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TWENTY THIRD MONTH
JUNE 21 – JULY 21 (2016)
COMMUNICATION & COGNITION
- he pushes his lips out & makes airplane sounds while moving his arm like a plane
- we have a sign for squirrel (see video)
- pointing to bee on his sheets & repeats “bee”
- when I made a phone call he put his hand up to the side of his head & said “hi” (7/4)
- he does the hand sign for “honk” when looking at the picture of the driver in “The Truck Book”
- he points out the moon every time he sees it
- he makes a “beep beep” sound to pretend he’s metal detecting
- he points to the floor/ground or motions to where he is
- learning to say help (“ah-p”)
- repeats “Jo Jo” very clearly (i.e. The Bachelorette 😉 )
- he put on his hat including the chin strap (7/2)
- he was able to turn the key on his farm toy for the first time (7/6)
- he independently steps on the balance board, balances in the middle then jumps off (7/16)
FUN FOR TODD
- petting & kissing the neighbor’s puppy
- launching onto a pile of pillows
- pull trains
- turning on water faucets & playing with water hoses
- taking off his shoes
- stroller walks with Jeri
- hot tub swims (he does the sign for “all done” when we turn on the jets because he’d rather have no jets on)
- organizing hangers
- very interested in his Lego Duplos
- doing somersaults
- riding in shopping carts & waving to everyone & eating the free bananas
- watching a dump truck deliver a load of bark to our driveway (7/13)
- he really shows off his dance moves when we play <<this>> YouTube video of Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife”
- riding in stroller while we went rollerblading on the Centennial Trail (7/17)
- very focused stacking
- we went to Bend, OR to see my family (6/24 – 26)
- Todd had his first vegan donut on the way (Mighty-O Donuts, Seattle)
- my mom & dad babysat Todd on 6/24 when we watched my niece’s dance recital
- we all went to Elk Lake for stand up paddle boarding on 6/25 (see this post for last year’s trip to the lake)
- visit Eric’s mom’s cousin when we moved an antique organ to her house (7/2)
- visit from Todd’s aunt Dallas & cousin Adam (7/11)
- party at Ken & Daisy’s house for her 50th birthday (7/2)
- Todd liked trying on her footwear & jumping on their bed
4th of JULY
- we went to La Conner, WA for the live music & fireworks, and my friend Sharon joined us
- Todd loved dancing, dogs, Kettle Corn, and the toy/bubble car
- (see this post for last year’s 4th of July in La Conner)
WEEKEND IN WENATCHEE
- we loaded up a U-Haul trailer with stuff to move into our condo & spent the weekend getting things unloaded & put away (7/9 – 10)
- we went to a wine tasting & live music event at our favorite winery (White Heron Cellars) (7/9)
- Todd loved dancing & walking around
- dining out at La Fuente (7/8, 7/10)
- I worked 1 half day & 3 full days. I didn’t work as much this month due to moving preparations
- he launched forward from coffee table to floor (normally he’d do this onto pillows) which was unsafe! He cried but was okay (6/27)
- we gave him popcorn (but picked off the larger kernel portion)
- he loves all different nuts (I break them into small bits)
- he likes raw onion 😀
- devouring blueberries from Costco (6/29)
- he’s less interested in his green smoothies than he used to be
- 1st shave ice (Kaliki’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, 7/16)
- dining out: La Rosa (6/25), **King Solomon’s Reef (6/26), Ixtapa (7/16), The Shire Cafe (7/17)
**King Solomon’s Reef (Olympia, WA) has vegan options, including Tempeh Hash, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Burger, Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich, Vegan 3 Bean Chili, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Strips (breaded in Olympia Beer), Vegan Chili Fries/Tots and even PIE (which I should have tried!!)**
- right lower canine tooth poking through (7/30)
- that’s his 13th tooth
DAY TIME NAPS
- crib naps were typically 2-3 hours
- longest nap = 4.0 hours (7/3 & 7/11)
- shortest nap = 45 minutes (6/21)
NIGHT TIME SLEEP
- he woke up crying in the night 5x this month
- he walked back to his bed after a night time wake up (6/23)
- just like last month, he no longer falls asleep in my glider chair before bed. First, we read books in my chair, then he climbs down & runs out to the living room to see Eric, then goes to bed awake without a fuss.
- bed time has often been late (i.e 9:30 – 10:30)
- he sleeps with his big stuffed frog
Todd is starting to communicate when he has to go (inconsistently)…
- 17 poops were done in the toilet
- 26 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
- he regularly pees while sitting on the toilet for Jeri (his babysitter), but he doesn’t always want to sit there for mama or dada
- I said he needed to cover his penis with a diaper so that the “bugs outside don’t bite it,” so he tested out biting his hand, then bent over like he was trying to reach his penis to bite it (6/22)
- he took off his wet underwear & then got a new pair (7/1)
- I hold the small Baby Bjorn potty while he pees standing up
- he pointed to diaper, then I took him to his baby potty and he peed standing up (7/17)
- he patted his diaper/bottom, then I took him to the toilet & he pooped (7/17, 7/18, 7/20)
- he brought his baby potty to me, then peed in it (7/19)
- he was able to stop peeing (while sitting with me on my glider chair) & then finish on the toilet (7/20)
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).
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
DAY 2 – SATURDAY, MAY 28
On this day we walked around before breakfast, we went swimming after breakfast, then Todd napped 2.5 hours.
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.
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…
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.)
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.
After a long nap (over 3 hrs), we did some more strolling, followed by more pool time.
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.
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…
Before Todd’s nap (2.5 hours), we swam.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Eric caught my parents kissing in the pool after Troy’s Aquafit class. Love birds!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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).
The Washington coastline at Ocean Shores was pretty so I snapped a picture for Todd’s other grandparents (since they have a home there.)
We got home late. We got to bed really late. The end!