Today, the birth pools are riding a train toward Texas and I'm filling out paperwork like crazy - applications for electrical service, certificate of occupancy paperwork, and alarm permits so that we can move in on Friday. (At least I got insurance handled weeks ago, or I might officially lose my mind.) Steve's working on equipment - we need some big stainless steel sinks and tables.
I mention my husband Steve a fair amount, and I'd like to tell you a little more about his role around here. Steve went to undergrad at Kings Point, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and has a degree in Marine Transportation along with a commission in the Navy Reserves. He spent about ten years working as a deck officer on board merchant ships around the world. Steve sailed on container ships, car carriers, oil tankers, supply boats. He generally worked as second or third mate, meaning that he was responsible for ship's navigation or for cargo safety. On one trip, a documentary photographer sailed with him to Bangladesh and published a book about the voyage - Shipbreak, by Claudio Cambon.
After sailing, he got an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. After a few years of working as a supply chain manager in Dallas, the Navy called and he answered, spending a year in Afghanistan as the supply chain officer for US and Afghan Special Forces.
Now, he works for Dr Pepper Snapple Group and ensures your favorite beverages make it to store shelves. Steve runs a supply chain team all day, then comes home and works for Buoyant Birth at night. He's my technical advisor - he knows all about pumps and hoses, and helps me find the best products for our kits - and supply chain manager. When we agreed to take on the sales business, he leapt into action and did all of the work to actually get the pools to our warehouse in Dallas. Many of you have seen him at pickups, because he's often running around town for me, too!
He is also an incredible ballroom dancer, knows a zillion dad jokes, and is insanely handy around the house. He works with our Congressman's office to help high school students get into the federal military academies and is a tireless advocate for the Safe Families for Children program. In short, Steve's absolutely my better half and I couldn't do this without him.