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Hawaii Living

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From one of our previous blog posts you could see that we were on a plane going to Hawaii to co-vacation with my parents for a week. Well we never posted much about the trip and there are three reasons that we haven’t had much follow through with the excellent trip!

1) we were on vacation and neither of us had a computer
2) getting home was a big adjustment
3) Mason’s eczema exploded which created doctor appointments, poor sleeping, and busy schedules

Now that things are progressing, we have no lame excuses and can recap about the beauty of Hawaii and how great it is to spend time together as a family.

We took off from LAX on a half-filled plane and Mason did a great job of playing, sleeping, eating, and was pretty easy to sooth. Yeah he got a little fussy at some points but I’d be scared if he didn’t cry, sing, or fuss over a 5 hour stretch of time. Once we landed on Maui we met my parents (and a lot of humidity) and thus began our vacation routine of morning coffee, beach time, fresh fruit, hotel relaxing, exploring walks, cooking and eating good food, and a king sized bed. This was the repeated cycle of the seven days ūüôā

This year’s trip was a lot different than last years (Elaine=broken foot & Mark= torn ACL) and completely different than the very active 2010 trip before. But even though this trip was surrounded by naps, diaper changes, and short trips it still was amazing. The beach at Napili has a very comfortable, quiet, and homey feel to it- the surrounding gardens are always manicured, the sand always has a wet and grainy feel to it, the sun sets in almost the same spot, and the ocean water has a refreshingly warm salty feel. Even though waves are always rolling up to the shore trying to change it, Napili has remained quaint, simple, and beautiful.

The week went by incredibly quickly and before we knew it we were being whisked back to the airport to fly back home. We tried to take a lot of photos on our trip and included a handful in a slideshow at the bottom of this post. In them you’ll see Mason’s first beach trip, some pool time, and some of our adventures.

Big thank you for my parents! It was absolutely wonderful to spend time with you, watch you play with Mason, and spend time together as a big family! Aloha!

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Gluten free, Dairy free, Soy free, No Animal Products, & No Refined Sugars.

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Is it possible to remove any more items from your diet?!

One little¬†addendum…

I will be eating fish, honey, and if I can’t find a gluten free bread that doesn’t have egg whites, then I will, on¬†occasion, have some gluten free, egg white laden bread.

Color me crazy?

eczema babyOur little boy has terrible eczema. ¬†Our little four month old baby has cheeks that have gotten so dry and cracked over the past month and a half that they have a half inch spot on each side that is¬†raw. ¬†Our little sweetie, who has had been sleeping 10, 11 or 12 hours each night since he was eight weeks old, has been waking up anywhere from 3-10 times a night for about a month now. ¬†He’s teething too, so we thought it was just that at first, but he wakes up scratching at his head, at his face, at his legs. ¬†We didn’t realize it at first because he wasn’t coordinated enough to scratch yet! ¬†Isn’t that terrible? ¬†To be so unbearably itchy all over before you even have the hand-eye coordination to scratch! ¬†It’s been breaking my heart, and we’ve tried so many different lotions and oils, that have barely done a thing.

Then I started looking into diet. ¬†My sister Kelley’s two youngest kids have also had pretty bad eczema, and she gave me a book several years back about diet and allergies that has basically eliminated the problem for them (depending on what they’re eating, of course)

I tracked down¬†this book¬†and read it cover to cover in a couple of days. ¬†((Don’t be too impressed. ¬†It’s only 66 pages.)) ¬†It pointed to animal products, dairy, refined (wheat) flours, and refined sugars as the biggest dietary culprits behind most allergies and skin conditions.

I had been mulling this over for the past few weeks, and had finally decided to go for it at the start of March… giving myself till the end of February to wean off these MAJOR parts of most mainstream diets.

However, we went to our pediatrician appointment this past Tuesday, and she took one look at his poor dry skin, listened to all the things we’ve tried already, and started talking to me about diet as well. ¬†(yes, she’s so fantastic) ¬†She added all wheat, and soy to my list of “No’s” as well, as possible allergens. ¬†She expressed shock that I was willingly removing refined sugars from my diet, and concern over my protein intake while abstaining from meat. ¬†I feel pretty confident that I’ll be alright on the protein front… even though I won’t be able to rely on tofu for it now.¬†¬†Beans, grains, nuts, seeds and veggies can pack a pretty mean protein punch.

Now… just to be clear… I have NEVER dieted. ¬†I have NEVER restricted myself from ANY kind of food in my entire life. ¬†(Except alcohol while I was pregnant) ¬†So this is quite a switch for me. ¬†But hey… I feel like my life has been doing 180’s for the past couple of years. ¬†I can handle pretty much anything at this point ūüėČ

So, I’m not sure how long I’m going to be doing this for at first. ¬†It’s an elimination diet. ¬†So the point is to be really strict about it for a period of time, to detox my system (and the little one’s), and then one by one, start adding certain foods back in to see if we have a reaction to them (did I mention I’m breastfeeding? I’m sure it’s obvious, otherwise, why would what I eat make a bit of difference to him, right?). ¬†The book recommends six months. ¬†I’ve heard other recommendations from various sources… so that part is up in the air… but hey! ¬†I’ve started!

I’m actually pretty stoked about it. ¬†I love being creative with food, and I don’t know if I’ve ever met a food I didn’t like (well… there was a quail egg in a¬†Vietnamese restaurant once… and I’ve tried sea urchin at a Santa Barbara cafe. Ugh to both!). ¬†So I’m excited to put my¬†pinterest recipe boards¬†to good use and bust out some new yummy cooking (and quick snacks too of course!)

I have high expectations for this diet! ¬†Because really… there’s nothing else left that could be causing this! ¬†So we’re on day two. ¬†And hopefully the results will be glorious.

In the meantime, Dr. Hamdani gave us a hydro-cortisone¬†prescription for his little cheeks and it’s helping them to heal so much quicker. ¬†We have a little mixture of olive oil and sandalwood oil (from my dear friend¬†Jenna’s doTerra line) ¬†that is helping balance out the rest of his skin, and a half teaspoon of baby benadryl to help him sleep at night. ¬†Two appointments with a dermatologist and an allergy specialist, and a follow up with our own doctor… phew! ¬†We’re throwing everything but the kitchen sink at this one.

Like Dr. Hamdani said right before she ended our appointment, “We won’t stand for this!”

((pieces of my last meals… turkey taquitos & Crushcakes cupcakes))

taquitosCrushcakes cupcakes

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{this moment}

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((two photos again this week))



No Matter Where We Are

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Some things remain the same.


H is for Hawai’i

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Okay I guess that we will do a blog post while we are on vacation. Right now Elaine, Mason, and myself are somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in route to Maui. To me right, Mason is sound asleep on Elaine’s lap and she is watching the movie of the flight and it involves Justin Timberlake and the Mama Mia girl running around sharing time or something.

So far the flight has gone smoothly. Mason had a moment of discontent but he fell asleep also trying to watch the movie (personally I don’t blame him). One challenge thus far is that the plane doesn’t have a diaper changing station. This added a twist to the regular change-a-roo but it worked the first time and fingers crossed for the next couple.

One thing that was interesting for this flight is that we didn’t have to shown any forms of id for Mason to get a boarding pass or get through security. It’s a little scary that anyone can bring a baby on a domestic flight and not need to prove relation. Thankfully this was our case because we had planned to bring his birth certificate but forgot it at home. Oops! Hopefully it won’t be an issue getting off of the island.