I have finally taken my maternity leave 10 weeks before baby no2 is born. I decided to take it early this time around, as with Rocco I worked all the way through and was in a boardroom meeting on my due date. I never really took advantage of maternity leave last time, as my business was only 2 years old, I had staff to look after, and didn’t want to leave my clients, so I juggled work with having a newborn baby.
I must say, I think you do things differently the second time around. I have been more relaxed, having the odd glass of red wine or champagne once a week, eating eggs and sushi, exercising more to keep my energy levels up and taking not one, but two holidays this year, also known, as ‘babymoon’s. We visited Halkadiki, Greece earlier this year, which was published on my previous travel blog post in June, but with the UK having such a horrendous Summer of rain and cloud, I wanted to have one last trip to before all the chaos starts again!
Paul has an apartment in Mijas, near Marbella in the Costa Del Sol, which we try and visit about two to three times a year. With me being pregnant, working full time on Paul’s new office project and Rocco being in full time childcare, its not been as easy to take the break. Our apartment gets booked up in the Summer months, with friends, family and clients wanting to enjoy a week of sun, sea and sand. So I checked our calendar to see if we could squeeze a cheeky weekend away.
It didn’t take much to convince Paul to get on board, as its super important to us as a couple to spend quality time together and make some great memories, no matter whether we are busy, pregnant or running on tight schedules. With me being 32 weeks pregnant, I had to get a letter from my midwife just to say I was safe to fly. Within 5 days of booking our flights, we were flying off to Spain for a long weekend of sun and relaxation.
We arrived at Malaga airport early Friday morning, collected our hire car for the weekend, and headed to our apartment. The weather was predicted 28c-31c every day so I was a bit anxious how I was going to cope in the heat! After a quick change and freshen up, we headed straight one of our favourite local beach clubs, El Oceano in Mijas for our first day of sunbathing, followed by a drive to Puerto Banus for lunch at La Sala, and mocktails at Pedro’s beach bar. It just felt like being back in our second home, walking down the promenade taking in the sun.
We had booked dinner reservations at Olivia’s Restaurant in La Cala which is right next door to where we live, so with me being the designated driver for the weekend, we headed there for 8pm where we had an al fresco dining table by the beach. Olivia’s is owned by ex TOWIE star Elliot Wright, so we were intrigued to see his work. The staff we super friendly, and very attentive. The Carribean doorman even escorted me to my table, probably because I was 8 months pregnant wearing four and a half inch Louboutins! We dined on fillet steak, Parmesan mash and a medley of vegetables which was very well presented and tasted divine. The service was a bit slow, but we were not in a rush, we just sat back and chatted until midnight. The only problem with this dining location is parking facilities are terrible. Its located in a Spanish residential area, and it took half an hour to find a spot, but once your in, the experience is worth it. We even headed there for breakfast the next day!
Saturdays in Marbella can only mean one thing…Ocean Club. We booked our VIP bed online which usually accommodates 8 guests and comes with a bottle of Dom Perrigon champagne. A bit over excessive for 2 people, but we like to book our beds on the 1st line near the pool. I had packed a mixture of flip flops and wedges to stroll around in, since I have been suffering from back and pelvic pain for 6 weeks, a collection of tassel bikini’s and cool, comfy kaftans. I think my baby bump got more attention that any of my designer shoes or handbags, people were obsessed with touching it (for good luck!) and saying how neat it was, which was so sweet.
Ocean Club was as amazing as it always is, eating sushi and having one glass of champagne may have been breaking the rules but it was my holiday after all. The music was uplifting and the sun was scorching, the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. After a quick shower and change at the beach club, we headed down the Port for dinner in our favourite restaurant Ola’s and mocktails in Bambilonia’s.
We had guests arriving on the Sunday, so I checked us into a 5 star hotel 10 minutes from our apartment. We had breakfast at Bono beach which is a new beach club in Las Chapas, and checked in Los Monteros Hotel and Golf resort for an overnight stay. The hotel as very traditional old school Marbella, but houses one of the most stunning contemporary beach clubs, La Cabane. We booked a cabana for the day right on the beach and spent our last afternoon soaking up the sun.
We couldn’t go home without visiting Nikki Beach so we booked to have lunch there and catch the back end of the ‘Amazing Sundays’. The drums, saxophonists, and funky house tunes didn’t fail to impress us, and I ordered my usual Sexy Sushi Salad, and fruit platter. When the sunset fell and are belly’s were full it was time to head back to the hotel and get an early night, ready for our flight home the next day.
I was missing Rocco so much and couldn’t wait to get back to my boy. The holiday was everything we needed, relaxation, wedding planning, looking at some new villas which we are looking to buy next year, and spending quality time together. Now I am back home, I am nesting and ready to have this little baby now.
Follow my 8 week countdown in my upcoming blogs post on how I will be getting prepared for our new arrival.