The next vacation we have will be July to August next year, and little Baby Esser will be too young to go anywhere. He/ she will also be without a passport until the end of August, and by that time, Justin will need to head back to school. So it looks like we won’t travel again until the January 2015 – and even then we will need to figure out how we can possibly get little baby over to two different countries to meet each sets of it’s family!!! Our poor little one might not meet some of them until 6 months to a year. So anyone who wants to come visit… Please do! China’s way better when it’s not winter, and the skies are clear – We promise!
In considering what we will do for our vacation, we came across some valuable pointers to consider when making the decision on when and where to go on a Babymoon:
Timing is Everything!
It certainly would have been impossible to travel last month when my nausea was uncontrollable. So of course, I would never have been able to travel in a car/ bus/ train, or take a flight somewhere. This is why the sweet spot for a vacation is during the second trimester (weeks 14 to 28), when the queasiness is gone but mom-to-be is not too big to get around easily. Another problem is that some airlines have restrictions about flying when pregnant in the weeks before delivery.
Schedule some Downtime
The destinations that we are looking are really peaceful and quiet, and they all have pregnancy-friendly activities nearby. Of course, I can’t go scuba hiving or cliff jumping, so we are researching some calm activities for momma-to-be. We love just laying on beaches, but equally as much we love adventure, so this trip will have to be a little more of the former and less of the latter.
Low Stress Travel Plans
The last big trip that we did from China involved a marathon (well, almost), elephant rides, kayaking, strenuous hiking, and numerous other adventures that spanned 45 days and 5 countries!! None of that this time – we will be flying way less, and trying to avoid too much overland travel. Who knows what might bring on the nausea during pregnancy. We are both prone to travel sickness, so we’ll give that a skip while we are in the preggo-zone!
We are looking into destination cities where medical help won’t be too far from where we will stay, that way we don’t have to worry about taking a boat in the middle of the night if something goes wrong. Even though we are due for our second ultrasound in China about a week before we go on vacation, we are not sure whether we will find out the sex of the baby then. The baby might not be lying in the right position, OR the doctors here will be all weird about it and not want to tell us. Either way – if we don’t find out here, we will find out if we are having a “him” or “her” while we are on our Babymoon. We are simply too over the moon with happiness to wait – Who could wait anyway?! It’s just tooooo exciting, and we want to start buying some cute boy/ girl clothes!
Since my nausea has left I am able to eat pretty much anything again, so spicy foods seem to be back on the menu. I still have to avoid bread though (instant heartburn), but that’s okay because Asian countries aren’t really big on bread. I have to eat every 2-3 hours or my stomach starts rumbling, so we will pack some nuts and dried fruit to take with. Overall snacking will be easy where we are going – far easier than in China where snacks are pretty yucky for the most part.