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So I Won't Be Going to the Summit This Year

As the deadline for abstracts to be submitted to the PASS Summit came due, I made the hard decision not to submit any. I was holding on to a secret, waiting for the right time to share it. My wife and I made the decision yesterday after another well baby visit. Yes, you read that right. :) We are expecting again. There's just one baby this time and everything looks fine. The due date is set for late December, and though the Summit is at the beginning on November, I want to stay close to home those final two months, especially after we lost the twins last time.

One of the things the doctors assured us about Twin-to-Twin Transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is that it's one of those rare occurrences and that there is no known cause. It's something that, as far as we know, "just happens." Ours was an especially severe case, as we learned when they did testing afterwards, and that's why we lost the twins. It's interesting that one of my wife's best friends from school (starting in the 6th grade) also had twins that suffered from TTTS, however, hers made it to delivery. However, you can definitely tell a difference between the two in size, even though genetically they are identical.

We're looking forward to another addition to our family and I know our children are excited again, too. I know with 3 rambunctious children in the house, those last few months are going to be more tiring in pregnancies past. I saw this very clearly with the twins. So it's important for me to be around, to shoulder more of the load with respect to the children, the housework, and the homeschooling. Given all of that, I may make day trips to nearby user groups, but the last time I'm likely to travel for any length of time will be in August when I head up to SQL Saturday #51 in Nashville. That's partially a personal trip, too, as I have a cousin who just graduated from college and two more who just graduated from high school that we haven't seen (along with the rest of my Nashville relatives) in 11 years now. So we're looking to be up there for about a week with family visits and then attending SQL Saturday.

K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

IT Security, MySQL, Perl, SQL Server, and Windows technologies.


Posted by BuckWoody on 16 June 2010

Congrats!  We'll miss you, though. I was hoping to see you in a #sqlkilt...

Posted by Todd Robinson on 16 June 2010

You will be missed for sure, but its completely understandable given the opportunity you are taking on come December. Best of luck, and I wish you all the best.

Posted by Joew@webbtechsolutions.com on 16 June 2010

That's wonderful, Brian! I'm glad to hear that. I'll keep you and your wife in my prayers.

Looking forward to seeing you at SQLSaturday 51 in Nashville.

Take care!


Posted by ThomasLL on 16 June 2010

God Bless.


Posted by CameronMergel on 16 June 2010

Congrats!  Praying for a healthy pregnancy for your wife and baby.

Posted by Steve Jones on 16 June 2010

Sorry I won't see you this year, but I am happy for you. I hope things work out well.

This really makes me sad to miss the Nashville event.

Posted by K. Brian Kelley on 16 June 2010

Thanks, all.

Posted by Airborne Geek on 16 June 2010


Looking forward to meeting you when you come to BNA.

Posted by Neil Hambly on 16 June 2010


You continue to be an inspiration to us mere SQL mortals, my best wishes to you and you family with the addition to the brood later this year

Posted by Andy Warren on 16 June 2010

Congratulations Brian, and I'll see you in Nashville!

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 16 June 2010

Congrats - that is good news.

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