This year, for the 5th year in a row, we headed down to my in-laws beach house in the Northern Neck of Virginia to celebrate 4th of July. Hunter and I hadn't been down for a visit in a year and obviously he doesn't remember the beach house from last year so this was like a brand new experience for him.
We got down early Thursday morning and came back mid-day on Saturday. Hunter did well on the 2 hour drive both ways, sleeping for most of the trip. He had a blast running laps around their one-level beach house, playing out on the fenced in deck area and digging around in the sand, not to mention getting to spend time with his grandparents, aunt, uncle and older cousin...oh and 6 dogs!
Unlike last year, he slept fine through the night, however he refused to go to sleep unless someone was in the bedroom with him, but once he was asleep he was fine. They don't have a crib down there and he's too big for the pak n play so instead we took a crib mattress that my MIL got from a neighbor and put it between the two full beds in one of the bedrooms. This kept him somewhat contained and prevented him from rolling off the mattress. Since he refused to sleep unless someone was in the room with him it made for some late nights and staying up quite a bit past his bedtime until one of us was ready for bed. But he really didn't even act tired, I guess the beach house it more fun than going to bed.
He was able to stay up for the fireworks on Thursday and surprisingly did very well. He only cried, very briefly, twice when he was caught off guard but other than that he sat quietly watching everything in my lap.
He was definitely a fan of the beach house and it's going to be a lot of fun watching him there as he grows up.