I've been faithfully paying my Y membership for over a year and have never gone. I kept paying because we get it cheaply, since Gabriel works for them, and my teenagers do go and work out. Since Gabriel is moving away in the fall and I'll be forced to pay full-price, I thought this summer was a good time to try it out and see if I want to continue. So, this week I've tried three different classes while the kids have had a blast at a few kid classes as well. All the kids, except Elijah, that is! Elijah doesn't stay with anyone outside of the family, we've been blessed that Aunt Deb keeps him when we have to leave him. We are still at the point that we alternate staying with him in the nursery at church as well.
So, at this point I am taking all the kids to the Y with me except Lijah - he is staying home with Alei, who he calls Lee-Lee. He misses his kids while they are gone, but not enough to go in that room full of strangers!
I don't know how long this will last; he is turning two later this month. But for now, he'll be home with Lee-Lee for that one hour three times a week. I don't think it's worth pushing him yet; I'd rather he feel safe and loved.
Alei took these pictures of him yesterday while they played together. And someday, I know too well, he will want to do all kinds of things without his Momma in tow; but for now, he can continue to be our baby.