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Poipu Beach at Marriot's Waiohai - May 29, 2016

Poipu Beach at Marriot’s Waiohai – May 29, 2016

KAUAI VACATION 2016
FRIDAY, MAY 27 – SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Aloha!  Did you know that in the Hawaiian language that word means affection, peace, compassion and mercy?  (I didn’t know that until writing this post!)  Sounds a lot like what we strive for by going vegan!

This was my 4th trip to Kauai.  Eric and I vacationed there– with my parents at their timeshare condo– in 2005, 2008 and 2011.  In those (pre-baby) years, we packed a lot of activity on top of spending time in the ocean and doing “general” sightseeing (i.e Spouting Horn, Kilauea Lighthouse, checking out various beaches on the island, etc).

For example–

In 2005, we hiked the Awa’Awapuhi Trail and the Sleeping Giant Trail.  We toured the McBryde National Tropical Botanical Garden.  We did the zip line tour, and we took surfing lessons.

In 2008, we hiked the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Beach/Falls and the Kukui Trail to the Waimea River.  We toured the Allerton National Tropical Botanical Garden.  We took a catamaran boat tour of the Na Pali Coast.

In 2011, we hiked the Pihea/Alaka’i Swamp Trail to Kilohana Lookout, the Canyon Trail, and along the Makewehi Lithified Cliffs (and we walked other places).  We toured the Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Garden.  We snorkeled at Tunnels.

In contrast–

Elisa & Todd - May 30, 2016

Elisa & Todd – May 30, 2016

This year we didn’t even want to leave Poipu.  This year we simply wanted to hang out at the beach and pool.  This year the relaxed pace was really nice!  And it’s exactly what we needed.

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, MAY 27

We scheduled a 5:00 AM pick-up with Affordable Car Services to make our 8:45 AM Alaska airlines flight (#879) from Seattle, WA to Lihue, HI.  We woke up Todd just before the car arrived, and he was immediately wide awake and excited (we’d been prepping him for the trip for days!).

At the airport, we somehow managed to get all our carry-on bags to the gate, but unfortunately I was stopped for a pat-down search from the TSA due to an “anomaly” that showed up on my walk-through scan. (??)

Once settled, Eric and I took turns roaming the airport with Todd.  He enjoyed looking out the window at the planes and waving to all the new people.  He loved going up and down this one ramp repeatedly.  He was excited!

At the airport - May 27, 2016

At the airport – May 27, 2016

On board the plane, Todd initially appeared to “settle” into his car seat (he had his own seat).  We were in row 22.  He smiled during take-off…

He appeared a bit drowsy as we reached cruising altitude.  I thought he’d fall right to sleep for sure, but THEN…

Eric hopped out of his seat after the seat belt sign was turned off.  Then, Todd realized that we were allowed to get out of our seats!  As a result, he wanted up, too.

For the next ~2 hours he walked up and down the aisle.  Fortunately, the flight had many empty seats that we could duck in and out of to help other passengers navigate around us.  Everyone was supportive and Todd was awfully cute wearing his Honu Hawaiian outfit.  He was a happy boy, and he was actually really good about not trying to grab things off others’ tray tables.

Another passenger holding Todd - May 27, 2016

Another passenger holding Todd – May 27, 2016

Eventually, Todd succumbed to fatigue and he let us strap him in his seat for a nap.  That lasted 1.5 hours (a little short, but okay).

Nap time - May 27, 2016

Nap time – May 27, 2016

Once he woke up, it was back to roaming the aisle.  Todd spent quite a bit of time next to this one boy (whose family turned out to be from Bend, OR, where my family lives).  The boy had an airplane wings pin that really interested Todd.

Complimentary Mai Tai drinks were served prior to landing 🙂 , and refills were offered since the flight wasn’t full –> score!  Our arrival was at ~ noon (Kauai time, a 3-hour time difference).  We were the very last ones off the plane!

My parents picked us up and drove us to our destination:  Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club.

We hit the pool that first afternoon and we ate dinner on the lanai.  We dined outside for most of our meals.  Todd enjoyed watching the little chickens and other birds that regularly came to snack on bits of food he dropped.

1st meal on the lanai - Todd, me, my dad & Eric - May 27, 2016

1st meal on the lanai – Todd, me, my dad & Eric – May 27, 2016

DAY 2 – SATURDAY, MAY 28

On this day we walked around before breakfast, we went swimming after breakfast, then Todd napped 2.5 hours.

1st morning in Kauai - Todd & I - May 28, 2016

1st morning in Kauai – Todd & I – May 28, 2016

Toys from Todd's Grandma - May 28, 2016

Toys from Todd’s Grandma – May 28, 2016

View from our room at the Waiohai Beach Club - May 28, 2016

View from our room at the Waiohai Beach Club – May 28, 2016

View from Waiohai Beach Club - May 28, 2016

View from Waiohai Beach Club – May 28, 2016

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Eric & Todd – May 28, 2016

Todd was drawn to all the boards - May 28, 2016

Todd was drawn to all the boards – May 28, 2016

The main pool

The main pool

During nap time, my parents stayed in the room while Eric and I each got a drink at the Honu Bar.  I had a Mai Tai and Eric tried the Ultimate Dark & Stormy, which quickly became a favorite for both of us.  It consists of:  Cock ‘n Bull ginger beer, 92 proof Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Domain Canton ginger liqueur and a float of Bacardi Select.

View from the Honu Bar

View from the Honu Bar

In the afternoon I “Ergo’ed” Todd the short distance to the shallow, protected little area at Poipu Beach Park.  On the way there we were treated to seeing a Honu (i.e. turtle) on the beach!  In the following picture, the mellow beach is shown in the top left…

Turtle at Poipu - May 28, 2016

Turtle at Poipu – May 28, 2016

Todd didn’t want to approach the water at first (preferring to play with a beach ball), but eventually we convinced him that he’d be safe wading into the water with us.

(Background info– on the day we arrived, he walked right toward the ocean without hesitation but then quickly realized that there are waves that can rush toward him and push him off balance…which he didn’t like!  After that he avoided the ocean and acted afraid of it.)

Todd's first "swim" in the ocean - May 28, 2016

Todd’s first “swim” in the ocean – May 28, 2016

Eric & Todd - May 28, 2016

Eric & Todd – May 28, 2016

Surfboard! - May 28, 2016

Surfboard! – May 28, 2016

DAY 3 – SUNDAY, MAY 29

On this day we strolled before breakfast and we checked out the Waiohai’s koi fish pond after breakfast.  Then Eric went in the pool with Todd while I snorkeled in the ocean.

Strolling before breakfast - May 29, 2016

Strolling before breakfast – May 29, 2016

Todd & Eric - May 29, 2016

Todd & Eric – May 29, 2016

Family pic at the koi fish pond - May 29, 2016

Family pic at the koi fish pond – May 29, 2016

Todd & Eric - May 29, 2016

Todd & Eric – May 29, 2016

After a long nap (over 3 hrs), we did some more strolling, followed by more pool time.

After nap stroll - May 29, 2016

After nap stroll – May 29, 2016

Todd & Eric - May 29, 2016

Todd & Eric – May 29, 2016

DAY 4 – MONDAY, MAY 30

On this morning I Ergo’ed Todd as we all (including my parents) walked to the Starbucks located in the Poipu Shopping Village.  Along the way, we enjoyed the beauty of the Kiahuna Plantation Resort.

Todd's grandpa & grandma, Todd & Elisa - May 30, 2016

Todd’s grandpa & grandma, Todd & Elisa – May 30, 2016

Kiahuna Plantation - May 30, 2016

Kiahuna Plantation – May 30, 2016

As we walked along the beach where the Kiahuna Plantation and the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort meet, we spotted a monk seal on the sand…

Monk seal - May 30, 2016

Monk seal – May 30, 2016

Monk seal - May 30, 2016

Monk seal – May 30, 2016

Monk seal - May 30, 2016

Monk seal – May 30, 2016

Before Todd’s nap (2.5 hours), we swam.

Todd & Elisa - May 30, 2016

Todd & Elisa – May 30, 2016

Afterward, we shared onion rings at the Honu Bar.  Here’s a picture of that Ultimate Dark & Stormy!  Todd barely reacted when he dumped a full cup of ice water on himself moments later, haha!

The Ultimate Dark & Stormy at the Honu Bar - May 30, 2016

The Ultimate Dark & Stormy at the Honu Bar – May 30, 2016

Mmm...lime! - May 30, 2016

Mmm…lime! – May 30, 2016

DAY 5 – TUESDAY, MAY 31

This day we really hit the jackpot:  four monk seals on the beach!

This morning, Todd had fun cruising around on the boogie board.

Todd & Elisa - May 31, 2016

Todd & Elisa – May 31, 2016

The boys & the boards - May 31, 2016

The boys & the boards – May 31, 2016

While Todd napped (2.5 hours), Eric walked to the Poipu Shopping Village to get us each a (vegan) Puka Dog.  Post-nap, I saw a turtle underwater while snorkeling.  Eric did some boogie boarding.  We took turns watching Todd.

During this trip, Todd generally went to bed between 9 and 9:30 PM.  He slept well!  And– he was generous with giving out kisses to his Grandpa and Grandma!

Before bed snuggles with my parents - May 31, 2016

Before bed snuggles with my parents – May 31, 2016

DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

On this day, Todd let Eric take him into the ocean for some real boogie boarding!  Unfortunately, after a few successful runs up the beach, Todd got splashed in the face with a small wave, which meant–> pool time instead!

In the pool, I noticed that Todd was getting comfortable with having his nose and mouth go under the water.  As a result, I worked with him for a while on this:

Every time he’d start to walk off steps toward sections of pool where he couldn’t touch the bottom, I let him briefly go underwater, then bring him back up.  It was clear that he enjoyed the repeated practice, and he hardly ever choked.  Yay!

Todd going underwater - June 1, 2016

Todd going underwater – June 1, 2016

Eric caught my parents kissing in the pool after Troy’s Aquafit class.  Love birds!

My parents - June 1, 2016

My parents – June 1, 2016

After all that morning activity, Todd was clearly tuckered out, because he took a 3.75 hour nap.  During that time, Eric and I split a (take-out) taro burger from the Honu Bar.

In the afternoon, I snorkeled.  This trip I also particularly enjoyed just swimming in the ocean.  Once Todd (finally) woke up, he enjoyed playing with the water faucets and hoses that you use to rinse sand off your feet.  He also swam again, this time in the shallow pool.

Fun with a hose - June 1, 2016

Fun with a hose – June 1, 2016

Kauai sunset - June 1, 2016

Kauai sunset – June 1, 2016

DAY 7 – THURSDAY, JUNE 2

On this day we took a morning walk in the Kiahuna Plantation.  Todd found a large puddle so his shoes quickly became wet!  Before his nap, we did some more swimming.

Todd at the Kiahuna Plantation - June 2, 2016

Todd at the Kiahuna Plantation – June 2, 2016

While Todd slept for 3.25 hours, Eric walked once again to the Poipu Shopping Village to get us a take-out lunch.  We split an order of Seasoned Tofu Chimichangas from Island Taco.

After Todd woke up, I Ergo’ed him over to the protected beach.  Instead of going in the water, we followed Todd on his quest to get his own surfboard from Nukumoi Surf Co.

Todd at Nukumoi Surf Co - June 2, 2016

Todd at Nukumoi Surf Co – June 2, 2016

Then we watched the waves and saw turtles in the water at Brennecke’s Beach.  Todd wanted to practice walking up and down a set of steps.

Brennecke's Beach - June 2, 2016

Brennecke’s Beach – June 2, 2016

Todd climbing the steps at Brennecke's Beach - June 2, 2016

Todd climbing the steps at Brennecke’s Beach – June 2, 2016

After dinner, we all headed over (by car this time) to the Poipu Shopping Village to get some dessert from Papalani Gelato.  They have a whole case devoted to non-dairy gelato flavors.

DAY 8 – FRIDAY, JUNE 3

On our last full day of our trip, we soaked in the scenery as much as we could while swimming, snorkeling (me, twice), and walking around the Waiohai grounds.

During Todd’s 3 hour nap, I sipped sucked down a soy latte from Starbucks while picking up a few items from the Poipu Shopping Village.  (Psst…I didn’t tell anyone that I had a Papalani Gelato while I was out, too!)

Since I was done with the rental snorkeling fins, Eric exchanged mine for the smallest pair they had.  As expected, once Todd got ahold of them he was happy as could be.  He immediately walked around in them just like he walks around our house in boots, skis and skates.

After dinner, we took one last trip to Papalani Gelato, and Todd had a blast playing on a set of steps with a bunch of other kids.  Once we got back to the room, he entertained us before bed with his fins and and his small boogie board.  Bedtime was late that night (10:30 PM).

OTHER NOTES

During our ~week long stay at the Waiohai, we met several other families with children around Todd’s age.  Todd had a lot of fun playing with the other kids (and trying to steal their pool footballs).  Here’s Todd with one such new friend.  She’s just half a month older than him!  And her older brother is the sweetest boy.  The day before we left for home he said, “I’m really going to miss Todd.”

New friends

New friends

DAY 9 – SATURDAY, JUNE 4

All good things come to an end, as the saying goes.  My parents drove us to the airport to catch our 1:00 PM Alaska airlines flight (#832) back to Seattle, WA.

My mom with Todd at the airport - June 4, 2016

My mom with Todd at the airport – June 4, 2016

Before going through TSA at Lihue - June 4, 2016

Before going through TSA at Lihue – June 4, 2016

The process of getting all our stuff through the TSA and to the gate was a minor pain in the ass, but we managed thanks to a helpful fellow passenger, the Ergo carrier and Eric and I working together to move bags while keeping everything accounted for.

NOTE–  that both to and from Kauai we opted to only check 1 bag, because they charge you $25 per bag.  That meant that we had 3 large carry-on bags and 3 personal items for the 3 of us, plus Todd’s immense Diono car seat to haul through security, plus the fact that Todd himself was essentially an added piece of luggage throughout the process.  Add to that— we were carrying 6 sippy cups of Todd’s “formula milk,” along with the ice packs to keep them cold.  Infant beverages are allowed, but the TSA inspects the liquids…which further adds to the whole tedious process.

The reward for hauling way too much crap to the gate is that during pre-boarding they suddenly offer to check– for FREE– any bags that you don’t need during flight.  Me:  “YES, please check more bags!”

[For crying out loud, why can’t they just check them for free at the beginning?!]

Rant over.  And so we made it onto the back of the plane (row 30).  Todd was surprisingly content to stay in either his seat or in our 3-seat section for much of the flight.  He did nap for 1.5 hours.  He only got a little restless in the aisle toward the end of the ride.  It wasn’t too bad.  Our arrival was scheduled for 9:49 PM Seattle time, but we were still on Kauai time (6:49 PM).

Todd & Eric on the flight home - June 4, 2016

Todd & Eric on the flight home – June 4, 2016

The Washington coastline at Ocean Shores was pretty so I snapped a picture for Todd’s other grandparents (since they have a home there.)

Washington State coastline at Ocean Shores from the plane - June 4, 2016

Washington State coastline at Ocean Shores from the plane – June 4, 2016

We got home late.  We got to bed really late.  The end!

May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

TWENTY FIRST MONTH
APRIL 21 – MAY 21 (2016)

SPEECH/COMMUNICATION & LEARNING

  • practicing the concepts “up” & “down” by pointing up/down down repeatedly after I said the words
  • he pointed to the ceiling when I said his hair was sticking straight up (4/30)
  • he tries to imitate kiss sounds with his mouth
  • he tried to “cut” his toenail with nail clippers
  • he motions to himself with both hands on his chest & says “Ta” to his written name & when asked “You are…?”
  • he puts both hands on his behind when we ask where his butt is (then he’ll touch our butts)
  • he puts his knuckles together for the sign “more” (5/19)
  • very animated laugh (HA HA!)
  • highly expressive with his face
Home Depot, Wenatchee - May 14, 2016

Home Depot, Wenatchee – May 14, 2016

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • tries to stand on skateboard with one leg & push with other leg, then he does it while holding onto the board
  • able to walk down stairs without holding on (step to pattern)
Babysitter pic - April 26, 2016

Babysitter pic – April 26, 2016

OUTDOOR FUN

  • he likes pointing out bugs & bees
  • taking things out of the garage to play with (i.e. skateboards, ski poles, broom)
  • rollerblade (10.17 miles) with stroller on the Centennial Trail (5/7)
  • he wanted to take his Little Tikes car outside
  • likes pushing his car off the curb
  • putting his hands in running water at the outside faucet (5/9)
  • hot tub swims:  jumping in place & out toward the “deep;” helping get flower blossoms out of the water; learning how to walk along the perimeter without slipping & going under
  • stroller walks
  • helping Eric rake (5/17)

April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

INDOOR PLAY

  • slow dancing with Pillow Bear
  • he tried to ride a matchbook car…haha! (5/14)
Fireman Todd - May 10, 2016

Fireman Todd – May 10, 2016

WEEKENDS IN WENATCHEE

  • 3 day weekend (4/29 – 5/1);  regular weekend (5/14 – 15)
  • skateboarding on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  • miniature train ride at Wenatchee Riverfront Park (4/30)
  • Todd loves spending time outside on the condo deck
  • interested in kites
  • walking around the condo grounds
  • playing with a soccer ball with other kids (Seth & Chloe)
  • standing on the cooler to reach the kitchen sink
Fun at the sink - April 28, 2016

Fun at the sink – April 28, 2016

Kite flier - April 30, 2016

Kite flier – April 30, 2016

Eric & Todd playing football - April 29, 2016

Eric & Todd playing football – April 29, 2016

Apple Capital Loop Trail - April 30, 2016

Apple Capital Loop Trail – April 30, 2016

Miniature train ride - April 30, 2016

Miniature train ride – April 30, 2016

RANDOM STUFF

  • he let me put sunglasses on him & then he gave me 2 kisses with them on (5/2)
  • he loves to wave to all the other shoppers at the grocery store
  • testing boundaries! (i.e., he purposely repeats doing something after I say “no” or “stop” which means I end up having to take things away from him)
April 24, 2016

April 24, 2016

Sunglasses & kisses - May 2, 2016

Sunglasses & kisses – May 2, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 13 full or half days & Jeri babysat him on those days
  • Todd’s cousin, Kylie, babysat him 1 day (4/22)
  • he asks Jeri to pick him up (with grunt/gesture) & kisses her
Kylie & Todd - April 22, 2016

Kylie & Todd – April 22, 2016

Kylie's pic - April 22, 2016

Kylie’s pic – April 22, 2016

Babysitter pic - May 17, 2016

Babysitter pic – May 17, 2016

A SUDDEN RASH

On 4/23 Todd broke out in hives after drinking his “formula milk” in the morning. Eric was home with him and I was away at a course. At first we thought he had suddenly and mysteriously become allergic to one of the ingredients in his non-dairy milk blend (consisting of soy milk, hemp milk & homemade cashew/oat milk). As a result, we initially withheld the soy milk and the homemade cashew/oat milk, and instead we gave him a mix of hemp milk and commercial oat milk.

Eric took him to the lab because Todd was due to have his blood retested for peanut IgE anyway (his allergy doctor had recently placed the order). But– unfortunately after more than 1 attempt, the lab tech wasn’t able to get the blood sample, and it only ended up being a semi-traumatic experience for all.

When it was obvious that the red spots weren’t quickly fading like when Todd reacted to peanuts a year ago, I started to suspect that it wasn’t a food allergy after all. I determined (on my own) that Todd’s rash was a symptom of viral illness.  He had been sick in the weeks prior.

On the evening of 4/25, the rash significantly faded, and on 4/26 I resumed giving Todd his usual “formula milk” blend.  As expected, he had no further symptoms.

Todd's rash - April 23, 2016

Todd’s rash – April 23, 2016

OTHER HEALTH NOTES

  • on 4/26 Todd fell off the back of the couch and we heard the loudest crack when he landed with the back of his head against a wood end table.  It was the scariest sound!  He cried briefly, but then seemed okay.  Oddly, there was no bruise. Phew!
Babysitter pic - May 11, 2016

Babysitter pic – May 11, 2016

TEETH

  • his right upper canine tooth starting poking through (5/17)
  • that’s his 11th tooth
Babysitter pic - Feeding his Pillow Bear - May 4, 2016

Babysitter pic – Feeding his Pillow Bear – May 4, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • eats sunflower seeds
  • he likes tipping back jars/cups to eat things (as if liquid)
  • bit into raw garlic & then kept wanting to do it more & more (5/6)
  • dining out:  La Fuente (4/28 & 5/13)
  • 1st time sitting in a booster seat instead of high chair while dining out (5/13)
  • eats tortilla chips (whole, not broken up), cabbage and salsa
  • he likes to drink from a glass during meals (with close supervision)
Mmm...espresso! - May 2, 2016

Mmm…espresso! – May 2, 2016

Drinking green smoothie from a glass - May 9, 2016

Drinking green smoothie from a glass – May 9, 2016

La Fuente, Wenatchee - May 13, 2016

La Fuente, Wenatchee – May 13, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically ~2.5 hours
  • naps typically started between 11 AM & 12:30 PM
  • longest nap = 4 hours (5/6)
  • shortest nap = 1.5 hours (5/5)
Babysitter pic - Before nap - April 21, 2016

Babysitter pic – Before nap – April 21, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 8x this month, but…
  • I might have forgotten to record up to 1 or 2 nights when Todd woke up in the night (??)
  • it took 20-50 minutes to get him back to bed when he woke up
  • when he slept through the night, his sleep duration was typically 9-10 hours (no change)
  • wide awake chatty & giggly before bed (5/6)
  • super smiley & cute when he was awake at ~4 AM (5/10)
Sleepy Todd - May 4, 2016

Sleepy Todd – May 4, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 37 poops were done in the toilet
  • 11 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • 1x he clearly needed to poo but refused to sit on the toilet, then went in his pants
Wearing Eric's glasses - May 14, 2016

Wearing Eric’s glasses – May 14, 2016

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