Before we got pregnant, Jon and I had been planning a second anniversary trip this summer. I wanted to hike Mt. Fuji, and Jon wanted to hike around Yakushima-island of 6,000 year old trees. (We both would have gone to either one though, they both sound awesome.) At the beginning of my pregnancy, I thought we could still do it. I'm an active person and I've tried to stay that way throughout the pregnancy. About a month ago, I conceded defeat and we planned a much more relaxing and reasonable anniversary trip to Osaka.
Here are some vacation photos. We took the Hankyu ferry there and back, so here's a photo of me and baby as the sun sets.
This is a shirt Jon made for me, that will become even more appropriate as Halloween approaches. It's very accurate, as T-Rex loves digging both feet into my ribs exactly as the shirt demonstrates.
Here we are at a beautiful waterfall just outside of Osaka. It was a pretty long walk, for a pregnant lady, but I got to soak my feet in the cold mountain water before we started back down, so I thought I was doing fine. When I got home and took my clothes off, I noticed that I had gotten a terrible rash all over my ankles, calves, and stomach from the heat and exercise. Also, my ankles no longer looked like ankles, but sausages instead. I rested that night with my feet up and cranked the air conditioner and the next morning I was back to normal. This cycle repeated itself for the rest of the trip. Wake up feeling fine, rash free, and with defined ankles, and go to bed exhausted, rashy and ankle-free.
I wasn't about to stay inside the hostel and miss out on any of our fun plans, like the zoo or Osaka castle though! So, we just walked slowly and went inside air conditioned gift shops more often than we normally would.
Finally, here we are on our way home from our trip, back on the ferry. We bought each other Japanese style outfits as presents, and I think we look pretty sharp.