It's official, the twins had their first sail in their twelfth week of life. Not too shabby for a couple of (temporary) landlubbers during the most stubborn "summer" to ever finally show it's face (I'm still not totally convinced, to be honest).
My dad keeps his beautiful boat downtown Chicago which means we have a boat on which to get our sailing fix during this stateside hiatus, and for that we are beyond grateful. It was a beautiful day on the lake with family; my mom, dad, sister in law and little niece joined our clan of five(!?!) for the shenanigans. It felt awesome to be floating again. Even if it was a bit of a Chinese fire drill with all the kids all over the place, and even if the twins did have tandem meltdowns during the car rides there and back (traveling in an SUV for fifteen minutes or more with two infants and one toddler in the back seat is about as fun as pulling out your fingernails, one by one, fyi)...all of that was totally worth it for a few hours of bliss on the water. (Isla's first sail can be seen here).
It's amazing how different day-sailing is from live-aboard sailing or cruising. First of all, it's a ginormous production to pack the whole family in the car these days, complete with clothes, diapers, snacks and gear. When you live on your boat, all that stuff is right at your fingertips - all you need to do is stow and go. Then there's the whole "out and back" thing. We hardly ever did that on our cruising boat and I think we went sailing for the sake of just sailing maybe once, if that. Almost always we sailed to a destination, dropped the hook and hung out. Both forms, of course, are great - but completely different and it was interesting to note.
What was particularly cool to observe was how Isla took to the boat like a duck to water. These six months on land haven't weakened her sea legs in the slightest and the incredible spacial awareness and balance that comes from a babyhood on a boat is still very much alive in her. She instinctively knows to step over lines, avoid the cleats and go down the companionway stairs backward. We don't need to hover over her for fear she'll fall or misstep. She's got it down pat. When we first got on the boat she exclaimed she was going to "Isla's room" and made her way to the v-berth. Needless to say, she has clearly not forgotten her former life. It's etched in her incredible soul and I love that.
We snapped some pictures of the day but unfortunately there aren't many of the twins on their maiden sail because they were "worn" the entire time by my mom and me and were sleeping soundly inside the cocoons created by the Moby wraps (man do I love baby wearing, more on this to come). Both girls were lulled to an almost coma-like slumber on our chests by the rocking motion of the boat and we were able to enjoy the afternoon without a single peep from either of them. Until we got ashore, of course. Then all hell broke loose. They are babies, after all. And there are two of them. And, no, I still can't believe it.
We have some fun things in store for us aboard my dad's boat this summer... Scott, along with my dad and brothers will be doing the Chicago to "Mac" race in July and the plan is for my sister and I to drive up and meet them. From there, Scott and I will take a couple weeks and do our first "test sail" as a family of five (with my sister in tow) up in the Northern waters of Lake Michigan and then hand it back over to my mom and dad for their sailcation. We're excited. There are a ton of logistics to figure out, lifeline netting to install and the mere thought of a seven hour car ride with three under three makes me want to run straight to the looney bin and jump into a padded cell, but - hey - we'll figure it out. These days, we're taking one day at time and just putting one foot in front of the other. Baby steps. It's all about baby steps.
Summer is here. Thank God. And we're going sailing.
|Family photo, minus Mira who was on my mom.|
|Isla and Grandpa.|
|This looks like foreshadowing :) Isla and her cousin and bestie, Bryn.|
|Isla calling wave sets.|
|This pic was taken by my SIL of Brighteye Photography|
|I always wanted my very own laughing Buddah. The Universe gave me one.|
|She represents the Lollipop Guild. Very well, I might add.|
|Chilling in the pilot berth.|