...Sheltered from the wind Where the children play on the shores each day And all are safe within --Jimmy Buffett, One Particular Harbor
For a long July 4 weekend, I can't imagine doing anything more fun than going to the beach. So that's what we did. And while we still have not mastered the art of packing light while traveling with an infant, we are getting to the point where we take less crap along with us.
And Jay, for the most part, was loving life on the coast. He had the undivided attention of his LaLa and his Great AJ, and he performed all the tricks he's got. He's really mastered the rolling over trick, and performed it over and over and over and over and over again, much to the delight of all his admirers. He even showed off a new trick - munching on his feet. Yep, finally got that enormous big toe into his mouth. It was hilarious to watch because he works SO hard at it. It's a two-handed process - one hand goes behind the ankle to pull the foot toward the face, and the other serves as a guide to get the toe into the mouth. But once he figured it out, man, he could not get enough. When we got home last night, I swear the look on his face said, "Sweet! Those toys came home with us from the beach!"
And the entertainment was not all of the indoor variety. We suited Jay up with the swim diaper, the too-big Hawaiian print swim trunks, the t-shirt, and the big floppy hat. (Uncle Matt said it's more flamboyant sombrero than manly sun hat, but what does he know?!) Add one uber-thick layer of baby sensitive suncreen and the kid was READY! (Of course getting him to that stage only took 45 minutes.) So we took him onto the beach to explore the sand & get his first dip in the ocean. I can't say that he was exactly thrilled about it, but he didn't cry so I figure that's a good start. He's a Pisces, so our little fish has got to love the water, right?