Who doesn't love to take a road trip with a toddler and preschooler and a pregnant mom? Bless J's heart (yay Southern phrase!), he drove us all the way from Atlanta to NYC.
By the time we hopped into the car, they were completely ready for an afternoon nap
we stopped at a very kid-friendly Chick-fil-A for dinner and gave them some more exercise (err...play) time so that J and I could continue on our journey until 2 AM.
The girls LOVE staying at hotels. Cutie Cakes screams "YAY!" with glee and does a funny little waddle dance whenever we get into a hotel room. Cutie Face loves hotel breakfasts and their pools. Having a super big girl comfy bed to call her own for a night is also a huge highlight.
Since J drove the whole time, I gave him a break in the AM and took the girls swimming in the pool. We clearly didn't get enough water time because the girls continued to play in the bath with awesomely improvised bath toys (ice bucket and water cups are great, fyi!).
Another hotel bonus for the girls?
They got to watch cable tv while we quickly got ready
Cutie Cakes took to it right away. Here she is, hailing a cab
J had to do a little work and hotel room #2 was not quite ready so the girls and I found a playground and off we went...in the double jogging stroller which, i'm pretty sure, is the largest vehicle Manhattanites have ever seen grace their already cramped sidewalks
Cutie Cakes took a stellar nap on the remainder of the drive
so she was ready to take Manhattan...
she couldn't seem to find her sister to play with, though
Oh! that's right, Cutie Face had zero naps and pretty much zero sleep the night before. Where did we find her on a fun new playground? Taking refuge in her stroller of course!
The playground was located in Madison Square Park. This same park just so happened to be hosting a viewing station for the US Open finals. We wished Poppy was there to watch it with us and the rest of the lunch-crowd--he would have loved it!
Finally, our room was ready & so were we! The girls couldn't wait to get into their room and take a nap...because apparently another hotel perk is getting boutique cupcakes upon check-in. Which we used as incentives to go to sleep so they could eat them upon waking. it worked! and we all took 2.5 hour naps! I can attest that Billy's Cupcakes are deliciously worth the nap-time wait :)