Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Mediation That Wasn't

It didn't go well. Google Maps fed me bad directions, sending me off in the wrong direction through downtown L.A. in terrible traffic. I allowed plenty of time to get to the courthouse, as this appointment was very important to me (for obvious reasons). However, by the time I noticed I was going the wrong way, and turned around and slogged through traffic all the way back, I was 20 minutes late.

I ran at top speed into the courthouse building and up to the custody center, only to be greeted by a friendly but firm woman who told me that the mediator "was released by the court five minutes ago." I asked if there was any way we could contact her (she couldn't be too far away at that point, could she?). She said that there was no way. No options. That they were booked up till May.

She said our only option was to wait till the day of our court hearing, and come back together (Nicole and I) as a walk-in.

This is forty-five times more stressful.

I was notified later by my attorney that Nicole was indeed present on the phone (from Washington). I feel so bad that I wasted her time.

She has started updating me on Noah's progress, sending me pictures and describing his latest adventures -- which I greatly appreciate. He's able to sit up on his own, and he's walking now!

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  1. OMG cutest baby EVER!! hope everything works our for you and that adorable little boy!

  2. AWWWWWWW Mike he is so adorable. wishing you all the best when you do get into negotiations.

  3. Wow that really sucks that you weren't able to get there on time. Downtown LA sucks if you don't know where you are going. I always do a dry run if I can just so I know which way to go.

    Your baby is so adorable. I hope your ex continues to keep you updated. That is very important.
    Good luck Mike

  4. What a cute baby! I hope everything works out!

  5. aww im sorry Mike that you missed your appointment. your baby is very cute, I'm sure you are proud.

  6. what a CUTIE! He's adorable Mike

  7. what a cute baby!!!
    i hope everything will work out =]

  8. mike those eyes are all you! Things will work out...custody issues are not easy, trust me I know! thoughts and prayers are with you! Love ya, Em