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The Well Traveled Baby in My Belly

In Expat Musings by Stacy

Well, little man, you’ve officially made it to 39 weeks in my belly. I’ve given up trying to decide whether your arrival is imminent. It’s obvious you already have a mind of your own. And you’ve enjoyed quite a ride this past nine months. You’ve been to nine countries since your conception and multiple amazing locations within those nine countries. So as I impatiently await your arrival, let’s recount all the places you’ve seen from your traveling womb.

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Read the onesie.

Let’s start at the beginning. Congratulations. You were made in England with American parts sometime in early December. You visited Warwick Castle, Duxford Air Museum, and Cambridge in that first month.

This was one of our first attempts at a birth announcement photo shoot…

Your uncles came to visit after Christmas and we flew to the Czech Republic. We explored Prague and went way north to a ski resort. We even crossed into Poland just to say we’d been there.

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Pec pod Sněžkou, Czech Republic. It was COLD.

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On top of a mountain. The base of the mountain was in the Czech Republic. I think we were standing in Poland here.

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Prague. You were the size of a pea at this point.

Then in early February, your siblings and I headed back to the United States for a few weeks to visit relatives. From Andy Griffith’s hometown in North Carolina we made our way to the Florida panhandle.

We visited Norway in March, traveling half way across the country from Oslo to Bergen.

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You were about the size of an apple in Voss, Norway. The expensive water of the same name is NOT made here. FYI.

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We took the train fro Oslo to Bergen. Your brothers thought you made an excellent pillow.

Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro followed in April. We hiked through two national parks in Croatia. At Plitvice Lakes National Park, your oldest brother fell in and soaked his clothes and shoes. I carried him on my back for over a mile until his shoes dried. Your mom is awesome like that. 

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Waterfall at Krka National Park. You were the size of a spaghetti squash.

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After your brother fell in the lake…

By May we’d decided our travel should be confined to the UK in case you decided to come early. We’ve managed to visit Wales, Cornwall, Dorset, and Yorkshire without you popping out yet.

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York Minster

Canterbury Cathedral. (Your sister snapped this photo for us)

Rochester Castle

Kenilworth Castle

We also climbed a TON of steps this pregnancy. Mainly in the form of medieval castle steps. Lots of them. You’ve explored Rochester Castle, Hedingham Castle, Framlingham Castle, St. Michael’s Mount, Corfe Castle, Castle Rising Castle, Orford Castle, Cardiff Castle, Castle Acre Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Bolsover Castle, Bodiam Castle, Tintagel Castle, and Kenilworth Castle in the past few months. That’s at least 14 castles. Pregnancy brain is in full effect, so I may have forgotten one or two. Oh, and we climbed all 334 steps to the top of Big Ben.

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That’s what most castle steps look like in case you were wondering.

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That purple thing climbing those insane steps is your mother at Tintagel Castle. I’m told you were about the size of a large cabbage at that point.

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St. Michael’s Mount. We walked all the way out to that island castle and climbed to the top.

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Durdle Door

And I wonder why you’re so active all the time in my belly. Guess maybe you come by it honestly. We’ve regularly surpassed 10,000 steps a day since getting our first Fitbit a few months back.

Only your sister comes close to such extensive in-utero travel. Her traveling womb visited Kuwait, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, and Oman. A little more exotic than your destinations. I still remember the excitement at feeling her first kick while resting aboard our Nile Cruise. My womb was much less adventurous, though, with your brothers. My first baby boy never left the United States while in my tummy. But he may have made it to four or five states. My next baby boy managed to make me miserable during the first trimester when we visited Hawaii (it’s far enough away to almost count as another country) and we barely made it to England before he decided to make his arrival. 

Does this mean any of you were born with the wanderlust gene? I know you didn’t actually SEE anything. But you did hear it and taste it and experience it through me. Did my sense of excitement and adventure somehow wear off on you as you traveled with us? I guess only time will tell. If nothing else, we made pregnancy travel look good! 😉