I’ve finally complied all my favorite photos from last week. Get ready for beach pics overload! A few are a little out of order as I made the collages by what was on my cell then ones from my SIL.

Zach slept most of the trip down Saturday. My view of the Atlantic from the back deck Saturday afternoon. Zach, J, Lucy & I at dinner Sunday night at River City Cafe.

Zach slept most of the trip down Saturday. My view of the Atlantic from the back deck Saturday afternoon. Zach, J, Lucy & I at dinner Sunday night at River City Cafe.

Lucy loved her cousins ~ especially Reid’s beard!

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Lucy & Reid Saturday night.

It rained every day we were in Surfside with my husband’s family. We tried to make the best of it though including playing in their tailgate style tent on the beach in the rain!

Sunday Zach touched the ocean for the first time. He wasn't a big fan. Lucy had a blast on her aunt Sissy's lap on our rainy beach morning.

Sunday Zach touched the ocean for the first time. He wasn’t a big fan. Lucy had a blast on her aunt Sissy’s lap on our rainy beach morning.

 

I escaped during afternoon naps &/or playtime with Dada & their Nana for some quiet beach reading. Thanks to Sara, I discovered side braids were Lucy-proof. Adventures in babies wrangling with Nana Monday night before dinner at Dead Dog Saloon!

I escaped during afternoon naps &/or playtime with Dada & their Nana for some quiet beach reading. Thanks to Sara, I discovered side braids were Lucy-proof. Adventures in babies wrangling with Nana Monday night before dinner at Dead Dog Saloon!

And when the sun did shine long enough to get us fed, bathing suited & sun screened, we hit the beach.

Monday morning naps with Nana then playing on the beach while we could.

Monday morning naps with Nana then playing on the beach while we could.

The babies enjoyed play time with their teenage/young adult cousins as well as dining out & eating off the kids’ menu! I had a great time soaking in the sun when I could, reading in the house while nursing/listening to the waves & playing Apples to Apples with everyone.

Tuesday was a rainy wash out ~ so we napped, ate, read & played instead.

Zach on Nana's lap on the porch Tuesday. Not sure when this photo of Felicity & Zach was taken but I love it.

Zach on Nana’s lap on the porch Tuesday.
Not sure when this photo of Felicity & Zach was taken but I love it.

A perfect day for Zach napping on the couch with his Papa & rocking with Dada. & for Lucy to nap on the deck {girl loved the ocean breezes!} with me.

A perfect day for Zach napping on the couch with his Papa & rocking with Dada. & for Lucy to nap on the deck {girl loved the ocean breezes!} with me.

Playing with their cousins Tuesday afternoon.

Playing with their cousins Tuesday afternoon.

We enjoyed a full day of sun on Wednesday & took advantage as best we could.

Beach day!

Beach day!

 

Wednesday we celebrated the almost 4th with a beach day then breaking out their chervon Lolly Wolly Doodle outfits for dinner at Inlet Crab House & a family photo.

Wednesday we celebrated the almost 4th with a beach day then breaking out their chervon Lolly Wolly Doodle outfits for dinner at Inlet Crab House & a family photo.

J wasn't feeling good after dinner, so I was grateful to their cousins for helping get Zach & Lucy ready for bed.

J wasn’t feeling good after dinner, so I was grateful to their cousins for helping get Zach & Lucy ready for bed.

We left Surfside during midmorning nap time & drove up to OIB where my parents & grandparents & the sunshine awaited us. We unpacked, ate lunch, sunscreened up & hit the beach!
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We had a happy July 4th beach afternoon complete with Lucy putting her feet in the ocean for the first time, Zach taking an epic nap on my Nana & Lucy playing her heart out in their baby pool.

Friday was a beautiful day, so we hit the beach early. Zach played in the sand & both played in the baby pool {no pics as I left my cell in the bag}. We went home in time for lunch & the babies napped with their Dada & Pops while Mom & I soaked in the afternoon sun.

I walked in the door around 415, grabbed Lucy & two steps later, she threw up & continued to do so for the next 45 mins til we got to a local after hours doctor. The cause- an epically bad ear infection without a fever but with puss drainage. A big, painful antibiotic shot & antinasuea shot later, she went to bed ok before waking up & proceeding to vomit every 1-2 hours throughout the night.

We made the decision in the wee morning hours to head home when she was stable with my parents following us home to help. We finally got her keeping down liquids {& thankfully making tears & drool & pee}.
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She slept almost the entire trip home. Slowly by Sun evening, she was up to normal amounts of milk & eating again too.

Husband told the doctor at her follow up appt Mon (still two ear infections & were doing a 10 day oral antibiotic) it was quite a hell of a week. And yes, we could have done without the rain, babies colds which they gave to his mom, most likely food poisoning for J & his Mom Wed night, & then Lucy’s ear infection/vomiting.

I’m much more of a look on the positive side person though, & I feel like there were many more fun times than bad ones. And in the future, I’m hoping we look back on the adverse moments with a laugh & focus more on the silly, unforgetable memories.

The babies & I loved spending time with his sister & her family. It was the first time for most of them meeting Lucy & Zach & it was so awesome to see 20+ year old guys rolling around with my littles.

Lucy & Zach light up at the sight of their Cici & Pops. Their relationships are so special to witness. We are lucky & blessed to have been able to get away for a week & see both families. And we are so blessed with our families & the help & love they generously provide to us & Lucy & Zach.