Braden is old enough now that he has basketball goals, a tee ball set, and about 43 other balls of various shapes, sizes, and colors. All boys that I know like balls. Many of them choose to make it their first word. That is one of several words that Braden currently spews forth from his toothy grin.
He constantly pics up a ball, or says ball, or points at a ball, or does all of these at once. Usually when I say throw it to Daddy he winds up and gives his ball of choice a toss. Sometimes it comes to me. Sometimes it just trickles in front of Braden's feet. Other times it goes backwards. But this is just the beginning.
It will take a while before Braden develops his pitching and/or quarterbacking skills. In the meantime he is working on developing other talents. Basketball was his first love. He has had a small goal for nearly a year now. When he was big enough to sit up we started working on the dunk. Eventually he would get the ball and dunk it home when asked.
Now we have a little Winnie the Pooh basket ball hoop in the tub. When I say give me a dunk, Braden searches out a floating ball and turns to throw it down. He can go either left or right. Sometimes he can dunk without even looking.
More exciting for me as a huge baseball fan is his new love of his plastic baseball bat. Granted he uses it most often to hit things other than his baseball, as I detailed in yesterday's post. He hits people, which is bad. He hits toys. He hits balls on the ground ala a little Tiger Woods. Once he even whacked a ball right off the Christmas tree. Sometimes though he puts the ball on the tee and takes his cuts. Braden does not have the technique of an Albert Pujols, but he is able to make contact with the ball. Eye hand coordination....Check.
I certainly don't want to be a stage dad if that is the right term. I won't be putting videos of his baby sporting prowess on You Tube (at least not yet). Braden can take up whatever interests he chooses. But as a die hard sports fan it sure is comforting to know that he is developing the skills necessary should he choose any athletic pursuits.