We had our first tumbling class today. I don't know if I've mentioned it before (sarcasm) that my daughter is a tad (more sarcasm) energetic. I figured that nothing could be more appropriate for her than a tumbling class. I had some trepidation, though, because my girl is VERY easily distracted (shocker) and I wasn't sure how well she would do in a "class" setting.
I worry about her sometimes. I hate putting that out there. It makes me feel squidgy to say that I am afraid there might be something not normal about her. I feel like all of the kids we spend time with are so much calmer and more responsive. Getting her to do something she doesn't want to do is tantamount to asking water to go UP Niagara Falls. Stubborn, thy name is Sophie.
But I hoped that this tumbling class would provide enough freedom that we wouldn't have trouble. At first things went well, she was fearless, going on every piece of equipment, even allowing the instructor to help her do some real tumbling. But when it came time to sit in a circle and do group activities, things went way downhill. She wouldn't sit, her preferred spot was standing/dancing/hopping in the middle of the circle. Or racing off to jump on one of the thick bouncy mats. Or the trampoline. Or climbing on the flying trapeze and diving into the foam pit. In most cases, taking the route that I couldn't follow her because she is small and I am not. Which meant that I was then scrambling to get around whatever was in between us and catch up to her. This included at least one header for mommy when I wasn't watching where I was going closely enough.
By the end of the class, I was sweaty and frustrated and incapable of not speaking through clenched teeth. So much for my dreams of her happily going along with all of the activities. I spent the entire time apologizing for my daughter climbing in front of their kids while I pulled her back and told her to wait her turn. I had "that" kid. Let's just say I didn't make any mommy friends.
Neil asked me if I was excited for the rest of the 11 week session. Ask me after next week.
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