We headed to the Cape this past weekend and enjoyed visiting with Grammie, some amazing weather, beach time, and most importantly, family time.
Sorry for all of our Cape friends we didn’t see for our short stint, but we’ll be back in July, in fact Baby E and I will be on the Cape for a whole TWO WEEKS for the first part of July! Jer will be coming down as well for long weekends!
So I have to admit, we’ve been seriously lacking in family time as of late, for various reasons ranging from To-Do lists to work obligations, but mainly a lack of effort. Let’s be honest, scheduling family outings or even just “quality time” around nap and meals with an infant is like herding cats. You think you’ve got a good time nailed down, you head out or even just to the deck, and the eye rubbing ensues followed by epic tired induced meltdowns. For a few weeks the easier option of staying home and laying low started to become the norm. Although it was the easier route, it was definitely not the better of the two. I started to find the daily grind, something I once found enjoyable, grinding on my nerves as it seemed to never end. Was it Saturday or Monday, and did it even matter?
Going to the Cape on a beautiful weekend where we couldn’t not take advantage of the gorgeous weather and pristine beaches, still void of summer tourists, nudged us back into family trips and outings. As we were all enjoying the sand and surf, in between pre-nap fussiness and sand eating contests (E was the only contestant, she won hands down) it occurred to me, wasn’t I the one who posted not that long ago about enjoying life “Baby Style” with E and realizing that even 15 minutes at the beach, or apple orchard, or park is still a great day and worth it? Clearly I need to listen to my own advice.
So rather than focus on the difficult aspects of infant schedules and outings, here are some positive aspects:
- No need to pack a meal or even snacks for yourself, you’ll be back in an hour or so.
- If you have the choice between a big park with an entrance fee or a small and free one, go with the free one, they won’t know and in a few short years they’ll be begging for the expensive one. Take advantage of the cheap option now.
- You can get at least one or two good pictures out of it. It never happened if it’s not on Facebook, right? (That’s a different post for a different day….)
- It’s all about the process, not the product. Your family outing may appear to be a hot mess from the outside, but any new experience is beneficial to baby, even eating dirt.
- A change of pace is always a good thing, both for you and for baby.
So with this in mind I am making it a point to partake in at least one family outing a weekend, even if it’s just a picnic on the hill by our house. Even as a Stay at Home Mom, there should be some differentiation between a Saturday and a Tuesday, as there should be for Baby E. I want her to know through experience that we are a family that spends time together, that we spend time outside exploring our world, and that there’s always something to do and learn. This weekend we have a First Birthday Party to attend for one of E’s besties and then we’re off to see my sister and her family. Here’s to enjoying family time, even the crazy hot messes.