Two weeks ago, J had to travel to NYC for work, and when this trip got scheduled back in early January, we thought it might be fun for M and I to tag along so we could explore some of the city and visit with my sister who lives there. At the time we planned this, we had no idea just how cold it would be in NYC while we were there. but we're still glad we went! It was a really fun weekend, and M is now at this awesome age where she loves to talk about things she's done in the past, and this trip gave her lots of memories to talk about over and over again!
M and I flew out of Charlotte on Thursday afternoon. It was a pretty easy flight, other than the fact that they kept us on the tarmac in Charlotte for an hour. I was mostly panicking because I was hoping to avoid taking M to the potty on the plane, but we both survived and didn't need the potty (phew!). Thank goodness for the ipad and our water wow books!
As we were descending, she told me her ears hurt, so I gave her her paci and she laid down in my lap. In a matter of minutes she was asleep. She got about a five minute nap in before we landed, but I guess that's better than nothing....
We found our luggage and our ride at the airport and we headed to the financial district where our hotel was. With the combination of our long day and the freezing temps outside (it was about 8 degrees out around the time we got in), we ordered room service and called it a day. M had no complaints about the grilled cheese and fries....
J had a work event that night, so he didn't get in until we were both asleep that night, but M was excited to see him the next morning. We had breakfast together at the hotel, and then he headed off to work, while we packed up our room and then headed across the city to Hell's Kitchen to see my sister at her apartment.
M had slept pretty poorly the night before, so within two minutes of getting into the cab, she was out. She snoozed in my arms for most the ride.
*Side note....a few friends asked us about car seats and our trip, so I'll answer that here. By NY law, children are not required to ride in car seats in for-hire vehicles or taxis. We did reserve a town car with a car seat to get us to and from the airport since I knew those would be longer rides at highway speed, but around town, she just sat in our laps. Bringing our convertible car seat would have been a huge hassle so we opted to go this route and it worked for us.
We made it to Lindsay's place, and M got the grand tour of Lindsay's little "apartment house" (that's what M calls it). We both laughed when she asked us where Lindsay's stairs were.
Aunt Lindsay doesn't have many toddler toys, but she did have cardboard boxes!
Lindsay took us to lunch at a burger place in her neighborhood, Bare Burger, and we had a great lunch!
Towards the end of our lunch, J came and met us since he was done with work, and then we all went back to Lindsay's place. We had decided to move hotels for the weekend so we could be closer to Lindsay and out of the financial district (not much to do there), so we had time to kill before we could check into our new hotel. M took a brief nap in Lindsay's bed while we hung out, and then we headed over to Times Square to our hotel.
The walk to the hotel was only about 10 minutes, but it was 10 very cold minutes. My neighbor had let me borrow her stroller bundle me blanket, and I don't think I'll ever be able to say thank you enough. That thing was a game changer! We were freezing, but M stayed cozy and toasty in her little cocoon! I am so glad I asked her about this at the last minute! There's no way M would have enjoyed the "feels like -1 degree" weather!
We got checked into our hotel room and relaxed for a bit, and then we headed back out to meet Lindsay for dinner. We went to Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea, and it was delicious!! Their famous artichoke pizza basically tasted like a pizza that had a spinach artichoke dip melted on the top with lots of cheese. It was heavenly! We had way too much food, but it was awesome!
When we arrived at the restaurant, as we got out of our cab, M starts yelling, "OSCAR!! MOM! I see OSCAR!!" And sure enough, right by the restaurant there was a picture of Oscar the Grouch over their dumpsters. This may have been the highlight of day two for her. She's still talking about him!
We cabbed back to our hotel after dinner, and called it a night! We took in the lights of Times Square very briefly before passing out! Our first two days of travel and exploring had worn us out!