The Families Begin to Visit Hadley

Since the last posting, the question for Ali and I has been, “Could we cram more significant events into the month?” Beginning with the first of the month, we welcomed Hadley, and after a few days in hospital the three of us invaded my father-in-law’s home, since our house was still in need of some final adjustments.

After about of month of conversations with the clown college that was responsible for the carpeting in our house, it finally was installed. That meant we could finally begin to unpack the boxes of all our property and begin moving into the place, only after everything sat for three weeks.

Of course only a day or so passed before I started back at work with the beginning of a new school year. Fortunately, I returned to the same school finally, something which makes me quite happy, considering that I rather like working there. However, having already started coaching my girl’s soccer team for another version of the second campaign, things were already gaining traction on the workfront. As I always say, no rest for the wicked, and I must have been one evil bastard in a past life.

Week two began the arrival of out-of-towners. First, Ali’s mom flew in for the first half of the week, pulling in on Sunday and heading back on Thursday. While here she and Ali were able to make some serious progress on the unpacking and organizing. Still we needed a new furnace, especially with the new baby and a premature New England cool spell, before leaving the in-law’s nest. Nevertheless, Mother Terwedow got plenty of time to see Hadley, grandchild number four.

Within a few hours of Ali’s mom’s departure, my parents and aunt were dropping into Logan for a latter half of the week stay. So week two of Hadley’s young life was jam packed with grandparents, as she has now met all but one. With my Dad around, he and I were able to complete a number of smaller things around the house edging ever so closer to inhabitability. Plus, a new furnace was installed. Ultimately, Hadley was poked and prodded and enjoyed by the family at length, and she seemed to be showing more and more of her budding personality.

Of course the entirety of last week I was suffering from a cold, which it would seem made its way to my new daughter. Only now am I finally shedding the remnants of the sickness that one of my miscreant students likely gave me. Unfortunately, Hadley looks to have a few more days of fighting left.

All of this got us to the end of this week, which has elapsed at a pretty quick clip. All the while my wife has been stunningly strong in caring for our new daughter, despite all the commotion. Even with all the help of others, it ultimately comes down to her slogging it out in the world of infant care. Luckily, our sweet newborn is pretty peaceful, for the most part. She has already proven to be relatively willful, however. Moreover, now that she has begun to become more awake and alert, she has begun letting us now that she is not terribly interested in sitting still any longer. If she is awake, she wants to be moving. Otherwise, she lets everyone know it. Regardless, she remains about as cute a baby that has ever lived, despite the effects we may be suffering from sleep deprivation.

So we still have a week left in September and the question remains, “Could we cram more significant events into the month?” I mean, this weekend also marked the official move into our home. Of course I’ll have more photos once I can get all my gear set up and all camera work prepped and ready for show.

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