Every year we pack up the car with sand toys, beach towels and juice boxes and head to the beach. And given that baby brain is rather permanent, every year when we hit the beach, I get smacked in the face with things I already knew.
1. Changing Sandy, Wet AND Poopy Diapers Is Ick, Ew, Gross.
At home I’m used to changing the wettest and poopiest of diapers without batting an eye. But at the beach, wet means the entire diaper is drenched. Add in some poop and it’s most likely starting to seep out the sides of the swim diaper.
Add wet sand and a wriggly toddler into the mix? Torture.
2. The Kids Will Never Be Free of Sandy Hands So Let ‘Em Eat.
3. I Know All the Lyrics to “Baby Got Back.”
If you’ve ever been to Myrtle Beach, you know that certain parts of it are, um, trashy. There’s no shortage of shops with names consisting of various ways to say “booty” (Bummz seems to be a popular one).
All that booty talk made me re-discover that I know all the lyrics to Baby Got Back. Daddy Roo said he was “disturbed and intrigued at the same time.”
4. Labs Love Being Near (and In) Water
5. Men Should Never Wear Speedos Unless They Are in the Olympics
I got my fair share of Speedo-wear when I was in Europe in college. But here in the States, luckily they are few and far between. My eyes only burned a couple of times (it’s always those you DON’T want to wear them who are, in fact, wearing them). And in honor of “mankini” being added to the dictionary, you can burn your OWN eyes by clicking here (it’s just wikipedia but still). Good thing I didn’t see those. (You can thank Cyndi from Convertible Life for THAT link)
6. Kids Sleep Just Like at Home… but Worse
I’m not sure why I think otherwise. Each time we head to the beach, I look forward to sleeping in. Somehow I keep forgetting that kids don’t know that being at the beach means you’re supposed to ignore the sun coming up. In fact, they go to bed later, skip naps most days and still get up at the same time they do at home. Gah.