Last week we went on our much anticipated beach vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We booked the vacation with friends last winter before I was pregnant, but luckily swimming in the ocean 12 hours a day is something pregnant women can do very well. Having to pee constantly has never been so convenient. The only hard part was not being able to enjoy cold beers on the beach and frosty pina coladas on the deck. Even though my baby is due in November, I think my first drink post-delivery will be a fruity, frozen and tropical.
The Outer Banks, or OBX, is an awesome place for a beach location. The drive is long (12 hrs from our house in New York), but the ocean is warm, the sand is soft, and the beaches aren't crowded. Plus you can rent a huge house with a hot tub and sometimes a pool right on the beach!
We rented a place with four of my hometown friends, Esme, the 8 year old daughter of one couple, and three dogs. I don't think the vacation would have been nearly as entertaining if we didn't have Esme and the dogs. We watched Neverending Story on the second night and for the rest of the week Esme performed monologues from the movie.
Our house was on the ocean side of the island in a huge surfing spot with huge waves. When we needed a break or wanted to take Lily swimming we would go over to the bay side of the island. The bay side was full of kite boarders, which looked soooo fun. I really want to try kite boarding one day when I'm not pregnant and have upper body strength.
We went to the bay to watch the sunset a couple times and once there was a kite boarder surfing in front of the melting sun. It was the ultimate 80's scene (I think I had a pair of OP jams with a similar theme). We were really hoping the kite boarder would "jump the sun".