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See you soon Paris!

In just over 2 weeks we will be leaving the country for nearly 8 weeks. 8 weeks of travelling around France, Italy, Greece and a Dubai stop-over to see some gorgeous friends. (Friends that actually set-up Hubby and I!) It also means 8 weeks of no Jack, our beloved puppy. But I won’t get into that now, that’s a whole other Puff Piece!

If you haven’t been by Puff lately, you’re new or you’ve been living under a rock I’m 13 weeks pregnant. Yep that’s right I’m up the duff and about the embark on a whirlwind overseas holiday before baby comes along in October and makes 4. (Me, hubby, dog and baby).

Our preggers news has been met with hugs, kisses, screams of delight, happy dances, you name it! And it’s been really lovely. Combine that with news of our trip though and the responses have been a little mixed.

“Fantastic idea, get the trip in before bubs comes along.”

“Have a great time, and you’ll be fine travelling while pregnant, especially since you’ll be into your 2nd trimester, when you’re meant to have all your energy back!”

“Oh, does that mean the baby wasn’t planned?”

“Oh you won’t be able to drink wine over there.”

For those that know me they’d know that the whole wine thing is neither here nor there for me. The thought of not being able to drink is kinda like meh for me. But yes I will miss the soft cheeses. I am slightly in love with soft cheeses, originally started by my Great Grandmother feeding me lots of camembert as a kid, but at the end of the day I wanted a baby more than I wanted soft cheese. If however you’d like to give me an extra special, somewhat unconventional ‘you just pushed a baby out your vagina’ present, feel free to give a seafood platter with a side of soft cheeses and prosciutto.

So where was I? Oh yes, different people’s reactions. I found the question of ‘was it planned’ to be a relatively weird one. I kind of understood why they were asking, but in all honesty I don’t think I’d ever ask someone that unless they offered that type of information.

Some people might think I’m crazy travelling while pregnant, but we’re not backpacking or going to Iraq. Where going to Europe where we’re going to stay in nice places, well as nice as my Husband would let us book without breaking the budget, and I don’t plan on doing anything outrageous, except sightseeing and shopping.

What do you think about how different people react to different things? (And it doesn’t just have to relate to my story!)

  • Ally
    April 6, 2010

    I think people go a little overboard with the things you can and cant do while pregnant. I got gasps of shock when I kept drinking my coffee each morning, but seriously people, its not crack! My friends husband is from Thailand and could not believe what we are told we can and cant eat while pregnant. He said in Thailand nothing changes for the pregnant woman, the same food, the same food preparation. Only you know what you can cope with, I say have a great holiday!

  • Anj (@1writergrrl)
    April 6, 2010

    I think your trip sounds fabulous! And you’re obviously informed well enough to enjoy yourself (a glass of wine now and again doesn’t hurt esp after first trimester)! I still find it mind boggling the things that pop out of people’s mouths – do they really want to be talking about your marital sex life? Maybe it’s a way to prep you for the shocking onslaught of hands-on-belly that are sure to descend soon ;) Have a brilliant trip!!

  • Cate
    April 6, 2010

    LOL wait until you’re pregnant with your 9th and see what reactions you get. Good for you. You’re pregnant, not dying. Life doesn’t stop. Have fun, send me a postcard.

  • Jodie at Mummy Mayhem
    April 7, 2010

    Agh! I got this when I announced I was pregnant with my first son. Not by many – only two people I think. They asked if it was planned, or was it a “mistake”?! Strange, because I’d been married the year before, Hubby and I had been together for 8 years, had just bought a 3 bedroom house and I was 30!

    Even if they mean nothing by the comment (and they probably don’t) it’s still rude!

    I actually have a post planned about inappropriate questions and comments coming up!

    Your trip sounds great! I’m ENVIOUS! What a wonderful way to while away the time leading up to bubs’ arrival! Sometimes pregnancy can feel all consuming, so it’s nice to be doing something so fun.

    Hope you’ll be stopping by here during that time!!! We’d miss you too much!

    Jodie xxx

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