Tonight we went to dinner on the beach with some of the best people we have met while living in this city. We ate amazing fish tacos to the sound of the Atlantic ocean and the smell of sunscreen and saltwater. After our meal we all headed to the beach as the sun was setting and talked while Henry ate sand for the first time and the other kids ran wild across the sand. The first time we took Henry to the ocean he slept the entire walk. This time he was all over the place, screeching at the seagulls and kicking at the waves. It really is amazing how much changes in such a small amount of time.
It's been stressful here these past few days, but watching Henry scoop the sand up in his hands over and over and beg to be placed back into the ocean with the biggest grin on his little face made me realize that the stress of being a new parent is nothing compared to moments like these. The pure joy on your baby's face as his mind is open to a whole new part of life makes the hard times just disappear.