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?
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!!