One of our dreams for our family is to travel and give our child(ren) as many experiences in seeing new places and faces as we can. We are far from jet setters, but our new little travel buddy has already made it to seven states in his eight months of life (it’s my goal to see all 50 states before I’m 50, but I still have 20 more to go, so I need to get going!).
Wes took his second flight recently, this time to New York City (it was my first time to NYC too, so I was pretty excited). Craig has been to NYC a lot in the last couple years, but most of his trips are pretty last minute so it’s never worked out for me to come until now.
Our little travel trooper did great on the flight, and since we were lucky to score an extra seat, he even took a nap!
Traveling with an 8 month old is harder than it was with a 4 month old since jumping and climbing are now in full effect, but Wes turned on the charm with our surrounding passengers which was helpful (thanks for being a cute flirt Wes!).
Wes took his first cab ride which he slept through.
Wes is trying so hard to crawl, he does his exercises constantly working out his little muscles so he can get going.
After we got settled, Daddy went to work and Wes and I headed out to explore the city. Thank goodness for smart phones and google maps!
We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge in perfect weather. Such a refreshing time for this mommy and baby who have been cooped up inside all winter.
Our view of the Manhattan bridge from the Brooklyn bridge.
When we got to the bridge, I thought there would be some sort of ramp to go up with the stroller, but there was only a big set of stairs. I looked at Wes in the stroller and decided it would be less painful to just pick up the stroller with him in it and carry it up then to take him out, carry him, fold up the stroller, carry the stroller, and carry the diaper bag. Before I even took one step up the stairs a nice man grabbed the front of the stroller and helped us all the way up!
The Statue of Liberty is way off in the distance, but since it is currently closed, this may be all we see of it.
Our view of Lower Manhattan and the new Freedom tower being built.
Once we crossed the bridge, we came to this pretty building which I assumed must be important so I took a picture, but I had no idea what it was. Turns out we were in City Hall Park, but I’m still not sure about the building.
Wes and I walked through the financial district during rush hour which meant he was the only baby around and pushing a stroller among the thousands of people rushing around in suits was kinda crazy, but I kept telling myself to walk like I knew where I was going!
We found our way to Ground Zero and went to the 9/11 Memorial. It was beautiful. Being there was emotional thinking about what happened that day and the lives lost. The two pools where the north and south towers stood were beautiful memorials.
Wes slept the whole time we were at the memorial and he’s obviously too young to remember right now anyway, but one day we will tell him about what happened that day and how what happened changed our nation.
We managed to find our way back to our apartment via the subway which was crazy, but more importantly successful! I strapped Wes in the carrier, folded up the stroller, carried the diaper bag, ventured down the stairs, bought a ticket, made it to the train, got on the right one, and got off on the right stop! Five people offered to help me which was awesome. New Yorkers are alright in my book!
How do you feed a baby without a high chair? Strip him down and put him on the floor! I give our first day in NYC two thumbs up!