Johnny has been a little bit unhappy between the hours of 12 and 5am. In addition to Lauren being up with him for feedings, I’ve also been up with him every night for a couple hours trying to calm him down, but not much has worked. Everything from swaddling to singing to white noise to swaying to bouncing to burping to changing to reading has been attempted, but for some reason he’s just not very tired in the middle of the night. We’ll get things down, I’m sure of it. But for now, it’s been some long nights.

There isn’t much else to report with Johnny, as you might expect with a newborn. He has a little more hair than before, I guess. We took him out on a walk to the mailbox last night once the blazing heat got down to a tolerable level, moments before sundown, which he really seemed to enjoy!

Lauren’s sister Kate was in town for a couple nights this past weekend and was a big help around the house. Kate helped with cooking and especially cleaning, and enjoyed her share of baby time. So thanks to Kate for her generosity!

In other news, I have had plenty of time to focus on sports. The Twins, losers of 12 of their past 15, have once again become a complete afterthought in September. Four years ago, when the Twins were swept in the playoffs by the Yankees, I madly proclaimed that “I’d rather the Twins be terrible than make it to the playoffs and choke in the first round every year!” Now that that’s the case, I’m officially taking it back. I’d prefer they be good and lose in devastating fashion than just suck in general all year long. After their fourth straight horrible year, I’ll be really dismayed if they don’t shake things up with the front office or coaching staff. I would part ways with pitching coach Rick Anderson at a minimum.

I’d also encourage you to check out a new podcast called Sticky Buns, a Vikings-themed podcast by friends Nick Sandbulte and Luke Katuin. I think they’d be the first to admit the early episodes are a little rough around the edges, but they are improving and I have laughed out loud a few times. The two friends are an odd pair who know each other through me. I knew Nick from DSU and Luke from Valleyfair, and their seeming on-air disdain for each other plays pretty well.

Johnny all snuggled up on Mommy for a nap!
Johnny all snuggled up on Mommy for a nap!