The events of March 27 will go down in Gilbert family lore. The story will be passed down from generation to generation. The play-by-play will be told and retold at countless Gilbert family weddings, reunions, and holidays. How Nathan Gilbert came from behind to win the 13th Annual Chicago Wolves Baby Derby.
Yes, the 13th Annual Chicago Wolves Baby Derby. Don't know what a baby derby is? It's so popular, the folks in Illinois have had it for, well, 13 years now.
Let's go to the videotape!
So, what exactly is this baby derby you may wonder? It's an annual event where five babes, from 10 to 12 months old, are selected to crawl from the starting line to the finish line in the center of the ice rink during intermission of a Chicago Wolves game. Don't worry, they are on a mat, not the bitter-cold ice. What does the lucky winner get? A trip to the Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, Illinois, of course!
So, little guy Nathan was chosen to compete. In his training sessions, Mom and Dad Gilbert figured out the best carrot for this bunny was his favorite remote control car. Well, that hard work paid off -- Nathan gets off to a slow start, but once he zones in on Mama with his toy, his diapers were en fuego, squeezing out the win by a binky!
Now, the fact that some of these babes were in training is a bit disturbing, but it seems all in good fun. Not really Tiger Mom-ish, more Goofy Dad-ish. Watching the video reminds me of when I was growing up and we used to make lobster at home. Before dropping them in the pot, we'd each pick what we thought was a winner and race the little guys across the kitchen floor. A harmless, fun time of family bonding ... though I'm still not sure what to file this story under, folks. It's a toss-up between "Things to Do With Your Baby That Are Not As Odd As You Might Think" or "Cute (But a Wee Bit Creepy) Ways for Your Family to Spend a Sunday."
If I lived in the Chicago area back when Kiddo was born and we were Chicago Wolves fans, who knows if we would have gone for it. Maybe so. Alas, Kiddo never really crawled. She scooted backwards a lot, but was never a crawler. She never could've been a contender. Sigh.
What do you think of the Chicago Wolves Baby Derby?
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