Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To the city that doesn't sleep...

....thank you for 10 hours of sleep each night, the decadent food that reminds me why I can never go on a diet, the unforgettable people watching, and the hours I got to spend with the hunk I call my husband.

Last night Jon and I got home from a glorious 4 days away, sans baby, in New York City. There was no specific occasion to celebrate but we were both craving time away to pour into each other. We decided to go to NYC because it seems like one of the most miserable places to take a baby (in our opinion) and Jon had never been! It's been over 2 months since we've weaned from nursing, Ford is a great sleeper and my parents were more than willing to take in our little man for a few days. There was nothing holding us back! We used Southwest points to fly there and Starwood Points for our fabulous hotel, Sheraton New York City. It was my 4th time in the city but I loved experiencing it for the first time with Jon. We did a boat tour around the island and spent most of our days on the double decker bus tours that looped through uptown, downtown, Brooklyn, and all over Manhattan. The first afternoon we were there we grabbed a street gyro (street food was our favorite) and walked through Hell's Kitchen. I was wondering why it felt so weird and I realized Jon and I were holding hands. It was kind of a smack in the face when I realized we hadn't really held hands much since Ford was born. Sure we go out on lots of dates but rarely are we walking for a long period of time hand in hand. One of us is always pushing a stroller, carrying a diaper bag, or corralling the herd of items we cart around with our baby. Holding hands felt extra special in New York City and I didn't want to let go. I'm normally not mushy when it comes to my marriage but this trip was extra mushy. 4 days not having to cut up someone else's food, changing diapers, wiping noses, and listening to Ford's newly perfected fake cry/whine. 4 days of sleeping without the buzz of a monitor, getting to actually relax, sleep, and read a book on the plane, and 4 days of pouring into my marriage without any distractions.


I had a lot of anxiety leading up to our trip about leaving Ford. The only other time I have left him overnight was when we were sick so this was the longest by far. I wasn't worried that he would miss us because Mimi and Papa's house is so much fun, I was just anxious that something would happen to me and Jon. Silly but honest. He couldn't have been cuter and sweeter the day before we left and I felt like it was God saying, Ruthie it's okay, leave your boy in my hands. I cried a little putting him to bed but felt so much peace (and excitement!) when we left. I was never sad during our trip but actually happy seeing how much fun he was having. We FaceTimed everyday and my family sent us endless pictures and videos (Embry was in town and the two of them had a blast!). I told myself there was no use in me sulking or being sad because that would just ruin my trip. I felt so relieved and grateful that I have people in my life who love ME enough to allow me to getaway and who love my baby enough to take the best care of him. I am still blown away by that!

My Italian Stallion in Little Italy

Gelato at Ferrara, too good!

Manhattan skyline from the Manhattan Bridge

Straight from my phone, what a beautiful city!


3 nights away was perfect. We felt rested, rejuvenated, and ready to jump back into the messes of parenthood. Ford was funny when we got home. My mom was at our house and he had just gotten up from his nap. They walked down the stairs and he was giggling with excitement but when we met him at the bottom of the stairs, he clung to my mom like a spider monkey. He wasn't too happy when she left (he bawled and bawled) but quickly remembered how much fun me and Jon are and we've been back to playing like normal. I love that he had so much fun this weekend that he didn't want it to end! We take a family walk every morning and this morning we talked about how nice it is to be back in Texas where the air is clean and we actually have green grass. NYC was a thrill and we had an incredible time but boy is it always good to be home. We ate peanut butter on tortillas and canned soup for dinner after we found our milk was chunky and our bread was moldy. Life is good, marriage is good, time away from your baby is good. Not gonna lie, Jon and I are already planning our next trip around our anniversary! 

Island boat tour: Circle Line 42
Double decker bus tour: Grayline Sightseeing
Church we visited: Hillsong NYC

13 comments:

Melissa (Our Life with Isla) said...

Your trip sounds amazing! So glad you both got to spend some time with one another. My husband and I are planning a trip there next summer and seeing your pictures made me even more excited!

"B" said...

This is going to make me sound like a nutcase but reading about you leaving your boy gives me anxiety! SO happy you and your husband had a fantastic time in NYC and Ford had a great time too. I love that city so much - but not as much as Boston or Charleston.

Tomi Talks said...

Ah! Makes me want to visit NYC so bad! Glad yall had a safe and fun trip :)

Cece said...

We were in NYC a few weeks ago!! That area in the Little Italy area was FILLED with people the week we were there for the San Gennaro festival. They had extra outdoor restaurant seating and tons of vendors. Glad you had a great time and got to leisurely hold your husband's hand!! We also really enjoyed our time there!! It's a really fun city.

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said...

I'm so excited for you guys that you got some time away together - so amazing. Tolar and I are actually going to take a little getaway together in the middle of October, our first time with both of us away from Kendall. I'm excited about it too!!! I've stayed at the Sheraton Hotel where you stayed in New York, its awesome. Close to everything! Glad you had a terrific time.

Rachel said...

I love everything about NYC...makes me so happy to read posts about it, too! Glad y'all had a blast. A couple of girlfriends and I are going in the Spring and I cannot wait! We also went to Hillsong and it was probably my FAVORITE part of the trip!

Sarah said...

i love that you have such a good support system! it is terrifying to leave crue with either of our parents for more than 3 hours. needless to say, we've never done so. someday they'll learn or we'll find someone! I've never been to NYC either - sure does look amazing!

It's Sooo Fluffy said...

How fun!! I'm hoping to take a trip to New York for my bday next March :)

texas-tammy said...

don't you just love pouring into each other over street meat? mmmmmmm-mmmmmm ;-)

Allena said...

Sounds perfect, and I'm now even more excited for our trip in 2 weeks!!!

Mallorie Owens said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip! It's on my list of places to take Dave. :)

Angie said...

I've never been to NYC but so want to go one day! I'm so glad you guys had such a great trip. Couple time is so important after kids. Hubby and I get very little of it (we have 3 kids) BUT when we do get it, we appreciate it.

Christine said...

You guys look so happy!! What a great way to get away and take care of your marriage. That's soo important!! My husband is from Brooklyn, so we try to go there once a year. This year will be the first time with baby.

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