Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baby Gym

A few weeks ago, Nicole and I started a fun new weekly outing - Baby Gym. We headed back to our beloved local parks and rec center for this fun class. Megan and I took this several times when she was little and now it's Nicole's turn! That little cutie loves the time to explore and every week she gains a little more confidence and is willing to try something new. The first week she wouldn't put her feet down on the balance beam - but by week 3 she was stepping over the "bean bag stones." And SHOCKINGLY she even let her teachers hold her hands... wow! I have to say Ms. Michelle and Ms. Rachel are great... I know them from Megan's last gym class and they would "chat" with Nicole (in the hallway when we were waiting for Megan) when she was a newborn. So it's so wild to realize that was over a year ago and now they are Nicole's teachers... now I know what my students' parents would feel when I'd teach one child and then years later a sibling... so odd to see time pass like that.

Her favorie is the mini trampoline (which was also Megan's favorite).Nicole is the youngest in the class - by at least 6 months. Several of the kids just turned 2 - so she's the baby, but she does really well considering she's only 6 months old. She's starting to catch on to "circle time" and has started to try to follow along. She loves singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" (you can see her "spider" in the picture below) and when they stretch and have to smell their toes - she's the best toe smeller of the group. :^)When we go to the big gym the first thing she does is ask for a ball... she loves the big balls!But oh, gym time is exhausting!BUT... you have to get stamps and bubbles!!!!She loves it when she gets stamps on her belly.... but nothing is as fun as Ms. Michelle blowing bubbles. This is not a very clear picture - but you can see how excited Nicole is.So fun- It will be so fun to see how Nicole grows over the course of the class. I'm bummed they don't have one over the summer, but I'm sure we'll jump back in this fall because she seems to love it. When Megan and I were in the class - she was almost 2 - click here for a reminder of her experiences!

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