Not long to go now – a month really…. I find my mind is more and more on the trip and I’m laying awake at night thinking of stupid things, like how will I get around in Cape Town by myself? Last time we hired a car and hubby would shuttle me anywhere I wanted to go or to appointments. This time I’m solo and I’m a slightly nervous solo traveller and I’ve never been overseas alone. All the ladies on the forums are saying use Uber but I’m not sure I would feel 100% safe using Uber (anyone’s experiences would be appreciated!). I’m sure the hotel I’m staying at can recommend a reputable taxi company. Trouble is a lot of the things I need to do are only really 10 mins walk from the hotel… but again, I’m not sure if walking in the back streets Cape Town (even if in broad daylight) by myself as a woman would be safe. So these are the things keeping me up… stupid.
I’m also dreading the flight over and back – it’s pretty hard going. Last time we flew Singapore airlines and it was a 9 hour trip to Singapore then a 11 hour flight to J’berg, stayed on the plane while they refuelled and then a 2 hour flight to Cape Town.
This time I’m going South African Airways – a 5 hour flight to Perth (3 hours on the ground) then a 11 hour flight to Jberg (1.5 hours on the ground) then 2 hours to Cape Town. So more time between flights – I think I actually prefer this with my Factor V – even though it means longer traveling time, I can walk around between flights and get my circulation going properly again. Either way I’m going to be a zombie when I get there and when I get home.
So still no AF – my cycles are wacky at the best of times, and according to my ‘old’ cycle before the miscarriage and before pregnancy it was averaging about 32 days – I was coming up near that last week and I thought ‘hmmm maybe I should get my baseline bloods done in case I’ve not ovulated.. don’t want to be stressing about AF being late when I am due to start the pill by May 6th’ so I phoned my FS office and got the referral and thank god I did as I hadn’t yet ovulated meaning AF was not on her way. So I started Provera 5 days ago now, last pill taken this morning and hopefully AF will show around next weekend. All this in turn has moved my endometrial scratch out to May 18th… but now that I’m popping pills, it really does feel like this cycle has started.
Is it wrong of me to say I’m looking forward to some time alone? I think anyone who has just gone through the first 5 month of life with a very difficult baby would shout emphatically NO!! Trouble is, E is now in really delightful stage… no more wind, no more reflux, is mostly happy when she’s awake, smiles up a storm, thinks she is the funniest thing going now as she’s discovered how to blow raspberries and does it non stop! I’ll miss her like crazy – but I’m also going to relish my time alone… there will not be much sight seeing for me this trip… unless you count the hotel day spa. It will be dinners and lunches down stairs in the hotels restaurants and gardens, a trip to the shopping mall where I plan to have this 2 hour treatment done – Metamorphasis – http://rainafrica.com/spa/#rain-spa-treatments – it’s basically a body scrub, massage that ends with being tickled by ostrich feathers. I once said to my hubby, if I could just pay someone to tickle me with feathers (without any funny business) I’d get that over a massage any day. So my dreams have come true. I’ll take a couple of trips into the V&A for lunch or dinner, but that will be the extent of my travels.
I’m staying at the same hotel again, the lovely Vineyard. I really can’t recommend this hotel enough for anyone going over there who is looking for quieter accommodation not far from CFC. http://www.vineyard.co.za/ the staff are fantastic, the food in all locations is brilliant and the best part is they have acres of beautifully landscaped grounds to go for a walk (or jog if you’re that way inclined) or just sit under a tree and people watch…. oh and the breakfast is brilliant!
So anyway – I’m getting excited about the trip… scared it might not work and the whole trip is for nothing, but also petrified it might work too well and we might end up with twins… (renovating and extending this tiny house we are in is my next project… I always need a project to keep me busy mentally)… But in about 6 weeks we’ll all know the outcome won’t we?