Before we had M, Nick planned a night away for us. He coordinated with my parents to watch her so that we could have a night to ourselves for our 7-year wedding anniversary in February. He told me about this right after she was born and I had been looking forward to it for 7 months!
We got to New York a few days before our planned getaway to help M get used to being in her new environment. Although there were a few moments when I wasn’t sure I’d be able to leave her, we went.
Nick got us tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. It’s a two-part show, with the first part going from about 1:00-3:00 and the second part starting at 6:30 pm. We left my parents’ house on Long Island early enough to check into our hotel and get lunch before the show.
Just a couple of Ravenclaws getting ready for the show:
Because I am breastfeeding, I had to pump. Nick got us a room at the Westin on the same block as the Lyric Theater. This worked out great because I was able to pump before the show and in between parts.
I have to admit, my hopes weren’t too high for the show because I read the play a few years ago and thought it was just okay. I still wanted to see the show because plays are always so much better in person and because it’s Harry Potter. From the moment the show began, all of my expectations were wildly exceeded in ways I could not predict. Everything about the show was so beautiful.The actors were absolutely brilliant and the effects were incredible.
I loved the story so much more than I did when I read the play and I felt like a lot of it really spoke to me in a new way. Maybe it’s because I have M now, but I really felt for 40-year-old Harry Potter and the struggles he faced. I also really felt for Scorpius and Albus and I loved watching their friendship unfold and develop. The actors who played them brought a such a raw intensity to their parts.
I also loved the ideas explored in the play. I often think about how the tiniest decisions we make have such lasting impacts on us. The play explores the kind of world that could have been if Voldemort had won and how the smallest of actions can have ripple effects.
After the first part was over, we raced back to the hotel room so I could pump. We didn’t have much time for me to pump and for us to get dinner. Luckily, Nick had thought about that and got us reservations for a sushi restaurant right across the street from the theatre. Sushi is quick and we didn’t have to worry about making our way back. I hadn’t had sushi since we were in Japan and my gosh it was good!
Part 2 of the show was just as good as the first. I cried. I was so thankful to Nick for planning this special night for us and it felt good to be lost in my favorite fantasy world again. I absolutely loved the play and Nick did too! He’s not a super huge Harry Potter fan but he enjoys it.
After the show, we walked back to the hotel and went to sleep. Even though M sleeps great, a huge perk of having a night away was just being able to sleep and wake up whenever we wanted.
The next morning, we woke up, walked around a bit, got some breakfast, and headed back. My parents weren’t in a rush for us to get home but we missed our girl.
As parents I have to say, 24 hours was the perfect amount of time for us to be away. It gave us time to relax and reconnect. It gave us a good night’s sleep. When it was time to come home, I truly felt I had gotten everything I needed to come back to M refreshed. I was so excited to see her and she was really happy to see us too.
You don’t have to go far or do something crazy to have a night away. We are very lucky that my parents are able and willing to watch M whenever we need them to, but we really don’t want to be away from her longer than one night. It worked out perfectly and we’re planning to do it again over the summer.
For the first 6 months of M’s life, Nick and I were a tag team. We hardly spent any time together. One of us would be taking care of her while the other was sleeping or cooking or something. This night away was much needed for us and I hope we can get back to prioritizing our marriage now that things with M are much more settled.