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Going To Coachella (Pregnancy Journey Ch. 04)

Second Trimester – Coachella:

It’s been a while since I wrote about my pregnancy. I had not realized how much time has gone by since my second trimester. It’s pretty much been a year. Time flew by so fast. I seriously can’t believe it.

If you’re new to this series, you are going to want to start at the beginning. However, if you are more up to date, then you would remember that my last Pregnancy Journey blog was about my gender reveal. If you don’t want any spoilers about the gender of our twins, Don’t read any further than this paragraph. You can find out our babies’ gender here.

Okay, so the next major event that happened during my pregnancy is Coachella (the second weekend). I truly had such an amazing experience while I was there. I’ll break it down day by day and try to remember as much detail as I can.

 

Preparing For Coachella:

When I had initially bought my tickets for Coachella, I did know I was pregnant. I remember me, my sister, and our best friend Gloria all bought are tickets on the same day in early January. I was only around 2 months pregnant at the time and I had completely underestimated how big I would be by the time Coachella rolled around 3 months later. This was my first pregnancy so I had no clue what to expect.

Still . . . I wanted to go because I knew this might be the last chance I will get to travel or do anything exciting for a while. After we got our tickets, we waited a month or two and tried to make as much money as we could before buying our flights and getting an Airbnb.

The only thing I procrastinated on was buying an outfit. I was getting so large that I had to continuously buy maternity clothes. My belly just kept getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. So like the week before we were flying out I went to Ross and just bought whatever I could find that looked decently cute and I could fit.

The selection for me was quite small. There were not a lot of options and I couldn’t fit most of the items. Not Ross’s fault. My big belly made it impossible to fit anything. I was feeling pretty hopeless about looking good, but I think I ended up looking nice for a pregnant lady. I’ll leave pictures of the outfits when I describe each day.

 

Arriving In California:

We arrived in California in the late afternoon and went to rent a car. Little did we know how expensive it was to rent a car. I naïvely thought that it would only be a few hundred dollars to rent a car. But no. It was well over a thousand dollars. Thank goodness we were all prepared and had saved up an extra few hundred dollars. We split the cost and finally made our way to the Airbnb.

It was a three-hour drive from the LAX to Joshua Tree and only Gloria and I could drive. My sister doesn’t have her license yet. I am pretty sure I drove the whole way there. Gloria offered to drive, but I wanted to practice driving on the Mainland. We are all from Hawaii, so driving that far and that long was a foreign concept for us.

I have to admit, it was not as terrifying as I thought it would be. Except for the wind! Oh my goodness, driving without any mountains around to block the wind was insane. I felt like I had to fight the wind to stay in my lane. I was not expecting that.

Anyway, we made it to our Airbnb, and it was so pretty. It had three rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a garage, and a backyard. It was a nice house, in such a pretty area. We met our host, who was also super nice, and then got settled. Alexis and Gloria opted to stay in the room next to mine that had two twin beds, instead of us each staying in a room.

My room had one queen (I think) sized bed, which was perfect for me and my big baby bump. I appreciated them being in the room next to mine, rather than one of us being in the master bedroom on the opposite side of the house. We all agreed to go to bed pretty early that night so we could be well-rested for day one.

 

Coachella Day One:

This day was kind of important and set the tone for how the rest of the weekend was going to go. I needed to see how much of Coachella I could handle. And let me tell you. I barely survived. We took all morning and early afternoon to get ready. This was pretty much expected since all of the artists that we wanted to see weren’t until later in the day. We saw pretty much everyone we wanted to see, BlackPink, Childish Gambino, Juice WRLD, Jayden Smith (with Will Smith), and some others. It was so amazing seeing all these artists! 

But what wasn’t amazing? All the dust! In my nose, in my mouth, on my skin, in my hair. Dust everywhere! I thought I was going to suffocate from it all. If you’re going to Coachella, you need a mask. 100%. Gloria & Alexis (my sister) ended up buying bandanas the next day.

Another thing that made Coachella quite difficult for me, was the walking. That killed me. I had to sit down a lot. I made sure not to hold back Gloria or Alexis because I didn’t want to ruin any of the fun or waste their money. Going into this, I knew I had to limit my activity. Twin pregnancies are already quite dangerous so I didn’t want to add any more stress to my body.

Bless Gloria and my sister though. They were truly so helpful. They both constantly made sure that I was okay, that I had water, something to eat, that I was warm. I was well taken care of. I also made sure that they knew that it was okay to leave me alone from time to time.

While they would head to the front of the crowd, I always stayed a ways back and watched our stuff. I could still see and enjoy the show, but I didn’t have to worry about standing and fighting the crowd. I never felt alone though, because my two little boys were always bouncing around and kicking along to the music.

Albeit, I pushed my limit the first day. Just walking from the shuttles to the entrance of Coachella was so exhausting. Then more walking, getting from the entrance to all the different stages. The distance that I walked was insanity. At the end of the day, heading back to the shuttles, I had to lean on my sister because I could hardly walk anymore. But despite it all, Day One was my favorite day.

This is what I wore:

coachella day one

 

Coachella Day Two:

Going to bed the night before, I knew that I probably couldn’t make it to Day Two. When I woke up, I knew I had to skip it if I wanted to go to Sunday Service and see Ariana Grande. I was so sore and still incredibly exhausted from Day One that I knew there was no one I would survive Day Two. Plus, I wanted Alexis & Gloria to experience Coachella without being held back. So I got ready for Day Two, took pictures in my outfit, but never actually went. I spent the day Face Timing my husband, which was just as nice. Being far away from him always makes me miss him a little extra.

This is what I wore:

coachella day 2

Coachella Day Three:

We got an early start to Day Three. Sunday Service was at 9 am and we had to get ready and be inside before it started. When we got to Coachella, we did not walk as much. We splurged on our last day and took the cart services. It was people riding bikes who would take you to your location (or mostly there) by pulling the cart you were sitting in.

Thank goodness for that because they would only take you to locations inside the venue. You still had to walk from the drop-off area to the entrance, which was still a considerably long walk, but they cut the total amount of walking you would have to do, in half. So that was super helpful for me and my pregnant self. Not something I wanted to spend money on, but worth it.

We got to the service just in time and it was an experience. I am not very religious, but something about the music was so powerful. Resonating inside of me. But that also could have just been the loud speakers we were sitting next too. Or . . . I think it might have been more. The harmonies were so amazing. I just felt really lucky at that moment, that I got to experience something like this. The music also really made my baby boys dance around a bunch. It was a great service.

After Sunday Service, we went back to the house we were staying at and took a fat nap. We woke up a little late, but that was fine. I finally started to feel like I had energy again and my feet weren’t as sore. We all started to get ready and then right when we finished, Gloria’s brother and his friend came to visit her. It was nice meeting her brother and seeing them catch up.

He had moved to California a few years ago so this was Gloria’s first time seeing him in a while. I was super happy for her. There were not too many artist we were dying to see that day so we waited until it was a few hours before Ariana’s set to head to Coachella.

When we got there, we knew where to go because the biggest crowd was all heading in the same direction. It was freezing that night. Thank goodness we always brought so many pillows and blankets for me. The wind was bitingly cold and I had enough blankets to share.

Needless to say Ariana Grande was amazing live. Her vocals were heavenly and her performance was stunning. She was completely worth battling the wind for. We stayed till the very end. Ariana was the perfect ending to an awesome girls’ trip.

This is what I wore:

coachella day 3

Going Home:

Returning home was bittersweet. I knew this was going to be the last trip I’ll be taking for a while. It also felt like the ending of a book. Once I got home, I won’t be able to do things like that as much. I was starting a new book, a new part of my life. I was anxious and a little sad, but I was excited too.

We packed up all our stuff the night before so there wasn’t much left to pack in the morning. Then we headed to the airport a few hours after getting up to catch our early afternoon flight. We left with a good amount of time to spare, but we could not find where to return the car too. It took us three hours to finally find it. And we didn’t make it to our flight. We were five minutes too late.

They rescheduled our flight to the next morning so Gloria was going to call her brother to see if we could stay there. But since Alexis and I had a funeral to go to the next day, staying wasn’t an option. So my mom all bought us one-way tickets back and we just had to pay her back later (we did). Our flight was in the evening so we got some food and relaxed until boarding. We got home safe and sound late that night.

Overall, it was a great trip. Despite being 25 weeks pregnant with twins, I still went and I had an amazing time. It was hard and exhausting, but it was still worth every penny.

If you’re pregnant and planning on going to Coachella, I recommend bringing: 

  • One cute pair of comfortable shoes that goes with all your outfits.
  • A lot of blankets and a few pillows to sit down on.
  • A mask or bandana.
  • Extra money for the carriage ride services.
  • A large water container (i.e. a hydro flask, water jug).
  • Snacks (a lot of them).

 

Thank you for reading today’s blog! It’s kind of a long one. I got carried away writing and trying to remember as many details as I could. But if you made it to the end I hope you enjoyed it! If you did, please leave a like. If you have traveled while pregnant or with your pregnant significant other, comment down where below. Again, thank you for your support! I’ll catch you on the next blog! (:

 

 

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