On Wednesday we are decamping to Maine for the rest of the summer. Before Axel was born, it was really tough to anticipate how I'd be feeling and what the logistics of a road trip might look like. Now that he's here, we're feeling confident. Our plan is to break up the trip in Boston, where we'll stay with Will's cousins and introduce our little guy to his brand new second cousin, born in late June.
On Thursday, we'll drive the rest of the way up the coast to see my mom and Will's extended clan. Axel will be meeting 3 grandparents, 3 aunts, 3 uncles, 7 first cousins, and dozens of family friends over the course of the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, I'm really glad we had this quiet time at home in the very beginning without any overnight guests. Initially it was a little daunting, but the great thing about doing it on our own, without any family, is that now we're not intimidated by being solo with him. In fact, Will left for three hours this morning to get our car tuned up and Axel and I had a mellow morning together.
I'm looking forward to walks with the stroller in the fresh pine-y air, Axel's first glimpses of the ocean, and sleeping to the sound of real waves rather than the Sleep Sheep. It's bound to get a little hectic with so many people around, but the good news is that I can always retreat to our room if I need a bonding fix. Am also looking forward to my first dark & stormy of the season.
Now we just have to figure out how to get all of this baby's gear into the car!