Niagara Falls

 

Niagara Falls is an amazing place I visit. When I was a little girl, I went to the American side of Niagara Falls.  This August we went to the Canadian side. My husband had never been so it was the first time for him as well as our baby boy. Yes, people will judge us for taking a 9 month old to places that he was unable to enjoy.  Yes, he was too little and he won’t remember.  I was okay with that because when he gets older, we will go back to Niagara Falls so that he will be able to enjoy it.  All the places which we traveled to with our son over the summer were places that he will be able to go back and visit when he’s older.

Now back to Niagara Falls. It is one of the most amazing waterfalls that we have seen. The rush of the water falling.  There were many people there but it was manageable to view.   The area around Niagara Falls is beautiful. All the flowers and the grass are taken care of.   We walked around to watch the falls.  We saw the American side Niagara Falls from the other side.  They weren’t as big and powerful like the Canadian side but just as beautiful. It was amazing to watch the falls rush down.  All that water just rushing down every day.

We went on the Hornblower cruise  where you got up close and personal with the falls.   The Hornblower cruise was amazing.  We went on the Hornblower early in the morning, when it first opened to miss all the lines. Before you board the cruise you get raincoats. We got the red colored ones.  The blue colored ones are from the Anerican side on the Maid of the Mist.   Once we boarded, we found a spot to get the best view. We were on the second level and by the railing.  Once the boat started moving, we got closer to the falls. You can feel the pressure of the falls as they fall down. Even though we had a raincoat, we still got wet.  The mist  from the falls was so strong that it seemed like we showered.  It was amazing to watch the falls so close. The beauty of it is amazing.

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We also went to Journey Behind the Falls. That was very amazing and awesome.  We stood at the edge of the falls as they were falling down next to us.  The Journey Behind the Falls is on the Canadian side. We took pictures as the water is falling behind us.  Next we went inside and walked through the tunnel and got to go behind the waterfall. We were standing a few feet behind the waterfall. All you heard was the water falling and you just saw nothing but whiteness from the waterfall.  It was amazing and breath taking. It was an amazing experience.

We also had lunch at the Skylon Tower.  We had a buffet lunch. The food was good.  After lunch, we went to the observation deck to view the area. It was amazing to see.

The hotel which we stayed in was Embassy suites. It was very good. They had breakfast everyday for us. We also got vouchers for drinks for 2 nights.  The pool we did not use because my husband said that it was too hot. When a pool is too hot, then you can get sick and we didn’t want to take our baby into it.  There was a Friendly’s at the hotel and we also had a voucher for it.  It was nice to have food all around us.  We had a falls view room and we were able to see the falls from our hotel room.  When you walked to the lobby, you were able to go to an Incline. This incline took you down to the falls. It was 7 Canadian dollars go round trip. It was worth it because you were able to get to the shopping by the falls and come back to your hotel room. It was definitely something that my husband and I enjoyed because it was easy to go with our son.

We really enjoyed our trip to Niagara Falls and look forward to going back in the future when our son gets older.

Toronto

Toronto is located 2 hours from Niagara Falls. It is a major city in Ontario.  It was a nice day trip to go and visit.  We were staying in Niagara Falls and we drove up to Toronto.  If I have to compare the city, I would compare it to New York City because it has the tourist things to do and it is a city that people work in.  The main coffee place in Canada was Tim Hortons. The coffee was good as were the donuts. That’s what we had from them.

The first stop in Toronto was the CN tower. It’s a tower that you get to see the view of the city. The thing that I loved in the CN Tower was the glass floor. We were able to see thousands of feet below us. My son enjoyed it as well. The view from the top was amazing.

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The second stop in Toronto was the aquarium.  It was packed with a lot of people because it is was the summer time and we also went at about 11 pm.  The aquarium was amazing. It was one of the best ones that I have seen. The tanks were so clean.  There was a part of the aquarium that had a people walker. It allowed you to enjoy the aquarium and the fish more.  It was moving slow so you were able to see all the coral, fish, Sharks, turtles, sting rays and so many other things.  I would definitely go to this aquarium.

The third stop in Toronto was Casa Loma. This was a beautiful home.  It also was crowded because it was the summer.  There were so many people there that they ran out of self guided tour headphones. We walked around the house and just enjoyed the beautiful house.  It was hard to know what the house was all about because there wasn’t much to read.  We read certain things about the house.

That was all that we did in Toronto because it was crowded.  It was enough for me and the baby. When traveling with a 9 month old is not easy but you can do it.  We got to see the beauty of a city other than New York City.

Stony Brook State Park

 

 

Stony Brook State Park is located in Dansville, New York. From New York City it is about a 4 hour drive.  It has many hills as well as stairs. They have a natural swimming pool. The pool is water that comes from the waterfalls in the park. It was the first one that I have seen. When we went in August,the water temperature was 57 degrees Fahrenheit. They had different levels like four feet until about 8 feet. There were many people coming to enjoy the natural swimming pool.  We continued to walk the trail for a little bit. It happened to be very hot and humid that day. We saw a few waterfalls but they were not as powerful. The reason could be because of the lack of rain. We haven’t had much rain this summer just a few rain showers here and there.  We took our 9 month old son on this hike. I used a carrier and carried him on my back. It was easy to walk with him.  Our son was looking at the waterfalls and streams.  The beauty of nature is so amazing. When you leave the city, you get to experience so much.  Nature itself is so beautiful. It is full of life.  I enjoy going to nature hikes because it allows me to appreciate nature more. Living in the city all you see are cars and buildings. Don’t get me wrong, buildings also have their beauty but being one with nature is amazing.  The hike relaxed me.  I hope you visit Stony Brook State park it is a gem in upstate New York.

A special bond

When I got pregnant, I started thinking about feeding the baby. I did not want to breastfeed because my mother never did and neither did my mother in law. I did not have anyone that I could ask questions.  At work, I had a mentor and we got to talking and she convinced me to breastfeed. The more that I talked with her the more I decided that I was going to breastfeed.  I started doing my research about breastfeeding.  I read many different articles on the importance of breastfeeding.  I also looked up research on how to produce more milk. I wrote the tips on producing more breast milk in another blog.   Breastfeeding has been one of the best decisions that I have made. It is the best food source for my son. I have watched him grow for the past 9 months.  Because of breastfeeding, we have a special bond. My son loves to play with me and I am able to comfort him.  This bond which I have with my son is one that I would have never had unless I breast fed. Yes, you can have a bond with you’re child if you don’t breast fed but to me this bond which I have with my son is so special.

 

Breastfeeding

Food for the baby.

Bond between mom and baby.

Every 2 hours.

Love.

Challenge.

Ssacrifice.

Every morning.

Early night.

On every call.