Hello? Hello?? Is anyone still out there?!?!?
I realize that it's been quite some time since my last blog entry, but I hope that my faithful readers have remained faithful and are still out there somewhere. :-)
For those of you who are unaware, I have a pretty good reason for my lack of blogging.
You see...on Friday, January 14th - Jim and I were matched with a newborn baby boy!!!
Yes, it's true....I'm a daddy.
I'll give a quick synopsis, as it's going to be almost impossible to catch you all up on a month's worth of blog entries. I hope you understand.
Let's see....on Tuesday, 1/11 we were hit with a horrible snow storm. I was going to work from home on Wednesday, 1/12 but we lost power, so that didn't happen. Oh well, random day off.
As scheduled, I took off on Thursday morning for my softball tournament in Orlando.
Everything went great with that. I arrived on time, found my hotel with no problems, met up with my friends and all was well. On Friday afternoon, we were having afternoon cocktails at the local Irish pub, and I got a phone call from Jim. He informed me that our case worker called and wanted to know if we wanted to be submitted for a case. Jim and I briefly discussed it and decided that we did. After all, we've been submitted plenty of times and nothing had come of it so far, so we should absolutely take the chance once again. We were told that we'd know by the end of the day Friday or at the latest - Monday.
I hung up with Jim and continued on with my vacation (next stop - the pool bar!!)
After a few more drinks, we headed back to our hotel room and got ready for the evening's registration party. While getting ready, Jim called me again and told me that we had been selected and that I needed to get home as soon as possible.
Long story short (WAAAAY too late) I changed my flight, informed my teammates, and was on a plane back to Boston at 7am Saturday morning.
(Have no fear, my team was able to find a player or two to take my place in the tournament.)
Before I knew it, it was Saturday at 10:30am, and I was back in the sub-zero weather on my way to the hospital to meet our baby boy. We met him at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon, visited him again on Sunday and Monday, and then on Tuesday afternoon - we brought him home.
Since then, it's been a roller coaster ride of craziness, but it's been totally amazing. I've been out of work since 1/17 and I'm not due to go back until 2/21 (or so) which has been GREAT.
Jim was off for 2 weeks, and for the next couple of weeks, he's working part time, with at least one day a week working from home
When we both go back to work full time, Zachary Paul (that's his name) will be going to daycare with our sister-in-law who runs a daycare out of her home, about 5 minutes from our house.
Zachary is doing GREAT, we're adjusting quite well (if I may say so), and things are beyond excellent for all of us (and yes, that includes Scooter who is a BIG fan of the baby).
Now that things have slowed down a bit, I'll try and visit the blog a bit more than I have been...which shouldn't be too hard, considering it's been over a month since my last post, and I'm sure that once I get back to work - things will pick up even more!!!
I hope you're all well, and I know I have SOOOO much reading to do in order to catch up on all your blogs.
I miss you all terribly, and I hope that you haven't given up on me and my blog.
I'm still here and will be back to 'normal' soon....well, as normal as can be expected. :-)