I’m a huge fan of the Big Apple. Without a doubt it’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit. My brain really enjoys all of the stimulation New York feeds it, and I actually find a lot of beauty in landscape; it makes me think much about the One who is the real creative genius behind all that you see there, but that’s a different post… (My wife, on the other hand, would trade a trip to NYC for a relaxing week at the beach any day of the week. We’re different like that, and it works.)
It’s been my dream to take Noah to New York one day, and we actually had a trip planned to visit even before our Target post went viral. However, it’s cool how things work out sometimes. As you’ll see in a few posts, we ended up becoming friends with Ryan (the child with Down syndrome that appeared in the Target ad) and his family and it turns out they actually live in the New York area. So we were excited to get to spend some time with them on our trip.
And we’re off!
I remember the last time I was in New York. My wife was sill pregnant with Noah, and I couldn’t stop imagining how awesome it was going to be when I got to bring my son to this incredible place for the first time.
I thought about the plane ride, and how excited he’d be the entire time, and how he wouldn’t be able to wait to finally step off that plane and see New York for the first time…! As you can see, that dream really didn’t come true. Ha,ha!
(In my imagination he was a little older than 12 months!)
However, he was pretty excited about snacking on the sky mall…
I thought about his first taxi ride into the city, and how his wide eyes would be when he crossed over that bridge and saw the New York City skyline for the first time. (In my imagination he was tall enough to actually see over the seat…) However as you saw in the video he did enjoy a nice bottle of milk on his way into the city!
One cute bear, and one large city!
We got to our hotel a little late so we didn’t have a lot of time to do explore, but we wanted to eat, and I wanted to take Noah to Times Square for the first time. Being that it is winter in NYC it was pretty cold we bundled Noah up like a cuddly little bear (talk about an oxymoron) and headed down stairs.
I wondered what it would be like when Noah saw the bright lights of Times Square for the first time. Well, I didn’t have to wonder any longer. It was awesome seeing his eyes fill with wonder and curiosity as took it all in. It really was a dream come true for me! There are no words to describe how much I love this lady and this little boy!
I know some children with Down syndrome don’t do well around a lot of bright and loud stimulation, and you may wondering how Noah handled Times Square. I have to say he really enjoyed it. In fact, he’s always been a fan of bright and shiny toys. The brighter, and louder, the better. As he grows up it’ll be interesting to see if this stays the same, and how he’ll react to large crowds. It’s to early to tell that now, although I have noticed that even though Noah is a very energetic little boy he has the tendency to get shy around people sometimes…but who doesn’t?
After walking around for a little bit we took Noah into one of my favorite places in New York, The Times Square Toys R Us, although not as awesome as my favorite toy story in the city, we still had a blast!
It was getting late and by the time we made it to dinner (NYC Pizza!) our cute little bear, was beary tired.
We passed through Times Square on the way back to our hotel, and even all the lights and sounds of Times Square couldn’t wake Noah up. This kid’s one beary sound sleeper! (ok, ok, I’ll stop!)
And by the time we made it back to our hotel he was 100% out and ready for a fun filled weekend!
We had a blast in New York and can’t wait to share the rest of our trip with you guys.
Have you ever taken your child to Times Square (or another busy place) if so what did they think about it the first time they saw it? What is one of your favorite places to go visit, either by yourself, or with the family? How does your child like places with a lot of stimulation? Are the fans, are not so much? Take a minute to leave a comment and tell us about it.