This past weekend Grace had her first soccer practice and I’m pretty sure it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Georgia and I have been looking for activities to enroll the Bean in that will allow her to have more socialization with kiddos her age, but that’s tough when your little one isn’t quite two years old yet. Our local community center has weekly karate and toddler tumbling classes that we’re dying to put Grace in but you have to be 2.5 years or older. The same can be said for the art class we’ve looked into at our local museum and the aquarium learning group. I’ve got to say, I was pretty surprised to find that there are so few things for little tykes to do around here. After a few weeks of searching, Georgia finally came across an activity that not only allows toddlers to start as young as 18 months, but encourages parent involvement as well and with that, Gracie's first SOCCER season officially began!
After we registered Grace for the season and in the days leading up to her first practice, I started feeling super nervous. I was nervous to see how she would do being around that many toddlers, without any familiar little faces for the first time, but I was also nervous to meet other parents! I even asked G a few days before the Bean’s first practice, “do you think the other parents are going to like us?” lol! She of course laughed at my question but this was going to be our first parents meeting other parents situation and I know it’s silly to be nervous about something like that but it felt like we were preparing for our first day of school or something. ;)
Turns out that
we I really had nothing to worry about because the
parents and other kiddos were all very sweet. The hour was filled with various games that focused on
listening, balance and just generally running around in the same direction as a
team, which was the funniest thing to watch. Grace was the smallest little kiddo in the class and when
the team sat down for circle time I was surprised by the questions the coach
asked each of the kids. Everyone
was asked to share their name, favorite color and to show the team their
favorite flag on the wall. Grace
did pretty good sharing her name but didn’t answer the other two questions. Turns out that Georgia and I put our
little gal in the wrong class… she spent her first practice in the 2.5 to 3.5
year old group rather than the group she was supposed to be in, 18-24 months,
LOL. Once I realized that she was
able to do almost everything the kids a year older than her could do, I was even
more proud of our baby girl!!
We signed up for 10 weeks so we’re so excited to see everything our gal will learn over these next couple of months! After just one practice Grace has talked about soccer several times and has pulled her soccer ball out from behind the couch to “practice”, so I’m sure she’s going to love it!
In other exciting news, we transitioned Grace to her “big girl bed” this weekend. It’s something we intended to do weeks ago but following several weekends of trying to find the perfect bed rail to no avail, we finally bit the big one and decided to just put pillows on the ground beneath her crib per the suggestion of several other IG and blogger mama friends. I'm happy to report that it worked out great! When we brought her in the room to see her big girl bed for the first time she yelled, “OH, I LOVE IT!” before immediately diving in, haha! We made a huge fuss about what a big deal it was that she had her very own bgb and told her that when bedtime came she would need to stay in her bed or we would have to take it away. It would appear that our threats worked like a charm because in two days, two bedtimes and two naps, I’ve only had to put her back in bed once.
It’s funny how we as parents can build something up in our minds and think it’s going to be incredibly difficult and then it turns out to be no big deal. I love when that happens.
I’m not sure if it’s the daily explosion of verbal development we’re getting from the Bean, or that fact that she’s now on a soccer team OR that she’s officially sleeping in a big girl bed but my gosh, she seems to be growing at a rapid speed. Can someone please tell me how to get her to slow down a bit?
Here’s a little more cuteness from family brunch following Gracie’s first practice and our nephew’s basketball game. She sure does love her cousins and Nani!