It has been a big week of firsts for the Princess. And a few Momma moments for me. I am reminded yet again just how fortunate we are to watch Addison grow and thrive. I know every parent talks about how quickly their babes become toddlers, toddlers become school kids, on to high school and so on and so on, but I think there is just that little extra bit of amazing when your child has fought so hard to be alive.
Yes, I teared up when I took my little girl to her first ballet class – something she has been begging to do for months. Addison ran around the room fully decked out in pink tulle, jumping and twirling with a group of other three-year olds, beaming with an ear to ear grin. It was so beautiful to see how she is really just like any other preschooler. You would never know what she has gone through and continues to deal with every day of her life. Aaron and I got to watch her first “recital” on the last day of class.
This week Addison also tackled her first Grouse Grind in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Grind for Kids. She managed to walk up about a quarter of the way before she needed some Daddy power. Aaron and Addison were not as fast as Dr. Gandhi, our heart surgeon, but awesome effort for their first time.
It wasn’t all hard work for the Princess. She enjoyed her first spa party, hosted by her transplant buddy Grace. There were chocolate yogurt facials and mini manis (nails painted by Daddy).
Then the biggest news…so far. We now have a new bike rider in the McYong household! Aaron gives her a little push to get her started and then she just keeps pedalling. She still finds the uphills too challenging with a lot of wobbling, and she hasn’t figured out how to get started from a stop, but out little girl is riding her big girl bike all on her own!! Woohoo! The look on her face pretty much sums it all up.
Oh yeah, tomorrow is day one of preschool. Just where have these past 3 years gone?
Elaine, Aaron and Addison