Hey everybody! We had a great trip to the beach with the baby and his grandparents, uncles, great aunts/uncles and second cousins. SoJo was so amazing...he really handled all of the new faces and places really well and slept during both car rides, save for a few screams every couple of hours.
He is such a water baby (as I suppose most babies are). He loved being in the pool and splashing water. He got it on his face a lot and didn't mind at all. We even dunked him once, as the swim instructors at the pool I swam at all through my pregnancy recommended it. She said that babies will naturally hold their breath and that it gets them used to going under water. SoJo didn't like it, but he didn't scream either. Hence we only did it once.
He was a little confused by the ocean, as you can tell by the look on his face in the photo. He didn't dislike it, but was just quiet. I think he wanted that sand in his mouth.
This week was also another big moment for the little one; he rolled over from his back to his tummy for the first time. I can't believe how much he's grown up! I am amazed at how great he did during this whole trip. He slept well, as we had a huge walk-in closet attached to our bedroom in the condo and the pack and play fit right in there. So it could be completely dark with the door closed, which is a lot different than his room at home. I left the door cracked in the closet though, for air flow and so that it wasn't really dark during naps and he wouldn't get into the habit of sleeping all day.
And I am pleased to say we are as white as ever. In my 20s, I decided that I was tired of trying to get a tan (after a few mild sunburns) so I don't stay out in the sun for long, and even then I have on tons of sunscreen and a hat. I think Soren will be like me, as we look like we have the same hair and coloring. I used Badger sunscreen, which smells wonderfully like lavender and does not have chemicals in it.
The main protector is zinc oxide which reflects the sun. I didn't want to put things on his skin that had ingredients I couldn't pronounce, so this was great. We weren't in the direct sun for more that 20 minutes each day, so I don't know how well Badger Balm worked long term, but I'd recommend it. I love that all of their products contain at least 70% organic ingredients.
Now it's back to the routine and not having a ton of people around to hold Soren while I'm making lunch, swimming, or just in the shower! I miss the beach already...
Note: Thanks for the comments on my swimsuit! I've had it for a few years and I bought it at Boscovs, a local department store. If I remember correctly, it's a Jantzen. I love that it holds the girls in, and quite honestly, it fit better last year before I was nursing! There's also a matching bottom and skirt, but in the photo I have on a different bottom (actually it's from my maternity swimsuit!).