For the first time, we’ve signed up the boys for organized sports. They’ve had swimming lessons every year since they were infants, and this winter they participated in a bowling league, but this is the first team sports they’ve ever played. We wanted each boy to participate in something that was totally their own, so Wyatt is enrolled in soccer and Caleb plays baseball through Miracle League of Montgomery County.
We’ve only started soccer recently so we’re still dealing with some tears from Wyatt during practice. Each week is a difference excuse for the tears, so we’re not sure what’s going on, but I think if we stick with it, he’ll continue to get more comfortable taking orders from a coach and having mom or dad just watching from the sidelines. It’s hard to watch him cry during practice, but we also don’t want to allow him to leave mid-practice or quit the league, so we’re just going to continue talking about soccer in a positive manner and reinforce the fact that this is just for fun and he should just try to have fun and make new friends. Fingers crossed we don’t have any tears this week!
Caleb is involved with the Miracle League which pairs players with disabilities with volunteers to help them bat, run and field the ball. He seems to really enjoy it, especially because he’s usually paired with middle school little league players. The state-of-the-art field is perfect for kids of all abilities and Caleb can easily use his walker without any obstacles. He’s still learning that running to first base shouldn’t involve a pit stop at the pitcher’s mound! I can’t say enough good things about this organization. It’s really heartwarming to see these kids get the chance to play with the older kids they idolize. I even recognized some of the other parents from our various physical therapy sessions. It was nice to catch up and discuss our kids’ progress, the upcoming school year and current equipment. The only thing that would make this program better would be more volunteers since the kids sometimes outnumber the volunteers! Check out the website for contact info if you feel so inclined.
And don’t look now, but it seems as though little Parker is itching to get in on the sports action!