Boy oh boy has this pregnancy been a roller coaster ride!
For this update, I plan on giving you the details for our babymoon! Matt and I took our little mini babymoon to San Francisco last weekend so the Week 18 photo didn't exactly get done. I will warn you that I was really making an effort to put my phone away during this trip so I didn't get many pictures (sorry!).
Let's rewind and start back to the day we were flying out.
So the day dawns nice and bright and clear. I'm all ready to go and excited to FINALLY be getting away for the weekend (it had been a while since we took a trip).
Well, that excitement was short lived because as soon as I started moving around, I felt cramping in my tummy area. Now, this had happened before and my OBGYN had warned me not to just shrug them off. The magic number is 4 contractions in an hour before I have to call or go to an ER....so I counted and pleaded with the universe to stop this nonsense right now!
Luckily the contractions stayed below that magic number and off we went to the airport. Even though the number of contractions stayed less than 4, I can tell you that they were pretty painful and it didn't exactly make for a pleasant start to our little vacation.
Regardless, we made it to our hotel in San Francisco in one piece and I was super excited to get going on our R & R. Since we couldn't check in yet, we decided to leave our luggage with the bellman and head over to the Ferry Building.
It was definitely lunch time at this point and this pregnant mama-to-be was starting to get pretty hungry so we decided to grab lunch at a restaurant at the Ferry Building called MarketBar. It was pretty nice outside so we sat in the sunshine and I enjoyed a delicious lentil veggie soup to start. Matt and I also both ordered burgers and fries for lunch (mine lettuce wrapped of course) and let me tell you.....those were some FREAKING DELICIOUS fries! The burger was standard but oh boy did those fries taste good!
I was also pretty happy because our waitress was really accomodating about my gluten allergy and my extra questions making sure that this baby doesn't get affected by accidental gluten contamination.
After our yummy lunch, we ventured into the Ferry building...and this is where one of the best parts of the entire trip happened....I found a GLUTEN FREE DAIRY FREE bakery!!!!!! Cue fainting from excitement....
The little bakery was tucked away amongst the shops and if you are gluten-free you MUST check this place out. I thought I had died and went to heaven when I spotted the Mariposa Bakery sign, walked up, and discovered delicious goodies that I haven't been able to find since I got diagnosed with Celiac.
I was literally so overwhelmed with choices (this never happens BTW) that I needed to walk around some more to ponder my options. The Ferry Building is super neat and has all sorts of yummy food joints and small stands to explore. Our walk wasn't very long since it only takes about 10-15 minutes to make your way through the building. As we were getting ready to leave, we headed back to Mariposa bakery and I ordered everything they had.....kidding kidding....well kind of....I certainly wanted to order every single incredible item I saw!
So what did I decide on? Of course, the two things that I have yet to find anywhere else......a gluten free, dairy free, cinnamon roll the size of my face AND a gluten free, dairy free, soft pretzel. The lady who rang up our purchases made my visit to heaven complete by saying the magic words... "we ship!"....I was one very very happy pregnant lady after that...let me tell you.
So after this amazing find, we headed back to our hotel to check in.
We decided to stay at the Westin St. Francis in union square for this trip because it was pretty affordable and I had stayed there before. The check in process was seamless and the location is great if you are wanting to do a lot of touristy stuff in San Francisco.
Our room was small but recently renovated which was nice. The highlight was definitely the bed...probably one of the most comfortable beds Matt and I have ever slept on. The one downside was that they put us in a room right next to two others that they were renovating and the sound of drilling didn't exactly induce a zen-like state. Also, they had painted those rooms so the smell of paint was pretty pungent. I thought about asking to be switched to another room because uhheemm....paint fumes and pregnancy DO NOT mix...but decided against it when we returned that evening and the fumes were minimal.
So we had some time to kill before we met up with friends and I realized something pretty important....travel while pregnant can be A LOT different than travel while not prego. As soon as we got back to the hotel, I got hit like a ton of bricks with exhaustion. I will say that prior to this pregnancy, I did not exactly travel "well" but I did feel pretty frustrated that a simple walk (~30 minutes there and 30 minutes back) to the Ferry building would leave me feeling so sick. Oh..and as for the contractions....they were still there all day but never reached above that magic number of 4.
After dozing for a little bit, I decided to try the soft pretzel....and omg....I'll say no more than what I told Matt when he went to go get me a drink from downstairs "Leave us...we need a moment"...it was truly a heavenly experience for this pregnant lady!
So needless to say, the food I had thus far on Day 1 was stellar! Once I had my moment with the soft pretzel, we ventured out to meet friends for beers (well, water on my end) and to catch up. I don't really have much to say about the place we went because, well, I didn't really have anything lol!
For dinner, we met more friends at Dobb's Ferry. Now, the gluten free options were good and the waiter was really accommodating with my gluten allergy...however, I probably should have paid more attention to what was in the dish I ordered. In addition to the cramping, I also had been experiencing pretty bad heart burn all day and I somehow missed the fact that my dish contained lots of peppers....not good for heartburn.
The company was great at Dobb's Ferry and I had a good time but I couldn't really eat my meal because of the heartburn issue....kinda a bummer but ce la vie.
Day 2 started bright and early. After a good night's sleep, I was super excited to dive into the cinnamon rolls we had purchased the day before. There is something seriously so decadent about enjoying cinnamon rolls while you lounge in a huge comfy bed. Can I just say, that the cinnamon rolls were similar to the soft pretzel....a freaking religious experience and explosion of amazingness on my tastebuds!
As for the cramping, it subsided this morning and I felt pretty good! No cramping or heartburn to be found!
After getting up and getting dressed, we ventured out to find something a little more substantial than a cinnamon roll....I like to call it our second breakfast.
We found a tiny little cafe next to the hotel called La Marsa where the food was delicious and the owner was clearly french. While he did give me some crap for altering the omelet options on the menu, it was simply teasing and good natured. I ended up getting a mushroom, roasted pepper, bacon and ham omelet (no cheese) with a side of potatoes and a salad. Everything was super yummy and the portions weren't big so I didn't feel overly full.
After our breakfast we hiked up one of San Francisco's massive hills to visit the doors of the Grace Cathedral. Matt always likes seeing them because it reminds him of his favorite city in the world, Florence. I will say that the hike up the hill once again reminded me of my 18 weeks pregnant status lol.
We then spent the morning meandering around and doing some shopping which was just fine with me! I did drag Matt out to the mission to visit one of my favorite stores, The Scarlet Sage Herb Co. If you are ever in San Francisco and like metaphysical stores, this place is definitely worth a visit! I think I spent at least 15 minutes examining the flower essences alone.
For lunch we met friends at Pluto's and while it isn't the most gluten free friendly place, they do have ginormous salads and mine was pretty yummy! I created my own salad with cucumbers, spinach, bacon, chicken, egg, avocado, mushrooms, and bell peppers with balsamic vinaigrette. It was so nice catching up with friends I haven't seen in a while and we both enjoyed our lunch...definitely a win win!
Next we met up with more friends and did a pseudo pub crawl down to the restaurant where we had dinner reservations. This mama-to-be wasn't drinking so I don't have much to say about the different pubs we went to....I will say that one of them was incredibly small...like shoebox size and the person manning the bar was definitely a character. It's called The Black Horse London Pub if you ever want to test it out for yourself...but be aware that it is a cash bar!
For dinner we ate at Isa in the Marina. The back patio was pretty nice but I have to say that the service was a bit touchy. Unfortunately, our waiter was pretty rude but maybe it was because it was super busy and they seemed a little understaffed. However, I will say that he was accommodating for my gluten allergy and that helped a lot.
We had a pretty large group and Isa is a family style type of restaurant so everyone ordered different plates and then shared....except for me...I didn't want to chance any cross contamination so I just ordered my own plate and had chicken, veggies and potatoes which was really yummy. According to everyone else, the food was all really good and the only thing to complain about was the service.
Day 2 was filled with lots of laughter and really great times catching up with friends and I was so grateful to not have the cramping and really bad heartburn plaguing me throughout the day.
This was our last morning in San Francisco and we flew out around 10 so Matt and I simply enjoyed a final cinnamon roll for breakfast before packing up and heading to the BART station to get to SFO for our flight.
Everything was going smoothly until we arrived at the station and stood waiting for the first train of the day.....
All of a sudden, I got really hot, started sweating, and pretty much almost blacked out.....out of nowhere....
I did manage to get on the BART train but I pretty much thought I was going to be sick the entire ride.....gotta love pregnancy right?
At least by the time we reached SFO, the black vision and some of the nausea had subsided. I was able to eat a couple pieces of bacon and drink a bunch of water before we had to board our flight back to OC.
The flight went OK and we were able to reach our house without anymore incident but I also experienced pretty bad cramping for the rest of the day......needless to say we decided that no more flights are going to happen for the duration of this pregnancy. I do have to say that it was so nice to put my phone away and truly spend time with Matt before this baby arrives. Despite the snafu's and medical stuff, our trip was wonderful and definitely a great break!
Here is a list of places we visited and ate at if you want to give them a try!
- MarketBar (ferry building)
- Mariposa Bakery (ferry building)
- Dobb's Ferry
- La Marsa
- Scarlet Sage Herb Co.
- The Black Horse London
Have you been to San Francisco? What are some of your favorite spots?