Monday, December 13, 2010

Once is enough

Sometimes you have to do something crazy, just that once, to be able to say you did it; to confirm to yourself that you still are fun, young and adventurous... and then you don't ever do it again. 

You're probably waiting for me to tell you that I went sky diving or got a tattoo or something that really requires some guts.  But no, I'm just talking about a short weekend in NYC- Niall and mommy. And believe me, with baby in tow and no husband to help, that is just as crazy as the things mentioned above.

A few old friends were going to be there for the weekend, and I had family in NJ.  So, I decided I could fit everyone in just over 24 hours.  It was a 4 hour drive to NJ on Friday, arriving at my cousins' around 3pm.  I spent the evening with them and left around 11am the next morning to drive into the city. 

Why didn't I realize that driving into NYC is an absolute death wish?  I couldn't really tell ya.  I guess I just thought having my car and all of our stuff with us would be easier than trying to deal with public transportation. 

1pm rolled around and I was stuck in gridlock traffic INSIDE the Lincoln tunnel, which is when I started to panic.  Surely, I would die of claustrophobia inside of this godforesaken tunnel.  And then, everyone would start honking and yelling at me for inconveniencing them with my dying in their lane. 

Wait, there's a baby in the back of this car- get it together!  (is what I told myself).  It's an amazing thing the way your motherly instincts allow you to accomplish things you never would have been able to do if you were on your own.  I knew I would have to put my hypochondriac notions aside and just get us out of here.

And miraculously, I did.  Only through a lot of stimulating pretend conversations with Niall, who was paying no attention to me... and only to find that I would be in the center of hell on the other side of that tunnel. 

I emerged in the heart of Manhattan, a needle in a haystack of cars, trying to find parking.  Hmmm.  I surprisingly found a parking garage not more than a few blocks from the Lincoln death tube.  For just $50 a day!  After $30 worth of tolls to get to this city of lunatic rage-aholics. 

Ok, but even after all the stress, it was so worth it.  Just this one time.  Just to see some old friends, catch a slightly out of reach glimpse of the big Christmas tree, step into the biggest Toys R Us ever (and walk right back out after being stampeded), and snap a quick photo of the naked cowboy. 

All the while, Niall was sleeping in the stroller-- as I was screaming "There's the tree!", "There's Santa!", "There's a Shrek impersonator!"  But I saw it and I enjoyed it, so I guess that's all that matters.

And the sad fact is that he wouldn't remember any of it anyway.  That's what pictures are for, right?

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  1. You did that ALONE crazy woman?! Glad you're back in one piece. Public transportation with a stroller is rough but that traffic is HELL. So glad you had a good time though :)

  2. Hello! I'm your newest follower. I found you on the Nater Tot blog. :)

    Oh my goodness... reading this post gave me a knot in my stomach. You are one brave woman! Congratulations for surving the weekend. My husband and I lived in Manhatten for two years (pre-baby), and a couple of times we rented a car to get out of the city and it was just a nightmare. I'm surprised we're still married after some of the traffic turmoil we had.

    But seriously, I'm so glad you had a good time. :)

    Stop by if you get a chance!


  3. oh my gosh, i about had a panic attack for you with that lincoln tunnel scenario! crazy. sounds like an awesome time though, & i'm glad it was all worth it. way to be brave mama :)

  4. I hope you're thinking twice about the benefits of public transport! :) Now you know why even the Mayor takes the subway!


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