Can I die from lack of sleep? And 9 other questions I asked my wife this week.

  1. Are you sure you want another one?
  2. Could you imagine having twins?
  3. What would we do without both of our parents helping out?
  4. How many times can we play Rock, Paper, Scissors in the middle of the night?
  5. Why can’t he just get all of his teeth at the same time?
  6. Are you seriously asking me to put my nipple in his mouth to have him bite it so I know how it feels too?
  7. Can you please give me two minutes and not let him crawl all the way to the bathroom and push open the door while I’m using it?
  8. So.. when we drop Mac off for his overnight play date with your parents at 3PM on Saturday, can we just go home and go to bed instead of going to that wedding?
  9. Please?

If you couldn’t tell it’s been a long week. I’m sure some of these questions require a bit of explaining. Mac was sick this week. That’s probably explanation enough.  I’m not sure there is a more helpless feeling than having a sick child. He’s been sick once before. After his first week of day care he came home with a fever and daddy ended up sick for three days. Since then he has been pretty healthy. That is until this week. He had a high fever, that barely lasted 24 hours but he has not been sleeping at night. Like at all. Or at least that’s how it seems. I stayed home from work to care for him Tuesday. Oma got an extra day with Mac this week, as he couldn’t return to daycare without being fever free for 24 hours. I really appreciated not having to miss two days of work, and she, of course, enjoyed the extra time with her grandson. He’s already back to his usual, playful, smiley, laughing self, which is such a relief.

We’re still moving forward with our plan to have my wife’s parents watch him overnight Saturday night so that we can attend a friend’s wedding in town. Although, I’m certain at this point, the two of us will not be closing down the dance floor or the bar. We’ll be looking forward to a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. And to my in-laws, if you’re reading this, feel free to keep him past breakfast!

Baby Mac and the Bug!


Long Weekend!

What a weekend.  Four days off from work, and it felt like I blinked and it was over.  We had a really nice Thanksgiving with family and of course the food was amazing. 

On the drive home from our feast I received an invite from an old high school friend to join him on a trip to Madison for the Gophers vs Badgers football game on Saturday.  It was a last minute invite, but the situation couldn’t have been more perfect.  I was really looking forward to this game, because the Gophers are better than they’ve been in years and the winner got to play in the Big Ten Championship game! I didn’t have any real plans after Thanksgiving this weekend anyway and my friend already had a ticket and arranged for a place to stay.  It was set up to be the weekend trip of the year.  Not only was I about to get to go to a great football game but it was a 5 hour road trip.  If I were somehow able to sleep the entire ride there, I might get 5 hours of consecutive sleep.  Not to mention the possibility of a solid nights sleep overnight for the first time in over 9 months! Sure this is a slight exaggeration. (Emphasis on slight) Somewhat to my surprise, I was even able to gain full approval from my wife, although she prefered me leaving and returning Saturday to leaving Friday and returning Sunday. It was going to be the perfect weekend.

Spoiler alert, I didn’t go.  Yes, I politely passed on this incredible opportunity.  Ok, maybe incredible is a strong word, but before Mac was born, I would’ve accepted this invite 99 out of 100 times!  Who wouldn’t love to road trip and relive the old college days while cheering on your squad in an opponent’s town, right? The truth is, I had already been looking forward to spending this weekend together as a family.  Four days off of work and even though we had no plans, other than to be together, it was exactly where I wanted to be.  A typical week is always so hectic, that it’s rare that we are all able to be together other than maybe the few hours between work and bedtime. I didn’t want to miss a chance to spend my weekend with them. 


As far as the Gophers game, we were able to watch the first half of the game out with friends here in town and the second half just the three of us.  Unfortunately, the Gophers lost.  But when it comes to spending family time with Mac and mommy, I won.