Tweet I recently got a phone call from Chris. It was unexpected and it made me incredibly happy. Although I have been able to send him emails and he seems to have been receiving them, I can't always count on hearing anything back from him when he's at sea. Partly because it's hit or miss if email communication will be up & running and partly because he (and most of the guys) are usually running on fumes by the time they are able to even bother checking email. Any communication received on this end is so incredibly appreciated.
I've been asked this several times, so I'll answer it here: Chris may or may not be here for the birth of our son. His boat is being commissioned March 27 (public knowledge, so I can state it!) and it's safe to assume the boat will actually be here for the commissioning. My EDD is March 23. Chris will be here sometime before the commissioning and he will leave again sometime after the commissioning (no, I can't be more specific). So, as you can imagine, there is a very small window of time where he will be available under the best of circumstances.
It's been a while since he was last at sea and I can honestly say it makes a huge difference being pregnant. It's very hard to be as independent as I am accustomed to being when I'm tired, slow, and quite sore at times. Managing a household by myself was far easier when half (maybe more?) of my energy wasn't being used to grow a baby. I am very thankful that I do not have to work right now and I have an ever increasing amount of respect for the moms & moms-to-be who do work.