We finally got to the hospital about 1PM, after going to the police station to find our car, which had been towed to a lot in the area. We had to get the newborn's crib out of the trunk, when we located the car, but we couldn't open the trunk when we got there, since the electrical system had shut down. A technician helped us retrieve the item and we were on our way.
At the hospital, we picked up our elder grandson, my son was able to see his wife and soon afterward , baby Ryan was born. This was about 2 PM the day after our nightmare began. We just got to see the baby when they told us to leave the hospital, since no visitors were allowed due to the power failure.
When we arrived home, the lights were on!! However, Hoboken was still without power and of course, the new little family, and my daughter-in-law’s parents (who had arrived, from Florida right after the birth) had to stay with us for a few days until the power in Hoboken was restored. Another son, his 2 children, his wife's parents, traveling from Portland, Oregon also stayed with us, due to lack of power in Fairfield, Connecticut.
While writing this story about our family's adventures, during hurricane Sandy, I am reminded that it all ended well, except for a minor casualty of a car that must be replaced. I am very grateful that we are all well, especially baby Ryan and his mother. This is a story our family will be repeating for many years to come at all family gatherings and this written record of the events leading up to Ryan’s birth will definitely be placed in his “Baby Book” for posterity.