21 October 2016

moses rides on his first airplane
and meets family in new york city!

{the past couple of weeks, i’ve been spending the small amount of spare time i can eek out during moses’s naps to organize photos from baby boy’s life and especially our trip to the states last month. it is causing me so much anxiety! my external hard drive is being really finicky, and i’m trying to combine photos from several sources and folders where i dumped them. and i’m actually feeling physically ill realizing that i don’t have pictures of tiny baby moses with some of the uncles and aunts and cousins and grandparents that he met when we were back home across the pond. i know i’m being dramatic about it but ahhh it’s seriously eating at me. our trip what such a whirlwind – four states and dozens of family members (plus dozens of friends!) in just two weeks. add jet lag plus waking in the night with a newborn on there and everything’s just a bit of a haze. i’m sure it doesn’t really matter and i’ll get over it that i don’t have any photos of moses with just his grandma wright or being snuggled by his uncle eli, and i’ll try to fill in the photo gaps with words where i can! aaaaand, that was a rambly disclaimer! on to documenting (the best i can!) our trip to the usa!}

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at seven and a half weeks old, moses went on his first airplane ride! his first flight was a big one – across the ocean for eight hours from london to new york city.

we were so excited to get moses dressed that day, because he had a very special outfit to wear for his first flight. ian’s mom sent us this darling little “airline captain” suit, which ian wore on his first airplane ride at ten days old. how cool is it that father and son wore the same exact thing for that fun milestone?!

at the airport, we took a few pictures of moses in his special outfit and then got in the queue to board the plane. we began chatting with the nice lady behind us when she asked if it was baby’s first flight. as i shared the significance of what moses was wearing, ian realized that he had worn the outfit thirty two years earlier to the day. moses: seven weeks on old 30 august 2016 // ian: ten days old on 30 august 1984. isn’t that wild?! so sweet!


on the plane, we were lucky to get bulkhead seats with a little bassinet set up for moses. he loved it! and he did so well during the entire ride across the sea. he snoozed and smiled and snacked.
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i was so, so excited when we touched down at jfk! it just felt real good to be back in the usa after thirteen months away (ian had returned a few weeks earlier for his sister’s wedding). my brother eli picked us up at the airport and it was so fun to introduce him to moses, fresh off the plane.

we spent two days in the big apple. my brother eli and sister-in-law julie live on the upper west side with their two kids. my sister saydi and her four kids came down to new york  from boston to see us! and, also! my parents were in town! they told us just a couple weeks before we arrived that they were planning to be in new york city that weekend as well.

ian worked in his firm’s new york office both days, but got to hang out with us all a bit in the evenings. the two of us, and moses!, were suuuuper jetlagged so these two days really feel like a blur. still, it was so, so wonderful to introduce our baby boy to beloved family members and to spend some time in that fabulous city.

on our first day, zara and dean met baby moses in the morning, and then ian and i had to run some errands to get moses’s uk residence permit. that afternoon, i got to buy zara a treat in central park (^^), and then saydi and the kids arrived around dinnertime!

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it was so, so wonderful watching saydi and her kids meet our moses (and see eli and his family continue to enjoy him!). saydi has been a huge influence over my understanding of and attitude towards childbirth for over a decade, and she was the first person in the world that i told (besides ian!) that i was pregnant. she was a tremendous support throughout my pregnancy, preparations for giving birth, and postpartum period. i love her so much and i was just so thrilled for her to meet that baby we had talked sooo much about!! her kids were pretty excited about moses too :)
we all went out for sushi that night, and the next morning gathered at the apartment my parents were staying in. it was really rainy so we hung out there for a while, and moses got in some quality time with his silly grandfather.

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when it cleared up a bit, we were off to central park! we went to sweetgreen and had a little picnic on some park benches, and then kept walking towards the met…

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…when it all of a sudden started pouring! we were right by the shakespeare amphitheater so we huddled under the awnings waiting for the storm to pass through. when it didn’t for quite a while, the kids decided they might as well enjoy the rain and promptly ran around getting soaked (and squealing with glee)!

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after a while it cleared up again so we continued again towards the met (the rooftop there is one of my favourite spots in new york city – and the world!). zara fell asleep in the stroller on the way, in an interesting position…

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hahah! … and upon arrival we quickly found out that the rooftop was closed for the rest of the day due to the weather.

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the kids got a little more wet in the fountain while zara continued her nap (i can’t get over those feet sticking out of the stroller bin!) while mom, saydi, emmeline and i went inside the museum so moses could have a feed.

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we stopped by sheep’s meadow on the way back to the upper west side. the views looked pretty fantastic under the breaking clouds! we snapped a few pictures of moses with his cousins.

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and a few more of this london boy enjoying a different big, beautiful city!

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after ian got done with work, he joined us for thai takeout at the apartment my parents were staying at, and then we had to say goodbye because our flight to texas was early the next morning!

it was a wild and jetlaggy but happy two days in new york city. little did moses know that he had just barely begum meeting loved ones!

4 comments :

  1. Praying someone else snapped photos of your baby with his grandma wright and you can get a photo from them. Maybe you will find where you stashed it! I no your pain. I think all of us moms do! Make sure you back up all your photos. It is hard to find the time, but I have lost so many photos because I have said Oh, I will do it tomorrow and then time gets away from me and something happens to my computer and there go the photos. He is a doll!

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  2. Praying someone else snapped photos of your baby with his grandma wright and you can get a photo from them. Maybe you will find where you stashed it! I no your pain. I think all of us moms do! Make sure you back up all your photos. It is hard to find the time, but I have lost so many photos because I have said Oh, I will do it tomorrow and then time gets away from me and something happens to my computer and there go the photos. He is a doll!

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  3. love it char! It was so fun to see you and ian and mo. I am soooo happy we didnt' have to wait another minute to meet him. what a great few days.

    i like that photo of you in the Met, the statue next to you looks like she's also sporting a nursing cover, draped the same way as yours.

    Love you!

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  4. I LOVED every picture of these magical (at least for us because we weren't jet lagged) days! Zara's sleep pictures made me laugh so hard that I almost cried. What an amazing introduction of that sweet little boy!

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