My husband and I struggled to conceive and after a long time (an entire different story entirely :)), we were ecstatic to learn we were expecting identical twins ! We hoped for an uneventful pregnancy since our path was already riddled with heartache and many, many tears, but we were told early on that we would most likely lose one or both twins. We named them Dexter (baby A) and Max (baby B) early on. We were devastated. We went to four doctor appointments a week all over the state to try to save Max, our younger twin, and held our breath as day by day crept by. And Max grew. But after a routine ultrasound at 28 weeks, I was rushed by ambulance for an emergency C-section and delivered Dexter and Max weighing 2 lb 1 oz and 1 lb 10 oz respectively. We had hoped that would be the end of our worrying, but after a long struggle and two surgeries, we lost Max after 42 days. It shattered our hearts to pieces. Dexter initially struggled since his lungs were so weak, but he slowly grew and after three long months of daily visits to the NICU, he came home. The doctors told us that since he was a micro preemie and had chronic lung disease (and a weakened immune system) we should keep him pretty much quarantined for the first year of life, but two weeks ago, I took Dexter out for his first non-doctor-related adventure .. we went to Gymboree Play & Music!
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had hoped that it would held him with his gross motor skills since he was falling behind, even to his adjusted age. During class, for the first time ever, I saw him do a push up, and he held it .. and ever since then, he has been doing it during tummy time. It brought tears to my eyes because I still remember him when he was so small I could hold him in my palm. We see a therapist to help him with his development, and since we have been to Gymboree Play & Learn classes, she has noticed major improvements and encourages us to keep on going. Today, April 3rd, Dexter marks six months exactly and every morning, we wake up and go play on our play mat and sing the Gymboree welcome song (I cannot get that song out of my head!) and integrate Gymboree play into our every day. I truly believe that Gymboree has strengthened Dexter, and another added benefit is that I have gotten to know so many great moms and employees at Gymboree. I consider myself an introvert and I find it hard meeting new people. But our instructor, Dawn, was so welcoming, and so were the other moms in my Level 1 group (I have even exchanged emails/phone numbers with some !). After class, the other employees and teachers (everyone that was there as far as I could tell) welcomed us and got to know us .. it was the first time in a long time I felt a part of something. We look forward to our Gymboree sessions every week (and dad looks forward to going with us every Sunday).
Class Type: Play & Learn 1 (0-6 months)