So . . . in the year or so since I last posted a blog, lots of things have changed. I mean, LOTS of things. And all of these changes can be expressed in one word: Lucky. What is Lucky? Easy enough to answer. This is Lucky:

That, friends, is a baby. To be perfectly accurate, it’s my baby.

Yeah, I know. I can hardly believe it either. But there Lucky is and there Lucky will stay. Until October, at which point Lucky will be born and the changes will become even more drastic.

You may be wondering . . . “Lucky?” You’d have to ask Geordie about that. Geordie used this name to refer to our growing bundle of cells early on, and it’s stuck. While Facebook knows this little one as “the Keefeling,” Georide and I refer to him/her as Lucky, so that’s what I’m using here. Don’t worry, not all of the forthcoming posts are going to revolve around Lucky, but because this is my life right now, you can expect to hear a lot about what we’re expecting. Consider it an added bonus that there’s a little insight into Japan’s take on the miracle of childbirth.

I let myself get into some bad habits in 2010. One was a lull in studying Japanese. Another was not blogging regularly. Or at all. As I have both time and energy, I’ll try to remedy that. Not just because it’s good for me and people seem to want to hear what I have to say – still trying to figure that one out. But also because I have Lucky to write about . . . and for. A lot of this is for Lucky, for a time when Lucky might actually care about what was going on while I carried him/her around. And because Lucky is going to be the one and only, I feel I should write all this stuff down. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I’d like to be able to save it.