The last couple of months have been a little crazy! In April we packed in deciding between job offers, delivering a baby (Chenae primarily handled that one), and finishing the dissertation.
So we turned down offers from Ohio University and University of New Hampshire and took a 1 year post doc here at A&M. It may sound like a strange decision but after lots of prayer and thought this just felt like the right thing to do for the family and a better way to start my career on a path best aligned with my research/teaching interests.
Two weeks ago Chenae delivered a healthy baby girl, Layla Jayne (10 lbs 23 in!). We've got pictures up over on our blog (email@example.com). Mom and baby are doing well and Jackson's handling the transition pretty good. He's finally started calling Layla by her name rather than referring to her as "dat baby" as in "why dat baby crying?" We're still working on appropriate expressions of affection which in his mind includes various wrestling holds and pressure point pinches.
This morning I successfully defended my dissertation. The committee feedback was pretty favorable and I only have minor revisions so I'm feeling very good about things. My ability to function this morning was in some doubt since Jackson learned how to crawl out of his crib yesterday so I wasn't sure if we'd sleep at all last night but our prayers were answered and stayed in his bed through the night.
So that's a little update on our family. We hope everyone else is doing well and I'll see if I can a little more of a regular contributor though life always finds a way to be hectic regardless of what milestones we reach.