As you may remember, my husband and I planned a trip to Europe. We scheduled the trip a few months after our IVF cycle, with the idea being the same as our Europe trip after the previous cycle. If our IVF was successful, it would make for an incredible babymoon. If it wasn’t, well, at least we’d have a vacation to look forward to. As luck would have it, our cycle was successful, and we were determined to make our babymoon one hell of a celebration.
We left for Europe at the end of October. Our trip would start as our Europe trips always do; with a few days in London. This was my 8th trip to London and my husband’s 4th, so we didn’t really have an itinerary planned for this trip. Our plan was simply to take in the sights and enjoy ourselves. Chances are we won’t be making it across the pond again any time soon.
We did make a point to visit the Museum of London, which neither of us had been to in our previous visits. It’s a museum that takes you through the history of London, from the prehistoric ages all the way to the present time. It’s a great way to experience London’s history and it’s free! We spent the better part of our day taking in London’s history at the museum.
Our weekend in London was spent with some of our closest friends and favorite UK residents, Charlie & Gareth. We spent the morning making our way over to One New Change, a shopping center complete with rooftop patio and breathtaking views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city itself. It was there that my baby bump made its social media debut.
From there, we went to Borough Market. It’s an outdoor food market with tons of vendors and a variety of different foods. We managed to destroy some cheese and olives breadsticks, pretzels, pad thai, bratwurst and Turkish delight in the short time we were there. Honestly, we might have had more. It’s all a food coma haze to me at this point. They were out of the one thing we showed up for, however. There’s a vendor there called the Pieminister that’s supposed to have the most amazing pie and mash, but alas, they were out of all the ones we wanted by the time we got there. Oh well. Gives us an excuse to go back, doesn’t it?
From there, we made a special trip to a bookstore in London called Waterstones. Their store on Picadilly is the largest bookstore in all of Europe and one of my favorite places to visit when we come to London. This time, our visit was particularly special, as I was buying my baby girl her very first Paddington Bear book. I got incredibly emotional walking through the children’s books thinking about how lucky we were to be having this baby and how I couldn’t wait to start reading her some of my favorite stories from my childhood. Picture it if you will; me, 5 months pregnant, walking around the children’s book section, clutching a stuffed Paddington bear and crying hysterically. Lee just looked at me and laughed. Not in like, a “haha your tears are funny”, but more of a “that’s my pregnant wife, isn’t she adorable” sort of way. I would use the excuse that pregnancy makes one emotional, but frankly, I’m just an emotional person and Paddington is one of my favorite books. I probably would have cried about buying it for my child even if I wasn’t pregnant.
After a long day out and about in the city, it was time to head back to the hotel. The plan was to take a quick nap and head out for dinner with our friends. In actuality, it ended up being a 3 and half hour nap, followed by snacks purchased from the local grocery store, playing card games and watching music videos in our friend’s room. It was a wild Saturday night.
Our last day in London was more like a half day, as we would be leaving for Amsterdam on the Eurostar later that evening. We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel with our friends, and did a bit of shopping before we left for the train station. We stopped at a cute stationary store and I happened to find a pregnancy journal. It seemed like the perfect thing to work on during our 4 and a half hour train ride, so I snatched it up.
We also made a quick stop over at the British Museum, another one of the free museums that London has to offer. We didn’t stay long, as we had a train to catch, but it provided a great spot to look around while we waited for an afternoon rain shower to pass. The Great Court is, in my humble opinion, one of the coolest places in London.
Once the rain passed, we walked back to the hotel, picked up our luggage and said goodbye to our friends. Then it was off to St. Pancras to embark on the next leg of our European Vacation: Amsterdam!