Glancing at my blog, I can see that the last real post I wrote was when Elijah was born. So what have we been up to for the past nine months?
I’ve been working pretty hard at my job. The agency I work for answered 78,000 calls for service in the 2012 calendar year. I started there as a “Blueberry” (a probationary EMT; called a “blueberry” because of the baby blue color of the uniform shirt) at the beginning of June. I cleared preception and became a “Blue-Shirt” (a cleared provider; cleared providers wear navy blue polo shirts during the summer and gray button up uniform shirts in the winter) at the beginning of August. I spent the first 5 months on the street assigned to the transport ambulance. Basically, I shuttled patients from the hospital to home, or from the hospital to the nursing home, or from the nursing home to a doctor’s appointment. Starting in January, I moved to a 911 Emergency ambulance. I work with a paramedic, and answer 911 calls around the city.
I was rated as fully effective in my November performance evaluation, and I also was told that I had driven around 3,000 miles since I started in June. I actually went to Google Maps to figure out where that would put me; basically, if I started in Virginia Beach and drove 3,000 miles, I would end up in the vicinity of Seattle something like three days later (if I drove continuously).
Melissa has also been working hard. She found a job at a small daycare/preschool called Messiah Lutheran School, in the nearby town of Mechanicsville. She’s working about 20 hours a week currently, but recently got a promotion. Basically, when the lady in charge of the school isn’t on site, Melissa fills the position. But enough about work. How about some fun stuff?
Elijah is a joy, and has really grown up into a happy, curious, enthusiastic little guy. We call him Eli for short. He’s got a great personality, and loves people. We’ve discovered that he loves the water, and swimming is one of his favorite things to do. Looks like we’ll be going on lots of family trips to the river this summer! I could write and write and write about him, but I think I’ll just drop a bunch of pictures in. Here, in mostly chronological order, is our first 9 months with Elijah.
So that’s Eli. It’s been a bit of a hard transition for me, moving to Richmond. Richmond is a city rich in historical significance. You can’t drive around here without encountering reminders from the past from any number of eras. Patrick Henry gave the “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!” speech here. Richmond was the major objective of the Civil War. So on and so forth. However, Richmond does not have much when it comes to mountains. It’s a river town; so if you’re a kayaker or fly fisherman or trail runner, it’s a great town for you. For those of us like me, who crave the high, exposed crag-like places, it’s a bit rougher. However, I’m getting by. Leaving Shenandoah NP and George Washington NF was hard, but Richmond has a great park system, and I’m steadily finding the green spaces. So there will be adventures to write about this spring.