You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog and social media front lately which is very unlike me. Usually, as soon as I wake up in the morning I’m thinking about what dreamy photo I can share on Instagram or where my next blog post will take my readers to. I’m constantly editing photos, replying to comments, reading other blogs and getting plenty of inspiration from other people’s travels. But lately there has been something else that has been keeping me occupied which is the reason for my quietness and lack of sharing.
Constant tiredness, nausea, backache, searching through hundreds of different types of cots and prams, and simply planning for the future now seem to take up my every waking second. Yep, that’s right, we’ve got a little mini adventurer on the way who will be joining us in March 2017!
Neither of us could be any happier with this news (apart from quite possibly my mum) and we can’t wait to bring our little one into the world.
We’re expecting a little girl (we’re both too impatient and I’m too much of a planner to wait until the birth to find out) so I’m currently daydreaming up a perfectly pink travel/Disney themed nursery – although I’m trying not to stereotype too much but she did get rather active when I played her some Disney songs last week!
Even though I’m already just over half way through the pregnancy it still doesn’t seem real to me and I don’t think it will until she’s actually here.
Before you start thinking oh god this is going to turn into a mummy blog all about the first time baby sat up and the first time Mr Ayla changed baby’s smelly nappy (which I’m sure would actually be a pretty hilarious post), I can assure you that the blog will not be going in this direction. Mrs Ayla’s Adventures has always been, and will always be, a way for me to share our travel tales with you and this will not be changing. We will just have an extra little one along for the adventure! To keep the theme going perhaps she’ll be known on the blog as Little Miss Ayla!
If you’re one of those people who assume that just because we’re having a baby it means we have to stop travelling then you don’t know me very well. I can’t wait to start exploring as a family and to show this incredible world to our little girl. We will still be travelling as much as we possibly can like so many other travellers and bloggers with children that I know. Obviously we won’t be going on any long extended trips or hiking the Inca Trail or volunteering with lions any time soon, but there are still so many places that are accessible to travellers with babies and I will be taking lots of inspiration from other bloggers who travel just as much, if not more, with their little ones.In fact we already have our first mini break planned at the end of May. It’s only an hour or two away from home for a friend’s wedding but we’ll be able to see how we manage to cope on a short (and hopefully easy) break before taking her further afield.
We’ve also still been travelling as much as we can before our little girl comes along and so far we have had four babymoons – some abroad, some more local – with another babymoon planned over the New Year. We spent a weekend in Winchester and another weekend in Copenhagen at the beginning of the pregnancy where I will admit that I wasn’t quite as energetic and enthusiastic as I usually am on our travels due to all those early pregnancy woes. But these easy short breaks were the perfect getaways and Mr Ayla has been the most wonderful husband taking care of me and not even letting me carry a light day bag (although an extra back massage or two wouldn’t go amiss!). Our next trip was to the Turkish Coast where, despite the heat and foreign food, some much needed relaxation and pampering came at just the right time.
Last week we spent a few days enjoying the autumn weather in the cute little village of Rye and along the East Sussex coast which was so lovely after finally getting some of my energy (and appetite) back.
We’ve had 13 years of amazing adventures together but I’m sure this is going to be our biggest adventure yet and we absolutely cannot wait!
Do you have a little one that you’ve explored the world with? If you have any suggestions for ideal places to visit with our mini adventurer let me know in the comments below or at: