Scarlett’s First Beach Trip

Over the weekend, we took a quick getaway to the beach. One of my favorite parts about living in Birmingham is the close proximity to beaches. It was Scarlett’s first vacation and it was so special seeing her experience the beach for the first time. Although she wasn’t a huge fan of the water (it was a little cold), she seemed fascinated by the new scenery. Covid-19 is very real and we’re still very much taking it seriously, so our beach trip was a lot different than previous trips. One of the precautions was coming in November, since we knew it would be much less crowded than the summer months (I’ll share more precautions at the end). Visiting in fall was very pleasant since it was not too hot, which is a reason we worried about taking her in the summer.

Scarlett and I have these matching Lilly Pulitzer outfits, so I knew we had to take some family photos while we were at the beach. She got her outfit at the After Party Sale when I was pregnant and I later found a matching version for me on Poshmark. Luckily after having her, Jake is much more willing to participate in family photos now.  It was a very laid back weekend and we stayed at the beach the whole time instead of exploring some like we normally would do. It was very relaxing and a weekend I’ll truly never forget.

Some of the precautions we took:

  • We picked a location that was just a short road trip away. We are personally not comfortable flying with her yet.
  • We booked an Airbnb with a private beach, so we knew it would be easy to social distance.
  • We wore masks until we got to our reserved beach chairs (they distanced them 6+ feet apart)
  • We very much socially distance/pay close attention to our surroundings. Most people distanced naturally, but we went out of our way to make sure we never got too close.
  • We chose a stand-alone Airbnb, so we didn’t have to go through a hotel lobby. Scarlett hasn’t even been anywhere indoors yet except our house and the pediatrician’s office.
  • No eating at restaurants or indoor activities; we still got food from our favorite restaurants, but took it to go back to our Airbnb
  • Lots of sanitizer
  • We packed our own food/drinks
  • We also rented an umbrella to keep Scarlett safe from the sun and put her in a rash guard suit with SPF/a hat to protect her skin. I recently went to the dermatologist and she said she was too young for sunscreen, but recommended the rash guard swimsuit and hat.

Scarlett will be 6 months on Saturday and I cannot believe it. I’ll be taking some 6 month photos this weekend to share soon.

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  1. jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    November 13, 2020 / 7:26 am

    It looks like she had so much fun!

    Curated By Jennifer

    • abyersguide
      November 15, 2020 / 10:40 pm

      She did 🙂

  2. November 13, 2020 / 7:40 pm

    Oh my gosh! You are all just the cutest family. Scarlett is SO cute in her little hat! Thank you for sharing the ways you stayed safe on your trip too! These really great tips and things to keep in mind.

    • abyersguide
      November 15, 2020 / 11:09 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Lindsey! It was such a nice little trip.

  3. November 16, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Looks like such a perfect weekend and Scarlett seems to be at a really fun age! I am so glad ya’ll got to do this!


    • abyersguide
      November 18, 2020 / 11:20 pm

      It was so amazing and she really is at such a fun age. Every day gets better 🙂

    • abyersguide
      November 18, 2020 / 11:18 pm

      It was amazing!

  4. November 21, 2020 / 7:17 pm

    I love your coordinating outfits!! I am glad ya’ll had fun!!

    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2021 / 11:09 pm

      Aw thank you so much.

  5. November 29, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    Hello Courtney, I’m so glad you got to take a family vacation as a family of three . You are so smart waiting for the weather to cool down. Also it’s nice that there’s not many people at the beach. Scarlett it look so happy in all the photos she is obviously going to be a big fan of Beach! I really love your matching outfits! The dress looks amazing on you. You have a great list of precautions that you took. It was nice to get an Airbnb. Thanks for the post , Terri xoxo

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