NYC

Close to landing, about 20 days ago

This was a working vacation. That meant I continued to go to meetings and even gave a presentation or two. These were done in one of the two rooms on the 11th floor with wifi and places to sit. Only on a few days did work work come close to 8 hours.

Apartment view. Queensboro bridge and Manhattan

Then there was the I am here to help work. A few feedings of the small child, diapers here and there, but mostly I was providing support so the new parents could provide those baby-centric tasks. That meant washing bottles and pumping equipment, into the sterilizer, out again, and repeat. Trash duty, dishwasher duty, bathroom duty, sweeping, make coffee and help with shopping.

Dishes being done in the background

And don’t forget the cat. Feeding and trying to keep him quiet and out of their bedroom in the morning. This cat opens doors readily and complains when it is blocked. He managed to defeat most of our attempts, except the weight blocking the door. Of course he could still jiggle the handle, which is where my duties came to bear.

Master of all he surveys
Theo starting his duties as the older brother, demonstrating how to open doors

Walked to the waterfront twice, the grocery store more often and a few trips to the post office. There were a few days I don’t think I strayed from the apartment.

A boy and his toys
But I don’t need to burp

Carl arrived on day 16 to lend a hand and to meet grandson number 3.

And then Allen’s mother Germaine arrived as well for a few days. It was great to catch up and share Elijah.

Manhatten and the Empire State Building as a backdrop
Germaine and Elijah bonding

Today we will get an Uber back to JFK and wing our way west. This will be the first visit to NYC that did not include a subway ride!

JFK time for the return
I’m number 1, although Theo may disagree

2 Responses to “NYC”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Such an adorable baby! And cat, of course. I’m very fond of both creatures. A helper in the background is exactly what new parents need most. I got stuck at JFK, so I hope you didn’t. Arrived at SeaTac at midnight-over 3 hours late. I wanted a taxi to the airport but they were scarce so I had to get an Uber which must be short for Uber Expensive. Ugh.

  2. RegenAxe Says:

    Now that I’ve seen Theo and the lever type door handles, I understand. I thought he was turning knobs. Perhaps not the best segue, but when we did Active Shooter training for teachers at school, we were taught that you can block a door like that by putting a chair leg through the handle.

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