While there are many wistful things about your kids growing up too fast, there are some perks to your children growing up as well. In Ava and my world that includes being travel buddies!
When Katie and I were in New York last fall for her Babymoon, we decided that she and I would throw a Sip and See for Baby Elizabeth a couple of months after she was born. And that is exactly what we did.
I thought it would be A) really fun to take Ava to Dallas with me since she loves to travel, loves babies, and currently loves doing “girl things” together and B) it would take the burden off Tommy having to watch both kiddos while I was away for the weekend.
She was more than ready for this little trip. When I told her about it, she immediately asked how many nights we would be gone. When I told her two nights, she immediately replied “why not 10 nights”?
She and I stayed at the Canopy Hilton in Uptown and to echo Ava’s words as she entered our hotel room, “it was really nice”! After eating dinner and watching some TV in bed, she and I called it a night in preparation for the busy day ahead of us.
On Saturday morning, Ava and I picked up the cutest (and tastiest) petite fours at Stein’s Bakery, before heading to Snooze to have brunch with one of my college buddies, Elaine, before we headed to Katie’s to start setting up for the party. (Got that?)
The Sip and See was lovely and fairly easy to coordinate and setup with Katie, considering we live in different states, she just having a baby, and she and I both having older kiddos (she has a son, James, who is three) as well. Fortunately, in addition to babies, there were a few other kiddos right around Ava’s age, so she had a blast playing with them during the party setup and the actual party.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with a Sip and See, it’s a party/gathering that happens a couple months after a baby is born. It’s an opportunity for family and close friends to meet the baby in a relaxed and familiar setting (usually at the baby’s house). The gathering can be as elaborate (with a dedicated theme) or not, as the mother wants. In true form, Katie wanted to keep things simple but elegant.
Framed photos from Elizabeth’s newborn photo shoot were placed around the house with fresh flowers for decor. The food and drink spread included tea sandwiches and a cheese tray from Central Market, dips and crackers and fruit salad from Costco, the petite fours, and a mimosa bar.
Two signs of a great party and a job well done.
I did feel a little guilty that Ava couldn’t nap longer than a 15-minute car ride, but we had another visit right after the Sip and See.
An early dinner with Christina, Aaron, and baby Landry at Meso Maya!
Needless to say, Ava and I were exhausted once we crawled into bed that night. It had been a great day!
The next morning before we flew back home, we had brunch with Ava’s great Aunties and second cousin Stephanie (so my aunts and my cousin) at Original Market Diner.
I knew Ava (and I) had a great time on this trip, but this is what sealed the deal: the second we landed at DCA, she burst into tears. I knew why she was crying, but asked. She replied “I still want to be on our trip”!
Well, I think it’s safe to say that more Mommy and Daughter trips back to Dallas and elsewhere are in our future!