Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New York: Day 1

A couple of years ago we would have thought nothing of jetting off on a long weekend getaway. We love to travel and explore new places. We enjoy big cities with lots of cultural, dining and shopping opportunities... something we don't often get around these parts.

But when Jack came, everything changed. And I'm sure this is normal to a certain extent when you have kids. You can't just drop everything and go. You have to plan. For us to leave Jack, it requires a whole lot of prep. It means seeing if my parents can take care of him, because my mom is a nurse and doesn't shy away from caring for a kid with needs as sensitive as Jack. We have to map out his schedule, making sure he is tube-fed the exact amounts and at the right intervals, gets his proper meds, and basically trouble-shoot any scenario that might pop up. And a whole lot of scenarios can pop up.

Life with Jack is not easy. If you read my last post, you will remember that he was coming down with quite the cough. It was getting pretty bad, so we took him into the ER at the same hospital where he spent four months in the NICU. The doc took one look into his ears and diagnosed a double ear infection. It had developed into quite the upper-respiratory infection, but didn't make it down to his lungs, which is huge in the preemie world. Jack was started on some antibiotics and we were sent home.

Then the debate began: do we chance it and leave for our planned trip, only to have to rush back in case it got worse? Or stay behind (one or both of us) and nurse him back to health? This scenario was causing a whole lot of angst with us, because there was no right answer and we had waited months to be able to get four days alone together. Jon had just wrapped up a super busy part of his job and we were all coming off of 8 months of RSV isolation. Needless to say, we were ready for a break!

We decided to go for it and I'm glad we did. Jack improved from the moment he got the antibiotics. He still has a lingering head cold, but is almost back to his old self.

Before I get onto our trip, I just have to shout a big THANK YOU to my parents for watching Jack. I'm sure they were nervous when we left and I know they are probably exhausted, but they never complained a bit. They allowed us to get away on a much needed vacation. We feel so blessed!

Our trip to New York was for Jon's mother Margaret's 60th birthday celebration. All the siblings and spouses were able to come - making it a total of 13 of us! Most of us arrived on Thursday afternoon and had dinner plans for Thursday night.

We stayed right in Times Square and walked our way through the crowds to dinner.

Dinner was at Bar Americain, of Bobby Flay fame. We've never been disappointed at his restaurants and this one was no exception.

The food was amazing.

And the company even better.

After dinner we walked through the busy streets that look exactly how you'd imagine.

And made our way to Magnolia Bakery.

My favorite of the cupcakes.

And this next picture cracks me up... gotta love technology! I think I count three smartphones.

Then we made our way back to the hotel. A lovely first evening in NYC.

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Julie said...

FUN! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip. I just might be drooling over that cupcake. And I love the pics!

Lindsay said...

I love your pics and stories, Jessi. I've got to make it to NYC someday. :)

Babs said...

I've been dying to hear about the trip! Great photos! You know I'm a sucker for some food photography!

Anonymous said...

Brought back memories!

Yes, I WOULD pay $3.50 for that lemon cupcake...you betcha!


Kim Pace said...

Ooh, I want to go to a Bobby Flay restaurant! I like how he likes things with a little spice. I've never tasted his food, but I enjoyed his shows when we had the Food Network. Sounds yummy! Glad you are having a good vacation!