Babymoon

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Jan 192016
 

I have to confess, I don’t really like the term “babymoon”. It’s kind of cheesy but…it’s a nice idea. One last holiday as a family of two before becoming a family of three. When we started talking about doing something, I foolishly considered Vegas. I mean, we both LOVE Vegas and this could be the last opportunity to go before the baby…I can go to Vegas and not drink. It’s not about the drinking for me; I love the atmosphere, the food, the glitz, the trashiness, the gambling…But in the end we decided not to spend the time/money going to Vegas and I’m glad we did. Something a little more low-key was what I wanted by the time the mini-break was upon us and I was glad we decided on the beach.

Even though Bella loves the beach we decided not to take her with us this time. We wanted something relaxing and about us and the one drawback to bringing Bella is that we can’t leave her alone in hotel rooms (she’ll cry) so it makes it difficult going to restaurants and such. Besides, Bella needed some puppy play time! So she spent the weekend with her Auntie Amy (the dog walker) and her boyfriend Raja. 😀

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You think she was excited to go?? 😉

We decided to go to Pacific City, near Lincoln City. Pacific City happens to be a place we’ve been before–when Michael and I biked Reach the Beach! It was kind of a blast from the past to drive part of the route we biked! And to see the monster hill we biked up (and where I threw my bike chain!). We stayed at The Inn at Cape Kiwanda. Michael got a Groupon for it, which was nice.

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Saturday morning I worked out, we packed and ate lunch and Amy picked up Bella. We were on the beach by mid-afternoon. There was a nice break in the rain so we had a chance to go for a walk on the beach. It wasn’t raining but it was stormy. The waves were huge and the tide was coming in.

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There was a lot of froth on the shoreline, too. It was cool to see. While we were walking there was a break in the clouds and the sun came out just a little bit. Sure it would have been nice to have a perfect weather weekend but even stormy weekends at the beach are fun.

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One odd thing–there were bunnies all over the place at the hotel! They were so cute. And you could buy bunny food for 50 cents and feed them (which I didn’t). I guess that’s why there’s so many bunnies hopping around the yard.

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Our room was on the top floor and had a deck and view of the ocean across the street. We had the deck door open the entire weekend so we could hear the ocean. It was nice. The hotel had a “happy hour” on Friday and Saturday nights. We went down for a little bit. Michael had some complimentary beer, I got sparkling cider and they had a cheese plate out where I ate way too much smoked Gouda (it was so good).

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Then we walked across the street to the Pelican Pub & Brewery for dinner. I was craving fish and chips and that’s exactly what I got! And I have to say it was one of the better fish and chips I’ve ever had. Perfectly crispy, great flavor, beer battered fries…it was absolutely excellent! Michael got the fish tacos. It came with a southwest quinoa salad that I had a bite of and it was really tasty.

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Part of the Groupon gave us a credit for dinner and a free beer for Michael. He got the double IPA (which looked and smelled amazing…cannot wait to have my own soon!).

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The place was packed but the food came out really quickly. Dinner was excellent. We got dessert to go. It was a key lime mojito torte. We hung out in the hotel room and ate the cheesecake in bed. PERFECT.  😀 It was so so good.

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Falling asleep to the sounds of ocean waves and rain is most excellent.

Sunday

Sunday morning we went to a local hole-in-the-wall called Village Coffee Shoppe. It was an odd, quirky little place. A mom and pop type cafe, small with limited seating and a simple and cheap menu. They definitely liked the decorations and the place looked like Valentine’s Day had exploded in there! They even had a sign on the wall counting down the days until Christmas….LOL

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Michael got a sausage omelette and I got the french toast. The french toast was decent. The coffee was really good. After breakfast we went back to the hotel. Michael wanted to watch the Seahawks game and I had intended on working out in the small hotel gym (it had a treadmill, stairmaster and bike). But I sat down in the chair near the deck, listening to the rain and ocean waves and decided to take a nap instead! I’m not the type of person that takes a nap–like ever. Unless I’m sick. But I was suddenly so sleepy. I crawled into bed, Michael kindly took my shoes off (yes I am getting to that stage where I need help with my shoes) and promptly fell asleep for over an hour!

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Once I woke up, I was itching to get out of the hotel. There was a break in the rain so I decided to go for a walk on the beach while Michael worked out with his kettlebell and finished watching the football game. It wasn’t too windy and the walk was kind of nice. The beach was really quiet.

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I ended up walking nearly 2.5 miles, went back to the hotel to shower and change and then we drove to Lincoln City.

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We spent an unlucky 30 minutes at Chinook Winds Casino, then walked around the outlet mall. I got a nursing bra for cheap and ended up buying some really adorable and SUPER CHEAP baby clothes at the Carter’s outlet. Everything was on clearance. We got a few cute outfits and some newborn mittens. By this time we were both getting hungry after skipping lunch so decided to have an early dinner.

Dinner was at Kyllo’s Seafood restaurant in Lincoln City right on the water. We shared the spinach artichoke dip (it was SO good!).

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Michael got the blackened salmon Caesar salad and I got the clam chowder with garlic bread. It was so delicious. The entire meal was perfect and just what I’d been craving.

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We made it an early evening and relaxed watching a movie in bed in the hotel room. The whole weekend was really relaxed and leisurely and exactly what I wanted. I got this photo from Amy:

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Bella caught with her boyfriend Raja! So cute. It was nice to hear she was having such a fabulous time on her own puppy vacation!

 

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Dec 212015
 

Usually my huge family gets together for our annual Christmas party and white elephant gift exchange. There’s tons of food and drink and people and it’s a blast. For whatever reason that didn’t happen this year, so some of my cousins decided to throw our own little Cousins Christmas get-together. I’m glad they did! It was a small group of us because so many of us are scattered around the country (and world) but it was so good to see some of them!

First, I went to the gym. 40 minutes of weight lifting (a mixture of body weight exercises like squats, some free weights and then weight machines) and then 30 minutes “running” on the treadmill. Jog/walk intervals about 2-4 minutes each. I did 1.4 miles on the treadmill.

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Then Michael and went out to my aunt’s house for the festivities, Mexican food themed. Yum!

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It was nice of my aunt letting us crash her house for our party. I had cousins come from Seattle, Eugene and Salem. When we arrived my grandma was also there! That was a nice surprise I wasn’t expecting. My aunt had picked her up in Seattle and was taking her to the farm south of Portland to spend Christmas with them. It was great to be able to see my grandma (who I think turned 95 this month) for a little bit. My grandma tried to pawn off her Moscow Mule drink to me and I kind of laughed and pointed to my belly and she said she’d forgotten. Ha!  They left and it was just us cousins for the rest of the day.

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Lunch was so tasty. My cousin Di made tamales. Michael made his amazing guacamole. My cousin Anna made taco salad. I made a bean thing –four different kinds of beans, Mexican spices and Rotel cooked up. Everything was delicious. I was famished and the food hit the spot and satisfied my Mexican food craving.

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My cousin’s husband works at Sound Brewery and brought some beers. I liked the label with the frog on it. :) We spent a few hours just hanging out and catching up, having fun and then called it good. The rest of them were going out to a show that evening. Michael is getting over a cold and I wasn’t feeling up to going out for a late night (as much fun as it did sound to hang out with everyone longer) so we took some pictures and said goodbye.

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LOL My aunt took that photo. Too much egg nog?? :) We were laughing so hard. It took several tries but we finally got a good photo:

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It was so much fun. I’m glad we organized something and got together instead of just skipping it this year. I wish it could have been the whole family, but maybe next year.  Michael and I went home and I immediately got in my PJs, turned on the heating pad and put my aching feet up. Exciting Saturday night for us!

Sunday

Sunday morning I did 4.5 miles on the elliptical:

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And then Michael and I went to the hospital for our tour of Labor and Delivery! I was excited for the tour because I had no idea what to expect and I hate the unknowns. It’s the control freak in me. I really wanted to see what the delivery rooms looked like and the recovery rooms.

The tour started with an introduction on where to park, how to check in, etc. We walked over to Labor and Delivery and got to see where the check in is, and then see the room where you labor. It was a really big room. I’m guessing because there are often a lot of people in that room when things get going for real.

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The guide talked about what to expect and that there was a tub in the labor room, plus there were labor rooms that had big tubs like this one:

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There were a lot of things to assist with the birth. A ton of different kinds of bouncy balls, apparently there’s a squat bar that can attach to the bed for different positions.

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There was a little incubator for the baby with a heating pad under the blanket. They don’t have a “nursery” and the baby pretty much stays with you the entire time, unless you have to go to NICU. I like that. They also had a padded couch/lounger thing for the dad to sleep on if necessary.

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The guide said that they try and give the baby to mom immediately and then everyone leaves the room for about an hour to bond and stuff. Then they come back and do all the testing things they normally do for the baby. After a few hours they move you to the recovery room, where you’ll stay for a few days. That room was a lot smaller.

I’m glad we did the tour and got an idea of what to expect. I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed and anxious at the beginning of the tour but once we got to the rooms I relaxed a bit and by the end of the tour I felt ok. Of course, things don’t always go as planned but it’s nice to see what everything looks like. One weird thing — it was SUPER quiet. I didn’t hear a peep the entire time we were at the hospital. I wasn’t expecting screaming women but not even a baby crying? It was very odd.

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After the tour we turned in our pre-registration forms and then went to lunch at McMenamin’s.  Michael got the Italian salad. I got the grilled Tuna melt sandwich on rye with cajun tots. The tots are fabulous!

Overall it was a good weekend, even if it was busy busy busy. The next thing to check off our to-do list is the birthing classes! Those start in January.

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