Thursday, May 15, 2014

New York

I feel like this last month has been a whirlwind.  I have been so tied up between Easter, Brynn's first birthday and traveling to New York last week.  I am just now getting around to catching up around here.
Steve's family.  Mainly his mother.  She is sick with multiple sclerosis and has been in a nursing home for about three years now.  This was going to be Brynn's first time meeting her Grandma Carol.  Brynn's middle name is actually Caroline, after this sweet lady.  She is unable to move and speak but is alert and aware of her surroundings.  It is a horribly sad situtation and we do not ever know when our last day with her will be.  Hence, why this trip was so very important to Steve.  Although, Carol can't speak we know she has been dying to meet Brynn.  It was weighing heavy on Steve's heart that we make sure Brynn and her meet before Carol is taken to be with the Lord.  

I was very nervous about being out of our element, Brynn's sleep routine, plane rides, a lay over and germs but this was just so important.  Brynn was a rockstar little traveler.  Maybe I am just a worry wart, but everytime we go out of town I panic and she always does great!  She was a breeze on the plane, stayed on her sleep bed time schedule and was happy as a clam to be surrounded by so many people and so much attention.  

We roll pretty deep and actually traveled with my mom, brother & his girlfriend, as well as another couple that we have been friends with for several years.  So, all the extra hands were definitely helpful!

Our first full day in New York we took Brynn to the nursing home to meet Carol for the first time.  I didn't know quite what to expect, but what happened truly warmed my heart.  Anyone who knows Brynn knows that she has a bit of stranger danger as we call it...and is a little nervous and weary of new people until she warms up to you.  The moment we held her up to Carol she smiled, placed her hand on her face and petted her so softly.  She even leaned in several times to give her "sugar."  Everytime we let her down to walk around she would immediately make her way to her feet and lay her face so gently on them and then pet her some more.  We couldn't help but think that it was as if Brynn knew who she was.  It was so incredible. 

As for Carol, although she couldn't speak and express herself...we knew her heart was exploding.  Her eyes never left Brynn.  I can't imagine how it must feel to meet your granddaughter and not be able to phsycially hold her or speak to her.  My heart aches for her.  It was very emotional for Steve, but he held it together pretty good.

We all stayed at Steve's dads house and had such a great time.  We spent each night enjoying dinners, drinking wine and staying up until near 2am each night.  I can't explain how great it felt to be surrounded by all our friends for a week straight.  As parents to a little one we rarely get the adult interaction that we used to. I don't think I have laughed so hard in a long time.

We also took advantage of being only a few miles from Canada and all took a day to go see the falls.  Steve and I have been twice, but for everyone else it was their first time.  Everyone was in complete awe!  We spent the day at Clifton Hill.  Went and saw the falls, took a million pictures of course.

We came across this field of daffodils and I couldn't help but take advantage of the photo op!  These pictures warm my heart!  For real.  I could die.  Brynn's face is just filled to brim with pure joy!

We eventually stopped and ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.  I was so happy that our friends were all sweet enough to happily go eat here so Brynn could experience all the animals.  She loved it and waved hi and blew sugars the whole time.

Afterwards we stopped and went on the sky wheel which is a ginormous ferris wheel that gives you the best view of the falls.  I can't believe they actually got me on this thing...I was frightened to say the least but the view was incredible.

This trip happened to also be Brynn's first time to meet Steve's brother Dennis and his sister in law Lynn.  They had us over for dinner one night and threw Brynn a little surprise birthday with a little cake and presents.  It was so unexpected and oh so sweet.

Our last day we went to visit Carol one last time.  It was bittersweet, as we do not know if there will be another visit, but what is important is that she was able to see and touch her granddaughter.  

This whole trip made me realize how many blessings I have.  I am so thankful to have a family that is healthy and well, a family that gets to enjoy Brynn all the time, and thankful for amazing friends that traveled and hung with a baby all week and helped me feel like I was actually on vacation!
Mostly thankful that Brynn will be able to look back on these pictures one day and see the beautiful woman she was named after.

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