We have been here a week now, and we are feeling pretty relaxed!
The owners of Villas Las Olas have been incredible to us. Dave drives James to the best surf break every morning and they surf for a couple of hours. This is awesome because a) James doesn't have to walk for 40 mins on the beach b) we didn't have to rent a car for the whole trip, saving mucho dineros and c) I like that he doesn't have to go surfing alone - I worry about everything from rogue waves to sharks to localism (none of which are at all likely, but I border on the irrational side at times).
We have had fresh bakes brownies delivered to our door by Lisa (BEST. BROWNIES. EVER. OMG), invites to dinner (fresh blue fin tuna, dorado, homemade ice creak sandwiches), and last night we watched Dave play guitar at Casa del Pintor, where I ate the most delectable Chile Rellenos.
Coffee at our door every morning at 7 am, rides to markets to stock up on groceries, dogs that follow us to the beach and offer companionship and security.....the list goes on. I definitely chose the right place to stay for these three weeks. We would definitely come back.
We have wandered the streets of our little neighbourhood, been greeted by dogs and children who want to touch Silas' white skin. We have found great little bodegas to stock up on basics like milk and beer. We even found a little unmarked cafe called Naef yesterday, an oasis in the heat.
I am in love with our routine .....James surfs in the early am, Silas and I check out the sunrise and beach, play and then he naps (like he is right now), while I read or catch up with emails. The rest of the day is to do as we please, just trying to watch for signs of tiredness in our little man, and spending time together as a family.
Silas naps are still better here, but I often have to help him get past the 30 or 40 minute point, when he stirs and sometimes can't get himself back to sleep. So I am writing this next to him while he slumbers, ready to soothe him back, in hopes that he will get at least an hour and a half. It usually works, but I am trying not to sweat it if it does.
I have kind of abandoned his travel crib, which is really hard to bend over to put him in without waking him up. He sleeps on the double bed in my room, protected by a wall of pillows, and I have taken to sleeping in the single bed next to him. He is not great at night, generally waking every 2 or 3 hours.....this was to be expected considering the travel, but I am okay with it and feel overall relaxed and am holding out hope he will revert back to his good habits soon (sleep coaching will be in effect when we get home.... Not looking forward to it, but I have a plan for him).
Sleep and sharp fingernails....the two worst things about being a parent! Haha!
Anyways, so all is well here. We are loving life in our small Mexican beach town that is starting to feel like home.