Has it really been since the beginning of May since I wrote a post? Sorry about that. It’s just that I so often say what I want with a paragraph or two on Facebook or Google+ or a sentence or two on Twitter that writing a whole blog post seems excessive and redundant. Not to mention all that’s been going on to keep me away from the blog. To wit, let’s recap.
- For those of you who don’t follow me or Melanie on Facebook, Twitter, of G+ and don’t read her blog, we’re expecting again. We found out about the time my blog writing went kaput. Coincidence? I think not. We’re in the throws of “morning” sickness, which means that Melanie is sick all day and all night and I do my best to pick up the slack before and after work. Anyway, we seem to be nearing the end of that godawful phase and we’re entering the nice part of pregnancy before the third trimester is upon us.
- The due date is January 7. Since this is a caesarean section by necessity (four previous ones), it will be a scheduled delivery. Scheduled deliveries are invariably scheduled before the due date. I’m pushing for December 31. Tax deduction, you know. Plus if it takes longer than we expect, we could have the first child born in the new year. Bonus!
- Melanie’s sister Theresa, who has lived with us the last 3-1/2 years has moved out and moved back to Texas. This is bittersweet. (I would tease her by saying bitter for Melanie and sweet for me, if she were here. She’d know I was kidding. Or am I?) No, really, it’s bittersweet in that we’re sad to see her go, especially the kids who obviously loved having their auntie here; and Melanie who got to have her best friend around all the time; and all of us who benefited from having a third adult to watch kids or run an errand or cook dinner. The sweetness of the bittersweet comes from the fact that three adults and four children in our little house was a lot, and now we have a bedroom for the boys to be in. Ben can move out from his sisters’ room and Anthony out of ours. That’s right, for the past 16 months we’ve have a third occupant of our bedroom. It will be nice to get our room back. For the next 6 months. Sigh.
So that’s what we’ve been up to. There’s been more, of course, family gatherings, plans for a trip to Texas in September for my brother-in-law’s wedding, plans for a trip to Texas at the end of August for me for the Catholic New Media Conference, plus the usual trappings of work, summer weekends at farmers markets; trips to visit Grandma in Maine; and so on.
But now, my hands are back on the tiller and the ship of this blog is being sailed again. We’re back.