January and February 2014

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For more pictures, go to the HAWAII 2014 album

On January 7, 2014 we headed to the Bellingham airport at 530am. We thought it would be a quick and easy drive at that hour, but managed to get stuck at the border for a bit in a line-up and stuck behind a school bus picking up kids every 2 seconds. As we turned onto the road where we were going to keep the car, we saw the shuttle leaving… but it fortunately turned around to pick us up!

Once on the plane, everything was good. Olivia does really well! We had 3 seats for the 3 of us which made it nice. There was some turbulence on the plane which thankfully put Olivia to sleep for about an hour and half! The one time I like turbulence! Once we arrived in Maui, we picked up our rental car, stopped at Costco, and then met up with Nana and Grandpa at their condo. We stayed in their condo with them for 4 nights until our condo, right next door, became available.

Our first day there was quiet as Jeremy woke up sick. He said it felt like he had a hangover – nauseous and achy all over. Seemed sort of like a flu without the fever. The next day Jeremy was still not feeling well, so Nana, Grandpa, Olivia, and I took a car trip to Iao Valley. We also stopped at a pineapple plantation and walked around a bit.

Livi had her first pool experience too! She loved it! She was splashing around and was as happy as a clam!

Finally by January 10th, Jeremy was feeling a bit better. So we drove up to Ka’anapali and walked the boardwalk there. On the Saturday, we went to a swap meet (open air market) and wondered around there for a bit. We also stopped at Costco again and stocked up as we were moving into our condo.

On Sunday, January 12th, we drove to Pa’ia –  cute little town with nice shops and Makawao – a “western” town that didn’t have much as it was Sunday and most things in this town were closed. Then we grabbed a bite to eat at Fat Burger and made our way up to Haleakala to the sunset. It was gorgeous! Such a neat experience being up about the clouds at 10,000 feet!

The next day was spent at the beach! We went to Wailea first  and walked the boardwalk and then had a picnic lunch at Makena beach. All around a nice relaxing day.

On the 14th, Jeremy, Olivia, and I packed up the car and left at 630am to do the Drive the Hana. That morning it was pouring rain! And by pouring, I mean absolute downpour! By the time we got to the north side of the island, away from Kehei where our condo is, the rain stopped and the sun was rising! Livi slept for most of the drive! We had several stops looking at waterfalls and the scenery. We stopped at a nice place for warm banana bread too! Around noon we made it the “Seven sacred pools” which weren’t that impressive. We had noticed along the drive that some of the waterfalls were dried up and so, the pools weren’t flowing very well. They kind of brown looking. Not what I remembered from when I was 13 years old.

On the 15th, we had another beach day. Nana, Jeremy, Livi, and I went to a nude beach (not on purpose though!) where Olivia learned to roll over!, went in the ocean for the first time, and sucked on a cucumber.

The next day we went whale watching. Spectacular! It was pretty cool seeing the humpback whales breaching and tail slapping.

The 17th was spent at the beach again at Makena big beach… while on the beach, we kept noticing people, mainly men, walking past us. We discovered that if you kept walking towards the rocks and then up and over them, that you’d find Little beach, the most famous nude beach there! We stayed on the covered beach! Didn’t exactly want to be surrounded by a bunch of naked men! LOL

Saturday, January 18th we drove the west maui loop. We stopped in Lahaina and walked around there and through the banyon tree market. Then we continued around the island stopping at various sites such as dragon’s teeth lava formation and a blowhole. So, now we have driven around the entire island! Such a diverse island with beautiful landscapes.

The 19th was our last day on Maui before we flew home on the 20th. We spent it relaxing around the condo, enjoying the beautiful weather. On the 20th we flew home. Olivia was great on the plane again, even though now she was a bit more mobile having recently learned how to roll over! We got home around midnight.

Once home, we put Olivia to bed in her crib in HER room for the very first time! She’s been sleeping in there ever since. It was a pretty easy transition from the pack n’ play in our room, to her crib in her room. Needless to say, we get a better sleep! Olivia now sleeps for longer periods of time as well. She will sleep anywhere from 5-10 hours straight! Most of the time she wakes up after 6 hours because she’s hungry. So she quickly feeds and then if back to sleep for another 6 hours.

When we got home from Maui we started to get Olivia into a bit of a nighttime routine as well. She used to go to bed around 10 or 11pm at night… which we knew wasn’t the best for a baby. So we started a routine of bath, nursing, books, and a song between 7 and 730pm. So now she’s asleep no later than 8pm every night! And she can fall asleep on her own!

In the past couple of weeks, Olivia has started to ear solids! She likes quite flavourful food like dahl (spicy lentils) and thai chicken soup. She’s also had roasted vegetables (carrot, potato, sweet potato, yellow beet, onion, mushroom, garlic) and guacamole! We’ve tried oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon, but she doesn’t seem to like it much. I’ve tried it twice and she turns her nose up to it every time. She definitely enjoys her food though. Now if we’re eating, she gets upset if she doesn’t get any and she’ll smack her lips together and stick out her tongue to try and get a taste!

She can also now sit up and play with toys on the floor! She’s starting to become a little bit independent! Which is good for Jeremy since he is now on paternity leave and I am back to work.

On Olivia’s 6 month birthday, her firs tooth finally started to come in! Lucky for us, she only had one bad day and night. It was very odd for her to cry during her feedings, but I guess getting teeth is painful! I can’t remember 🙂 So now she has a partial tooth sticking out. We have to be careful what she bites now!

At her 6 months shot appointment, they weighed and measured her… 15.5 lbs and 25.5 inches long! She’s getting big! And she’s such a little mover. Constantly doing the army crawl across the floor and climbing over my legs… trying to reach for things above head, trying to crawl, and trying to pull herself up. I can’t believe she’s already 6 months! Time sure does fly.

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btw… I did put the WRONG date for her 6 month photo… January flew by so quickly, that I forgot it was February! oh well! I’ll blame it on baby brain!