3rd grade means football time!!

I always knew Bailey would want to play sports and he’d be very good at them. He’s been playing baseball on a league for 4 years now. He’s 8 now, which means 3rd grade, which in turn means FOOTBALL!!! And for 3rd grade boys here, that is the best thing since sliced bread!! For some reason even dreaming of Bailey playing football makes him seem so old. Why is that?? He’s played sports his whole life. Why is football any different??

I feel like he’s grown up right before my eyes just this summer. Does anyone know what I mean?? Or am I alone here? Maybe because playing baseball has always been a staple in this house and football is new. I know it’s only flag football but still, he could get hurt. I know he could get hurt walking out the door, I know. I’ve always been protective over him even when I was pregnant. I didn’t even go to a concert because I was afraid I’d get tripped or fall down a flight of stairs. By the way my loving father in law agreed with me on that so I’m not completely delusional!! But now he’s getting older and I can not protect him from everything, nor do I really want to. Well I do but I know I can’t. He has to get hurt to learn how to deal with it, make him stronger. But he’s my baby!!! My only baby and it’s honestly killing me to see him grow up so fast!! It doesn’t help that he’s 8 in a size 10! Like his Grandma tells all of them, ” I tell you to stop growing but you don’t listen!”

That’s not to say we’re not proud of the way they are growing and learning, it just makes me sad is all. I’ll never get these precious years back. I watch my niece Trinity grow into a beautiful young lady, so smart and so funny. God it seems like yesterday they were only babies in their little Vikings outfits!! So here’s to football and our babies getting old. I just pray my tenderhearted sensitive Bailey won’t get beat up too much on the football field!! Wish him luck…actually you should probably be wishing me luck!!!

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8 Responses to 3rd grade means football time!!

  1. SKL says:

    I think this is something we feel from time to time throughout their lives. Right now I am mourning a little bit too. Why? They are not babies any more! Who knew I’d miss some of the things I couldn’t wait to be done with? I just keep looking ahead to the next milestones and keep encouraging them as they grow away from me.

    My kids love to go hiking in our backyard, and now they are brave enough to climb somewhat treacherous paths without Mom. Well, there are things they could get hurt on if they fell a certain way or what-not. Half of me wants to remove every possible obstacle or hold their hands until they are 20. The other half says they will be far better off if they take a few tumbles and learn how to deal with it as they go. I can already see them getting more sure-footed every day. But, every time they fall, I feel like the worst mom for not protecting them more. I guess this is what my next 20 years or so will be like.

  2. SKL says:

    Oh, and good luck – I’m sure he will be a great flag football player!

  3. Joy says:

    I know. I keep telling them to stop growing but they don’t listen! I love it and hate it at the same time. As they grow they learn and I’m finding “grown up” conversations with Bailey and Trinity kind of cool. Christopher on the other hand, god, I hate it. This is IT for us, for me. This innocent time will never come again for us until it’s with their children. *shudder at the thought*

  4. nikki says:

    OH Joy I don’t even want to think about THAT!! Bailey had his 1st football practice yesterday but got rained out. He met his coach and the other kids so he’s very excited. I’ll email his schedule to you. Both him and his bf Bailey have their jersey’s on right now!!

  5. Tosha says:

    I’ve got a 4th grader, 2nd grader and one in kindergarten this year.. It blows my mind. Where has the time gone? I can’t figure out how we got this far..LOL..

    Cole is supposed to start soccer soon he wanted to play football but we missed sign ups..

  6. Just remember, it’s far more dangerous, statistically speaking, for them to ride in the car to the grocery store.

    My son played for the first time last year (6th grade) and I couldn’t believe how hard those kids hit! Yikes! But it sure is fun.

  7. Amber says:

    Kids learn quick about being tenderhearted when it comes to sport. I have seen even the biggest “mamma’s” boys become the hardest nails competitors! Don’t worry! Thats why kids have soft flexible bones. They bounce!

  8. Jane says:

    I hear you Nikki. I can’t believe Dylan will be going to pre-school twice a week either. Just where does the time go? It’s helped having DaniJo to take my mind of it or I’d be a basket case. Good luck on the football.

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