I wrote about all the activities that Lexi participates in and one of her absolute favorite ones is gymnastics. There is open gym twice a week and an organized toddler tumble class once a week that she is obsessed with. She loves following the instructor ( and sometimes NOT following and running around like a goofball) and it’s a great opportunity to get introduced to flips, tumbles, handstands and other fun gymnastics basics. I took my camera to two of her classes about a month apart and I am SOOOO happy with the pictures that I managed to capture. I will cherish these for a long time and I know Lexi will get a kick out of them when she grows up, too.
I know I am a mom and I am completely biased but she is really good at gymnastics. Not like “unique talent good”, but just really good. She took to it on Day One and was showing incredible balance and strength for “not yet a two year old”. She manages to do everything that is thrown her way and does it really well. Her arms and legs are really strong, she has good balance and a lot of excitement for the “sport”. There was only one other girl about a year older that exhibited this kind of strength and for some reason she stopped coming, which is a shame because I would have liked Lexi to be able to watch someone who’s really good at it, too.
Also, this class was the first one that we got Lexitwins to jump into the pit. Before that, the pit was the ONLY thing “my Lexi” wouldn’t try (I’m glad she has enough sense to not jump off into a pit without ensuring it’s safe, because often it seems like she can do very careless toddler things that can get her hurt), but then Brian (Lexitwin’s dad) managed to coax her into it and Andrew helped Lexitwin jump in to. The rest is history, they both now jump without any fear.
Also note for parents with more cautious kids: not everyone just “jumps into” gymnastics ( pun intended); for more cautious, sensitive type kids it might be too much the first few times and they could be unwilling to do anything, because all the equipment is scary. You have to have a lot of trust or be fearless (which luckily most kids are) to do this right away. The reason I say that is because Lexitwin would cry through pretty much the first 14 weeks of classes. She wasn’t being MADE to do anything, but as soon as it would be her turn, she would just freak out. So her parents spent the first 14 sessions of this class patiently helping her through it, encouraging, coaxing and working with her on the few things she did agree to do. It was very frustrating for them and they even considered dropping the class but it worked, for the last 2-3 sessions, she has been eagerly doing everything else with the group and didn’t cry once. She was allowed the space and the time to sort things on her own, conquer her fears, realize that it’s not that scary while still being exposed to it and she now greatly enjoys the classes. I think that’s a great example for parents who are struggling with sensitive kids.
You can see Lexi gymnastics videos here.