She's Not My Grandma - They Really Are Taking It All In

"My journey through motherhood at age 39 and my goal to keep up with my energetic child!"

A couple of months ago, I heard my daughter singing Baa Baa Black Sheep. It kind of goes like this: "Baa baa baa baa baa baa baa daa daa daa daa baa baa baaaaa..." And, she'll continue on. She sings this song frequently, and sometimes changes it up to ABC or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (mind you, she can't say these words, but does manage to sing the tune, and of course I totally understand her!!). I absolutely loved this, and realized that she learned this from Stroller Strides.

But, several weeks ago, I watched her do her first squat. To be sure she was actually doing what I thought, I said, "Do your squats." And, she did them! Recently, she began doing maniacs or fast feet, and the other day, I caught her leaning up against the refrigerator attempting a wall sit!

Some may say it's my imagination. However, during today's class, one of the moms pointed out that my daughter was attempting leg raises in her stroller when all of the other moms were completing that exercise. It can't be my imagination. My baby girl is taking it all in, which means I am setting an example for her. This is what it's all about. I love the fact that my daughter smiles when I do squat jumps in front of her. But I love it even more when she does the squats or fast-feet in front of me!

During Stroller Strides class, I sometimes remind the moms that their kiddos are watching them and are proud of them. When I ask the moms to run up a hill, I tell the kiddos to watch their mommies and cheer for them (even the tiny babies who stare at me wondering what I did with their mommies!). All the babies are taking in the class. They hear their mothers singing, they see their mothers working hard, they see their mothers sweating, and they see their mothers accomplishing difficult tasks, all with a smile on their faces.

Indeed, they really are taking it all in.

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