|Brady enjoying his breakfast|
We enjoyed coffee, mimosas, and the most amazing breakfast ever all while listening to the ocean. It was heaven! And every morning after that was the same. Good food, good coffee and amazing atmosphere.
Everyday we had the same routine (I know, shocker). After breakfast, we went back to our room, put Ryder down for his morning nap and got Parker and Brady in their swim suits and lathered up with sunscreen. Jimmy would take them to the pool while I cleaned up our room and read on the patio while little man slept. This was the one time of day when I could read and I took advantage of it by getting through the second Hunger Games book.
When Ryder woke up I quickly got him ready and we joined the other boys at the pool. This was a great time of the day. All 3 boys (4 including Jimmy) LOVED the water. They also were all fearless in the water which makes mommy fearful. So they all had floatation devices of some sort at any given time. Brady wanted to be "free" so he chose water wings most of the time and he did really well with them. Ryder and Parker stayed in their floaters most of the time and couldn't be happier.
|Jimmy with all 3 boys.|
We would spend about another hour in the pool before we all had to head in for lunch. We would order our food and then had to methodically one-by-one get the boys out of the pool and dry them off. There were always tears from all 3 when we took them out of the water, but especially Brady. He was heart broken that he had to leave the pool every single time. We walked back to our room and then our amazing waiter, Gerardo, would bring the food to us on the patio which I think I mentioned was like 10 yards from the pool side.. (he was our server most of the week and he took good care of us!)
Now I should mention how we came up with a solution for the sleeping arrangement. I am so sad that I didn't take a picture of it. It just didn't dawn on me. We moved furniture around in the bedroom that included moving a huge desk out into the living room along with the big heavy TV (circa 2003). Then we separated the beds that we had previously pushed together. And we put the 2 portable cribs on one side of one of the beds to act as a barrier so that Parker couldn't fall out. Then I padded up the head board and other side (which was against the wall) and then built a pillow barrier at the end of the bed. Parker had his own deluxe queen size bed - and he loved it! Ryder and Brady slept in the cribs, which was also quite a sight because poor Brady couldn't even stretch out. He had to curl up to fit. But he is a snuggler, so it was ok. Then, Jimmy and I slept out on the pull out coach in the living room/kitchen, which was little more than a 3 inch pad on a couch. But at least the boys could sleep peacefully and so could we...sort of.
Anyway, back to lunch time. We would have a great lunch and then put the boys down for their nap. They went down without a peep every day! (even Parker who usually always puts up a fight) I would usually hang out on the patio at this time and tell Jimmy to go enjoy some adult time at the pool with our friends and family or go down to the beach. I am very content sitting in the sun reading, he needs a little more action than that, that is why I would send him off. But sometimes we would just sit on the patio together.
Nap time always started out good, but it usually wasn't very long. So often after an hour or so, Parker was already crying to get up. Well, same routine. When the boys woke up, we got them back in their swim suits and got another layer of sunscreen on them and headed back out to the pool and floated in the sun, played with mermaids, filled buckets with water, drank margaritas and snacked on sushi.