‘EAR, NEWS, AND THROAT’
Where DidWe Go Before the Due Date? OUR ALOHA
Since Renee was six months pregnant, we couldn’t exactly go skydiving or anything. Our goal was to relax and do some sightseeing, and I think we really nailed it. For the first few days, Renee and I spent each moment lounging at the beach or beside the pool, soaking up the sun. Later, we explored the island together, walking along black or red sand beaches, and appreciating the natural beauty of it all. Maui is full of diverse scenery. Depending on which side of the island you’re on, you might find yourself wandering over hot beds of lava rock or trekking through a wet rainforest. My favorite part of the trip was the day we spent driving to visit Hana, an isolated community on the far eastern side of the island. The road to Hana is narrow, winding over high peaks and through the most lush, tropical forests. We took it slow because the road itself was pretty dangerous. But when you’re in Hawaii, the experience really is about the journey, not the destination. Each time we turned a corner, we were presented with another breathtaking view in every direction. Sometimes, it was hard to pay attention to the road when we kept glancing at the scenery. Our trip was as close to perfect as possible. I can’t imagine a better babymoon. Renee and I were probably as relaxed as we’ll ever be for the next two decades, but that’s all right. We’re more than ready to meet our new baby, and just in time for Christmas too!
This is it! After months of waiting, my wife and I are thrilled to finally meet our baby girl. Our first child is due on Dec. 21. I’m so excited, I wouldn’t mind if she came a couple weeks early. My wife thinks I’m going to be a complete baby hog, and she’s right. I fully intend to hog the baby at every possible moment, a fact clear to Renee when we went on our “babymoon” a few months ago. Renee and I wanted to have one last hurrah before it’s not just the two of us anymore. A week of relaxation was exactly what we needed, and there’s no place more perfect for a getaway than Maui, Hawaii. Though, to be honest, getting to Hawaii involved a bit more excitement than I would have preferred. When we first took off on our flight out of Austin, the plane filled with this weird, musty odor, like the smell your air conditioner makes when you haven’t used it in a while. The plane turned around and returned to the airport due to the fumes, but since the flight attendants were relaxed the whole time, we didn’t worry too much. They were able to rebook our flight, but we missed our initial connecting flight and ended up trapped at LAX for eight hours. As far as vacations go, we were off to a pretty rocky start. However, the Maui airport is mostly outdoors, which means you step directly onto the tarmac when you exit the aircraft. The moment you walk out of the plane and get a breath of fresh ocean air, all the travel stress melts away. Renee and I were on vacation, and we were ready to enjoy ourselves. We stayed at an incredible resort located just a mile from the beach. From our room window, we could see the other Hawaiian Islands out in the ocean, and we enjoyed the most beautiful sunsets each evening. “Depending on which side of the island you’re on, you might find yourself wandering over hot beds of lava rock or trekking through a wet rainforest.”
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all. May you and your family enjoy health and happiness in the new year.
–Dr. Seth Evans
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