This time last year, the hubby and I were babymooning in Vegas. As I was looking back on photos, it seemed like an appropriate time to share the story and photos from our last trip before we entered parenthood.
When the hubby and I found out we were expecting, I was adamant that we go on a "Babymoon" - one last trip, just us two, before the baby arrived. Travel is a big part of our lives and our story and we didn't know how things would be once the baby arrived. We figured travel wouldn't be the same with a baby (and as we have learned, it certainly isn't) so it was important for us to go on this trip. Deciding on where to go was the next step. A warm climate was a priority. Peru is high on our list of places to visit but then I thought maybe a long jaunt like that while being pregnant may not be such a good idea. We also wanted the trip to be affordable and Peru would not have been. I thought about somewhere closer to us, closer to Vancouver - Hawaii or Mexico came to mind. It made sense to go somewhere that we could relax and those are two places that I associate with relaxing. I also decided it would be best to go somewhere that wouldn't require much planning, if any at all and somewhere that we wouldn't mind missing out on attractions, so all of a sudden Hawaii didn't seem like a great idea as I would want to do too much sightseeing and planning of our days since neither of us have been there before. Mexico seemed like the obvious choice. There are constantly all inclusive packages on offer and we seem to be the only people from Vancouver tha haven't been to Mexico! However, I was informed by an employer (who was also expecting a baby at the time) that they canceled their trip to Mexico due to a nasty bug that was going around. Mexico was soon eliminated from the list. So where else could we go that wouldn't' require much planning, wouldn't break the bank and would offer us a chance to relax? Las Vegas of course!
We had already been multiple times - 4 times for Perry and 3 times for me, the last time having been less than a year prior for my sister's 30th birthday. Returning to a place that we had already visited meant we didn't need to plan a great deal and wouldn't feel like we needed to see every attraction there is (much like going on our first trip with baby!). It is also quite affordable when flying out of Bellingham instead of Vancouver and the hotels are also very affordable for what they are. When we visited less than a year before, we stayed at Treasure Island and, while planning the trip, I received an email from TI with promotional offers that fit nicely into our budget. Since we were satisfied with our previous stay there, and the location really is great, we decided to book there again.
When the hubby and I have traveled in the past, it has always been a whirlwind tour, trying to fit everything in, staying one night here, two nights there. We booked Treasure Island for 4 nights and this was one of the longest stays we have had in a hotel during all our travels, so this thought of not packing and moving to another city or hotel eased our minds.! We were definitely excited for this!
The day came take off to Vegas! I was nearing the end of my second trimester, I was feeling GREAT, and it really worked out that we booked for this time in the pregnancy journey as it seems like many insurance companies don't cover any pregnancy complications past 30ish weeks and there don't seem to be any companies that cover going into labour or the baby should you happen to go into preterm labour (be sure to check on this if planning a babymoon or travel during pregnancy).
We arrived in Vegas, took a shuttle to the hotel and first thing we did was head to the pool to relax. There was a pool party complete with a DJ but we found this fun. The rest of our babymoon consisted of the following:
Eating our faces off
Stops included Serendipity 3, Cheesecake Factory, Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood, Carlo's Bakery at the Venetian. We were on vacation after all!
Catching a show
We had already seen Cirque du Soleil "One" (the Michael Jackson themed show) and "Love" (twice) so we decided on Criss Angel's "Believe". We were definitely in disbelief! Great show!
Taking an insane amount of baby bump photos
....which is just as well seeing as baby didn't stay in in time for my maternity photo shoot!
Visiting and exploring all the different hotels
They all have something unique to see on the inside - and out!
Sleeping in and lounging by the pool
Going for walks to see the sights and the novelty that is Vegas
Checking out one of the outlet malls
Being silly, enjoying each other's company and getting excited for our journey into parenthood
And, of course, a bit of slot machining!
The best word to describe the trip is "bittersweet". We were enjoying each other's company so much (obviously) but the thought of it being our last trip as just us two (for a long time to come anyways) was definitely bittersweet. The thing is, it wasn't just us two. The presence of a little human inside the womb definitely added to the excitement and specialness of this trip. We were on cloud 9 as we were on our honeymoon and we will always cherish the memories from the babymoon with our little jumping bean (sort of) present.
I will let the photo gallery below do the rest of the storytelling of our babymoon adventure. Click on the photo for a description. The photos were taken on an old iPhone with very poor quality. So glad I have invested in a much better camera since then!
One thing is for certain, I HIGHLY recommend a getaway with your significant other prior to baby's arrival, even if it is something nearby!