Costa Rica

Brandon and I are back home again after our big Costa Rican adventure together. He did a great job with the blog posts so I won’t go into all of those. But at the same time I thought I should write something. And BTW, I wrote this entry a good 3 weeks ago but it took me this long to figure out how to post pictures once again. Seems as though the technology has changed much since I last blogged so I had some catching up to do. Though it could also be due to the fact that I am married to a computer geek who is constantly changing to the newest coolest technologies and I can’t keep up. Either way, I’ve got it figured out for now.
Costa Rica has been on the top of my must see places for at least 5 years now. Its got animals, beaches and all types of adventures. How can you go wrong? Plus, its the closest of my must see places so its the easiest to check off the list. I have tried to talk the hubby into taking me over the years but it never seemed like it would be much fun with small children. Plus, the kiddos were too young to leave for that long. So we have been focusing on Mexico over the past few years. Mexico will always be a love of ours but we were ready for more. We never want to be those people who always go to the same place year after year. There are so many amazing places to see and we are anxious to get started. Sure the upcoming bambino will once again put a slight delay on this plan. But, this trip gave us a much needed taste of what is out there.
Anyway, so last fall Brandon owed me. Told me I had an open checkbook to whatever my heart desired. So without hesitating I got a babysitter (grandma) lined up and booked our long awaited trip to Costa Rica. I didn’t know exactly what area to visit but knew I wanted beaches as well as rainforest access. So after much research we decided on the small town of Quepos which lies along the southern pacific border of the country. It also borders the Manuel Antonio National Park which is supposed to be loaded with all types of critters. Next we focused on what types of adventures we could experience in the area. We were excited about the zip line canopy tours, the river or ocean kayaking and of course just hiking around the rainforest. Now came the waiting.
So, a couple months passed. We felt bad that the kids weren’t going with us. Daddy made a last minute decision to take the kids to Disney Land. He said, they had been great kids and they deserved it. Sparing you all the details, a few weeks later we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we would be adding one more addition to the Fuller family. So yes, Disney really is a magical place.
Needless to say we now had to cut back on the planned activities. I was only 14 weeks along during the trip and still nauseous off and on so I wasn’t going to be able to handle as much as I’d hoped. We still had a blast. Absolutely fell in love with Costa Rica and will definitively be going back again so our missed adventures will wait until then. I had planned on just telling people I was fat and trying to still sneak in on things. But, I was eventually guilted in to playing it safe. I was still tired all the time anyway from the first trimester blues so it probably would have been too much for me. The heat and humidity got to me more then I would have thought. I can’t handle much food at a time so I have to eat small meals every coupIe of hours. The food we could pack in the heat wasn’t sustaining me too well. I then overheated a few times and the combination of the two made me sick. But, for what I could handle I think we got a lot done.
So, in the end we had a great time. We really needed to have a week to ourselves with no kids to worry about. Costa Rica was a great place. A little better off then Mexico. The people were all very friendly. And the area was still small enough that you weren’t crowded with tourists all the time. They had great hidden beaches, amazing wildlife and it was simply beautiful. I have to thank my hubby for taking the time to just be with me. Sorry that I wasn’t in my tip top shape but I hope you still had a good time. Where too now?
Of course, we also need to thank the grandparents for taking a little over a week off to watch over the kiddos. I think they left with a better understanding of how their grandkids live. And just maybe had some fun along the way. I know the kids enjoyed showing off everything they can do for Nana and Papa. Although, Reagan is still complaining about how bad Papa’s coffee stinks. I think it scarred her for life 🙂
Here are a few of my favorite pictures. I will avoid any pictures of me since I looked like a bloated cow. The wildlife was much more interesting anyway.
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18 Weeks

Well, I’ve made it to 18 weeks now. The nausea finally went away during week 16 so I am feeling much better now. I am still overly tired most of the time and have constant stabbing pains in my boobs but my doctor said I should expect those both to go away within the next two weeks. So I should feel more human soon. Since my last post I have had two visits with the OB. First one, at 15 weeks. The heartbeat was in the 140’s which is much lower then my first two pregnancies. So if you believe the old wives tale that means a little boy is likely. But, at the 17 week checkup the heart rate was in the 150-160’s so there goes that theory. We have the big Ultrasound scheduled for April 8th so we will know the sex for sure then. My body is also starting to feel the tolls of a pregnancy. I think this week I will get in with the chiropractor and masseuse to work out some kinks. I can tell there is absolutely no stomach muscle left as I try to get up from a sitting position. So I can tell the blimp phase will be here shortly. Yippee!
Here is a picture of the bump at week 16. I think I have about two pictures of me pregnant during my last two pregnancies. So I am trying to get a few more this time around. This is the last time after all so I feel more of a need to document this time around.