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Yeah, that was the plan. Here's what really happened. One word....CONSTRUCTION. Yep, there was some unexpected construction about about thirty miles away from the beach, which led to an additional hour of bumper to bumper traffic on the way THERE and on the way BACK!
Now, my babies love car rides! They love the interstate! But I kid you not, my fussy Aaron will cry every time we have to stop at a red light or a stop sign. As soon as the car is moving again, he'll calm right down. So when I saw the traffic jam ahead, I knew what was gonna happen. You guessed it! We had an hour of screaming from both babies on the way THERE and on the way BACK! Not to mention the traffic jam put our entire feed schedule off. I had to try to bottle feed two hungry babies in a traffic jam! It was not an easy task, in case you were wondering.
One thing is for sure, having a beach day as a married couple and having a beach day as parents of twin babies are completely different! For starters, when it was the two of us, all we packed was a cooler, a beach bag, an umbrella and our beach blanket and chairs. With the babies, we had to add a whole lot more things to our usual beach gear. We had to pack the stroller and two car seats, two baby carriers, two bumbos, the babies’ beach bag full of diapers and toys and the babies’ food bag. Oh and of course we had to pack the babies! And that’s just packing the car!
From the day we got home from the hospital, our lives have revolved around babies. The babies come before any of our needs or wants. I don’t even get naps at home, let alone on a beach with two four month olds. The water was too cold for the babies, so Matt didn’t get to swim. I had to stay under the umbrella and hold my fussy Ethan, so there was no soaking up the sun for me. And we ended up taking our picnic to the park, because Ethan decided the beach wasn’t for him.
The babies' first beach day could have gone better. But ya just never know how it's gonna go until you give it a try. I'm glad I didn't back out of our family adventure, for fear of it not being worth all of the work. Their first beach day was indeed worth all of the work! Seeing Aaron's face when he felt the sand and the water for the first time was totally worth it! And seeing Ethan's reaction was just as cute, even if it was the exact opposite reaction of his brother.
We have no regrets about packing up the car and taking this memorable family day trip. We have no regret's because it was just that....memorable. I love that we were able to make memories as a family. Sure, I would have rather had those memories been two happy babies doing exactly what I had planned when I had planned to do it. But let's face it, how realistic is that! The babies' first beach day was just what we expected it to be....it was full of the unexpected! This is our new life with twins and what a fun life it is! We're so thankful for our little fellas! Who knew these two little cuties could bring us such great joy, while at the same time completely wearing us out! Here's two hoping next year bring just as many fun memories.