I’m writing this from a hotel room in Washington D.C. while one of my boys naps in a pack n play in the bathroom and the other naps in a pack n play two feet from my chair. Happy New Year!
It actually has been a good New Years. Last week, I was preparing myself for a non-adventurous New Years. Business as usual. Go to bed at 10 get up 6 and start the whole routine all over again. There was a chance I may have been up at 2 or 3 or 4 and celebrating the new year nursing Landon.
But last night, we were sitting at a sports bar in the hotel lobby with my sister and brother-in-law ringing in the new year with flutes of seltzer water! (No we are not anti-alcohol, nor pro-alcohol. They got drinks earlier. I didn’t. I got nachos. Not that I am super holy and refuse alcohol, but I’ve gotten used to not drinking it for the past two years, and when given the option between spending $10 on a glass of wine or $10 on southwest nachos, for me, the choice is clear.)
So what seemed like would not be a very adventurous new year at all, has turned out to be quite the adventure: eating Chick-fil-A in Silver Spring, MD, driving through D.C. traffic, checking into our hotel with two over-tired and crying babies (can you believe the bathroom in the main lobby had no changing table!?!? I thought those were standard, apparently not), scrambling to get them in bed at a decent hour, touring the hotel (Presidents Row, the Crystal Ballroom, and even checking out the terrace level where Reagan was shot thirty years ago), and then munching on nachos, sipping someone else’s bourbon and coke, and finally toasting to the new year!
Now, when the boys wake up I am heading out for lunch with a wonderful friend from high school and her hubby, whom, sad to say I haven’t seen TWO years! Excited to see her but I keep picturing myself wandering around the restaurant chasing a tow head the entire time while Landon cries. No wonder we never do things like this.
Two kids, two adults, and one room in a non-family friendly hotel in the city is not the easiest combination. But glad to be doing something out of the ordinary. Wish me luck and Happy New Year to you all! Hope it was happy…whatever you did.
3 thoughts on “A new Dawn, A New Day, a New Year”
About diaper changing tables….you’d be surprised how many places DON’T have them. Places where I’ve been surprised…hotels, restaurants, airplanes. Yeah…unless you get on one of the big planes, most don’t have diaper changing tables. It’s very interesting trying to change a baby’s diaper while sitting in your seat in the airplane or trying to find a spot on the floor near the back of the plane to spread out a changing mat and some toiletries.
I think it’s interesting to hear your outlook on meeting up with an old friend. My college roommate, who lives near me, has a 1 1/2 son and a daughter coming into the world this month. It changes your relationship, since most of the talk revolves around the kids. I think we both feel out of our element at times 🙂 But like everything else, it’s an adjustment. I’m sure your friend enjoyed watching you be a momma to your boys.
We had a great time…though it was a little chaotic! I don’t know if I talked so much about my kids as just “mothered” them if that makes sense. It’s hard to get a really good conversation in because of all the interruptions! But we had fun and she was very understanding. It is definitely an adjustment!