It has been a very odd year for us, so I have to apologize for the lack of posts since Zachary was born. Not as if anything is wrong, but we have been extremely busy with all the new changes in our life and some projects we have under-taken.
Zachary is doing great, he is such a big boy and an incredibly easy baby (so far). We had always feared and heard that if you have an angel of a first child, that the second comes out with horns and a spiked tail. This has not been the case so far! We are very lucky!
Zach is a chubby little one, we call him our tank because already he is weighing more than an Aegis Fast Attack Frigate and displaces more water than one also. Zach was born at 8 pounds 2 ounces and left the hospital in the 7 pound range. At Zachary hitting three months yesterday he is over 13 pounds (exact weight to be calculated today as he gets more inoculations). He is also a great sleeper, zonking around 10pm each night and waking at about 5, although last night he woke up at 3 with a thirst only a Vampire can know at that hour. He is a big, growing, healthy boy!
Eli has also had a great year, overcoming a lot of the issues associated with his PDD NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified, but still having some of the issues that make me as a parent break down and cry. He is such a wonderful boy, very caring, extremely brilliant and solid, yet I still see the behavior and mannerisms occasionally that just tear my heart out. I was hoping that by the time Kindergarten came around he would be declassified and these issues would be long behind us. But the reality of the situation is clear, even though he has accomplished so much and grown and excelled past all of our expectations, he still has issues. As a dad, all I can do is love him for who he is, and provide the best support I can. He is my best friend, and all of my happiness in life. He is everything to me.
We also started the house hunting this year and finally selected a house we wanted to buy. As I type this I wait for the bank to give me a closing date. We have passed all of the stringent financial requirements and signed and dotted every document in triplicate five times over . It is just a waiting game and we hope that we are closing on the 28th, just five days from now.
So I will be posting more now, work is beginning to quiet down a bit with many of my big projects starting to close. I am not happy with work at the moment, having been denied training too many times this year, having raises postponed, no increase in pay, no increase in vacation days. I know I am lucky to have a job, and although I LOVE what I do, I am losing respect for the company I am doing it for. I don’t want to have to leave, but they are making it more difficult to stay. I hope the company turns around, I really do.
As for Jodi and I, we are doing well. Packing and planning, arguing and laughing. Normal adult marriage stuff, but I think things are going well. I think everything will settle down about a year after we move into the house. It is time for us to take a vacation together, recharge the batteries and have a little fun. It has been a stressful but rewarding year, and I look forward to spending at least another 50 years with my wife and kids.