First family vacation with baby

New Hampshire in August was the perfect setting for our first family vacation.  Pre-baby, our ideal vacation would include some sort of travel, the sun, good restaurants and plenty of cocktails.  Now that Cole has joined us we had to think outside the box a little!  My generous parents gave us the lakehouse for the week so the location was an easy decision.  Cole was already familiar with the house which relieved my worry of him waking up, having no idea where he was, and crying out for us in the middle of the night.

The week started off with a family pool party at my grandparents house.  It was fun to sit and reminisce about the days when my cousins and I would be running around together playing in the backyard.  The torch is now being passed on to all our little ones!  My grandparents are now great-grandparents to six beautiful children and babies.  Here are Greg and Aunt Kim holding Cole and Chloe (only 1 month apart!).

Besides the pool, we also spent a lot of time in the lake.  My brother and his girlfriend bought us this amazing baby carrier that is made for the water.  Best invention ever!  It made swimming with Cole so much easier for him and me.  If anyone is planning on spending time in the water with their baby I highly recommend the Body Glove Neoprene infant carrier.

One day we took a road trip to North Conway.  Cole slept the whole way there and the whole way back.  We’ve learned that great naps are one of the perks of taking mini road trips!  Although he couldn’t enjoy the food like we did, Cole got to experience one of our favorite restaurants in the area, Flatbread Company.  I love them because they use local ingredients to make delicious brickoven pizza. YUM.

One of my favorite parts of the week was our visit to one of the most charming towns in New England, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  After a delicious lunch at Crepes Ohh La La, we took Cole for a walk down Cotton Valley Trail.  It was such a peaceful afternoon.

I love my family and I can’t wake for our next vacation!  Perhaps we will get Cole on a plane next time (eek!).  Where did you take your first family vacation?

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Picture blog: Cole meets the lake

We introduced Cole to my favorite place in the whole world, Lake Winnipesaukee.  My Dad was excited to take him on his first couple of boat rides during 4th of July weekend.  It started a little rocky his first time out and he started to cry with the roar of the engine…

…But it was only because he wanted to drive the boat so Grandpa obliged.

All that driving tuckered him out so he was ready for a  nice nap.

The next time he was on the boat he was awake and ready to go!

Mima hogged Cole most of the time, but that’s what Mimas do!

Daddy got some quality time too. My guys are cool dudes.

The wind was strong when we went fast, but Cole didn’t mind.

The smile on my baby’s face was the best part of the boat ride.

Cole also went swimming in the lake for the first time! We got him all dressed up in his water gear.

He was kicking away – what a swimmer!

We went a little deeper and he loved that too.

I will always cherish the memory of our first summer at the lake with our baby boy.