Some moments in life are pure perfection, blissful memories that I wish could last forever. Tonight we went to a hotel high up on a hill to watch the sunset over the Pacific. You fell asleep for most of the sunset (waking in time for some sleepy pictures), but the views were beautiful.
Sleeping through sunset
Beautiful Costa Rican sunset over the Pacific
Family sunset shot
Afterward we headed to one of our favorite restaurants, an open-aired restaurant in the marina right next to the hotel. You enjoyed dining on sweet potato fries, and then quickly grew antsy. Your dad and I alternated between eating and walking around with you. The image of your dad and you, both dressed up for the nice dinner, walking back and forth on the grass, you sometimes walking unassisted and sometimes gripping onto one finger of your dad’s, with the lights of the marina glistening off the water, is perfection. I wish I had a camera, and of course did not, but the image will forever be in my mind. You were so happy and proud of your newfound skill. Your dad was so patient and cute walking along next to you. It was such an idyllic, perfect moment.
Today you walked! We did a little hike at a place called ‘Pura Vida’; we saw waterfalls and beautiful gardens. You enjoyed looking at the pretty flowers, and you also watched a butterfly for many minutes. We saw toucans also, though I don’t think you saw them. It was very hot, and towards the end of the hike you grew justifiably hot and antsy from being in the Baby Bjorn carrier. Before we loaded you in the carseat for the relatively long drive back to the hotel I suggested to your dad that we let you crawl around and stretch out your legs.
Pretty bird we saw on our hike
Dripping in sweat
Loving looking at all the pretty plants
There was a clearing dotted with palm trees and covered in grass, the perfect spot for a rest and mini-picnic. We sat there and took in the pretty views. You kept standing and trying to walk, but you’d fall after just a step or two. And then you didn’t! You made it a few steps, than fell. Then you did it again and again. We were lucky to get it on camera. It’s amazing; you came to Costa Rica as a crawler and you’re leaving as a walker. So fun!
She can walk!
You got your first stamp in your passport today – from Costa Rica. We had an overnight flight and you did great, sleeping the entire time. Your sleep was fitful, but you were able to stretch out across your father and I and (attempt) to get comfortable. The flight went surprisingly quickly for me and I was so happy with how well it went. We made it through customs and got our car with no issue. We changed you into a dress (it was hot in San Jose) and grabbed a quick bite before heading to the coast. In the diner where we ate was a little ceramic man whom you loved, and the workers loved you and were talking to you in Spanish. You looked at them all inquisitively.
We drove to our hotel in Herradura, on the Pacific coast, and you slept the entire way. It was very hot and humid, probably in the mid-90s. We immediately changed into our bathing suits and went for a swim. We’d bought a flotation device that you sit in and that has a shade canopy, and you were content in that. Around noon we were able to get into our hotel room and we all took a great, long, luxurious nap.
Loving your floatie
Afterward we walked to the marina in search of food.
Walk to the marina through a tunnel of trees
We ended up at a little coffee shop that we’d never tried before, and both your dad and I ordered the special: pasta with seafood. I also got a smoothie. You loved both! We were so glad to see you eating so well, and your dad tried to make a mental note of the ingredients in the pasta so he could replicate it at home. We grabbed some snacks and water from the market and headed back to the hotel for more swimming. It was a great first day of vacation.
We leave tonight for Costa Rica; the flight leaves a little before midnight. The plan is to put you to sleep in your crib at bedtime, then gently move you to your carseat and head to the airport. I’m hoping you sleep through the move to your carseat, the drive to the airport, and all of the check-in and security processes. Then, I’m hoping you sleep through the flight. Fingers crossed!
You are my sweetest little Valentine. You and Isla both had on cute Valentine’s outfits today, and I tried (though didn’t fully succeed) to get a picture of you two. You each went in your own direction, so I just ended up with a cute picture of you. Tonight your dad made us a nice dinner, and we just hung out and gave you kisses and snuggles for Valentine’s Day.
I have wanted to get you a little Trunki suitcase since well before you were born. These suitcases are built for toddlers, with wheels and a shape such that you can ride on it. To me it represents travel and adventure and fun, and I couldn’t wait to embark on new adventures with you. We got you one for your birthday, and it arrived today. Your dad tucked it away high in your closet so that we can save it as a fun surprise for our trip to Costa Rica. I’m hoping you’ll be able to use it like a walker, and we’ll put all your toys in it for the trip. So fun!
You discovered your shadow today. The sun was shining in and creating your shadow on the floor. Your nana said you noticed it and watched it for a bit, then tried to grab it. Then, as shadows often do, it moved, and you were so perplexed. I wish I could’ve seen you discovering your shadow.
I had to leave early this morning for a work trip. I planned to leave at 6:15. You usually wake around 6 and so I was really hoping that the timing would work out so that you’d wake up and I could nurse you and give you kisses and snuggles before I left. This morning you awoke at 4:30. I asked your dad to try to rock you back to sleep so that I could sleep a little longer since I had to get up around 5:30 to get ready to leave. He tried for a while but could not get you to settle, so soon he came to get me and had me fed you. I nursed you and still you would not sleep. You seemed wide awake. I rocked you and sang to you, I even took you out to the couch and tried to lie down with you. Nothing worked. Finally at 5:30, when the alarm went off in our room to wake up me, your dad came back in to get you so I could get ready. Although I would’ve welcomed some more sleep, I enjoyed getting to spend some time with you before I left. So thanks for the wake-up call, sweetpea!
I feel like every time I look into your mouth you have another tooth. I’ve been trying to brush your teeth a couple times a day, and this evening you really opened up and let me look in there, and I discovered that you have a third tooth, on top. It’s on the right, immediately next to your middle tooth. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it and called your dad in to have a look. You’re amazing with how you handle these new teeth; we didn’t even know you were teething!
I’m not sure when this happened, or who taught you it, but you know the words ‘nose’, ‘ear’, ‘eye’ and ‘mouth’; you point to the appropriate body part when we say each word. It is so fun!