I’m writing this as I sip a strawberry guava mimosa on the last day of our Hawaii trip. Paul and the baby are napping in the bedroom and I’m enjoying some quiet and the ocean breeze.
This trip could not have gone any better. We had SO MUCH TIME to just sit around as a family and soak in Titus’s baby-ness as he discovered this whole new world. He started crawling here. And we both got to see it and revel in it and even got a video of it (ok, ok, the video may be of the second or third time). He arrived in Maui, a mostly not mobile baby but that is not how he is leaving, oh no, this kid is now what you would call fully mobile.
I know he won’t remember this, but it doesn’t matter because Paul and I will. Much like his first Halloween costume, this has been for us, not him. He has enjoyed it for sure, but we know he won’t remember this and that’s fine because that was never the point. The point is we got to see him play in the sand for the first time. Sit in the ocean and splash his hands around in the water and smile as he felt the sand between his fingers just before he jammed a handful of it into his mouth. We got to feed him yummy fruits and new foods and watch him flirt with maybe literally every woman on the island. We even noticed his MO, he actually looks around and picks out his target of who he is going to make smile at him! It kind of reminded me of Barney Stinson’s “Challenge, accepted!” And his success rates were unsurprisingly high given how adorable his little smile is.
And apart from how amazing all the T-time, it’s just been a great time. We opted to stay in a condo this time so that we could still have a little bit off freedom after T went to sleep (especially given the 2hr time difference) and were upgraded to a nicer villa with a gourmet kitchen and overall nicer finishes! Then we found a restaurant supply shop that also has a small retail shop and got steaks and FOIE GRAS. I.e. the most delicious thing ever banned by the state of California. Where we come from.
We were also able to go to a TON of restaurants even with T in tow and he was mostly so well behaved that both of us were pretty much able to eat our entire meals with him in a high chair every single time. Of course we still have a couple more meals to go so I may be jinxing us right now. Especially since our plan is to get him to bed in his car seat tonight so that we can bring him to an after 8pm happy hour nearby. Hmm…