Brenna is competing in gymnastics for the first time this year. She had an inter-squad meet two weeks ago (more of a “practice” meet really) and today was her first official gymnastics meet. She was so excited and has been looking forward to this day for the past several weeks. Her beautiful, new, sparkly, purple (her favorite color) team leotard finally arrived this week and Brenna was thrilled.
Joshua had a football game right in the middle of Brenna’s meet so it was necessary for us to split up in order to be able to support both kids at their events. I have grown lots of invisible arms during my seven years as a mother and I sure know how to multi-task, but I still haven’t figured out a way to be in two places at once!
I was still feeling very sick so Rick took Joshua, Maddie, and Asher to the football game while I took just Brenna and Braden to the gymnastics meet. It was easy peasy (as my kids would say) having just Braden there. He’s such a quiet, well-behaved little guy. Braden sat beside me on the bleachers and cheered for his big sister. He chatted with me, nibbled a few snacks, and played with a few toys that he brought along. I was glad that I had just Braden to keep track of because my head and sinuses were pounding and my chest was so tight.
Brenna did great at her meet! She was so confident and so brave. Brenna struggles with fear in all areas of her life (everything from riding a two-wheeler to learning to tie her shoes scared her until she mastered it). Gymnastics really gives her a chance to confront her fears head on and overcome them in a very tangible way. I was so proud of her for being brave today on the things that sometimes make her nervous. She even got her front hip circle on the bars without a spot!! That’s a move that scares her enough that she usually holds back on it. She has never done it without a spot, but today she dug deep, found her courage, and did her front hip circle all by herself for the first time! I was so proud and I could tell that she was too! And she did a perfect round-off back-handspring too.
Brenna had a great time during the meet. She loves the competition (which doesn’t make her nervous for some reason) and she loves being a part of the team and being with her friends. She was grinning during the entire meet.
Brenna ended up getting a red ribbon (second place) for vault and white ribbons (third place) for floor, beam, and bars. She got a shiny bronze medal for the all-around and a second medal just for participating. And, as is tradition at our gym, she got a big bag of goodies. Brenna was so thrilled! With four ribbons, two medals, and tons of treats, she couldn’t have been happier.
Brenna said that her favorite event today was floor and her most exciting moment was when she got her front hip circle on the bars. I asked her which was better, doing each event or getting awards at the end. She told me that doing the events was the most fun, and then added that she was still really excited about getting awards to. We try to emphasize that the point of being involved in sports is to have fun, make friends, and keep our bodies healthy so I was happy to hear that she had more fun doing her routines than winning awards. Of course, I felt it was totally appropriate for her to be excited about her awards as well. She had worked hard and earned them.
When we got home, Brenna and I set to work pinning all of her medals and ribbons to a wall in her room. Joshua has a wall full of wresting medals and Brenna has always wished for a similar wall of her own. She was so excited to add these new awards and her score card to her wall, next to her soccer medal and the medal that Joshua gave her last spring for supporting him so much at wrestling.
The meet ended earlier than I thought it would. The Level 4 girls competed first and all by themselves. That really cut down on time without the Level 5 and up girls competing too. The football game went into overtime so Brenna, Braden, and I were home just a little before everyone else. Still, we were all home before 4pm, much earlier than I expected. The kids had fun swapping stories about the gymnastics meet and the football game, filling each other in on the things that they’d missed. Joshua’s team lost in overtime by one touch down, but the refs kept illegal face-masking in check again today and the boys all had fun. Brenna proudly showed off the new awards on her wall and Joshua congratulated her, beaming as proudly as if he’d won them himself.
Rick and the kids spent some time cleaning while I put my feet up. I’d done well all day long. I didn’t feel good, but I managed just fine during my early morning preparations and the Primary Program practice and the gymnastics meet. But by mid afternoon I was dying again. My head felt so full, my chest hurt, my throat was sore, everything ached. It seemed that my body was really screaming at me for forcing it to do so much during the day. I couldn’t even sit upright. Bleck. I hate being sick. So I rested in bed and waited for my Sudafed to kick in while Rick and the kids tidied the house. I was so thankful for their help. And I was thankful that the horrible I-am-going-to-pass-out feeling hadn’t hit until we were home again.
We had intended to go out to eat as a family to celebrate Brenna’s first gymnastics meet, but as the evening wore on, I decided that I wasn’t up for going anywhere. We told Brenna that she could choose. We’d either postone her special dinner and eat out on a different night or we’d order pizza tonight and celebrate at home. Brenna chose pizza so we ordered from a local restaurant that actually serves delicious gluten-free pizza. (Yay for gluten-free pizza!!)
I have not been eating this week because I’ve felt so sick. I’ve been trying, but it’s been hard and I’ve lost some weight as a result. I knew that it was important for me to try to eat. Rick even ordered my favorite pizza from this restuarant- one of their speciality pizzas, a chicken alfredo with fresh tomatoes. When he picked up my prescription (for the UTI that began this evening), he also got me hersey’s kisses. There’s nothing like a slice of pizza and some hersey’s kisses to fatten a pregnant lady up again, right?
I ended up missing women’s conference tonight. I was so disappointed. I look forward to this all year long and I have never missed a session before. But I was feeling sick and tired and it was about that time that I started to have UTI symptoms. So I felt it was best that I stay home, even though I was sad to miss the meeting.
I’m starting to get off on a tangent now, when this entry really is supposed to be about Brenna and her gymnastics meet. So anyway…
I am so proud of my baby girl! She has worked so hard to get to this point. I love seeing how much she loves gymnastics and how much it is building her confidence. She is such a beautiful, talented little girl!