mommy, Oma, and two boys who look like they’re wondering why the photographer isn’t calling CPS.

Grandparents, parents, an aunt, an uncle, and two cousins.

Grandparents, parents, an aunt, an uncle, and two cousins.

This actually wound up being really cool; M LOVED the pool once he got used to it. I held him flat with his head up, and he started kicking like he was really trying to swim. He's so mellow it's hard to tell when he's really enjoying something, so it was great to see him seem to really get into swim time!

This actually wound up being really cool; M LOVED the pool once he got used to it. I held him flat with his head up, and he started kicking like he was really trying to swim. He’s so mellow it’s hard to tell when he’s really enjoying something, so it was great to see him seem to really get into swim time!

C wound up mostly just having fun splashing as much water as he could as hard as he could.

C wound up mostly just having fun splashing as much water as he could as hard as he could.

First time at a beach (PNW or otherwise):

They also weren't entirely sure of what to make of their parents plunking them into the surf like sacrifices to Poseidon.

They also weren’t entirely sure of what to make of their parents plunking them into the surf like sacrifices to Poseidon.

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I was a little bummed about the beach time. Those pictures comprise the entirety of our beach time with the boys, about fifteen minutes all told. I’d have really enjoyed getting a little more fresh air, but we had lots to do.

We also managed to sneak in some date time while Oma and Opa watched the boys. I enjoyed getting out, but mostly enjoyed seeing Kat the most relaxed I’d seen her for a long time in general, and the most I’d ever seen her relax without the boys nearby. We snuck in some kayaking and even a dinner for two at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach.

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Again, I’d been hoping for a little more one-on-one time as a couple, as it might literally be the last time in months for us to spend more time than a baby’s nap with just the two of us. This isn’t to say I don’t want to spend time as a family, but it truly is nice to leave the house (or stay home, wink wink) with just your spouse once in a while. I wish we had the child care options that would allow us to spend some more time together as grown-ups in clothes that are neither covered in nor about to be covered in spit-up.

It’s truly remarkable how fast a week shoots by when juggling family, schedules, activities, and twin-wrangling. Between financial and time constraints and distances, we have no idea when we’ll get to meet up with any of our family next. We’re really happy to have had such a great visit with the boys, and while they’re not old enough to remember it, they were old enough to enjoy most of their time.

And now…napping with babies!!!

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