So we're back and boy did we have an amazing time. Did you see the pictures?
After a bit of a wobble at the beginning of the flight, we spent just over seven hours in the air watching Bubble Guppies (as you do). Lil was an absolute treasure from the moment we took off until the moment we landed back in London. And I never say that. Mainly because it isn't true. But this time she was a bloody joy.
We pretty much crashed as soon as we got to the hotel. I was soaked through in vomit (Lil had a bit of an accident in the cab) and we were all exhausted. And then we woke up to a ridiculously sunny New York morning.
We didn't go to New York to shop or be tourists. Tim went for work and Lil and I went to just hang. You didn't go shopping? Well, I bought a pair of $6 sunglasses and a vintage dress...
I've visited the city a handful of times in the past with work but this time was different. I certainly wasn't single and carefree. I had a toddler to show the city to and she was enthralled from the moment we got there. We sat in parks, strolled up and down Broadway, ate bagels in the sunshine, walked and walked (or toddled, holding hands), visited our NY friends, hung out with Lil's aunt (she was in NY for work), dined in yummy restaurants, spent a lot of time in Duane Reade... we even saw Elmo!
I had a moment of calm and peacefulness while the two of us were sitting in Central Park. Lil was people watching and I was watching her while we shared a lolly. I've never seen her as happy as she was at that moment, and I've never been as happy as I was at that moment. It was lovely, my heart wanted to burst. That's one moment I'll always remember.
In the middle of a park in the noisy city on a hot day.
NY we heart you.