Two events of life-changing importance occurred yesterday: (1) My son now sleeps on his own! and (2) The NFL lockout is over!
On the first subject, Boomer has been sleeping on my lap all night, every night, since he was born almost exactly two months ago. Various alternatives had been tried with no luck, but for some reason (perhaps he was just old enough?) Grandma got him to take a nap in a swing-chair for a couple of hours, and when I tried it again at bedtime he slept the whole night through. In fact, he's in it right now. It's funny how things that might seem really minor have such a major impact: now I can go to the bathroom at night without carrying him on my shoulder, I can microwave a hot meal at midnight, I can lie on the couch instead of sitting up, etc. I hope his love of the swing-chair sticks (and I will happily pay Duracell for the privilege of keeping that thing a'swingin). If so, our next big goal will be trying to transition him to his actual crib in his actual nursery.
I am equally ecstatic about the second subject. It's been a long summer with no interesting NFL news, and I've even resorted to watching the freakin' CFL to tide me over! (a subject I'll post about later). Already NFL players are getting cut, tomorrow trades and free agency signings will start, and we'll be officially in the preseason in just a couple of weeks (it sucks the Hall of Fame game got cancelled, but it's a small price to pay for a satisfactory deal being reached that'll guarantee labor peace for at least the next five years). The major downside of the loss of supervised workouts, mini-camps, etc., is that it hurts the most those teams trying to install a new offense, a new defense, or with a new coaching staff: and my poor Browns are trying to do all three! At least the Browns play each of the NFC West teams this year, which many consider as the weakest division in the league . . .