This fall we got a very small taste of life with multiple children in sports. We spent three nights a week at a sports practice, watched two games on Saturday and one on Sunday. It was not supposed to be like this. For a while I was insistent on Finnan choosing either soccer or baseball. He seemed to be set on playing both sports, but eventually said he would play baseball over soccer. Then it turned out Atticus wanted him to be able to continue playing soccer, so we caved and signed him up for both.
Finnan loved t-ball from the start. I was worried about Rory jumping off the bleachers. Atticus wondered what he was getting out of it. At the beginning it did seem like way too much for a 5/6 year old to grasp. But, at some point this fall, things started to fall in place. Finnan figured out how to watch a play, follow the ball, put his foot on first base, stick his glove in air, and he even managed to catch the ball for a couple outs. He developed friendships on the team and loved the base running game of "pickle" that they played at the end of every practice. On the field, he started to look more like a ball player (at least in his readiness stance).
Finnan was always happy at t-ball games and practice. In every game and practice there were so many opportunities to make a good play or a mistake. He seemed to take all of those in stride, which is something he sometimes struggle with. So, in the end, t-ball was a success. Finnan thrived. Jude practiced plenty of soccer tricks while at practices and games. Rory did not have any bleacher related head injuries. Atticus even ended up finding practicing t-ball with Finnan enjoyable. If we can figure out how to make the schedules work with soccer, I would even like to do it again in the Spring (apparently in the Spring there are two games a week!).