This last Monday I drove down to see my grandparents in Delaware with Declan. We had a great visit and it felt so nice to walk around Rehoboth Beach. I always went there when I was growing up since my grandparents always had a place about 20 minutes away. It's really exciting to daydream about the future. I picture Declan riding rides and playing games at Funland. I want to experience everything with him! I want to see him try his first salt water taffy and boardwalk fries. I want to take him on the Haunted House ride and watch him drive the bumper cars. I've heard people say that life doesn't really begin until you have kids and I know exactly what they mean now. Everything has new excitement. Those stupid little boats that go around in a circle? No longer a dumb little ride but a speedboat whizzing around a big ocean! I took Declan on the Merry-Go-Round and it was so beautiful to watch his face. When we started moving and when the horse started going up and down he was in such awe, then excitement, then fear, then back to excitement. How amazing it has to be to see all of this for the first time!
On a sadder note, my grandparents are getting older, as grandparents do. It is a tough thing to think about that my parents are the grandparents now, and mine are the great-grandparents. Since having Declan I especially treasure each time I get to see them and the moments they share with my son will be ones that I will never forget.
On the way home we took a little detour to Broadkill Beach. I had always seen the sign when I would drive down route 1 and decided that I would finally just go ahead and stop. We went down a windy back road and popped out right at the entrance to the very secluded beach. I guess it's dog friendly because most people had dogs there too. Kota hates the water but it'd still be fun to see her watch the waves! I highly recommend checking this out if you are in the area. It is right past Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. There was hardly any one there; such a contrast from the Rehoboth Boardwalk! It reminded me a little of Ocracoke Island, one of my favorite places ever. Every year they have a Flip Em' walk in May at Broadkill to help the horseshoe crab population. I would love to check this out next year!
As much as I wish that Josh could come with us on each adventure, there is something incredibly empowering about traveling alone with your child as a mother. I highly recommend it to any moms that are able. At first it can be intimidating and it does make things more complicated but it really builds confidence in me as a caretaker for my son. There were a lot of worries I had when we first started taking little road trips by ourselves: "what if he gets hungry?" "what if we have to stop somewhere?" "what if theres a problem with the car?" Well, most of the things you worry about won't go wrong, it's usually something entirely different that you never thought of! And you will figure it out. I promise. You and your little will be ok. Don't have expectations or timelines, embrace detours and remember that you only get this time with them once.