London's Calling, With A Big Announcement!

Trip Start Oct 21, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2010

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

11.17.09-11.19.09             London's Calling – With A Big Announcement!

Did the muezzin move into my hotel room for today’s (11.17.09) call to prayer?!  It sounded like it!  So, I was up by 4am for our departure from Jordan – the group returning to the US, and me flying to Cairo to meet Murray (and then both of us traveling onward to London).  After an early breakfast, and the bus ride to the Amman airport, I had to say goodbye to the group and to my parents.  I was very, very sad after that. 

My flight to Cairo went fine, and I thought I would be spending the entire day in the Cairo airport, waiting until later in the afternoon for Murray to meet me there for our evening flight to London.  Instead, another guide from the tour company surprised me in Cairo and told me that Murray was waiting for me just beyond customs!  Mohammed then dropped us off at a hotel near the airport, and Murray and I enjoyed an afternoon sitting by the pool, catching up on each others’ excursions and sipping fresh (pulpy!) mango juice under the Egyptian sun!  It was a very relaxing reunion.

We arrived in London around 9pm – we are here for a few days to stay with friends (and to do little else, as the tour has WIPED us out!).  Murray’s wonderful friend, Sue Ellen – an Australian who Murray has been good mates with for years – picked us up at Heathrow, and we went back to her place in Wimbledon (her equally wonderful husband, James, is English).  After a few hours of catching up over drinks, we were in bed at Sue Ellen and James’ house by 11:30pm.

On Wednesday (11.18.09), I did laundry at the Wright house while Murray ran a few errands in Wimbledon Village.  Those are the day’s highlights!  Hah.  That evening, we finally met the gorgeous girls of Sue Ellen and James – Sophie (nearly 3) and Bronte (11 mos.).  They are delicious girls – so sweet, and smiley, and fun to be around.  After the girls were in bed, Sue Ellen cooked us a lovely dinner (steak pie and wonderful, fresh veggies – hooray for a home-cooked meal!), and Murray and I hit the sack for an early night.  The hospitality of the Wrights has been tremendous, and we are so thankful to be in a home (and not in a hotel) for a few days.

And now… drum roll, please.  Thursday (11.19.09) was our "big day" in London!  Maybe you have noticed… that I have been tired all the time, and have taken lots of naps during all our traveling?!  Or maybe you’ve wondered why Murray seems to be doing all the beer drinking, and not me?  Or, possibly, you have seen me getting bigger and bigger in the pictures as the weeks have passed (chipmunk cheeks, perhaps?  if you haven’t noticed this, you are too, too kind).  Yes, it’s true ­– I’m pregnant!  I am 14 weeks now (11.25.09) – my belly is already HUGE (although, as my sister-in-law helpfully pointed out, this is likely just as much from all the good international food as it is from the baby!), and we are so excited for our first baby!

Is it a little crazy to be doing all this traveling while pregnant?  Well, maybe – but my OB thought it would be just fine, and that all the touring exercise would be good for me and the baby!  Also, when we planned our itinerary this summer, we specifically created a trip that would be relatively pregnancy-friendly – just in case (believe it or not, this pregnancy was planned/hoped for!).  We stuck to “safer” countries, and to major metropolitan areas where I’d have easy access to health care, if needed.  (My dream around-the-world itinerary would have included taking Murray to South America – I spent a year there in 1997-98 – and then going on to sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Cambodia, Laos, etc. – but I can’t complain about the itinerary we DID plan!  It contains a relatively equal split of places Murray and I, in turn, have and haven’t been to before.)

So – back to London.  We planned this stopover just to see our good friends here and in Bath – both Murray and I have been to England several times – but then we also thought it would be a good place to have our first prenatal appointment.  Several weeks ago, Sue Ellen was kind enough to set up an appointment for me at Hammersmith Hospital (in conjunction with Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospitals), so today was the day of our big appointment!  I was anxious to know that all was well with Baby Boo – especially given the stomach issues I contracted in Egypt/Jordan.  We also needed to check on my cervix; in 2000, due to some medical problems, I had to have part of my cervix removed, so there was a chance that I would need a cerclage (which, in London, requires an overnight stay in the hospital!).

In the end, everything went well!  We saw two fantastic doctors for two different kinds of ultrasounds, and both the baby and my cervix looked perfect and healthy (what every woman wants to hear!).  The baby is doing great – its heart, spine, brain/skull, kidneys, stomach/abdominal wall, etc. – all look wonderful, and we could see two arms and two legs – always a positive sign!  During one of the ultrasounds, we even saw the baby lying back in my uterus like it was a living room recliner – his/her feet up in the air – and kicking those legs like s/he was taking a spinning class!  It was, by far, the coolest medical appointment of my life.

So, now that you know our big news, I’ll mention a few “highlights” that I’ve omitted from previous journals – throwing up in every single country we’ve been to so far (never in the morning – but late afternoons and late evenings were my bad times); my extreme shortness of breath, and my heart pounding in every extremity, as I climbed Mt. Sinai; and Mom and I getting to hear the baby’s heartbeat through the doctor’s stethoscope when I was treated for my gastroenteritis in Jordan last week!  And – attached to this journal are many of the “pregnant” pictures I left out of previous journals (which are mostly for the benefit of my family and close girlfriends - hah)!

Baby Boo Nash will be cooked to perfection on or about May 26, 2010.  Thanks for sharing this big news with us!
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veschmidt45 on

This is, is, is my favorite entry! Makes me weep with joy! I love you, all three of you!

kellyann on

well, i have read several of your postings along the way, but i figured you'd be checking the comments from this one especially! soooooooooooo, congratulations! and we miss you! sounds like the two of you are having the time of your lives...and that lil belly is precious. keep us updated on it's growth! love love love, kelly

Jill on

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! How exciting for you guys and what an experience to be pregnant and traveling the world! I'm reading all of your entries and enjoying the pics of your travels. Hope you start feeling better in the evenings now that you're in the second trimester (I'll keep my fingers crossed!). Love, Jill

Sally on

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! So excited to hear the news!

rallbritten on

I'm in the process of reading all your entries! But I skipped ahead for this one. However, I *was* noticing all the things you mentioned and suspected a little bit. Congratulations! Your child will think these pics of you and s/he are very cool!

Diane Newburgh on

Congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures. This will be a wonderful record of all that is happening. You will treasure it.

Bryan S on

Congratulations! I'm glad to hear the travels are going well and the exciting news of your pregnancy. The kid has been all over the world and doesn't even know it!

Stacy on

You are looking terrific -- soooo happy and pregnant. Hopefully as you move forward your tummy issues will resolve.

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