Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Little Ballerinas and Pushing Past the Pain

Ivy is getting better every day with her burn and she has a check up this week at the burn unit.  I really have no idea what it's going to look like after the bandages are off. I do know it's gonna be tough for a bit.  She tends to favor the leg for a bit but once she gets playing, it doesn't hurt as bad.  The good news?  Ivy and Ashley started ballet and the doctor said that's a really good thing for Ivy!  She needs to stretch.  I was wondering if he would tell her she needs to sit out.  Much to Ivy's relief, she was able to not only participate, but it was good for her leg.  If she doesn't stretch her leg, the skin could heal like hard leather.

I wondered just how much they would learn in their first class and I was really surprised.  They do 15 minutes of ballet, 15 minutes tap, and 15 minutes gymnastics.  Ivy loooooved her teacher and they are both already counting down the days till the next class.  Kyle is really showing an interest in gymnastics but I don't really want to turn it into a competition thing.  I just want him to do a hobby that he loves and not make it about winning or losing.  Not that there is anything wrong with it of course, it's just not my focus right now.  


This year I am really pushing my kids to step it up in their academics.  Pray for me that I don't have to have my patience stretched beyond what I can handle.  :)  Although, being stretched, is a good thing.  Just like Ivy's wound.  You can cater to it or you can push past the pain so in the long run you'll be more flexible.  Gosh, that applies to so many areas in my life.  Some people think that a mom of seven or a mom of 10 only have that many kids because they were always patient.  Not true!  When I had my first kid I thought that was the hardest thing on the planet. I went from wanting four kids to wondering if I could even handle one.  Then I wondered what I would do when I found I was pregnant with my second child only three months later.  That was really, really stretching me and it was so hard for me.  I could either give up or I could just take one day at a time.  Each little trial might of seemed little to others but for me it was a stretch.  Stretching past my comfort zone and learning how to make it work for me each day.
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