First Post! EXCITING! I’ve been told for years by friends and family that I should start a blog so here I am finally doing it! I’ve been re-reading this post for days wondering exactly how I should begin, so I decided first to give you a catch up of our offseason since SO much has happened.
I’ll rewind for you…Once season ended in the frozen tundra we made the move back to our home in Michigan. After 10 hours in the car with our 14 month old, two dogs & my gigantic belly full of baby, we finally made it back to the mitten and WOW was it good to be home. My due date for sweet Charley was just around the corner in early March (as well as the beginning of free agency) & Zach was faced with having to deal with his nagging hip injury that refused to let up all season. After doctor visits, agent talks, etc. Zach’s hip surgery was scheduled and under anesthesia he went. I may or may not have shed a few tears when his doctor told me he would be on crutches for 8 weeks which would mean that he’d be off just in time for me to have Charley aka z e r o help with Blake while I was massively pregnant, but we survived & his surgery was a success. (Added bonus was he ended up only having to be on crutches for 6 weeks *choir singing*) I have to give it to my husband, he works his ass off. I don’t know another person who has the motivation and drive that he does. He was on the stationary bike the day after he had surgery and has been working out everyday since. CRAZY. Injuries are always scary but are almost expected with Zach’s line of work, especially with being a fullback. He has had his fair share throughout his career that were much worse than a torn labrum, this one was just particularly bad timing.
Baby Charley (Charlotte McKenzie) was born March 6, 2017 at 1:22pm (I’ll go more into her birth in a different post) and within days Zach was on the market. Not because he was in trouble with me but because his contract with the Vikings was up. Free Agency had officially begun and I was totally freaked out. For the first time in 4 years we had no team to call home for the fall. We didn’t expect much to happen right away since he had just had surgery and wasn’t supposed to be cleared for workouts until June/July (full football contact until training camp time), so we waited. Luckily, life was pretty busy with two little girls to take care of and we had family coming and going so there was plenty to do. As if welcoming our second baby in less than 2 years wasn’t enough, we were also in the middle of opening up a sports performance gym just down the road from our house.
The gym has been a welcomed distraction during this free agency period. Everyday Zach went to rehab/workout and then for about a month spent all his free time working with our partners to get this sports performance gym up and running. It’s extremely cool to see something come to life in such a short amount of time. It was like it went from being just words to a four walled beauty in a few short months (mostly because our partners, Ryan & Heidi Englebert are a couple of rockstars). We officially opened in June and it was an incredibly proud moment for both Zach & I. We feel so fortunate to be able to invest our money and time into something we whole heartedly believe in.
In between the craziness of our everyday life, we’ve continued to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. A couple visits to teams here, phone calls there. All good feedback but no action. HOW FRUSTRATING. Zach is so calm, cool & collected and I’m running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. He 100% flies by the seat of his pants and I like to have a plan. I guess that’s one of the reasons why we balance each other out so well. It’s extremely difficult and stressful for me to not know what our future holds- are we staying home? Going to the east coast? West coast? Going to a beach? ANYWHERE? We have been lucky enough up until this point to experience the family aspect of the NFL. However, now I can fully grasp how much of a business it is after these last few months. I plan to go deeper into our experience with free agency in another post where I can really talk about my feelings about it, because there’s a lot (haha).
So here we are now, almost August. That’s wild isn’t it?! Time FLIES. Except I swear Charley has been 4 months forever. I keep thinking she should be 6-7 months old. That could have something to do with how she’s wearing 9 & 12 month clothing though! The girls are growing so fast & we are continuing to adjust to life as a family of four. Blake’s vocabulary is sky rocketing and she has turned into a little girl over night. It’s been so great being able to have Zach home “full time” with us. He gets to spend lots of quality time with the girls which helps me out a TON having a second set of hands (and eyes). Anyone who has kids knows how quickly the baby stage passes so it’s amazing that he gets to be here for it all.
I’m so excited to continue sharing our life with you (whoever decides to read), it’s hard to be vulnerable and lay it all out there but I think this is going to be a fun ride!