Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Well, this is my 100th post. I remember when I started this blog and I saw others talking about their 100th post and I was wondering where I would be when I got that far along. Well…here I am, almost 19th weeks pregnant and sitting in Zihuatanejo, where it all began.

 photo rock.jpg

And, by “it all began,” what I mean is, this is the place that we went for our honeymoon. This is the place we’ve gone for important events in our life. And, this is the place that we spent our LAST two week wait before finding out I was pregnant. So, technically, this is where our little guy implanted. Crazy.

Our trip has been great so far. We’re staying at a tiny hotel with a staff of about 8 people and they all know that I am pregnant, which is really cute. Our room is luxurious (a splurge for our last trip just the two of us for some time – not to mention great off-season rates!) and it is about pure relaxation. All I have done so far is swim, sunbathe, lay in the hammock, read, sleep, and eat.

 photo ourroom.jpg

We have met another couple staying at our hotel and have been spending a lot of time with them. It’s a bit eerie. They are about 15 years older than us and we keep joking that they are our “future selves.” They have two teenage boys, are here on their anniversary and have way too much in common with us. For example, she works in Special Education (to my child psychology), he owns his own business (like my husband), they were married 8 years before having kids (like us), and they met because she was dating his best friend (like us). Weird.

My husband keeps commenting that I’m different on this trip. I am trying to put my finger on what that means. I feel….quieter. More inwardly focused. I share less. I just…AM. He says he misses my energy and conversation and excitement. It’s weird to see how much pregnancy does to change you. Mind you, I’m not unhappy or sad. Just…quiet. Although, we joked that part of the problem is that everyone is drinking but me. And it’s really only half of a joke. Ha.

We’ve talked about trying to spend one month of my maternity leave here in this town. Renting a home, bringing the baby, and just enjoying our time with him (him!). I don’t know if it’s really feasible or not for my husband’s work or for the baby, but it is a nice dream. I picture family visiting us while we’re here, soaking in the tranquility, and just bonding with our son. I feel like part of me belongs here in Mexico. I just relax and feel comfortable here. I’ve been to other countries (and want to go to more!), but in other countries I feel like an outsider, like a traveler. Here I feel like I could live.

Amanda, from Poppies and Ice Cream, suggested that our baby may feel somehow connected to being here too, just from having been here in the womb. I love that idea. I want to raise children that are comfortable in other countries. But especially, that feel a connection to Mexico and are able to get by in Spanish. I love that idea.

Well, that’s all for now, I think. I am going to go back to the difficult world of relaxation when the hardest decision is when to order room service for lunch or whether to be in the pool or the hammock. We usually venture out at night (when it’s cooler) to go downtown and seek out dinner. Tomorrow we are going to go exploring local beaches and little towns. Wish me luck in this 90 degree heat plus humidity!!

I will leave you with some photos….

Yep, I did it, I posted a picture of pregnant-me-in-a-bikini on the Internet. Wow. Good thing my head is chopped off. Fun fact: A women in line at the airport asked me when I was due. First total stranger to ask :)

 photo hamaca.jpg

p.s. I am sorry I'm not posting on anyone's blogs. I will try to catch up when I get back! The internet is...well, we're in Mexico, so you can imagine. Thank you all for your comments on my last post about the gender-surprise-switch. Your comments all REALLY helped me. I am still processing it, but am feeling better am more connected now to the idea of my little boy.


  1. Your vacation sounds divine! It's my type of vacation - swimming, laying on the beach in tropical weather, reading and napping. :)

    And btw, you look great in that bikini!

  2. Ok first of all, you look so great in your bikini!

    I love the idea of your baby feeling a connection to Zihuatanejo. I totally believe in those kind of things! And what a gorgeous, peaceful place to feel connected. I hope you do spend a month of your Maternity leave there, what an amazing journey that would be. The experience of a lifetime for sure. And to have that experience with the baby as a family would be so wonderful.

    I am so incredibly happy for you my friend. I missed you last week when I was gone and was so happy to read this post when I came back! xo

    1. p.s. Congrats on reaching 100 posts!! I hope to read 100 more :)

  3. Cutest prego bikini pic of all time! What a lovely post.

  4. I have to agree with Anna and bustedoven, the bikini is super cute and your belly as well. You look good.

    And this holiday sounds like poor bliss, the sun, the sea, the nice food. Time with your husband (and baby swimming in you).

    You just made me drool, chiles en nogada is a favorite dish. Enjoy all of this, soak it all in. And congratulations on 100 posts!

  5. You look great! I'm so jealous of your vacation- it looks lovely!

  6. HEAVEN. Have fun! :)

  7. LOVE these pics and am totally jealous. In the best way, of course. :-)

    I would absolutely consider taking part of your mat. leave there. Beautiful!

    Congrats on 100 posts!!

  8. I really want to go to Zihuatanejo. And based on your pictures that looks like the hotel I want to go to but feel like it's too much of a splurge. One day we'll go. We considered it as a place for our wedding but ended up in Isla Mujeres. As great as my wedding was, I still sometimes wish I had picked Zihautanejo.
    It sounds like you are having a perfect relaxing vacation and you look amazing in that bikini. Cute bump!

    1. If you do decide to go, let me know and I can give you recommendations. We got a 50% rate on this room because of the off-season and we're repeat travelers.

  9. Congrats on the 100th post and love the photos - you look great! Have a fabulous vacation!


Don't just sit there, say something!