They say it takes a village, and we're thankful to have such an awesome one, in which any child will be welcomed and loved by all.
We live in the West Village - one of New York's most charming and quiet neighborhoods - home to a farmer's market, great playgrounds, cobblestone streets and a park that winds along the Hudson River. Our building is near amazing schools known for their strong community involvement and wonderful teachers.
We're very lucky to have our families nearby. Jordan's parents, Erica's sister and brother-in-law, and our aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephew all live in and around the city. Erica's mom is moving to NYC this year, and Erica's dad, who lives in Florida, can't wait to play with the new grandchild in his kiddie pool. In fact, this will be the first grandchild for all of our parents, and everyone is over-the-moon excited.
We also have a large circle of friends in Manhattan and Brooklyn, many of whom have children. It's a diverse, extended community that will offer life-long support, playdates, friendships and fun. We have family members who've been adopted and friends who've adopted children.
As for us, our lives changed completely when we met at a yoga/music camp-out several years ago. Jordan was living in Canada at the time, so our first dates were in the mountains of upstate New York and on a lobster boat in Maine (yep!). We love to travel, dance, hike and explore the outdoors, chill on the beach, swim, watch movies, see live music, and cook together. We also love planning large projects - everything from dinner parties with friends, to family holiday feasts, to Erica's film shoots, to our own wedding. We make a great team, in work and play, and look forward to bringing that joy to parenting. Oh, and last but not least, there's the cats. We've got two awesome furballs named Mingu (after the jazz musician Charles Mingus) and Ponyo (named after a Japanese animated movie character). They're world-class snugglers.