1/17/13

A New Class

I feel like I've gone into many life events with Eli with unrealistic expectations only to be brought back down to normal everyday screaming child life.

Well last week I signed Eli up for gymnastics and I went into it with the appropriate expectations one can have when signing their almost 2 year old up for an event in which people of the public will see him and view his behavior.

Basically my cup was as half empty as it could get.

BUT I was determined to take him to gymnastics. I have heard good things about kids taking these classes and I thought it would be something fun for us to do during the week.

Today, Thursday morning was the big day! When Eli woke up I excitedly reminded him that he was going to start a new class today. I'm sure it sounded like "blah blah blah" to him, but at least I get good mom points for talking to my kid like an adult.

As I was getting ready Eli laid on the bed and read his kids bible. I took this as a sign that ONLY GOOD THINGS COULD COME today. Granted he looked at it for like 2 seconds, long enough for me to get a picture and then chunked it at me and demanded I turn on the CHOO CHOOOOO, but still, maybe it was enough of God's word to remind him to behave in public because mom's peers would be watching and there are few things worse in a two year olds life than embarrassing your mom. Or maybe there are few things worse in a mom's life? Either way it's not a good situation!


We arrived at the gym and Eli saw the other kids playing and asked me if he could "play!!" I might have let this one word from Eli fill up my half empty glass a little too much.

My life cup was overflowing and my heart grew as I scolded myself for having such lack of faith. Eli was going to love gymnastics. Money well spent. 

I'm sure you can see where this is going and without going into all the boring mom details, I can explain it simply in three words.

Eli. Hated. Gymnastics.

He didn't like being told what to do. He didn't like the fact that he had to wait in line to do things. He didn't like other kids doing the activities with him. Basically he hated his life. He spent most of the time sitting and watching the other kids participate in the fun activities. This is also known as pouting because he wanted to do it alone, not with other kids.


There was a point when Eli was lying on his back, eyes closed, screaming crying, that I said a silent prayer to the Lord above. I asked him to please forgive me for all the times I judged mothers of unruly children and to please have mercy on my soul.

At the end of our session I internally debated whether to go ahead and cancel our future sessions or keep going - and I decided to keep going. I want Eli to learn to deal with all the aspects of life that he hated today (see: sharing, listening, participating, no fit throwing in public) and maybe just maybe a gymnastics class will help with this.

Or perhaps I will come back here in March and declare how we attempted gymnastics and it just wasn't for us.

Only time will tell. 

13 comments:

Brigitte said...

This brings back some stressful feeling of starting my daughter in ballet class when she turned two and a half. Oh my goodness! There were definitely good and bad days, and a lot of calls to my husband at work asking what the heck should I do here???

Christa said...

My 3 year old started gymnastics at 18 mos and I wanted to quit at first too. Thankfully the "coach" was super supportive and after a few stressful classes (where I would leave so sweaty you'd think I was the one doing gymnastics) we made it threw the fits. She loves gymnastics now, and I think is been great for all the reasons you mentioned! She still gets an occasional chat or time out from the coach for not listening or waiting her turn, but sticking with it has been totally worth it for us. Just wear extra deodorant, and know it will get better!!

Christa said...

My 3 year old started gymnastics at 18 mos and I wanted to quit at first too. Thankfully the "coach" was super supportive and after a few stressful classes (where I would leave so sweaty you'd think I was the one doing gymnastics) we made it threw the fits. She loves gymnastics now, and I think is been great for all the reasons you mentioned! She still gets an occasional chat or time out from the coach for not listening or waiting her turn, but sticking with it has been totally worth it for us. Just wear extra deodorant, and know it will get better!!

Stolen by Mullen said...

Addy hated it the first time but now she loves it....we took her to the store the night before her second class and let her pick out a toy that she could play with IF she did good in gymnastics the next day. She did great...and no, we don't buy her a toy everytime. For her, it was just getting her to do the stuff in class to realize she liked it. Good luck!

Laurin said...

As a former gymnastics teacher/competitive coach/gym manager - this is totally normal. He'll get used to it eventually. Do they have an 'open gym' times that you can go to where he can get used to the atmosphere?

As a mom, Ugh. Kids. Just when you think YAY! This is going great and WOW! They really appreicate what you're doing for them. They throw the biggest fit.

Jessica V. said...

I took my daughter to gymnastics when she was about 20 months old. Disaster! It was horrible!

I think now that she is almost 3 it will be much more enjoyable!

Crystal said...

I signed my daughter up for dance right before she turned 2 and the first class was awful! She wouldn't listen and I was a hot, sweaty mess by the end of class. I swore we weren't going back, but the following class was much better! By the end of the season she was listening and enjoyed it!

Alex and Jill said...

Okay, these pictures of him reading his Bible and then sitting alone pouting...I'm laughing out loud. He is so stinkin' cute! I wish I could say my children haven't ever acted a fool in public, but they have. :) Bravo for sticking with it! I hope he loves it next time.

P.S. Received your email. I don't need any Scentsy but I do want to order one of those chocolate fondue pots!!

Buckany said...

We have tried gymnastics twice and both times it didn't end well. The first time my daughter would just sit and bawl her eyes out session after session so we decided to wait until she got older. When she did we tried again and she LOVED it until she fell...after that there was just no hope. We moved on to Tball :)

The Rohman Family said...

I remember pretend-scolding my 6 month old (now 4 yrs old) because he would CRY every time I read to him from his children's Bible. Then he would babble happily when I read something as simple as Max and Ruby. That stinker! That pic of Eli with his Bible just brought back such memories...PRECIOUS!

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Turner Aycock said...

Oh my GOSH. Just now reading this. Emmy and I went to a mommy and me gymnastics class this week and it was TERRIBLE. She cried, screamed, threw a fit the WHOLE TIME. She was so overwhelmed. Didn't want to do what our class was doing. Wanted to run and go do whatever she wanted. When I told Rob I went ahead and signed her up after our free trial he acted like I was stupid and I proceeded to cry. She has to learn sometime, right?! :)

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