My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
Anonymous

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William
Wordsworth

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Q & A

Diana asked me "where did gator boy come from, anyway?"

We'll leave the obvious answer alone and tell the origins of this boy's nickname.
Also, someone asked once if these are my kids' real names or just cyber names. The answer is neither. The names you know my kids by are not their real names, however, they are the names that I call them by most often. Unless they're in trouble that is. You folks all know my kids by mamma's nicknames. Do you have special nicknames for your kids?


Gator-boy...

well, ever tried to wrestle (pronounced rassle) an alligator?

Ever seen someone do it?

From, oh, BIRTH. Whenever this child wanted to be put down he would lay down on his side like a nursing infant, grab my shirt and start rolling over and over in my arms.

As an infant before he could crawl he would roll to get across the room to whatever he wanted. And he never liked to snuggle (although that has changed). He always wanted to be put down so he could GO!. I used to call (and still do) holding the babies "Alligator wrestling" because he was soo hard to hold rolling over and over like that.

I've learned, the only way to hold a kid like that and NOT let him get out of your grasp is to hook one arm between his legs (stabilizing his hips) and the other arm around his neck over one shoulder (stabilizing the upper body) grasp your hands in front of his trunk and hold him to you.

Really ticks him off because he can't get away.

This little man is STRONG too! And determined as a bull penned next to a couple of heifers in heat.

You'd be amazed at the upper body strength I've acquired in the last 4 years!!

5 comments:

jennifer said...

Ah so subvet has an occupation I mentioned in my email, and you are the crocodile hunter!!! Too cute!!

I love mamma's nicknames. Each one of mine has a special name too...although no reptiles or amphibians, but there is a play off a day of the week!!!

Diane J. said...

Shoot, I honestly don't know how many nick names I've given Jessica over the years.

Let's see....Irma, Kahildabob, Velma, JJ (it was Jessica Jennings before she got married), Liver Lips....the list goes on and on. Those are the most often used, though.

Hope you're back to full strength soon. Rasslin' Gator Boy must be even harder when you feel like something the dog dragged in and the cat wouldn't have. ;D

Love and hugs,

Diane

MightyMom said...

Liver Lips???!!!

Man, and I feel bad about drooly-monster and booger-boo!! Baby girl is also at times Sugar Dumplin or Sugar Pea or Sugar Bean, They've all been Stink-bug and Boo at one time or another...I could go on and on.

Jen, this is TEXAS, ain't no crocs roun' these parts...this be gator-country!!

diana said...

then gator boy is the perfect name for your little man.

i don't use the nicknames much, but when i first see my kids in the morning, i call them baby-doll or baby-girl and jakey-boy. pretty boring, huh? =]

thanks for answering my question.

Kitty said...

Hee, hee, I have had a couple of boys I could only hold that way, too. This one is becoming #3 in the strong little alligator department (that, and he has some sharp little teeth he likes to use, too!!!)