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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. 

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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.

Mommy, Daddy, Baseball?

From the day my son was born I found myself, wondering what his first words will be.  Beforehand, I understood that he wouldn’t come out of the womb talking in complete sentences.  But I honestly had no idea what to expect from him from a speaking perspective.  In the early days, he was pretty much silent, except for when he needed something. Of course he would let us know if he was hungry, tired, or needed a diaper change, but it was only crying. Slowly he began to be awake more hours of the day than he was sleeping, which was really exciting.  Eventually he started to make the cooing sound that the doctors ask you about.  The first time I heard this I stopped breathing for a second.  It was the most insignificant noise, but the most meaningful at the same time.  From that day on, I thought he was on the verge of talking.  Every day I would ask, “can you say Mommy? Daddy? Baseball?”  He would just smile, and coo and make other new squeaks and mmmm sounds.  I swear he says Mom and Momma all the time, but he isn’t saying it because he knows what it means.  My mom thinks he’s saying Oma, obviously.  As much as I think it would be neat if his first word was baseball, I can’t wait to hear what he has to say.

Mac and Daddy at the Twins game (Mac and Daddy at the Twins game)

Recently he’s been starting to add B, D and P sounds to his ahhh noises, so we are getting lots of baba, dada, and papa to go along with momma.  Secretly I think he knows what Dada means because he’s been saying it all morning!