London's Calling, With A Big Announcement!
Trip Start Oct 21, 2009
52Trip End Jan 12, 2010
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Sue Ellen's House!
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
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?
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
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
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!