Before we headed to the beach with Avery, I knew I needed a vacation. Several options crossed my mind but the beach was calling my name. And I’m not even a beach goer.
This summer, I have been taking Avery to the pool just about every weekend and he loves it. Before having Avery, I liked the idea of going to the pool but I hardly ever went. I had body shaming issues, didn’t know how to swim, and of course the natural hair obstacle put me out of the game entirely. I had a lot to figure out and overcome and when it was just me, honestly it wasn’t worth it.
When you have a child something changes. A shift happens within that forces you to do everything you can to ensure their happiness. It’s not something that your taught or something you learn. It is inherently in you and you listen to that.
I pay attention to Avery and his interests and from there I foster an environment to help develop him in areas where he shows signs of interest. It doesn’t just stop there. It’s also up to me to introduce them to new things and encourage him to learn.
After taking Avery to the pool once, it was clear that he was a water baby. I took him several more times just to confirm and he loves being in the water. He’s pretty fearless and will even try to jump in on his own so I’m always there standing near him and holding onto him.
Because I know that he loves the pool so much, I figured we would try the beach. I’ve heard from several girlfriends that their babes didn’t take well to the beach, especially the sand. Something about them not wanting their toes touching it. I think it may be pretty common in girls actually. But Avery thrived at the beach. He ran up and down the beach constantly, he joined in a game of toss the ball to Avery with some older kids, and left with several offers by older couples wanting to babysit him.
If you’re trying to figure out where to go on vacation with your little one, start thinking about their interests. What are some of their favorite things to do? Start there and plan out your vacation based on that initial thought.
And if your beach bound, I highly recommend Miramar Beach, FL. I stumbled upon it by accident. I was looking on AirBnB for a condo in Destin, FL but everything was sold out for the holiday. As I scanned the map of the area for homes to rent up and down the coast, I found a place that could accommodate my family that was a few steps from the beach.
I am so glad that I found Miramar Beach because it was the most family friendly vacation I’ve ever been on. I’ve traveled internationally, I’ve done cruises, and been to several beaches domestically and internationally and Miramar Beach was probably one the most family friendly trips that I’ve ever been on. The beaches were very calm, not too crowded, and the area was very laid back and quiet. My only complaint is that all the road construction in the area causes back ups in traffic. But we hardly left our condo and spent most of our trip on the beach. If you do this, you should be good to go.
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