Before Baby Satski was born, Russell and I made what we thought was one of our last trips to New York for a while. But here we were, just six months later, back in New York with a three-month old baby. I recently switched teams at work and I’m now responsible for selling at the NY Now Gift show. I was shocked that I had to go on such a long business trip (6 nights!) so soon back from maternity leave. Since Russell was still on summer break, we decided to all go together as a family. It wasn’t an easy decision and it certainly wasn’t an easy trip, but I suppose a little hardship is what builds life experience. We survived and Baby Satski can check cross-country travel off his list.
Ready for his first flight in his airplane jammies. We didn’t buy an extra seat for Baby Satski and planned to just have him on our laps the entire flight. Luckily, there were extra seats there and back, so he got to have some space for naps. This hand-holding slays me. We stayed in Chelsea at the Four Points Sheraton. The staff were friendly and essentially the room came with everything we needed, but it was tiny. Add in a crib, stroller, luggage, and all the baby accessories and we hardly had any empty floor space. It would have been fine if it was just for me as a place to sleep, but Russell and baby had to log in a lot of hours in this single room. It felt like a prison sentence.But Baby Satski enjoyed the king sized bed. The Chronicle booth at the gift show was a success. We were busy the entire time and met with buyers from all the over the country. Selling our awesome books and gifts was a piece of cake but standing for nine hours a day on very little sleep was killer. Having this little guy visit the booth was the highlight of the show for me. While I was at the show all day, Russell and Baby Satski hit the town, or rather the 1 mile radius around our hotel that Russell could manage on his own alone with baby. We strategically chose to stay in Chelsea for its central location. Russell shopped in the garment district for some sewing projects and baby charmed all the ladies. At nights, we did our best to meet up with friends. I’d get off from the show at 6 PM, commute my way back through the muggy streets, drop off my milk in the room and we’d be right back out the door again. It was worth it to see all these familiar faces though!
Russell’s old students from the Bronx even came out. They were the ones that threw us the surprise baby shower the last time we were in town!After breaking down the booth on the final day of the show, I got out early and finally had a little quality time to spend with family. We walked over to the High Line. Here’s a quick little video of our visit. I wish I’d caught more footage. And I originally had some nice music on the video but it got flagged for copyright (oops) so you’ll just have to bear with the awkward silences. One of my goals this next year is to get better at this whole movie-making thing. Thanks to Ariel for my new favorite shirt! And so much thanks to Russell for making this trip and supporting a working mama!