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You may have noticed that this blog has been fairly quiet for the past few months, at least as far as written posts are concerned. There’s a reason for that, and for once it’s not the standard “too busy to post” excuse. It’s actually because there’s a significant piece of news that I’ve had to keep under wraps for a while, but now that I’ve broken the news to my group at work and to our primary client, I can go public with it here.

After more than 10 years in Spain, we’re moving back to the US this summer. I have a job offer waiting for me in San Francisco, Sofia has been accepted to a kindergarten in Half Moon Bay for this fall, and we’re in the later stages of applying for Amy’s permanent residence visa. Our current date estimate is sometime in late July; that date depends in large part on getting Amy’s visa approved, but also on letting Sofia finish out her school year here in Barcelona.

To say I have a lot of thoughts and reflections about this move is an understatement, and I’m sure a lot of them will bubble up to the surface here. Overall, though, while it’s been an interesting decade-long adventure, it feels good to be heading home again.

No, I’m not referring to the blog itself, although given my sporadic updates, I can see how you might come to that conclusion. In this case, I mean the whole process of remembering how to change diapers, burp after feedings, etc. after 4.5 years of gradually falling out of practice.

The reason behind all of this is the arrival of little Evelyn Rose Gladman Artal, born on November 5th, 2012 at 12:30pm. She weighed 3.65 kg (a hair over 8 lbs.), measured 48 cm, and so far seems to be a very relaxed but resilient baby. At the risk of jinxing it, during her first three weeks of life she’s rarely cried, has eaten and slept well, and puts up with the usual indignities of being a baby with surprising ease. Big sister Sofia now seems practically enormous next to her, and so far seems to be happy with her new role in the family. Mommy and Daddy are still moderately-sleep deprived, and Amy is still recovering from the cesarean, but we’re still very happy that Evelyn is finally here.