Pregnancy, Travel, USVI

An unintentionally early babymoon

Thank you so much for the well wishes! We’ve wanted this for a long time, so we’re over the moon about it and looking forward to what is sure to be our biggest adventure.

Good morrow

The years we spent trying to get pregnant were some of the toughest of my life, but at the same time, I feel like I finally learned to truly appreciate all the wonderful things (…and people, and pups, and experiences) I do have in my life. It was a strange time of vacillating between feeling like everything was hopeless and then realizing I need to make the most out of this life, because you never know what’s in store. This process really does teach you to not take anything for granted.

Caribbean hiking views

In the end, we were one of the lucky couples for whom treatment worked, and I am so grateful for that. Infertility is so awful and so lonely, and my heart goes out to everyone who is affected by it.

Open-air living room

Since we assumed that this cycle wasn’t going to work (if you don’t get your hopes up, it hurts a little less when you fail), we ended up planning a vacation smack dab in the middle of the first trimester. This is not something I would necessarily recommend, unless you’re really into creative ways of, uhm, feeding the fish while snorkeling.

Underwater hiking

(I’ve also fully mastered the stealthy walk n’ puke, which is an essential skill to learn if you want to stay reasonably active through your first trimester.)

Bitten off more than he can chew

Still, I lucked out since the worst of the “morning” sickness didn’t begin until the end of the trip. Plus, if you’re going to be barfing anyway, you might as well do it in paradise, also known as St. John, USVI.

My favorite tree

I’ll get my act together soon and write a guide to my St. John favorites, but for now I just have to mention the amazing vacation rental where we stayed, Coral Bay Eco Retreat. It’s totally off the grid, using solar power and rain water for your electrical and plumbing needs, and the views are to die for.

Afternoon amazeballness

Of course, our very favorite thing about St. John is the out-of-this-world snorkeling. JK loves turtles almost as much as I love marmots, so getting to swim with them almost every day is a huge rush.

One of many turtle friends

Side note: scuba diving is off-limits while pregnant, but snorkeling is great for you as long as you make sure you don’t hold your breath – so no free diving, and no holding your breath in terror when you see a shark. ;^)

Our first nurse shark!

Our friends happened to be on the island at the same time as us with their beach-loving son, and they were happy to report that it was “the easiest toddler vacation ever”. Methinks there will be another trip to St. John in the future when our little family has grown, too!


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  • Reply Lisa March 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Gorgeous pictures; it looks like paradise! I’m happy for you guys. I know a few people who are struggling with infertility right now and my heart breaks for them. I know what it feels like to want something so much! Big hug and good luck!

  • Reply jill i March 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Congrats on your pregnancy! My brother and his wife weren’t so lucky, but did adopt two beautiful and smart girls born in China. This place looks like a paradise! Thanks for the tip on the lodging, too!

  • Reply Ingunn March 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks, ladies! I’m mostly out-of-my-mind crazy excited, interspersed with short moments of terror when I realize that my selfish life of lots of sleep and leisure is coming to an end. ;^)

  • Reply Laura March 25, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see you and your little hiker on the trails! You and JK are going to be those amazing parents climbing mountains with their child strapped to their chest that make me feel even more out of shape because I can barely haul myself up to the top, let alone another person!

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