Monday, August 13

On travelling while pregnant... (and lots of pictures from Italy!)

We're back from a fabulous one week vacation in Italy. 
As fabulous as it was though, it is always good to be home again. I must admit, travelling while 6 months pregnant was more challenging than I had imagined, especially in 40 degree weather. 
But I think we made the most of it.
(I certainly ate a lot!)

We travelled around Tuscany, visited Florence, San Gimignano, and Sienna. They were all so incredibly beautiful!

We were supposed to drive to Cinque Terre (the one place everyone says not to miss, but also a 3 hour drive form our villa), but unfortunately I had to pass. 
Every time I would get in the car I would start having little contractions... every few minutes. It really freaked me out.  I'm not sure if it was the bumps, the heat, or maybe the dehydration, but the possibility of going into preterm labor in a foreign country was enough to keep me homebound. I'm sure those perilously narrow, steep & winding Italian roads didn't help either!

So instead, the hubby and I lazed around the villa in the quiet Tuscan countryside....

Honestly, it wasn't too bad of a compromise!

I've realized that travelling while 6 months pregnant is very do-able, but it just means that you have to go a lot slower, and do a lot less. 

Once I accepted that I wouldn't get to see as much as I normally would, 
and just indulged in the simpler things a vacation brings... like sleeping in, good food, leisurely strolls through foreign landscapes... that's when I truly started to enjoy myself.

We ended our vacation with one night in Rome... 
(definitely not enough time, but it was magical just the same)

We stayed in a gorgeous little boutique hotel near the Spanish steps, went out for a fantastic dinner, and slowly walked around that incredible city for the rest of our final evening in Italy.


Tiffany Kadani said...

Wow! You just went on a dream vacation! Holy night! And I love those baby bump photos- you are stunning! What villa did you stay in? I want to go there now.

Monique said...

i'ts been so long since i've stopped by. wow your pregnant. what a blessing. looks like you had a wonderful baby moon.

Elizabeth said...

It is my dream to go to Italy....thanks for taking me along!


Haddock said...

The last pic (in B&W) is the best :-)

Jan Halvarson said...

looks like an amazing trip - and a great idea before the little one comes along!

Margie Oomen said...

everything looks amazing
but I know it isn't easy to do everything you want to do when you are approaching your third trimester.
I remember hiking in the rockies when I was pregnant with my fourth child and I couldn't believe how Short of breath I was at high altitudes.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

YOu're pregnant!!!! CONGRATS!!!! Clearly, I haven't been here for awhile!! You are super super cute! I want to go to Italy. I'd totally go pregnant to give myself a reason for stuffing my face w/ pasta :).