18 Jun 2012
Looking ahead from pregnant travel
We had our penultimate appointment with the midwife today. Well, officially it’s our penultimate one, but who knows whether we’ll end up cancelling the next one or still be twiddling our thumbs after the due date has come and gone.
And the baby’s head is engaged, which suddenly made everything feel much more real and imminent. Of course, it’s no particular indicator that we’ll be dashing to hospital any time soon (and checking my notes afterwards revealed that nothing’s actually changed over the past two and a half weeks, except no-one mentioned it at the last appointment) but the end is nearly nigh.
For months, I’ve been so focused on travel during pregnancy – from morning sickness to combining a bump and a suitcase – that I’ve hardly started to think ahead to the reality of voyaging with the mini traveller. And I’ve no doubt I’ve got plenty to learn there too.
Even just one planned trip (Lanzarote is now pencilled in for November, when the baby should be three to four months old depending when he or she makes an appearance) is giving me plenty to research, from airline’s infant policies to insurance cover, hiring car seats and comparing travel cots. All of which I’ll be sharing!
So far I seem to be managing to prove all the travel naysayers wrong, as I’d hoped. And instead of worrying too much about how I’ll manage post-pregnancy, I can’t wait to get out there again – to say I’ve already got itchy feet would be an understatement.
The next thing I’ll be packing will be my hospital bag, so if the posts suddenly dry up for a little while, bear with me. I’ll be back as soon as I can string a coherent sentence together…