Kiawah 2014

October 15th, 2014

Oh, the beach house. Why can’t real life be like the beach house?

If you haven’t been reading for years, the beach house belongs to the uncle of one of my friends. He allows us to borrow it once a year for a long weekend. It has 6 bedrooms, each with their own private bath, a huge kitchen, 3 wine fridges, a fully stocked (with alcohol) butler’s pantry, every TV channel ever, a deck and private pool, and beach access to an always deserted private beach. Everything about the beach house is nicer than my own house, including the dishes and beds and beach toys. There is a planter full of herbs that grows on the deck, so if you need fresh basil for dinner it’s right there. The towels and sheets are color coded to the bedrooms, so the cleaning service can put them all back in the right place when we leave. I imagine the beach house is what life is like for celebrities every day.

This year we went from three kids at the beach house to SIX kids at the beach house, ranging in age from 2 months (Linc!) to five years (Evan!). The number of adults actually fell. The weather wasn’t very good and I only made it down to the actual beach once and I drove alone for two days each way to get there AND my car broke down 10 miles from Kiawah…but it was still an amazing vacation.

The beach house is lucky. It turned out my car just had a dead battery, the baby slept through the night, and my often-missing husband even made it to the house for a very brief visit. It was so great to see my friends and talk about life and jobs and changes and babies. We’re already planning for next year’s trip (and saving up for a nanny, since we’ll have 6 actual kids, rather than 3 and 3 babies). I can’t wait.

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Having kids at the same time as your friends works out well.

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The pool was pretty cold. They did not care.

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We try to buy a gift for the owners every year. This year we bought a huge crab pot, so next year I can fit all the lowcountry boil in it.

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So much foooood.

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There’s an old fashioned pharmacy/soda fountain in the shopping center on Kiawah

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The beach was a little bleak without the sun, but it wasn’t too cold for the kids.

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He really wants to learn how to surf

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He was really good at boogie boarding though!

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Linc likes the beach for about 5 minutes.

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The “O” has a sad face in it, because Princess Sadface had a meltdown about…something. We still aren’t sure what.


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Then she cheered up.

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Couch naps, not just for babies!

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Caramel apple pie. Recipe coming soon.

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Caroline LOVED that there were lots of people who let her help in the kitchen.

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Eating cake in her jammies. It was both early for cake and late for jammies. Vacation!!

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He’s not actually that grumpy, he just makes that face.

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Helping with important work. Or maybe playing games.

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Reading to Baby Jesus.

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The appropriate way to eat chocolate ice cream.

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Linc is almost exactly the same size as his 4 month and 6 month old baby friends. FAT BABY, OLD MAN FACE.

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Last morning at the pool

 

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Goodbye beach house! See you next year!

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October 12th, 2014

Yesterday was gross and horrible. Today is gorgeous and perfect. Welcome to New England in the fall. Or anytime, really. We don’t do in betweens.

Sunday:

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On a treasure hunt

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I am really glad that is not my job.

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Pirates love Friendly’s

Monday:

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Wrap = nap, almost every time

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Front porch swinging

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Even Linc can’t handle how adorable he looks

Tuesday:

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Consignment score: $10 total. That dress in the middle is from Harrod’s, the original price was more than $100.

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They really love the post office

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She fell asleep waiting for her turn to pick the movie

Wednesday:

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Halloween is going to be epic

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Bring your gingers to work night. Too bad they don’t get along with my clients.

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Windy sunset

Thursday:

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There’s a kid on Evan’s bus who likes to draw things for him. Since when are kids still making Stussy S’s????

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Just keep swimming

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A Bacon Turkey Bravo is my reward for an hour at the crowded, hot, LOUD pool.

Friday:

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I like wraps because the pattern and the cute baby detract attention from my 4th day hair and no makeup face.

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Sunset didn’t quite cooperate for my photoshoot, but the clouds are pretty

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What big eyes you have at 11 pm.

Saturday:

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The American cheese of VICTORY!

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We went to the grocery store just to get a wrap nap

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Linc is not fooled by sneak attack kisses

I keep thinking it is only October 2nd or 3rd, maybe 5th at the most. This month is going surprisingly fast and I’m not very happy about it – November is the start of Winter Misery in Connecticut and Winter Misery with three kids is going to be extra miserable. But for now we are going to do all the fall things: Chowder Days and the pumpkin patch and hayrides and apple picking and dragging the kids around town to find the best places for fall leaf pictures.

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October 10th, 2014

It’s October, but that’s not going to stop me from posting these photos I took in August.  Maybe I’ll have the Kiawah trip photos done by Christmas.

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October 7th, 2014


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My baby is amazing.

It doesn’t matter that he’s my third baby, and I’ve already done this newborn thing twice before. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2am and I’m exhausted. It doesn’t matter if his tiny fingers are ripping all the hair out of the back of my neck. He’s an itty bitty miracle.

When I’m nursing him, the hairs right behind his ear gleam like they’re made of copper. It’s the only time I am really sure he’s going to be a ginger, since the fuzz that grows in a perfect imitation of his father’s hairline on top of his head is white-blond. When he’s sleeping he makes sniffling snorfling noises and says “mmmmm” and “oooooo” and “eh eh eh eh eh” when he’s having mysterious baby dreams. I can no longer sleep without those noises, or I wake up in a panic that he’s TOO quite or TOO sound asleep. I cover his chest with my palm and feel every rib at once as they move up and down with his breath.

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His ears are like tiny monkey ears on the outside, covered in a light layer of fur, and seashells on the inside, pearly pink and smooth. I can’t stop touching them while he’s sleeping in my lap, because I know in just a few weeks poking him is going to wake him up. When I’m feeling stressed, I smooth the tiny M that Linc gets between his eyes or the lines on his forehead or the little creases he gets by his eyes. His baby skin is so soft, but so incredibly sensitive.

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October 6th, 2014

This week (the one we’re in, not the one in the photos) is International Babywearing Week. In the last 2 months I’ve been totally brainwashed by those sneaky babywearers, who got me with their pretty patterns and fabric geekery and adorable selfies. I promise I’ll take pictures of other stuff one of these days, but since THIS week is IBW, I can’t promise it will happen soon.

Sunday:

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He’s a jumper, not a toe-dipper. He does not get it from me.

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Pretty in Pink

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Vacation baby sleeps on the couch

Monday:

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I don’t think this qualifies as “baby” wearing

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He’s frowning because this is NOT the pool with the gorgeous view. He still loves the actual floaty.

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That’s my kid hugging my best friend’s kid. FEELINGS.

Tuesday:

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We were supposed to leave at 7 am. Oops.

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So of course this is what happened on I-95. More than an hour parked…

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…which lead to some car nursing. PARKED. WE WERE PARKED.

Wednesday:

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Vacation recovery day. I just stared at this for 12 hours.

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FOXES. I’m not sure I’m going to keep this one, but it’s so adorable

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A sea monster to eat your baby!

Thursday:

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My baby bump is still there. It’s just tied on to the outside.

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She thinks she’s “sneaking” apples for a snack. OH NO DON’T EAT THE APPLES.

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Floor nap success!

Friday:

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Sweater weather

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This one is called Ahoi and Caroline says it’s her’s.

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They would walk for hours if the sun didn’t set so early

Saturday:

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Great Grandma brings the best presents

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Caroline thought Brutus needed to be put to bed

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I’m not keeping this one, even though Linc seems to like it.

It’s officially fall here in Connecticut, although I am resisting turning on the heat for at least a couple more days. It’s gorgeous and my photography is getting busy again and there are way too many fun things to do. We also got (what I’m calling tentative) confirmation we’re going to be staying in Connecticut for at least a little while longer, so I can just enjoy my friends and my life and not worry about starting over somewhere new. Although Hawaii is going to start looking pretty good when they come fill the oil tank.

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