I HAVE A BABY!
I will never take that for granted
Some might say I'm biased, but I think I've hit the baby jackpot.
As they say...the proof is in the pudding...
We took our last trip as a childless couple...a babymoon...to Kauai. It was amazing. I discovered I had developed cankles on the flight, and made sure to get a crazy bad sunburn the first day. Sunburned and pregnant makes for some awful sleep...especially once it hit the itchy phase. We stayed with Ryan's cousin Luna and her two daughters. Luna makes and sells seasoned roasted macadamia nuts and juices (passion fruit was my favorite) at the farmers markets. We were so spoiled.
We hiked the Hanakapi'ai trail to the falls. 8 miles of slippery, muddy and steep terrain...sunburned and nearly 7 months pregnant. I just want to remember that. I was so sore I could barely walk.
The next few days we took it easy and snorkeled (almost got pulled out to sea by a rip current), lounged on the beach, collected shells, ate shaved ice and went whale watching. It. Was. Incredible. We went with the only company that would allow pregnant women on board. Usually the water is very choppy in February, but luck was on our side and the water was smooth as glass. We could see everything, the water was crystal clear. It was calving season and saw dozens of cows with their calves. I can't believe how close some of them came to the boat. We saw dozens more breaching, nearly leaping entirely out of the water. But I was giddiest when we encountered a large pod of bottle nose and spinner dolphins. I can't describe how cool it was to watch them surf at the bow of the boat and spin through the air.
We did a bit more hiking (much shorter and gentler) before we returned home. It was very hard to come home.