Vacationing with a Toddler, part 2
As I talked about in my last blog, there are a few things that are unexpected when you are traveling for the first time as a family. However, it is possible to enjoy time as a couple and make time for your little one(s) to have a good experience as well. We know that Grey may not remember much from this trip, but he was happy, secure, and got to see, smell and stay in a new beautiful place, and that is definitely a healthy experience!
We went out of our way to point out the scenery. Kauai is a beautiful "Garden Island" full of lush plants, flowers, gorgeous beaches and some wildlife. There are chickens that roam the entire island and they became very exciting friends to watch for our little guy to watch and point to each day (and feed, even though I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to...)
Sticking with his schedule was simple enough. A few days, we got in the car and let him sleep when he felt the need and did some exploring even if it changed things up for him a little. With a 3 hour time zone difference, there was only so much we could do to prevent him from crashing by 7 or 8am. We planned our visits to the botanical gardens, specific scenic beaches, (must see: Anini Beach, Hanalei, Secret Beach, and Baby Beach) and a few brunches together during his morning awake time, then came "home" for a much needed rest time and long nap for Grey. And he was sleeping WELL! Then we would either catch up on a little work, nap, or trade off and one of us would go workout or lay by the pool while the other stayed back. It was so nice having daddy with us 24/7 for such a long time!
After naps we would swim together (and Grey really liked this floaty device we brought with in the pools), checkout a new beach to explore or we had our babysitter spend some time with him and we went on a ziplining adventure (we highly recommend Mark & Leo as guides!) or paddle boarding at the St. Regis in Princeville (also an amazing place to dine, brunch or grab a cocktail at sunset, do not miss this if you make it to the island). We even made it a priority to go on our first helicopter tour! I was a little freaked, and used lots of essential oils to stay with it, but it was so worth the experience and the incredible photos we will have forever.
Our time away was a perfect balance of family time, couple time, a little adrenaline rushing and relaxation. I can almost say I got to relax even with a newly walking toddler!