San Diego - October 22, 2009


During the third week of October 2009, we went for a long weekend getaway to Coronado Island, off the coast of San Diego, CA, to celebrate Nina's 36th birthday and pregnancy with twins.

Nina's birthday on October 24 was almost exactly half way through the pregnancy and a safe time to travel. We vacationed during the 21st week of her pregnancy, after 24 weeks she will no longer be allowed to travel and by 32 weeks she will likely be put on bed rest.

For our last vacation for a long time... we decided we really wanted to go to the beach. At first, we planned to go to Hawaii, but the doctor said the plane ride was an unsafe length of time and the trip would have been very expensive. We pondered where we could go within a two hour flight that would be warm and cheap. We had settled on Las Vegas and the Paris themed hotel (which Nina chose of course), when some friends told us about Coronado Island.

We looked up Coronado Island on the internet and immediately decided to vacation there. We chose to stay at the historic, Victorian, seaside hotel, the Hotel Del Coronado, without even bothering to look anywhere else.

The hotel was amazing, but we quickly learned not to have meals there, after spending $37 on two sandwiches and sodas and waiting 20 minute for our food, at the poolside restaurant.

While the weather was incredibly warm for late October, nearly 90 degrees, the Pacific Ocean was freezing, therefore Nina spent most of her time sitting in a rented lawn chair on the beach or at the hotel pool.

Chris had no problem braving the frigid water and played in the waves like a little kid! He even found two intact sand dollars, after several failed attempts to bring them to the surface of the water with his toes.

Nina showing some serious baby bump! The seaside/poolside restaurant may have been charming but was not worth the price tag.

The Hotel del Coronado, nick named “the Del,” was built in 1888 and is now a historic landmark. The hotel has been visited by 11 presidents, several members of royal families and tons of celebrities.

Some of the celebrities who have stayed at the Del include Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Judy Garland and Humphrey Bogart. Hollywood has been filming movies at the Del since 1901, including Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe, The Stunt Man with Peter O'Toole, K-9 with Jim Belushi and My Blue Heaven with Steve Martin.

Gigantic, private, cottages line the beach alongside the original main building of the Del and large, modern, towers of rooms line the opposite side of the main building. We chose to stay in the original, main building for its history and charm (and because it was the cheapest option!).

Nina proudly displays her growing 21 week old belly in a bikini by the hotel pool. Throughout the pregnancy, she has been frustrated by the many comments she has received about how “small” she is as soon as people hear she is pregnant with twins. Everyone focuses on the word “twins” and ignores the fact that she is only half way through the pregnancy. It is giving her a complex!

Some seagulls completely took over this adult only pool and had no qualms joining people in the larger, main pool while they were swimming. We even watched a seagull steal a little girl's sandwich!

For our first dinner on Coronado Island, we chose to eat on the charming, outdoor patio, at Miguel's Cocina.

The waitress asked us about our vacation and when we told her we were on our babymoon and pregnant with twins, she brought us a free slice of mud pie!

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