It has been sometime now since I lasted posted. Life has taken over recently since Sophie being born at the beginning of April, up until our holiday which we returned from last Thursday.
We had an excellent week in New York, followed by a lovely relaxing week in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Overall, the four of us had a fantastic time and taking a 3 year old and 5 month old on a long haul holiday was no problem at all. The flights were the easy bit!
In New York, we stayed in a hotel in Midtown, so it was quite central to everything. What we didn't realise was how big Manhattan was! We did A LOT of walking and Harry coped excellently considering. We did make a few stops at various toy stores and playgrounds along the way! Sophie settled into the background as she usually does, but it did take Harry a while to settle into eating out 3 meals a day although some evenings we did just get a take out and watch TV in our room.
We didn't get to do everything that is recommended to do whilst in New York, but we did go to Central Park, to the Top of the Rock (Rockefellar Center), ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We got to see Times Square at it's quietest time and mistakingly also at it's busiest time! I think mine and Paul's favourite thing to see and experience was the 9/11 Memorial and new One World Trade Center. It was amazing how the atmosphere changed and how people were just so mesmerised by the amazing waterfall memorial. It was incredible.
I also got to see a couple of little sights I wanted to see including the 'Friends' apartment building and I had a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery which became famous following it's appearance on Sex In The City.
We also managed to go on a day trip on a train from Grand Central Station to Greenwich in Conneticut. It was a lovely quaint little town and we stubbled upon their own ferry to their own private little exotic island beach! What a find that was!
Unfortunately, Harry got poorly on our last evening in New York. He had a fever all night and it was quite scary for us as he has not been poorly before (yes, not in 3 years!). We were due to catch a flight from JFK to Miami at 8.50am which meant having to leave our hotel at 6.15am. At 5.00am we were all awake with Harry again. He had not got any better during the night so I called for an ambulance as I knew this would be the quickest way to get him checked out prior to getting on a 3 hour flight. We were in and out of the hospital in a flash following the diagnosis of a virus and dose of a Calpol equivalent (if only we had thought of going to a 24hr pharmacy and buying some ourselves?!). However, we didn't have quite enough time to catch our flight so we missed it by just a few minutes. The fast cab ride to the airport also resulted in Harry being sick everywhere so by now Harry was in just his pants and Paul stank of vomit. But there was no time to change, the airline had transferred us to a flight to Fort Lauderdale and we had to go straight through to board.
Paul was on hand with a sick bag the whole flight, much to the horror of the people sat around us, but Harry managed to hold it down. Near to landing, Harry did then need a wee so Paul then managed to also get covered in urine whilst helping him wee in the aeroplane toilet.
Once we had got to our hotel, just a few minutes from the airport, we all got showered and got down by the pool. Harry and Sophie slept while me and Paul just sat and did nothing for a couple of hours. Bliss..........
The 8 days we had in Florida was fantastic in a totally different way....... Lots of swimming, relaxing, casual waterside restaurants, shopping...... Just brilliant! I did get a wisdom tooth infection, but after a visit to a dentist (who offered to whip them out! - I declined!), I was dosed up on amoxicillin, which fought most of the pain away in a couple of days.
Back to reality with a bump now and I've got Harry and Sophie by myself for a week while Paul is in France riding his bike around the Pyranees for charity. We are still adjusting to the USA/UK time difference but Harry starts Pre-School tomorrow so hopefully the routine will get us all back to normal.
If you are wondering how I'm getting on with my 'Lose 35 lbs in 35 weeks' target, I am now 10 stone 9 lbs, so 14 weeks until the wedding and 14 lbs to lose. Despite me being on target, this next bit is the hard bit! I hope to be able to update you regularly on my progress and weight loss methods!