24 Hours in South Haven, MI with a Baby

Traveling to South Haven, MI is one of my husband’s family traditions. South Haven is a charming town on Lake Michigan with iconic lighthouses. This year, we took our 4-month-old son along for a quick overnight trip! Here’s what we did during our 24 hours in South Haven.

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Day One

When we arrived, we immediately headed to Subs N More for lunch. This is a great spot to grab a sandwich (or pizza). We ate outside and then drove to South Beach! Zach and I took turns hanging out with Samuel, and we convinced Zach’s sister to watch Samuel while we took a quick walk in the sand. Our beach tent was the perfect size to keep Samuel covered!

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For dinner, we sat outside at Bricks and ate thin-crust pizza. Some of the restaurants had a two-hour wait, but we pleasantly had hot pizza in our hands in roughly 20 minutes. Bricks is very kid-friendly and even has activities to keep them entertained while waiting for dinner.

After dinner, we obviously headed to Sherman’s. If you’ve ever been to South Haven, you know how delicious it is! And if you don’t, I hope you’ll prioritize going there. My husband and I tried two different flavors, toffee fantastic and turtle (typically, we share chocolate chip cookie dough!). Both were delicious! However, neither of us could finish our single cones. Opt for the kid size, unless you’re sharing with someone.

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We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on North Beach, and Rocky, Zach’s brother-in-law, took one of my favorite family portraits to date! Samuel is such a cutie, and we feel so lucky to have him.

Day Two

We woke up early and headed to Eclectic for coffee and then met the others at Brown’s Bakery for donuts to take to the beach. What is better than eating donuts and drinking coffee at the beach!?

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After some fun, we got cleaned up and headed to Phoenix Street Cafe for breakfast. Then, it was time for blueberry picking! Before going to South Haven for my first time in 2015, I had never picked blueberries. Since then, it’s something I look forward to each summer. The blueberries are absolutely delicious, and picking them is satisfying. I wore Samuel in my Tuck and Bundle wrap which made picking blueberries a breeze. He napped almost the entire time, and we left with nearly three pounds of blueberries.

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We then headed to lunch at Su Casa. A bonus to eating lunch at an off-time meant that we didn’t have to wait for a table! The guacamole there is delicious! Tip – Ask for some spicy carrots. You’ll be hooked. We looked in a few more shops and then it was time to head home.

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Your Turn!

  • Have you been to South Haven? What’s your favorite activity to do there?
  • If you haven’t, where do you love to travel to each summer?
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Mama Confessions: Three Things I Said I’d Never Do

Nothing could have prepared me for the way my life has changed since becoming a mama. I read books (well, parts of them), took birth, baby and breastfeeding classes, and talked to other moms, but no amount of conversations or books could accurately prep me for the vast amount of emotions I’ve felt in the past four months (Note – I started writing this post when Samuel was eight weeks old and am just now getting back to it.) and what responsibilities my new title required.

In the short time, I’ve already done so many of the things I said I’d never do. Before March 8, it was easy to look at other moms and decide that I would or wouldn’t do _fill in the blank_. Oh, how things have changed! It’s definitely laughable. Here are a few of the things I said I’d never do that I actually do. And, hey, if you’re reading this in preparation to become a mom, be careful what you say!

1. I won’t be THAT mama that posts pictures of my baby all the time. That is the first thing that went out the window. The second my little man (well, maybe not the second… but soon after Samuel was placed into my arms, he became my favorite human being on the planet. (Sorry, Zach!)

2. I’ll prioritize going on dates with my husband. In Samuel’s four months, I can count on my hand the number of dress up and go out without the baby nights Zach and I have had… one. Yes, that’s it. One. I’m ashamed to say that I’m to blame for this. It’s hard work to go out and leaving my baby is way harder than I ever imagined. (But what if he needs me?!) 

3. I’ll still do the same things as before. When I look at the bigger picture, I still do a lot of the same activities. I go out to eat with my friends. I wake up early. I take care of myself. I go to Target. The frequency is no where near what it was before Samuel, and I’m actually okay with that. 

These are just a few of the things I find myself doing (or not doing) on a day-to-day basis that are not what I said I’d do. Being a mama comes with so many new responsibilities that make even the toughest days feel rewarding. At the end of it, my husband and I are responsible for Samuel, and I can go to bed each night (even if it’s short-lived before my baby needs me) knowing I’m giving him my all.

Your Turn!

Hey Mama (or Dada)! What is something you swore you’d never do that you actually do?