Thursday, January 30, 2014

Babymoon = Booked!

Shep and I looooooove to go on vacation.  We're certainly not certified jetsetters by any means, but compared to a lot of couples out there we've definitely had our fair share of trips together.  Some of my favorite places that we've visited together include:  Aruba, Napa, Mexico, Hawaii, Newport RI, Greece, France, and Turks & Caicos.

We realize that once baby comes along it's going to be much more difficult to travel, and we certainly won't be lounging carefree in a hammock on a beach with umbrella drinks in hand for a looooooong time to come....  We also won't be able to decide on a whim to fly to San Diego approx. 48 hours before departure like we did one summer several years ago {crazy, we know}.  Yes, babies are portable, and yes, families with children travel all the time, but it's going to be a lot more work and require a lot more preparation.  I do have a special knack for being able to fit 2-3 times as many pieces of clothing than a normal person needs into my suitcase at about midnight before we leave each time we go away, but babies require a LOT more stuff...
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We realize that our lives are going to change in a multitude of ways once our little one arrives, and while we'll surely miss our days of traveling carefree, it's a change we're trying to prepare ourselves for.  But that doesn't mean we can't have one final fling, just the two of us, before May arrives!!!  And a soft sandy beach with plenty of sun, shade, sapphire blue water, and available umbrella drinks {non-alcoholic for me!} sounds like the PERFECT way to enjoy some precious time together as a twosome.

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Planning a "babymoon" as they call it has been on our pregnancy to-do list for months.  {Just ask The Bump which yells at me each time I sign on for constantly being overdue on this and about 10 other items!}  But thanks to a combination of our work schedules, my propensity for indecisiveness/over-thinking things, my relentless nausea and the 100 other things that have been on our mind the past 3 or 4 months, we couldn't get it together.  That is, my friends, until this week!

Originally I wanted to go to St. Lucia.  It sounded like the perfect romantic Caribbean getaway, and neither of us have been there before.  I looked up a couple resorts, checked into flights, and as of a few weeks ago it was totally doable.  But then I had to research water safety, pasteurization practices, food menus, proximity to the airport, and try to seek via TripAdvisor opinions from pregnant travelers who'd been there, which took a while.  I didn't want to take any chances though.  When I finally narrowed it down to a resort that fit our criteria and that got positive reviews from other babymooners, the resort was sold out.  Through the end of March.  So were all affordable non-stop flights.  Ouch.  I wish I could say this is the first time something like this has happened, but alas it is not, and, if I'm being honest, it certainly won't be the last.  ;)

So there we were, in mid-January, with the clock ticking, pricing literally rising by the day, and having to formulate a new babymoon plan.  Well, I'm happy to say that surprisingly, after tears this weekend and an attempt to just give up -- we pulled it off.  Luckily, Shep snapped me out of my funk and back into the planning game.  This is our LAST opportunity for a trip together before baby comes, after all!

So, in about a month, we're going to....

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THE CAYMAN ISLANDS!!!  And I'm psyched!  We had to do a little finagling with dates and call my OB to double check that our travel dates were still copacetic {which they are} since we're going a little bit later than originally planned, but the plane tickets and hotel are booked and I'm sooooo looking forward to this trip!  Especially since the high temps around here have only been in the teens for what seems like years already...

Calgon, take me away!!!

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful news, Nicole! Having a babymoon is such a wonderful idea and you will enjoy this time with just you and hubby so much. And it will be WARM there. Can I come? LOL

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    1. Yes, the WARM aspect is what finally kicked my butt in gear to book something!!! Especially after this dreadful winter.... I'd normally say "the more the merrier", but it might be just a little bit awkward to have a guest on a babymoon. ;) You need to get away somewhere with your hubby though, too!!! :)

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    2. Yes, your babymoon plus an extra guest doesn't add up very well, does it? LMBO

      I'm working on getting DH to go somewhere soon. FX I can convince him!!! XO

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  2. Oh, wow! What an awesome trip for you guys! You're going to have such a good time....enjoy the time together! We try to go to the beach at least once a year (we love Gulf Shores, AL, but it's not quite the same as the Cayman Islands, lol!). So happy for you :)

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    1. Thanks, Allie!!! I've never been to AL but just looked up Gulf Shores and it looks so lovely!! I hope you and your husband will be able to spend some quality quiet time together before your twins arrive!!!! How are you feeling these days?

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    2. Hey! Well, if you ever feel the need to take a trip down South, Gulf Shores is the place to go :) We won't be able to make it down there before my due date, so our next trip there will be as a family of 4!! Still crazy to think about that, but so excited!! My husband and I actually have a vacation planned to go to Phoenix, AZ to visit my family in March. It's part vacation, part family/friend time, but we'll definitely get some quality time together (especially during the 2-day car ride there and back...should be an interesting drive, especially since we'll have to stop like every 2 hours so I can walk and pee!). I just can't wait to get to warmer weather and sunshine...this winter has been HARSH! I'm ready for the spring thaw! I've been feeling pretty good, thanks for asking :) The nausea has finally calmed down -- yay! Just counting down the days til our appointment next Thursday....this past month has dragged! But, I'm sure the time will start speeding up and before long, I'll be wishing I had more time to get prepared, haha!

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  3. Hey, Nicole! I just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for your nomination and questions. :-)

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    1. That's awesome -- I love it! Thanks, Mel!!!

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