When we got back to the room we all climbed in bed for an hour and a half morning nap and then we were off to the beach!
Ayden really is a beach baby. He loves everything about it! It also seems to inspire him to stand freely because he kept pulling up on us or a beach chair arm and slowly letting go. It's funny because now he raises his arms above his head as he attempts to balance. He still falls down rather quickly but had a few impressive standing sessions.
|Such a big boy, staying hydrated :).|
We got back from the beach around 5 and Ayden was TIRED! I sat in the back with him and kept him awake long enough to get back then took him straight to bed with sand, sunscreen, and all. He fell asleep in less than 5 minutes and napped until almost 7. He probably would have gone back to sleep if I hadn't opened the curtains and got him up. He's never gone to bed for the night at 5 and vacation is not the time that David and I want to learn how early that would have him waking for the day. He typically sleeps 12 hours at night (sill wakes 3-4 times during that span) so if that were the case, we'd be greeting the day at 5am. No thank you...
We grilled portabello burgers with celery root fries for dinner and also threw some chicken on there for our salads on the way home. David went to return our RedBox movie and picked up a few things at the grocery while I did some room cleanup. When he got back Ayden finally got his bath and then we all headed to the hotel gym. David lifted some weights while I stretched and did some pushups, lunches, etc. Ayden enjoyed crawling around the room and looking at the ceiling fans that were in there. We got him ready for bed after his bath so when we got back around 9:30 he went straight to bed. He was ready so it went quickly and easily. Now David and I are enjoying our grown up time.
Today was probably our best beach experience to date. Some of the things that helped it run so smoothly: 1) apply sunscreen/put on swimsuits at the hotel. 2) accept that sand will get everywhere and can be cleaned up relatively easily. 3) take turns securing the sun umbrella so you don't have to chase it down the beach Bay Watch style (I totally had to chase it down the beach in a string bikini last time. Awesome.) 4) take plenty of snacks and water. Every time we do something we take notes and make changes the next time and things just get easier and easier.
Tomorrow is our last full day and this is probably the first vacation where I've not been ready to get home. I don't know if having Ayden just makes it that much more fun, if our apartment-type room makes it more like a home away from home or if I'm just dreading the car ride home so much that it makes me want to stay forever; but whatever the reason, I'm bummed it's almost over. I can definitely say we savored and enjoyed every moment.
[The wifi at this resort is slower than Christmas and Blogger is giving us troubles on top of that :(. I will probably just wait until we get home to insert the pictures to all of these posts. I will make sure that I insert links back to any edited posts once they are completed. Thank you for your patience! We are so frustrated with it but are trying not to dwell on it and just go with the flow.]