We've had an extremely action packed last couple weeks and this is me just getting around to putting something together on our trip to NY! I started a new job (!!) (more on that) and my computer completely crashed on me so it was touch and go there for awhile if I'd ever get back at this again but here we are!
So rewind to early May when a light bulb went off and we found super affordable Porter flights to NYC! It all coincided perfectly with a conference Mike's mom was attending over the long weekend in May so we jumped at the chance! As it turned out, this was the last hurrah of mat leave so we turned it into our family "WE MADE IT" celebration to what has been our first year as parents! The best part was, June got to come with us! We had shaken off some of that travelling with a baby trepidation after our trip to South Carolina earlier in the Spring which showed because I spent about 1/3 of the time packing and we literally decided on a whim that we would go!
On the day we travelled to NYC we literally took a car, and then a ferry, and then a plane, then a monorail, train and cab to get to our destination and when we got out at Penn Station I was worried that all the lights and sounds would be a bit overwhelming for our suburban chica but she was just mesmerized! Babies are much more resilient and adaptable then we give them credit for. Also, how weird is it that kids in NY just travel on your lap in a cab? I feel like I've spent a cumulative 10 + hours worrying about carseat safety in the lead up to having a baby and throughout the past year as I use great care and calculation to make sure she's buckled up just right every time. And then in minutes it's all thrown out the window and she is literally clamouring towards the open window as we weave through Manhattan. Blows my mind. But yes. So much more convenient obviously then travelling with a car seat? (Is that even an option? I don't know.)
We kept our itinerary short and sweet each day; few expectations, just kept a goal to enjoy "being" in the city as opposed to checking off a list of "must see/do." I think that helped because it's hard to know exactly how much you'll be able to cram in with an 11 month old. And really that was all we actually wanted from the trip. A change of pace and a little bit of adventure. My one stipulation was that we'd just spend one day walking around Central Park! We did that our first day there. It was a Sunday and the park was humming and it was perfect!! I took June on the carousel and she had absolutely no idea what was going on. Parenting fail # (are we in the hundreds at this point? likely...) I wonder how many times in my life I'll try to live vicariously through my kids and then wind up thinking...yea... that was more for me less for them! Anyway. If you were wondering, I loved it ;) I just kept going "wheeeeee" to June the whole time (again, not forced. that would be my pure joy.)
(One for my hubby!! ^^)
Our second day we (successfully) navigated the subway system (stroller and ALL... this city is NOT stroller friendly!) and ended up in Brooklyn! We had lunch at a cute little diner with the best potato latkes and eggs benny and June sat in the 1984 version of a lobster seat in the booth with us. After that we meandered around Brooklyn a bit, June napped in her stroller and I waited for a ridiculous amount of time for a Shake Shack shake. (worth it.) And then we walked back into manhatten over the bridge! Mike had his usual anxiety about being on a bridge so we didn't really linger but I did convince him to stop pedestrian traffic awkwardly for one family photo (!!)
The best part of the trip came when we got off the bridge and June got out of her stroller and started dancing outside a circle of breakdancers. This girl. Ready to dance at a moment's notice. You say the word dance in an unrelated context and then look over at her and she's bobbing up and down. I just love that about her. The music's in there!! This memory of June dancing will be one I hold with me my WHOLE life.
All in all, an awesome trip. As wondering parents will want to know, we managed to get some good nights of sleep with Juney as well. The hotel we stayed at had a play pen and a high chair (not to mention a kitchenette which when travelling with a baby, a microwave, stove, and fridge are amazing luxuries!!) She really did sleep wonderfully with the exception of the last night when she woke up at 11 pm and wanted to have a dance party for a good hour and a half. In the moment I was crazy frustrated but looking back I hardly remember it. That would be my one word on travelling with a little. Few expectations and you'll forget the moments where you are tired and think it's more trouble then it was worth. All I remember at this point are the fun little pieces of being in such an awesome place.... the lost nap routines, the fewer hours of sleep, the hands on dirty cement; all of that happened, but you know what? That's not what comes to memory!
This turned out way longer of a post then I anticipated! If you're still with me, thanks for reading!
So much GREEN everywhere. It had just rained a bit that morning and all the green was jumping out at us! ^^^
DUMBO ^^^ - this is a thing, yes? I had to have it explained to me. (Down Under Brooklyn Bridge... or something? I really should have googled that before mentioning it here.)
And our last full day there we ventured to the village to the legendary Katz's Deli. That place is an assembly line!! But the pickles.... OH THE PICKLES. If and when pregnancy comes our way again I can only imagine the cravings I will have to seek out a Katz's Deli pickle. Man. So good. After that we made it to the World Trade Centre memorial which is absolutely beautiful. I didn't know what to expect and I was sincerely blown away by how well it was done and by how much emotion I felt when visiting. It' sombre but a beautiful and reflective space.
SEE WHAT I MEAN? PICKLES.
Honestly just such a beautiful, poetic tribute. Was in awe looking into that pool and up at the new tower.
We went to Brookfield place after going up the tower looking for a bathroom (because we left the security checkpoint at the base of the tower without going first) and we ended up finding THE MOST delicious gelato. I had specculous flavour and it was amazing. June is becoming an ice cream monster.
Because Mike's mom was with us, we amazingly got a few date nights in! We went to a Speak Easy bar twice and just talked and talked. A lot about June obviously (as you do), but also just about life in general. Which was good for my adult soul. And one night we went to El Parador for the MOST AMAZING Mexican food. (Emphasis on most amazing). The restaurant has been around and heralded by food critics forever and we wander in without a reservation, find a cozy spot by the wall and proceed to have the best Mole Sauce you've ever had. So delicious I want to go back there right now and have it!
atmosphere at El Parador ^^^ <3
Starting a petition to bring Blow Outs to all moms on all the days of the week. Because access to a good hair day should be some sort of right ;)
Until next time NYC!!