Normally, for beach days, we would go to Lake Michigan. It’s big, beautiful, and impressive. But it’s a long drive for us, so I figured we could try out our little tiny local lake. I was prepared for it to suck, to be honest. What could possibly out-do Lake Michigan?Read More
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When I was a kid, the chorus of summer was a mix of “CLOSE THE DOOR!” and “TURN THE HOSE OFF!” because my parents were tired of paying to cool the outside and having ponds next to the foundation of the house. Needless to say, there was some peeing in bushes and drinking from the hose, both of which our neighbors probably scoffed at, but it makes for good stories later on. So when I found these water bottles, it jogged my memory, and I passed the torch, er…hose I mean, to Ana.Read More
Today is the summer day I've been waiting for! Those beautiful, mid Michigan summer days are glorious and I'mm completely over the heat. There's a reason I'm still in Michigan and not a southern state. So Chris, the brilliant, wonderful man he is, suggests spending an hour or so at the Meijer Gardens with coffee (peppermint tea for me to kick this cold) and letting Ana play in the Children's Garden.
To sit in the sun without drying out like a damn apricot and taking the morning relatively slow (for us) set the whole damn tone for the rest of the day. You know who hasn't been in a foul mood since 8am? ANA. (She literally wakes up angry and continues that pattern recently).
Probably my favorite highlight would have to be when Ana announced to the entirety of the gardens...
"IT'S A SNAKE! OH MY GOD IT'S A SNAKE! AAAAAAHHHH!"
Like she just discovered the largest python to ever be recorded and some other Mom, who's kids probably don't act like everything is a contest for best leading actresses at the Oscars, quickly intervened with a "Oh honey, it's okay it's just a garter snake!" and put out the epic panic Ana was about to work herself into. #parentsunite
This weekend is going to be one of our last hoorah's as we're about 4 week and 6 days from our due date and I'm just getting sore and slower as time moves on, so I'm trying to soak up enough peace this week to not be a crazy, frazzle ball this weekend.
When you were about to have a baby, did you do a last hoorah? What did you do?
Michigan has been crazy hot these past couple days. Heat indexes of 100?! I LIVE IN A COLD STATE TO AVOID THESE TEMPERATURES. But alas, mother nature laughed at me and cranked the heat. So we made a trip out to Grand Haven State Park to cool off. The difference in temperature between the city and the lakeshore was crazy awesome and the water wasn't so frigid you couldn't enjoy it.
For some reason though, the seagrass was ungodly. There was SO MUCH OF IT. Ana wanted to go out deeper off the shore, but when the waves came in it wrapped around your legs and for a sensory sensitive child, that's a no go. So we carried her out and when a big wave would come in, we'd hold her down low so it hit her. I think both she and Chris had a good time with that.
As for my pasty, pregnant ass, I dipped in occasionally, but left a lot of the beach trudging to Chris.
I've got a question for the Momma's out there though. If you were pregnant in the summer, did you wear a bikini still or did you one piece it?
With Ana I wore a bikini, but the comments and dirty looks got old so I ordered a one piece this time around, but it's so uncomfortable. I ended up with, what looked like a wad of chewed tobacco, lodged in the inside of it from the seagrass and sand and it was miserable. Even Chris commented on how he saw another decently pregnant lady in a bikini and she looked way more comfortable. So next time, I'm going two piece. I don't even care if I catch shit for it.
One more question...
What are your beach must-takes?
I happened to pick up a big umbrella from Five Below for $5 for our yard, but it was a freaking life saver for the sun. Obviously I wear sunscreen like mad, but I still burn. I'm that stereotypical redhead. Chris wants a foldable wagon for next time and a sand-proof blanket.
After a while, we decided to pack it up and ended up stopping at Dairy Treat to snag some ice cream because obviously you can't go to the beach and NOT get ice cream. So what about you guys? What do you do to beat the heat and cool off?