From time to time, it is refreshing to have one of our NYC Dads Group members be a “guest blogger” and blog about one of our meet-up experiences or discuss the trials and tribulations about parenting. This week I asked Patrick, one of our more active and outgoing members, to describe our meet-up event this week…
It was an exciting day for Grace and me. We took the subway from the Upper West side down to Chambers Street where we then walked over to the Hudson and down to Wagner Park immediately north of the Battery.
We met up with 10 other dads for nearly 2 hours. The kids had plenty of room to crawl around on the blankets, on the grass, see other kids, and show off their tricks. When the kids look at each other, face to face, you can almost hear them saying, “Hey you have a nose too.” Kids are also always more interested in someone else’s toy.
After being with the group for nearly 3 months it’s great to see the growth in the kids and hear all the stories about cool stuff the kids are doing. Some of the kids eventually plugged into a bottle, and I fed Grace a lunch of cheese, chicken and strawberries. We all know the importance of keeping our kids “on schedule”, and it was just particularly nice to do this while talking with other Dads with Lady Liberty just over there (see the Statue in the background of picture above).
Dads came from all over New York City for this afternoon’s Meet Up. When it came time to go, I joined two other Dads in the trek north along the river path. Three men pushing strollers … unstoppable!
Smart Dads always know where they are in relationship to the “pub”… over 30 blocks later, we HAD to stop for a burger and a beer at the Chelsea Brewing Company at Chelsea Piers. Perfect. We work hard. We change diapers. We deserved it.
It was a great day for all…Grace and I hope to see the group and more new Dads next week.
Patrick & Grace (in picture – Patrick in green holding Grace in pink)