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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 🙂

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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Coordination at One Month

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Last Thursday Mason celebrated his 1 month birthday! This was a monumental day (more for us than him) and we “celebrated” by telling him he was now one month old, we took some photos, and ate some old Halloween candy. Killer party but holy moly one month has flown by!

Over the month Mason has gained weight, he’s now around 10lbs, and we’ve recently noticed that he is gaining more control of his head and doing a better job of tracking us (and the ceiling fans) with his eyes.

He was born with a strong neck but recently he has been lifting, turning, and making more intentional and controlled movements.  A couple of times last week Elaine put him down for some tummy time- from what I heard the first time was not successful but the second was much easier. No photos were taken of the first attempt 😉

Mason’s love affair with the fans has continued but like I mentioned he is now much better at following us as we move around. His eyes are open a lot but until recently they were just open. Now they are looking and he is gazing at objects, seems more curious about things, and likes to be outside. His eyes still have a lot of blue in them and we’ll see how the genetic war plays out. Regardless it is fun to see him engage with us and see him grown in so many ways!

One last comment on his coordination.. Over the last couple weeks Ruby has begun licking Mason’s feet, hands, and loves to kiss his face.  If you’ve never met Ruby, she loves kisses and can lick and lick and lick. Poor, stationary, and uncoordinated Mason is a sitting duck for them. Their bonding has required our supervision mostly so we can advocate when he’s had enough bonding. Last night they were on our bed and she started to lick to his forehead much like she usually does. Well, Mason must not have wanted puppy kisses at the moment and he quickly swung his hands up and smacked her away. We all learned lessons in that moment – Mason is not Ruby’s licking toy and we might not need to step in as often now.  (Ida- we will not let Ruby lick him too much and yes he wore a hat to bed last night)

As promised here are some ONE MONTH photos. Smiles are coming! Thanks for reading…

PS the whole gaining an hour of sleep during day light savings is no longer valid