Today is Elise's last day of gymnastics since she is turning 3 this week. It was a class just for kids under 3 with sensory processing disorders and disabilities. It has been so wonderful for her.
She started beginning of May and couldn't sit still during circle time. A lot of the things were very difficult for her. Bars were especially difficult and she wouldn't even touch them. Now she can walk on the beam very quickly holding my hand, she gets into the ball and foam pit and loves it, and can sit in circle time.
As excited as I am for what awaits Elise when she turns 3, I am also a little sad. It is the end to a few things that I have grown to love and care for. I have made so many friendships with the women in this class. We have a special bond and understand each other on a different level. We have all told our story of why we are there and what is going on with our child. One mom almost died delivering her 26 week old daughter and her daughter still has on-going complications. Another is divorced, recently discovered a brain tumor, and has kids in therapy. The stories go on and on.
Elise has maybe had 4 sessions the whole time where she hasn't had a meltdown. These women cheer her on though. When she's happy and doing what she is supposed to do, they say over and over, "Yay Elise, good job!" I've never once gotten a judgmental stare or comment.
Everyone there only cheers.
It has been a real eye-opening experience to me. This group would have frightened me a year ago; kids that aren't neurotypical ("different") or who struggle developmentally. The unknown of something is always a little intimidating but I've learned deep down that all these kids need is love and a sense of belonging. That basic and fundamental need that all of us need is no different with these kids even though it may not be reciprocated back as we expect. I'm going to miss this place and these people!
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!