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Emmett Experiences the Jersey Shore

August 25, 2010 3 comments

Last weekend was Emmett’s first trip to the Jersey shore!  The three of us headed down for a couple of days with my parents, and despite my fear that he was going to hate the sand and the ocean, he completely pulled through and loved every minute of it.  Apparently, all you have to do is plop that kid down in the sand, give him a shovel, and he’s good to go.

toddler playing in sand

Good to Go!

Here’s a video of Emmett with dad and Nana, letting the ocean waves wash over his piggies (AKA toes) and jabbering about who knows what…

Emmett also enjoyed tossing sand, a leisurely bike ride, an evening stroll along the boardwalk, a ride on the carousel (which he was not a fan of) and some public dancing.

toddler in bike seat

Emmett's First Bike Ride

toddler at the boardwalk

Emmett and Dad on the Boardwalk

toddler yelling

"I AM SPARTA!"

Thanks to Nana and GranD for planning such a fabulous long weekend at the Jersey shore!

Fore more pictures from our trip, check out the Jersey Shore set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 19 months, 1 week

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Baby’s First Beach Fire

May 21, 2009 Leave a comment

It sounds way worse than it actually is.  Maybe I should’ve titled it, “Baby’s First Fire on the Beach.”  Eh – either way, it sounds like Emmett is committing arson.

Anyway, during an impromptu trip up to Maine last weekend (James was needed by his parents for some manual labor.  I shopped.), we made an awesome little fire on the beach.  James’ parents actually live right on the coast of Freeport, Maine in Casco Bay.  Here’s a shot of the fantastic view from their backyard:

Backyard View of Casco Bay

Backyard View of Casco Bay

Just beyond the lawn in their backyard, there is a steep embankment that leads down to the beach, which is where we started the fire.  Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure it was actually my first fire on a beach as well (please let me know if I’m wrong and I’ve actually had a beach fire with you before).  Kind of cool to share a first with my own son.

Emmett was definitely mesmerized by the fire …

Emmett Studying the Fire

Emmett studying the fire

Emmett with Gran Lucy by the ocean.

Emmett with Gran Lucy by the ocean.

Grandpa Mac and Gran Lucy bought Emmett his first life jacket, which makes James and I very excited for Em’s first boat ride this summer  🙂

Age Timer: 4 months, 6 days

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20 Down, 20 To Go – I’m Halfway There!

August 27, 2008 1 comment

I hit an important pregnancy milestone on Monday – the halfway point!  It’s hard to believe I only have about four and a half months left before Baby Lump pops out.  I had another appointment Monday, and Dr. Stagg says everything is looking A-okay.  She also whipped out the tape measure and started measuring my belly this week.  Things are right on track!

If any of you are curious since my last post, I did remember to ask her about the hiccuping sitch.  She said hiccups are a result of an irritation of the diaphragm and speculates that the added pressure of the baby is just causing more frequent irritation.  And no, apparently it’s not that common.  I’m just weird.

Also, the beach was great!  The weather was perfect, the water was beautiful, and despite James’ unwillingness to wear sunscreen and his subsequent sunburn, he had a great first time at the Jersey shore.

I’ve also been looking into some childbirth education classes, since apparently it’s about that time.  After some careful thought, I decided I want to give birth naturally.  That’s right – no meds for me.  My mom delivered both my sisters and I naturally, so I decided I wanted to be brave as well.  Plus, I love myself a challenge (as if raising the the pending baby won’t be enough of a challenge).  Anyway, when my mom basically laughed in my face after I told her I was planning on just winging the natural childbirth thing sans instruction, I figured I’d look into some classes.

As of this coming October, Mass General Hospital will be holding all of their family education courses through Isis Maternity, a series of pregnancy wellness centers in Massachusetts, which works out great for us since we can attend classes right in Brookline – much closer than downtown at MGH.  I’m hoping to enroll in the Natural Childbirth class in October, but I’m still banging out the details.

Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Oven Timer: 20 weeks, 2 days

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