First Night Without a Baby?

Yes, you read that title correctly. This past weekend was our first overnight trip without Sophia. She’ll be 15 months next week. And by “trip”, I mean one night. It was a nice baby step to getting comfortable to leave her for longer than that for a possible upcoming vacation. We were in downtown Baltimore for the weekend, so only a half hour away, but just far enough for us. My family came down for the weekend to take care of Sophia, and she didn’t even miss us. That’s how much she loves them. Of course they spoil her in every which way and she loves the attention. It made me feel so much better that she was comfortable, and not left with a random babysitter.

Let me start off by saying we aren’t city people. We do love to eat though, so Baltimore definitely gives you a ton of options to enjoy from your typical chain restaurants, to the small, hole-in-the-wall type of restaurants that are just to die for. We booked our hotel through Expedia. It was my first time using it, and I was pretty impressed. A one bedroom suite in the city, two blocks from the Inner Harbor that didn’t cost an arm and a leg? Perfect. Insert the Springhill Suites by Marriott.

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Our first stop of the day was lunch. We made all of our reservations online, so it was very easy to set everything up. Lunch was Alchemy on 36th. New favorite restaurant? That’s an understatement. It’s tucked away on East 36th Street, and parking isn’t the easiest to find, but well worth the search.

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It was Baltimore’s Restaurant Week so the restaurants participating had pre-set menus for brunch, lunch and dinner. We were starving when we got to Alchemy and since they don’t encourage phone usage in the restaurant itself, we didn’t get pictures of our meals. We both got soup, French Onion Au Gratin and Crab Bisque (holy yum), a Chorizo burger for Jay, and the Croque Monseur for me. It. Was. So. Good. You really just need to go there. I can’t explain it anymore. I’d go there for lunch today if heading into that area with a toddler didn’t scare the crap out of me.

We left, grabbed some snack food before our afternoon movie (that didn’t end up happening) and then we headed to Fells Point per my friend Sarah’s recommendation to walk around and see all of the small shops. I loved the cobblestone roads. I also loved this sweet shop we came across called Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream. The fudge is incredible, but we got some ice cream and I can’t even explain how delicious it was. I sampled the Limited Edition Strawberry Cheesecake and I wanted to put my face in the container. So. Good. We settled on Cake Batter ice cream in a waffle cone for Jay, and a bowl of Lemon Sorbet for me. SO GOOD. GO THERE.

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Seriously the best sorbet I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve tried a LOT of sorbet, so I’d say I’m slightly obsessed.

We walked around for a bit, then headed back to the hotel to hang out until dinner. Unfortunately my procrastination led to a super late reservation at Ruth’s Chris. Jay napped, I chatted with my mom to see how my little bug was doing, and then started getting ready for dinner. Our reservation was at 8:30pm.

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Weekend mirror selfie! I couldn’t resist. I never get to dress up, so this was a nice treat 🙂

We got the valet to bring the car around and headed to dinner, where we then found out that Ruth’s Chris was running 15 minutes behind reservations. They sent us to the bar to grab a drink, with every other person waiting for a table. We had a drink, and chatted with an older man at the bar. Jay melted people into puddles of liquor after showing off our little princess. It’s funny how one view from someone can change your day.

I definitely feel like our everyday busy lives can get in the way of our relationship and marriage. Everything is just a blur, and that man said to cherish all of your moments, and of course our first night out. I just felt so thankful that we were able to get out and enjoy ourselves. It gave me that warm, fuzzy, mushy feeling inside. I loved it.

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After 40 minutes of waiting past our reservation at Ruth’s Chris, we were seated. Conveniently enough, we were seated next to the three drunk girls we saw stumbling at the bar downstairs. Perfect. Our waiter was nice… I think. Though, at that type of restaurant, it’s pretty easy to piss them off. Just simply ask for regular water, not sparkling, order off of the Restaurant Week menu, and don’t get any alcohol or coffee. I’ve been a server, I know how annoying this must be. The salad I got chose was simple, but the gumbo Jay ordered was under seasoned and lacked the heat that a gumbo often normally has.

I ordered the filet, and Jay ordered the Stuffed Chicken. I think I preferred his chicken to my filet. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but, that’s it. It wasn’t anything super amazing. I was warned by my sister that it wasn’t impressive. Though, the sweet potato casserole was pretty amazing. I don’t think we’d ever dine here outside of Restaurant Week, if we would even dine there again. I just don’t get the hype. I also seemed to have offended the waiter when I didn’t like the side of potatoes I ordered, and barely touched, and he didn’t make the effort to accommodate me in asking if I wanted something different, and also left it on the check. For the prices you pay at that restaurant, I feel you should definitely be catered to a bit better. But, that’s just my opinion.

We boxed up the leftovers, dropped them to the car and headed out to grab some drinks at Howl at the Moon in Power Plant Live.

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I felt so old there! Girls celebrating their 21st birthdays, getting sloppy and drunk and falling all over the place. It’s just not my thing, and it never has been, and that’s probably because I’ve never weighed enough to be able to handle 16 drinks in one night. Sad? Nope. I really just don’t like drinking.

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We left about a half hour later like old farts 😉 I would just much rather watch a movie in comfy clothes and hang out in the hotel.

Next morning, we headed downstairs for breakfast.

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It looked better than it tasted, but that salsa was on point. I was impressed.

We went back upstairs for a bit, then we checked out, grabbed the car from the valet and headed BACK to Alchemy for brunch. Can you say obsessed? Unfortunately they didn’t offer brunch that particular Sunday, bummer 😦 BUT we got to try some things from the regular menu, and well, I wish I lived closer. I’d probably eat their every day.

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We ordered this beauty as a starter, the Crab Cassole. Oh. My. Goodness. I couldn’t stop eating it. It’s addicting. We ended up taking it home and yes, I had it for breakfast yesterday. Go ahead, judge away.

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Jay got the crab cake sandwich which was literally nothing but crab. This place doesn’t mess around. I got that beauty up there, the Short Rib Grilled Cheese. Yes, I’m eating the leftovers of that today for lunch. The chips are homemade, all sauces from scratch and the chef is only 1 in 5 finalists for Chef of the Year! How cool is that? His food is amazing.

We grabbed some coffee and headed home. I literally was tearing up, I couldn’t WAIT to see my baby. Her smile just lights up my life.

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We had a great weekend away. It was really nice to spend time together, just Jay and I. It doesn’t happen often, but I cherish every time that it does.

We’ll be away again in a few weeks for a quick weekend trip for a baptism, and my family will come and watch her again. But after that, I want to keep her for a little while before we plan an actual vacation. We still haven’t gone on a ‘honeymoon’ or anything, and I’d really love a little all-inclusive getaway, eventually.

When was the first time you left your baby overnight? Did you wait as long as we did?

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