Summer Baseball with the Boys

This summer brought something new to our family – baseball.  Some of our best friends are a crazy sports family and their boys are super athletes. Kathleen told me it was high time that I let my boys give baseball a try. Her boys took Eby and Little Man out in their yard and taught them to throw, catch, switch hit, and even slide.  They loved it. Back home we signed them up for Parks and Rec baseball, and unfortunately due to the way their birthdays fell, they were in different leagues; T-ball for Little Man, and Machine Pitch for Eby. I had no idea what their coaches would be like, but it was perfect; Little Man’s coach was high structure and direct (while also being very nice), and Eby’s was laid back and encouraging. The first practice came on a hot evening. Russ walked with Eby to one field and I took Little Man to another. I scanned the group of parents looking for anyone who just might be over 30, and finally saw one woman who looked like she was even a little bit older than me. I felt much better – until the first game, when I realized she had a grandson on the team. Oh, the life of a mature mother. We spent our summer evenings on the baseball fields. As busy as it was getting the boys to games four nights a week, Russ and I enjoyed the time sitting side-by-side watching  the boys play. They learned baseball skills, how to be on a team, how to accept disappointment, and how to enjoy playing well. The highlight of Little Man’s season was the night he got to bring treats for his team. He picked out individual bags of chips and Capri Sun 100% Juice, which he proudly handed out to his friends at the end of the game.  Today we tried Capri Sun V and it was a hit for everyone – coaches and kids alike. Question: What sports have your kids played, and which ones have been the biggest hits? Any favorite team snacks? Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Emily B
    August 29, 2013

    We're a swim team family! We've been in it for four years now, and three of my five kids are competitive swimmers. The two little ones are working through swim lessons so they can start team, too. We love going to swim meets as a family, love the relationships we've built with the other families on our team, and love the overall good health the sport has brought to our kids. Another great perk is that swimming is therapeutic for my SPD kids. It makes a HUGE difference in their functioning. Favorite swim meet snacks: baby carrots with hummus and bananas with peanut butter.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 29, 2013

      Emily, I've thought about swim team, especially because they can swim indoors in the winter. I'm afraid of the commitment! But I can see how it would be wonderful for Eby with all of his sensory issues…

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  2. Mamitaj
    August 29, 2013

    I can't believe how old your boys are getting! They've lost all their baby-ness! It looks like they had a great time, though.

    I had to laugh at your "mature" mom moment! I am always the oldest mom in Cupcake's class. In fact, her best friend's mom is a full 20 years younger than me! Anyway, when I went to Stephanie's orientation at the high school, my first sensation was being in a crowd of people who were my age! Some were even older! 🙂 It was kind of refreshing after all these years.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 29, 2013

      I'm trying hard not to be sad that they are growing up so quickly. They really are big boys now. We're moving into a new phase of parenting with no babies, toddlers, or preschoolers – it hits me hard sometimes. The fun part is being able to be a little more flexible and spontaneous since we aren't living around a nap schedule or needs of really little ones.

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  3. Jen
    August 29, 2013

    As another "mature" mother I can so relate. I have run into several grandmas who are younger than me. Our older biological boys tried every sport and then were both fanatics about baseball. We loved most of the lessons learned on teams until high school when values got blurred more than I would like to see and hard work was not always rewarded. We have yet to enter the sports craze with our younger children from hard places, but will look forward to them figuring out what they want to try in the next couple of years. Currently they are 7, 5 and 4. Enjoy this new parenting phase because it too will go by in the blink of an eye.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 29, 2013

      Good words, Jen! It's an entirely different experience this time around. It's moving quickly and I feel the weight (in a good way) of making the most of these years to parent them well. I think I need to write some posts on being a "mature" mother!

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  4. Angela ford
    August 29, 2013

    Ah… The mature mother…. I hardly try to fit in with the moms at the twins activities… It makes me sad, but no one there seems to be able to relate to a mom with a girl in nursing school (19), one headed to overseas missions (18), a girl in running start (15), my kids in their kids age group are special needs kids – twins at that… And half the time i have a baby and toddler ( past foster kids) in tow… " Ah, no, he's not my baby… no i'm not his grandma!"

    All they have to do it look at me and know I'm not in their league. I stand on a weird island of my own making.

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  5. Laurel
    August 29, 2013

    We just did t-ball for the first time this summer and our 4 year old liked it. We also signed up our 3 1/2 year old and he was just a bit too young for it, I think. I am thinking of trying basketball in the winter.

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  6. Anita
    August 29, 2013

    My ET son is a natural athlete. He is good at just about everything. I knew right away that he'd need sports in his life. We've done T-Ball, golf, soccer, swimming, karate, cricket (my husband is English)) and Ethiopian Dance (not all at the same time). So far, he seems to thrive on several sports in the summer but we limit things during the school year to just soccer and karate during the week and Ethiopian Dance on the weekends. Sports seem to keep him regulated and he thrives on the friendships and structure of coaching..

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  7. Debbie Pursell
    August 29, 2013

    Ha! I love it, "mature mother". 🙂

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  8. ERIKA
    August 29, 2013

    Soccer, basketball, volleyball, ballet/tap swim team, depends the kid and my oldest (daughter) played high school water polo. Lord have mercy you cant see what goes on under water when your a spectator.

    God bless

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  9. KarenP
    August 30, 2013

    My oldest has enjoyed sports since he was very young. We, too, have tried lots of things: gymnastics, track, soccer, baseball, basketball, cross-country. He's pretty good at most of it, but hasn't found the one that he can really be passionate about. He's in high school this year and is going to try baseball again, so I'm hoping he finds his niche. My middle one has never liked any sports other than riding his bike, which he loves. He's 11 and on his fourth bike…he wears them out! My little one just turned four and hasn't tried any organized sports yet. He's very athletic and kind of a wild man, so I anticipate him wanting to try everything!

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