Baby’s First Beach Trip

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Thinking about taking your little one to the beach for the first time? Pack up the car and just do it! Rooney LOVED the ocean and I’m almost sad we didn’t take her sooner. She’s been a big fan of bath time and splashing around in the pool. We’ve been sure to give her plenty of opportunities to get comfortable around the water without enrolling her in any formal swimming lessons yet. Our little family of three had the chance to tag along on the tail end of my mom’s beach vacation to Hilton Head Island. It’s been over a year since we’ve been to the beach, which is a strange feeling having lived there for years during our time in Charleston, SC. The last time we went I was 25 weeks pregnant and dipping my toes in the cool water at Isle of Palms. It was a trip that will forever be a marker in this timeline we call life.

We headed out to the beach early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to try to beat the heat and the crowds. Luckily, our timeshare has a shuttle service and we were able to easily transport Rooney in one of our baby carriers. She was immediately curious about the wet sand from the tide pools and squished it around in her hands and toes. Twice we had to keep her from eating a handful of mud! She crawled right into the ocean, our fearless little fish, following her daddy around and wading with him as the waves rolled in around them. It was nothing short of magical. I’ll carry the memories of this trip with me forever.

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It wouldn’t be a true vacation without sampling some of the local flavors. We went to a few Lowcountry landmarks like the Salty Dog Café and Skull Creek Boathouse. We picked up Rooney’s very first Salty Dog Café onesie and chatted with our waiter about how quickly babies grow.

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I found Java Burrito Company while browsing the Hilton Head location tag on Instagram and I had no idea how late to the game we were. It’s a hip spot that’s clearly loved by locals and tourists alike. I was surprised at how many of my friends had already been and a little disappointed they were holding out on such a gem! We knew we had to get breakfast there from the photos and just barely made it in time. I made my own veggie breakfast burrito and Alex got a breakfast sandwich. The pineapple brioche was out of this world! I loved the mix of sweet and savory.

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We can’t wait for our next trip to the ocean! Hilton Head was a treat as always.