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Baby Wrestling
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Every good dad out there knows the importance of baby wrestling. My kids love to just get me down on the floor and pile on top. Gavin (4 next month) has a signature move I call the Double Ear Pull, which he administers quite frequently between official matches. He uses it on me if I get too closeat the dinner table while cutting his chicken fried steak, or while sitting in the cart at Costco. Garrett ( 21 months) has clobbered me quite a few times with his "screaming banshee" technique. It usually works like this: Gavin gets me in a submission hold with an elbow in the neck and 2 fingers in my nose, while Garrett sneaks around the couch, stalking like a hungry cougar after a deer. Then, before I even get a chance to tap out, he emits a shriek like a smoke detector and comes flying out of his blind, launching himself headlong into my midsection. The match is finished.

 I love having 2 boys. The three of us can have fun together doing just about anything. Wrestling is definitely at the top of their list when it comes to "what to play with daddy". It's great exercise too! And talk about stress relief! Its like that Saturday Night Live commercial with Will Ferrell's Bio Workout box. He gets an exercise system delivered to his door in a box. When he gets it inside, an apelike creature springs out and attacks him, wrecking his entire house. The workout is in getting that thing back in the box until next time! That's how it is with 2 rambunctious toddlers in our house. When I get home, they want some action packed baby wrestling for about 5 minutes. Once that pent up barbarity is out of their systems, they go back to Legos or Backyardigans or Lightning McQueen.

When we got home from an outing to the park yesterday, it was nap time for both boys. In trying to settle Gavin down, (he can be pretty hyper) I laid down on the floor in his room with one of his favorite books: Roar of a Snore. He jumped on me and said "Wrestle daddy." I said "No, it's naptime. Let's read and cuddle." Gavin paused, then looked me in the eye and said solemnly, "Okay. One hundred cuddles."

What a beautiful statement from a kid who has Autism. At one point in his life we thought he would never look us in the eye and say anything that didn't come from TV. His unique personality comes out of him more and more each day.

I'm trying to enjoy this stage in their life as much as I can. I know it won't be long until they'll both be too big and cool to be tackled and tickled by me. Oh well. I'm sure I'll find another way to connect with them once coolness takes them away from me!

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