When we found out we were expecting, I told my husband that a babymoon was mandatory. For those that don’t know what a babymoon is, think of it as a pre-baby honeymoon. The last trip with just the two of you. I kind of made it a non-negotiable. We aren’t known for taking all that many vacations, so he obliged. Though it took us a little while to decide on where to go, with a little help from our friends we finally decided on Sanibel Island!
We left on Friday afternoon, amidst the Boston manhunt craziness. Surprisingly we didn’t deal with significant airport hassle. Our flight was delayed a half hour, which gave us time to settle in at Champps for lunch and some pre-flight cocktails. Well, cocktails for the daddy-to-be. Water for mama.
On the flight to Ft. Myers, we were in the very last row (ew) and I was seated next to a Mommy with a 3 month old on her lap (double ew!). Hubs joked that this was good practice for me. Thankfully the little one was very well behaved and spent most of the time sleeping. I can only hope our child has the same in-flight manners someday!
We couldn’t check into our condo on Sanibel until Saturday afternoon, so Friday night was spent driving up and down the Florida coast looking for a respectable hotel. We got hooked up with a sweet ride for the week, a Nissan Maxima who we aptly named Maximus. He was a good lil ride (despite the lack of compass)! After about 2 hours of driving aimlessly, we finally settled at Holiday Inn Express in Bonita Springs. We hit up Panera for a late dinner and called it a night after watching the news (Boston suspect captured, thank goodness!!).
On Saturday morning, our first stop was at our favorite brew spot, Dunkin Donuts! The reason Muncie doesn’t have a DD is beyond me. But I digress. I had called our rental agency that morning to see about possibly checking in early and were told that we could come by at 11a for early arrival! Score! Here’s a video of us crossing the causeway into Sanibel – gorgeous!
After dropping off our stuff, we went to Jerry’s Supermarket a few minutes away to stock up on sustinents. We figured we would eat most of our breakfasts and lunches in the room and go out for dinners. This plan ended up working perfectly since most of the days we spent by the pool or beach, just steps away from our building. We had to make one more trip out to 7-11 to get red Solo cups for the pool (no glass allowed) and afterwards we made our first poolside appearance!
While we were by the pool, the hubs and I noticed a teenage girl that had done a piss-poor job at sunscreen application the day prior. Streaking and sunburnt like you wouldn’t believe – face, arms, you name it. We chuckled a bit, not paying one bit of attention to our own SPF application. Later on when we had gone back up to the room, the hubs looked at my right knee and asked me what had happened. I told him I thought I had just layed on it wrong. But when I looked down, I saw it,,, red as could be. And uber painful. No way! I thought! I sprayed myself good! We then checked out his bod, which was literally covered in “stripes.” We laughed hysterically, saying “We are that girl!”
Our first dinner was at Thistle Lodge at the Casa Ybel Resort. Tasty food and masterful architecture! 😉
Sunday: Ouch, my knee is killing me 🙁 Damn you sunscreen spray. The day started off cloudy, which was probably a blessing in disguise. But once the sun came out a bit later, I reluctantly SPF-ed (much better this time) and headed down to the pool. The hubs spent a few hours at the driving range so I spent my morning in my one-piece bathing suit, under an umbrella, with my knees fully covered.
Later that evening we drove down to Naples to meet up with our friend, John, who had ironically recently moved to the area from Indy. He showed us his new car shop and then took us to dinner at Baleen Naples at La Playa Resort. It was amazingly good and the scenery was breathtaking. Unfortunately, thunderstorms decided to rain on our parade (literally), so we were deprived of a sunset. But it was still beautiful and a good time!
Monday morning I took a nice leisurely walk on the beach. It was 930ish by time I got out there, so it was fairly crowded. But it was breezy and refreshing. I spent some time chatting with my Dadyo on the phone and took a handful of pictures. Sometimes the ocean air is all that you need.
Monday afternoon was another day spent by the pool, talking to Mom and doing a little swimming with the hubs. The weather was gorgeous, mid 80’s, breezy and sunny. Perfect for me! Esp after hearing how the midwest was getting rain/ sleet, ew! I went down to the beach and spent some time in the ocean, which was perfect for wading. Or waddling, which at this stage in the pregnancy game is well on it’s way 😉
The hubs was itching to hit up the island golf course, so I decided to play spectator. This is typically the time I soak up the sun and drink beers, but this time it was just me, the golf cart and my camera. The Dunes was a beautiful public course surrounded by lots of beautiful homes and plenty of tropical birds (& two bald eagles!). No gator sightings, but I was still entertained.
Dinner that night was at The Timbers, a great fish house. I had the crunchy grouper, a serving which was good for dinner and lunch the next day!
Did I mention how I lived in maxi dresses the entire week?? Seriously, best invention ever. Clearly my outfit of choice.
Tuesday started off slowly. We slept in and I finished up my book (Wild by Cheryl Strayed) on the balcony. When we both got some energy, we decided to do a little island spelunking. First we stopped by the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We decided to drive the 4 mile loop and stop and take pictures along the way. Not sure if it was the time of day or year or what, but all we saw were some jumping fish and a few cool birds. Again, no gators! It was pretty though!
We continued our drive north up to Captiva Island where we had a casual lunch outside at Cantina Captiva.
Though we didn’t stay long, our drive through Captiva was pretty incredible. The homes, or should I say estates, along the water were unbelievable. Talk about real estate! The water was crystal blue too. A gorgeous place for sure.
After a little more pool/ beachy time, we decided to stay in for the night, making Stouffer’s french bread pizzas in our condo kitchen and watching The Sopranos on the iPad. Oh, and with a little stop at DQ for dessert 🙂
Wednesday was our last full day on the island. I unfortunately slept like poop (where’s my snoogle?!), so I was up at the crack of dawn, literally. I decided to capitalize on the opportunity and headed out to the beach with my camera for sunrise. And oh the beauty that I witnessed,,,
Pretty incredible, huh? Hard to put the beauty into words.
After breakfast at Jerry’s Cafe,,,
,, there was more of this!
Our last dinner was at Doc Fords, where I had my first virgin pina colada of the trip! Mmmmm 😛 Nick channeled home by ordering a happy gator mojito! We certainly missed our furbaby!
Probably our tastiest dinner of the trip!
The next morning we got up early to check out, clean up, and make the half hour trip back to Ft. Myers for our 1040a flight to Indy. Though you’re never truly ready to leave, we were okay just knowing that we made plenty of memories.
Overall, we had a wonderful time. There were lots of changes that happened during our 6-day escape. I came to Florida in my second trimester, and left in my third (!!!). We came pale as can be, and left with some nice color (despite a few stripes and a red knee). And we left as a party of two, and soon enough, we will be three 🙂