Well we certainly had an eventful weekend! Anel and I decided that while we love having Amalia on a schedule and strict routines, we have to practice leaving the house with her more often. We’re heading to Bermuda with my whole family in a few weeks and totally freaking out about how that’s going to go. So we thought… let’s take her to the beach as practice.
Two words can describe the experiment: Epic. Fail.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day, sunny and upwards of 85 degrees. We waited until after her first nap of the day and Anel packed the car while I fed her. She didn’t sleep a wink during the 20 minute drive, but it wasn’t her usual nap time yet so we weren’t too worried. When we got there, we found a shady spot under some trees on the grass near the sand and set up shop. I tried to get her down while Anel parked the car.
She wouldn’t sleep in the car seat so I tried the Baby Bjorn bouncer. No luck. I picked her up but she was exhausted at this point so I decided to nurse her to sleep even though it wasn’t her usual eating time. That was mistake number one. She passed out for about 30 minutes and then woke up with a nice loud scream and a poop explosion all over herself!
During this time, we were playing fetch with the dog… Bringing him was mistake number two. It was just too much for us to handle both of them on our first beach excursion!
When she woke up, it wasn’t eating time again so we kept her up until 1:30 (after changing her) which was when she was supposed to eat. She refused to nurse (I think she was hot?) so I tried a bottle. Nada. We packed back up in the car and she passed out again but then woke up starving as soon as we got home. It was a hot mess trying to feed her and get her back down because she was so overtired at that point.
So lessons learned: 1. We need to practice napping outside of the house. She’s a little champ at it when we’re home but outside, not so much. 2. We need to practice eating outside of the house… and getting her used to different temperatures. 3. Maybe don’t bring the dog next time. 4. Don’t expect a day at the beach to be relaxing anymore!
Overall I’m so glad that we went because now we have a practice run under our belt and we can try it again with a different mindset next time. I’m learning that parenting is all about trial and error. And while this trial was a definite error, we learned a thing or two.
Ok, moving on to the outfit…
Despite the fact that it was almost 90 this weekend, I have been shooting lots of fall outfits because I’m excited about some new pieces like this long cardigan ($79). It’s selling out quickly, but there are still 11 colors left including this one (pink adobe) so snap it up ASAP! It’s the perfect length and weight, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot this fall and winter.
I wore it with these jeans that were always a little big but now fit which is exciting. PS I found a dupe pair for $80! I also have to mention my new favorite sunglasses that Anel thinks are ridiculous but I love. They were only $65 and they’re giant mirrored aviators… aka my dream glasses. I’m obsessed with the brand, my sister just bought this pair which I am into as well.
Photos by Carter Fish.