Like many living in NYC, we don't own a car. We drive maybe twice a year on vacation or visiting our families. We have, like a lot of other New Yorkers, a love/hate relationship with taxis and their drivers (I've heard it said you're not really a New Yorker till you've almost been hit by one. Check!) Thus, we decided hailing a taxi was not how we wanted to bring our prized possession home from the hospital. Enter Zip Car (www.zipcar.com) -- Husband was able to find one parked in a lot 2 blocks away from the hospital. Using the Zip Car iphone application, he was able to easily make the reservation and unlock the car. Forgive the pun, but we did indeed "zip" across town in a safe and reliable Volvo, which he returned later that day. We hope to take advantage of this service for day trips and visits to see friends outside the city. Baby S should know what grass looks like, after all.
If you notice the time period between the last post and this one, you'll realize pretty quickly that we now have a baby on our hands! How is it that one little person can change your life in an instant? Sounds rather dramatic to put it that way, but it's absolutely true. Baby S arrived at NYU Medical Center (www.nyubaby.org) at 2:45am on October 13th-11 days after her due date (clearly she gets her "fashionably late" side from me). I will spare those reading the labor & delivery experience... sufficed to say, it was challenging and a real test of my strength and patience. While I'm not looking to repeat it anytime soon, the end result (sweet little baby & Husband's perma-grin) made it more than worthwhile. That, and the truly amazing since of accomplishment-- bringing a child into the world has made me feel empowered; fearless. We're experiencing a different, all-encompassing kind of love that has, without a doubt, changed us for the better. Becoming a mom has made an already sentimental person a big pile of mush... and I wouldn't change a thing. Let the adventure begin!