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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

And we're back!

Finally somewhat settled back into city life and have a few moments to sit down and post about our trip. Hawaii was amazing - such a great trip on so many levels! Hayes thoroughly enjoyed island life, where naps were plentiful, there was lots of room for him to explore and pants were, of course, optional :)

We lucked out and on both the way there and back, Hayes got his own seat, so we were thankful that we decided to bring his infant carseat along for one last hurrah so he could sit in that on the plane. I will say that keeping an 11 month old baby entertained - especially one who is fighting off sleep like it's the plague - on a 6 hour flight wasn't the easiest thing we've ever done, but it was a tag team effort and I think we both felt more accomplished as parents as a result!

Besides a minor lost bag snafu (which was rectified later that night thankfully), Hawaii pretty much puts you in relaxation mode from the instant you walk off the plane so switching into vacation gear came very naturally. The condo we stayed at was a spacious 3 bedroom villa located within walking distance of the shops and beaches of Wailea, a great location with private access to a few pools as well. Probably the most important feature of the villa was the fact that the lanai got great sun in the morning, so while Hayes napped, we were able to get in some optimal tanning time, something we hadn't really done since we went to Cannes last June.

We had some fantastic dinners, Grant got in a round of golf with the Lonewaynger and I had one of the best massages I've ever had at the Spa at Grand Wailea. We were in bed by 10p every night and in true Hayes-loving-vacation fashion, the whole family slept in until at least 8a every morning (which I'm happy to report has continued since we got back on Friday - UH-mazing!) so by the end of the trip, we were about as relaxed as relaxed can be!

It was one of my favorite trips we've taken since the little man was born and I think we were all a little reluctant to get on the plane and head back to reality (although it being 80 degrees all weekend in LA definitely eased the transition!). 

Here are some of my favorite pics from the trip:
Sunset dinner at Sarento's on the Beach...
Side note: every other kid we saw in Hawaii was covered head to toe in long sleeved wet-suit-like attire so Grant and I felt a little negligent letting our babe go bare chested. A little tan never hurt anyone, right? ;-)
Daddy and baby ocean dip - this picture looks peaceful, but in all reality, the waves were a little scary for Hayes, who it turns out isn't the beach's biggest fan!
Baby toes :)
Observing the other beach-goers and bravely putting one foot in the sand!

A smooch for Dad.
Respecting the sun...

 This sequence above captures Hayes' sentiments towards the sand on the beach. He did not know what to do with it! He'd get some in his hands, inspect it, then go to crawl but couldn't bring himself to touch it again. It was definitely a new experience for him!

Final picture of the trip - Aloha Maui!
 The rest of the pics will follow in Hayzey's 11 month photo posting later this week - can you believe his next birthday will be the Big '1'?! Mama's got some party planning to do!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Aloha!

We've packed our suitcases full of swimsuits, cover-ups and sunnies, and bright and early tomorrow am, the Cohen clan are off to the islands... more specifically the island of Maui, in beautiful Hawaii. 

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We're meeting up with my parents for 5 fun filled days of sun, golf (for all except moi) and spa treatments (which you bet your ass I'll be partaking in!). It'll be Hayzey's furthest trek West and by the time we return to LA next Friday, he will have rounded out his extensive first year of travel to an astonishing 20 flights - quite the world traveler we've got ourselves!
 
If memory serves, the pool at the Grand Wailea is just about every kid's dream, with water slides, pirate ships and water features galore. The kind of place where a 9 year old staying at the Four Seasons next door might sneak into, wearing a pool wristband her and her older sister found in the ashtray of the lobby ;-) Although Hayes is a little young to be barreling down a water slide, that doesn't mean his 30 year old parents can't partake in a little fun, right?

I won't be bringing my computer so I'm not sure how easy it'll be for me to get online and keep you posted about our trip, but promise to come back with lots of photos and surely many memories to share :)

So if that's the case...A hui hou kakou!

Hayes, 3.5 months, Cannes, France

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hayes-isms...

Some recent Hayes-isms...

- he's starting to understand direction (even though he may not always follow it!). When I go into his room in the morning or after a nap, I'll say, "May I have your binky please?" and he'll pull it out of his mouth and hand it to me. When he's about to get into something he shouldn't be getting into (ex/ pulling picture frames off coffee tables, going towards cords and plugs) we'll say, "Hayes, no!" and he'll turn to us and give us the fakest smile as if to say, "but I'm so cute, can't I please?" and then go back to what he was doing...
- he's understanding the concept of sharing. He'll pick up a toy and willingly hand it to us. I know this won't last so I'm enjoying it while I can. Although I will say that we had a playdate with his friend, Gavin this weekend and Hayes was NOT the biter/hitter out of the twosome!...
- he totally gets what a phone is for (which tells me we must be on it far too often!). We'll pretend to talk on the phone and then say, "Hayes, it's for you..." and put it up to his ear. Maybe I'm imagining it but he really looks like he's listening to what's coming from the other end. This morning, he even made a hello sound when he was "on the phone". Swear.To.God.
- his PJs are getting runs in the knees from all of the crawling...
- forget toys. His favorite thing to do is to go through Mama's purse or diaper bag. He'll sit there and take every item out, examining it and putting it off to the side. It keeps him entertained for what seems like forever in baby time :)

can I help you?  
- we've recently learned how to splash...


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Then and now...

Grant loves to personify inanimate objects. He physically cannot walk past a statue of something without imitating it's stance in human form. 

Nissan used to sponsor an amateur snowboarding competition at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen and since Grant accompanies me on pretty much all of my business trips (I know, I know, I am the luckiest girl alive to have the job I do!), we are very familiar with the "quaint" little snow town in Colorado. 

So when we were walking around town on our last day of our vacay, we couldn't resist stopping by a very familiar bear and shooting a then-and-now pic.

Not much has changed (besides the obvious human accessory)... Grant is just a little more suave in his ray bans and pea coat vs. freebie Aspen Ski Co parka ;-)*

February 2007
January 2012
*Note, since Grant's hands weren't free to hang down by his sides, we tried our best to capture Hayzey personifying the bear. He was very entertained.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lazy Wednesday...

Grant has been in Vegas this week at CES so I've been in single-parent mode with the boy. While I miss him terribly and it's definitely nice to have another set of hands to help with bath time and the nightly routine, I will say that getting in bed at 10p every night and clocking in a full 8+ hours of sleep is a serious piece of silver lining to his absence!

Lately, Hayes has been waking up around 6:45a and we've tried to make it a rule not to go into his room until 7a at the earliest to get him up for the day. He's gotten pretty good at keeping himself occupied, especially when we throw his favorite wooden book into the crib - and the 7's seem far less early than the 6's so it works for everyone.

So you can imagine my surprise this morning when my alarm (that I never actually use to wake me up, it's purely to remind me to get my ass in the shower after usually being awake for over an hour already) went off at 7:30a and there was still the sweet sounds of silence coming from down the hallway. I pushed snooze at first, thinking I should take advantage of every extra minute of sleep I could get but since I'd already been sleeping for 9 hours at this point, I wasn't really tired anymore. 

7:45a rolled around... I'd checked my email on my phone and watched some GMA. Still silence. Here's where I started thinking that someone must have come in and abducted him in the middle of the night so I had to peak in and see what was going on. Opened the door a crack. Phew, boy was in there, sleeping soundly, butt up in the air. 

I changed into my gym clothes, brushed my teeth, made him a bottle. It's 8:10a now and still nothing. I knew he was in his crib and he looked like he was sleeping but oh no... what if he had stopped breathing at some point in the middle of the night?! I gave it a few more minutes and then couldn't resist any longer - I know they say never to wake a sleeping babe but the kid had been sleeping for almost 13 hours! When I opened the door this time, he lifted his head and gave me one of those behind the binky smiles. And I gave a sigh of relief that all was well with my boy and maybe he was just extra tired this morning!

This doesn't happen often but there have been a few times in Hayes' short 10.5 months on earth where he's slept a little longer or been unusually quiet and my first thought is always that something must have happened and he's either been snatched or has stopped breathing in the middle of the night. I keep waiting for the day that I get over that and can enjoy the extra minutes of sleep or peaceful silence before he's up and at it again; I'm beginning to think that's never going to happen. 

Welcome to parenthood, right?

;-)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sledding fun...

When we were in Aspen, there were only a limited number of activities we could do with the boy, seeing as his only form of transportation is either on one of our hips, or on his hands and knees. Crawling and ice cold snow/pavement aren't exactly a match made in heaven, so we limited his time outdoors. We did take him sledding one afternoon though, which as with most new activities, 
he was pretty blase about; I think Mom and Dad definitely had a better time getting their thrill on the bunny slope!

When we first arrived at the hill, we figured it would be best to do an adult-only trial run to see just how out of control the little piece of plastic beneath our rump could get. So being the adventurous daredevil I am (can you sense my sarcasm?!), I volunteered for the job. Let's just say it was a damn good thing I wasn't trying to clutch onto Hayes as I pounded down the hill, bump after bump, body being thrown in the air. Okay, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic, but it hurt! And it took everything I had to hold onto the reigns and avoid being thrown from the sled!

For round two, Grant decided to try his luck with a solo mission down the other side of the hill. 
Using his feet as a clever way to break his speed, he took off down the mountain with much more success than I had experienced. 


 Thinking we had figured out the best way to engage in sledding in a controlled way, it was Hayes' turn next. He piled in on top of Dad and they took off. What we didn't realize was that when Grant was using his feet to brake as he forayed down the hill, the spray of the snow had nowhere to go but back into the path the sled was taking, which meant that Hayes was experiencing his very own, personal snow storm in the face!

Needless to say, the boy wasn't very happy when he reached the bottom, absolutely covered in snow. 
Grant, on the other hand, thought it was hilarious... ;-)


Not wanting that to be his one and only experience with sledding and snow sports (if you fall off a horse, you gotta get right back on, right?), we did a few more runs on an even smaller hill (more like a snow bank) and took some video...



Maybe his overall experience would have been slightly better had we dressed him the proper way... Although he was decked out in a rad snowsuit, his California-bred Dad didn't quite understand which way the zipper on the bib of the pants should face so Hayes sported his outfit backwards the entire time...

Lucky for him, beach attire in Maui is pretty straightforward :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

10 months!

We had Hayzey's 10 month appointment this morning 
and everything checked out ay-okay! 
Our boy is now 22 lbs, 4 oz and measures at 29 inches long - still in the 50-75th percentile for both and Dr. Sabeti was very pleased with his growth, both physically and developmentally. As usual, he was all smiles, charming the pants off of the nurses and doctor and expressing his delight in his new favorite way, a very high-pitched squeal (which is absolutely adorable but needs to be curtailed or we're going to get VERY dirty looks from the general public every time we're out and about!).
We were given the go-ahead to give him basically whatever food we wanted, minus the 5 not-until-1-year-old foods (honey, peanuts, citrus, strawberries, egg whites), so we're going to try and introduce more human food and less purees, keeping in mind the fact that he hasn't shown any signs of teeth yet (we're told that can take up until 15 months)... Quite frankly, that doesn't seem to be slowing him down though - Nanna Susu said he had a whole piece of toast yesterday! 

Our next appointment is on March 2nd, which will be for his 1 year (where's my baby gone!?) and we're told that won't be as pleasant of one as he'll have to get 3 shots and tested for anemia, which consists of a finger prick. Maybe since he'll be one year by then and all food restrictions will be lifted, a post doctor's appointment ice cream sundae will be in order ;-) Kidding!

Looking forward to a relaxed weekend at home with our boy. Grandma and Grandpa are babysitting tonight so we're off to see a new flick and try out Nancy Silverton's new burger joint, Short Order. Tomorrow, will consist of lots of assembling of new toys, strollers and play yards to keep our roaming animal safely contained (and I'm not talking about Greta Faye!). 

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Oh and the boy's 10 month pics are up so enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!

Our whirlwind holiday travels have finally come to an end and we're back to normalcy around these parts. Having been gone for 2 weeks (minus a day and a half recharge in LA last week when we unpacked from Scottsdale and packed right back up again for Aspen), it was definitely nice to get home last night and sleep in our own beds. 

Aspen was unseasonably warm for December, with temperatures reaching the high-50s on our final day there. Pleasant for walking around town, but not the best ski conditions. That being said, Grant and I only ended up skiing one half-day... Wish we could have gone more, but c'est la vie! At least we got in lots of lazing around the fire and QT with the boy and our nephew, Hank. 
I'm happy to say that Hayes has long forgotten his aversion to Pappa and by the end of the trip, they were best of buds (Pappa even received a few of Hayzey's famous open mouth smooches!). 

And boy oh boy how our little man has grown over the past couple of weeks. The night before we left for Scottsdale, his army crawl turned into a real crawl and he hasn't slown down since. Mama has bruises all over her knees from following him around the house! He's pulling himself up onto tables and chairs and we even saw a bit of cruising around the coffee table going on these past couple days. It's time for baby-proofing part two - our house is definitely not baby friendly and unless we want Hayes' first words to be 'No!' or 'Careful!', we better do something about it stat!

As 2012 is here and a new year is upon us, I figured this 'ole blog is as good a place as any to jot down some resolutions that might help better myself and those around me. Maybe it'll help me keep them if I have it written in stone (or written in html, rather! Am I using that term correctly?!). So here are a few I've thought of...

...stop texting and driving. It is so stupidly dangerous and it's one of those things I just need to stop before something bad happens. Bluetooth means I shouldn't even have to take my phone out of my purse when I'm in the driver's seat.
...take up reading again. 2011 was a blur that was seriously lacking in the sleep department so watching the inside of my eyelids definitely took precedence over staying up to date on the current bestsellers. Once I'm finished with The History of Love (which frankly, I don't love b/c I'm so confused by what's going on since it's literally taken me 6 months to read it!), I've got a stack next to the bed to get through, including The Paris Wife, Mindy Kalig's supposed-to-be-hilar new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the last book in my guilty pleasure series, Breaking Dawn
...cooking more, both for ourselves and Hayes. And cooking out of my comfort zone.
...keeping an open-mind and stop being so judgmental of others. I think if everyone made this one of their resolutions, we'd all be happier people to be around :)

So we'll check-in again in 2013 to see how I did with those! 

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite pics from our trip. Isn't my boy a handsome little devil?

Giving his cousin, Hank a back rub...
Cold weather looks good on Hayes...
Having a laugh with Dad after his first day sledding - will go into that more in another post :)
Hank watching the skiers coming down the mountain...
Happy New Years, from the Cohens!
Lunch at Snowmass, so mild coats not required...
Grant's dream of serving a real drink behind a bar comes true when he prepares a Moscow Mule for Whitney at the J-Bar at Hotel Jerome. Literally floated behind the bar with giddiness!
Grant warming his toes almost in the fire - the man has the worst circulation on earth!
Horses from the sleigh ride...
Hank tuckered out from the sleigh ride to Pine Creek...
Stealing a smooch from my boy...
 Hope y'all had a fun holiday. For us, the countdown to Hawaii begins (17 days!). 
Rough life, but someone's gotta do it!