An Italian Babymoon: Part 4 (Rome)

Ahhh, Rome. Our last stop.

On our one full day in Rome, we booked a walking tour of the Colosseum, which also visited "Ancient Rome" AKA the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine. The tour started at 10am and was supposed to last about 3 hours.

Somehow that day it was 8 million degrees, and since my luggage never showed up I had no shorts to wear! 

I was fine during the Colosseum tour since it was mostly shaded while we were in there. But afterwards we headed over to the Roman Forum and there was barely any shade and it was getting hotter by the minute (it seemed!) and I started feeling terrible! 

I was hungry and miserably hot (with sticky skinny jeans on that didn't fit right!) and the combination of all that was making me dizzy which in turn made me feel nauseated. I tried really hard to make it the whole time because I'm not a quitter, but when it was almost 1:00 (the time the tour should have ended), and we hadn't even visited the Arch of Constantine yet I knew I couldn't go on.  I found a shady spot and just sat on the ground and Josh told our tour guide that we were done. She gave us directions to the nearest cafe and I bought an over-priced bottle of frozen water from a random guy selling them to help me make it there. It's weird being pregnant -- under normal circumstances I would have just sucked it up, but the whole time I was worried about how me being unbearably hot/dizzy was affecting my baby. 

Even though the Forum was right by the Colosseum, which is right next to the metro station, we somehow exited it on the other side were really far away from the metro. I was trying to wait to make it back near our hotel to eat, but we kept getting lost and going the wrong way and walking in circles which made me even more hot and miserable. Finally, I just sat down and cried (for only the 2nd time on this crazy trip!! which I thought was pretty good... the first was when my luggage didn't make it.) Josh was such a good husband and took great care of me and didn't make me feel like a loser for crying on the side of the road :) He suggested we go ahead and eat and then try to make our way back to the hotel. 

Luckily I felt much better after we ate. For about 10 minutes.

Phew. Finally we found the metro! By the time we got back to our hotel I was wiped out. We stayed in the hotel for most of the afternoon until it cooled off in the evening to a tolerable temperature.

I'd have to say our day in Rome was definitely the worst... at least for me! Luckily I had been there before. 

And now baby girl has too! Maybe one day we will take her back and properly enjoy Rome.

In the winter.

An Italian Babymoon: Part 3 (La Spezia & Florence)

After we hurriedly packed our bags and barely made it on a train from Vernazza, we arrived in La Spezia by mid-day. It was raining there too but the storms weren't as bad and the rain stopped by afternoon, so we went for a walk.

Baby girl turned 27 weeks old that day! :)

We spent most of the day trying to figure out where to go next...  we narrowed it down to Florence, Lucca, and Orvieto. Ultimately we decided on Florence because I had been before, but not for very long (just an afternoon) and loved it, and Josh had never been. I didn't know much about the other two cities, they were just recommended to us by some of our breakfast buddies in Vernazza... but they had never been there either, just wanted to check them out someday. So Florence seemed like an obvious choice.

So, the next morning we were off to Florence! Remember how I said I wanted this trip to be as little traveling & go-go-go as possible? LOL

The last time I was in Florence I didn't get to see the Ponte Vecchio bridge, so it was cool to see it!

Then we made the hike up to the Piazzale Michaelangelo. The view was absolutely amazing, but my question is why is all of Italy up stairs?!?

Next up: Rome

An Italian Babymoon: Part 2 (Vernazza)

On day 3, we took a train from Venice to Vernazza. Luckily we hadn't bought our tickets ahead of time, because I ended up having to do a mad dash shopping spree in Venice before we left. Since my suitcase still hadn't arrived and there had been absolutely no updates about it, I figured I better go ahead and buy enough clothes to get me through the rest of the trip because I knew my shopping options would be limited once in Vernazza. So, H&M opened at 9:30, and I purchased a whole new Italian wardrobe for the rest of our stay by 10:00. 

I didn't even try any of it on! Luckily, pretty much all of it fit -- well, fit as much as non-maternity clothes can fit. I couldn't find maternity clothes anywhere in Italy! I legit have no idea where pregnant Italians buy their clothes!

Anyway, after our first train debacle (we had to switch trains 3 times on the way and accidentally got on the wrong train once...oops!) we finally arrived in Vernazza. 

Vernazza is one of the 5 small coastal villages that make up Cinque Terre. The towns are connected by hiking trails, so my original thinking was that we could hang out here for the week...spend some days just laying by the beach, some days we could do a little hiking, boating, or whatever we felt like. But mostly relaxing. And eating gelato, of course.

So on our first full day there I almost opted for just laying on the beach, but Josh wanted to do a little bit of exploring. I didn't have any tennis shoes since my bag was AWOL, so we decided not to do any of the hiking trails. Which was probably a good thing because in talking to some other people later, we found out that some of the trails are VERY strenuous. Like almost crawling on your hands and knees because it's super steep strenuous. Probably not the safest idea when you're 6 months pregnant!

So we just stayed put in Vernazza and explored there. Josh found a sign for a cemetery but it was up a giant hill with a TON of stairs, so I decided to wait for him at the bottom. But then he came back with pictures of this view:

And I was all like, "CRAP I HAVE TO GO SEE IT NOW!"

So he made the trek again with me.

Phew! When I booked this trip I was only about 13 weeks pregnant, so I didn't really know what I was getting into or what being 26 weeks pregnant would be like. To be fair, I also didn't really realize that this town was basically on the side of a mountain. Totally worth it though! 

We rewarded ourselves with gelato once we got back down...

I love gelato!

We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the beach.

And people watching out our window.

The next morning we were at breakfast -- wait, funny story first -- Monica, the lady we rented from, owns a restaurant and breakfast at her restaurant was included with our stay. She has several rooms/apartments she rents out, so everyone who's renting from her eats breakfast together. What was totally crazy was one morning we were talking to two other couples and found out they were both from Indiana too. Assuming they'd be from Indianapolis or Evansville or some other big city no where around here, we asked where they from. Turns out they were from our area and one of them even worked with one of our neighbors! What a small world! 5,000 miles away from home in a tiny coastal village in Italy and run into people from home. Crazy!

Anyway, so the next day at breakfast, Monica pulls Josh aside. At first I just figured she needed help with moving something or something, but he comes back and tells me that she didn't want to worry me, but a bad storm was coming in and she thought it would be safer for us to evacuate. 

Basically, we didn't have to leave, but when it storms in Vernazza there's a high chance for flooding, the power usually goes out, and then sometimes the trains can't run which means we could potentially be stranded there. The schools were cancelled and the businesses were all boarded up and the town was under a "state of emergency." Monica said she would put us up in a hotel in La Spezia, the nearest large town (about 30 minutes away by train), for the night and we could figure out what we wanted to do from there whether it was go on or come back. 

So we weighed our pros and cons and we decided that since we had 3 more full days scheduled in Vernazza but it was supposed to rain for at least 2 of them, we might as well go see some other cities in Italy instead, especially if the power was going to be out most of the time. I was a little bummed because I was really looking forward to a relaxing week in Vernazza and I was sad that we hadn't had a chance to visit any of the other towns of Cinque Terre. But just an excuse to come back! ;) I was glad I had decided to make the trek up the hill to the cemetery to see the beautiful view the day before though, since all the time I thought I had to do that was now gone!

So, just like that, a day I thought was just another day in Vernazza turned into us packing our bags and heading to La Spezia for the day & night! 

Oh, and just to add to the excitement... the trains were on strike that day! So we weren't even sure we could get out anyway! While we were waiting at the train station it started really storming... rain was flying in side ways and everything! Luckily when the trains go on strike, apparently not ALL of them do it, so we finally got on one!

Off to La Spezia...

An Italian Babymoon: Part 1 (Venice)

The first stop on our trip was Venice! Every other time I've gone to Europe it's pretty much been go-go-go, which is what I didn't want for this trip since I knew I'd be 6 months pregnant! So our plan was to stay in Venice for 2 days, then head to Vernazza for 6 days, then Rome for 2 days and fly home from there.

Of course, that's not exactly how it panned out. We only ended up with 2 nights (1 full day) in Vernazza instead of 6, and also added in unplanned stops to La Spezia and Florence. But more on that later! First, Venice.

Remember how I said in this post that I always do only carry-on bags to avoid being stuck in a foreign country with just the clothes on your back?! Well, let me just tell you how well that worked out for me here. :-/ Upon arrival in Venice, my luggage - along with half of the plane's - was no where to be found! How does an airline lose half of a plane's luggage?!

So we spent no less than 4 hours at the airport waiting in a ginormous line to report my "delayed" bag to British Airways. This meant our first day in Venice was basically shot between that and jet lag. 

I should have kept my sunglasses on like Josh... can you tell we'd been up for over 24 hours at this point?!

I was told my suitcase would be delivered within 24 hours, as it had apparently just missed the plane and was still in London, so it would arrive on the next plane the next day. Since my bag was supposed to be a carry on (there was no more room in the overhead storage bins, so they made me check it curbside), it had ALL of my clothes in it, which left me with literally the clothes you see in the photo above. And a blue jean jacket. Lovely.

Once we got out of the airport, we were excited to explore Venice even though we were exhausted! We somehow found our hotel... I really don't know how we found it! Venice is like a giant maze!! We stumbled upon an H&M (God bless that store! It saved me!) so I bought an outfit to wear the next day. We grabbed some pizza. And then went to bed around 8pm. 

^^those hot pink flip flops were the only ones I could find for sale! They obviously went great with all of my outfits.

This is how most of our time in Venice pretty much looked...

... Josh studying the map.


We got off to a rocky start, but Venice won me over with its charming streets. 

On day 2 my only goal besides wandering the streets and eating gelato was to take an over-priced ride in a gondola! And hopefully get my suitcase back. Mission #1 accomplished. Mission #2, not so much.

We spent most of the day just getting lost. In a good way. I think really you're kind of always lost in Venice. I loved it.


And then we did our gondola ride in the evening during sunset..

Selfie on a gondola... check!

I was amazed at how tight some of the canals were and I was sure at several points that we were going to crash into a wall, but we never did! Those guys are talented! 

And just like that our time in Venice was basically over. A lot of people told us to skip Venice or not to spend much time there, but I really enjoyed it and wish we would have stayed another day or two. There wasn't really a ton more to do there, but I just really liked it there! 

The next morning we were off to Vernazza for a nice relaxing week on the beach! Or so we thought.... 

Part 2 coming soon!

28 Week Bumpdate!

3rd trimester, y'all!!!!

I have a lot to say about our Italy trip, but I haven't done a bumpdate in forever so I thought it was time! 

Anywho. 28 weeks = 3rd trimester!!! How we are already here, I'm not sure. Besides the first month, I feel like this pregnancy has flown by. The first month I'm pretty sure was the equivalent of about 3 months, but since then it's been lightning speed! I couldn't believe it when we were already at 20 weeks and finding out the gender, now that's already been over 8 weeks ago!!!!

I've still been less than stellar about posting pregnancy updates, but for the most part it's still been pretty uneventful! (Which I'm not complaining about!) However, I do feel like things kind of changed around week 20-22... I definitely started getting a little uncomfortable around then, which obviously hasn't let up since the bebe is only getting BIGGER by the minute!

I felt like things changed again while we were in Italy... my stomach really "popped" out - they say it just happens overnight and I feel like it happened over there! I also started feeling her move a lot more, and you can see it from the outside now!

Anyway, here's a legit update...

How far along? 28 weeks (and 4 days) right now! Third trimester!! It's the home stretch people!

Gender: Girl!!

Total weight gain: I honestly don't know for sure! I quit weighing myself a few years ago when I started CrossFit because the weight gain from adding muscle was messing with my head. So I'm not exactly sure what I weighed pre-pregnancy. I've gained right about 18-20 pounds since my first OB appt though. And I only gained a pound in Italy, which I thought was amazing given all the pizza, pasta, & gelato I consumed... plus most of that pound was probably the baby getting fatter since she supposedly gains about 1/2 a pound a week right now! I look at myself and am really having a hard time comprehending how my body can continue to stretch for 3 more months though!

Maternity clothes? YEP. Except most of mine are MIA somewhere across the world thanks to British Airways! (Don't worry, I have a whole post coming about that!) But yes, British Airways LOST my entire suitcase on the way to Italy and I STILL don't have it back!

Stretch marks? None so far! *high five*

Sleep?: ehhh... I typically sleep fairly decent, once I fall asleep. However, finding a comfortable position is getting harder and harder. My pregnancy pillow is my best friend (and Josh's worst enemy!) About half of the time I wake up to use the bathroom once or twice, but the rest of the time I'm still making it all night!

Miss anything?: I miss being able to sleep on my stomach!! And bend over easily. It's getting hard to tie my shoes and I've gotten to the point where if I drop something on the floor I consider how urgent it is that I pick it up or not and sometimes just leave it there.

Movement?: Oh yeah! She moves a lot, and now you can see it from the outside which is both fascinating and slightly creepy! haha! I totally love it, but when I stop and think to myself, "Oh my gosh, there's an actual HUMAN in there!" it kind of weirds me out! Pregnancy is such a strange phenomenon!

Food cravings: I still don't really have many legit "cravings." Of course, sweets and ice cream always sound good, but nothing really that I HAVE TO HAVE right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick?: For awhile, the thought of cooking (anything really, but especially eggs & meat) was not appealing AT ALL. We ate out A LOT (like almost every meal- my poor husband was such a trooper) there for awhile! I've gotten over that for the most part.

Other than that, I've been fighting off a cold/cough for about a week now, and when I get into bad coughing fits it makes me gag, but I haven't gotten sick at all. Every once in awhile I'll randomly feel kind of nauseated, but I think it's mostly just because stuff is starting to get really squished in there!

Labor signs: Nope! Hopefully she stays put for awhile longer!

Symptoms: Back pain!! I have a spot on the right side of my mid-back that KILLS me sometimes! My boss (a sports chiro) and Dr. Google have told me that it's mostly likely a nerve/intercostal muscle being pinched between my ribs thanks to the baby pushing on them. My low back also hurts, I think it's my sciatic nerve. I also finally peed on myself when coughing the other day. That's like a pregnancy rite of passage, right?! ;)

Belly button in or out?: Still in. Stretched though!

Wedding rings off or on?: Still on!

Happy or moody?: Overall I've been mostly happy! I haven't been as emotional as I always figured I'd be while pregnant!

Best moment this month: Probably our ultrasound with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist. We had to go to get a more high tech ultrasound done of her heart because I had a hole in my heart when I was born and they wanted to take a closer look at her's to make sure she was okay. It was basically like our 20 week ultrasound only on steroids! They could see inside her organs... they told us she had pee in her bladder! haha! Her heart looked perfect, and as a bonus they told us she has HAIR!!!! I don't know how much, but enough to show up on an ultrasound and I am totally excited!!! I was bald until I was 2 and was fully expecting her to be also.. I hope she has enough hair for bows!! 

Looking forward to: October!! We're getting a 3D/4D ultrasound in a couple weeks, maternity photos done, 2 more baby showers, and hopefully lots of progress done around the house & nursery!! I feel like October is our last "for sure" month without a baby... so it's crunch time!!! My goal is to hopefully get everything mostly ready -- from the nursery, the house, the car seat/other baby essentials (right now we have some bottles and that's it!), and my Christmas shopping so that we can enjoy November and not be stressed out with a ton of last minute stuff!

So that's what's up in babyland right now. 

Happy Friday!!!