2009 27/01

We’re sticking with it, so help me…

Today was Abbi’s first day of gymnastics. I was optimistic when Abbi willingly put on her leotard. Abbi is always saying that things are scratchy. Certain clothes or blankets or cotton balls. Everything is scratchy. No she doesn’t have really sensitive skin, she’s just kind of kooky I guess. The fact that she put her leotard on without any mention of scratchy was huge!!

So off we went to gymnastics. The gymnastics class is held in a temporary location in a fitness center so their equipment is just kind of laid out in one of the spare gyms. Surprisingly I was fine with this disarray because, after all, it’s just a fun thing for her to do at this point. We’re not setting our goals on the Olympics at this point.

Abbi did pretty well with the glass. There were about 7 other boys and girls in the class but most of them are in their 4s and some are 5 years old. I think there is one other 3 year old in the class. Abbi had her moments of tears and not wanting to participate. I was trying so hard to be patient with her but I really just wanted to say SUCK IT UP KID! Don’t worry, I didn’t. But oh boy did I want to!

Abbi stuck it through the entire hour long class and did all of the different activities — the summersaults, the spring board, the balance beams and even the big rolling tube thing. At the end of the class I asked the teacher if she thought Abbi was ready for this class and she assured me that she is certainly strong enough to do it and that it may just take some time getting used to the class. I asked Abbi on the way home if she liked gymnastics. She said no. I asked her if she wanted to go back. She said yes.

All the way home I kept asking myself if she was ready for a class like this or if gymnastics was a good fit for her. Then it came to me, she doesn’t know how to verbalize her feelings. When we got home I asked her if she was scared or nervous during gymnastics. She said she was a little and that she cried. DING DING DING!

So we talked about how to tell the teacher if she is nervous or scared when they are doing a certain activity and how to ask for help when she didn’t know how to do something. We went over a few times and we’ll go over again before next weeks class. I’m hoping that makes the next class go a little smoother. I know I have to give her some grace in her actions because she is only 3 years old. So she’s not always going to stand perfectly in line with the other kids or do exactly what she’s supposed to do. What 3 year old does? What 30 year old does?

I’m starting to realize that Abbi keeps a lot of her feelings bottled up inside. She’s a lot like her momma that way I guess. If anything I think this whole one-day gymnastics experience is going to help us work through some of the other issues going on here.

Ok, without further ado, here are some pictures of her cuteness today!

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