My Greatest Adventure: Motherhood

After a year-long hiatus and a beautiful baby girl, I’m back!

Becoming a mother has truly been the greatest adventure of my life. So much has changed, but my desire to travel and see the world has only grown with my desire to share that experience with my daughter. Traveling will be a little slower paced than before, but we are ready to embark on new adventures as a family of 3.

There’s lots of updates coming to the blog soon. I have tons of trips I never got around to blogging and so many new adventures planned for the near future. However, I want to start with a quick photo diary of the road to motherhood.

Pregnancy Announcement:

After 10 years together, almost 5 years married and countless adventures around the world, we decided it was time to try for a baby. To his surprise, I got pregnant rather quickly.

Shit just got real - Super funny pregnancy announcement using my husband and the positive pregnancy test - my hubby passed out at the news

Funny Pregnancy Announcement

Gender Reveal:

Then it was time to find out the gender. We were both hoping for a baby girl. Our guests got to place their votes upon arrival…. NUTS or NO NUTS?

Funny Gender Reveal game - at the entrance everyone got to vote if the baby would have Nuts (using blue Peanut M&M's) or No Nuts (pink plain M&M's)

Funny gender reveal voting game – Nuts or No Nuts

Pink fireworks shot in the air over the lake…. we were having a baby girl!

Fireworks over the lake to reveal the gender to our friends and family - blue or pink

Fireworks over the lake to reveal the gender to our friends and family

Then it was time for all the planning…. a couple of trips before I wasn’t allowed to fly anymore, designing the nursery (travel themed of course), and planning the baby shower.

Babymoon in Hawaii:

We spent a week and a half visiting 3 islands in Hawaii: Oahu, Maui & Kauai. Being pregnant obviously held me back a little, but there was no way I was missing out on all of the hikes.

First we visited Oahu and stayed at the Trump on Waikiki Beach (blogging about this soon, I promise!)

The most relaxing and beautiful Babymoon in Hawaii

Babymoon in Hawaii

Hiking in Honolulu - Babymoon in Hawaii

Hiking in Honolulu – Babymoon in Hawaii

Silhouette shot at Waikiki Beach during my romantic Babymoon in Hawaii

Babymoon in Hawaii

Next was Maui, which is just magical. We stayed at the Andaz and spent a day doing the Road to Hana. (More on this soon too.)

Road to Hana cave on black sand beach

Road to Hana

Enjoying a beautiful sunset in Maui during my Babymoon in Hawaii

Babymoon in Hawaii

Last stop was Kauai, which is breathtaking!!!! We stayed at the St Regis in Princeville and the view from our room was just incredible. During our time in Kauai we did Waimea Canyon and a photography tour (already blogged about this… click here for more).

Babymoon in Hawaii - view from our room in Kauai at the Princeville St Regis

Babymoon in Hawaii – view from our room in Kauai

Hiked down to a Waterfall in Kauai, Hawaii while on my babymoon

Hiking in Kauai

The most beautiful beach in Kauai - part of the Princeville St Regis Hotel - Babymoon in Hawaii

Princeville Beach – Babymoon in Hawaii


Next up was designing the nursery and it was obviously travel themed.

Pink and White Rustic Chic Nursery Decor - including an antique rug, Restoration Hardware Baby crib and dress, and a wood wall

Rustic Chic Nursery Decor

Custom Bunny and Hot Air Balloon Mobile in a  Pink & White Rustic Chic Baby Nursery- complete with a custom white and pink distressed wood wall

Custom Mobile in our Pink & White Rustic Chic Baby Nursery

Reading nook and  nursing rocker in our rustic chic pink and white girl nursery

Favorite corner of the nursery

You Are Our Greatest Adventure Custom Map & Restoration Hardware Baby dresser - Pink & White Rustic Chic Baby Nursery

You Are Our Greatest Adventure Custom Map – Pink & White Rustic Chic Baby Nursery

Baby Shower:

For my baby shower, the theme was “You Are My Greatest Adventure” and we planned a brunch at my parents home with vintage travel decor. It was truly perfect.

Some of the vintage travel details for my You Are Our Greatest Adventure baby shower for my little girl - decorated with antique luggages, globe, typewriter and flowers

Vintage Travel Decor

Vintage travel dream cake for my baby shower all in off white, beige and blush pink - We did 4 layers including an antique luggage, lace, flowers, a map and even a flower box with some pearls

Baby Shower Cake

My best friends at my vintage travel baby shower for my little girl

Best Friends

Outdoor seating setup for a Vintage Travel girl baby shower outside in the backyard at home

Baby Shower Setup

The Birth:

Last, but certainly not least, was the birth of our beautiful little girl.

Last pregnant photo - a Polaroid of my bump right before heading to the hospital held inside our pink and white rustic chic nursery

Last Pregnant Photo

Baby's first photo - newborn photo in the hospital - seconds old

First Photo

Our first photo as a family of 3 with our baby girl in the OR after my c-section surgery

First Family Photo

Let’s end with my favorite picture from her newborn photo shoot at 6 days old… when she took a huge SHIT on me. Welcome to motherhood!

Real Shitty Newborn Photo Shoot - baby pooped all over mom in her newborn session with a photographer - funny newborn photos

Newborn Photo Shoot Bloopers

If there’s anything you want to see more of please leave me a comment and let me know. I have tons of pictures and details that I can share, otherwise back to travel posts we go…..

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  • Reply Lina Carrera Bryan June 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Love this!!! Great job Momma!!

    • Reply The Traveling Red June 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Lina! xoxo

  • Reply ปั้มไลค์ July 15, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Love!! I frequently visit your blog and I really thank you for your content. Love seeing your journey to motherhood.

    • Reply The Traveling Red July 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you!

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