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Notes from New York

July 31, 2007
Filed under: Baby Kenton, Blog — emkenton @ 9:54 pm

So I caught a train bright and early this morning bound for New York City.  For a variety of reasons, I didn’t take the regular “Regional” train and thus was able to experience my first Acela Express ride.  I have to say that I would have been pretty disappointed if it had been my own money I was spending.  It saves only 20-25 minutes between BWI and NYC, has seats that are no bigger than the regular regional trains, and costs $50-75 more.  Crazy.

While I was sitting on a bench waiting for the train to arrive at the station, I’m 95% sure I felt Baboo kick a couple of times.  Or at least some sort of movement.  Definitely different than the general stomach gas-like feelings that have been going on.  So that’s pretty exciting!

I was very close to wearing an obvious maternity shirt today so doting strangers might help me with my luggage.  In the end, I just couldn’t do it (the shirt was just TOO big) so I had to resort to asking the men around me if they could hoist my large suitcase into and out of the overhead baggage compartments.  That worked just fine.  And being preggers gives me carte blanche to take a cab to the office from Penn Station rather than the subway I would usually do since I can’t carry my bags up and down the stairs. 

Anyway, no real news on this end.  It’s nice to be in Lower Manhattan with the narrow streets, even if my hotel room doesn’t have an iron and I have a suitcase full of wrinkled clothes.  Just returned from dinner at an English pub-like place where I enjoyed a delightful chicken pot pie.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t enjoy all the martinis and wine being swilled around me, but I did have a lovely ginger ale with a splash of cranberry!


  1. The first time I really felt Molly, it was during Andy’s sermon! It was definately a fluttering feeling like they say, but it was very obvious as it felt as though she was doing a summersalt! I’m guessing that I had been feeling her before that, I just didn’t know what it was.

    Comment by jen — August 1, 2007 @ 9:01 am

  2. I have to agree on the Acela Express. I would say it was noticeably “nicer” than the regular regional, but not $75 nicer. Maybe $10 nicer, but that’s about it. Thankfully, work was paying for my recent trip on it as well.

    Comment by chad — August 1, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

  3. Hey, at least you don’t pay extra for a train with poorly functioning brakes. I think last year, or maybe 2 years ago, they had to stop running the Acelas for awhile due to major brake malfunctions on a number of the trains. I’ve only taken the normal train to NY - and only once! It sure is easy though, much more relaxing than going to the airport. I think I’ve actually ridden more trains in Europe than in the US.

    Comment by Kerry — August 2, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

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