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I should first wish a successful delivery for your pregnant wife! Just remember one thing: try to avoid exposing your (then) 4-month baby to the sun.
Now back to your cruise. I understand your dilemma: North or South. What it is sure is that you cannot do both in just one week. For a first visit, I would personally choose the route to the South because it offers two unique sites: the medieval walled city of Rhodes and the picturesque theater scene main harbour Yalos at Simi island. The itinerary would suggest staying at the excellent Kos marina the first night, go to Palon at Nisyros next day, visit the volcano and stroll through Mandraki town in the afternoon, sail down to Rhodes on day 3, possibly visit Lindos by car on day 4, leave Rhodes for Symi early morning on day 5, in the afternoon of day 6 sail the three hours to Livadia Tilos and the last day head North back to Kos, possibly on the way anchoring off for a swim at Yali island. Bear in mind that prevailing winds are westerlies in that area.
Alternatively, to enjoy your itinerary to the North, start in the afternoon at day 1 and sail the couple of hours across the channel to Pserimos island (local excursion boats do not stay there after 17:00), anchor and dine in one of the small tavernas ashore, sail to Panteli Leros on day 2 and walk up the hill and till Aghia Marina to relax, head on to Agathonissi island on day 3, then move to Marathi anchorage for a swim and continue on to Patmos island on day 4, while anchored at Skala harbour visit the town around the monastery at the top of the hill in the evening and the cave where St. John wrote the holy Bible book “Revelation” next morning, move to Laki Leros on day 5, then Emporio on Kalymnos on day 6 and back to Kos (this last leg should be a very fast broad reach on SE course). You have no spare time to spend reaching Samos island and I consider this northern itinerary more tiring than the southern one described above.
I wish you fair winds