Michaela at Gymboree yesterday!
There has been a Gymboree Music and Play location in our neighborhood for as long as I can remember. It's right next to the little diner where Michael and I liked to have breakfast on a regular basis. While we would wait for a table, we'd peer in the windows of Gymboree and imagine when we'd have a little one of our own and what fun it would be to go there together.
Last weekend, Michaela and I began attending classes there. I had no idea that they offered sessions for such little ones, but their Level 1 group is intended for babies from 0-6 months old. I would have started sooner had I known because it is just so much fun for both of us! There's a lot of singing (parents not babies, of course!), tummy time, bubbles, puppets, flashlights, rattles, baby massage, parachute play, etc. The instructors know a lot about the developmental stages and they are very informative. I've worked with children for a long time, but I'm learning new things about these little ones and what they can do. It's also fun to see the other babies and talk with other parents. We can go three times a week at this level, and I look forward to our Gymboree days!
On Tuesday, we went to lunch with my dear friend Heather at the little diner next store. She realized that our Gymboree is owned by her brother-in-law. When she told him that we had joined recently, he offered us a sweet discount on our membership. Such a generous thing to do, and one of those small world experiences.
Michaela and Mommy heart Gymboree! It could only be more fun if Daddy were here to share it with us, but I think we're (I'm) going to have that feeling about so many things until we all get Home together someday.