We stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, a hotel we’ve stayed at before and love for its location between the parks and relaxed nature. Disney hotels are usually self-catering, but we always book well in advance and get some sort of meal plan with it, which effectively means you’re getting your meals at a cheaper price – and it’s always good to be a little frugal where possible.
My expectation for the holiday changed as soon as I took that pregnancy test. Suddenly I was worried about the flight, the food, the heat . . . My focus turned to what was the best for me and the baby I was carrying. Quite simply, mum forums became my best friend. I was constantly searching the internet for answers to my obscure questions and then feeling comforted by my findings.
That being said, I had a lovely holiday. I might not have been able to go on all the rides, drink alcohol or stay in the heat too long (the sickness of the first trimester kicked in straight away), but there was something enchanting about walking hand in hand with Tom knowing we were embarking on a whole new chapter together. Plus being pregnant meant I was allowed plenty of guilt-free ice-cream to help cool me down! Major win!
Health and safety
The biggest surprise for me while being away was the restrictions health and safety put on me and my new condition. It wasn’t something I’d ever really thought about, but in reality, I was glad those guidelines were there to keep us both safe.
I don’t think many people would choose to have a babymoon in a theme park – they’re usually meant to be peaceful and on a deserted island somewhere – but the unexpected turn of events worked for us. We managed to experience a magical place we love at a completely different pace while enjoying time together and dreaming up what the future was going to have in store for us.
Slow down – just enjoy it
My advice to anyone planning a trip would be to just enjoy it. Slow down and forget any work worries. Life will resume in all its chaos when you get home, but for that little break focus on you and your partner. After all, it’s you two who started this whole thing!