Last week when we went to Mablethorpe we had a lovely day enjoying Mablethorpe’s wonderful beach. This is the second time we have taken Jake to the sea side but really the first time that he has been old enough to appreciate it. It was a really lovely afternoon even though it wasn’t the best weather in the world, it was dry and calm and not too cold.
After tracking through the sand dunes with Jamie carrying Jake in his baby carrier (so glad we took it with us!) we finally got to the beach, the tide was out so the beach seam absolutely massive! We selected our patch of sand, put down the picnic blanket and took off our shoes and socks. It was really lovely to watch Jake exploring the sand, he was a bit hesitant at first, just staring down at his toes as he scrunched them in the sand. He then sat down so he could pick up some sand in his fingers, you could tell he was really intrigued by the whole experience and it took quite a lot of effort to stop him trying to eat the sand, which we weren’t exactly 100 % successful with!
We then took Jake on his next adventure – to stand in the sea for the very first time! as the tide was out it was quite a long walk to the waters edge and Jake was starting to get a bit tired. When we got to the sea we had a quick dip of our toes in the wet sand and let the waves wash over them. It was quite funny that Jake was so confused as to what was happening that it must have took about three waves for him to decide that he didn’t like it very much, so promptly burst into tears. It was an important experience for him to have and I’m really glad we made the effort to take him down to the sea and watch him experience something so special for the very first time.
By the time we walked back up to our picnic blanket the tiredness and excitement of the afternoon caught up to Jake and after a couple of minutes of mummy cuddles whilst watching daddy build another sandcastle he fell asleep. Jamie and I then had chance to sit down together next to our beautiful sleeping baby and enjoy the peace and calm of being by the sea side as a family.
I really enjoyed our day at the beach, watching Jake take one of his first steps to experiencing the world around him. It felt like such a special moment and one I hope to remember forever.
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 May challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest. The tip that inspired me was to take some selfies to document our family time together.