It's been a while.......

.....since the Fan Dance and subsequently the last post, so what's happened since? Back in January, the 6th to be exact, Caroline and I discovered that we were expecting our first child, and on working the dates we found out that little Rushy was due to be born - the day before The Paras'10 at Catterick, September 7th. I'd already paid for my entry to all three Paras'10 events for 2013, but from very early on Mrs R, made it crystal clear that there would be no way I would be collecting my 'Treble of Pain' T Shirt!

As the day loomed closer jokes were shared with Stephen Cooper (Director of the ParaCharity) that we could call the little man 'Catterick', especially if he did actually turn up on race day, which for a time looked likely!

Caz's waters broke late Saturday on the Eve of the Paras'10, actually on his due date, and for a while we did anticipate that the little man would indeed take his bow that day, but labour laboured and come Monday morning Caz was being induced as the little man was showing no signs of giving up the sanctuary of his mums body. 18 hours later come 0500 Tuesday morning, after watching my gorgeous wife, go through hell, but take it all in her stride, it was decided that the little man was coming out via the sunroof and 27 minutes later Charlie Lloyd Rushen made his sleepy entrance into the world to be born. 

My world.........taking each other in!
The twenty minutes I was waiting whilst Caz was prepped for theatre were almost as tough a 20 minutes as I've ever known, I spent that time wishing and hoping that my darling brother was standing by them making sure everything would be ok. It was clear all was not right, after all, the call was for emergency C section, so for all that time, all you can think about is praying, faith or no faith, that someone is looking out for you all. Luckily for me, we have the one person, who I've always been able to depend on watching over us. 

It will always be heartbreaking that Charlie will never get to meet his special Uncle, but I know that our little man will always have a warrior protecting him, I can draw some comfort in that. And I know that through all those that knew and loved him, Charlie will know him.
This weekend marks the 16 weeks until the Winter Fan Dance, and I'm hoping that the weather is kind enough to be able to take Charlie with me and difficult enough to make the challenge as authentic as Ken wishes it to be. I guess come 2014, Charlie will be as much a fixture at the Fan Dance and Paras'10 events as I, I'm starting him early!

I'm sure that although I never made it to Catterick that Mrs R, coupled with my efforts at the Shot and Colly, is worthy of the 'Treble of Pain' T Shirt, she has the scar to prove it! However, unless within the next few months she lets me near her again, and the same thing happens again, I will be earning that accolade next year! If also, like me, you put in for the ballot for the VLM, it's coming up to notification time, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for us all - 2014 will be once again a year of great challenges, with great people!

It begins in January, see you at the Red Phone Box guys, train hard, fight easy........

Blue skies little brother, always in our hearts, love and miss you always (and thank you) xxx


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