We wanted it hot and sunny for our Australia vacation, but we didn’t bargain for the worst heatwave the country has seen in decades. Temperature records are being smashed all over the place. Thank goodness for air conditioning in the car and our house, plus plenty of pool and beach time.
The Princess is definitely a beach baby. She loves the water, the sand, the seabirds, the waves…she can’t seem to get enough. Addison can even say the word “beach”! There is one small problem with her love affair with the beach and the pool – two of Addison’s meds come with “avoid sun exposure” warnings. We religiously slather our toddler with thick gooey sunscreen every time we head out. We haven’t been 100% successful at avoiding a little red nose and cheeks, but the sun exposure isn’t all bad. Yesterday morning, I got an email from her dietitian asking us to more than quadruple Addison’s Vitamin D dose. Results of her Vit D levels came back showing insufficient levels for a pediatric renal patient. I am sure a few weeks basking in the land of Oz will help give that a boost!
Addison is having a fantastic time with her parents, Lao-lao and Gong-gong at her beck and call. She has so much energy and enthusiasm for everything, literally running circles around us. Just try and get her to slow down these days – good luck! Not only is she developing a fierce independent streak, pushing our hands away when we try to hold onto her, she constantly wants to “alk, alk” (her way of saying “walk”). We also hear a lot of “down, down”.
We only have a few more days on the Gold Coast before we take a road trip up north to see Fraser Island and spend a few nights on the Great Barrier Reef. Temperatures are supposed to stay high through the weekend and into next week. I foresee a lot more beach time in our future…which is just what the Princess has requested.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison