a week at the jersey shore

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it’s true: absence makes the heart grow fonder, for sure. i spent every summer growing up at the jersey shore and then in college, stopped visiting because of so many scheduling conflicts… and having to use my vacation days to visit a certain someone:)

but once i found out i was pregnant last summer (was that really a year ago?!), i knew we had to make this family trip happen for 2016. and it was honestly one of the best vacations i’ve ever had! we always stayed at my grandparents but this time rented a house right on long beach island and every single day was jam packed with seeing family, eating lots of yummy food and lounging on the beach. abigail was a dream and slept to the sound of the breeze on the beach every day:)

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we got there a day early and it made me super happy that abby was able to spend some quality time with both of her great-grandparents on this trip.

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and then once the rest of the fam arrived, we crossed the bridge to long beach island, where honestly every other house was photo-worthy. so much cuteness on our street!

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we got there a little late that first day but still made it to the beach not once, but twice!

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some other highlights…

+ boogie boarding

+ the guys chartering a boat to go fishing

+ eating the crabs my grandma caught (for breakfast!)

+ rides at fantasy island… steph’s FIRST ferris wheel! can’t even believe it.

+ a day in north jersey getting to see most of our wonderful extended family

+ taking abby to the lighthouse, which she slept through

+ snapping some family photos & sam and andrew’s engagement pics

+ abby and whitney meeting for the first time!

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our darling little room…

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four generations. amazing:)

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so glad we made it to the barnegat lighthouse, even if it was for just a few minutes. not even close to how deserted it looks in the picture… the place was packed with people wanting to climb the lighthouse!

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and then, before i knew it, the week was over :( our last day we said goodbye to the beach and headed to north jersey where i grew up to see more family and then drive back to canada late in the afternoon.

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cousins and our little babies!!!!

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with her cute grandma

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seeing/doing everything for the first time through my husband and daughter’s eyes made it even more special and i am so happy that we have all agreed to bring back our annual beach trip for the future.

CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!

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Three Months Old!

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i am way behind on documenting abigail’s three month milestone but here it is!

we had lots of smiles and giggles this month, plus a few real belly laughs that just made my heart swell. she didn’t like the lake much (too cold) but enjoyed the pool water in the hot tub. steph bought one of these infant floats and she hated it at first but i think it’s something she could get used to – the babies all look so happy and relaxed in the pictures! :)

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abby had a bit of a fussy growth spurt while we were up at the cottage but thankfully it didn’t seem to last as long as her six week one. i just literally fed her and bounced her for what seemed like hours on end! but i read that when babies are generally fussy for no reason they are learning something new, and after this spurt she has been all about wanting us to sit her up, hold her hands so she can stand and she’s grabbing and holding on to her toys a lot more than before.

we also took a family trip to new jersey and it was the best vacation! miss abby lane was a dream and i can’t wait to blog the 136578 pictures from that week soon :)

nursing is still going great. i adore breastfeeding. i wasn’t breastfed as a baby and it wasn’t something i was very familiar with before having abigail – except from the stories i heard from so many people about how difficult/painful/confusing it is – but i am incredibly grateful that that has not been my experience so far. when she’s eating and looking at me and snuggled up with her legs on mine (she loves to have them up resting on something. so cute!), not a single other thing matters.

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it’s amazing how much she changes day to day. it’s shocking to scroll through my camera roll and see right before my eyes how fast it goes. and i can’t believe i will be blogging her four month update soon… especially since i was so late with this one…

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we love you sweet pea!