Monday, August 10, 2009

Nerves of steel

I was talking to my friend Kim about how I am not the kind of mom who gets overly emotional about physical stuff with my kids. When they get shots (like vaccinations), I don't feel bad because it is necessary to protect them. When they get sick, I am sympathetic and offer comfort but I don't worry endlessly because I know they need to experience these illnesses to build up immunity. I've never once cried at a doctor's appointment due to seeing my child in pain. I used to feel so bad that I didn't have this mother gene until I realized it sets me up to be a fearless twin boy mom.

Alex is usually the one who makes other moms' hearts stop. He runs into walls with full force. He throws himself on the ground. He jumps off high things. He's been doing this kind of stuff since he could scoot so I've gotten used to it. If there are no tears, I yell out, "Pop up buddy!" and he gets up and walks away from some of the craziest accidents you will see.

Yesterday Nate was the one making other moms' hearts stop at the pool. There's a little one foot diving board that he has been going off. Yesterday he said he was going off the big diving board, the 1 meter board. Add in the distance from the side of the pool to the water and the height is taller than he is.

He climbed right up and jumped off. The parents sitting around the deep end asked how old he was. He put some scared teenage girls to SHAME when they acted scared to go off. After the kid before him ran to the end of the board and jumped off, he did the same.

We had to stop him when someone did a backflip and he turned around, lifted him arms over his head, and got ready to fall in backwards. When we told him no, he pouted, sat on the edge and said, "But I want to do a backflip!"

The only time he stopped jumping was when he realized people were watching. He got out of line and I asked why. He said, "People are LOOKING AT ME." I told him they were looking at him because he was so little and so brave to jump off such a big board. He said, "If they look at me, they need to cheer for me. Tell them to clap for me."

How can a little boy be such a diva already?

12 comments:

Megan said...

That is so funny! LOL! Ha! I love it! Cheer for me!! And a backflip!? My god. I can just visulize this whole afternoon unfolding. Has he seen olympic diving? Then again, since both boys imitate SYTYCD, maybe showing him olympic diving isn't a good idea. Nerves of steel! Amen!

ElizabethE said...

YEAH!! Did you tell them?? Did they cheer? I would have cheered for him.

Mommy, Esq. said...

Hee! I'm pretty nonchalant about physical stuff too. "You're fine" is what I often say. The only time I cried is when Penny had her tongue tie cut when she was 4 weeks old - I think hormones were at play though.

Quadmama said...

I would have clapped for him!

Joanna said...

I agree, I would have cheered for him too. Then, as he splashed into the water my mommy instincts would cringe a little.

I went swimming with my mom and Michael the other day. He had me throwing him in the air so he could do "cannon balls". I finally had to stop because it was freaking me out too much.

Eva said...

So very sweet! S is also fearless in the water, though her costume fear overruled her fearlessness yesterday, when there were some kids with face masks. I have some of the brush it off attitude, too. There are some loud bumps where other parents look at me, but if the kid doesn't cry, I generally ignore it. At daycare they taught them "brush it off" which sometimes they literally do.

erinlaughs said...

I would have absolutely cheered for him! So fun. I love how fearless he is and how he totally thought he could backflip off the board.

My girls fall a lot and all of the other parents cringe. They don't even cry anymore! I say "brush off!" and we keep moving.

Shelley said...

That is hilarious! He's brave! You've gotta get some pictures of this!

DesiDVM said...

Haha I'm not the only "mean mom"! My girlfriend was appalled one day when J was "hurt" and I told him to "pull yourself together." The saying in our house is, "You're not bleeding, shake it off."

Karen said...

These boys definitely have minds of their own! We have a future fashionista on our hands over here. He will only wear certain styles of clothing already....I can only imagine how the teenage years will be.

Goddess in Progress said...

That's hilarious, I hope he got his applause!

I'm not totally fearless, but I definitely seem to react a lot less than other people I know. It's interesting, I always thought I'd be more of the touchy-feely type. But I find myself such a hard-assed pragmatist! A twin thing, perhaps? Who knows.

mruchti said...

awesome. what a little stud!