Update (October 31, 2011):
I’m looking forward to having my wife and son home tomorrow night! I left them at my in-law’s house in Cleveland on Monday morning. Unfortunately, I have to leave them again next week to go to a conference in Philadelphia from Tuesday to Friday.
This short time away from my newborn son makes me reflect on how thankful I am for being able to have spent so much time with him in his first several months of life. I was able to take off from work for the entire first month of his life, and I’ve spent every available moment with him since going back to work four weeks ago. I can’t imagine what it’s like for parents who have to miss out on the early months of their child’s life for military or job duties.