A fine balance
Unlike Ronan, Nieve chooses her efforts carefully. She does not buzz about with manic energy nor will she run for running's sake - only the act of dancing will get Nieve exert herself to exhaustion.
A notable display of hand strength, coordination, and determination
But a couple of weeks ago we saw Nieve engage her gross motor skills with gusto. She was attending a birthday party at a nearby kids gym and was working hard to master several of the apparatuses set up for the children.
Thoughtful Ronan, "Holding it (the beam) steady" for Nieve
First Nieve concentrated on the balance beam, going backwards and forwards, making sure she could comfortably turn around without falling off.
"Hand, hand, foot, foot"
Next she crawled up and down slanted parallel bars, showing patience, strength and balance. She wore a determined look as she purposefully moved her hands and feet forwards or backwards, depending upon the desired direction.
Enjoying a little bit of group play
Oh yes, we are terribly proud of her
Nieve also had fun with group games, running in circles with a ball, chasing her brother, and reacting to instructions. She also enjoyed pulling funny faces when sitting next to her friends.
Hanging like (with) the big girls
What seemed to call to Nieve most, however, were the uneven parallel bars. She was serious and determined; she worked to get her feet up onto the lower bar to mimick her friend's older sister.
A little hand position improvisation. It didn't work, but it was fun to see her try different approaches
Once Nieve had the backs of her knees over the lower bar, she tried to improve her position and struggled to pull herself up. Mom and I were impressed that she had the hand and arm strength to spend several minutes hanging and pulling through a series of forceful attempts.
Just hanging upside down. For some, that's enough.
Mom and I are always looking for ways to foster Nieve's love for physical activity - the time at the gym has given us hope that perhaps there is some form of exercise that Nieve will grow to love.