Tennessee is sooooo far away from Hawaii. Wow. But we made it!
Jace did an amazing job. The first flight was easy – Jace slept the whole time in my arms (2 hours). The layover was great. Jace played happily the whole time (3 hours). The next flight was long. Jace was happy playing in the seat and looking out the window the first 4 hours, but then he got bored. And we still had 5.5 hours to go!
I spent the next 5 hours (yeah, 5 hours!) standing in the aisles. As long as I was standing, walking, or bouncing, Jace was happy. After 90 minutes my arms were tired, so I put Jace in the carrier which worked out incredibly well. Everyone wanted to see Jace, say hi, and pinch his cheeks. He was very popular! We sat down for landing and Jace did great. So many people complemented him on his excellent plane behavior when we were getting off the plane. The next layover was pretty short, and Jace actually napped a little (FINALLY!). The last flight was a bit rough. It was only 45 minutes long, but Jace was tired of traveling. He screamed for 15 minutes, then calmed down and was happy to play. He did great in baggage claim and was all smiles on the drive to the condo. Once we got unpacked, Jace was very happy to SLEEP! He’d barely slept since we’d left our hotel at 4am that morning. 20+ hours of travel was enough to wear us all out. ‘Course Jace was ready to play by 3am (5 hour time change, so I guess it felt like 8am to him…. definitely felt like 3am to me though). Luckily, early mornings are made better by the fact that we’re in HAWAII! Hurray!
We tried out the new stroller (mesh back for ventilation!) and Jace got his first view of the beach. He was so excited to be in Hawaii that he hasn’t really been napping, but he did take a 20 minute cat nap in his stroller.
Now it is definitely time for bed. Possible beach day tomorrow, depending on the weather. It’s wonderful to be on vacation and to be in Hawaii and to see my parents! PLUS, after not napping for 12+ hours yesterday and barely napping today, Jace is actually SLEEPING right now. YAY! Hopefully he’ll get a great night sleep, will sleep til morning (not 3am!), and will be all smiles tomorrow. More pictures soon. He looks adorable in his Hawaiian/summer clothes!