Adventures in Soccer

 

September 394

Eliza is playing a team sport for the first time this fall. She is signed up for soccer and playing for the Orange Cheetahs.  Since she is running a lot during the games I was curious about her numbers, but we haven’t had any issues.  We check her before the game and then midway through depending on the pre game number.

On Saturday she said she felt really hungry when we were getting ready for her game and so we checked her BG. She was 66. I gave her a glucose tab and she checked in 15 minutes. She was 67.  Another glucose tab and 15 more minutes and she was 174 and ready to play. I checked her midway through the game and she was 123 so I gave her two tiny peanut butter crackers.  We got home at lunchtime and she was 113.

She is a lot more timid while playing that I had anticipated. She tends to hang back and not go for the ball as much as I had though she would.  She did score a goal last week and that was pretty awesome.  This week’s team was no joke and not many goals were scored by the Cheetahs.  Overall it has been a good experience, but now that she is in school I think she would rather just stay home and play.  She wants to try basketball, but we are going to hold off on any team sports for a few months and just relax at home.

 

About Danielle

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey. After graduation Danielle spent five years teaching at the elementary level. Two of those years were spent in Kindergarten where she employed the ASL alphabet as a tactile approach to teaching the alphabet and site words. Danielle witnessed how learning to sign gave the students a sense of pride and enhanced their overall learning. While pregnant in 2007 Danielle read about the benefits of signing with babies. Her daughter Eliza was born in September 2007 and Danielle started consistently signing with her at around nine months of age. About a month later Eliza signed “baby” for the first time on a family vacation and her signing took off from there. In August 2009 Danielle’s son Jude was born. With the help of big sister Eliza teaching Jude to sign was a blast. Ever since her daughter’s first sign, Danielle has studied ASL and continues to grow her vocabulary on a daily basis. Through ASL Danielle has formed a close bond with both of her children. She has seen firsthand how signing reduced her children’s’ frustration level and consequently reduced the number of tantrums. Danielle hopes to help others experience the same joy with their little ones. To inquire about My Smart Hands classes and workshops Danielle at danitamez@mysmarthands.com
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