Whew, it's been a wild ride these past two weeks. Here in Juneau, May means field trips weekly. With three kids it means I'm running back and forth from field trip to field trip, and then of course three sets of baseball/softball schedules. We are lucky if we are having dinner before 9. Mothers day was bitter sweet of course. My crew was so sweet and wonderful, however it's hard to think about one other child of mine that I couldn't kiss and love on. We are so close to that big chunk of a first agency payment. April turned out to be my least amount of income since Oct. of 2011. But on the plus side it gave me a little bit of time to design the new moose :) It's all good.
Maybe it's because I am fiercely protective, (runs in the family, my Dad says all the ladies in his life are this way, my Mom, me and Breckon) maybe it's because I have a soft spot for the underdog and discounted, maybe it's because of his scrappy personality, whatever it is this kid makes me go Mama Bear on people a lot.
Here are some things you might not know about him.
1. He's had allergies from the get go. We had to wait until he was 6 months before we could start treating it.
2. He developed asthma from the allergies.
3. He was crawling hand over knee at the age of 4 months. He was climbing at 6 months and running at 8 months. He was riding his bike with out training wheels at the age of 2.
4. He didn't speak but one word (Mama) until well after the age of 2. The doctors thought he was deaf because he would use sign language, we went through all the hearing tests to find out he can in fact hear.
5. He is a fighter, never giving up, never crying if he falls down and gets hurt.
6. He is a natural athlete, playing full on tackle football before he was in Kindergarten.
Maddox bounces from sport to sport, and not because I push him to be involved, quite the opposite really. I tentatively ask "So who wants to play..." And cringe when all three raise their hands :) So when baseball came around and we found out that Maddox just missed the cutoff time for baseball and would have to play t-ball the 6yr. old meltdowns began.
It was time to put on the Mama Bear suit and confront the group of women in charge. Let me be very clear, I did not approach them with anything but kindness, I might have left them with a dose of snarky but in my defense they tried to tell me about all the benefits of t-ball and that Maddox would be overwhelmed with a pitching machine. In my mind, when they started off with that I said "Oh no you didn't" Of course I did not say this but I sure thought it " Okay you group of women, sitting on those chairs, I was up at 5 AM running a half marathon, what were you doing? I am no new comer to the sports world and how dare you try to tell me what my child will be overwhelmed with." :) Thought it, didn't say it.
What I did say was...with a smile "Well, I've got a six year old who will refuse to play t-ball, who I think I know pretty well because he's mine, who is a firecracker of an athlete. So either I'll just get my money back or you can put him on a team with his buddies." I smiled...again and turned and walked away.
So to all you ladies who thought my boy would be afraid of a pitching machine, I'd love for you to show up to one of his games :) But since you probably won't here are some pictures I took for you.
He hits and gracefully sets the bat down when he takes off for first
He hit this one way out in left field
That's a pretty sweet hit
Maddox(left) and Alex(right) in the ready position
And this last picture is Maddox's little happy dance on first base...pretty sure he fits in well on this baseball team.
I will go to bat any day for all of my kids. And occasionally I will go Mama Bear on someone's butt if they try to tell me they know my child more than I know my child...any good mom would :)