We have a new favorite game at our house, and one member of the family is particularly good at it. We’ve named this game Overboard. It’s a simple game, really, where Mac will take anything that he can and drop it to the floor. I’m sure he has been playing long before I realized it was a game, but I can still remember the very first time I noticed. It was my mother-in-law and her twin sister’s birthday back in August and we were celebrating at the local hibachi restaurant. Mommy and Daddy were taking turns holding Mac, who would’ve been just over 6 months at the time. I remember that night in particular because we realized that going to dinner with Mac was going to be different from now on. No longer would we be able to take turns holding him and then put him into his car seat when the food arrived and enjoy dinner while he took a nap. Mac was taking a stand and that meant, everything within arm’s reach needed to be on the floor. From chopsticks, to napkins, to his bottle or Mommy’s phone, they were all sent flying to the floor. We laughed with him at the time, and Daddy would reach down each time to pick everything up. This was likely a mistake as Mac soon trained Daddy to pick everything up and give it back to him.
Fast forward to today, and Mac has perfected his overboard technique. Everything that he can get his hands on continues to be dropped to the floor. Now that he’s on the move, it’s become a whole different game. If I set him down to play in his pack and play for a few minutes, he immediately stands up, and one by one drops his toys over the edge. When he’s in the high chair eating, he plays, dropping his puffs or his crackers over the edge. (which Lucky appreciates) The most popular time is when he’s being held and he specifically pulls his pacifier out of his mouth, straightens his arm, and releases as if to say, here Daddy, please pick this up so I can drop it again. Recently he’s added a new element. After Mac drops his chosen item, he looks down at it, and says very clearly, “uh oh.” He says it so much, my wife asked me if that was really going to be his first word. I said, I guess it’s better than “Fetch, Daddy.”
Okay Daddy, I’ve cleared everything within arm’s reach and then some, anything else you’d like to put in front of me? -Mac
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.