One might be wondering why — with only six TNG reviews to go before finishing up my long-protracted and often-delayed TNG reviewing project, and thus completing my reviews of the entire Trek canon — I would suddenly stop after my last post back in early December. My latest hiatus can be explained simply, but I’ll also break down some details for those who find interest in stuff like that.
The simple reason is that my wife Kathy and I have been expecting our first child. We found out she was pregnant in early July, with an expected due date of March 15, 2013.
You may have noticed sometime in 2012 my level of urgency in completing the TNG project went up. This was no small coincidence. I knew we were planning to start our family and that I would have a real-life ticking clock, because my plan was to complete the TNG project before the arrival of the baby. I set myself the goal of the end of 2012 so that I could finish up TNG and then focus on getting our house ready for the baby.
Well, that didn’t quite work out how I’d planned. December was here, and that’s always a crazy month because of the holidays and the travel and the hustle and bustle and family time that comes with that month. So review writing got pushed to the back burner. If I had the discipline to keep at it, I probably could’ve found the time, but life is a balance, and the balance shifted me away from review writing.
Then, in January, things started really ramping up for preparing for our daughter’s (confirmed by ultrasound) arrival. Gift registries. Product research. Baby showers. Moving furniture and painting walls to convert my office into a nursery. Crib selection and assembly. Stroller assembly. More baby product assembly. Carpet cleaning. You name it. Basically every weekend in January and February was devoted to some sort of project or travel or baby-related event. Meanwhile, being at my new job since only last March meant I had limited vacation time — all of which was already earmarked for the weeks immediately following our little one’s birth.
So, then, a couple weekends ago (February 23-24), after spending a Sunday afternoon installing infant car seats in our cars and cleaning the carpets of our house’s main floor — the last major project on my checklist — we were completely ready, with three whole weeks to spare until our daughter’s due date. Kathy and I even planned one last relaxing date night for ourselves for the evening of Saturday, March 2. Dinner and a movie.
So what better time, then, to stop and take a breath, and during that week knock out those last few reviews of TNG, right? And that’s exactly what I started doing, with a plan to post some reviews by the weekend.
Then, on Thursday, February 28, Kathy went for her doctor’s visit, where they had a few concerns with what they saw on the monitors and wanted to induce labor and, long story short, a few minutes later I received a phone call at work from Kathy that ended with me saying, incredulously, “NOW?!”
By Friday morning, March 1, we were holding our healthy and beautiful baby daughter. Needless to say, our March 2 date night was canceled.
As I write this, our little girl is one week old. We have been home from the hospital since Monday. Kathy is napping soundly on the couch and our baby girl — who is so tiny and adorable that words are not sufficient — is sleeping comfortably in her baby swing. I’m typing on my laptop with an hour or so to kill, the room is quiet and still, and all feels right in the world. We are so very blessed as new parents.
Meanwhile, I’ve got some time off work for the first time in nearly a year. I’ll even have some time to write, not that it’s my top priority. But be on the lookout for some new reviews (many of them are already written). It will probably be within a few days.
In the meantime, I’ll be on daddy duty.