Thursday, August 07, 2008

JC and the game

We got the helmet, the pants, the water bottles but in all reality I was so very afraid that JC wouldn't be ready for it all. I feared that he wouldn't be ready for team sports. Only because for a child with ADHD maintaining focus for two hour practices can be hard. In all honesty, most people wouldn't know that he does have ADHD thanks to his medication. (My little man has come a long way in the last few years! )But he surprised me this week, he hasn't stopped talking about football. We have talked about drills, the coaches, but better yet, we have spoken about how good HE feels while playing. It's created this "drive" in him.
A spark has been lit and I see it in him already...


I see a spark of determination that wasn't there before (unless it was video games) and as a mother I am overwhelmed with excitement. My heart jumps every time I hear a "Good Job JC" during practice. If only there was a way to properly express how much good all the reassurance is doing him. My boy, my baby is growing in more ways than one.

His ability to focus at night (after the medication has worn off) has been inspiring. It floors me, it gives me hope that one day, one day he won't need medication(hoping). A few years ago we were told that he wouldn't make it through kindergarten due to his inability to focus and his decreased attention span. Now with the second grade approaching in one week and after a stellar yearin first grade, the light looks brighter. Soon it(his future) will be so bright, I'll need shades. Bring on the shades...momma's ready.

No matter what number he wears, what grades he will achieve or how many great plays he will make in his life, I am forever grateful to be JC's mommy.

Hopefully the greatest cheerleader ever...

17 comments:

Lynette said...

What a great, heart warming post. You're a great mom to support him in all that he does and all the love you show.
He even looks like a true football player!

Mimi's Toes said...

Oh, I know you are so proud of him. Look at him all confident and just so proud to be playing. It sounds like a great sport for him to be playing. I can just see you out there cheering....

My Wonderful Men said...

This is so good for him. Yes, you will see the difference in him. Football is all about discipline.

You and I both know this football program brings up some pretty fine football players. I may read in the paper some day he took his high school to state!

I love that first picture. Now that's a football face!

He looks so grown up too.
Please keep me updated.
Amy

Life With All Boys said...

Look at him! My 2nd grader wants to play football, but to tell you the truth it scares the crap out of me. I do know that amazing feeling though of watching your child excell in a sporting event. Go JC!

p.s. I think I saw you at the mall the other day. But you were walking away and I wasn't sure that yelling out "Hey Crooked Eyebrow" was the right way of going about saying hi!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

He looks so cute in that football uniform!

Mary Beth said...

I want to be on the cheerleading squad with you!! Just no red and white skirts, promise?

Our little guy is so big, I know it's cliche but sometimes it takes a few blinks to really absorb how much he has grown. How lucky are we that we get to watch and be a part of all of it? I'm so proud of him and he amazes me every time I see him. I love our little talks about everything from "how you know you are dehydrated" to "why do we need another strip mall" and I'll never forget "the reason Barack Obama will beat Hilary Clinton".

Oh, the things to come...I can't wait. BTW, I'm seeing a little Boilermaker running with that football!

xoxo

imadramamama said...

This is such a wonderful post, CE. Thank you for sharing!

Army Wife said...

First of all, he's darling! Second, my Soccer (who is 11 and diagnosed at age 6) is ADD and I have the same feelings/concerns that you do, for him. But, this summer he has shown great strides while being off of his medication. Which tells me there will be a day when he will be done with meds. I have this great book- I'll e-mail you with the title- that really helped me understand the way an ADD brain works. You've probably already read it or have done enough research on the subject but I find that I can't get enough info on this and ANY thing I can get my hands on to help Soccer with I jump on it. I, too, worry about his ability to play team sports but surprisingly he really does well and it's a huge confidence booster for him. I remember his therapist telling me that sports were vital in that the exercise releases a lot of the adrenaline that the brain of an ADD kid is constantly searching for and it's so great for them in the self-esteem area. I'm so proud of your little JC and I know you will be the best cheerleader he could ever have. I strive for the same for my Soccer!

Lost A Sock said...

Aww, that's so cool.

I love that first picture, but my word it makes him look grown up! :o)

Erin said...

I love the first picture! As a teacher, I can definitely attest to the amazing difference sports (or any extra-curricular interest, really) can make in a kid. It creates focus, an improvement in schoolwork, and so on. It's the kids who have absolutely no outside interests who sometimes struggle the most in school (not always, there are exceptions, of course).

iheartchocolate said...

awww. GO JC!

iheartchocolate said...

awww. GO JC!

addhumorandfaith said...

Welcome to the world of "Sports Parent." If your family is like ours was, the mood of the whole household will be raised or lowered according to how the current sports team (and your own "sportster" on that team) are doing. It's definitely a roller coaster ride, but we wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

By the way, you might want to invest in the thick cushions specifically made to sit on in bleachers. We had them, but were still suffering from "terminal bleacher butt" by the time we finished our "sports parent" stint when DD graduated from college.

Enjoy this time. And remember, JC will always remember and appreciate that you were there for all those practices/games/try-outs/losses and wins! (some parents NEVER come -- what are they thinking?)

Ann(ie) said...

This is so sweet, love. You got me tearing up dammit. He's so adorable in his fb uniform!! GO JC!

SJ said...

You make a great cheerleader! And man, you have so much to be proud of...but I know you know that already! He's such a big boy now!

More Than A Single Mom said...

OH how cool. Way to go JC! Missy can be your cheerleader!

Stacie said...

HOW SWEET.

I love seeing all the "little" boys out there with helmets twice their size and pads equally big. TOO CUTE!