I like to think I am an optimistic person. I realize how lucky I am to have this life with my sweet family & truly, very few days go by that I don’t look back on with a smile on my face. Yet I like to be honest & real too, we are definitely not perfect & have our issues like anyone else. Motherhood is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me, but it certainly comes with its challenges & recently, I had to face one of those.
Ever since Waverly was 6 months old, we have had her enrolled in a MyGym in our area. She has pretty much gone to classes once a week since then, it’s basically one hour of mommy & me playtime with other kids her age. Even though it’s pretty expensive, I have always felt strongly about it. During the week, my mom mostly watches Waverly & our other babysitter has only one other child there, plus I was the first of my close friends to become a mom. So needless to say, the majority of her social interaction with someone her size is with our dog, so having her with other little ones is really important to me.
We have always looked forward to our classes each week, Waverly for obvious reasons & for me, I really savored the opportunity to have an hour of un-interrupted Waverly time. Our days there were free of distractions & were truly all about her doing something she loved. I honestly assumed we would go there until she officially exceeded the age limit, & might even have considered asking them to allow us to stay until she graduated high school.
I think she would have been down for it.
And then we got a slap in the face. Literally. Waverly (out of nowhere) started hitting, at first just me & her dad were the lucky ones, & then the kids in her class at MyGym got to join in on the fun, too. I of course was mortified, could not understand where my sweet girl learned her new move or why on earth she would use it. After reading any website I could find, every one of my baby books & finally meeting with my pediatrician, we decided that this really is more common than we thought & the best way to approach it is to tell her no, & gently grab her hands.
So that’s what we did, time & time again & for the most part, it worked. Except for at MyGym. For whatever reason, if I left her within 5 feet of another kid, she would hit them. In her defense (not that she needs any defending, clearly I am the one who does! ;)), she would then try to hug them after & I really don’t think she knew what she was doing, but it obviously couldn’t continue. After a couple of weeks of acting as her bodyguard & standing over her nervous for the entire 60 minutes, I ultimately decided to put our membership on a freeze. For whatever reason, Waverly was acting out there & instead of dreading our class every week (& leaving feeling completely defeated), it was time for a change.
I really didn’t want to give up on a weekly activity for the two of us & was determined to make something happen. I knew Waverly really did love an active environment & almost felt that she needed one more active (yep, my child). So in the end, we decided to try gymnastics, also a mommy & me that meets once a week. The price was about the same & I knew there would be a giant trampoline along with a bouncy floor, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
I really can’t put into words how much Waverly loves her gymnastics class. We have now been four times & it has definitely become one of the highlights of our week. She has so much fun, burns a ton of energy, & is completely exhausted every time. It is too perfect for her.
There are about four other kids in her class, all around her age, & obviously, there are multiple times she is very close to them. I try to keep my cool & not freak out, but for our first couple of classes, I was totally nervous she would haul off & hit one of them, all while making our new presence in the class very well known. Despite my fears, Waverly hasn’t even so much as tried. She is too busy working on her new gymnastics skills which, by the way, she prefers to complete entirely on her own.
I do plan to eventually take Waverly back to MyGym, I really think it was a phase & that we were meant to be somewhere else right now. I have always felt that most of life’s challenges come with lessons & this has never been more true than as a parent. I admit that I completely felt embarrassed in front of the other moms when Waverly was acting out, that I shed tears on the way home more than once because I just couldn’t understand why she was the only one who acted like that. Yet in the end, it really didn’t matter what they thought, she is her own person with her own “little things” (most so very positive & a few challenging), but it’s my job to figure them all out. It’s not always going to be easy, but it will always be worth it. I mean, when I look at her sweet face, how could it not?!
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