We are back and rejuvenated from our wonderful, first family vacay. If you follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (hanehill) you already know that we were in Kauai for a seven-day getaway! It was a much needed break from real life and we took full advantage. Contrary to popular belief, a three-month maternity leave isn’t exactly vacation, and while our last real vacation was our honeymoon back in 2012, we were ready for family fun in the Hawaiian sun! Family fun meaning, yes, we took our sweet 9 month old boy along for the ride and he did great! More on that later… For now, I’m excited to share some photos from my Nikon as well as my iPhone.
As mentioned here, our longest road trip was to The Living Desert in Palm Desert. A few hour drive compared to a six hour plane ride… safe to say I was a little nervous to see how he would do. My biggest concern was how he literally never, ever wants to sit still. Standing… bouncing… crawling… walking (holding our hands, of course)… he’ll take it, so that was going to be a little bit of a challenge. We took the gamble and decided not to buy him a seat and just check at the counter for available seats. How lucky did we get that both to and from there were tons of extra seats, so he was able to have a seat all to himself. We lugged is car seat on board and that couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s familiar to him and made it easy to drape a blanket over, shut out outside noise (the overstimulation for a tired Hudson was a recipe for disaster, let me tell you…), white noise on, hand him a baba, and just like that lights out. On the way there he took only a 40 minute nap, which was a little crazy; however, considering he decided to start teething his top two, he really did do great. On the way back, he did much better and took an hour and a half nap after we had already been flying for a bit. That was perfect. It even let Mike and I have some alone time, if you will. Meaning, we had a New Girl marathon until he woke up.
I do have to mention how kid/family friendly Hawaiian Airlines was. I was happily surprised at how many families with small children were on board. It helped us to feel more at ease and if he did start crying he was certainly not the only one. On the way back, there were five other families with small babies around us. Coincidence? I think not.
Because it was our first ever family vacation, we kind of just winged it on how and when to do what since little man still depends on about three naps a day. For the most part, we decided to stay close to the resort. Where we stayed, there were tons of walking paths, a beach at easy access, beautiful pools, etc. Only two days out of the seven did we decide to take a drive and visit other parts of the island. On those days, we just let him take his nap in the car and he was ready to go by the time we got there. Thank the Lord, he will sleep in the car!
We bought this floaty and Hudson loved it until he realized I could hold him in the pool. Let’s just say Mama’s boy. Anyways, he loved the pool so much! I think we’re going to be found floating around a lot this summer. He, however, did not love the ocean. He was happy playing in the sand or being held while we walked in the water, but if he was standing and the water crashed on his legs. Not happy whatsoever. We’ll have to work up to that one!
So, I did pull the trigger on the new Ergo 360 and will never look back. Seriously, the best investment. Also, days in the sun, on the beach, in the pool really wiped out this guy and if we’re on the go he’ll usually sleep with no problem in here.
I met the nicest lady, while waiting for hubs to get the rental car, who gave me a bunch of recommendations for things to do. As a result of her tips, we went to Queens Bath and Hideaways Beach. Both locations took a bit of hiking so this 360 was perfect. Hudson wants to see and know about everything, so being able to face out is the only way to go these days. I left the baby wearing to Mike for these hikes. He’s much more sure footed than I am… I can just picture myself tripping and falling while wearing Hudson. Not good, people. So, we just avoided that altogether!
The hike down to Queen’s Bath was pretty easy, actually. There was a waterfall along the way and once you get down the trail, you walk along all this lava rock to get to the actual Queen’s Bath. There isn’t much swimming here, though a lot of people brought their chairs and it appeared they planned to set up on the lava rock and hang out there for the day. Because the water is so treacherous, they even had a plaque at the beginning of the lava rock which noted tally marks for drownings. So if you do go, definitely be careful. And YES, that’s a sea turtle in the last picture! If you’re in Kauai, Queen’s Bath is an absolute must.
I cannot say the same for the trail down to Hideaways Beach. It is a tiny little trail hidden between valet parking for a nearby hotel & an apartment complex tennis court. Once you get past the initial part of the trail, it is extremely steep and rocky. They even have a rope hung along the side to hold on to. As we were hiking down, I felt a little hesitant and almost wanted to turn around. I’m a worry wart and didn’t want Mike to fall or misstep while wearing Hudson. Well, in the end we pushed on and did not regret it. The beach was so beautiful and Hudson + Mama enjoyed playing in the sand while the hubs explored in the ocean. The weather was beautiful and timing couldn’t have been perfect with Hudson’s nap. When we started to pack up, it was clear that Hudson was getting tired and the rain clouds were rolling in.
Before we knew it, it was already time to pack up and start the journey home! It was such a fun week and even though Hudson is too young to actually remember it, we made so many memories as a family of three and will have plenty of pictures to show him what a fun time we had in Kauai! I think it is so important to always have something to look forward to. We’ve decided to make it a family tradition to plan a vacation Christmas morning, so we’ve been looking forward to this trip since December. We have a couple fun trips planned for summer and one in fall. It’ll be especially fun to see how Hudson likes the trips as he continues to get older. I can’t wait to see what vacation we plan for next year. Until then, I’ll be sharing more on our trip this week, so be sure not to miss it!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great Monday! xx