Ahh New York. I often have the feeling that my heart lives in multiple cities. I experience the feeling of being 'at home' in Chicago, Paris and always New York City. I used to try and visit NYC much more often, Matthew and I even went together every few months when we first started dating! But life has been very busy the last couple of years, so it's been awhile! My last visit was in May with my Mother when we went wedding dress shopping. I found my dress, but missed having Matthew along! It's a little hard traveling in a big city with a toddler, so we took the opportunity to come while my parents had Josie for the weekend!
I'm not going to recap the entire weekend, but here is a little picture diary of some of the highlights!
Maddie's first flight! Boy are babies easy to travel with at this age! I forgot how relaxing flying could be without a toddler! This little one slept on me the whole time while I read my kindle (Dark Places by Gillian Flynn BTW, it's so addicting).
We stayed along the High Line, which is such an amazing location. It's an old elevated railroad line in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan which has been converted into a park, spanning just under 2 miles. Walking along it is such a wonderful way to get to and from stores and restaurants in the area. If you're ever in Manhattan I suggest checking it out! The architecture along the line is incredible, some of the most stunning and unique buildings in the city.
I've mentioned it before, but I am just so pleased with my Sakura Bloom baby sling! We went stroller free this entire trip and it was so easy. Once Maddie is snuggled up close to me in the sling she immediately either calms down and snuggles in or falls asleep peacefully. I'm looking forward to using this all the time outside with spring coming!
One thing we found to work very well while traveling with an infant who is too small for a high chair, was bringing the infant seat along when we headed to dinner. Enjoying a long meal isn't as enjoyable with her on me in the sling, so when we headed to dinner we skipped the stroller (it takes up too much room in small NY restaurants) and instead I wore her while Matthew carried the empty seat. Once we got to the place, we transferred her into the carrier and we could all enjoy dinner!
A great view of the High Line and a gorgeous New York sunset :)
It was so great spending time with my best friend Nichelle and her Fiancé Will. It's both sad and exciting having so many friends who now live across the country. I miss seeing them on a weekly, or even monthly basis - but it's wonderful how close I have stayed with them, and how close I have become with others. I feel so lucky to have the friendships I have. And I love having the excuse to visit different parts of the country!
We stopped by Tenth Avenue Cookshop for brunch, and I'll probably be dreaming of their huevos rancheros for the next few months. Oh and the gingerbread pancakes, AND the fluffy beignets. Go there, please. It was so good.
I love this city so much. So happy for the chance to sneak away for a weekend to enjoy it! Huge thank you's are in order to my parents and mother in law Suzanne for watching Josie while we were away! Toddlers are awesome, and ever demanding of your attention. Spending that much one on one time with Matthew and Madeline was a really great change of pace for the weekend.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well! What are your favorite things to do in NY? I'd love to hear and have even more reasons to visit :)