Flashback Friday: Sport

Every single week I mean to join in with Flashback Friday over at A Matter of Choice, and every single Friday I fail. Horrendously. I think it's because I work the latter half of the week but really there's no excuse. Well, over the Summer that changes. The lovely Emma is going on maternity leave, so Mummy Mishaps and The Real Housewife of Suffolk are taking over for her. I'm still late with this post, but it's better late than never!

My little boy has always loved climbing, from the moment he could crawl he'd climb up onto the sofa and straight up onto the wide windowsill behind it, pulling the net curtain over him so he could watch everyone. He's an explorer, but a cautious child, and a gentle one too.

In January of this year I enrolled him in our local Tumble Tots class. He's gone from cautiously holding on to my hands to cross a beam to walk across with excellent aeroplane arms. His cautious attitude at climbing the ladder is still there, but it's controlled and careful which sees him turning around on the top of a five foot high ladder and coming down backwards. And he's gone from not being able to hold onto a beam, to hanging from one.

The change in The Boy's physical development is astounding, and in his confidence too. The top right and bottom left photos were taken in January of this year, the other two were taken in July. I'm so proud of how far he's come.

I'm even more proud to see him transferring these skills to real life situations:

Keep going my boy and let's see how far you can go by Christmas.


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  1. says

    Yay! I'm so glad you linked up. Thank you.

    It looks like The Boy really enjoys Tumble Tots and gains a lot from it.
    I was going to take Charles to the one here but heard from a few people that it was basically the children running around rather than completing the tasks and the mums standing and gossiping, which I didn't want to pay to do.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      He really has gained so much from it, it amazes me. It very much depends upon the groups. The Boy has only just left the 2-3 group which sees parents going around with their children, the 3-4 group has the children going around independently with the instructors only. I'm not so keen on that because I don't want to not do it with him. I'll continue to go because he loves it, but the instructors might have to deal with me hovering around all the time.

  2. Jennypaulin says

    Thanks for linking up and this is a perfect flashback post because it shows comparisons in his development. I have just been to our local leisure centre to see what tumb,e tot type classes they do and they start again in September so. Am going to enroll the boys , should have done so before but, as you know, I get a bit stressed about managing them on my own!
    I could see a change in him last Thursday from when we met you back earlier in the year, he def has a lot more confidence which is brilliant. :) x

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      It took me a little while to visualise my take on it, but I got there in the end! Tumble Tots is excellent, I really can't recommend it highly enough. The groups that your boys would go into are geared quite differently, obviously with J you'd go around with him, whereas for B he'd do it by himself with the instructor's help which means you'd be able to attend to J. I think it's one of the better priced classes around.

      Thanks for mentioning that you could see a change, he's getting there with his confidence isn't he?

  3. says

    He looks so confident and adventurous. You can't even tell he used to be cautious at all…I am worried that Baby Z is having confidence issues at the moment. But then then other day he defended himself and declared "mine!" to another toddler. I told him to share but there was that mummy part of me that though "OHHH thank god!" he was learning to stick up for himself.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      It's why Daddy tends to do more of the weekend activities with him, I've not got any energy after the week!

  4. WallyMummy says

    He looks like a fab little mover :) mines only 8 months so I have all this moving business to come lol! Great post with some lovely pix xxx

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