The word botábamos is the imperfect form of botar in the first person plural.
See the full botar conjugation


Apenas cabíamos, se subieron a nuestras piernas y nos empezaron a abrazar, mientras todos botábamos al son de los baches que pasaban por debajo de nosotros.
They sat over our legs and started to embrace us while we went bobbing up and down as we went over the potholes.
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