Après la pluie ☔️ 🇬🇧… Saadiyat 🌴☀️🌴

I know it’s been a while… but life’s determined destiny overpowered my wider family in the past few months with a few sudden events and we’ve been adjusting to a new reality all while moving to a new corner of the world (that part was pre-planned – oh well as much as we pre-plan anything in our spontaneous household i.e a couple of months earlier for a move!)… Abu Dhabi whose growth, vision and ease-of-living became irresistible (and no not because I got obsessed with “Sex & the City 2”)! Part resort-living, part Oriental fantasy, tonight I celebrate finally feeling like Saadiyat island is my new home… and for that I’m blending into the theme!   
   

23 Weeks: Direction Babymoon!

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Since NYC has become an icebox in the past few days and because the 3rd trimester is looming on the horizon and promising to be quite a rollercoaster with discomfort making its big comeback and a long list of preparations in anticipation for the big baby # 2 day, it was time for one last sunny Hooray! Hello Babymoon!

My Babymoon Planning Checklist:

• Consult with OB prior to booking to make sure it is safe to travel and because some destinations require prior vaccination

• Timing: 2nd trimester (week 18 to 24) is the safest time for pregnant women to travel

• Destination:

– Would like South Africa but need relaxation more than adventure at the moment so –> any amazing beach

– Short travel time is ideal but will not compromise on the beach

– Somewhere with good medical facilities

Result: Hawaii (I know I’m pushing it a bit with the 11hour flight time!)

On the plane:

• Wear compression socks, comfortable clothes and layers to account for the various temperatures during transit

• Keep feet elevated if possible and don’t cross legs to help prevent leg swelling

• Get up and walk around every hour or so to aid blood circulation

• Keep hydrated

My Beach Packing List (I’ll only share the essentials here…I’m not a light packer!):

• Don’t forget the prenatal vitamins

• Plenty of sunscreen to avoid dark pregnancy patches in the sun

• Hand gel sanitizer and sanitizing wipes

• Fill iPhone with the latest hit tunes and delete all pictures to make space for new ones

• Lots of bikinis

• Jelly sandals

• Light flowy clothes

• Sunnies

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Inside my travel bag