Almost Fearless

38 Weeks


Location: Bucerias, Mexico

I feel huge. I think she (the baby) moved down this week. Last night I felt like something was starting, but then it didn’t. Still it’s all good signs. We’re getting close to the end.

We’re teaching Cole how to surf… slowly. That’s him in the background with his boogie board and he’s practicing balancing on it. Next up, we’ll take him to the beach and push/pull him around in the surf on it, just get him used to it, until he’s comfortable using it himself.

You know what’s awesome? Seeing little kids surfing. It’s a few years away for Cole, but I want that for him. Those kids look like they are having so much fun. (And it gives me an excuse to live near the beach!)

Christine Gilbert

I’ve been dragging my husband around the world since 2008 always with the promise that, “Yes, Drew there will definitely be hammocks there.”



  • You look so beautiful here! Congrats on nearing the end. I grew up near-ish to the beach and I have forever wished that I had learned to surf as a youngster. Learning when you’re older is hard because you have so much body mass you have to drag through the crashing waves. Go Cole!

  • Very exciting! We are moving to Bucerias in June (Los Amores). I have a 4 year-old son and am expecting baby #2 in August. I will also be having a hospital birth because I have gestational diabetes. Who is your doctor and what hospital will you be at, if you don’t mind me asking. I wish you easy labor vibes! 🙂

  • CONGRATS! We’ll probably still be here until August! We use Dr. Laura Garcia in Puerto Vallarta. She’s great and she speaks English. Costs about 500 pesos per visit including 3d ultrasound. There are two hospitals that she delivers at: Amerimed and San Javier. We toured both of them. It’s about the same price, although Amerimed is about $200 cheaper (It’s like $1000 for the c-section, less for a natural birth plus the doctor’s fees which I’m assuming will be around $1500). That includes a two day hospital stay and includes all the incidentals like epidural or pitocin or whatever, it’s a package price. Amerimed lets child under 12 visit (1 hour 2X a day), San Javier does not. Both are supposed to be bilingual but you know, it’s mostly Spanish no matter where you go. You guys will love Bucerias, I think it’s perfect for kids. 🙂

  • Thanks so much. We are very excited. I have two friends that gave birth with Dra. Laura and had good experiences. I did talk to her, but she didn’t seem comfortable with me starting care with her at 34 weeks with GD. My doula will be Hania at Partos Vallarta, and she recommended Dra. Tony Vargas, who is a midwife and runs Naciendo Libre Nacimiento Respetado. Because of the GD, Dra. Vargas recommended a hospital birth at CMQ Premiere with Dra. Mariana Calderon — an OB, so that is my current plan. Aside from a healthy baby, my main goal is to avoid a c-section. I had such an easy recovery with my first (a vaginal birth), and I hope to have one again. Dra. Calderon and Dra. Vargas are very pro-natural birth, so I am hopeful that everything will work out. I didn’t even think to ask about visiting for my 4-year old. Thank you for that! I hope that you are able to VBAC! We will be here for at least a year. My son will be at Colegio Salzmann. We are looking at Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Thailand as possible next adventures, but we shall see. 🙂

  • Beautiful. Good luck with your new arrival, I can’t wait to see photos when she arrives. And Cole is going to make one seriously adorable little surfer dude!