Introducing a New Member of the Cub Family
I took my leave of absence from GROTA back on June 1st and a lot has happened in a month. I've been trying to get in a routine for a while, and I was just unable to update about our first child.
First off, the little guy to the right is Benjamin James Yarbrough. He was born on June 1st and weighed just 6 pounds and 12 ounces. My wife had an emergency c-section three weeks early, which was scary enough. Then, to our surprise the doctor's told us that Ben had Down Syndrome. Needless to say, it was a shock, because we had all the normal tests done and we were told that Ben was negative on everything. While the news wasn't what we were expecting, we wouldn't change anything now. It just shows that life is always unpredictable.
The main reason that I'm so late in getting an update for all the readers (not to mention fellow writers) was that Ben had to stay in the NICU for over two weeks. For parents that have had this happen before, I can only say that I hope it never happens again. There is no worse feeling than having a baby and being discharged before you child. Ben is doing much better, but there are still some issues we are working through because of the Down Syndrome. But as you can see here, he is looking much better already. He also looks happier, maybe it's the Alabama shirt. At least my other team wins championships every now and then.
We finally made it home a couple weeks ago, but it has been really hard juggling all that was going on in my life. My plan was to come back to GROTA starting this month, but that will be on a hold for a few weeks I think since this genius here decided to take 12 hours of grad school this summer. That might have been the dumbest move since picking the Cubs to win 90 games at the beginning of the season. What was I thinking? Ben could come closer and all he does is eat, sleep and poop.
I wanted to say thank you to Rob to reaching out to me after Ben was born. I just had to come to grips with all that happening before I could give the update to everybody. These last few weeks have been really stressful, but I wanted to reach out to everyone. If there is a positive to this situation it is that I picked a great season to not be able to watch, even though the last two nights have been fun as I cranked out numerous papers for class. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will respond as soon as I can.