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Traveling Alone, Pregnant, With Two Small Children – Try New Adventures

Posted on: June 2, 2011

The girls and I arrived back home late Tuesday night. To say that it was a whirlwind of a trip is a slight understatement. Little sleep was had {mostly on my part}, add in some bed wetting and mama-sickness and it was a busy time. Even with some draw backs, it was such a great trip celebrating my littlest brother’s graduation and my best friend’s wedding. And let’s be honest, most importantly all the flights went smoothly {even had a few “your girls are so well behaved” comments} and the girls seem to be back on track for our normal lives.

After six days in Tennessee, I headed to Chicago Friday night for my best friend, Carrie’s wedding. We spent all day Saturday doing wedding preparations and pampering Carrie for her big day {which was Sunday afternoon}. It was fabulously fun and Carrie looked amazing.

My Favorite Shot of the Couple, even if fuzzy {Taken by Meredith L.}


It was such a sweet, sweet time to see Carrie and Jamil commit their lives to one another. From the time I met Jamil, 3 years ago, I knew that he was such a perfect match for Carrie. Endearing, loving and kind-hearted, just like her. It was an honor to be a part of their ceremony and stand up there while they shared their vows.

There was one minor draw back at the wedding….

I fainted.

Yes, you read that right. I fainted. I knew it was coming. I started getting overheated and lightheaded and just knew that I was going to faint. Apparently, I did it gracefully {at least that’s what I was told} and out of the way. I stepped out of line and walked into a hallway just a few steps away. Thankfully, I fell with most of my weight on my arm/side and protected my stomach from hitting the ground. I have a midwife appointment later today {previously set}, though I’ve felt baby move since then and am not worried. At the time, I wasn’t too worried, just extremely upset about having “ruined” the ceremony. Especially because it happened right before their first kiss. I have good timing. {Currently taking applications as “that” bridesmaid.}

The rest of the night went perfectly. And Carrie looked radiant the whole time.

Notice the fireplace? That's were the procession stood, thus contributing to my overheating.

We were able to drive around Chicago after the ceremony to take pictures with the photographer. I haven’t seen the pictures yet, but I know they will turn out great. It was a lot of fun being out and about in the city, all dressed up and taking pictures.

In order to save money, I spent the night at Jamil and Carrie’s new place since they were in a hotel. That’s where the real fun began. And by fun, I mean not fun. I woke up around 2 am sick as could be. At first I thought perhaps I had gotten food poisoning, but then my mom suggested it was my body’s reaction to major fatigue. How I made it from the apartment, to the L, to the airport and home is beyond me {lots of prayer}. Once at my parent’s I slept all day and felt much better come Tuesday.

The week/weekend was a grand adventure that I will cherish forever {well, except for the whole fainting and getting sick part}. I had a chance to see Carrie enter into her newest {and best} stage of her life and to celebrate with my brother, John, as he goes on to college this fall.
Visit Alicia at Alicia’s Homemaking for more Try New Adventures Thursday.

16 Responses to "Traveling Alone, Pregnant, With Two Small Children – Try New Adventures"

Is this one of the 30 before 30? πŸ˜‰

I think it falls under #31: Go Insane. πŸ˜‰

Wow you really have been on quite a few adventures lately!! You look so pretty in that picture and am glad that you are feeling better.

I had such a great time with you here, Sarah! I’m so glad you were able to come up and spend a couple of nights with me before the big day and I’m thankful you were part of my bridal party. But most importantly, I’m glad you and Baby Windham are alright! I had my back to you so I didn’t see the fall, but eye witnesses said that you were such a lady even when you fainted…you kept your knees together and everything! πŸ˜‰ Love you and miss you!

Oh my word, I am dying laughing!!!! So glad you and baby are ok, but that is hilarious. So funny, because I was in a wedding on Sunday, too…in 95+ degree weather! The pastor was concerned about me prior to the wedding and told me to hydrate well, which probably helped…I never got faint.

Gracious…doesn’t traveling alone make you really REALLY appreciate your hubby?

BTW, you look BEAUTIFUL in that photo! I want to see more belly pics. πŸ˜€

Traveling alone really DOES make me appreciate Jonathan all the more, that is for sure!

That’s funny that the pastor was trying to hydrate you before hand. I should have thought about that {and maybe should have had more to eat than veggies and fruit}. Live and learn!

Oh my! Those are adventurous adventures you had! Glad you and baby are all right. Congrats to your brother on his graduation, and to Carrie and Jamil on their new adventure!

What a fun and whirlwind adventure (minus fainting and getting sick) I’m glad your’e ok, so great you had a day stopover with mom to get some rest.

I agree, beautiful photo! Please share some of the fancy city photos when you get them.

Traveling with little children is an adventure in itself, period. πŸ™‚ Glad everyone is ok and that you got to do some sight seeing. I love the part that your mom was able to help watching the kids so you could rest. Your body needed it.

Sarah, I’m sorry to laugh at your story of fainting, but I just can’t help myself. πŸ™‚ So glad you and the baby are Ok. You are a brave soul for traveling as a “single parent” with children. I’ve done it only a few times and it was exasperating both times. But I’m so happy you had an enjoyable adventure and that you’ve made it home safely.


Oh my word! What an adventure! I’m glad everything turned out ok, even with fainting and getting sick. You and the bride look gorgeous of course! πŸ™‚

I am exhausted just reading about this. This tempers my baby fever with the reminder to appreciate this kidless season of life! Glad you & baby are okay! Your hair is so pretty in the picture. You can really work the long/red combo!

I’m so sorry to read this. I hopped over hear from Try New Adventures Thursday. Thankfully my brother, sister, and I had the same wedding coordinator. And she EMPHASIZED at every single wedding, that we eat food for breakfast and lunch and drink LOTS of water. Hope your appointment went well today.

That must have caused quite a scene when you fainted. Glad everyone’s okay!

I joined in the collective **gasp** as soon as I read the line “I fainted”. I can hang right there with you girl and I didn’t have any kind of good excuse like pregnancy for fainting when we were 13 and in Laura’s wedding, remember? I didn’t even have the sense to try to go sit down or anything! Thank God for mom’s to catch you on the way to the floor. So glad you and Dubya Tres are okee dokee!

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