Today was gymnastics day! A Tuesday tradition that allows Avery to get out and exercise a little. I think today was especially important for her because it was the first time she was able to get back to normal, if even for a little bit. She was so excited to come home from school and change into her leotard, Daddy even got to help her get ready. She has really seem to become engaged in this process of letting me help her and knowing that its a little slower than my helping her was before. A few weeks ago, she would have never expressed the patience she did letting me help her get dressed slowly enough that I did not feel like I was overdoing it.
I am hopeful that allowing Heather to take her to gymnastics was a welcome break to reality again as well. One of the hardest parts of this journey so far has been to see the impact it has had on everyone emotionally and physically. People have by far gone above and beyond to do what needs done, but there is no understating how refreshing it is to see normalcy return, even in the smallest doses.
In addition to Avery getting to get her gymnastics on, she was able to come home with a renewed sense of play. She instantly wanted to show me how she can do her handstands and big kicks. And let me tell you, this girl is LEGIT! Toes pointed, arms up, both feet extended and tucked into the finish, she loves to tumble and it comes naturally to her. It is great to see her so happy! Tommorrow is Webby Dance day at school, another great day to look forward to in the Adventures of Avery and Hadley!