That time we went to OBX…

For as long as I’ve been living in Virginia, I’ve heard about people renting giant beach houses in the Outer Banks. Tommy and I had talked about doing it for years with friends, but never actually planned a trip. We decided after #BabyGoodwin was born, that getting a big house in the fall would actually be a great way for the grandparents and my brother and sister-in-law (who was now pregnant!) to get together and hang out with us and the baby.

The house we rented was three stories, with a pool and hot tub, a huge second floor deck, and four or five bedrooms. It was right across the street from the beach. However, when you’re traveling with a baby, and lugging all of baby’s stuff everywhere, across the street just isn’t close enough.

We tried our best to pack logically and be prepared for our first trip with #BabyGoodwin – and a beach trip, at that! But man… babies need so much stuff. It’s not easy.

Here are some great blog posts that I found helpful in getting us ready:

Erin Akin Carroll’s Packing List for the Beach

A Step in the Journey’s Packing List for Baby’s First Beach Trip

I even wrote a couple posts on my old blog about our experience traveling with #BabyGoodwin and his trip to the beach!

Tommy and I mistakenly thought that family members would want to watch #BabyGoodwin so that we could have some alone time for the first time in a few months, but that actually never happened. We enjoyed the time with our families, though, and with everybody coming and going at different times, it was never too crowded or hectic. My brother and sister-in-law took some time to go to Kitty Hawk. I think the grandparents spent some time in the hot tub. We mostly spent our time on the beach or on the deck.

Tommy and I both love relaxing on the beach with some music and something to read… but between the baby, the wind blowing our umbrella over constantly, and worrying about whether or not the baby was getting too much sun or too warm, it wasn’t all that relaxing of a trip.

I think now that #BabyGoodwin is #ToddlerGoodwin, our next trip to the beach (whenever that happens, who knows?) will be a lot easier.

STAY: Brindley Beach Vacation Rentals
EAT: Duck Donuts, Blue Point

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