When I had my third son, I will never forget what a dear friend said to me, “I always knew you were meant to be a boy mom.” It was a huge compliment. But how did he know that? I grew up with three sisters, and girls were what I knew, and expected!
So when I was blessed with three bouncing, bruising, dirty, antsy, and loud little boys… I was kind of stunned. Where are the barrettes, the tap shoes, the frilly dresses I envisioned? Instead of arts and crafts, my life was filled with dump trucks, dinosaurs, and lots of dirty laundry. What?!?
Once the first little guy was born, it didn’t take long to figure out that constant movement was the requirement to thrive (him) and survive (me.) We did what I dubbed the “playground circuit”, visiting every and any playground in driving distance. HOURS were spent watching train after train puff down any tracks we could find. Biking, strolling, jogging and skipping happened every single day. It was non stop action, all the time.
Then we had two more boys… and cripes, was I tired.
When my oldest son started playing organized sports, I began to understand what my friend meant about me being a destined “boy mom.” I could really get into this; watching him learn and grow with each new sport he tried. From T-ball to swimming, I was there, and I was FOR SURE the loudest cheerleader.
Now with the three boys, we have an endless schedule of sports obligations. And yes of course it’s daunting at times. But honestly, watching my kids play sports brings me so much joy. The life lessons they learn, the friends they make (whose parents have become some of my best friends in the world!), and the ups and downs of winning and losing… I love it all.
This mama has thoroughly embraced the baseball/basketball/skiing/swimming/golf mom lifestyle. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
My two oldest sons play in their Fall Baseball League championship games this Saturday. I am so excited and nervous already. We are currently prepping them for the possible outcome, no matter what happens. Wish us luck, friends!