Play Ball!

With sports, life was a little simpler when dear son was younger.  One practice a week, one game on Saturday – fun for everyone!

Safe Team Snacks

There was the issue of team snacks.  All the parents take turns bringing a half-time snack and an end of game drink and snack.  An allergy mom reminded me that email does have to go out to the team saying basically “please please bring food that is safe for my kid as a snack!”  The coaches are always supportive of this.  One year, we had a couple boys also on the soccer team who needed gluten free food.  The three moms put together a suggested snack list and it worked out really well.

So, fast forward – how did the time go so FAST!  Now we are in AAA baseball with the big boys.  Two hour practices, more independence, warm-ups like the pros!  I feel like I am watching him become a young man.

The Food Allergy Dilemma

Each kid brings their own snacks.  I can’t stay the whole time at practice.  Practice and games can be right at dinner time.  We don’t know the new team coaches.  We know only two of the players and their parents.  Son is nine and not comfortable giving himself the Epi.

This year we are going to have to lean more on the coaches and other parents.  With the head coach’s permission, here is the email we sent out:

Hi all,

___ is really happy to be on the ___s AAA team!

___ has a serious peanut allergy, and knows the rules he has to follow to stay safe.  We would be so grateful for your help.  Would you be willing to share the “teammates” section in the attached file with your player?  Thank you so much!

If you have concerns, please let us know.

___’s parents

(___) ___-____

So far we have gotten good feedback from the other parents.  Nothing negative, no teasing.  We know we are giving up some of dear son’s privacy, but it is an issue that we will not always be there to deal with.

Stay tuned – next post will include the full letter to the teammates, and a wrap-up of the first muddy game!

Trophies and Safe Cupcakes!

getting trophyBasketball season ended recently for our guy.  It was the first season the boys played on a full court.  It was also the first time they were allowed to steal the ball from the other team – that led to many crazy break-a-ways for Mikey, aka “Speedy Gonzalez.”

This was the last time they will play with their school friends for their favorite coach.  Next year in 4th grade they are drafted to different teams.  A bittersweet goodbye; I will miss all the chats at practice.

Our coach had trophies for each of our guys.  No food is allowed in the gym ( I love basketball!) so we had our post-game party out on the picnic tables.

Usually we (me, husband and daughter) make treats for every birthday party, school celebration and team party because of dear son’s food allergies.  This time we tried a new approach.  We ordered from the “Joy of Cupcakes” bakery where every product is free of peanuts and tree nuts.  The treats can also be made egg-free, gluten-free, etc.  (Full disclosure:  I am now helping Joy with her Facebook page.)

basketball cupcakesIt was so wonderful not to be baking and decorating the day before!  Joy delivered the cupcakes early that morning and they looked just beautiful.  She had offered to make fondant basketballs for the team members.  Of course my guy wanted to eat one before the game… did he really think I would let him???

The boys ate up those perfect fondant basketballs first.  They loved the cupcakes!  We had enough that the coaches and some parents could have some also.  Yes, I made sure I got one.  I am not that polite!  The cupcakes were super – the icing was fantastic.  Thank you Joy for making our day.

Thank you Coach Paul for teaching our guy patience and heart with lots of fun thrown in.