Last week we had our first day at LJ’s new Mommy and Me class: Babies in Motion. We’ve taken a Mommy and Me class before and it was….interesting.
The class was listed for babies 9-15 months. When it started he was 11 months, so I figured this would be fine. I didn’t consider that LJ isn’t exactly the smallest kid on the block… he tended to run over and through the other kids.
Want to play in the ball pit? LJ takes up the whole thing.
Crawling for a toy? LJ sits right in your way.
Like playing in the pop up car? Too bad it’s only big enough for LJ
So when it came time for our new class to start, I seriously considered pulling him out of it. I didn’t want to have to go chasing around after him all class, apologizing to the other parents, teaching him to apologize to the other kids, and basically prevent him from bullying everyone. I know he knows how to play with other kids since he does so well with his friends, it’s just these
tiny normal sized kids that is killing me.
I was making every excuse not to go because I didn’t want to deal with it again. It’s too early. It’s summer. We already have commitments other mornings. Yada yada yada. I finally decided to suck it up and take him to the first class. I could always drop and get a refund, right?
He LOVED it!
Playing with toys, bouncing on the trampoline, crawling through the tunnel, popping bubbles, laughing under the parachute, climbing through the balance bars, and his happy face stamp.
This time it was different. This time he wasn’t the huge kid in the class. This time everyone was walking, pushing, crawling, and beating each other up….and everyone understood. We were no longer dealing with fragile little ones who are crawling at most with mommies who don’t understand yet. This time, we were on even ground.
But what if I had caved to my excuses? What if I had decided to be lazy or not try again? LJ would have totally missed out on all the fun he’s had and will have.
I’ve learned that sometimes, for the sake of (insert family member), you just have to suck it up. The class is early, it is summer, we do have other commitments, but now we have a morning every week this summer that is sure to be fun.