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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Vacationing with Baby

You just haven’t lived until you’ve changed an oversized, almost 2 year-old’s poopy diaper in an airplane restroom. I had to put him on the changing table diagonally with his legs hanging off the front. I later saw the sign warning me that there was a 25 pound weight limit. Oops! Samuel’s 35 pound frame didn’t break it, thankfully. Levi was so little that I changed him on the fold-down tray.

Samuel started getting ants in his pants toward the end of the flight so I let him play with the sacred sunglasses

We went to Destin, FL this past week. It was beautiful, and we had a great time. We went with Michael’s family – Ann, John, Sharon, Madi, Grace, Adam and Courtney. We rented a big house near the beach. I flew out there with the boys and with Sharon while everyone else, including Michael, drove.

Vacations certainly aren’t the same with kids, but they’re still good for different reasons. Seeing the ocean through Samuel’s eyes is just priceless. He loved the beach. I kind of missed out on a lot because I had to nurse Levi constantly. Of course, he got diarrhea right before we left, so I had to make sure he didn’t become dehydrated. But I just had to accept the vacation for what it was and enjoy it. Levi’s only going to be this age once, so I wouldn’t trade experiencing his life for any vacation.

I did get to go to the beach with just Samuel once (along with Adam and Courtney). That was probably the highlight of the vacation. I don’t get a lot of one on one time with Samuel anymore, so that was pretty wonderful. He didn’t want to go into the water by himself, so he would say, “Hands! Hands!” He wanted me to take his hands so that he could climb up me so that I would hold him. It was cute. Then when the waves would hit him from behind, he would say, “Head! Head!” because they hit his head. I just love that boy!

I can’t wait for next year’s vacation so that Levi will be into it. Having a family is just great.


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