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.